Commercial Real Estate Leadership Breakfast

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Union League Club of Chicago


The Center for Real Estate is delighted to announce Willy Walker, Chairman and CEO of nationally-renown capital markets firm Walker & Dunlop, will headline the eighth annual Marquette Chicago Real Estate Leadership Breakfast.

Leadership and the Walker Webcast: deconstructing world-class real estate leaders

Discussion moderated by Andrew D. Hunt, Director, Marquette University Center for Real Estate

Willy Walker

Willy Walker

Chairman and CEO, Walker & Dunlop

Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and in its first ten years as a public company has seen its shares appreciate over 800%. The firm was also #17 on Fortune’s 2017 list of “Fastest Growing Public Companies”, and has been named a Best Workplace for eight of the last eleven years by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Mr. Walker received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 and was named “Financier of the Year” in 2017 and 2020 by Commercial Mortgage Observer.

Mr. Walker is also host of the popular Walker Webcast, where he interviews an incredible and diverse network of leaders as they share wisdom that cuts across industry lines. His guests include prominent CEOs, academics, high-ranking government officials, sports heroes and others. Viewed by millions, Walker Webcasts are 'can't miss' events for real estate professionals around the country.

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Schedule of Events:

7:30am - Check-in, Registration and Networking
8:15am - Opening Remarks and Updates, Breakfast
8:30am - Program
9:15am - Q&A
9:30am - Adjourn


Limited sponsorship opportunities available


Chicago Sponsors


Past Speakers:

2022 Leon I. Walker, Esq., Managing Principal, DL3 Realty, and Shawn Clark, President, CRG

2021 Jim McShane, founder and chairman, and Molly McShane, chief executive officer, The McShane Companies

2019 Curt R. Bailey, president, Related Midwest

2018 Andy Gloor, managing principal, Sterling Bay

2017 Danny Queenan, president, CBRE Global Investors

2016 Mike Mullen, founding partner and CEO, CenterPoint

2015 Kevin R. Smith, senior managing director and head of the Americas, PGIM Real Estate