Upcoming events

    • 18 May 2016
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Syracuse University Fisher Center, 136 Madison Avenue
    • 14

    WhitmanNYC Real Estate Breakfast Series Presents:

    2016 Real Estate Opportunities in the Development, Equity and Debt Markets

    Join us at SU's Fisher Center to hear NYC's leaders in real estate discuss the following topics:
    • Where are we in the NYC development cycle?
    • Current structured debt markets
    • Trends in the CMBS markets
    • Is the condo development market overheated? 
    7:30AM-8:00am: Breakfast and Networking
    8:00AM-9:15AM: Panelists & Questions
    9:15AM-9:30AM: Conclusion and Networking

    Light breakfast will be served.
    WhitmanNYC membership required for event.
    Any questions please contact: Justin Sutter

    David Schwartz - '99

    Co-Founder and Principal - Slate Property Group

    Bradley A. Settleman - '85

    Partner - Tall Pines Capital

    Chris LaBianca - '92

    MD and Head of Origination, Real Estate Finance - UBS 

    Panelist Bios


    David Schwartz - '99

    Co-Founder and Principal - Slate Property Group

    David Schwartz serves as Principal at Slate Property Group. In this role, David manages the development and construction of projects and shares responsibility for all acquisitions as well as investment decisions. David leads ground-up development projects with an emphasis on multifamily and mixed-use properties in Brooklyn’s emerging neighborhoods. He oversees all aspects of the development process, from the acquisition, design and construction to the marketing and sale of a property. Prior to co-founding Slate Property Group, David co-founded two development firms that focused on residential and mixed-use development in New York City with a strong focus on Brooklyn. Collectively his development projects are valued at approximately $1 billion representing over 900 residential units. Earlier in his career, David worked at Crescent Heights where he was involved in the development of over 3,000 apartment and hotel units throughout the United States.

    David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Syracuse University.

    Bradley A. Settleman - '85

    Partner - Tall Pines Capital

    Mr. Settleman has been a principal investor in real estate for the past 25 years with broad experience in acquisition and development as well as structured debt investments. Mr. Settleman has invested throughout the capital structure in ground up development, asset repositioning, recapitalization and partnership buyouts. Prior to forming Tall Pines with Emanuel Stern, Mr. Settleman was President of 40 North Properties and is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Latus Partners, both opportunistic real estate investment platforms in New York City. Previously, Mr. Settleman spent more than eight years at Credit Suisse in the real estate and commercial mortgage area where he was a founding member of the principal investment group, which invested and managed more than $3 billion of the firm’s proprietary capital in commercial mortgage debt and real estate equity transactions.

    Mr. Settleman is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned his MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

    Chris LaBianca - '92

    MD and Head of Origination, Real Estate Finance - UBS 

    Chris LaBianca is a Managing Director and Head of Origination within the Real Estate Finance Group at UBS. In this role, Mr. LaBianca is responsible for leading a national production team which provides commercial real estate debt for execution through the CMBS market as well as traditional balance sheet lending. Mr. LaBianca has spent over 20 years in the real estate debt markets with firms in the commercial banking, investment banking and private equity space.  

    Prior to joining UBS, Mr. LaBianca spent five years at RCG Longview, a real estate fund platform sponsored by investment manager Ramius Capital Group and The Feil Organization, that has made more than 500 investments secured by over $15 billion of real estate since its inception in 1999. He served as President of RCG Longview Debt Fund IV, L.P., and was responsible for origination, underwriting, asset management and servicing of all fund investments. Prior to joining RCG, Mr. LaBianca spent nearly eight years at Bank of America, most recently serving as a Managing Director and Co-Head of National Originations in the firm's Real Estate Capital Markets group. During his tenure there, the firm consistently ranked among the top three most active contributors to CMBS issues, with total volume in the last four years exceeding $53 billion. Mr. LaBianca was responsible for developing and managing a nationwide network of fully staffed origination offices, and personally originated over $8 billion of loans for securitization while at the firm. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. LaBianca spent eight years at Chemical and Chase Manhattan Bank, predecessors to JPMorgan Chase, holding senior management positions in the Real Estate Finance and US Securities divisions. He began his career as an Analyst with Prudential.  

