CU Real Estate Undergraduates WIN the 2013 USC International Real Estate Case Competition!

It is our pleasure to announce that a team of real estate undergraduates from the Leeds School of Business has won the 2013 USC International Real Estate Case Competition. The students have been working hard all semester on their analytical and presentation skills. They received the case this past Monday morning and had three days to solve the case and prepare a presentation. They presented their proposal to a panel of judges consisting of real estate industry professionals twice today.

The nine schools competing in this year’s competition are: USC, San Diego, Texas, Wisconsin, Villanova, NYU, Ohio State, Singapore and Colorado. The team from Colorado beat Singapore and San Diego in the first round and beat Villanova and Wisconsin in the finals. The team members are: Carly Beetham, Erin Everett, Jack Krowl, Kyle Kite, Sam Makings, and Tommy Shabinsky.

We would like to thank all of the individuals who helped prepare the students for this year’s competition. They include alumni who competed in past competitions, local industry professionals, and especially the teaching team of Curtis Sears, Sherm Miller, Lisa Chambers and Angelina Ramos—the best presentation coach in the world!

A video of Tom Thibodeau and Sherm Miller announcing the win to the attendees of the Leeds Board of Directors can be found here

USC Competition Team Ready To Go

The six team members for the USC competition are finished with their final practice and ready to head to LA next week to compete against eight other universities in an International Real Estate Competition. The team includes (l to r) Sam Makings (senior), Carly Beetham (senior), Erin Everett (senior), Tommy Shabinsky (senior), Kyle Kite (senior) and Jack Krowl (junior). CU Real Estate Center faculty and staff, Curtis Sears and Lisa Chambers, will be accompanying them to LA.

The team receives their feasibility case on Saturday April 13 and presents to the judges in LA on Friday April 19. After they receive the case, they are required to work on the case entirely on their own without any help from staff, faculty or industry professionals. They have been practicing on former competition cases all semester with the help of industry judges and CUREC Council members.

We are all ready for a big WIN!! Go Buffs!!

CU Real Estate Club Meeting, March 19, 2013

The CU Real Estate Club had another great meeting last night, Tuesday 3/19. Around 30 students listened to Kim Campbell, Senior Manager, Property Management at Macerich/Flatrion Crossing address issues that shopping centers are facing today. As demographics change, the tenant mix of the successful shopping centers also changes and Ms Campbell talked about the phenomenal sales at Apple stores. She also brought it close to home for the students as she is also involved with the tenant mix at 29th Street. The real estate students had many questions about parking requirements, security issues, rent structures, etc. Our next meeting will be April 2 with the President and CEO of Catellus, Ted Antenucci. Contact Lisa Chambers, lisa.chambers@colorado.edu for more information.

Executive Director Update for January 2013

The new year started with a great frenzy of activity, but first a quick review of some developments since our newsletter in November. Our Holiday Luncheon was another success! The highlight was the keynote address by CU Alumnus Gerry Blaine who has written a book titled “The Kennedy Detail” about the Kennedy assassination.

Tom Thibodeau started the process to teach courses in India this summer. This will hopefully lead to Indian students enrolling in our Boulder courses in the near future.

We have added videos to our website – check them out!

Going on now:

  • Annual Conference – the committee is being led once again this year by Craig Poulter of The Private Bank. The line-up of speakers this year is second to none! This annual fundraiser will set records for attendance and support. A big thank you goes out to everyone!
  • The Ivanoff Real Estate Development Track – outreach is in full swing. We’re looking forward to its kick-off this fall.
  • MS in Real Estate – as you’ll note in Tom Thibodeau’s report, the proposed MS in real estate (one year graduate program versus a two year MBA) is in process for a 2014 academic year commencement.
  • The NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge – site is in Boulder for the first time! It is the Boulder Civic Area bounded by 13th and 14th, Canyon and Arapahoe. As usual, our internal competition will be fierce with the winner taking on DU on May 1st. Kim Koehn, our Instructor plans on bringing home a win again this year.
  • The USC Case Competition class – our team has been chosen and the students are excited. Curtis Sears and his teaching team are looking forward to our first victory in this prestigious competition.
  • I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Our Center continues to attract the best and the brightest. In doing so, we push forward our mission, which is to educate the next leaders in real estate.

    ULI Colorado - Emerging Trends in Real Estate, Speaker Series

    Thursday. January 10, 2013


    Time: 7:30 am – 10:00 am

    Embassy Suites 1420 Stout Street, 2nd Floor Cripple Creek Ballroom

    Visit the website for additional information and to REGISTER!