Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Real Estate Club and employment outlook

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On of the strongest aspects of the Wisconsin Real Estate program is the Real Estate Club (REC), a student-run organization open to both MBA and undergraduate students. The Club allows students to connect directly with industry leaders through guest lecturers covering a wide range of topics including the capital markets, development, green building, and institutional trends.

Last week was a busy time for the Club. We listened to David Shulman discuss his long experience working with REITs. His background ranges from a dissertation in the mid-1970s, to his experience as a managing director at Lehman Brothers, to his perspective on present trends in the REIT markets.

The previous week, our guest was David Bossy, chairman of Mid-America Development Partners in Oak Brook, IL. David used his 25 year experience in retail brokerage to found the successful development company. The firm meets the challenges of building shopping centers, new urbanist stores, and urban big-box retail.

The most anticipated Club event occurred between those meetings, the REC Career Fair. Almost 20 companies, both regional and national, sent representatives to Grainger Hall looking for the next crop of real estate leaders. Club members were able to talk with a range of firms, determining what type of opportunities they are interested in pursuing and where those opportunities exist. Bank of America is flying two first-year MBA's to Charlotte, NC for final interviews this week. Overall the event was a success, with hiring prospects greatly improving over last year.

Travis Campbell is a first year MBA student in the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. He summer schedule is still open, if any employers are looking for a high-quality intern.

: It's easy to recruit Wisconsin Real Estate students for internships and permanent positions, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Visit our website for more information and to request a resume book today.

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