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2016 Cornell Real Estate Conference: Brandon Weber CEO & Founder of Hightower

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Ershad Chagani

Ershad is a graduate student at Cornell University concurrently pursuing a Master of Real Estate (MPS-RE) and an MBA. This holistic education is building upon his three years of management consulting experience, where he focused on real estate and innovation as a Senior Consultant in Deloitte's Strategy & Operations practice. He has experience across a variety of industries including Real Estate, Financial Services, Energy, and Public Sector.

Brandon WeberBrandon Weber is CEO and founder of Hightower, a leasing management platform for the commercial real estate industry. Hightower has raised almost $22 million in funding and now powers end-to-end leasing for thousands of commercial landlords and brokers around the world. The company is headquartered in Manhattan with 65+ employees and offices in 6 cities. Prior to launching Hightower, Weber was a First Vice President at CBRE where he managed the leasing strategy for over four million square feet of institutionally owned office/biotech assets.

He began his career in software product development, first as a Program Manager at Microsoft developing Excel, and later at Zillow as a Senior Program Manager. As a former product manager on the Excel team at Microsoft and then Zillow, he helped build technologies that revolutionized other industries and knew the same opportunity existed for commercial real estate. He received two degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon and holds five patents in software design.

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