Resume Building & Networking Opportunities
Goizueta has student real estate clubs at both the BBA and MBA levels. The clubs coordinate a series of events during the year including “lunch and learn” sessions on campus and off-campus. These sessions feature prominent real estate guest speakers in a relaxed learning environment. In October 2012 the real estate clubs, in conjunction with the Executive MBA program and the Evening MBA program held a “dinner and learn” session at Ponce City Market, a two million square foot redevelopment of the old Sears Roebuck regional warehouse in Atlanta. The redevelopment team of Jamestown Properties is led by Jim Irwin, MBA '07, and Alix Rice, EMBA '13.
As a Goizueta student with a concentration in Real Estate, there are many opportunities to develop critical skills and groups in which to get involved.
ARGUS Training and Certification
ARGUS is industry standard software for real estate valuation. Earning a formal ARGUS Software Certification is highly recommended.
BBA Real Estate Club
Offers information and career networking opportunities for students interested in the field of real estate. The group organizes speakers and encourages participation in real estate seminars, panel presentations and field trips.
MBA Goizueta Real Estate Group (GREG)
GREG aims to improve the quality of new and existing communities by expanding the number of well-rounded, principled leaders working in the real estate industry. The group offers regular monthly programming and career networking opportunities for MBA students interested in pursing a career in real estate. The group was instrumental in the launch of the Real Estate Program in April 2007.
Club President Shep Dinos, 2011 MBA says, "GREG members are typically looking to either continue or start a career in real estate. GREG's mission is to supplement the MBA classroom experience by giving students the ability to explore various opportunities available in the real estate industry. Events over the past year included a real estate bus tour of Atlanta, "Speed Networking", Alumni Golf Tournament and Happy Hour, a Mentor Panel, and Lunch & Learn events where students host or visit industry professionals to learn about a specific real estate topic."
Goizueta Alumni in Real Estate (GARE)
The Goizueta Alumni in Real Estate group is a networking aid for Goizueta alumni who are seeking a career in or are already part of the real estate industry in the Atlanta area. The group has experienced tremendous growth and popularity over the past five years and has been influential in helping many Goizueta students and alumni find employment. To attend the next meeting or for general information, contact Aaron Kuney at Aaron@KuneyProperties.com.
The mission of the Goizueta Mentor Program is to foster an exchange of ideas, friendship and expertise between students and alumni. This successful program matches students with experienced professionals for career and life guidance and development, while offering alumni an opportunity to strengthen ties to Goizueta Business School. In addition to the relationship between mentor and protégé, there are also events throughout the school year to meet other alumni, professors and students.
Local Real Estate Clubs and Associations
In addition to the various leadership and networking opportunities provided by the Program, Atlanta offers several real estate clubs and associations in which students are encouraged to participate. Some of the larger associations are:
One of the largest real estate organizations in the country. The Atlanta Chapter is very active with over 1,000 members and hosts a number of events each month. There is a student rate for memberships and events specifically for Young Leaders.
NAIOP has a large presence both in Atlanta and nationally. Within their Developing Leaders young professionals group there is a program called NAIOP Future Leaders, a very select group chosen based on applications and interviews. NAIOP hosts a major real estate case competition each spring which is discussed below.
AYREP is a growing group in Atlanta focused on creating opportunities for young professionals to learn from experienced real estate veterans at events which are both educational and perfect for social and professional networking.