President of largest U.S. real estate company to speak at Smeal

October 28, 2010

University Park, Pa. – Penn State alumnus Richard Sokolov, president and chief operating officer of Simon Property Group, Inc., will deliver this year's Advance Realty Group Real Estate Lecture at the Smeal College of Business on Nov. 5. 

Sokolov's talk will begin at 10:10 a.m. in 108 Business Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Since 1996, Sokolov has served as president and COO of Simon Property Group, an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the United States. Headquartered in Indianapolis with more than 5,000 employees worldwide, Simon Property Group owns or has an interest in 393 properties comprising 263 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia.
Simon Property Group merged with DeBartolo Realty Corp. in 1996. Prior to the merger, Sokolov was president and chief executive officer of DeBartolo Realty Corp. from 1994 to 1996. He joined its predecessor, the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. in 1982 as vice president and general counsel and was named senior vice president of development and general counsel in 1986. Prior to joining DeBartolo, Sokolov was a partner and member of the executive committee for a major Baltimore law firm where he specialized in real estate transactions.
Sokolov is a trustee and past chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association. He also serves as a trustee for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Urban Land Economics Research.
At Penn State, Sokolov is a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Real Estate Studies, where he and his wife, Susan Sokolov, established the Sokolov Family Seminar Series. In 2000, he was named a Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Sokolov holds a bachelor's degree from the Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.
The Advance Realty lectureship was established in 2004 to recognize the generosity of Smeal alumnus Peter Cocoziello and his wife Sharon Cocoziello. The series provides a platform at Smeal for leading real estate professionals to discuss the issues facing the field.
Peter Cocoziello is a member of Smeal's Board of Visitors and co-chair of the advisory board of the Institute for Real Estate Studies. He formed Advance Realty Group in 1979 in Bedminster, N.J., six years after graduating from Smeal with a bachelor's degree in finance. He serves as president and chief executive officer of the company, which specializes in real estate development, construction, and property management, and is one of the leading real estate owners in the Northeast.


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