The UWM Real Estate Foundation is governed by its Board of Directors. Each director holds office for a three-year term.
Bruce Block has been practicing law since 1979 in the Real Estate Department of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. He is a shareholder and former chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Bruce has a broad commercial real estate practice, with significant experience in the areas of land use, zoning, mixed use development and tax incremental financing. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Bruce is active in numerous civic and nonprofit organizations. In addition to his efforts on behalf of the UWM Real Estate Foundation, he is president of the Wisconsin Preservation Fund, Inc. and on the board of Froedtert Hospital, the Milwaukee Riverwalk District and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation. Bruce is also a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and a trustee of the Public Policy Forum.
Bruce attended Middlebury College and is a 1976 History graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1979 from Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Smith is President and CEO of Keystone American Express Travel services and Keystone American Express Business Travel Partnership. He founded Keystone in 1990. Keystone is a full service travel management company providing air-travel, hotel and car rental reservations and temporary corporate housing solutions, as well meetings and conferences from facilities in four U.S. cities. Mr. Smith has been an avid entrepreneur for over 30 years; he and his staff have been involved in the Milwaukee business community for over 25 years. He’s a recipient of the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Service Award, and recognized by DiversityBusiness as one of the top 500 Small Businesses/ Entrepreneurs in the U.S.A. and one of top 100 Small Businesses/Entrepreneurs in Wisconsin.
Mr. Smith was twice recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Small Business Person of the year, and twice recognized as Supplier of the Year by the Wisconsin Supplier Development Council an affiliate member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Keystone was twice recognized by HBS / Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and Inc. Magazine (ICIC – Inc. 100) Fastest Sales Growth Awards.
Mr. Smith is a leader devoted to education, employment and economic development and serves or has served on many boards and committees committed to these same passions. He currently serves as an Emeritus member of the UW-Milwaukee Board of Visitors and has served as Chair of the Public Policy Forum and is currently serving as an Emeritus member of their Boards of Directors. He has served as Board Diversity Chair for Milwaukee World Festival Inc. /Summerfest, and Vice President of the Next Door Foundation’s Board of Directors and he served as Inaugural Chair and a founding board member of the Business Council’s Board of Directors. Mr. Smith serves on the advisory board of the Marquette University College of Business and is former chairman of the MATC Travel Industry Board.
Mr. Smith is an OPM graduate, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, and a member of hbsaaa, the Harvard Alumni Association, as well as the HBS Club of Wisconsin. Additionally, he is an MBEP graduate and alumnus of the Tuck School of Business. Mr. Smith is a Deacon at a Baptist Church in Milwaukee, he resides in Wisconsin with his wife and son.
David Lubar is President and CEO of Lubar & Co., a private investment firm founded in 1977 that invests in middle market operating companies with a focus on long term growth. Mr. Lubar is a member of the Board of Directors of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, BMO Harris Bank, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Baird Funds as well as many private companies. He also serves on the Board of several not-for-profit organizations, including Froedtert Health System (past Chairman), Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Milwaukee Jewish Federation (past Chairman), United Way of Greater Milwaukee (past Chairman), United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Business Advisory Council (Chairman). Prior to joining Lubar & Co., David was with Wells Fargo Bank (f/k/a Norwest Bank N.A.) in Minneapolis for five years serving in the Commercial Banking Department. Mr. Lubar received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He resides in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and children.
Professional Recognition and Expertise
Under Mr. Barry’s leadership, The Barry Company has won the CARW “Deal of the Year” Award year after year for the firm’s role in structuring complex and creative industrial, office, retail and investment real estate transactions. His involvement in such transactions has also been recognized by the Business Journal of Milwaukee Wisconsin Corporate Report and other organizations. In 2012, Mr. Barry was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Mr. Barry was named REALTOR of the Year by the Commercial Association of Realtors of Wisconsin (CARW) in 2013 and received the 2013 National Commercial Broker Award from the National Association of Realtors. The Business Journal of Milwaukee has recognized Mr. Barry as one of the 100 Milwaukee business leaders “who get things done” and Milwaukee Magazine recently named Mr. Barry one of Milwaukee’s “Most Influential People”.
