Academic Director Tom Thibodeau - Conversation with ReMax of Boulder

CU Real Estate Students win Prestigious NAIOP Rocky Mountain Challenge!

The Rise is Real, from the gridiron to cast iron, as CU's graduate real estate team wins the prestigious NAIOP Rocky Mountain Challenge real estate case competition, held in Denver last evening. CU's winning team of four master of science in real estate (MSRE) students, two MBA real estate students and one master of urban and regional planning (MURP) student took top honors, recapturing the Rocky Mountain Challenge trophy from the University of Denver.

(left to right) Chris Antonov, Daniel Nichols, Juan Niño, Connor Richardson, James Roy II, Katie Bloudoff-Indelicato and Joseph Donadio

The Challenge, in its 15th year, pits the state's top business schools in a semester-long real-world real estate development competition. CU's team was instructed by Kim Koehn, a principal of K2 Ventures, with assistance from an extraordinary host of real estate developers, architects, environmental specialists, and financiers, all of whom volunteered their time to teach.

Each university fields three teams of graduate students and then selects its top team at the end of the semester to compete in front of nearly 800 real estate leaders at NAIOP's gala event. This year’s case involved developing a full-scope vision and plan for the redevelopment of a major parcel in Denver's historic Globeville neighborhood. Check out the site, Terminal at 51st, here.

With many thanks to our friends and supporters, congratulations to the winning CU Buff’s Graduate Real Estate team!

Mike Kercheval, Sherman R. Miller Executive Director
CU Real Estate Center

Real Estate Students Compete in Exclusive International Case Competition

Students from Leeds took part in an invitation—only real estate competition hosted by the University of Southern California. The International competition featured only nine schools with the best real estate programs in the country competing for the top spot.

This year’s team included four seniors and two juniors:

  • Toby Kropp - Finance/Real Estate/Philosophy `17
  • Nick Pepper - Finance/Real Estate `17
  • Garrett Russell - Architecture/Environmental Design/Real Estate `17
  • Breanna Williams - Finance/Real Estate/Leadership Studies `17
  • Diego Elousa - Finance/Real Estate `18
  • Dustin Braham - Finance/Real Estate `18

  • Leeds has competed in every year of the competition since 2005 and won the championship in 2013. The other schools that received invitations this year were the National University of Singapore, University of Auckland, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, Villanova University, Ohio State University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Southern California. This year’s winner was the University of Southern California.

    “I am very impressed with the outstanding job our students did both in the months leading up; preparing for this competition as well as their abilities at the event,” said Curtis Sears, a senior instructor and case competition coach. “We love the kinds of learning opportunities that these case competitions provide. We know that competitive experiences help produce exceptional professionals and we’re happy to see the effort that they put into this competition.”

    The Leeds team even had to compete for their positions on the team. Interested students were invited to present to Curtis Sears and Real Estate Center Director, Mike Kercheval. The candidates selected by Curtis and Mike were the ones with the best mix of soft and hard skills in presentations, analytics, critical thinking, material preparation. Most importantly, the students demonstrated having complementary talents across the six-person team. For the past several months, this team met with their advisor every week for three hours to go over other case competitions examples to prepare them for this year’s event.

    “These case competitions are critical to giving our students experiential opportunities to solve real-world problems. We know how valuable practical experience can be for students to hone their skills and gain the knowledge necessary to be prepared professionals after graduation,” added Mike Kercheval, Director of the Real Estate Center at the Leeds.

    A subset of this case competition group is expected to start preparing for the Cornell International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Real Estate Case Competition in May, held at ICSC’s massive real estate convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    To learn more about the Real Estate Center and other Leeds academic centers of excellence, visit

    USC Undergraduate Case Competition - Team Selected!

    A team of undergraduate students has been selected to represent CU Boulder, the Leeds School of Business and the CU Real Estate Center at this spring’s USC International Real Estate Case Competition. The team includes seniors Nick Pepper, Breanna Williams, Diego Cantu, Dustin Braham, Garrett Russell, and Toby Kropp. All are participants in the Leeds real estate program and candidates for the Real Estate Certificate. The team was selected by audition.

    Over the semester, the team will work with Leeds real estate faculty, staff, industry professionals and a speech and communications coach to learn how to effectively analyze, organize and present its findings and recommendations concerning a complex commercial real estate development case. They will travel to Los Angeles and USC in April to compete against a number of the top undergraduate real estate programs from around the world including USC, Wisconsin, Texas, NYU, Villanova, Ohio State, the University of Auckland and the National University of Singapore.

    Teams from CU Boulder have achieved notable success in this competition over the years having placed highly more consistently than any other school. This year’s team will work to continue that tradition of success and once again elevate the reputation of the real estate program here at Leeds and CU Boulder.

    Congratulations to the team and GO BUFFS!

    CUREC Student Recognition Awards

    In celebration of the CUREC 20th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce a new initiative to recognize our students and their outstanding efforts.

    Please see the "Request for Nominations" form for all of the details, and nominate an outstanding real estate student! Recognition of these award recipients will be presented at the 20th Anniversary Gala on April 28, 2017.

    Nomination deadline is February 28, 2017