Alumni Matters

We value our alumni, and each of you matter to the success of our program. We have dedicated this section of the website to highlight your accomplishments. Here are a few alums we have highlighted this month:

David Arscott ’10 (MSRE) has been named vice president in the real estate valuation and advisory services department of FirstCity Financial Corporation. Arscott and his colleagues advise other FirstCity departments and third-party clients on matters of real estate valuation, property management and disposition. FirstCity primarily acquires debt backed by commercial real estate and has invested more than $5 billion to acquire loans with unpaid principal balance in excess of $13.8 billion since 1991. Previously, Arscott and his partners at WakeStorm Capital provided similar services to FirstCity and other clients.

Chris Arthur ’06 (MSRE) joined National Community Renaissance (CORE), one of the nation’s largest owners and developers of affordable housing. In his current role, Arthur is responsible for acquisitions, financial underwriting, securing competitive public funding sources and managing the development process from entitlement through construction completion. After joining CORE in May, Arthur secured competitive financing for the first phase of a 411 unit redevelopment deal in the city of San Bernardino that will break ground later this year and replaces 1940’s era public housing with brand new apartment units. By utilizing density bonuses, tax concessions and subsidies available for low-income housing, Arthur has successfully financed and developed hundreds of units throughout California that serve seniors, veterans, residents with special needs, students and working families. He has over eight years of multifamily and affordable housing development and finance experience, having previously worked at Chelsea Investment Corporation and Palm Communities.

Lawrence Kopp ’10 (MSRE) has been named an independent sales associate at the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Encinitas office. Kopp will be performing a wide spectrum of work from listing office and retail buildings for lease, tenant representation, investment sales and residential sales. Kopp brings more than 16 years of experience to the position after having worked as an associate vice president of commercial real estate at NAI San Diego. He worked as a consultant with the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate to produce local market data reports and is a board member of USD’s Real Estate Alumni Association board.

If you are a USD alum working in the real estate industry, we would like to hear from you. Please email Diane Ice with recent and significant career-related achievements and initiatives. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in the "Alumni Matters" sections of The Pipeline and our website.