Students Sold on Janmester Real Estate Course in NYC
In 2009, Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management offered its first Janmester real estate course in New York City, an initiative of the James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center housed in the Whitman School. Facilitated by Yildiray Yildirim, who at the time was an associate professor of finance at the Whitman School, the three-credit course was hosted at the JPMorgan Chase office in Manhattan and featured guest lectures by Michael Solodnz ’82, vice president of Sunrise Communities, and James Kuhn ’70, G’72, president of Newmark Knight Frank.
Today, the real estate Janmester course is still made available to students annually. In early January, Whitman School finance and real estate students touched down in NYC to spend a week learning about real estate finance through coursework and site visits. During the course, students visited the World Trade Center, where they examined the overall construction of the facility and the financial aspects of the investment.
The week culminated with a real estate conference and networking reception, open to all majors, that featured Syracuse University and Whitman School alumni, as well as industry leaders. The conference included David Nass ’91, managing director and co-head of real estate and finance of UBS; Chris LaBianca ’92 MBA, managing director of UBS; David Hall, partner in Dentons’ U.S. real estate practice and co-chair of the firm’s global real estate team; Lee Zaretzky ’89, president of Ronsco, Inc.; Jonathan Schultz ’87 (A&S), founder and managing principal at Onyx Equities; Joe DeRoy ’01, senior vice president at KeyBank Real Estate Capital; and Garrett Sokoloff ’98, senior managing director and head of commercial real estate and construction lending for the New York region of First Republic Bank.
“Through the conference, I wanted students to have the ability to see all different aspects of real estate from construction to law, finance, real estate banking and more,” said Erasmo Giambona, associate professor of finance, Falcone Chair in Real Estate and director of the James D. Kuhn Center for Real Estate. “Together, with the reception, this was an opportunity for students to also get in contact with potential employers in the field of real estate.”