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 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 firsthand 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 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 gives students a more hands-on understanding of how the industry functions and also the opportunity to receive 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.

Since its inception in 2006, the Forum continues its tradition of attracting high-profile international figures within the real estate and financial circles. Conference attendees will include members of the professional real estate community, mortgage banking professionals and investment managers. In addition, MU students in the real estate curriculum and other concentration of studies will have the opportunity to attend and interact with real estate professionals.

Past forum keynote speakers have included Dave Stockert, CEO of Post Properties in 2006, Sam Zell, President and Chairman of Equity Group Investments in 2007, Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway in 2008, Ronald R. Pressman, President and CEO of GE Real Estate and The Hon. Gov. Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, 55th Governor of Missouri in 2009, Alan C. “Ace” Greensberg, Vice Chairman Emeritus of J. P. Morgan in 2010, Larry Silverstein, President and CEO of Silverstein Properties, Inc., Kenneth Langone, Founder and CEO of Invemed Associates, LLC and Co-Founder of The Home Depot Inc. in 2013, David B. Henry, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kimco Realty Corporation in 2014 and Ronald J. Kruszewski, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Stifel Financial Corporation in 2015.


Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Time TBA

Nearly 800 students, professors, business leaders and employers will come together to attend the educational conference. Business students can earn 20 Professional Development Points by attending the entire event. The event is free for students, but advance registration is required.

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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


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