    Mr. LaBianca received his BS from Rider College and his MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Mr. LaBianca is a past Chairman of the Real Estate Board of NY’s Finance Committee, currently serves on the Commercial Mortgage Board of Governors for the Mortgage Bankers Association and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

    • 20 Jul 2016
    • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Syracuse University Fisher Center, 136 Madison Avenue (Entrance on 19 East 31st Street)


    Looking for guidance in your career and work life?


    Want to connect with someone in your industry or function to learn from their experience?


    Stuck in a rut or looking to advance?


    Our Mentorship Program Kick-Off for 2016 is the event for club Members to attend.


    Come meet a roster of volunteers who are offering their time and advice to alumni of any age seeking to learn and grow with someone who has "been there." 


    Structured introductions and small round-table setting will allow you opportunities to hopefully make that "special connection."


    In addition, scheduled to speak are:


    Jason Hammer

    Senior Account Executive at LinkedIn


    Alyssa Kaiser

    Advertising Executive and Personal Brand Coach


    PLEASE NOTE: This event is at Fisher Center (136 Madison Avenue). The entrance to Fisher Center is 19 East 31st Street. There is no full-time receptionist or security guard. You must see the WhitmanNYC representative in the lobby to access the elevators. PLEASE BE PROMPT. Doors will close at 6:45PM.


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25 Feb 2016 Resume Writing Volunteering: Murry Bergtraum High School
23 Feb 2016 WhitmanNYC "Shark Series" Investor Panel
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19 Jan 2016 WhitmanNYC Open Board Meeting
10 Dec 2015 WhitmanNYC & Big Apple Orange (BAO) Holiday Celebration
23 Nov 2015 6th Annual WhitmanNYC Wine Tasting
19 Nov 2015 The Real Estate Breakfast Series: Current & Future Trends in Brooklyn Development
21 Oct 2015 4th Annual Syracuse Scotch & Cigars
30 Sep 2015 WhitmanNYC Open Board Meeting
23 Aug 2015 7th Annual Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Picnic in Central Park
29 Jul 2015 The Key to Successful Entrepreneurship with Keith Lemer
11 Jul 2015 Summer Service and Social: New York Restoration Project
17 Jun 2015 Annual Board Meeting and Elections 2015
28 May 2015 RESCHEDULED! Real Estate Breakfast Series: World Trade Center Tour
20 May 2015 The Power Of LinkedIn
19 May 2015 WhitmanNYC Open Meeting
22 Apr 2015 Power Networking Mixer: Mentorship in Action
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16 Dec 2014 WhitmanNYC Holiday Party & Toy Drive
03 Dec 2014 WhitmanNYC Open Meeting
18 Nov 2014 5th Annual WhitmanNYC Wine Tasting
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29 Oct 2014 3rd Annual Syracuse Scotch and Cigars
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23 Aug 2014 WAITING LIST for 6th Annual Picnic
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24 Apr 2014 WhitmanNYC Spring Thaw
10 Feb 2014 Presenting Yourself
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15 Jan 2014 WhitmanNYC Open Meeting
06 Jan 2014 Careers on Wall Street (Whitman Juniors NYC Trip)
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15 Dec 2013 St. John's Game
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21 Nov 2013 4th Annual WhitmanNYC Wine Tasting
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16 Sep 2013 WhitmanNYC Open Meeting
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23 May 2013 MBA & MS Alumni Reception
14 May 2013 Mentor Program Event - Slate
22 Apr 2013 WhitmanNYC Open Meeting
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12 Mar 2013 Dr. Daryl Gross / Big East Week
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22 Jan 2013 Walter Sabo Speaker Series Event
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08 Feb 2011 Joyce Newman
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