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Hammes Company leads healthcare industry panel detailing new challenges and opportunities in real estate

CHICAGO, Ill., May 24, 2010 – Hammes Company was invited to lead a panel of experts in a roundtable discussion outlining the current state and future outlook of healthcare at the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate’s spring board meeting last month.

“The panel took place in early April, just weeks after the legislation on healthcare reform had passed, while the topic was still fresh in everyone’s minds. We made sure to touch on the key points, including how reform will drive future development activity in the industry,” says Holly Sullivan, Senior Vice President with Hammes Company. Ms. Sullivan moderated the healthcare industry discussion.

The 150-person audience included members of the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Program, UW Real Estate Alumni Association, UW Real Estate Club, and Graaskamp Center for Real Estate. Board members, students, alumni, faculty, and guests gathered on April 7 and 8 at the Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago to participate in the panel sessions and networking events.

Sam Zell, Co-Founder and Chairman of Equity Group Investments, kicked off the quarterly event this year by delivering the keynote presentation on the state of the industry, including opportunities with smaller real estate investment trusts, the upward retail spending trend and the entrepreneurial spirit of the country.

The two-day meeting included sessions on new investment opportunities, government interventions and support programs, and industry leadership. These sessions were led by some of the industry’s most forward-thinking individuals from a wide variety of firms across the public and private sectors, including, among others, Bryanston Realty Partners, U.S. Dept. of Treasury, and CB Richard Ellis Investment Properties.

Presenting alongside Ms. Sullivan were experts in the healthcare real estate arena, including Todd Kibler, Senior Vice President of Finance and Investments and CFO with Hammes Company, Raymond J. Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer with Ventas, Inc, and Kevin McMeen, Co-Founder and President, Real Estate Lending at Mid Cap Financial.

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