Retail Real Estate Case Competition

Fourth Annual ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Case Competition

May 19-20, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

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We are pleased to announce that Cornell University took first place in the 4th Annual ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Case Competition, hosted jointly by the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Center for Real Estate and Finance at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Congratulations goes out to the Cornell team consisting of Harrison Bernstein ’20, Aaron Friedman ’19, Teresa Liang ’20, and Uma Patel ’20, who will receive the $10,000 first place prize. Second place went to University of Queensland and University of Guelph came in third place, both universities collecting $5,000 in prize money.

This case competition, held annually, took place during RECon, the world’s largest retail real estate convention. The invitation-only competition welcomed undergraduate teams of four students from top university real estate programs. The teams presented their analysis of a real estate case study based on an actual transaction to a panel of industry executive judges. This intense competition provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned in the classroom and showcase their talents to the leaders of the industry.

Competition Program

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  • Cornell University
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Andrew Brien: Executive Director & CEO, Suria KLCC SDN BHD
  • John Crossman: CEO, Crossman & Company
  • Peter Eisenberg: Principal, Clark Street Real Estate
  • Marc Falcone ’95: MF Ventures, Founder
  • Carl Goertemoeller: Chief Business Development Officer, Viking Partners
  • James Goldsmith ’82 (A&S): President & CEO, Gator Investments
  • Skip Greeby: President, The Greeby Companies, Inc.
  • Amy Hall: Chief Operating Officer, Caton Commercial Real Estate Group
  • David Henry: Co-Founder, Peaceable Street Capital
  • Liz Holland: Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel, Abbell Associates
  • Rick Kuhle: Founder, Chairman & CEO, Vestar
  • Ken Lamy: Founder, President & CEO, The Lamy Group & DataPoint International
  • Stephen Lebovitz: Chief Executive Officer, CBL Properties
  • Jimmy Maurin: Founder, Stirling Properties
  • Marty Mayer: President & CEO, Stirling Properties
  • Robin McBride Zeigler: Executive Vice President & COO, Cedar Realty Trust
  • John Morrison: Lead Trustee, Automotive Properties REIT
  • Kristin Mueller: Chief Operating Officer, Property Management, JLL
  • Steve Plenge ’79: Managing Principal, Pacific Retail Capital Partners
  • Gary Rappaport: Chief Executive Officer, Rappaport
  • Beverly Ricks: Principal, Retail Property Solutions, LLC
  • John Swagerty: Senior Vice President of Development, Acadia Realty Trust
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