UConn Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies Newsletter


Internship Spot Light

A.J. Speranza and Michael Yates have the unique opportunity to work with Goman + York this summer in their formal internship program.  A.J. Speranza is working primarily with Accubranch and is assisting with socio-economic and data analysis for various bank clients.  As a part of this analysis, A.J. is becoming adept at using ESRI: GIS mapping software and is working on advanced excel skills.  A.J. has attended municipal meetings where TIF programs have been discussed.  Mike Yates is working on lease abstracts for G+Y and is also included in municipal meetings.  He has worked on RFP responses, as well as proforma’s for specific clients.  

Goman + York conducts Corporate Training Sessions/ Lunch & Learns with their full team to review some of the priorities and training a student may need as they enter the Real Estate profession. The Goman + York team has been motivated by the energy and interests of recent full time hire Jeremy Rocha, and interns A.J. Speranza and Mike Yates. the Lunch & Learns provide a review of terminology, an introductory to planning and zoning, communications and branding, and a basic financial review that includes proforma’s as well as operating statements, data analytics and the impact of ancillary revenue.

With nearly 50 years of combined experience, Goman + York  provide a unique, blended service to owners, investors, municipalities, education and medical organizations interested in enhancing their real estate development opportunities. The firm treats goals of land owners and municipalities equally, which offers a more collaborative approach to the project development process. 

Internship Highlights

Jonathan Lore is interning for Bronstein Properties in Queens, NY as a leasing and property management Intern this summer.  Bronstein Properties is a second generation real estate management firm that specializes in acquiring and operating multi-family, rent regulated properties throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.  Bronstein’s portfolio encompasses over 150 properties with approximately 6,500 primarily rent regulated units in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, making them one of the largest landlords in New York. Most properties contain 60 to 120 units and are generally located in upscale, emerging or middle-class neighborhoods such as Hell’s Kitchen (Manhattan), Sunnyside (Queens), Brooklyn Heights and Bay Ridge (Brooklyn).

Jonathan’s tenure at Bronstein, has included exploring all facets of the business operation. Jonathan to date has primarily been working in the property management division where he has had the opportunity to work directly beside property managers and gain valuable insight into the development and overall facilitation of their properties. He will also be working in retail and residential leasing, with a main focus being tenant representation.  Jonathan says “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work under Bronstein’s owner Scott Silverman as well as our director of property management, Ray Seelal. I can’t thank them enough for their mentorship as It is a tremendous honor to work alongside them.” 

Tiffany Gherlone Earns Terminal Doctoral Degree

On June 7,  Tiffany Burns Gherlone completed her rigorous studies in completion of her terminal doctoral  degree.  Tiffany earned her DBA in Finance  through Sacred Heart University under the advisory of  Professor Lucjan Orlowski.   Professor John Glascock served as her external Advisor.  Tiffany’s focus was on daily-priced private commercial real estate and the title of her paper was in her words, “too long to put in the newsletter”.

Tiffany is the Head of Research & Strategy for UBS Realty Investors, at UBS Asset Management.  She earned her Real Estate Undergraduate degree in  2002 and her MBA in 2007 from the University of Connecticut.

Congratulations Tiffany,  we are extremely proud of your accomplishments and success. 

Golf Tournament 2019

The University of Connecticut Real Estate Center Council invites you to attend  the 15th Annual UCRECC Golf Tournament hosted by Andrew T. Tedford ’86 at the Golf Club at Oxford Greens in Oxford, Connecticut. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Registration: 11:00 am
Barbeque Lunch: 11:00 – noon
Tee time: 12:00 p.m
Cocktails: 5:00-6:00 pm
Dinner & Prizes: 6:00 pm 

Your generous participation in one or more of the selected categories below includes golf carts and play for a foursome, lunch, post tournament cocktail reception & dinner.  

Please indicate the level at which you would like to participate: 
______ Tournament Co-Sponsor – $2,500 (two foursomes,8 players)
______ Dinner Sponsor – $1,500 (4 players)
______ Lunch Sponsor – $1,250 (4 players)
______ Cocktail Hour Sponsor – $1000 (4 players)
______ Prize Sponsor – $1,000 (4 players)
______ Putting Green Sponsor – $750.00 (4 players)
______ Driving Range Sponsor – $750.00 (4 players)
______ Longest Drive Sponsor -$750.00 (4 players)
______ Closest to Pin Sponsor -$750.00 (4 players) 
______ Foursome $500 (4 players) 
______ Blue Sponsor – $200 (non playing sponsors)
______ White Sponsor -$100 (non playing sponsors) 

For registration form, click here
For more information about this event, please contact Debbie Philips at (860) 486-3227 or Debbie.philips@uconn.edu or mail registration form to: Center for Real Estate, 2100 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269

2019 CT Commercial Conference

On May 2, 2019,  The CT Commercial RE Alliance, and the UConn Center for Real Estate held the 2019 CT Commercial Conference at the Delamar Hotel in West Hartford.  

Presenters included:
Professor John L. Glascock, Director, UConn Center for Real Estate

Industry Overview:
Moderator: Mike Goman, Goman + York, Property Advisors, LLC
Industrial: Mark Duclos, President, Sentry Commercial
Multi-Family: John R. McFadyen, Post Road Residential
Retail: Tim McNamara, Sullivan Hayes Northeast
Office: Jonathan Putnam, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Economic Development Update:
Moderator: Greg Bordonaro, Editor, HBJ
David Griggs, President & CEO, MetroHartford Alliance
David Lehman, Commissioner, DECD
Garrett Sheehan, President & CEO, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

Opportunity Zones Discussion:
Moderator: Doug Fisher, Goman + York, Property Advisors, LLC
Brian Newman, CPA, Partner & Federal Tax Practice Leader, CohnReznick LLP
Benjamin A. Wiles, Attorney & Shareholder, Updike Kelly Spellacy

2019 Student Placement

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies has many students who have received full-time or internship placement for 2019, and are still in the process of placing others. Real estate students have or are in the process of completing what many consider to be one of the best academic real estate programs in the country.  

To date 2019 student full-time and internship placement real estate firms include the following:  Acadia Realty Corp. Altus Group, Barings, Buzzuto Group, CBRE – Hartford, CIGNA, Halstead RE, Fitch Ratings Agency, Goman & York,  Liberty Bank, Newmark Knight  and Frank, People’s United,  Situs RERC,  Starwood Properties,  Sullivan & Hayes,  UBS Realty Investors,  LLC, Vesta Corp and Wells Fargo.

The Center offers a Resume Book accessible online. You are welcome to register your company’s profile on the system. Upon completion, you will receive an email confirming your registration. For more information about the process, please call Debbie Philips at (860) 486-3227 or email your request to recenter@business.uconn.edu.   

2019-2020 Calendar

Fall 2019 Real Estate Society Events – The Real Estate Society meeting are scheduled for every Wednesday, 6:00 PM Busn room 214.  The Society will hold several social/networking events throughout the semester. Students should watch for emails from the Real Estate Society for details on these events. In-classroom professional speaker events are currently being scheduled. 

Fall 2019

September 17th – Golf TournamentOctober 3, 2019 – NYC student field trip

Specials Thanks to our Contributing Companies

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies is fortunate to have a number of companies support and fund programs that enhance the student experience. Barings, The Connecticut Attorney’s Title Insurance Company, The Konover Company and Arthur Greenblatt of Vesta Corp have made significant contributions towards this end.  We are grateful for their involvement with the UConn Real Estate Center.