NYU SCHACK INSTITUTE OF REAL
ESTATE ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
Thursday, April 20th 2010 – Spring Issue http://www.scps.nyu.edu/realumni
Upcoming Events to Schedule on Your Calendar
When What Event Details
April 22nd “Making a Living, Making a Life” – SCPS Event Midtown Center, 4-6pm. See page 3.
April 27th “How to Build Your Online Brand” – SCPS Event NYU Torch Club, 6-8:30pm. See page 3.
May 7th The “Greening” of Affordable Housing in Harlem Midtown Center, 8-10am. See page 3.
Sept 22nd 18th Annual Monopoly Night – Save the Date Stay tuned for more details, coming soon.
Sold Out: NYU’s Annual Golf Event, May 17th, 2010
The first NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Golf Outing @ TPC Jansa Polana in
Princeton, NJ, Monday, May 17th, is currently sold out. We are maintaining a waiting
list in case of any cancellations. The NYU athletic department is organizing this annual
golf outing and giving Schack alumni an opportunity to organize our own foursomes.
Registration fee is $375, and includes:
• 18 holes of champion golf,
• Driving range, putting green & locker room facilities,
• Hot gourmet breakfast,
• All-day refreshment cart, soft drinks, beer, & snacks,
• $1,000,000 JetBlue hole-in-one challenge,
• $10,000 60-foot putt contest,
• Round-trip transportation to and from Manhattan,
• Pre-dinner cocktails and hors d'oeuvres www.NYU.edu/
• Elegant buffet dinner in Main Dining Room athletics/Golfouting
Note: Registration for this event is now SOLD OUT. Visit link for waiting list.
Links to Stay Connected: Alumni Spotlight: Robin Wilson
Linked-In: Two sites, one for Alumni & one for friends of Schack Robin Wilson (’04) recently published a book
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com, search for NYU Schack on her “green” renovation for the Robert F.
Kennedy Jr.’s private residence. “The Kennedy
Green House is a book that will help anyone
learn more about eco-friendly design..."
See page 5.
“Scotch 101” - SCPS Alumni Hosts @ Torch Club
On March 23rd, both the NYU SCPS Alumni and NYU Schack Alumni Association co-hosted the SCOTCH 101 Tastings
Event. This Single Malt Scotch Symposium allowed alums to gather for good spirits, both in the bottle and in the air!
Everyone had a marvelous time learning about the three special reserves, lifting a glass to toast and taste and learn
about some smashing good whisky that our Spirits Specialist had selected, including: Bruichladdich, a 12yr old;
Glendronach, a 12yr old; and Benriach, a 10yr old 'Curiositas'. The Spirit Specialist, Karl duHoffmann, has a long-
term sideline interest in handmade spirits, which led to studies in distilling and a career change with a position as the
spirit specialist for Winebow, Inc, an importer and distributor of some of the finest spirits from around the world.
Clockwise from upper left corner: Chris Caltabiano (‘07); AJ Hernandez (’04) & Emily Astrof (’05); Chris Pulling (’06)
& Matthew Weir (’06); Max Nipon, Daniel Matz (‘08), & Daniel Margolis.
Newsletter Help Wanted! Next Printings
We are now looking for people to write articles and interview alumni! The next alumni newsletter
If interested, please contact Ira Krivit at firstname.lastname@example.org. will be released in the Summer,
prior to the Fall 2010 events.
UPCOMING CAREER EVENTS
Spring 2010 Career Events for Schack Alumni
“Making a Living, Making A Life”
Dates & Times: Thursday, April 22nd, 4-6pm
Location: Midtown Center, Room 1027
Join us for a discussion on “Making a Living, Making a Life” - A presentation and discussion of recommended Professional
and Ethical Standards in Real Estate and Construction Careers and in one's personal life. The goal is to create "The Good
Life". Hear from Daniel Rose, Chairman, Rose Associates, Inc.
