Omaha-area Commerical Real Estate Summit to induct 5 into hall of fame

(Omaha.com) Five inductees into the Omaha-area CRE Summit Hall of Fame have contributed a cumulative 200 years to local commercial real estate: two of them design it, two make sure it complies with the law and another has mastered most areas of title insurance.

The 2017 hall of famers will be recognized March 24 at the 28th annual commercial real estate summit, an all-day event at the CenturyLink Center expected to draw about 800 real estate and business professionals.

Speakers include top local business and real estate experts and entrepreneur Bill Rancic, who was hired by the Trump Organization after winning the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.”

Scheduled workshops will examine trends including how changing demographics are changing real estate, and whether a future exists for retail stores as online options multiply.

Featured also is a face-off between Omaha mayoral opponents Mayor Jean Stothert and former State Sen. Heath Mello.

The annual “deal of the year” award is to be presented to the team behind the new HDR headquarters planned at Aksarben Village. The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s 28-acre African Grasslands exhibit will be honored as “development of the year.”

A new prize is to go to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, for “extraordinary impact” on the local real estate market.

“Nothing symbolizes growth quite like real estate development — cranes and construction signal forward progress,” said Randy Thelen of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, a conference partner. “No place, no organization is doing more today in our market than the med center.”

The summit was founded by Omaha real estate attorney Jerry Slusky of Smith, Slusky, Pohren & Rogers. Longtime vice chairman of the conference is Barry Zoob of Colliers International commercial real estate.

The hall of fame inductees:

Dan Smith

» Dan Smith, partner at Smith Slusky, launched a legal career in 1977 and represents clients in more than $300 million worth of real estate transactions a year.

He lectures nationwide, is an expert in legal technology and is a principal in LawPoint365, which partners with Microsoft in bringing cloud-based expertise and document management to lawyers.

Ellen Albrecht

» Ellen Albrecht has been in the title insurance business for 40 years, 33 of them with First American Title Insurance Co., where she is vice president and regional agency manager for Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

Albrecht has held offices including the presidency of the Nebraska Escrow Association in 2006. Her industry involvement last year earned her the National Title Professional designation from the American Land Title Association.

Dennis Hogan

» Dennis Hogan III, partner at Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman, earned a Creighton University law degree in 1973.

He’s been a leader in the formation of sanitary and improvement districts, and has helped developers on real estate projects including Shadow Lake Towne Center, Village Pointe, Linden Estates and Settlers Creek subdivisions.

Keith Basham

» J. Keith Basham and Timothy Holland are founding principals of Holland Basham Architects (HBA).

During his 40-year career, Basham, a graduate of UNL and the University of Missouri, has amassed expertise in the design of health care, industrial and corporate office facilities.

Tim Holland

Holland, a graduate of UNL and Harvard, has 30-plus years in the industry and a focus on planning and design of corporate offices and space for higher education and hospitality sectors.

Among HBA highlights are architectural work at Omaha’s Midtown Crossing and the Level 3 Communications world headquarters near Boulder, Colorado.

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