Wisconsin Real Estate Program

Daniel McCaffery Selected as E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker in Real Estate Development

October 2011, Center News

What: E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker Series in Real Estate Development

Speaker: Daniel McCaffery, Chairman and CEO, McCaffery Interests

When: Friday, November 11
10:30 am: Award and Presentation
11:15 am: Q & A and Informal Discussion
12:00 noon: Luncheon

Where: Sky View Room, Fluno Center
601 University Avenue

Who's Invited: Real Estate Undergrads and MBA Students, Alumni, and Graaskamp Center Board Members

Luncheon: A luncheon will be held following the lecture in the Skyview Room from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. MBA students, alumni, and board members are invited to attend.

RSVP: If you are an alumni, board member or student and would like to attend, please email Lee Gottschalk.

For more information or to register, email Lee Gottschalk or call (608) 265-2032.

Daniel McCaffery Daniel McCaffery, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCaffery Interests, will share his vast real estate development expertise, experience and knowledge during the E. J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker Series at 10:30 am on Friday, November 11. Real Estate undergraduate and MBA students, alumni, and Graaskamp Center board members are invited to attend the presentation. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

Founded in the fall of 1990, McCaffery Interests, Inc. has risen to be nationally recognized as a leader in urban development and renewal projects. As the founder, Mr. McCaffery has overall responsibility for the executive management, strategic direction and leadership of the company. Other specific responsibilities include new business creation and enhancement and expansion of tenant and financial partner relationships. Mr. McCaffery has more than 30 years experience in the real estate industry and has led the development of more than $3 billion of mixed-use urban projects.

In addition to its many projects in the Chicago area, the firm has developed projects in diverse markets including Minneapolis, San Francisco, Myrtle Beach, Washington DC, Clarendon, VA and Moscow, Russia. It's most demanding challenge at present is the redevelopment of the approximately 500 lakefront acres known as the former US Steel lands in the southeast area of Chicago.

Many of the firm's projects have won local, national and international acclaim. Among the many award winning project are the Hotel Burnham in Chicago, the Cork Factory in Pittsburgh and The Market Common in Virginia. Each has been a recipient of an award which is recognized as bearing the highest distinction available in the real estate industry. Receipt of these awards highlights the diverse talents to be found within the company. A broken office building converted to a hotel; an abandoned factory converted to residential living and a parking lot transformed in a retail and residential hub. All completed in a manner that has drawn international acclaim.


The E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker Series in Real Estate Development features speakers who embody The Wisconsin Tradition in their spirit, imagination, entrepreneurial skills, and enthusiasm for improving the quality of our built environment. It was created to bring the considerable real-world development expertise of our alumni and board members to all Wisconsin real estate students. Each speaker is also the recipient of the E. J. Plesko Distinguished Professional in Real Estate Development Award.

Three years ago, the Speaker Series was funded by a gift from developer E. J. Plesko, a Graaskamp board member and president of E.J. Plesko & Associates, a real estate development and management company based in Madison.