SPDC Industry Seminar Series

The SPDC Industry Seminar Series consists of lectures and presentations by invited speakers who are industry leaders in the built environment profession. These seminars will take place twice a semester and will be followed by a reception and informal get together with SPDC students. Series topics include the latest developments and innovations in the field, along with success stories from the speakers. Many of the speakers will be alumni of the SPDC constituent programs: Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning. 

Questions about the series may be sent to Heidi Macwan at charron@landpolicy.msu.edu or call (517) 353-4454.

Facilitator of the Series

Joseph MaguireJoseph Maguire, President and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and President of the Society of Environmentally Responsible facilities (SERF).

Series Speakers:


Alan Scott ImageChallenges and Opportunities Ahead For Single-Family and Multi-Family Builders

Speaker: Alan Scott, President and Owner of Alan F Scott, Inc., and Former Co-Founder and Managing Member of the NRP Group.
Date: Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017
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Downtown Grand Rapids Revitalization

Speaker: Samuel Cummings, Principal and Managing Partner for CWD Real Estate Investment
Date: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
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Scott Adams, deputy city manager for the City of Las VegasMSU, Urban Planning and Cities: A Career Prospective

Speaker: Scott Adams, deputy city manager of the City of Las Vegas
Date: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
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Douglas Maibach photoRe-imagining the Building Process and Building Experience

Speaker: Douglas Maibach, chairman of Barton Malow Enterprises, and executive vice president of Barton Malow Company
Date: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016
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Peter RiguardiThe World Trade Center More than Just a Redevelopment

Speaker: Peter Riguardi, president of JLL’s New York Tri-state region
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Joseph MaguireReusing Commercial Sites: A Case Study

Speaker: Joseph Maguire, President and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and President of the Society of Environmentally Responsible facilities.
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Pat GillespieMixed-Use Case Study: East End Midland

Speaker: Pat Gillespie, Chief Visionary, Founder and President, Gillespie Group
Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
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Robert and Karen SchroederHomebuilding in Michigan: Surviving the Cycles

Speakers: Robert and Karen Schroeder, Co-Owners of Mayberry Homes, and President and Vice President, respectively
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Jay Smith PhotoThe Christman Company: 120 Years of Innovation

Speaker: Jay Smith, LEED AP, Executive Vice President of Construction Operations and Corporate Safety Officer, The Christman Company
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Ron BojiReal Estate Development and Construction: Journey from Boji Tower to Present

Speaker: Ron Boji, President of The Boji Group
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
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