Real Estate Legend Sam Zell to Headline Burnham-Moores Center's 18th Annual Real Estate Conference

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego will host its 18th Annual Real Estate Conference and 20th Anniversary Celebration of USD’s Real Estate Program Thursday, Feb. 13 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina from 7:00 -11:45 am.

The conference is a signature gathering of over 700 senior real estate executives. Speakers will address the opportunities and challenges in today’s local, regional, national and international real estate markets.

Sam Zell, founder and chairman of Equity Group Investments, is the keynote speaker and Norm Miller, PhD, professor of real estate at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, is the featured speaker. Miller will present his research findings on workplace trends nationally and their impact on office markets.

Zeroing in on unique opportunities relevant to San Diego, three panels of civic and business leaders will offer their insights on a variety of issues and opportunities in real estate. The first panel, titled, "Tailwinds or Headwinds? Navigating Demographic, Planning and Political Change in San Diego," will include: Jerry Sanders, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Marney Cox, San Diego Association of Governments; and Bill Fulton, City of San Diego. A second panel will discuss "A Roadmap for Going Places Where Others Are Not Even Looking," and will include: Michael Jones, The Maritime Alliance; Mary L. Walshok, PhD, University of California San Diego; and Linden S. Blue, General Atomics. The third panel, titled "Comparing Notes and Aha Moments," will include Sherm Harmer, Urban Housing Partners Inc. and Ian Gill, Highland Partnership, Inc. and will be moderated by Mark J. Riedy, Burnham-Moores Center.

The conference concludes with the Center's Executive Director, Mark J. Riedy, PhD, reflecting on the 20-year successful joint venture between the Burnham-Moores Center and San Diego's real estate industry and its potential for even greater benefits in the future. Immediately following the conference, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., will be an informal party celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the University of San Diego's real estate program.

Registration for the event, which includes breakfast, costs $175 for an individual, $875 for a reserved half table of five or $1750 for a reserved table of 10. Please include your RSVP for the anniversary party when registering. Register now:

For questions, contact Diane Gustafson at or 619-260-2379.

All media inquiries and attendance, please contact Kimberly Malasky at or 619-260-4786.

The conference program is attached to this press release.

The conference is approved for 3.75 hours of MCLE general credit, as certified by the University of San Diego School of Law, which is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

About the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego is committed to creating exceptional value for the real estate professionals of today and tomorrow through personalized education and career services, industry support, research, and the promotion of socially responsible leadership. As a part of the University’s School of Business Administration, the Center offers a Master of Science in Real Estate degree, an undergraduate major and minor in real estate, a continuing education certificate and several major industry conferences throughout the year. For more information, visit

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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