In this episode, Phil is joined by Collete English Dixon, Executive Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and Operational Chair of Real Estate in the Heller College of Business, at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. The dynamic Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate sets itself apart from other educational institutions in that it’s deeply intertwined with the Chicago Real Estate community, by helping those in the community to feed off of and learn from one another. Collete and Phil discuss how valuable networking and educational opportunities within the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate can help further the careers of professionals and enable students to grow in the Real Estate community. Collete also discusses the academic offerings of the Institute such as the Masters in Real Estate (MSRE) program, and the creation of the Advisory Board, which consists of industry leaders who share their knowledge with students, providing a connection with those who are moving the Real Estate industry forward.
Collete English Dixon has more than 30 years in investment management with a focus on commercial real estate investing. Prior to her current role at Roosevelt University, she was Executive Director - Transactions for PGIM Real Estate (formerly known as PREI), a business unit of Prudential Financial, and co-leader of PREI’s national investment dispositions program. In that role, she oversaw the sale of more than 200 investment properties located throughout the US, with a total value of more than $8.7 Billion, on behalf of PREI’s investment funds. Prior to her role in dispositions, Collete was responsible for sourcing more than $2.75B of wholly-owned and joint venture real estate investment opportunities in the Midwestern markets covering all property types, including office, multi-family, hotel, industrial and retail properties. Collete’s experience also includes property development and asset management.
She is a Past President of CREW Network, a Past Chair of the CREW Network Foundation, a Past President of CREW Chicago, a full member of ULI and the 2016-2019 Chair of the UDMU Council/Purple. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Investment Committee for the Housing Partnership Equity Trust, a member of the Board of Directors for BDREX and a member of its Audit and Governance committees, a board member of the Chicago Forum of the International Women’s Forum, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.