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Denise Akason is the Associate Director of the Real Estate Program and a Lecturer of Real Estate at the Kellogg School of Management. She was the co-instructor of the Kellogg-Booth Real Estate Challenge Lab for the last four years. Denise also created a half-credit course in Sustainable Real Estate Development, which she taught at Kellogg, and now is a part of the Real Estate Development course.

Prior to Kellogg, Denise had been working in the real estate industry for over 20 years. She began her career as a commercial office broker. She was then a commercial real estate lending officer for Mitsubishi Trust. After receiving her master’s degree, she spent 8 years in real estate and litigation consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen. Denise’s experience has given her the opportunity to deal with a wide variety of property types and financial and market conditions. She also spent several years in residential brokerage and development in the Chicago area.

Denise is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the US Green Building Council, and serves on the Board of the Kellogg Real Estate Alumni Club.. She is a LEED Green Associate, and a licensed real estate broker.

Denise received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and her MBA from Kellogg.

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Real Estate
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Akason, Denise and William Bennett. 2014. Hemisphere Development LLC: Betting on a Brownfield. Case 5-413-753.
Akason, Denise and Helee Hillman. 2012. Reawakening the World’s Most Famous Office Building: Economics behind a Groundbreaking Energy Efficiency Retrofit. Case 5-112-001 (KEL669).
Akason, DeniseWilliam Bennett and Franco Famularo. 2011. Hotel Perennial. Case 5-410-757 (KEL518).
Akason, DeniseWilliam Bennett and Louis Merlini. 2009. Financial and Environmental Impact Analysis of Sustainable Retrofitting. Case 5-409-752 (KEL430).