NAIOP Wisconsin News and Events  

Spring 2012  
Table of Contents

Upcoming Events


Mar 22: Lake Michigan-A WATERfall of Opportunity


Mar 29:  ICSC Idea Exchange


Apr 5: Masters Fantasy Golf Event


May 9: US Bank Capital Markets Update


May 15:  REACH Bowling Event


Jun 21: Lakefront Development Plan


Jul 14:  Boat Cruise


2012 Board of Directors


President-Jim Sedgwick

Pres-Elect-Neal Driscoll  

Treasurer-Greg Kost

Secretary-Scott Langlois

Immediate Past President

Shawn Cavin

Past President David Jorgensen



Mike Finn

Brett Haney

Lyle Landowski

Mary Claire Lanser

Dick Lincoln

Ryan Marks 

Mike Mooney

Todd Rizzo

John Schwab

Greg Walz


President's Message


Jim Sedgwick

Jim Sedgwick

2012 NAIOP WI President


Hello fellow NAIOPians. 


In a recent trip to California, I was talking with some locals about their lack of rain in the area.  One of my travel companions happened to be from Texas, and we've all heard stories of the devastating drought conditions they have suffered through this past year.  All over the world, there are places that couldn't imagine in their wildest dreams being blessed with the water resources that we casually take for granted on a daily basis.  I know I take it for granted.  However, water technology has really been a hot topic lately in Milwaukee.  That's the lead in, here's the pitch.  Our programs team has put together a great event in conjunction with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) called Lake Michigan: A WATERfall of Opportunity.  I would encourage all of you to check this program out.  As real estate practitioners, we all have a vested interest in new business growth for Wisconsin.  Perhaps we can stop taking our water for granted, and use it, responsibly, of course, as a resource to fuel Wisconsin's economic development opportunities. 


Finally, I am extremely pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Chapter was presented with two awards at the annual Chapter Legislative and Leadership Retreat in Washington D.C. in February-the Capitol Dome Award which is presented by our National Office to the chapter with outstanding accomplishments in their Government Affairs Program and the chapters Sponsorship Program which is judged by fellow chapter representatives. Nice job to all!.

                                                                                    Until next month,


Upcoming Events
Lake Michigan:  A WATERfall of Opportunity
WGBANAIOP Wisconsin is once again partnering with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance to present this event to attendees. Learn about what the Milwaukee Water Council has been doing with respect to bringing industries to Milwaukee that focus on water from their Executive Director, Dean AmhausRocky Marcoux and Dan Casanova will discuss the result of four years of work from the City of Milwaukee that will ultimately streamline the process for development in the Reed Street Yards.  Finally, Bruce Block of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren will pull all of this together as he discusses how two of his clients are putting our valuable resource to work.


Date:  March 22, 2012
Location: Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin
Time: 7:15-9:30 a.m.


This event is generously sponsored by the following companies:
Gold Level Event Sponsor:  Irgens Development Partners
Bronze Level Event Sponsors:  Pioneer Roofing and EO3 Group

Masters Fantasy Golf Tournament and Happy Hour-PAC Fundraiser
Back by popular demand is our bi-annual Masters Fantasy Golf Tournament and Happy Hour.  Event organizers include David Domres of Irgens Development Partners, Dan Jeserig of Outlook Development and Tim Brunow of US Bank.  The event will once again feature a Masters Fantasy Golf Tournament, 5 Silent Auction foursomes to local golf courses and Wii Golf.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the tournament.  The top finisher will also get the traveling Masters Green Jacket previously won by Jerry Franke (2008) and Dan Jeserig (2010). 
Date:  April 5, 2012
Location:  Swig, 217 N. Broadway, second floor, Milwaukee
Time:  5:00-6:30 pm
First drink sponsor is M.M. Schranz Roofing compliments of Bob Feder.

