William Michael Bennett is the Principal and Founder of Level Office Management, LLC, a coworking platform that serves as the operating and development arm of twenty buildings in sixteen cities. Level Office was #94 on the INC 5000 fastest growing companies in 2016. Previously, Mr. Bennett founded and managed a company that acquired and redeveloped the 23rd largest portfolio of student housing assets in the US, earning #407 on the INC 5000 list in 2012. Mr. Bennetts expertise is in the underwriting, fundraising, development, and operation of real estate ventures. Mr. Bennett teaches Real Estate Entrepreneurship at Kellogg and has led experiential learning courses in which Kellogg MBA student teams consult on sophisticated real estate issues. Real Estate Lab sponsors include the Blackstone Group, Equity Office Properties, Vornado Realty Trust, Sterling Partners, Caesar's Entertainment, Principal Enterprise Capital, the Northwestern Investment Office, Antheus Capital, McCaffery Interests, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, Northpond Partners, and others.
Mr. Bennett received his bachelor of science degree in engineering from Purdue University, a master of science in engineering management from Northwestern University, and his MBA from the Kellogg School.
The faculty member for sections of Real Estate Lab that address questions of real estate investment, development, or operations is William Bennett; the faculty member for sections of Real Estate Lab that address questions of public policy with an impact on the real estate industry is Therese McGuire.
Real Estate Entrepreneurship (REAL-465-0)
**This course was formerly known as REAL-925-0**This course focuses on creating a framework for successful real estate entrepreneurship through applying theory, analytical tools, and cross-disciplinary training. Topics include creating an investment thesis, sourcing opportunities, investment valuation and underwriting, performing due diligence, legal issues, transaction structuring, risk analysis, fundraising, closing transactions, and asset management.