Graduate Ambassador at Portland State University
Graduate Program: Master of Real Estate Development (MRED), Master's
Program Delivery: Full Time
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2021
My early career was primarily sales and customer service driven. My work focused on varying areas of the sales industry including retail management, cloud based software, and event management. In preparation for a family move to Portland, I found myself in the market for a new challenge. My role in Property Management is where I had my first real exposure to the world of Commercial Real Estate. In my first year I assisted in successfully leasing up a Class A Multifamily project in Portland's booming Slabtown neighborhood. This project was my most rewarding overall and is the primary reason I became hooked on Commercial Real Estate.
My experience at Portland State University has been rewarding. I currently work full time with a local development firm (UAA) whilst pursuing the Master's of Real Estate Development full time. PSU has done an admirable job at adapting to remote learning and I am very appreciative. In some ways remote learning has made attending classes more convenient and accessible. Overall, I have enjoyed my time at PSU and feel challenged everyday.
My advice for exploring graduate business school is to keep an open mind. The idea of balancing work, school, and life can sound overwhelming but it is very attainable. PSU has been patient and flexible, oftentimes going out of their way to help me accomplish my goals.
My future goals revolve primarily around my current employment. My time at Urban Asset Advisors has motivated me to further my knowledge in Commercial Real Estate. I hope to keep growing in order to be a valuable member of the team for years to come. The primary skills that I am working to master involve all things Real Estate Finance. My natural abilities revolve around working with others and creative outlets. However, finance and accounting related skills are where I have found the greatest sense of personal accomplishment.