​The DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance (DREAA) is an alumni run organization that strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, to provide valued services to members for professional development, and to support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service.  Membership is free and available to all DePaul alumni working in the real estate industry.

Upcoming Events


proceeds benefiting the DREAA scholarship fund 


Come join a host of Chicago real estate professionals and network while competing in a Texas Hold'em poker tournament with bragging rights on the line.


Blackjack, roulette, and other games will be available for individuals not participating in the tournament, and for those players who are eliminated early.


Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: 190 S LaSalle St - Library
Cost: $55 (appetizers and open bar)


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There are also a limited quantity of student tickets available for DePaul Real Estate Students. Click here to register as a student.

Rules of the Tournament:

The event will be an elimination Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament. The ticket price for the event is $55.  The purchase of one ticket will allow free entrance for one player into the poker tournament, appetizers and open bar. The tournament will last a total of 3 hours and will be limited to 80 players.  


The tournament will be run by professional dealers to enhance the experience of the player, and to ensure the tournament moves along in a timely manner.  


Due to limitations by our parent non profit, DePaul University, we are not able to give away cash prizes to winners. However, the competition will still be fierce and bragging rights will be on the line.

1ST PLACE...............Huge Trophy and bragging rights
2ND PLACE..............Slightly Smaller Trophy
3RD PLACE..............An Even Smaller Trophy

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Past Events

Leasing Market Boat Cruise
On June 27, 2013 over 120 real estate professionals joined the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance for an evening with an interactive leasing discussion and networking cruise on the Chicago River! Thank you to the sponsors of the event for your assistance in making it all possible.
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On March 21, 2013 the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance (DREAA) hosted a March Madness social event at 10pin Bowling Lounge for the 2nd and 3rd rounds of NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Games.
benefit for the DREAA Scholarship Fund
On November 8, 2012 over 90 real estate professionals helped raise money for the new DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance (DREAA) scholarship benefiting a high-achieving graduate student in the DePaul University real estate program. The first annual DREAA Casino Night was a smashing success thanks to our participants and sponsors and we look forward to doing it all again next year!
DREAA Fall Panel Discussion
On September 20, 2012, DREAA hosted a development panel discussion. The panel held an informative discussion about what has driven the deals that have been announced and what can be expected for real estate development in the future. 
William Barry, Senior Vice President, Draper and Kramer
John Gavin, Principal, Sterling Bay
Grady Hamilton, Principal, Trammel Crow
Robert Sevim, Executive Managing Director, Studley
Bill Rogalla, Senior Vice President, KBS Realty Advisors
DREAA Summer Networking Event
On August 1, 2012, DREAA hosted the second annual summer networking event at Rivers Bar with nearly 100 DREAA members and friends in attendance. The event was such a hit; the event was extended beyond its initial finishing time of 7:30pm until 9:00pm. The event was intended to bring DREAA members and their peers together to discuss Real Estate business in an effort to promote growth.
DREAA/Real Estate Center Spring Conference
The Real Estate Center at DePaul University co-hosted its 10th annual spring conference with the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance on Thursday, June 7 at the Union League Club in Chicago with a stellar lineup of speakers. Over 200 industry professionals attended the event which was titled Riding the Real Estate Recovery: Identifying & Maximizing Opportunities.
The keynote speaker Sam Chandan, Ph.D. FRICS, President and Chief Economist of Chandan Economics gave a broad look at the economy, with a focus on real estate.
He was followed by the panel "From Where I Sit" with panelists George Kohl, Senior Managing Director at CBRE and Christy Lockridge, Regional Manager at GE Capital Real Estate. In this conversation the two panelists compared their perspectives on supply and demand of capital, changing occupancy trends by tenants and other critical issues.
The final panel "The View from Above" was moderated by Douglas Crocker, Chairman of Pearlmark Multifamily Partners and included panelists:
Debra Cafaro, Chairman and CEO, Ventas
David Neithercut, President, CEO and Trustee, Equity Residential
Stephen Quazzo, Co-Founder and CEO, Pearlmark Real Estate Partners, LLC
Kim Redding, CEO and CIO, Brookfield Investment Management Inc.
David Schwartz, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Waterton Associates, LLC
There was broad agreement about the success of multifamily residential and health care real estate throughout the recent downturn; the discussion focused attention on the cost of debt and its impact over the next refinance cycle where rates are expected to rise 400 basis points.  The conversation between this exceptional group of major players in real estate was casual, friendly, and funny in turns.
This was the 10th spring conference produced by The Real Estate Center at DePaul University. It was the first to be co-hosted by The DePaul University Alumni Alliance. Sponsors of the event included Origin Capital, Aries Capital, Draper and Kramer, and Northmarq. 
NCAA Tournament Real Estate Networking Party
On Thursday, March 22, 2012, DREAA hosted an evening of informal networking and NCAA tournament viewing for Chicago area real estate professionals. The event was held at Tishman Speyer's 30 N LaSalle Building with several plasma TV screens as well as sofas.
Blue Demon Basketball Event 
On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, DREAA hosted a networking Blue Demon basketball game experience at the Allstate Arena. This was an opportunity for DREAA members based in the greater Chicagoland area to connect and catch the DePaul Blue Demons in Big East action at the same time.
Summer Networking Reception
On Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, DREAA hosted a lively networking event with over a hundred real estate professionals on the patio of Rivers Restaurant.
Capital Markets Panel Discussion
On April 21st, 2011, DREAA, as part of its mission to connect DePaul real estate alumni and local industry professionals, hosted a panel discussion on the state of the capital markets. A diverse set of senior level executives offered their outlook to a sold-out crowd on the office, retail, industrial and multi-family sectors.
Panelists Included:
Multi-Family: David Neithercut, CEO - Equity Residential
Retail: Sandeep Mathrani, CEO - General Growth Properties
Industrial: Jim Clewlow, CIO - CenterPoint Properties
Office: Bill Rogalla, SVP - KBS Realty Advisors
Moderator: Tony Smaniotto, Senior Managing Director - Studley
This discussion was preceded and concluded with an active networking session. The focus was to strengthen the foundation of the DePaul real estate community, build strategic relationships within the alumni network, and to extend its reach both locally and nationally.