For more details, please email:
Jessica Estrada-Watson at: NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate email@example.com
SCPS Alumni – “How to Build Your Online Brand”
DATES: Tuesday April 27th, 6:00-8:30pm
You are invited to attend "BUILD YOUR ON-LINE BRAND" How to use Social Media to Build Your Company's and
Your Personal Brand, presented by Josh Peck, Senior Manager Media Relations, Duane Morris LLP.
Location: NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place
RSVP is required by April 19th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell us your name and the program you graduated from
when you reply. This event is free for SCPS alumni, guests are $20.00.
Sustainability Speaker Series –
Jonathan Rose Companies discuss the “Greening” of Affordable Housing in Harlem
DATE & TIME: Friday, May 7th, 8:00-10:00am
LOCATION: Midtown Center, Room 1027
Come hear from two senior Managing Directors of Jonathan Rose Companies: Paul Freitag, Managing Director of
Development & Wendy Rowden, Managing Director of Investments.
Mr. Freitag and Ms. Rowden will present their recent sustainable projects in New York City, focusing on the preservation
and “greening” of 198 affordable housing units in Harlem. The project represents the first use of the US Department of
Housing and Urban Development’s Green Retrofit Program, and it is intended to meet Enterprise’s Green Communities
Criteria and achieve a USGBC LEED rating.
Breakfast will be available at 7:30am
RSVP is required SBE.email@example.com. This event is free for Schack Alumni.
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER EVENTS
Please join us in these two very worthwhile volunteer activities by the NYU Schack Alumni community. It
will be great to give something back to the larger community that we are all part of, and it will be great to
enjoy the camaraderie with fellow alums. The details are below.
MS Walk 2010 – Sunday, April 18th, 6am-Noon
Where: South Street Seaport, Manhattan
Who: 25 NYU Schack Alums & 25 NYU Schack Students per Event
Visit www.walkMSnyc.org. for
more details, & send email to:
Ruth Ann Blankenheim:
Walk MS is a simple, but incredibly powerful way for you to
share in the hope for the future.
From the Walk MS Website: “Walk MS is our rallying point, a
time and a place for us to stand together and to be together —
to help raise critical funds that support cutting edge research,
drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional
education and provide programs and services to help people
with MS move their lives forward.
Join the Walk MS Movement. Register Today. Be there. Because every movement you make and every
dollar you raise supports the mission to create a world free of MS.”
Hands on New York Day – Saturday April 24th, 8:30am-5pm
New York City parks, gardens, and community centers are an essential part of
urban life. They provide space for recreation, relaxation, and community growth.
Each April, Hands On New York Day volunteers make these spaces cleaner,
greener, and ready for summer. Your efforts on Hands On New York Day are
critical to keeping our city's public spaces clean and green, but this incredible
day of service is only one of the 11,000 volunteer projects New York Cares
runs each year. Fundraising for Hands On New York Day enables New York
Cares' volunteers to continue making a difference all year long.
Where: New York City Park, TBD
Who: 25 NYU Schack Alums & 25 NYU Schack Students per Event
Cost: $10 (info is sent out to confirmed participants)
Additional details will be sent to team members after all slots are filled. For more
general information about Hands on New York Day, visit: www.newyorkcares.org
For further details and registration, please contact: Jennifer Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Wilson ’03, Brings Green
Construction to The Kennedy
Robin Wilson is a nationally recognized eco-friendly and healthy home
interior designer focused on the ‘foundation to the furniture.’ Industry
insiders describe her style as ‘classic with a modern touch’ with a focus
on sustainable, reusable, recyclable and non-toxic options. She founded
her firm in 2000, and rebranded it to the eponymous Robin Wilson
Home in 2006.
Robin Wilson Home is based in New York City and focused on residential
& commercial interior design, consulting, licensing and an online retailer
called The Nest Store.
Most recently, she completed a project for the private residence of
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. which had to be rebuilt due to a black mold
infestation. Her first book, “Kennedy Green House” arrives in bookstores in April 2010. Her work has also been
featured in notable projects including the Good Housekeeping LEED-certified brownstone (2008), the Esquire
"Ultimate Bachelor Apartment" terrace (2007), the Peninsula Hotel Spa salon (2007), and renovation and furniture
acquisition in President Bill Clinton's Harlem office(since 2004).
