Barrett and Abele to provide opening remarks at real estate conference

    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will provide the opening remarks at the nine annual BizTimes Commercial Real Estate & Development Conference, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino.
    The theme for this year’s conference will be “Milwaukee: The Way Forward.” In an age of austerity and limited fiscal resources, what should be southeastern Wisconsin’s priorities for commercial real estate and development? Which projects would be the best investments? Which projects would generate the greatest returns for the community? What needs to be done to move the projects forward?
    Some of the key commercial real estate industry players in southeastern Wisconsin will assess the development priorities for the region at conference. The panelists will include:
    * James Barry III, president of Cassidy Turley Barry, a leading Milwaukee commercial real estate company with 90 years of history in the business.
    * Gary Grunau, president of Grucon Group LLC, who has developed some of the most significant projects in downtown Milwaukee, including Schlitz Park.
    * Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group Inc., and integrated Milwaukee real estate services firm with operations in development, construction and property management. Mandel Group has developed and constructed more than $500 million in residential and retail developments and has financed, acquired and/or sold approximately $700 million of real estate.
    * Michael Mervis, vice president of Zilber Ltd., one of the most significant property owners in southeastern Wisconsin.
    The panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Mark Eppli, Ph.D., the Robert B. Bell Sr. Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. Eppli also will take questions for the panel from the audience.
    The conference is presented by BizTimes Media LLC, in conjunction with the Commercial Association of Realtors of Wisconsin (CARW) and the Marquette University Center for Real Estate.
    The BizTimes Commercial Real Estate & Development Conference attracts 400 to 600 people every year. The program will begin at 7:30 a.m.
    To register to attend the conference, visit
    – BizTimes Milwaukee

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