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Drake lecture to focus on credit crisis, real estate markets

February 24, 2009
CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu 

Drake University will host real estate experts Jay Zagoren and Rob Best on Thursday, Feb. 26, for a talk on the credit crisis and its impact on secondary real estate markets. 

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in room 101 of Aliber Hall, 2847 University Ave. 

In their presentation, titled "The Credit Crisis: Views on Secondary Real Estate Markets," the speakers will explore current problems facing the real estate market and how firms are responding and planning for the future. They also will participate in a question-and-answer session.

Zagoren is a partner in the finance and real estate group of Dechert LLP in Philadelphia. Before joining Dechert, Zagoren was with the Atlanta Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  

As a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, he recently testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the current state of the real estate markets. He received his bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College and his law degree from Emory University School of Law. 

Best is the director of new business development with Principal Real Estate Investors.  He joined Principal in 1984 and now serves as a member of the Real Estate Investors’ investment committee and strategic working group. 

From 2002 to 2004, Best worked with Washington Mutual as executive vice president of commercial real estate, before joining Principal again in 2005.

Best received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and serves on the university's Financial Advisory Council at Tippie College of Business. 

For more information on the lecture, contact Tom Root at tom.root@drake.edu or 515-271-4163.