Alumni Matters

USD's School of Business Administration and the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) are proud of successful alumni who make their mark within the real estate industry. Our alumni share their experience and successes with current real estate students. More than 1,000 University of San Diego real estate alumni distinguish themselves in the real estate industry regionally, nationally and internationally. We value and appreciate those who give back and contribute to the on-going success of our undergraduate and graduate real estate programs.  We have dedicated this section of the website to highlight recent accomplishments of USD real estate alumni.


Kaitlyn "Kate" Gillingham '09 (BBA)

Kate Gillingham, real estate broker with Coronado Island Realty and chair of USD’s Real Estate Alumni Association (REAA), was recently selected as one of the National Association of Realtors (N.A.R.), Realtor magazine's “30 Under 30 Award." Each year, the magazine features 30 young rising stars in the real estate industry. Gillingham is among the young entrepreneurs that uphold the highest of professional standards and present themselves as great ambassadors for the real estate industry. The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, the School of Business Administration and the University of San Diego are proud to have Gillingham as an alum and value her excellent contributions as the chair of the Real Estate Alumni Association.

Kevin Hughes '07 (MSRE)
Kevin Hughes, CFP '07 (MSRE) joined CIM Securities as vice president of investment banking. Kevin made his move from UBS Financial Services earlier this year where he served as senior vice president of wealth management. His focus at CIM involves providing capital raising solutions in the small cap investment arena focusing on real estate, health sciences and technology. CIM Securities is an independent investment bank serving micro and small-cap companies through mergers and acquisitions and equity financing solutions.

Sach Kirpalani '09 (MSRE)
Sach Kirpalani ’09 (MSRE) recently joined JLL’s San Diego capital markets team. He is responsible for expanding the firm’s investment sales services to commercial investors targeting assets with values between $5M and $25M. Prior to joining JLL’s San Diego team, he represented tenants in Silicon Valley and managed over five million square feet of closed transactions valued at over $1.5 billion for companies including: Amazon, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, NeuStar, Ubiquiti Networks, TSYS and JDA Software.

Alumni News
If you are a USD alum working in the real estate industry, we would like to hear from you. Email Joe Bertocchini, director of residential real estate, with recent and significant career-related achievements and initiatives. All submissions will be considered for publication.