The UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group (REAG) and Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) came together on January 15th for a friendly mixer at UCLA Anderson. There were over 60 alumni in attendance with several members supporting both groups. Wayne Brandt, Board Member for the Ziman Center and serves on the Board of Director for SPIRE kicked off the session with an introduction of the Ziman Center, UCLA REAG, and SPIRE leadership. After a long period of networking, the attendees made their way together to Pauley Pavilion. Unfortunately, our Bruins did not get the result they wanted, but our alumni group made a great partnership that evening.
UCLA REAG hosted Bill Witte, CEO of Related California for its second annual Speaker Series. The session was moderated by Daniel Dokhanian from The Mullholland Drive Company and UCLA REAG Board member. Bill Discussed his background as well as his past and current development projects in California to an audience of over 170 guests. Before the session Bill met with UCLA REAG's Endowment Circle for a private networking session.
Karla MacCary, Partner at Nossaman LLP provided REAG members insight into contractual obligations and the legal precedents firms my be citing to help amend their obligations during COVID-19.
In this session, Eric Sussman Co-Founder of Clarity Capital and Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson gives us insight into what has been going on in the industry, balancing his background as an academic and as a practitioner.
Victor Coleman, CEO and Chairman of Hudson Pacific Properties joined REAG for a discussion on how Hudson Pacific Properties' office and studio spaces are managing during COVID-19.
Tom McCarthy, Co-President of McCarthy, Cook & Co. provided REAG members an insights into two of their most recent projects and explained how the company started and continues to do business. Tom also address how he and his company is doing its best to tackle the social issues that are plaguing the United States currently.
Stewart Resnick, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Wonderful Company joined UCLA REAG to talk about his journey to success and owning several large properties within California.