During his career, Mr. Barry has assisted numerous clients with their real estate needs, including Harley-Davidson, MillerCoors, Roundy’s, US Bank, Foley & Lardner, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Snap-On, Inc., Michels Corporation, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He has completed multi-million dollar real estate investment transactions with companies such as Wispark, Zilber, Inc., CenterPoint Properties, First Industrial, Hammes Co., Liberty Property Trust, Stag Properties and numerous high net-worth individuals. He has testified as an expert witness on behalf of the City of Milwaukee, Land’s End, Quad Graphics, General Mills and other clients. He has spoken on real estate issues before the State Bar of Wisconsin, the National Business Institute, the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Institute of Property Taxation and Marquette Business School and has published articles in The University of Chicago Law Review, The Wisconsin Lawyer, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other publications. Prior to joining The Barry Company, Mr. Barry served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as an attorney at Foley & Lardner, where he practiced in the real estate and corporate finance departments.
Profession and Community Involvement
Community Leadership and Awards
Mr. Barry is a graduate of Marquette University High School and an honors graduate of both the Georgetown University School of Foreign
Service and the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He also attended the London
School of Economics as a General Course Student and is a graduate of the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute.
Michael D. Orgeman is a shareholder with Lichtsinn & Haensel S.C. law firm in Milwaukee. He has extensive practice experience in the representation of lenders and borrowers in the documentation and closing of commercial finance and real estate loan transactions. He also represents businesses in commercial and residential real estate transactions and developments, and lenders in the enforcement of security interests, secured transactions, work-out agreements, and participation agreements.
Mr. Orgeman is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Schoenleber Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Orgeman graduated with his B.A. from St. Norbert College in 1989 and with his J.D. from Marquette University in 1992, and was admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, in 1992.
Mr. Orgeman was born in Antigo, Wisconsin on February 20, 1967. He is married with two children and lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
David H. Gilbert was appointed to the position of President of the UWM Foundation by the Foundation Board of Directors 2005. As President of the UWM Foundation, Mr. Gilbert provides leadership and direction for Foundation programs that support the educational, scientific and literary purposes of the University. Since being appointed to the position of President, he lead the effort to create two subsidiary corporations – the UWM Real Estate Foundation and the UWM Research Foundation. Mr. Gilbert serves as an ex-officio member of the Board, all of its committees, and subsidiary corporations. In 2013, he was appointed by the Chancellor to the newly created post of Executive Director of the UWM Innovation Campus, a project Mr. Gilbert spearheaded as President of the UWM Real Estate Foundation.
Mr. Gilbert came to UWM from the State University of New York at Albany in 2004 as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of UWM. From June 2007 through August 2008, Mr. Gilbert served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Development at UWM during which time he guided the University through the close of a successful $125 million comprehensive campaign. He also served as Interim Athletic Director from April 2010 through February 2011. At Albany, he served as Vice President for Outreach. His portfolio there included government, industry and community relations. His initiatives at Albany supported both the academic programs of the University and economic development in the region.
Since moving to Wisconsin, Mr. Gilbert has served on a variety of Boards including the Children’s Hospital and Health System, the Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association, the Milwaukee County Research Park, the Wisconsin Innovation Network and the Techstar Foundation.
Mr. Gilbert holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He resides with his wife at the Echelon Apartments on Innovation Campus and has two grown daughters.
As the Chief Operating Officer of both the UWM Foundation and the UWM Real Estate Foundation, Curt is responsible for managing all aspects of the day to day operations including financial management and reporting. Curt came to the UWM Foundation in October 2003 with extensive financial management experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He was responsible for regional financial reporting, cash control and accounts receivable while at Blue Cross of Wisconsin and prior to that was Manager of Accounting for United Hospital, Inc. and United Hospital Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota. Curt also worked in public accounting as an auditor for four years for Arthur Andersen & Co and Ernst & Young after obtaining his accounting degree from Marquette University in 1985. Curt is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of CPA’s.
Curt resides in Burlington and has six children, three daughters and three sons.