History of THE FORUM & Re-Con

"Placemaking In The City & Neighborhood of Tomorrow"

The UM/ULI Real Estate Forum began as a reunion of Professor Peter Allen's students, Michigan real estate alumni, and industry professionals.  Since the beginning, the Forum provided an annual opportunity for collaboration, innovation and influence through the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices in the industry.  The event has served as the pinnacle of Michigan's real estate program for decades, and has led to many significant relationships between attendees, including the introduction of Stephen Ross to Jeff Blau by Professor Peter Allen at the first annual Forum.

Over the years, the event has always evolved, whether it be the changing of event programming, venues, time of year, or host partners such as the Michigan Real Estate Certificate Program. These efforts have always been aimed at better honoring the mission of connecting Michigan real estate students and alumni.

After 30 years of this incredible Michigan tradition, the MREC Board saw the opportunity to refocus the event to focus on connecting alumni with the over 200 members of the Club, as well as with other Alumni.  

  Speakers At The 1st Forum Included Stephen M. Ross (Pictured In the Dividend, Fall 1988 Issue)

Speakers At The 1st Forum Included Stephen M. Ross (Pictured In the Dividend, Fall 1988 Issue)

We are thrilled to welcome back our Michigan Real Estate Alumni, friends, and industry professionals to the Real Estate Convention! Michigan has produced some of the greatest real estate minds in the industry, and RE-Con marks the largest returning of real estate alumni to Ann Arbor ever. We look forward to alumni having the opportunity to reconnect with each other and students on campus!
— Peter Allen, Founder of the UM / ULI Forum
 Peter Allen, Founder of the UM / ULI Forum and "Real Estate Development" Lecturer at Michigan

Peter Allen, Founder of the UM / ULI Forum and "Real Estate Development" Lecturer at Michigan

RECRUIT THE FUTURE "LEADERS AND BEST" AT MICHIGAN

More Michigan students than ever before are pursuing careers in real estate. In fact, Michigan's Real Estate Club had over two hundred student members last year alone. Come meet these students and get blown away by their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn from industry veterans through internships or full-time positions. With your guidance, they may become the next "You” someday.

COMPANIES WHO HAVE RECENTLY RECRUITED REAL ESTATE STUDENTS FROM MICHIGAN:

past SPEAKERS AT the FORUM:

  • Sam Zell, Equity Residential
  • Al Taubman, The Taubman Company
  • John Tishman, Tishman Realty and Construction Company
  • J. Ira Harris, Harris Associates and The Pritzker Organization
  • Jonathan Holtzman, Village Green Associates
  • Al Ratner, Forest City Ratner Companies
  • Petter Linneman, Linneman Associates
  • John Norquist, Former Mayor of Milwaukee