DREAA Panelist Event - Politics & Real Estate


Please join DREAA members, guests, and friends to explore how politics are involved in private and public real estate development.


“Competing Interest for the Common Good; Politics & Real Estate”

The DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance is pleased to present a distinguished panel of speakers who will be drawing from their experiences to address the effects that politics have in real estate.

Lee Golub, Executive Vice President, Golub and Company  

Brian Bernardoni, Director of Government Affairs, Chicago Association of Realtors 

Lawrence Okrent, President, Okrent Associates, Inc.

Joseph Schwieterman, Ph.D, Director, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

Thursday, October 9th, 6-9 pm

Hosted at the DePaul Club, 1 East Jackson Blvd., 11th Floor

Appetizers and Refreshments will be provided.

Organized By:
DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance

Co-Sponsored By:
DePaul University Advancement
The Real Estate Center at DePaul University

Registration IS Accepted AT THE DOOR



Panelists Include:  
Lee Golub, Executive Vice President, Golub and Company  
A veteran of commercial real estate and investment, Lee Golub oversees Golub & Company’s U.S. division, spearheading the company’s rapid growth in multiple property sectors and geographical markets. He has established important relationships with government agencies, winning their support for several highly successful office, residential and mixed-use development projects having significant community impact. Under his guidance, the company continues to expand its portfolio through major property acquisitions, often involving prominent institutional investors. Lee provides leadership to Golub & Company’s development group responsible for ensuring the quality of ground-up construction projects, as well as to the asset management and marketing executives responsible for enhancing the sustained value of every property.

Brian Bernardoni, Director of Government Affairs, Chicago Association of Realtors 
Called “highly effective, trustworthy and visible” by numerous Aldermen including Chicago City Council Finance Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th), Brian A. Bernardoni of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) is the Director of Governmental Affairs serving the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR).  As Director of Government Affairs for CAR, Brian works with the Association's leadership to assess and monitor legislation impacting the real estate industry, lobby issues on behalf of the Association and provide legislative strategies.  He has led efforts to fight back restrictive inclusionary zoning ordinances and residential fire sprinklers while working to find solutions to the core problems which have led to these ordinances. He has directly lobbied the City of Chicago, the County of Cook and the United States Congress where his efforts were integral in drafting and passing pro-real estate legislation including the first legislation allowing for the installation of plastic pipe in Chicago’s history.  In his prior capacities, Brian served as Executive Director of the University Village Association, and as a lobbyist for Chicago's high-rise office building industry (BOMA/Chicago).

Lawrence Okrent, President, Okrent Associates, Inc.
Lawrence Okrent has been accepted as a planning and zoning expert in the circuit courts of metropolitan Chicago and by numerous plan commissions and zoning boards in the region. Formerly associated with the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1970-1979), he founded Okrent Associates in 1979. He is responsible for the firm's administration, written documentation, public presentations, and architectural and aerial photography.

Moderated by:

Joseph Schwieterman, Ph.D, Director, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development
Joseph Schwieterman is director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development and professor of public service management at DePaul University.  Prof. Schwieterman is well-known authority on transportation and land-use planning in the region and is the author of the book, Shaping Contemporary Suburbia: Perspectives on Development Control in Metropolitan Chicago. Schwieterman is a regular guest on WTTW's Chicago Tonight Program and WBBM's Noon Business Hour and has testified on air transportation before a subcommittee of the U.S. Congress.  Since joining the faculty at DePaul University in 1991, Schwieterman has developed classes on economic development, advanced quantitative methods, and community analysis as well as hosted the Chaddick Institute's workshops on planning and development topics.


Name Sales End Price Fee
DREAA Registered Alumni   Ended $20 $0.99
Guest   Ended $30 $0.99

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