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 Joe Markman, Brian Monahan, Daniel Pittenger, George Ryan and Daniel Wiener, and junior Nolan Smith. 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!

Real Estate Student wins Outstanding Graduate Award!

The CU Real Estate Center is proud of our students and alumni!

Read about about one inspiring recent graduate, Leah Canfield here!

Congratulations to our December 2014 real estate graduates!

The CU Real Estate Center congratulates the December 2014 graduating class. The students, below, have earned their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Real Estate Certificate.

  • Canfield, Leah
  • Colver, Charles
  • Gray, Andrew
  • Howell, Tripp
  • Huston, Kyle
  • Kelley, Erin
  • Sangaline, Michael
  • Siegel, Josh
  • ICSC Real Estate Competition 2014


    Students from the undergraduate real estate programs at Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Denver competed in the inaugural ICSC Real Estate Competition Friday morning at the Leeds School of Business on the CU Boulder campus. The team of five undergraduate students from CU Boulder won a hard-fought contest with DU and CSU coming in second and third respectively.

    The competition required the teams to analyze a retail shopping center real estate investment including acquisition, financing, operations and disposition, and make recommendations to a panel of experienced industry judges. Teams were required to prepare financial proformas, executive summaries and PowerPoint presentations and present their analysis and recommendations during a twenty-minute presentation followed by Q&A by the judges.

    The winning team from CU Boulder included Leeds School of Business real estate students Tripp Howell, Matt Klasco, Hunter Rosenquist, George Ryan and Daniel Pittenger. The team prepared for the competition by working with Leeds real estate faculty and CU Real Estate Center staff for several weeks leading up to the competition. "We're very proud of our students and program, and grateful to ICSC, CSU and DU for making this first year such a great event. We look forward to defending our title next year." said Curtis Sears, one of the real estate faculty at CU Boulder.


    The competition was made possible through the generous support of the International Council for Shopping Centers (ICSC), one of the largest real estate trade associations in the world representing retail tenants and shopping centers around the globe. Through ICSC's support, teams received cash awards and each of the participating schools received contributions to be used for student scholarships within their real estate studies programs.

    "ICSC is honored to be able to help make this event between three great real estate programs at three great Colorado universities happen. The shopping center industry offers the best and brightest coming out of business schools like these unsurpassed career opportunities, and the young women and men participating in the event this morning are exactly that." said Michael Kercheval, President and CEO of ICSC.

    The ICSC Real Estate Competition will be an annual event with hosting rotating between the three Front Range Colorado universities.

    Congratulations to the CU Boulder team for its big win, and to the teams from DU and CSU for a well contested competition.

    Additional photographs may be found here

    Inaugural Real Estate Center Student Trek - Southern California!

    Early this month 18 students from the Leeds School of Business traveled to Southern California to meet with 10 real estate firms located in Orange County and Los Angeles. Six first-year MBAs, seven second-year MBAs, and five undergraduate real estate students visited with the industry leading companies over the course of three days. The students had the chance to network and learn from an assortment of real estate professionals across a broad range of asset classes and service areas. The numerous academic and professional takeaways included exposure to many endeavors possible within the development process, transactions and positioning strategies, the importance of business relationships and exposure to a variety of workplace settings. The impressive itinerary and professional expertise and candor exuded from every stop was absolutely a once-in-a-career opportunity.

    18 real estate students, Katie Latier, and Kim Koehn arrive in Los Angeles for the three-day trek visiting 10 real estate firms.

    The first day commenced with an inspiring meeting with Jeff Brown, VP of BlackRock’s Real Estate Equity group and CU-Boulder Alum, who shared successful case studies from his experience in acquisitions, dispositions, and asset manager functions. The group toured a project currently undergoing renovation and repositioning with the Bascom Group, learning about strategic ways to improve operational metrics while simultaneously strengthening community relations. William Gutierrez, CFO of Premier Executive Centers led a tour and presentation of Fashion Island, elaborating on the co-working or shared off space trend and how it has been beneficial to the baby boomer generation and more traditional professions.

    On the second day, the students met with Industrial Income Trust in the Western Region to hear about industrial REITS and the Inland Empire from Managing Partner, JR Wetzel’s talented team. Green Street Advisors flawlessly presented their industry expertise and importance of independent industry-specific analysis and consulting services. The master-planned community in Playa Vista was presented by a combination of Lincoln Properties, Clarion Partners, and the Irvine Companies. A tour was conducted both by bus and on foot to cover different sections and assets in construction along the 1,087-acre site. Moving up the coast into Santa Monica, Macerich, an accomplished retail REIT, introduced the students to Santa Monica Place and its rich history of transformation and effective public-private vision with the city.

    Lincoln Properties and Clarion Partners deliver a look back to the entitling process undergone for the Playa Vista community.

    The final day of the trip started with another active alum, Noah Shore, a National Advisory Board Member and Managing Director of Fortress Investment Funds. Beyond the fascinating world of value-add properties and transactions, Noah included an inspiring presentation on the importance of mentorship and the skillset students should obtain to excel above the talent pool after graduation. Stan McElroy and Yehuda Naftali shared their passion and captivating story about the growth and marketing successes of the international line of BIG Shopping Centers. Beacon Capital hosted the final stop on the trip, where the students enjoyed an in-depth look into the Los Angeles office market from a Jones Lang LaSalle representative, followed by a presentation by Beacon Capital covering their Denver area acquisition cases studies and an overview of different real estate segments, strategies, and transactions.

    “The breadth of topics and ground covered felt like an experiential learning course about the real estate process. I have a much deeper understanding of how the industry works, definitely providing me with an advantage now and after graduation.”

    -Melissa Ricksecker, MBA Candidate 2016

    Both MBA and undergraduate students engage with BIG Shopping Centers on their current marketing program and growth plans.
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