NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate to Honor VEREIT CEO Glenn J. Rufrano at the Annual Urban Leadership Award Dinner

Veteran Industry Executive Will Be Recognized by His Peers at the Mandarin Oriental, New York on June 9


NEW YORK, June 1, 2016 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.nyu.edu/schack) will honor Glenn J. Rufrano, chief executive officer of VEREIT and a member of the Institute’s advisory board, at its 45th Annual Urban Leadership Award Dinner on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Attended by more than 500 top industry professionals and VIPs, the Urban Leadership Award Dinner is the Institute’s largest fundraising event of the year, generating financial resources to support scholarship and academic programs for future industry leaders.

The Urban Leadership Award was created in 1971 to recognize professional leaders who have contributed significantly to the growth and prestige of the real estate industry, as well as to acknowledge their important roles in relation to the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. Past honorees of the Urban Leadership Award have included: William Rudin, Stephen Ross, Mitchell E. Rudin, Scott Rechler, Bruce Ratner, Mary Ann Tighe, and Mike Fascitelli.

“With his extraordinary record of success in the real estate industry and his extensive philanthropic activities, Glenn Rufrano is an outstanding role model for our students,” said Sam Chandan, Larry and Klara Silverstein Chair and associate dean of the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. “We are proud to recognize his achievements with the Urban Leadership Award.”

In collaboration with the Honorary Chair Committee, Dinner Cochairs James D. Kuhn, president, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Adam O. Emmerich, partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and Robin Panovka, partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, have worked together to make this one of the most memorable real estate dinners of the year. Milton Cooper, executive chairman of Kimco Realty Corporation, will be giving the tribute to Mr. Rufrano and presenting him with the Urban Leadership Award during the event.

Rufrano assumed the role of chief executive officer of VEREIT on April 1, 2015. Since joining the organization, he reconstituted the board of directors, formalized the VEREIT management team, and introduced a business plan to guide the company’s strategy. Under his leadership, the company changed its name to VEREIT, moved its listing to the New York Stock Exchange, and implemented a company-wide business approach based on discipline, transparency, and consistency. Furthermore, Rufrano has made significant progress on several initiatives including reducing debt, enhancing the portfolio, and re-establishing the brand value of Cole Capital.

Before joining VEREIT, Rufrano served as the chairman and chief executive officer of O’Connor Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm specializing in retail and multifamily residential properties. He was among the founders of O’Connor in 1983. Prior to rejoining O’Connor in 2013, he served as president and chief executive officer of Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest privately held commercial real estate services company. Previously, he has served as chief executive officer of Centro Properties Group US and of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, a New York Stock Exchange Company.

He serves on the board of directors for Ventas, an S&P 500 company and a leading healthcare real estate investment trust, and on the advisory boards of the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate and of Baruch College. He also is on the board of New Alternatives for Children, a not-for-profit health and social services agency whose exclusive mission is to serve children with medical disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families, and is a trustee and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an MS in management and real estate from Florida International University.

For inquiries on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sonal Pande at sonal.pande@nyu.edu or call 212-998-6961.

For additional information regarding the event, visit sps.nyu.edu/urbanleadership or contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at jessica.watson@nyu.edu or call 212-992-3618.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.nyu.edu/schack) was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, the Schack Institute of Real Estate offers graduate degrees—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as graduate certificates in real estate and construction management, all of which enroll nearly 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries, with over 3,500 graduates around the globe. In September 2013, the Schack Institute launched a new undergraduate degree—the BS in Real Estate.

Each year, approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s Career Advancement courses, Diploma programs, and intensives in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering. The Institute also is home to the REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and REITs. The Schack Institute of Real Estate is one of several academic divisions within the School of Professional Studies, which offers a broad range of professionally focused undergraduate, graduate, and Professional Pathways offerings.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 38,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.