Meet Our Distinguished Fellows

 

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Founding Academic Director for Real Estate and Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego

San Diego, California

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Dr. Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell is the founding Academic Director for Real Estate and Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego, which administers an undergraduate degree in Real Estate and Development. Bussell’s research interests include private foundations' involvement in community development, quality of life indicators and urban planning, affordable housing, homelessness, and healthy aging and the built environment. She is co-author of the award-winning book Catalysts for Change: 21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development.

Richard Buttimer

Richard J. Buttimer Jr., Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Director, Childress Klein Center for Real Estate, Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

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The Childress Klein Center for real estate is an applied research center that focuses on public policy matters related to real estate and urban economics. As director, Buttimer is responsible for setting the research direction of the center, for being the primary contact with the public for all matters related to the center, and for administering the center’s budget and associated faculty and staff.

Jim Clayton

Jim Clayton, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Professor and Timothy R. Price Chair, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business at York University

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Jim Clayton, Ph.D., is a professor and the Timothy R. Price Chair and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure in the Schulich School of Business at York University. The Brookfield Centre fosters a unique learning ecosystem within a community dedicated to academic excellence, experiential learning, alumni engagement, industry outreach and applied thought leadership. Schulich’s new 12-month Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) program builds on the School’s long-existing MBA specialization in these areas.

Mark J. Eppli

Mark J. Eppli, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Dr. Mark Eppli has 25 years of academic and administrative leadership experience. He served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012 to 2015 and was a Professor of Finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. Currently he is director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is widely published in commercial real estate finance, development, and valuation, and is coauthor of two books.

Kat Grimsley

Kat Grimsley, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Director, MS in Real Estate Development, George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

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Kat Grimsley is the Director of the Masters in Real Estate Development program at the George Mason University. She is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the program including community building, curriculum management and strategic development.

Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Director, Baker Program in Real Estate, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

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Dustin Jones is the Director of the Baker Program in Real Estate in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Jones teaches graduate level courses in real estate transactions and deal structuring, real estate development process, and zoning and entitlements law on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, as well as courses on smart cities, and real estate technology and innovation at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

Keven McGhan

Keven McGhan

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Instructor, JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Keven McGhan is an instructor in the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta. As part of his role, McGhan develops mutually beneficial partnerships between the JR Shaw School of Business and industry. As an instructor, he teaches a fourth-year capstone course where students work on applied research, environmental analysis, and implementation strategies for industrial partners. He also teaches a Sales Management class where students resolve live cases presented by industry partners. McGhan is the Faculty Advisor for Enactus NAIT and the NAIT Students Case Completion Club.

Anthony Pennington-Cross

Anthony Pennington-Cross, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Bell Chair Professor in Real Estate, Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Anthony Pennington-Cross is the Bell Chair Professor in Real Estate in the College of Business Administration at Marquette University and a faculty member at the Homer Hoyt Institute. He sits on the boards of the American Real Estate Society and the Milwaukee Global Health Consortium. Pennington-Cross is widely published in academic journals such as Real Estate Economics. Recent research includes the impact of Airbnb on crime, the spatial clustering of gas stations, and models of mortgage loss. Prior to joining Marquette University Anthony was a Senior Economist in the Research Division at The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Vivek Sah

Vivek Sah, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellows
Director of the LIED Institute of Real Estate Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Dr. Vivek Sah is the Director of the LIED Institute of Real Estate Studies in the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). At UNLV, he is responsible for leading the LIED lnstitute’s efforts to grow the real estate program for students and supporting the education needs of the industry professionals in the Nevada region.

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp, PhD

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, Executive Director of Real Estate Programs, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Phoenix, Arizona

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Dr. Stapp is the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, Director of Real Estate Programs in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has also serves as a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. In November 2011, Stapp was named a Distinguished Fellow of NAIOP. He Stapp has over 40 years experience planning, designing, developing, investing in and advising about real estate.

Zhou Yang

Zhou Yang, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Associate Professor of Economics, Robert Morris University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Zhou Yang is an Associate Professor of Economics at Robert Morris University. Her research interests include state and local tax policy, land value taxation and industrial organization. She has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Housing Economics, Economic Modelling and National Tax Journal, among others. Prior to her time in the United States, she worked on economic development policies and industrial planning in China. Her current research focuses on public policy related to real estate. She is also interested in various issues related to real estate and industrial policy in general.