New for 2012

In addition to some new board members and a new chapter President, we have been diligently working on many exciting new things for the chapter including:
  • A new website developed in WordPress that is Google Analytics friendly, features upcoming committee meeting dates and locations, committee members, new event registration features, a job posting section and a blog section.  The website is still (and will always be) a work in progress.  The next feature you will see is a Gallery Page.  Visit us often!
  • Social media - we will be utilizing LinkedIn and Twitter to feed information to members.  Link to the NAIOP Wisconsin and NAIOP Wisconsin DL groups and follow us on Twitter for information about our chapter that you won't see anywhere else!
  • Course Offerings:  We will be offering TWO courses this year - Development Finance Fundamentals taught by Jerry Franke of Wispark and Real Estate Investment Analysis taught by Greg Walz of Northwestern Investment Management Co.  The courses qualify for continuing education for real estate folks and for attorneys.
  • Reorganized Marketing and Communications Committee cochaired by Scott Langlois and Mary Claire Lanser focusing on reaching YOU our valued members. The MCC will also be working on a surprise for our upcoming 10 year anniversary in 2013.

The Board of Directors and staff will continue to improve our chapter.  Your feedback is always welcomed!


Developing Leader Corner

The DL's gathered on February 24 for Tavern Trivia held at Karma Bar and Grill.  Five teams answered questions related to commercial real estate in Wisconsin.


The Winning Team
The Winning Team-Protasky, Price, Wanezek, Theine, Tremaine, Brandt


View more photos to see what you missed!


This event was very generously sponsored by Baker Tilly. Special thank you to Corey Tremaine of Baker Tilly as well as the planning team of Lyle Landowski of Inland Companies, Brian Adamson of TOLD Development, Kelly Turenne of Quarles & Brady and Ryan Petri of Westbury Bank.


SAVE THE DATE for the annual DL/Icon Golf Outing on Monday, September 10, 2012.  The event will be held at Western Lakes Golf Club.  Plenty of surprises in store for the event this year.  A hint for a new feature...HELICOPTER!!! 



Member Spotlight-Developing Leader-Derek Yentz


Derek Yentz

Derek Yentz, Business Insurance Consultant,Associated Financial Group


Associated Financial Group is division of Associated Bank and is an independent insurance consulting firm that focuses on property & casualty insurance, risk management, employee benefit insurance, and wealth management.  Derek helps privately held companies place their insurance programs and provides them with advice to properly transfer risk and reduce costs.  He is the Real Estate group leader and assists clients with mixed-use, industrial, multi-family, and office properties.


Education: BA in Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Best advice:  Derek has 2 pieces of advice that he relies on: One from former college coach Barry Alvarez: "'Control the Controllables'.  If you plan, prepare, and put yourself in a position to succeed, the rest will fall into place."; and the other from his father: "the quicker you realize that you are the only person who can control what you make of your life, the quicker you will be able to achieve your life goals."


Last book Derek read: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.  "Great book about common sense decisions that we make each day and how they can either positively or negatively affect our lives over time."


Last vacation Derek took:  "I had the opportunity recently to travel to Ireland last summer with my lovely girlfriend and we spent an entire week with no plans as to where we would go.  All we had was a map and a little 2-door car with the steering wheel on the wrong side.  One of my neatest experience's to date."


New Members-2012

Please welcome new NAIOP members:
TinaAndersonAndersonWebb LLC
KevinByrneKapur & Associates Inc.
RodneyCarterDavis & Kuelthau S.C.
JeanCaseyEngberg Anderson Inc.
RobertCottinghamWipfli LLP
JoeJursenasBriohn Building Corporation
VictorKornisMawicke & Goisman S.C.
TonyLaShayExcel Engineering
JoeMaluchaMSI General Corporation
LukePorathContinental Properties Company Inc.
SherryTerrell-WebbAndersonWebb LLC
AnneWalvon Briesen & Roper s.c.
JamesYstesundChicago Title Insurance Company

 As always, we encourage members to do business with members!
2012 Corporate Sponsors

We can never thank our Corporate Sponsors enough.  They generously provide financial assistance to our organization allowing us to hold educational and networking events, build an extremely active membership and keep members informed of public policy issues impacting our industry.









  PrivateBank    Velcheck & Finger  Wipfli



Associated BankWangard Partners
Bukacek ConstructionWaterStone Bank
Chicago Title InsuranceWells Fargo
First American InsuranceWestbury Bank
Godfrey & KahnZilber Properties
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital




Berghammer ConstructionJSD Professional Services
Centerpoint PropertiesRA Smith National
JH Findorff & SonSign a Rama
GRAEF USATOLD Development Group
HIS PropertiesWhyte Hirschboeck Dudek
HP AdministrationWispark LLP


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