THE Commercial Real Estate and Building Industry Breakfast Building Foundations

New Date – April 28, 2022

Join us for the 2nd Annual Building Foundations Breakfast as we come together to raise resources to prevent children and families from becoming homeless and to secure stable housing for those living in shelters.

This is the signature event of the year for the commercial real estate and building industry and you don’t want to miss it!


Building Foundations

In early 2021, a diverse group of commercial real estate and building industry professionals, in partnership with the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, came together to raise more than $300,000 in much needed funds to help prevent homelessness in the greater Hartford community. The success of this inaugural event, known as the Building Foundations Breakfast, was due to the incredible generosity of more than 70 sponsors and many other donors who supported this critical fundraising event.

The funds raised ensured that:
• More than 1,000 people received emergency shelter;
• More than 1,500 people avoided homelessness through the shelter diversion programs and rental assistance;
• Information and referral services through United Way 211 continued to be funded; and
• Two (2) students at Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford have their tuition fully paid each year they attend the school

In addition to raising more than $300,000 at our Inaugural Breakfast, we also honored in memoriam, Jeffrey (Jeff) Digel, due to his numerous contributions to both the real estate profession and the community.

In 2022, and annually thereafter, we will select an honoree at this event to receive the Jeffrey Digel Award. This award will be given to an individual who has similarly demonstrated significant contributions to the commercial real estate profession, as well as the community. Jeff had many accomplishments, but maybe the most important to him was co-founding Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford. That is why a portion of the event proceeds will be donated in his honor to two students to attend Covenant Prep with full tuition paid.


Real estate combined Jeff Digel’s interest in architecture, finance, geography and economic systems. As he built his career, Jeff was drawn to the investment side of the business. He co-founded and served as Executive Vice President for iStar Financial Inc., where he helped build the company’s investment team and originate more than $3 billion in structured finance assets. He went on to Figure Eight Properties where he formed a company that brought personal, concierge-level services to his clients.  Jeff was equally committed to philanthropy and community action. He was the co-founder and first chairman of the board of Covenant Preparatory School, an independent, interfaith, tuition-free middle school for boys from under-served families in the Hartford Area. Jeff also served on nonprofit boards for organizations including: Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity and Achievement First Hartford Academy.

Annually, we will pay tribute to our colleague and friend by presenting the Jeffrey Digel Award to a member of the industry that embodies the characteristics of Jeff’s legacy.



Alan co-founded LAZ Parking in 1981 while attending the University of Connecticut. Since then, LAZ Parking has grown into a national parking management, transportation, and mobility company with managed revenue in excess of $1.8 billion and over 15,000 employees.

The son of Holocaust survivors, Alan believes that he has “an obligation to give back.” He’s a well-respected philanthropist and has given his time and money to various charitable efforts. In 2009, he started the LAZ Parking Charitable Foundation. He is also the founder and co-chair of Voices of Hope, an organization that collects, categorizes, and shares the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the benefit of future generations.

He served as a member of the United State Holocaust Museum’s Council appointed by President Obama.

Alan is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Thomas and Bette Wolff Family Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Connecticut, the NAACP Civil Rights Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hartford Business Journal. Alan has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from the University of Hartford.

Alan is the past chairman of the National Parking Association Board. Alan serves on the national boards of the NAACP, the ADL, and Conscious Capitalism. In addition, Alan serves on the following local and regional boards; the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, the Connecticut Immigrant & Refugee Coalition, the Bushnell Theater, the Hartford Economic Development Corporation, the Goodwin College Foundation, the Jordan Porco Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Chabad House of Greater Hartford.

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

Marshall S. Ruben


Technology Sponsor

Premier Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Shelbourne CT LLC

Gold Sponsors

RMS Companies

Silver Sponsors

Berkshire Bank

Levy Properties, LLC &
Coleman B. Levy, LLC.

Bronze Sponsors

Corridor Ventures

Dennis J. Stanek

Marcus & Millichap

Marsh Surety

 Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, P.C.