Founding Members

Platinum Equity Members

Peter Bell Pabst Farms
James Imhoff, Jr. First Weber Group
Dennis Klein CD Smith Construction
Barry Mandel Mandel Group
Jim McShane Conor Commercial Real Estate
Roger Thrun WHR Group
Bob & Jeff Weyers, Paul Klister Commercial Horizons

Gold Equity Members

Bruce Adreani Norwood Builders
First Data Corporation  
Opus North Corporation  
Steve & Rhonda Stratman  

Silver Equity Members

James Devine  
Steve & Mary Evans  
Tom Kuesel Kuesel & Co.
Robert Mahoney CB Richard Ellis
John Pfefferle Pfefferle Investments
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Shiel  

Bronze Equity Members

James Barry III Cassidy Turley
Don & Win Biernacki  
Norris & Nanine Eber Abbell Associates
Joe Horning Shorewest Realtors
John Heller & Francis Brzezinski Interstate Partners
Gerber's Law, S.C.  
David & Bonnie Krill  
Patrick Mulcahy US Bank
Ogden & Company, Inc.  
Max Rasansky CB Richard Ellis
David Shrock Marquette University
Mark Spaeth Schenck Business Solutions
Timothy Spillane Jones Lang LaSalle
Richard Spinell Mid America Real Estate Group
Don Tolva The Store House Company
US Bancorp Foundation  
US Bank Commercial Real Estate Lending Division  
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C.  

Equity Members

Margaret Bernhard Marquette University
Mark Eppli & Eliza Webb  
Lee Hackett American Appraisal Associates
Michael Kelly Marquette University
Patrick Knoelke Custom Truck & Equipment
Charles Ries Marquette University
Robert Schmidt Boulder Venture
Gary Stein CB Richard Ellis
Nicole Truog UW-Madison
Douglas Wheaton  


Marquette was the first Jesuit university in the nation with an undergraduate curriculum in commercial real estate. In 2002, the College of Business Administration initiated efforts to establish a major program in the area of commercial real estate by hiring Dr. Mark Eppli as the Bell Chair in Real Estate. Under his leadership, these efforts have been highly successful, attracting students, outreach, research, and relationship building with the industry. The Center for Real Estate was established in 2008 through the efforts of Founding Members who contributed more than $800,000 in initial operating funds. Work continues on building an endowment to permanently fund and operate the Center for Real Estate. The CRE was the founding educational partner for the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program, a minority outreach program that provides commercial real estate training, networking and mentoring opportunities. Now spun off as The ACRE Network (TAN), ACRE graduates are carrying on the successful program, which has served more than 125 individuals since 2004.