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.
Real Estate Lab is an experiential learning course that allows Kellogg students the opportunity to participate in a quarter-long project, working in a research and advisory role on a real estate project for a sponsor firm or organization. Participants will be exposed to a project related to an investment, development, public policy, or another real estate question. Enrollment in the course is by application only.
Real Estate Lab-Practicum (offered in Winter quarter) is an experiential learning course that allows Kellogg students the opportunity to be placed in a quarter-long internship with a local or national real estate firm. Participants will be exposed to the day-to-day working life of the firm, and will assist with their asset selection, due diligence, development, financing or investment efforts. Enrollment in the course is by application only. The sponsor projects for Winter 2019 include:
**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.