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Minnesota Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!!!

The time has come, the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. Congratulations to Ralph Burnet, Jack Rice, and Howard Shenehon!

Join in the recognition of the accomplishments Burnet, Rice and Shenehon have done for Minnesota real estate. Members of the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame are chosen for their outstanding business performance, high standards of ethics and community activities. The three new members are:

 

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Ralph Burnet

Ralph began his real estate career at Bermel Smaby Realtors. After leaving Bermel Smaby Realtors, he started his own realty company, Burnet Gagner Realty and built it to the largest in the Twin Cities. In 1983, Burnet merged his company with Merrill Lynch and for the next 7 years Burnet served as its Eastern Regional President. But when Merrill Lynch Real Estate was sold to Prudential in 1990, Burnet and his partner Dar Reedy bought back the Minnesota-based company. In 1996, Burnet expanded into the Chicago market, merging with Prudential Preferred Properties of Chicago. By 1998, Burnet Realty had grown to the 4th largest residential brokerage in the United States, and expanded though merging with the Coldwell Banker name. Today, Coldwell Banker Burnet is one of Continue Reading

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New Members of Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Announced

The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame, established in 2010 by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, will add three new members in a morning ceremony Thursday, Nov. 5th, at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club.

Members of the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame are chosen for their outstanding business performance, high standards of ethics and community activities. The three new members

Dan DolanWells Fargo

For more than 50 years, Dan Dolan has pursued a career in real estate. He was a leader in improving the professional and ethical standards in real estate and was an early promoter and employer of women in real estate sales. His real estate developments include the Evergreen Community, an upscale residential development in Woodbury; and the Oakdale Crossing Business Park.

Throughout his career, Dolan has been actively involved in boards and fundraising, including the merger of Cretin and Durham high schools, fund raising for the University of St. Thomas, and serving as King Boreas XLII in the 1978 St. Paul Winter Carnival. He may be eligible for retirement, but Dolan is just as passionate as ever about real estate development and continues to receive offers of employment in the industry.

Larry Laukka  

Since 1962, Larry Laukka has actively served in all  aspects of the real estate industry, but primarily in the building and development business. Laukka’s experience has included the design, development, financing, construction and marketing of more than 6,000 dwelling units and home sites throughout the greater Twin Cities community, and the management of approximately 3,000 owner-occupied townhomes and condominiums. His leadership roles include president and director of the Minneapolis Builders Association (MBA), senior life director of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and founder of the Minnesota Housing Institute (MHI), which served the real estate industry’s state-wide needs to commercially promote home ownership and legislative action.

In the 1960s, Laukka worked with The Near Northside Re-Development Agency, a community based organization established to guide the redevelopment of the near north side of Minneapolis. The agency focused on the growing need for market rate housing and led to the development of single-family housing, hailed as “The Suburb in the City.”  After being approached by Governer Wendell Anderson, Laukka helped develop the State Housing Finance Agency and chaired the Minnesota State Housing Code Advisory Board until a state-wide building code was in place. Most recently, he served on the Fairview Southdale Hospital board of trustees and chaired the development of its new Carl N. Platou Emergency Center opened August 2015.

James Solem

For more than 40 years, James Solem provided outstanding leadership and tireless work in real estate finance and public policy, supporting the development of rental and ownership housing for low and moderate income households. He was the executive director of the Minnesota State Planning Agency from 1970 to 1978, and served as commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency from 1978 to 1994 – a position he was appointed to five times by three Minnesota governors. From 1994 to 2000, Solem was the regional administrator for the Metropolitan Council, leading the long-range planning for transit, wastewater, parks and community development in the seven-county metropolitan area.  From 2000 – 2006, at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), he led a project to bring new ideas to the issues of affordable housing and regional growth.

Now retired from the Metropolitan Council, Solem is active with consulting and volunteer service. He is chairman of the board of the Community Reinvestment Fund and of the boards of Common Bond Housing Corporation and the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Throughout his career, Solem demonstrated an exceptional knowledge of operations and governmental polices, brought a high level of ethical standards to the real estate industry and championed those most in need.

