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Lucas Institute Hosts Inaugural Fall Lecture With Former CEO of Equity Residential Properties Trust

FORT MYERS, FL - The David and Linda Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development and Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University announces the inaugural fall lecture, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Student Union ballroom with guest speaker Douglas Crocker II, former CEO and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Equity Residential Properties Trust.

During the lecture, Crocker presents an introduction to real estate investment trusts and real estate stocks, yesterday and today.

Crocker has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

Crocker is a member of the Urban Land Institute, National Multi Housing Council, National Apartment Association, Center for Urban Land Economics Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Executive in Residence and Founding Sponsor of the Real Estate Center at DePaul University.

Crocker serves on the Board of Directors of Ventas, Wellsford Real Properties, National Water and Power, Inc., Acadia Realty Trust, Post Properties and Reckson Associates Realty Corp. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council and as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.

Equity Residential is the largest publicly traded apartment company in America. Equity Residential was organized as a real estate investment trust to continue the multifamily real estate business controlled by Samuel Zell, which was originally founded in 1969.

Equity Residential was taken public in an initial offering completed in August 1993 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Equity Residential differentiates itself by its demonstrated ability to assemble and manage a quality portfolio of properties, quality management and quality income stream.

Under Crocker's leadership, the company grew from approximately 15,000 units to over 200,000 units and a total market capitalization of over $15 billion.

For more information, media representatives should contact Carol Sweeney at (239) 590-7329.

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