Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date: ​November, 2017


Lisa Brown, SIOR NorCal Chapter PR Director 925.577.0340 |
Gary Marsh, 415.999.3793 |
Al​lison Stull, SIOR ​Manager of Communications |


SIOR Northern California Chapter Announces Educational Partnership with the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA November 21, 2017 – Todd Severson, SIOR, president of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors® (SIOR) announces a new educational partnership with the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.


SIOR Northern California Chapter, along with matching funds from Washington, D.C.-based SIOR Foundation, is sponsoring Cal’s Undergraduate Real Estate Club (UREC) and will jointly host their first kickoff event on November 30 at the Cal campus.


SIOR is the world’s largest and most prestigious association of commercial real estate brokers. Severson is a veteran broker in the Oakland office of Colliers International.


The November 30 event is in Chou Hall, Room N570 at the Haas School of Business from 5-7:30 p.m. and will feature a town hall-style meeting moderated by Haas seniors Marcus Missirlian and Tyler Zhou. Featured panelists include Mark Maguire, SIOR, executive vice president of Colliers International (Oakland), Steve Kapp, SIOR, executive managing director of Newmark Knight Frank (Hayward), Jeffrey Weil, SIOR, CCIM, MCRE, executive vice president of Colliers International (Walnut Creek) and Michael Murray, a principal with Lift Partners, based in San Francisco. The SIOR speakers have either undergraduate or graduate degrees from Cal.


The town hall meeting, in which student attendees will be able to ask questions in an open format, is themed around career development. Each of the professionals will discuss how they started their careers and the work they do now. Additionally, each panelist will present a case study of a real estate project they recently completed or are currently marketing or developing.


Missirlian and Zhou are co-presidents of the Undergraduate Real Estate Club, which is a student-operated network to help fellow students develop the necessary skills to enter the real estate industry. The club has different focus groups, including brokerage services, investment, development, architecture and corporate services. UREC provides a variety of resources, workshops and outlets to not only develop members professionally, but to build lasting relationships and foster community. The Real Estate Program at the Haas School of Business was recently ranked second in the country by US News & World Report.


The SIOR Foundation promotes and funds programs that advance the real estate profession through educational scholarships, critical research projects, publishing and development of real estate curricula for higher education. The charitable giving supports students enrolled in college undergraduate and graduate real estate studies in pursuit of degrees associated with commercial real estate.


The SIOR Foundation awarded grants totaling $162,000 for fiscal year 2016-2017 (which ran September 1 to August 31). Funds are distributed as matching scholarships with chapters and in programs such as the Student Real Estate Experience Program, SIOR Report Authors Grant, SIOR Speaker Grants and research grants. Participating colleges have included Saint Louis University, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Connecticut, Clemson University, Northwestern University, York University (Canada), UCLA, USC and many others.

About SIOR:

The SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS® (SIOR) is the leading professional office and industrial real estate association. SIOR members complete more than 80,000 transactions annually. SIOR has more than 3,000 members in more than 630 cities in 34 countries. SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful