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Badgers in Finance Chicago

Join fellow University of Wisconsin–Madison alumni in the Chicago finance community for a special evening at 167 Green Street. You’ll hear from Jeff Shapack ’96 during an intimate discussion with Will Murphy ’03 as they delve into a range of real estate–related topics. Mark Eppli ’83, MS’84, PhD’91 will provide updates from the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Welcome remarks will be given by Ricky Sandler ’91, with closing remarks from Dan Drexler ’96. We will also be joined by current UW–Madison students studying Real Estate and Finance who are eager to learn from the Chicago Badger community and expand their networks.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Speakers

Dan Drexler ’96 currently works at Longview Asset Management, the in-house investment vehicle for the Crown Family of Chicago, as chief investment officer – public securities. Drexler is responsible for portfolio construction and analyzing public investments and shares responsibility for overseeing an internal Fund of Funds. Dan also serves as a senior adviser to Right Line Industries, a diversified industrial holding company. Additionally, Dan serves on the Board of Directors of Albany Bank & Trust, of Albany Park, IL, and the Advisory Boards of Timber Hill Group and Performant Capital. Dan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a BBA in accounting.

Mark Eppli ’83, MS’84, PhD’91 is director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Previously, Dr. Eppli served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012 to 2015 and as a professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. He has been instrumental in building the Center for Real Estate and the real estate program at Marquette that has enhanced the reputation of the business school not only regionally but also nationally. Widely published in commercial real estate finance, development, and valuation, his research has been published in dozens of top-respected real estate journals. Dr. Eppli is coauthor of two books: Real Estate Development: Principles and Process and Valuing the New Urbanism, both published by the Urban Land Institute. He is an independent board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago since 2012, and he is immediate past president of the nonprofit Real Estate Research Institute. Dr. Eppli was named a “Distinguished Fellow” by NAIOP, a national commercial real estate organization, which recognizes him as a foremost real estate policy expert. He has also received awards from the Greater Washington Urban League and the Urban Land Institute for his efforts to attract minorities to the real estate profession.

Will Murphy ’03 is the founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Cedar Street. He is responsible for all aspects of the development process and the ongoing management of its portfolio. Murphy has more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience in development and finance, transacting on more than $3 billion, across all major asset classes and domestic markets. Murphy holds degrees in real estate and finance from the Wisconsin School of Business. He is a frequent speaker at engagements including the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, REIA, and the Urban Land Institute. He serves as a member of both the Graaskamp Advisory Board and Badgers in Finance.

Ricky Sandler ’91 founded Eminence Capital in 1999. Today, Eminence is a ~$8BN global investment management organization investing client capital across global financial markets as well as private equity markets. As CEO and chief investment officer of Eminence, Ricky is responsible for setting the firm’s strategic direction as well as directly managing its 20+ person investment team and diversified investment portfolio. Prior to launching Eminence, Ricky was co-founder and co-general partner of Fusion Capital Management, LLC. Prior to that he was a research analyst covering a wide range of industries and companies for Mark Asset Management, where he began his investing career in 1991. Ricky received a BBA in accounting and finance, graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin. Ricky has served as a board member for the University of Wisconsin Foundation and as a member of its Development Committee, Investment Committee, and Traditional Asset Subcommittee. Ricky is also a chartered financial analyst.

Jeff Shapack 96 moved to Chicago two decades ago and developed iconic retail properties, including Barneys New York on Oak Street and Apple in Lincoln Park. He is the founder and CEO of Shapack Partners, a Fulton Market District-based, multi-asset class real estate development company that acquires, develops, repositions, and invests in properties and neighborhoods in Chicago. With his expertise in acquisition, development, design, leasing, and brand creation, Shapack focuses on office, residential, hospitality, retail, and restaurants. In 2010, Jeff began acquiring properties in Chicago’s Near West Side, and by 2014, Shapack Partners branded Fulton Market District with Soho House Chicago serving as the neighborhood’s catalyst. Jeff was instrumental in transforming Fulton Market District into a Central Social District, bringing innovative brands, hotels, start-ups, and headquartered companies centered on food, design, hospitality, art, culture, technology, and commerce to the neighborhood. Shapack’s projects include Soho House Chicago, WeWork Fulton Market flagship, The Parker Fulton Market, The Hoxton Hotel, 811 Fulton, Momotaro, Shake Shack, and 167 Green (a 750,000-square-foot office building with an NBA sized basketball court). Shapack continues to develop in Fulton Market District and other Chicago neighborhoods. Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a board member of World Business Chicago and SoCal Food Allergy. In addition, he is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and a strategic advisor to C.H.A.M.P.S. Male Mentoring Program and the No More Violence campaign on Chicago’s South and West sides. Jeff lives on Chicago’s north shore with his wife and three daughters.

Program Schedule

6–6:30 p.m.Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking
6:30–7:30 p.m.Program with Q & A
7:30–8:30 p.m.Dessert and networking

Additional Information

When you register, please inform us of any dietary needs, accommodations (such as captions or interpreting services), or other needs.

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association continues to monitor and follow the latest public health guidance from local authorities and will hold this event in accordance with those recommendations. If updated guidance requires changes to the event, registrants will be notified via email or event signage.

February 15, 2023
WHEN
February 15, 2023
6-8:30 p.m. CST
WHERE
167 Green Events
167 N Green Street, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL
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COST

Free to attend

HOST(S)
Badgers in Finance
167 Green Events
167 N Green Street, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL
February 15, 2023
WHEN
February 15, 2023
6-8:30 p.m. CST
WHERE
167 Green Events
167 N Green Street, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL
View Map and Venue Details
COST

Free to attend

HOST(S)
Badgers in Finance

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