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2018 Madison Commercial Real Estate Seminar

A STATE of our local industry report

Perpetually one of our most popular seminars, you won’t want to miss this in-depth examination of the state of Madison’s real estate market.

Chris Caulum, VP of Commercial Brokerage at Oakbrook Corporation, will present an up-to-date look at Madison’s office, industrial, and apartment markets. David Simon, President of Operations at Veridian Homes, will discuss the local residential housing market.

Following the presentations, Caulum will moderate a panel discussion with local business leaders about timely commercial real estate topics such as interest rates and how the latest increases affect real estate projects, inflation in wages and construction materials, employment issues in real estate, capitalization rates, valuation, and more.

This event is designed for local business leaders who reply on proven, timely data about our ever-changing real estate market to make critical business decisions. Expected takeaways include:

  • Key vacancy, rent, and absorption information with predicted future trends, and largest lease transactions of 2017
  • The latest on recent and ongoing construction projects
  • Real estate investment outlook for 2018 and beyond


VP of Commercial Brokerage

Chris Caulum

Oakbrook Corporation



Chris Caulum has over 17 years of private sector real estate experience and specializes in the areas of office, industrial and vacant land properties, and provides an array of corporate real estate services including brokerage, site selection and negotiation, financial analysis, development consulting, and research services. He is one of only 11 commercial brokers in the state of Wisconsin to hold both the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors and Certified Commercial Investment Member designations and one of just two SIOR’s in the state to have earned the “Dual Specialist” (office specialist and industrial specialist) distinction.

Caulum oversees Oakbrook Corporations's commercial brokerage and research units and regularly shares Oakbrook’s research in presentations to business organizations and financial institutions.

President of Operations

David Simon

Veridian Homes



As President of Operations for Veridian Homes, David Simon is responsible for business and new product development, strategic planning and operations management. Simon has been an influential player in the home building industry since 1982. In June 2003, he successfully combined two businesses to become Wisconsin’s largest home builder, Veridian Homes. Since then, he has spearheaded major quality initiatives for Veridian Homes and has continued to establish the company as one of the top builders in the nation. In 2017, Simon was inducted into the National Housing Quality Award Hall of Fame.


Gary Gorman

Gorman & Company



After completing his B.A. in Economics and Law Degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Gary Gorman began his career as a practicing attorney representing developers and real estate syndicators. In 1984, Gary formed a firm to develop and syndicate multifamily real estate projects. After the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Gorman specialized in the development of affordable multifamily rental communities utilizing the tax credit created by Section 42 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act.

Gary serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Housing Credit Group of National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), the Advisory Board for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, Madison Area Apartment Association, Credit Bureau of Madison, and the South Madison Community Development Corporation.

Managing Director

Aaron Olver

University Research Park



As a key staff person to the Board of Trustees, Olver provides leadership on policy and strategic issues for University Research Park. He oversees fiscal and administrative operations of University Research Park and serves as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer to Board of Trustees.


  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

    Registration, Networking, & Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Presentation & Panel Discussion

Event Details

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Date May 02, 2018

Time 7:30am - 9:30am

Monona Terrace

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