Series 1: Our Guests

Our guests are among the most accomplished and experienced professors and professionals in the real estate industry today.  Each professor has made fundamental peer reviewed* contributions to our understanding of real estate; each professional has developed, financed, and/or managed vast portfolios of real estate during their career. Together, they represent the brain trust of the Forum - and of our nation's real estate industry.

*Peer review is the foundation upon which academic excellence is built. It is a process by which academics ('peers') evaluate the caliber of other academics' work.  In doing this, they strive to ensure that research is rigorous, that content is supportable and that it uses past analysis to add to what we already know.  In short, it represents the pinnacle of research professionalism in the real estate industry.

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Glenn Mueller, University of Denver Podcast

With 35 years of real estate industry experience, including 26 years of research, Glenn Mueller is a professor for the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at Denver University, one of the oldest and largest programs in the country. Mueller’s research experience includes real estate market-cycle analysis, real estate securities analysis, real estate capital markets, portfolio and diversification analysis, seniors housing analysis and both public and private market-investment strategies. He is also the real estate investment strategist at Dividend Capital Group, where he provides real estate market-cycle research and investment strategy for Dividend Capital’s Real Estate Securities, Private Real Estate Investment, Private REIT and Real Estate Debt groups. He is also the co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management.



Christopher Palmer, Berkeley Podcast

Professor Palmer, is currently assistant professor in the Real Estate Group at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He has B.A. and B.S., in Economics and Mathematics, from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D., in economics, from MIT. Professor Palmer has been a visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and is currently a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He has has analyzed real estate issues extensively, looking at areas such as the impact of rent control, how the Fed’s quantitative easing influences the housing market, and what the driving factors were of subprime borrower defaults during the recent downturn.

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Charles Nathanson, Northwestern Podcast

Charles G. Nathanson is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He studies asset pricing, with a particular emphasis on the real estate market. His work has focused on how beliefs about price growth drive real estate cycles. In particular, he has examined extrapolative expectations and land market speculation. Professor Nathanson received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2014 from Harvard University.

Stephen Ross


Stephen Ross, University of Connecticut Podcast

Stephen L. Ross is a professor of economics and currently holds the Phillip E. Austin Chair of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. Professor Ross’s research has primarily focused on housing and mortgage lending discrimination, residential and school segregation, neighborhood and peer effects, and state and local governments.  He is also an affiliate with the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania, the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group at the University of Chicago, and the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics.



Michael Tomlan, Cornell Podcast

Michael Tomlan is professor of Historic Preservation and Planning, and director of graduate studies in real estate at Cornell University. In the graduate studies program he serves as chair of the admissions committee, faculty editor of the Cornell Real Estate Review, and facilitates the entry of Baker Program graduate students in the annual real estate finance competition.

Darren Hayunga


Darren Hayunga, University of Georgia Podcast

Dr. Hayunga has been with the University of Georgia since 2013. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Arlington. Dr. Hayunga's research interest include housing economics, real estate markets, financial options, and spatial econometrics. His research is published in the Journals of Real Estate Economics, Real Estate Finance and Economics, Real Estate Research, Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and of Banking and Finance. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Hayunga founded a financial planning firm and practiced as a Certified Financial Planner.

Paul Anglin


Paul Anglin, University of Guelph Podcast

Paul Anglin is a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph. His best known research focuses on the issues of how houses are bought and sold with a special emphasis on how long the process takes and on the role of real estate agents in that process. He has also contributed ideas to a diverse set of questions including price dynamics, price indices, and information asymmetry (and physics).  He is a member of the Editorial Board for Real Estate Economics.

Jonathan Meer


Jonathan Meer, Texas A&M Podcast

Jonathan Meer’s research focuses on charitable giving and the economics of education. His recent work examines whether fundraising creates new giving, how Teach for America teachers impact college-going among low-income students, and how the interaction between teacher and student gender affects student performance. He is a Private Enterprise Research Center professor and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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James (Jim) Conklin, University of Georgia Podcast

James Conklin is an assistant professor of real estate at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Dr. Conklin has a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in real estate and a minor in finance from Penn State University. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Conklin worked in the mortgage industry, holding various management positions. Dr. Conklin’s research interests include real estate markets, mortgage markets and institutions, real estate finance and financial literacy. Dr. Conklin’s current research focuses on mortgage broker, lender, and borrower behavior in the subprime mortgage market.

