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COVID-19 insights and tools for the hospitality industry

The Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration has developed a collection of resources to equip all sectors of the hospitality industry with tools and guidance as its leaders continue to navigate the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Center for Real Estate and Finance provides students with a variety of opportunities to stay actively engaged in the real estate and financial industry. Learn More

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Members in the News

CREF Advisory Board members and their companies are often featured in the news as thought leaders in their fields. Here, at the Center for Real Estate and Finance, we are proud to recognize their accomplishments. Please take a moment to learn more about our members!

July 14, 2022

Rachel Roginsky ’79 – The Climb to the Top

Featuring CREF Board member Rachel Roginsky ’79, Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group

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June 23, 2022

Brookfield Properties Accelerates Neurodiversity Hiring with CAI Neurodiverse Solutions

Featuring CREF Board member company Brookfield Properties

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April 22, 2022

Hudson’s Bay Co. calls donation of Winnipeg building an act of reconciliation

Featuring CREF Board member company Richard Baker ’88

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New CREF Board Members


Faron A. Hill, MBA ’20, Founder and President, Peregrine Oak

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Paul Rubacha ’72 (CALS), MBA ’73, Co-Founder and Principal, Ashley Capital

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Richard Stockton ’92, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Braemar Hotels & Resorts

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Justin D. Smith ’00, President, Prestige Hospitality Group

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CREF News and Updates

July 14, 2022

Rachel Roginsky ’79 – The Climb to the Top

Interview with Rachel Roginsky focusing on her journey to being a top hospitality industry professional

gateway arch monument in front of blue skies
May 3, 2022

Cornell Hotel Indices: First Quarter 2022 Beware the Ides of March

Hotels in gateway and non-gateway cities continue to post positive performance, but hotels in non-gateway cities are experiencing greater gains, according to research from Professor Crocker H. Liu and coauthors.

Professor Quan, 4 judges, and 3 teams wait for the decision to be announced.
April 20, 2022

13th Annual Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition Challenges Global Teams

13 teams from universities across the globe competed in the 13th Annual Cornell Real Estate Case (CIREC) Competition hosted by CREF

CREF Events

January 13, 2023

PIHE Advisory Board Meeting

By invitation only

November 14, 2022

CHR Fall Advisory Board Meeting

By invitation only

The winning team stands with a large check
November 8, 2022

PIHE: Pitch Deck Competition (PDC)

Once again, the Pillsbury Institute is excited to announce the Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition (PDC), taking place during the fall 2022 semester. The PDC is an experiential learning opportunity for […]