Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate

Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum

One of the foundational pillars of the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate is to provide, equip and prepare students in their career pathways. The Institute firmly believes that while instructional lessons are important within the classroom, the first hand experiences outside the classroom can go a further distance in helping students long after they have graduated.

The annual Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum was created to achieve this vision. The Forum is an educational conference that is conducted by the University of Missouri 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 give practical knowledge not found in textbooks.

The Forum is a day-long event that typically includes various "breakout" sessions hosted by different speakers. Each session features one or more speakers sharing from their area of expertise through either a presentation or a panel discussion.

Beginning in 2006, the Forum has been extremely successful in attracting high profile, international figures within the real estate and financial circles. Keynote speakers have included Dave Stockert, of Post Properties, Sam Zell and famed investor Warren Buffett. In addition, other nationally acclaimed speakers participate. They share their insight, experiences and projections of upcoming trends and the future of real estate in their sessions to the benefit of the attendees.

The ability in seeing such a collection of high demand speakers together at one event addressing such issues have earmarked this forum as one of the favorites with industry professionals throughout the Midwest. Topics of discussion range from compliance issues to market predictions and upcoming trends and their individual or collective impact on the market. Such discussions often create a buzz which further showcases the Forum’s multi dimensional view of the market.

Through the attendance of like-minded industry professionals, students are given a rare opportunity to establish relationships as they interact with them. The continental breakfasts, luncheons and the time in-between the sessions allow such interactions to occur. Some students attend the Forum to seek advice and ask questions to help prepare them for their future, while others strive to build long lasting-relationships that may someday lead to a possible career opportunity.

The past successes and the diversity of the speakers and participants have helped established the annual Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum as one of the most exciting real estate events in the Midwest. The Forum has steadily built a reputation for its ability to attract world renowned speakers to the event. As a result of its continued success, The Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate continues to renew its commitment and dedication to their students.


Monday, September 28, 2015

11:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join us Monday, September 28 for The 2015 Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum presented by the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate. Ronald J. Kruszewski, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Stifel Financial Corp., is the keynote speaker. Mr. Kruszewki will serve as a "Shark" on the Shark Tank panel along with Elliot M. Bross, General Director and Partner of Planigrupo, Harvey Eisen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wright Investor’s Service Holdings, Inc. and Rosemary Vrablic, Managing Director and Senior Private Banker, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management USA.

Business students can earn 20 Professional Development Points by attending the entire event. The event is free for students, but advance registration is required.

Nearly 800 students, professors, business leaders and employers will come together to attend the educational conference and catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs at the Real Estate Shark Tank competition. The competition will take place during the forum where students are invited to form teams and pitch an innovative real estate business idea for an opportunity to win the $3,000 cash price. For more information about the competition please download the overview for key dates, rules, and guidelines.

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Keynote Speaker

Ronald J. Kreszewski
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
Stifel Financial Corp.

Ronald J. Kruszewski is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stifel Financial Corp. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated. He joined the firm as Chief Executive Officer in September 1997.

Mr. Kruszewski serves on the Board of Directors of SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) and was appointed by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board of Directors to serve a one-year term on the Federal Advisory Council for 2015. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Kruszewski serves as Chairman of Downtown Now! and as a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Barnes Jewish Hospital.  He is also past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Downtown St. Louis Partnership, Inc. and past non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Angelica Corporation.  Mr. Kruszewski is a member of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis and of the St. Louis Chapter of World Presidents’ Organization.

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries.  Stifel’s broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; and Century Securities Associates, Inc. and through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Limited in the United Kingdom and Europe.  The Company’s broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities.  Stifel Bank & Trust offers a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. offers trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel, please visit


Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Sherwin Williams Floorcovering    


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Bronze Sponsor

Boone County National Bank; The Dan McClain Law Firm; Dentons; Cushman & Wakefield;
Forum Development Group; Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; J. L. Morgan Company;
King & Spalding; The Kroenke Group; Lockton Companies; Mohawk; NorthMarq Capital;
Northwestern Mutual; The Bank of Missouri; The Private Bank; PwC; Quarles & Brady; UMB;
Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, Taylor and Elliott, PC; Watchtower Security