Walsh College Sponsors Commercial Real Estate “UCREW” Event

Walsh College is hosting the inaugural Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit UCREW seminar, “Real Opportunities for Women,” from noon to 4 p.m., Monday, October 12, at the College’s Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois Road.

The program is designed to educate, inspire, and engage undergraduate, graduate, and early-career women to actively pursue careers in the commercial real estate industry.

Industries represented in eight round-table discussions during the event include Finance and Lending, Survey and Engineering, Law and Title Insurance, Architecture and Interior Design, Real Estate Brokerage, Appraisal, Finance and Tax, and Construction and Development.

Companies and firms represented at the seminar include CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle, Plante Moran, Signature Associates, and many others.

Internship, job shadowing, and mentorship opportunities will be available to UCREW participants.

Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College, will deliver welcoming remarks and Jennette Smith, editor, Crain’s Detroit Business, will be the keynote speaker.

Free registration for the seminar is required at www.walshcollege.edu/UCREW. A post-event reception free to student participants will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; CREW member cost is $15.

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit is a founding chapter of CREW Network, the industry’s premier women’s business networking organization dedicated to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women.

Founded in 1986, CREW Detroit is an organization of more than 150 professional women within a growing national network of more than 9,000 professional women in 74 chapters across the United States and Canada.

Walsh College offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business and information technology. In Finance, Walsh offers a Bachelor of Business Administration- Finance (BBA-FIN), a Master of Science in Finance (MSF), and a Master of Business Administration/MSF dual-degree program.

Registration for Winter 2016 begins Monday, November 23. For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

One Detroit Center announces tenant social media roll-out as Michigan’s tallest office building continues to enhance tenant engagement

Detroit, Mich., —May 5, 2014 — One Detroit Center, an award-winning, Class-A office property located in downtown Detroit and the tallest office building in Michigan, announced a social media plan to provide followers/fans/connections real-time information on the building, including events, amenities and tenant news. The program, using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, also aims to strengthen the sense of community among One Detroit Center tenants.

“One Detroit Center has a unique vibe in the city, with a blend of law firms, advertising/public relations agencies, financial services and technology companies combining to create a high energy work hub,” said Greg Camia, lead executive of One Detroit Center and senior vice president of iStar Financial, which is the majority owner of the building. “Using social media to engage with our tenants will be an effective, additional form of communication and is consistent with the approach other iconic buildings like the Empire State Building in New York City and The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago are taking from a communications standpoint.”

Social media platforms will be used by One Detroit Center to share information on five key areas:
• Current and future events and activities held for the building community, such as the Melodic Mondays series with Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians that kicked off on April 28
• “I spy” in the D – sharing various Detroit landmarks that can be seen from One Detroit Center
• Iconic design elements that can be seen throughout One Detroit Center (e.g. trompe l’oeil marble)
• Tenant Spotlight – highlighting tenant successes within their business (i.e. awards honoring accomplishments in the legal profession)
• Detroit sporting and cultural events (e.g. Tigers, Red Wings, Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

The social media campaign for tenants follows the January unveiling of One Detroit Center’s new 25 foot LED monument sign, located at the corner of W. Larned and Woodward Ave., and designed to engage tenants, pedestrians and motorists in the excitement and elegance of Detroit’s corporate and cultural scene. One Detroit Center tenants are spotlighted on the monument sign throughout the day, with additional coverage allocated on a fee basis to allow tenants to send targeted messages to the downtown Detroit audience. The monument sign is the only one of its kind for a Michigan multi-tenant office building.

Join the One Detroit Center social conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Detroit-Center/253723898089066, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/one-detroit-center and Twitter at https://twitter.com/1DetroitCenter.

About One Detroit Center
Located at 500 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit, One Detroit Center was designed by legendary architect Philip Johnson with John Burgee Architects. Standing at 619 feet and 45 stories, One Detroit Center is Michigan’s tallest office building and is known as the Crown in the Sky for its striking architectural cues. The building’s tenants excel in their respective industries and professions and include leading and nationally ranked financial, law, media and accounting firms. One Detroit Center is majority owned by iStar Financial (NYSE: STAR); Signature Associates serves as the property manager and leasing agent. Discover the difference between office space and inspired space at www.onedetroitcenter.com.

Plante Moran forms Plante Moran Real Estate Investment Advisors to serve organizations with significant investments in real estate

SOUTHFIELD, MICH., Oct. 4, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax and consulting firms, today announced the formation of Plante Moran Real Estate Investment Advisors, an affiliated entity designed to help private and institutional organizations optimize returns on their real estate investments.

Plante Moran Real Estate Investment Advisors (PMREIA) will complement Plante Moran’s wealth management and family office practices while drawing on the knowledge and experience of the firm’s tax, industry groups, and real estate professionals. It will bring unbiased advocacy, broad resources and a disciplined process to help clients with significant investments in tangible real estate.

According to Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, “Anticipating what our clients need, and developing the capability to meet those needs, has been a key part of our success. Plante Moran Real Estate Investment Advisors joins Plante Moran Financial Advisors, P&M Corporate Finance, Plante Moran Trust, Plante Moran Corporate Real Estate Service Advisors and others as examples of services we have created based upon our client’s needs.”

Marty West, who recently joined the firm, will serve as president of PMREIA. West has extensive experience in the investment real estate community and comes to PMREIA from Alex Brown Realty, a private equity real estate firm in Baltimore. Previously, he spent more than two decades in the southeastern Michigan investment real estate industry, including more than 10 years as the Founder and President of Milestone Realty Services, a real estate asset management firm based in Royal Oak, Mich. West holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan.

“This is an exciting new chapter in the growth of Plante Moran and represents a significant opportunity for leveraging our capabilities to serve new clients in new ways, and to support further integration with the other practice areas within Plante Moran,” West said.

About Plante Moran
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting, tax and consulting firms and provides a full line of services to organizations in the following industries: manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, service, health care, private equity, public sector and real estate and construction. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit plantemoran.com.