Robin Wilson has been influenced by the architectural work of Paul R. Williams and
Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. She has an understanding of LEED requirements
due to her work on several projects.
Robin Wilson is the first woman to license her name to eco-friendly kitchen cabinetry –
which is manufactured by Holiday Kitchens, a 64-year old company that employs 700
workers in the United States.
An award-winning entrepreneur, Ms. Wilson has been recognized:
• 2009: Panelist at "Dynamic Women" conference - Harvard Business School
• 2007: Small Business "Innovator of the Year" - Black Enterprise Magazine
• 2007: Listed #46 in the "50 Most Powerful Women in NY" - New York Post
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, she holds an MS from New York University and a BA
from the University of Texas in Austin. Her firm is a member of the US Green Building
Council. For more information about Robin Wilson Home, please visit: www.robinwilsonhome.com
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Want To Be Profiled in the Alumni Spotlight? Many alumni are working on interesting projects and
ventures, and we would love to tell your story. If you would like to be featured in the Alumni Spotlight
section, please email Ira Krivit at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing your stories.
Hugh Kelly, a distinguished Professor of Economics at the Schack Real Estate Institute has won
the Ballard Award from the Counselors of Real Estate as best article of 2009 in the journal "Real Estate Issues",
for his article entitled, “The Morphology of the Credit Crisis." His authorship for that article underscores his
association with the Schack Institute. Congratulations go out to Mr. Kelly, who has now won that award twice!
GETTING INVOLVED/STAYING IN TOUCH
Want to Get Involved With The Alumni Association?
If you would like to contribute your time to the Alumni Association, we would love your help! Whether you want to
help plan events, raise money, interview alumni for the newsletter, or just want to help the Association with your time
and talents, please let us know. We have outlined some helpful starting points below:
If You Don’t Know Where to Start: Alumni Association President O’Brien Murray can provide guidance if you don’t
know what you’d like to do, but you know you want to help. Call him at +917 697-8196 or email him at
If You’d Like to Help Plan Events: We have an active programming schedule, and are planning a lot of fun
additions to the calendar over the next year, including social events, such as happy hours, dinners, and other get-
togethers. Email Ruth Ann Blankenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If You’d Like to Work on this Newsletter or Other Communications Initiatives (i.e., Our Web Presence):
Please contact Ira Krivit at +917-913-3400 or email@example.com.
If You’d Like to Network Locally: We have several different projects that provide alumni with opportunities to
meet others in the NYU network. Contact Ruth Ann Blankenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If You’re in Construction Management (“CM”) and Want to Work on CM Initiatives: Please contact Rob
Burkavage at rburkavage@Sciame.com or +917 771-5130.
Finally, If You Are Outside of New York, And Want to Meet Other Alumni in Your City: We maintain a list of
alumni in different cities and can help. Email email@example.com and we will make introductions for you.
Some Tips For Staying Connected
Our Alumni community is expanding its presence online with multiple locations for staying connected. We currently
have pages on Facebook & Linked-In. In the coming months, you’ll be able to find our blog and twitter accounts to
stay in touch with all our activities.
NYUniverse is the online home of over 370,000 NYU Alumni worldwide. Go to: http://alumni.nyu.edu to register
and to update your profile, search the alumni directory, access career resources, and much more.
Web Links (Including Facebook and LinkedIn): The Schack Institute is at http://www.scps.nyu.edu/areas-of-
study/real-estate/ and there are alumni groups on both LinkedIn and Facebook. You can find both by logging on and
running a search.
About This Newsletter: The NYU Schack Institute of Newsletter Committee: Ira Krivit ’06 (Editor), Gary
Real Estate Alumni Association Newsletter is published Meese ’05, and Dabney Bowen ’05 (Copy Editor).
through out the year, in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Additional Writers This Issue: Ira Krivit ’06,
If you’d like to write for us, let us know!
Michael Walden ’03