The Robert and Margaret Folsom Institute For Real Estate

Outreach to the Professional Community

The Folsom Institute Advisory Board had continued growth in the 2018-2019 academic year, increasing from 135 to 146 members. Comprised of top industry leaders, the Board is an intentional blend of both SMU alumni and non-SMU members alike. It incorporates nine (9) Corporate partners, 48 Leadership Circle level members, 68 Advisory level members, and 30 Associate level members (real estate professionals under the age of 35). Collectively, the Board links the Institute, students and the University to 92 different real estate companies in 19 cities across the US. Each Board member contributes both financial resources and time to further advance the goals set forth by the Institute.
  • Executive Committee

    The current Executive Committee leadership of the Institute is comprised of the following members:

    • BILL VANDERSTRAATEN (Chief Partners): Board Chairman
    • TONY DONA (Thackeray Partners): Board Vice Chairman
    • TOM KUHLMANN (Lincoln Property Company): Vice Chair - Events
    • JEFF ELLERMAN (CBRE): Vice Chair - Membership
    • CHUCK DANNIS (NVC Inc.): Vice Chair – Academic Programs
    • TIM GOTTSAKER (Silver Leaf Multifamily Capital): Vice Chair – Outreach Programs
    • CHRIS HIPPS (CBRE): Vice Chair – Outreach Programs
    • BRIAN MURPHY (Edge Realty): Vice Chair – Board Meeting Programs
    • KRIS LOWE (HFF): Vice Chair – Associate Board

  • Advisory Board

    New members joining the Advisory Board in 2018-2019 included:

    • TODD MCCULLOCH (Wood Partners) Leadership Circle Member
    • PATRICK MCMILLAN (Capital Title) Advisory Member
    • KEVIN MEEKS (BB&T) Advisory Member
    • BILL SHADDOCK (Capital Title) Leadership Circle Member
    • WILL SHADDOCK (Shaddock Development Company)Advisory Member
    • ANDREW SHADDOCK (Shaddock Development Company)Advisory Member
    • AL SORRELS (Majestic Realty) Advisory Member
    • MICHAEL WARE (Berkadia) Advisory Member
    • CHRIS WINN (Winn Holdings) Leadership Circle Member

  • Associate Board

    The Folsom Institute’s Associate Board completed its third year of membership nominations and election. 10 new members were added, bringing the Associate Board collectively to 30 industry leaders all under the age of 35. New members include:

    • SARAH BOEHLAND – Hillwood
    • WES DAVIDSON – Transwestern Investments
    • PRESTON EARLY – Deutsche Bank Securities
    • KENDAL JOHNSON– Eastdil Secured
    • GORDON KELLERMAN – Skybox Datacenters
    • NIELSEN KOEPFGEN – Black Creek Group
    • CHRIS NASH - Hanover
    • FAIZ SAYED – TPG Real Estate Finance