Case Studies with OTO Development, Madison Equities, and UNITED TO SAVE THE FRICK

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
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The Brown University Alumni in Real Estate Group (BREG) is pleased to announce  a special breakfast event entitled "Guts & Glory:  Overcoming Challenges in Real Estate Development" on 10/8 at the law offices of Seyfarth Shaw.  For this event, award-winning architect David Helpern '59 has assembled an impressive roster of dealmakers, power brokers, and visionaries to present individual case studies showcasing recent projects done in collaboration with his esteemed firm Helpern Architects.  Each case study attests to the extraordinary design, sheer perseverance, and exceptional timing that are required to be successful in New York's highly competitive and rapidly changing real estate landscape.

More specifically, attendees will hear case study presentations from the following:

Taylor Callaham, Senior Regional Director of Real Estate, OTO Hospitality Development Company
OTO Development is one of the fastest growing hotel developers and operators in the US. This hotel portfolio represents nearly $1 billion of invested capital.  Since joining the company in 2006, Taylor Callaham has been responsible for the site identification, market due diligence, contract negotiation, and entitlement for new hotel development projects.  Mr. Callaham primarily focuses on the East Coast with major projects in Manhattan and Washington DC.  

Robert Gladstone, CEO, Madison Equities
Founded in the 1960's, Madison Equities has developed several million square feet of high quality commercial, residential,and hotel properties in Manhattan.  Known for their visionary approach to development and unwavering commitment to design, Madison Equities has garnered numerous awards and achieved  tremendous financial success.  Today, headed by developer Robert Gladstone,  Madison Equities continues to be a trailblazer with exciting projects like 10 Sullivan and 212 Fifth Avenue.

Stephen L. Kass, Senior EnvironmentaCounsel/ Co-Director of the Environmental Practice GroupLedyard & Milburn
Formed in opposition to the Frick Museum's recent expansion plan that called for the destruction of the beloved 70th Street Garden by Russell Page, UNITED TO SAVE THE FRICK is made up of concerned individuals and organizations from New York City, across the U.S. and around the world.  Mr. Kass serves as counsel for this group spearheading its preservation efforts. In addition, he also serves as Senior Environmental Counsel and Co-Director of the Environmental Practice Group at the legal firm of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.

David Helpern '59, Founder, Helpern Architects
Trained by the legendary I.M. Pei, David Helpern has had a long and prolific career working with corporate and hospitality clients. This impressive body of work that includes 667 Madison, the iconic Soho Grand and W hotels, 212 Fifth Avenue, and more.  In addition, Helpern Architects is equally committed to serving academic and cultural institutions.  Noteworthy projects include Columbia’s Low Memorial Library, City Center’ dome, Marble Collegiate Church, The Congo Gorilla Forest at the Bronx Zoo, and the Nave of Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library. Moreover, David Helpern has clearly distinguished from others by not only producing exemplary work but also cultivating lasting and meaningful relationships with his clients.


While Brown University does not offer a formal graduate program in real estate, it does boast a long list of prominent alumni working in real estate including:  William Taubman of Taubman Companies, Ben Lambert of Eastdil Secured, Fred Cooper of Toll Brothers, Barry Sternlicht of Starwood Capital, Robert McNamara of  Lend Lease, Josef Mittlemann of Empire Realty, Suzanne Sunshine of Sunshine Associates, Ralph Rosenberg of KKR, Katherine Farley of Tishman Speyer, Kent Swig of Swig Equities, Kate Hemmerdinger-Goodman of ATCO, Tricia Hayes Cole of Corcoran Sunshine,  Neil Jacob of Oxford Properties,  Stanley Shashoua of Simon Properties, City Commissioner Cheryl Cohen Effron, and others.

Brown University Alumni in Real Estate (BREG) is a group for alumni of Brown University working in the real estate industry and related fields including:  commercial and residential development, lending, investing, construction, consulting, private equity, brokerage, law, architecture, leasing, acquisitions, property and asset management, finance, and more.

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Special thank you to Elizabeth Schrero '77 and the law offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.