What to watch for at the CEO Summit

Next week some of the top real estate executives in Oregon will gather to discuss the future of the industry at the Oregon State University College of Business CEO Summit at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

The May 3 Summit features a panel discussion with David Andersen, president of Anderesen Construction Company; Mark Edlen, CEO of Gerding Edlen,; Derrick McGavic, founder and principal of Newport Capital Partners; and John Stirek, president of Western Operations for Trammel Crow.

Diane Detering-Paddison, chief strategy officer of Cassidy Turley, will serve as moderator while Tom Toomey, president and CEO of UDR, Inc., has the keynote on how real estate professionals can do more with less.

The panel will look at the many changes the real estate industry has been faced with over the past decade as consumers and businesses are faced with growing uncertainty and fewer resources, and what must happen to encourage growth in the next decade as the technologically savvy and more urban centered Generation Y continues to dominate the workforce.

Each speaker brings different expertise and experience to the discussion, including the construction industry, multi-family housing, commercial real estate and sustainability practices.

“I view real estate as one of many economic drivers,” Edlen said. “It not only creates the obvious construction jobs but more importantly real estate development creates the spaces within which people can, live work and play.”

While integrally connected with the economy, real estate decisions also inform the desirability of a company and the image it wishes to project, Edlen said.

“Is it space that will give them a hiring advantage when recruiting Gen Y, which is the largest bulge yet to push through the country, or will it conversely cause them to view that company as a less than desirable place to work?” Edlen said. “Where any particular building is located is critical as we see people looking to work and live in livable, sustainable, walkable and culturally rich communities rather than in isolated auto dependent areas.”

The CEO Summit begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Governor Hotel in Portland. Cost is $50, which includes breakfast. Click here more information or to register.

Media Mentions: Predicting the crash, tracking your data

A summary of where College of Business faculty, students and alumni are getting attention out in the world.

Something we missed or you’d like to see mentioned on the blog? Email COB storyteller Chris Hagan at chris.hagan at bus.oregonstate.edu or leave a comment on this post.

Finance professor Dave Berger was recognized for a new paper looking at how to predict when global stock markets might decline:

Professor Nancy King was quoted in a New York Times story looking at how personal data get shared between companies:

King also took part in a panel at the Orange and Black Evening in Portland. Check out the Facebook page for the OSU Alumni Association for some photos from the event.

This month was also the first-ever TEDx event hosted by Oregon State, which was organized by OSU MBA candidate Jennifer Villalobos. The Gazette-Times had a story and photos on the talks:


Beta Alpha Psi places third in Northwest Regional

BAP tutoring in Second Life
BAP tutoring in Second Life

The Oregon State University Beta Alpha Psi team took third (out of 16 teams) in the group’s Northwest Regional meeting in Seattle April 13-14.

OSU’s team presented on their use of social media, including an active website and Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The most creative use, though, may have been the construction of a space on Second Life. The group created tutoring space on the virtual world through Oregon State’s Beaver Island, connecting with members and students in new ways. Check ou the team’s Facebook page for more pictures of the Second Life project.

Around 20 members of BAP worked on the projects with support from OSU’s Central Web Services, the College of Engineering App development team, engineering professors & students and Teaching Across the Curriculum. Congratulations to everyone involved, and if you haven’t yet, go follow/like/join up and stay in touch with everything BAP has going on.

Sights from the first Oregon State TEDx

Oregon State hosted its first-ever TEDx talk last night at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus, with an audience of around 120 people at the sold-out event.

The whole event was organized by Oregon State College of Business MBA candidate Jennifer Villalobos. Speakers focused on the theme “Our Planet,” highlighting ideas around sustainability, specifically as it relates to water and energy.

The COB staff headed over around 5 p.m., though Villalobos had been at the center all day running through preparations such as blocking the stage, running microphone checks and even cutting out the paper Earths that decorated the hall.

Note: Apologies for the grainy iPhone3 shots. We’ll have shots from the event photographer up in the next week or so.

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“Relentless” screening in Portland Wednesday

“Relentless,” new documentary chronicling a year in the life of the Global Formula Racing Team from Oregon State, will premiere in Portland on Wednesday in a free event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The team is mostly made up of College of Engineering graduate and undergraduate students, in partnership with Duale Hochschule Baden Württemberg Ravensburg in Germany. The first international collaboration, the team is currently ranked No. 1 in the FSAE World Rankings.

Check out the trailer and head out to OMSI Wednesday for the screening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the film at 7:15 p.m.