Peter C. Lewis, Guest Lecturer at Columbia Business School
New York — Peter C. Lewis, Founder and Chairman of Wharton Equity Partners, was a guest lecturer at the Columbia Business School where he presented in front of two real estate finance classes on the topic of the “Future of Real Estate.”
“I was honored to be able to speak to the students at Columbia Business School where I was a student some 30 years ago,” noted Mr. Lewis. “It’s such an exciting time in the industry with changes that are occurring and I wanted to share how I see the world going forward and the opportunities that are unfolding,” he added.
Mr. Lewis speaks from experience when commenting on trends in real estate, as his firm, Wharton Equity Partners, has established a reputation over its 30-year existence for being on the forefront of capitalizing on change and being nimble in taking advantage of opportunities. For instance, post the recent downturn, Wharton Equity was an early investor in multifamily assets located in secondary markets where the firm acquired over $400 million in assets. In addition, Wharton Equity has recently made an assertive move into big box industrial development in light of the burgeoning growth of demand from e-commerce and manufacturing companies.
“Going back to Columbia reminded me of how special this institution is, and how it spawned my curiosity about business. There is an electricity at the school shaped by its global student body and speaking in front of this inquisitive audience was something I will treasure for a long time to come,“ said Lewis.
Wharton Equity Partners, formed in 1987 and with offices in New York City and Miami, is a diversified real estate sponsor with deep hands-on operating experience across various real estate assets and strategies. The firm serves as a holding company for a suite of real estate businesses, including Wharton Residential, Wharton Industrial, Wharton Hospitality and Wharton Urban, and has been involved with well in excess of $1 billion in transactions since inception.