Speakers & Panelists


Derek M. Pankratz, Senior Research Manager, Center for Integrated Research, Deloitte
Series Editor, Future of Mobility research program

Derek PankratzDerek Pankratz is a senior research manager with Deloitte’s Center for Integrated Research and series editor for their research program on the Future of Mobility. Derek has led development of more than two dozen research articles exploring multiple aspects of the emerging mobility ecosystem. He has authored numerous articles, including most recently Funding the Future of Mobility, The Deloitte City Mobility Index, Harnessing the Future of Mobility: How Governments Can Enable a Better Transportation Experience, and Framing the Future of Mobility: Using Behavioral Economics to Accelerate Consumer Adoption. He is a frequent speaker on autonomous vehicles, shared mobility, and urban transportation. All of Deloitte’s research on the future of mobility can be found at deloitte.com/insights/future-of-mobility.

Derek has also conducted complex statistical analyses on the topics of corporate financial performance, goal-setting, and innovation, with findings published in Harvard Business Review and elsewhere. Prior to his research role, he served in Deloitte’s competitive intelligence organization, reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer. Derek also served as a political and economic analyst for U.S. Federal Government, where he supported the White House and senior US policymakers.

Derek earned bachelor’s degrees with honors in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also received an MA in political science and attended a PhD program focused on international politics and research methodology, also at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Colorado’s Western Slope with his wife and two daughters.


Kevin R. Smith, Instructor of Practice, Marquette University; retired Senior Managing Director, Head of Americas at PGIM Real Estate (Prudential Financial, Inc.)

Kevin SmithKevin is Instructor of Practice in Marquette University’s nationally-ranked real estate program, where he teaches the capstone real estate cases course. He retired in 2018 as managing director at PGIM Real Estate and Head of the Americas where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy and oversight of PGIM Real Estate’s businesses in the United States and Latin America. 

During his 36-year career with Prudential, Kevin also held roles as senior portfolio manager for PGIM Real Estate’s core equity and value-add funds, head of investment underwriting and operations for the U.S. Transactions group, and management of separate account portfolios for pension fund clients, as well as a series of smaller, closed-end funds.   

Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Willamette University, and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University.  He serves on several boards, including the Willamette University Board of Trustees and the Marquette University Center for Real Estate Advisory Board.



Steven Cyra, Fellow and Associate Vice President, ITS/Traffic Operations

CyraSteve is an HNTB Fellow and Associate Vice President in the firm’s ITS/traffic operations practice with over 32 years of experience in variety of transportation systems management and operations projects, including those involving traffic incident management, Intelligent Transportation Systems, advanced traffic signal systems and emerging mobility initiatives. In 2017, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker named Steve to his Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment. Currently, he is supporting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in planning and systems engineering for the I-94 North-South Freeway Smart Corridor. In addition to his private sector work, his public experience includes serving as Associate Traffic Engineer for the Cities of Dallas, Texas and Anaheim, California.


David Egan, Head of Industrial & Logistics Research, Americas & Global, CBRE

eganDavid is Global Head of Industrial & Logistics Research at CBRE.  He focuses primarily on expanding the Americas Industrial Research team’s insight generation and market intelligence to help guide real estate strategies, identify risks and validate decision-making, and serves as the CBRE spokesperson on the industrial real estate environment. David has developed and owned the Industrial thought leadership agenda and has been responsible for the production of major reports touching topics crucial to the industry including e-commerce, ports and logistics, and development trends. David Egan brings 15 years of experience in real estate valuation and market analysis from time spent as Manager of Transaction Real Estate at Ernst & Young. At EY, he provided strategic consulting, valuation, and market analysis for a variety of real estate owners, investors, and users. Prior to EY, David held sales, brokerage, and financial analyst roles with Colliers and Duke Realty. He holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.


Michael Ellch, Vice President of Development, Related Midwest

ellchMichael Ellch is vice president of development at Related Midwest, leading the acquisition and financing for several of the firm's market-rate and luxury properties. Since joining the firm in 2011, Mr. Ellch has played a key role in a number of high-profile projects, including 500 Lake Shore Drive, which represents Chicago's first Related Rentals building and continues to command some of the city's highest rents. Most recently, he led the acquisition of the former ParkView development, now known as 451 E. Grand, which is a planned hybrid residential tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern. Mr. Ellch was also instrumental in assembling the partnership for 1035 W. Van Buren, a planned luxury rental tower in Chicago's fast-growing West Loop neighborhood. Prior to Related Midwest, Michael worked with New York City-based real estate developer Property Markets Group. Mr. Ellch earned his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and holds a master's in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.​


Andy Hunt, Panel Moderator, Director - Center for Real Estate, Marquette University

Andy HuntAndy Hunt (BusAd ’08, Grad ’13) serves as the Director for the Center for Real Estate at Marquette University. Working closely with the real estate program faculty, Andy is responsible for carrying out the mission of the Center and oversight of all day to day administration of the Center’s programs, activities and outreach. Duties include oversight of all fundraising initiatives, management of the Center’s major annual events in Milwaukee and Chicago, coordination and mentoring of the students in the program and responsibility for maintaining a 100% placement rate for all graduating students, marketing and press initiatives, strategic planning and goal setting, planning for student conferences and trips nationally, partnerships with local and national industry organizations, and close coordination with and guidance from two incredible boards, including the Center for Real Estate Advisory Board and the REALM (Real Estate Alumni Marquette) Network Board.  Full bio...


Tony Janowiec, President & Chief Manager, Interstate Development Partners


Tony began his parking centric real estate career over 19 years ago as a valet while attending college.  He continued his parking career, rising through the ranks, with a national management company for nine years.  In late 2005, Tony left the parking industry and developed a new biofuel technology company for several years.  In late 2009, Tony returned to real estate and formed Interstate Parking Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Under Tony’s leadership, Interstate Parking rapidly expanded throughout the upper Midwest and currently operates over 165 parking assets throughout several Midwestern markets including Denver, Breckenridge, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fargo, Duluth, Milwaukee and Indianapolis. 

Tony is experienced in a wide spectrum of parking asset ownership and development including mixed use shared parking, hospitality and healthcare sectors, large scale event venues and central business district operations.  He is an expert in the renovation and long-term deferred maintenance of parking assets as well as the development, underwriting, financing and construction of existing and new projects. In addition to his involvement at Interstate Parking, Tony is a founder of Interstate Development Partners, a value-add urban redevelopment real estate investment firm where he currently serves as President and Chief Manager.  Through Interstate Development Partners, Tony is actively involved in the mixed-use development of over $200 million of community focused urban repurposing and new construction projects in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Tony is originally from Minnesota and graduated from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota majoring in Entrepreneurial Management.  He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Abby and their two children Katy and Will.



John Johnson, Research Fellow, Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, Marquette University Law School

John JohnsonJohn D. Johnson joined the Law School as a Lubar Research Associate in April 2016. He has been a research member of the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education since its inception in 2017; since April 2018 he has worked as a Research Fellow. John collaborates with Professor and Director of the Marquette Law School Poll Charles Franklin on all of the Law School's polling projects, with particular focuses on polling related to freshwater policy and public libraries. In addition, his research interests include population, employment, and income trends in the greater Milwaukee area. Examples of recent work are available here. Major ongoing projects include regularly updated monitoring of regional economic trends and an examination of neighborhood housing data. Prior to Marquette, John earned a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Western Illinois University and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.