Investing in Real Estate seminar designed for high-end investors.

The College of Business Administration’s Chapman Graduate School of Business and Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute have joined forces with Ocean Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Steel, Hector & Davis LLP to offer an intensive, hands-on, five-day seminar on investing in high-stakes real estate.

J. Antonio “Tony” Villamil, CEO of the Washington Economics Group, Inc., will open the seminar and Chaim Katzman, chairman and CEO of Equity One, Inc., will host the closing program. Leading real estate experts from the three sponsoring organizations—who have helped design the program—and College faculty will make presentations daily. The unique consortium of speakers will provide in-depth information on every aspect of real estate investment. An on-site look into a current Katzman project, thorough analysis of relevant case studies, and three evenings of prime networking—hosted by each of the sponsors—are among the many carefully planned activities scheduled throughout the event.

“We designed the seminar to attract participants from South Florida, Europe, and particularly Latin America,” said John Zdanowicz, director of the Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute and professor of finance. “The Institute has international real estate transactions as a strategic focus and the seminar is an important component of our overall plan to grow in this field.”

“Real estate is an area in which we distinguish ourselves nationally and internationally,” said José de la Torre, dean of the Chapman School. “Miami is one of the hottest and most exciting real estate markets in the United States and abroad. This field is key for us, especially as there are very few business schools that concentrate on real estate and none that concentrate on international real estate.”

As further evidence of its commitment to the subject, the College is expanding the faculty and recruiting students for a Master of Science in International Real Estate, scheduled to begin at its new Downtown Center in January 2006.

To request a brochure or for more information about the seminar, including available sponsorship rates, contact Erica Gjorven, associate director of program development in the Office of Professional and Executive Education, at 305-348-1144 or You will also find the brochure at

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