2018 Retail Real Estate Case Competition

The 3rd Annual ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Case Competition took place during the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 20-21, 2018.

The event, jointly hosted by the Center for Real Estate and Finance and ICSC, showcased international and national teams from top real estate programs competing to win the top prize of $10,000. The teams analyzed a real-world retail real estate case in five days and presented their investment pitch to industry executive judges acting as potential investors.

Cornell University took third place and was represented by Eileen Gao ’19, Max Feng ’19, Lily Li ’19, and Haley Tan ’19. Congratulations to the winning teams!

Final Results and Presentation Videos

Winning team of the 2018 Retail Real Estate Case Competition
Judges discussing at 2018 Retail Real Estate Case Competition
Group presenting at the 2018 Retail Real Estate Case Competition

Competing Teams

Teams represented universities including:

  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Queensland


CREF would like to thank this year’s participating judges:

  • Karen Case – President and Executive Managing Director; U.S. Commerical Real Estate, CIBC
  • Holly Cohen- Founder of Holly Cohen Retail Advisory Services
  • John Crossman – Chief Executive Officer, Crossman & Company
  • Peter Eisenberg – Principal, Clark Street Real Estate
  • Stefan Freiberg – Chief Financial Officer, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • John Gerdes – Executive Vice President, Retail Asset Management at L & B Realty Advisors
  • Carl Goertemoeller – Chief Business Development Officer, Viking Partners
  • Elizabeth Holland – Chief Executive Officer and General Council, Abbell Associates
  • Brad Hutensky – Founder and CEO, Hutensky Capital Partners
  • Shobi Khan – President and Chief Operating Officer, GGP
  • Richard Kuhle – Founding Principal, Chairman, and CEO, Vestar Development Company
  • Kenneth Lamy – Founder, President, and CEO, The Lamy Group
  • James Maurin – Founder and Past Chairman, Stirling Properties
  • Marty Mayer – President and CEO, Stirling Properties
  • John Morrison – Vice Chairman, Choice Properties REIT
  • Gary Rappaport – Chief Executive Officer, Rappaport
  • Beverly Ricks – Principal, Retail Property Solutions
  • George Sakakeeny – Founder and Managing Member, Colonial Square Ventures
  • John Swagerty – Senior Vice President for Development, Acadia Realty Trust
  • Sarah Vasquez – Executive Vice President, Management and Operations, Howard Hughes Corporation

For additional information, contact Cristina Carter.