Undergraduate Real Estate Program Continues to Grow

The RE Certificate Program and RE Club continue to show solid growth. Forty-five seniors earned their Real Estate Certificate and graduated in either May or August. Right now, 93% of the new graduates are working in real estate jobs around the US as financial analysts, commercial brokers, market researchers, etc. at companies such as CBRE, Colliers, HFF, Jones Lang LaSalle, Lennar, Bellwether Asset Management, Tebo Development, FirstBank and Redwood Trust among others.

We currently have 125 seniors and juniors signed up to earn the Certificate. This fall we are offering 8 sections of real estate classes (Principles, Finance, Law and Development) and have filled over 315 seats with interested students.

The RE Club is off to a great start this fall. Our first meeting had 45 students attending who heard industry speaker Scott Trench from BiggerPocket.com talk about house-hacking and investing in your first real estate property. Our second meeting was a construction site tour of PearlWest conducted by Dan Schuetz at Nichols Partnership. The Club has 4 outstanding officers this year: seniors Andrew Hanna and Davis Niederman and juniors Katie Rose Gurkin and Sam Nourafsan. The officers are planning a Habitat for Humanity volunteer project this fall plus 4 more Tuesday night meetings before the end of the fall semester.

New Interim Executive Director of Real Estate Center, Kim Koehn

A graduate of CU Boulderandof the University of Chicago's MBA program, Kim enjoys a very successful career in the real estate industry. He has held positions with national developers and, at one point, led the Denver office of Equity Office Properties (the largest public office REIT in the country). Kim currently operates his own development and investment entity, K2Ventures.

In addition to Kim's breadth of industry experience, Kim is no stranger to Leeds. For the past four years, Kim has taught the Real Estate Challenge graduate course - a course that in many ways exemplifies the experiential learning opportunities our students benefit from. He is a tireless volunteer, supporter, and leader within the CU Real Estate Center and has done so for many years. I am thankful for his willingness to step into this interim position and for the leadership I know he will bring to the Center.

Sherman R. Miller IV

The CU Real Estate Center is deeply saddened by the loss of Executive Director, Sherman Miller.

Sherm’s impact and legacy will be long lasting here at Leeds. Starting in 2011, Sherm led with enthusiasm and determination, elevating the Center to new heights and in doing so creating an example for the Leeds School. A savvy networker, Sherm engaged industry partners with our academic pursuits, and reinvigorated the Real Estate Council and its Board of Directors for the greater good of CU and our students.

He created the National Advisory Board, a group of 35 alumni and real estate leaders from around the U.S. who are facilitating a national reputation, establishing a broader network for our students, and supporting the Center philanthropically. He worked with the staff and corporate partners to place 95% of our MBA grads and he was an integral part of the launch of the MS in Real Estate that will begin in just a few weeks.

He loved mentoring students as they navigated the real estate world and pursued their career paths. Sherm often remarked that connecting with students was “the best part” of his job. He said repeatedly that he so enjoyed his role at Leeds and that it didn’t really “feel like work” at all. Sherm reflected on how proud he was to be at Leeds in the Real Estate Center and how this work was the most rewarding of his professional life.

If you would like to share a memory or a photo with Sherm’s family, please send to Danielle DePotter at Danielle.depotter@colorado.edu, We will be compiling student, alumni, and Council member stories and making a book for the family.

If you wish to make a gift to the CU Real Estate Center in Sherm’s memory, please visit this link. Donations will be used to support the Center and its students in a way that honors Sherm’s legacy and the family’s wishes.

Service: Monday, April 27, at 12:30pm
Christ the King Church
830 Elm Street, Denver

Reception immediately following
Denver Country Club
1700 E. 1st Avenue, Denver

Winter Quarter - CUREC Executive Director Update

There is much to report on.....

To start, it has been quite a journey these past few months. For those of you who may not know, I have been battling stage IV mestastic prostate bone cancer for some time. The good news is that treatments appear to be working and I've started to get back to campus.

This fall, while I was working from Denver, our undergraduate team lead by Curtis Sears, Tom Thibodeau, and Lisa Chambers won the Inaugural ICSC Case Competition between CU, DU, and CSU! You'll hear more about the next undergraduate competition further down in our newsletter.

Our Annual Holiday Luncheon was another sold out event held at the Denver Country Club. In addition to remarks from Dean David Ikenberry, our keynote speaker was Patty Limerick, Faculty Director and Board Chair for the American West at CU Boulder. the feedback on her talk has been tremendous.

Hopefully you have all received the information about our 18th Annual Real Estate Forum. the event is on March 11th at the Marriott City Center. We have a wonderful line up of speakers once again. Kicking off the meeting is Hamid Moghadam, the CEO of Prologis. In the afternoon sessions we will highlight crowdfunding and the Forum will conclude with a fireside chat moderated by Kelly Brough, CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce with Henry Cisneros of CityView and Federico Pena of Vestar. Hopefully you'll recall that Mr. Pena and Mr. Cisneros were members of the Clinton Cabinet and former mayors of Denver and San Antonio respectfully.

Here is a link to the registration for the Forum!

We are underway with the NAIOP Real Estate Challenge under the leadership of Kim Koehn with a major assist from Katie Latier. Also, preparations for the USC International Case Competition is moving along. Curtis Sears is once again spearheading our effort here.

One final note, if you are looking for a summer intern or have a full-time position o-pen, please contact us. Our students will not disappoint!

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!

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