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Arjen Siegmann, Vrije University, Amsterdam Podcast

Arjen Siegmann has a Ph.D. in 'Optimal Financial Decision Making under Loss Averse Preferences'.  He is professor at the Vrije University in Amsterdam in the faculty of economics and business administration.  He has worked at the Netherlands Central Bank and his research focuses on the modeling of loss aversion in financial models where he concentrates his efforts on hedge fund, pension fund, and housing market dynamics.

Chad Syverson


Chad Syverson, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business  Podcast

Chad Syverson's research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. His research has been published in several top journals and has earned multiple National Science Foundation Awards.  Syverson serves as an editor of the RAND Journal of Economics and is on the editorial board of several other journals. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has recently served on National Academies committees and as the chair of the Chicago Census Research Data Center Board.

Rachel Ngai


Liwa Rachel Ngai, London School of Economics Podcast

Prof Rachel Ngai received her PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She was tenured at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) since 2007, and is currently Reader in Economics. She is concurrently Research Associate at the Center for Economic Performance and Research Affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research at LSE.  Prof Ngai’s research interests include macroeconomics - growth and development, structural transformation, labor markets and housing markets. She is an associate editor of Economica.

Bennie Waller


Bennie Waller, Longwood University

Bennie D. Waller is on the faculty at Longwood University where he is Chair of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Real Estate as well as Director of the Center for Financial Responsibility. He holds doctoral degrees in Finance (1998) and Management Information Systems (2007) from the University of Mississippi. In addition to teaching in the Finance and Real Estate Program at Longwood University, he is active in consulting, and maintains an ambitious research agenda.


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Amanda Hite, President & CEO., STR Global  Podcast

As president and chief executive officer, Amanda Hite sets company policy and strategy while overseeing daily operations and implementing initiatives for STR's family of companies: Hotel News Now (HNN), based in Cleveland, Ohio and STR’s international headquarters, in London. She is a member of the boards of directors of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Wentland


Scott Wentland, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept of Commerce

Dr. Wentland is a senior economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the BEA within the U.S. Department of Commerce, a federal government agency.  The views expressed in his podcasts are his own and not a reflection or endorsement by the federal government.  Dr. Wentland received his Ph.D. form George Mason University and has written extensively on housing, real estate, and urban economics matters.

Jordan Levine


Jordan Levine, M.A., California Association of Realtors  Podcast I  Podcast II

Senior economist at the California Association of Realtors.  Jordan is responsible for housing market and economic trends and analysis, policy analysis, and data work in a variety of contexts.  He is renowned for his ability to communicate complex economic concepts and ideas in a clear and effective style, and is a frequent contributor to both broadcast and media outlets.

Greg MacKinnon


Greg MacKinnon Ph.D., CFA., Pension Real Estate Association  Podcast

Greg MacKinnon is the Director of Research for the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), a non-profit trade association for the global institutional real estate industry. His role includes providing information, research, and thought leadership on real estate investment issues. Prior to joining PREA, Greg began his career as an academic and his work on real estate investment issues has been published in the top research journals. Greg is a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute, serves on the Board of the Real Estate Research Institute, and is co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, as well as the bi-annual special real estate issue of The Journal of Portfolio Management. Greg holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Alberta and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Dr. Leonard Nakamura


Leonard Nakamura, Vice President & Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Podcast

Leonard I. Nakamura joined the Philadelphia Fed in 1988 as a senior economist in the Research Department and was promoted to economic advisor in 1995. In 2007, he became assistant vice president and economist; in 2011, he was named vice president and economist. Nakamura currently leads the research team responsible for producing the Business Outlook Survey, a regional manufacturing survey, and the State Coincident Indexes, as well as other economic indicators. Previously, Nakamura was an economist at Citibank; prior to that, he He has taught courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Bryn Mawr College, and was previously a faculty member at Rutgers University. Nakamura received a B.A. in social sciences from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Bob O'Brien


Robert O'Brien, Global & US Real Estate Leader, Deloitte  Podcast

Robert (Bob) serves as the Global and US Real Estate & Construction Sector Leader. He works to leverage Deloitte’s deep real estate and construction industry expertise across consulting, tax, audit, enterprise risk and financial advisory services. Bob has 30 years of public accounting and transaction experience serving publicly held and privately held clients in various industries, with a focus on the real estate, construction, and hospitality industries.

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