Berkeley, Calif., December 3, 2018 – The Northern California Chapter of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors® (SIOR) in combination with the SIOR Foundation recently hosted a successful Career Development Event at Cheit Hall at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The event is a continuation of an SIOR-sponsored educational partnership with Cal’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and specifically with Cal’s Undergraduate Real Estate Club (UREC). The career development night was the third event organized and sponsored on behalf of Cal’s Undergraduate Real Estate Club.
Seven industry experts and approximately 30 undergraduate Cal students from various degree programs spent nearly 90 minutes in conversation broken up into 15-20 minute segments, or “round table talks” with one expert at a time. The students are interested in careers in commercial real estate development, construction, architecture, brokerage and related fields.
The experts were:
- Roscoe Mapps, Director, Government Relations SF Giants (also involved with the Mission Rock Development in San Francisco)
- Sylvia Melikian, Portfolio Manager with MacFarlane Partners (a real estate investment company)
- Nancy Morse, SIOR, CCIM, Senior Vice President, Newmark Knight Frank (San Jose)
Lou Palandrani, LEED AP, SVP, Clark Construction
- Virginia Rocha, Senior PM Facilities, UCSF Mt. Zion
Derek Smith, Principal, Marinship Development
- Jim Terry, Principal, AIA, LEED AP, Ware Malcomb
Cal’s UREC 2018-2019 Co-Presidents Benzi Blatman and Tad Tobar organized the student involvement. The Career Development Event was produced by SIOR Foundation Trustee Gary Marsh and Kim Pipkin, both of which are partners in Pipkin Marsh Advisors. Pipkin is a Cal graduate, with a Master of Architecture from the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.
The UREC has different focus groups, including brokerage services, investment, development, architecture and corporate services. UREC provides a variety of resources, workshops and outlets to not only develop members professionally, but to build lasting relationships and foster community. The Real Estate Program at the Haas School of Business was recently ranked second in the country by US News & World Report.
The SIOR Foundation promotes and funds programs that advance the real estate profession through educational scholarships and other financial grants, critical research projects, publishing and development of real estate curricula for higher education. The charitable giving supports students enrolled in college undergraduate and graduate real estate studies in pursuit of degrees associated with commercial real estate.
The SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS® (SIOR) is the leading professional office and industrial real estate association. SIOR members complete more than 80,000 transactions annually. SIOR has more than 3,000 members in more than 630 cities in 34 countries.