Founded in 2005, the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate operates within the Department of Finance of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. Its’ mission is to provide educational opportunity in real estate to students of the Trulaske College and to members of the professional real estate and finance community.
In conjunction with the institute, JES Holdings hosts several events throughout the year in support of the students and their continued education.
Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum
One of the pillars of the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate is to provide educational opportunities in real estate and finance to students of the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business. The institute firmly believes that while instructional lessons are important, the first hand experiences outside of the classroom can go beyond helping students long after graduation.
The annual Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum was created to achieve this vision. The Forum is an educational conference hosted by the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business and sponsored by JES Holdings, LLC. The mission of the Forum is to create the very best environment and opportunities for students of the university to meet and interact with business professionals and leaders from the real estate community. This experience will give the students a more hands-on understanding of how the industry functions and also the opportunity to receive practical knowledge not found in textbooks.
Jeffrey E. Smith believes in fostering the real estate and finance entrepreneurs of tomorrow. On September 28, 2015 at the Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum, JES Holdings hosted the second annual The Real Estate Shark Tank event at the University of Missouri. The Real Estate Shark Tank invited entrepreneurial student teams to compete by choosing from one of three categories; designing a product, impactful technology or creating a data-driven service program.
Members of the University of Missouri faculty acted as qualifying judges. The judges evaluated all submissions and selected the top three teams. The most innovative finalists presented to “The Sharks” in front of a live audience of business professionals, professors and most importantly, their peers at The Emerging Issues & Trends Real Estate Forum for a $3,000 cash prize.
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Past Forums have included notable keynote speakers such as:
- 2015: Ronald J. Kruszewski, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Stifel Financial, Corp.
- 2014: David B. Henry, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Kimco Realty Corporation
- 2013: Kenneth Langone, Founder and CEO of Invemed Associates, LLC and Co-Founder of the Home Depot, Inc.
- 2011: Larry A. Silverstein, President and CEO, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
- 2010: Alan “Ace” Greenberg, Vice Chairman Emeritus, J.P. Morgan
- 2009: Ronald Pressman, President & CEO, GE Real Estate
- 2008: Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
- 2007: Sam Zell, President & Chairman, Equity Group Investments
- 2006: David Stockert, President & CEO, Post Properties
Tigers on Wall Street
For the last six years, Jeffrey E. Smith has underwritten the Mizzou Tigers on Wall Street trip, which sends top business students from the Cornell Leadership Program to New York’s financial district to job shadow alumni and network.
The curriculum and experience is coordinated by Harvey Eisen, a graduate of the University of Missouri and Chairman, CEO and Director of Wright Investors’ Service Holdings, Inc. Mr. Eisen is recognized as one of the nation’s leading portfolio managers and is often consulted by national media for his views on investment markets and seen on CNBC, Wall Street Week and CNN. Mr. Eisen has been a member of the JES Advisory Board since 2002.
The students spend a total of five days exploring the city and meeting with a number of influential business leaders including Woody Johnson, Owner of The Johnson Company and NY Jets, Jim Cramer, from Mad Money CNBC, Bill McComb, CEO of Fifth and Pacific, Inc., David Herzog, CFO of AIG, Ben Phillips, Vice President of Goldman Sachs, Rosemary Vrablic and Dominic Scalzi, Managing Directors of Private Wealth at Deutsche Bank, Alan Schwartz, Executive Chairman of Guggenheim Partners and many other renowned financial professionals on Wall Street. The students also make site visits to Bloomberg, Fox News, Guggenheim Investments, MDC Partners, Forbes and the New York Stock Exchange.
Jeffrey E. Smith and Harvey Eisen both attend the trip with the students alongside the Dean of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business and Mary Beth Marrs, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Strategic Initiatives.