The program is open to the public and the cost is $60. More information is available at http://www.stthomas.edu/centers/shenehon/minnesota-real-estate-hall-of-fame/

To register use the following link:    https://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/ust/register.jsp?eventcrn=B1973

The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame now has 30 members. Previously named were:

  • 2010: Tony Bernardi, Lloyd Engelsma, Gerald Rauenhorst, William Reiling, Jim Ryan and Sam Thorpe Sr.
  • 2011: Robert Hoffman, Darrel Holt, Bernard Rice, Emma Rovick and five members of the Dayton family: Bruce and the late Douglas, Donald, Kenneth and Wallace.
  • 2012: David Bell, Robert Boblett Sr., Philip Smaby and Boyd Stofer.
  • 2013: Leonard Bisanz, Helen Brooks, Thomas Crowley, M.A. Mortenson Sr. and Kenneth Stensby.
  • 2014: George Karvel Ph.D., Cyril “Cy” Kuefler Sr., Jim Stanton

 

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2014 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Recap

Keynote speaker Robert Senkler, CEO of Securian Financial Group, shared some great advice with the crowd at the 2014 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony during his address. He stated:

Ask: Would this look good on the front page?

Mr. Senkler was talking specifically about undocumented compensation in the insurance industry but this applies to many decisions. If a decision made the front page of the newspaper, would it look good for you, your company, your employees and your client? If not, take the time to really think about why.

Check your balance sheet.

In 2005 and 2006, Securian made sure that if the unthinkable happened, they’d be ready. Now, they call the unthinkable 2008. Because they created scenarios to test their business, they were ready. Rather than having to be reactive, they had a plan in place. This helped them to weather the storm through 2008 and 2009 for their company by saving jobs and keeping their business afloat.

Do the simple things well.

With this real estate group, Mr. Senkler used the example of checking financial records and receiving solid valuations. While that is something much less complex than coming up with a development plan, many smart people missed the simple step in the last few years which caused big problems. In other words, don’t forget the details and how important they are in the overall scope of business.

Ethics.

All employers have to pay people to come to work for them. But, they don’t all make their employees feel good about what they are contributing to the company. Community service and the ability to give back as part of a job is a great way to differentiate among other employers. It helps to build a work environment routed in ethical business practice and hardworking people who give back not only because they are being paid to do so but because they want to do so.

Once again, congratulations to the 2014 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame inductees:

George R. Karvel, Ph.D.

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Cyril “Cy” Kuefler, Sr.

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Jim Stanton

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2014 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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The Shenehon Center for Real Estate is pleased to announce
the 2014 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductees

George R. Karvel, Ph.D.
Cyril “Cy” Kuefler, Sr.
Jim Stanton

Join the Shenehon Center for Real Estate for the 2014 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:30 a.m. Sign-in
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony featuring keynote speaker Robert Senkler, CEO, Securian Financial Group

Event Details
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Individual cost: $50
or
Sponsor a table for 10: $700

The Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business has established
the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments
of real estate leaders who have made a significant contribution in real estate and demonstrated care and concern for
improving their community as a business leader

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We Remember 2011 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductee, Robert Leonard Hoffman

Robert Leonard Hoffman, a 2011 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductee, died on July 29, 2014 at the age of 85. Co-founder of the Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren law firm and described as “the dean of Twin Cities land-use lawyers”, Hoffman crucially contributed in notable real estate projects such as the development of the Mall of America. He also proudly served his community as a Bloomington city councilman for 14 years and on the Metropolitan council for 7 years.

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2013 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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The Shenehon Center for Real Estate is pleased to announce
the 2013 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductees

Leonard Bisanz
Helen Brooks
Thomas Crowley
M.A. Mortenson, Sr
Kenneth Stensby

Join the Shenehon Center for Real Estate for the 2013 Real Estate Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Thursday, October 24, 2013
5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres
6:30 – 8 p.m. Awards Ceremony
University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus
Cost: $50

Register for the 2013 Minnesotate Real Estate Hall of Fame

The Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business has established the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of real estate leaders who have made a significant contribution in real estate and demonstrated care and concern for improving their community as a business leader.

Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Members:

David Bell
Tony Bernardi
Robert Boblett, Sr
The Dayton Family
Lloyd Engelsma
Robert Hoffman
Darrel Holt
Gerald Rauenhorst
William Reiling
Bernard Rice
Emma Rovick
Jim Ryan
Philip Smaby
Boyd Stofer
Sam Thorpe, Sr

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Reminder: Nomination deadline for the 2013 MN Real Estate Hall of Fame is May 1

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Minnesota Real Estation Hall of Fame through May 1.

The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame has been established to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of real estate leaders who have made a significant contribution in real estate and demonstrated care and concern for improving their community as a business leader.

A real estate leader is someone who:

  • has made a significant contribution as a leader in the field of real estate.
  • has impacted his or her particular area of real estate and should be recognized primarily as an exceptional role model in his or her discipline.
  • has displayed the highest level of ethics in his or her business practices.
  • has improved his or her community as a business leader.

