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Missouri Offices

206 Peach Way
Columbia, MO 65203

168 N Meramec Avenue, Suite 201
Clayton, Missouri 63105

Georgia Office
3290 Northside Parkway, Suite 300
Atlanta, Georgia 30327

Founded in 2005, the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate and Capital Markets operates within the Department of Finance of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. Its’ mission is to provide educational opportunity in real estate to students of the Trulaske College and to members of the professional real estate and finance community.

In conjunction with the institute, JES Holdings hosts several events throughout the year in support of the students and their continued education.

Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum


One of the pillars of the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate and Capital Markets is to provide educational opportunities in real estate and finance to students of the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business.  The institute firmly believes that while instructional  lessons are important, the first hand experiences outside of the classroom can go beyond helping students long after graduation.

The annual Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum was created to achieve this vision. The Forum is an educational conference hosted by the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business and sponsored by JES Holdings, LLC. The mission of the Forum is to create the very best environment and opportunities for students of the university to meet and interact with business professionals and leaders from the real estate community. This experience will give the students a more hands-on understanding of how the industry functions and also the opportunity to receive practical knowledge not found in textbooks.

Save the date for the 2017 Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum on Monday, November 6, 2017. Click here to learn more about the forum and to stay up to date with forum information.

Jeffrey E. Smith believes in fostering the real estate and finance entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  On September 28, 2015 at the Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum, JES Holdings hosted the second annual The Real Estate Shark Tank event at the University of Missouri. The Real Estate Shark Tank invited entrepreneurial student teams to compete by choosing from one of three categories; designing a product, impactful technology or creating a data-driven service program.

Members of the University of Missouri faculty acted as qualifying judges. The judges evaluated all submissions and selected the top three teams. The most innovative finalists presented to “The Sharks” in front of a live audience of business professionals, professors and most importantly, their peers at The Emerging Issues & Trends Real Estate Forum for a $3,000 cash prize.

2015 Winners with the Sharks: Elliot Bross, Ronald Kruszewski, Michael Sojka, Brennen Kluner, Alana Simpson, Jeffrey E. Smith, Rosemary Vrablic and Harvey Eisen

To learn more about the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate, please view the clip below:

Past Forums have included notable keynote speakers such as:

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