Peter Bren, Hamid Moghadam to Speak at Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s Breakfast Series This Fall

The fall lineup of speakers for Breakfast at the BMC, the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s distinguished lecture series, has been announced.

On Oct. 6, Peter Bren, chairman of the board and president of KBS Realty Advisors, will speak at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the USD campus. Bren oversees all aspects of the company’s business activities, including acquisition, management and disposition of assets acquired. He is a member of the KBS Investment Committee, which evaluates and authorizes new investment opportunities. Bren is also president of KBS REIT and KBS REIT II, both public, non-listed real estate investment trusts. KBS REIT closed its offering in May 2008, having raised over $1.7 billion in equity capital and having purchased over $3 billion in equity and debt assets. KBS REIT II commenced its public offering of up to $2.8 billion in June 2008. Bren is a founding member of The Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

On Nov. 30, Hamid Moghadam, chairman of the board and CEO of AMB Property Corp., will speak on campus. Moghadam co-founded AMB in 1983 and led the company through its initial public offering in 1997. He has held a number of strategic roles within the real estate industry. He has served as the chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the Real Estate Investment Trust Political Action Committee, a director of Plum Creek Timber Company, and a founding member of the Real Estate Roundtable. He is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and has been named CEO of the Year on eight different occasions by four separate industry publications. Moghadam received SB and SM degrees in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he serves as trustee.

Registration for Breakfast at the BMC costs $35 per event or $60 if you register for the Oct. 6 and Nov. 30 events. Both events will take place between 7:30 and 9 a.m. To register, go to:

The Breakfast at the BMC distinguished lecture series was launched by the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate in 2007 and has featured renowned speakers, including philanthropist Ernest Rady, CB Richard Ellis chief executive officer Brett White, Singapore’s GIC Real Estate president Seek Ngee Huat, and Janet Yellen, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

As part of the University’s School of Business Administration, the Burnham-Moores Center offers a Master of Science in Real Estate degree, an undergraduate major in real estate, two continuing education certificates and several major industry conferences throughout the year. For more information, visit

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