'Centerprise' Debuts as New Real Estate 'Think Tank'.
Business Editors/Real Estate Writers
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A new real estate "think tank" -- The Center for Real Estate Enterprise Management ("Centerprise") -- officially begins operations today.
Headquartered in The Presidio of San Francisco, the new organization is a non-profit, public benefit corporation, providing research and education for the real estate industry, governmental agencies, and the general public.
"Real estate is a maturing industry, facing many complex challenges in a period of rapid technological change and a fundamental restructuring of business organizations," said John McMahan, Centerprise's Executive Director.
"In order for real estate firms and governmental agencies to make effective decisions, they will require more and better data as well as a deeper understanding of how technology and social change influences real estate markets and enterprise operations."
"As a result, there is a pressing need for a collaborative, integrative 'clearinghouse of ideas' that cuts across academic disciplines, industry sectors, functional business areas, and governmental jurisdictions," continued McMahan.
"We believe that Centerprise can contribute significantly to a better understanding and possible resolution of some of the major unsettled policy and management issues confronting the real estate industry and governmental agencies charged with responsibility for land use policy."
Research: A major thrust of Centerprise's global activities will be primary research into a variety of critical issues faced by real estate firms, corporations, and governmental agencies. Research will be conducted by academic and industry specialists, chosen for their expertise in various aspects of each subject.
Funding is expected to come from foundations, corporations, government entities, trade associations, or individuals with an interest in the subject of the research.
Conferences and Publications: Results of the research will be disseminated disseminated /dis·sem·i·nat·ed/ (-sem´i-nat?ed) scattered; distributed over a considerable area.
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Adj. 1. conferences and publications available in printed form or downloaded at Centerprise.org. Additional activities contemplated include audio/visual tapes, educational business cases, a periodic newsletter, and an e-mail hotline.
Management Training: Centerprise also will sponsor a comprehensive management-training program, utilizing faculty from universities and industry. Subjects will be established each year, based on suggestions by real estate companies, public agencies, and industry trade organizations.
Most training sessions, as well as conferences, will be conducted at Centerprise's Presidio facility, which is scheduled to open in April.
Advisory Board: Centerprise's annual research and education agenda will be established by an Advisory Board of leading academic and industry specialists.
Academic members include Robert H. Edelstein, UC Berkeley; Steven Grenadier, Stanford Graduate School of Business The Stanford Graduate School of Business (also known as Stanford Business School or Stanford GSB) is one of the professional schools of Stanford University, in Stanford, California. It is one of the leading business schools in the United States. and Co-Editor of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics; Joseph Gyourko, The Wharton School and Co-Editor of Real Estate Economics; Glenn R. Mueller, Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University, mainly at Baltimore, Md. Johns Hopkins in 1867 had a group of his associates incorporated as the trustees of a university and a hospital, endowing each with $3.5 million. Daniel C. and member of the research group at Legg Mason Founded in 1899, Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE: LM) is a leading Global Asset Management Firm that serves the institutional, mutual fund and wealth management markets. The firm is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and is located on Lombard and Charles Streets in the Legg Mason Investment Bank; Richard Peiser, Harvard Graduate School of Design The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is a graduate school at Harvard University offering degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design. Commonly considered one of the foremost design schools in the world, the GSD is dedicated to the education and ; and Gloria Schuck, MIT's Sloan School of Business.
Industry researchers include Jacques Gordon, Director of Research, Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a major real estate and money management services firm headquartered in the Aon Center in Chicago, Illinois and the only company in its industry making it into Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Places to Work in the U.S. and D. Wylie Greig, Director of Research, The RREEF Funds.
Consultants include David Worrell David Worrell (born 12 January 1978 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who plays for Dundee.
David signed for Blackburn from Shelbourne in January 1995 but he had not made a first team appearance before he moved to Dundee United in March 1999. , Managing Director of the Cambridge Consulting Group, and Martha O'Mara, corporate real estate consultant and lecturer in executive education at the Harvard Design School. Dr. O'Mara recently authored Strategy and Place, concerned with the strategic use of corporate real estate assets.
Media and publication specialists include Geoffrey Dohrmann, Founder and Chairman of Institutional Real Estate, Inc., and Peter Pike Peter Leslie Pike (born 26 June 1937) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was a member of Parliament for Burnley from 1983 until 2005.
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Dan Jones , President of PikeNet, a firm monitoring and evaluating real estate web sites.
Board of Directors: Operating policy will be established by Centerprise's Board of Directors which includes W. Blake Baird, President, AMB AMB Ambient
AMB Associação Médica Brasileira (Brazil)
AMB Advanced Memory Buffer (FBDIMM control unit on DRAM) Property Corporation; Donald A. King, Jr., Managing Principal, RREEF Funds; Frank C. McDowell, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , BRE (Business Rules Engine) Software that automates policies and procedures within an organization, whether legal, internal or operational. The use of a rules engine (BRE) requires placing the company rules in an external repository that can be easily reviewed rather than Properties, Inc.; Jon W. Paulson, Senior Vice-President, Property First, an e-commerce real estate firm; and John McMahan, Managing Principal of The McMahan Group.
McMahan is also Chairman of BRE properties, a member of the board of VISCOMM, a private e-commerce start-up, and an Adjunct Professor at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.
Centerprise's web site is located at centerprise.org.