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Real Estate Symposium Held

Real Estate Symposium Held

Real Estate SymposiumThe Whitman School hosted a real estate symposium Feb. 18, featuring five Syracuse University alumni who are recognized experts in affordable multifamily housing. Co-sponsored by the Real Estate Club at the Whitman School’s James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center, the event provided students the opportunity to learn from professionals in the affordable housing services industry.  Panelists answered questions about their work in multifamily and affordable housing and offered insights into their experiences in both the public and private real estate sectors.

Featured speakers were Michael Backman, vice president of Mason Joseph Company; Roy Bernardi, senior advisor for government services at CohnReznick, LLP and former mayor of the City of Syracuse; Lawrence Mazzotta, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Associates LLC; William Russell, president and CEO of the Sarasota Housing Authority; and Monica Sussman, partner at Nixon Peabody. The discussion was moderated by Yildiray Yildirim, the Michael Falcone Chair in Real Estate and professor of finance.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.