The GW Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis can become one of the most successful real estate programs in the nation. It offers abundant opportunities for students to take advantage of the GW School of Business’ location in Washington, D.C. and connect with movers and shakers in real estate policy. It was this conviction that led GWSB alumnus Charles R. “Charlie” Bendit, BBA, ’75, to make a major gift this November in support of the GW Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.
The gift will support the Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Professor of Real Estate Robert Van Order’s strategic growth plan for the real estate center and a new endowed fund, The Charles and Karyn Bendit Fund for Real Estate. The endowment will support education, research, travel and co-curricular activities for faculty teaching and research in the area of real estate as part of the Department of Finance. It also allows students to take courses in real estate in the undergraduate or graduate program in the School of Business and prepare for a career in real estate.
“Washington, D.C. is one of the most highly sought out commercial real estate markets in the world. There is a great opportunity for students to connect to professionals in Washington that have helped develop real estate into what it is today,” said Bendit, who is co-founder/co-chief executive officer of Taconic Investment Partners, a fully-integrated real estate investment company.
Prior to forming Taconic, Bendit founded CBC Properties, where he acquired, repositioned and managed office properties in New York and Washington, D.C., as well hundreds of apartment units in the New York metropolitan area. He is actively involved in the educational community; Bendit serves as a Regent of the New York State Board of Education and also on the board of PENCIL, an educational organization.
Bendit has remained an active alumnus, serving as a founding member of the advisory board to the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis and hosting GWSB students for career trek visits in New York to discuss careers in real estate.
He made his gift after meetings with Dean Guthrie and Van Order and close discussion of growth plans for the center.
“Dean Guthrie has expressed a sincere interest in building the depth of the [real estate] program and the rigor of the program, and taking advantage of being in D.C. and leveraging GW’s location and its connection with the real estate market,” Bendit said.
He hopes his gift will inspire others to join him in supporting the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.
Posted by gwsb on December 15, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.