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Real Estate Symposium

The Location of Innovation
Join us for the inaugural event May 4th, 2017 at Santa Clara University.

Real Estate Symposium

Our First Annual Symposium Brings Together the Themes of Technology and Real Estate

The Santa Clara University Real Estate Association (REA) aims to provide an outlet for students interested in real estate to gather, connect, and share their interests. SCU REA intends to provide networking opportunities, up-to-date information on real estate trends, and unique insight into various real estate subjects through guest speakers and other real estate events.

Real Estate Symposium

May 4th, 2017

Recital Hall


This event has been sold out

Our First Real Estate Sympossium


John A. Sobrato '60

John A. Sobrato is founder and chairman of the Sobrato Organization, one of the most successful private real estate firms in California.

John A. Sobrato


    Lew Wolff 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wolff Urban Management, Inc. and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Maritz, Wolff & Co. 
Lew Wolff   
   Panel A:

How is Technology Influencing Real Estate in the Bay Area? 

Items Discussed

  • How is technology creating or taking away jobs in RE?
  • What are the obstacles preventing greater RE technology adoption?
  • What is the role of big data in the future of RE? How will interpretation of this data be useful to agents, investors, and developers?
  • How will emerging technologies like driverless cars and AI influence the RE market?
  • What special ways will technology companies incorporate technology into build-to-suits?
  • When tech companies are looking for space are there any technological factors that must be taken into consideration?


  Moderator: Jeff Cushman '92, J.D. '96
Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Jeff Cushman was most recently (2012-2015) the Executive Managing Director, Managing Broker for Cushman & Wakefield Silicon Valley and the Peninsula in Northern California. Mr. Cushman has over 21 years of experience in commercial real estate.
Jeff Cushman   
    Phil Mahoney
Vice Chairman, Newmark Cornish & Carey

Phil Mahoney is one of the most successful commercial real estate brokers in Northern California. He brings to his clients a unique understanding, perspective and awareness of the successful technology markets serving the Silicon Valley, and has for more than 36 years.
Phil Mahoney   
    Colette Kress
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, NVIDIA

Colette Kress is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NVIDIA. She joined the company in September 2013, after serving nearly 25 years in a range of finance roles at major technology companies.
Colette Kress   
    Steve Sordello '92, MBA '01
Chief Financial Officer, LinkedIn

Steve Sordello oversees all financial operations, corporate development & strategy and business operations at LinkedIn. In this role he helped scale LinkedIn from a small private company with $10 million in sales to an international NYSE-traded public company with $4 billion in revenues and a market capitalization in excess of $26 billion.
Steve Sordello   
    Scott Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer, Landbank Investments

Scott Jacobs is the CEO of Landbank, a Bay Area-based commercial real estate development company. Landbank has acquired, developed, leased, managed, and provided over 4,800,000 square feet of office/R&D space to leading technology companies.
Scott Jacobs   
  Panel B:  

Congestion and How This Affects Development Decisions

Items of Discussion

  • What are the MTC’s plans for the future of transportation in the Bay Area?

  • It’s a two-way street; more dense development in the area causes greater congestions. What are some measures to minimize this effect?

  • What are major challenges in getting future developments approved considering added traffic of many projects?

  • How will technology influence the ongoing issue of traffic?

  • How will technology influence development density in the future?

  • How will the new bullet train connecting Northern and Southern California effect RE and RE prices in Silicon Valley?

  Moderator:  Stanford Jones 
Executive Managing Director Investments, Marcus & Millichap

As one of the initial advisors of Institutional Property Advisors, Stanford Jones joined Marcus & Millichap in 1980, specializing in the sale of multifamily properties. In 1988, he was promoted to vice president investments. Mr. Jones was promoted to executive vice president investments, the highest distinction awarded to agents of the firm, in 2008. 
Stanford Jones   
    Steve Heminger
Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Steve Heminger is responsible for the administration of more than $2 billion per year in funding for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the Bay Area’s surface transportation network.
Steve Heminger.   
    Stephen E. Schott '87
Citation Homes

Stephen E. Schott is the Vice President of SCS Development Company, which holds the divisions of Award Homes and Citation Homes Central. The company focuses on construction projects spanning the geographical areas of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, Monterey and San Joaquin counties.
Stephen E. Schott   
    Deke Hunter 
President, Hunter Properties

Derek K. Hunter, Jr. (Deke) is the President of Hunter Properties, Inc. and Managing Member of Hunter/Storm, LLC. Hunter Properties is a 50-year old development and management company currently with 17 different assets, totaling 2,100,000 square feet.
Deek Humter   

Jay Bechtel '81
Real Estate Project Executive, Google

Jay grew up in San Francisco, went to high school at St. Ignatius, then college at Santa Clara University, graduating with a BS in Economics in 1981.  He spent 5 years at Xerox selling copiers and typewriters, then 7 years as a commercial real estate broker working for CPS (now part of Cushman & Wakefield) in San Jose, representing tenants and landlords in Silicon Valley.

Jay Bechtel   


Real Estate Symposium Sponsors

Joseph J. Albanese, Inc.


Casco Property Management


Martin Chiechi Chiechi Family


Jeff Cushman


Matt DiNapoli DiNapoli Capital Partners


Eric Jacobsen
Jacobsen Real Estate Group LLC


Stanford Jones
Marcus & Millichap Institutional Property Advisors



Sean Keys
Metropolitan Land Group, LLC


John Machado
Colliers International


Joe Mccarthy
McCarthy Ranch


Chuck Toeniskoetter
Toeniskoetter Development, Inc.


Carrick Young
SCU Student
Class of 2017


Jim Whelan
Woodward Holdings, LLC


S. Christine Zanello







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Real Estate Program Advisory Board

  • Kevin Albanese, President & CEO, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc.
  • Jim Castellanos, Owner, Casco Property Management
  • Martin Chiechi, Senior Managing Partner, Newmark, Cornish & Carey
  • Jeff Cushman, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield, San Jose, CA
  • Matt DiNapoli, DiNapoli Capital
  • Tom Hoban, CEO & Founder, Coast Group of Companies, Everett, WA
  • Eric Jacobsen, CEO, Jacobsen Development Group
  • Stanford Jones, Vice-President, Marcus & Millichap
  • Sean Keys, Metropolitan Land Group, Beaverton, OR
  • Christopher Marchese, Managing Partner, Marchese Family Properties
  • John MaChado, Executive Vice-President, Colliers, Santa Clara CA
  • Brian Matteoni, Senior Vice President, Broker Services, CBRE
  • Joe McCarthy, Owner, McCarthy Ranch
  • Martin Menne, MCM Diversified
  • Robert Moles, Chairman, Intero Real Estate Services
  • James Sangiacomo, Trinity Management Services
  • Steve Stratton, Int’l Director, Chairman, Headquarters Practice Group, JLL
  • Kirk Syme, President, Woodstock Development, Inc.
  • Chuck Toeniskoetter, Founder, Toeniskoetter Development
  • Jim Whelan, Woodland Holdings, LLC
  • Christine Zanello, Principal, Zanello Properties