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Success as teacher at National Realty Club.

When I started my career in real estate financing, I found that no experience was quite like that of learning from someone who had already succeeded.

And with the New York real estate market in a state of stress and flux as it has been the last few years, that approach to professional development and success is more appropriate than ever.

The National Realty Club, headquartered at the 60 East Club in New York City, provides a logical way for developers, brokers, lenders, lawyers, investors and other real estate professionals to take a pro-active stance in developing their careers.

The National Realty Club has developed a multi-pronged approach to embellishing personal marketing strategies and creating networking opportunities on both a business and personal level. This has been accomplished by hosting a series of monthly lunch seminars supplemented by periodic workshops of particular technical or topical interest.

In addition, the club meets daily for lunch in its own room at the 60 East Club. The atmosphere of sociability found here has led to many friendships and deal-making accomplishments.

The monthly luncheons feature prominent industry professionals as well as panel seminars geared to identifying and resolving concerns and opportunities in the real estate market.

Recent individual speakers have included Bernard Mendik, president of the Real Estate Board of New York; Edward S. Gordon, chairman of Edward S. Gordon Company, Inc.; Dr. Irwin Kellner, chief economist of The Chemical Banking Corporation; Bruce Ratner, president of Forest City Ratner Companies; E. Rene Frank, president of Properties at Auction, Larry A. Silverstein, president of Silverstein Properties and Lewis Rudin, president of Rudin Management Company.

Seminar subjects have included "Loan Workouts and Restructuring" with senior partners of a major law firm and a national accounting firm as speakers; a lenders panel with senior lending officers of G.E. Capital, New York Life Insurance Company and New York Federal Savings Bank as speakers; "Meet the Press" with editors from the New York Times, Newsday, Crain's New York Business and Real Estate Weekly unveiling the mysteries of how the media looks at real estate; and "Overseas Investors in New York Real Estate" with panelists representing German, Japanese, English and Dutch investment companies.

In attending these sessions, National Realty Club members have not only learned from the experts, but they have also enjoyed the convenience of lunching together, transacting business, negotiating deals and exchanging ideas involving real estate and other subjects.

And by networking with colleagues in such an environment, they have also been able to achieve a better sense of career growth, and to continue to identify pockets of opportunity that exist within the industry.

The club has a proud history. When it was formed in 1947, the National Realty Club was then known as the Realty Luncheon Club of New York.

In his speech of welcome, the club's first president, Nathan Wilson, explained that the new organization had been formed to meet a great need - the establishment of private luncheon facilities in pleasant surroundings, for men and women identified with all phases of real estate, construction and allied activities.

That's still true. Now, however, the membership has grown and diversified enormously. What's more, members of the National Realty Club automatically enjoy membership in the 60 East Club and reciprocal privileges at the 500 Club at 500 Seventh Avenue, the India House at 66 Beaver Street, and the 200 Fifth Avenue Club at 200 Fifth Avenue (all in Manhattan), plus the University Club in Rochester.

Today's depressed market will pass. What won't pass is your - and my - need to learn more about real estate. Active participation in The National Realty Club will help insure that.

Call our membership chairman, Lawrence D. Maran, at 682-6390 or myself at 688-8100, to learn of a special introductory membership opportunity.

Hope to see you in the fall!
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Title Annotation:Career Development
Author:Steiker, Jerome J.
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Column
Date:Aug 18, 1993
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