When Ryan Blum ('07, real estate) chose to come to SDSU, it wasn't for the university's outstanding business program.
"I began at SDSU as a graphic design major with intentions of being an artist. I actually had a bad attitude toward business in general – it was dull and all about money." Blum recalled.Read more about Ryan Blum
Michigan native, Joseph Altman ('12, real estate) enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school to travel, which he did extensively, visiting numerous countries including, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Egypt among many others. During his travels, he began reading books on investing, which led him to an interest in real estate.Read more about Joseph Altman
One issue that unites (or divides) nations is their ever-increasing energy consumption needs. Most people don't consider that all electrical generation technologies – whether a wind or solar farm, a geothermal facility, a gas-fired plant or any other technology – require adequate real estate assets.
SDSU graduate, John Agle ('87, real estate), director of The Energy Group for First American Title Insurance Company can tell you that securing the real estate is a critical step in developing a successful energy project.Read more about John Agle
Jumping off a figurative cliff without a safety net is not easy. While there is huge risk, there may be huge rewards.
Certainly, this was true of the Pilgrims when they boarded the Mayflower for the new world. And it was also true of one of the descendants of those early settlers, Frederick W. Pierce IV ('84, finance/'88, M.B.A.), over three centuries later when he made the decision to quit his job and start a new company with only the promise of a 90-day consulting job and not much more.Read more about Fred Pierce
When you think of real estate investment, you think of an industry that is in a continual stage of flux.
A continual stage of flux describes perfectly the early life of Greg Fowler ('83, finance). To Fowler, who is the founder and managing partner of Fowler Property Acquisitions, LLC and FPA Multifamily, LLC, change was a routine part of life. "I grew up in cities all over California and Oregon," said Fowler.Read more about Greg Fowler
You don't think of Orange County, California as being a rural area, but it was in July of 1964 when F.M. "Bruce" Brusseau moved his family of five children from Fargo, North Dakota to Newport Beach. At the time, he was the top sales rep for IBM when he accepted an offer to be the new sales manager at the newly opened Anaheim and Long Beach office. "My dad dreamed of living near the beach in California and away from the extremely hard farm life he grew up with," said Scott Brusseau ('82, real estate).Read more about Scott Brusseau
Recent SDSU real estate graduate, Bryan Clark, has a resume that reads like alphabet soup. Clark, is the associate director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP (HFF), is a member of numerous real estate organizations including BIA yGen, NAIOP, CCIM, ULI and ICSC.
Clark, a San Diego native who graduated with honors in May 2011, also served as president of the Real Estate Society of SDSU and was part of the SDSU team that won the inaugural NAIOP University Challenge.Read more about Bryan Clark
After Tim Wright ('86, M.B.A.) moved to San Diego in 1982, he didn't know where his career path would lead him. He had exposure to commercial real estate at his first job following college at Bank of America, leading him to an interest in the field.
With a possible career in commercial real estate in mind, the Chicago-area native enrolled at SDSU's M.B.A. program in 1984.Read more about Tim Wright
A native of San Gabriel, California, Mike Neal ('84, real estate/'96, M.S.B.A.) first became interested in attending SDSU when he visited the campus in the late 70's to attend his cousin's graduation. He liked what he saw and, when it came time for him to chose a college, he applied and was accepted to SDSU. "I liked the campus and the reputation of the business school," he said.Read more about Mike Neal