Do you know someone who fits this description? Nominate them for the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame.

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Nominations now being accepted for the 2013 Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame has been established to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of real estate leaders who have made a significant contribution in real estate and demonstrated care and concern for improving their community as a business leader.

The Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business began honoring members of the Minnesota real estate community with induction into the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2010. 2012 Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Minnesota Real Estation Hall of Fame.

A real estate leader is someone who:

  • has made a significant contribution as a leader in the field of real estate.
  • has impacted his or her particular area of real estate and should be recognized primarily as an exceptional role model in his or her discipline.
  • has displayed the highest level of ethics in his or her business practices.
  • has improved his or her community as a business leader.

Do you know someone who fits this description? Nominate them for the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame.

Nominations received before May 1 will be reviewed for the current year. Those received after May 1 will be considered for 2014. All nominees will be considered for induction for up to three years after being nominated.

Hall of Fame Award Criteria  

Nominations are not limited to University of St Thomas graduates.   The selection committee will give weight to such accomplishments as starting and building a business, leading an established business to significantly greater achievements, major transactions and innovative projects.

Other factors that may be considered include industry recognitions, being an industry pioneer or leader and recognition by others for achievements. The selection committee has the responsibility and discretionary power to make its determinations from the pool of nominations submitted.

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2012 Real Estate Hall of Fame

This post was written by Dan Jackson, a 2012 UST MBA graduate.

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For me, it was a night to remember as many real estate professionals from around the Twin Cities area gathered in the Schulze Auditorium on the Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas.  Everyone had come to share in the joy and excitement of the Inductees of the 3rd annual Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame.  As a young professional getting started in the real estate industry, it was very exciting to be among many professionals who were very well established in the Twin Cities.  It was an opportunity to see that with hard work and determination that I could end up in similar roles of these great individuals.  Below is a brief overview of each of the four inductees that were featured at this year’s event.  The information below was adapted from the Hall of Fame program given to participants that evening.

Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductees

David C. Bell

Known as one of the Twin Cities’ founding fathers, David Bell came to Minnesota to work for his brother at a small general store.  He eventually was able to open the Bell Bros. Dry Good store in downtown Minneapolis in 1862.  Bell continued to work with a number of new ventures including several banks, which allowed him to open his own mortgage company, the David C. Bell Investment Company.  In 1880 he began originating mortgages in Minnesota and sold them to banks in New York.  This in turn brought a lot of development into the Minneapolis area.  Bell’s service to the community was just as impressive.  He served as a trustee of Carleton College, taught Bible classes at Plymouth Congregational Church and was a member of many state boards and charities.

Robert P. Boblett, Sr.

Robert Boblett’s contributions to the commercial real estate industry span more than 41 years.  During World War II, he served as a captain in the 103rd Infantry Division in Europe, before returning to establish his own industrial real estate firm, Robert Boblett Associates, Inc.  Outside of real estate, he was also a member of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, a part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Planning Commission and served as president of the Minneapolis City Planning Commission.  Boblett helped to develop a course in appraising for the American Institute of Appraisers.  The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) have named their highest honor award in honor of Boblett. Continue Reading

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Antonio Bernardi, Rome Campus Benefactor, Dies

This post comes from the University of St. Thomas Newsroom.

Father Dennis Dease, Antonio Bernardi and Archbishop John Nienstedt at the dedication of a newly renovated Sitzmann Hall Nov. 30, 2009. (Photo by Mike Ekern ’02)

Please remember in your prayers Antonio Bernardi, a Twin Cities real estate developer and benefactor whose gifts led to the establishment of St. Thomas’ Bernardi Campus in Rome. He died Oct. 4 at the age of 91.

Born in Casella D’Asola, Italy, outside of Venice, Bernardi studied in a seminary in the 1930s, and served as an officer in the Italian Army during World War II and served in North Africa. While stationed in the Tuscan village of Volterra, he met Cecilia, who would become his wife.

He completed an engineering degree and worked for AGIP, an Italian oil company, overseeing its drilling operations in Iran. He became the Italian Consul to Iran and eventually immigrated to Minnesota in 1962.

Bernardi purchased 300 acres of land northwest of what now is Interstate 494 and Highway 100 and helped to develop Edina’s industrial park. A business partnership with Curtis Carlson of Carlson Companies led to the construction of the Radisson South hotel, now the DoubleTree by Hilton. Continue Reading