DSS Wrap-Up: Barry DiRaimondo (MBA ’85), CEO of SteelWave LLC

On September 27, 2018, the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate welcomed Barry DiRaimondo, Chief Executive Officer of SteelWave LLC, to campus as part of the program’s Distinguished Speaker Series.  SteelWave is a full-service real estate manager, operator and investor headquartered outside of San Francisco, California.  SteelWave’s portfolio consists of approximately 12 million square feet… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-Up: Barry DiRaimondo (MBA ’85), CEO of SteelWave LLC

DSS Wrap-Up: Prashant Arul Raj (MPS RE ’00), Head of Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance

This past Thursday the Baker Program had the pleasure of welcoming back to campus Prashant Arul Raj, Head of Commercial Real Estate Finance at Guggenheim Partners. Prashant is a graduate (MPS RE ‘00) of the Cornell Real Estate Master’s program prior to its sponsorship by Richard Baker. Having been back on campus for the first… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-Up: Prashant Arul Raj (MPS RE ’00), Head of Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance

2018 Summer Internships: Jimin Won, ACRES Capital, LLC.

When I came to the Baker Program, I aimed to gain a better understanding of real estate finance to propel my capacity as a developer and entrepreneur. I chose to spend my summer at ACRES Capital due to its multi-asset approach, national coverage, and the leadership’s expertise in real estate valuation and risk assessment as… Continue Reading 2018 Summer Internships: Jimin Won, ACRES Capital, LLC.

2018 Summer Internships: Lera Covington, Albanese Organization, Inc. (4 min)

  I entered the Baker Program in Real Estate in 2017 as a career switcher.  Having cut my teeth in the financial services industry, I desired to pivot into a career in real estate development where I could create innovative projects with positive social impact.  I decided to intern with Albanese Organization, Inc. this summer… Continue Reading 2018 Summer Internships: Lera Covington, Albanese Organization, Inc. (4 min)

2018 Summer Internships: Ali Daye, SAS – Corporate Real Estate

The short nature of internships and the level of commitment required allows them to provide an opportunity to explore, unlike full-time jobs. This sense of wanting to branch out and explore something new is what I sought in my internship this summer. So, for my real estate internship, I decided to not work for a… Continue Reading 2018 Summer Internships: Ali Daye, SAS – Corporate Real Estate

2018 Summer Internships: Dustin Dunham, Mercer Street Partners (4 Min)

Summer Internship Recap Who: Dustin Dunham – Baker Program Class of 2019 Where: Mercer Street Partners, New York, NY Position: Summer Associate – Acquisitions and Asset Management My 10-week summer internship at Mercer Street Partners was a transformative experience that accelerated my career growth. Mercer Street Partners (MSP) is a quickly growing value-add private equity… Continue Reading 2018 Summer Internships: Dustin Dunham, Mercer Street Partners (4 Min)

DSS Wrap-up: Joe Levine ’02, Managing Partner – Mercer Street Partners (5 mins)

The week’s Distinguished Speaker Series marked another example of how this series highlights the power of a Cornell education and the many places it can take you. For this iteration of the series, The Baker Program welcomed back to campus Hotel School alum (SHA’02) Joseph Levine, who, since leaving Cornell, has gone onto cofound Mercer… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Joe Levine ’02, Managing Partner – Mercer Street Partners (5 mins)

DSS Wrap-up: Derek Olsen (Class of ’92), Senior Vice President with CHMWarnick (5 mins)

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Baker Program in Real Estate had the privilege of hosting Derek Olsen, Class of 1992, for its Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS).  Derek is a Senior Vice President with CHMWarnick (CHMW).  CHMW is a highly regarded hospitality asset manager and provider of owner advisory services.  Derek’s responsibilities include overseeing “financial… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Derek Olsen (Class of ’92), Senior Vice President with CHMWarnick (5 mins)

DSS Wrap-up: Spencer Levy (IRL ’92), Americas Head of Research at CBRE (3 Mins)

  On Thursday, August 30th, 2018, the Baker Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series was honored to host its first speaker of the new school year, senior member of CBRE’s global research team and Americas Head of Research, Spencer Levy (ILR ’92).  In his position at CBRE, Spencer serves as the principal external spokesperson on real estate… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Spencer Levy (IRL ’92), Americas Head of Research at CBRE (3 Mins)

What Are Opportunity Zones and How Can Investors Utilize Them?

In 2017, Congress established a new community development program known as Opportunity Zones in order to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The Opportunity Zones program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing into Opportunity Zones designated by… Continue Reading What Are Opportunity Zones and How Can Investors Utilize Them?