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Letter from the Executive Director

Mark J. RiedyMark J. Riedy, PhD

A special tradition of the Burnham-Moores Center’s annual real estate conference is recognition of the recipient of the Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship. On March 2, our Fall 2011 recipient, Chris Lisle, spoke at the Center’s 16th Annual Real Estate Conference, demonstrating the poise and echoing the passion for real estate that the 18 prior Woodruff Memorial Scholarship recipients consistently have shown.

Students cannot apply for the Woodruff scholarship. Instead, BMC faculty and staff identify the undergraduate and graduate students who have distinguished themselves and created unique identities that we believe meet the scholarship criteria.

MSRE DeadlinesThese criteria extend well beyond good grades to include a wide variety of human qualities: leadership abilities; extraordinary preparation skills; commitment; personal and professional achievements; appreciation for the value of personal relationships; a strong sense of giving back, social responsibility and ethics; concern for others; and bright eyes focused firmly on a career in real estate. More often than not, the Center faculty and staff have become well acquainted with several candidates satisfying these criteria. After thoroughly (and privately) analyzing all candidates, however, we generally are able to identify one person who stands out from among all of his or her peers.

Chris Lisle, among other accomplishments as an Eagle Scout, fits so many of the qualities we seek that his selection was enthusiastic and unanimous. He graduated in December 2011 and now works for The London Group Realty Advisors, having benefited from internships with Highland Partnership and Pacifica Companies, as well as the skills honed in the intercollegiate real estate case competitions open to USD students like Chris whose love for real estate is palpable.

Chris Lisle and his parents
Woodruff Memorial Scholarship recipient Chris Lisle (center) with his parents, Robert and Grace

Prior Woodruff Memorial Scholarship recipients range far and wide across Northern and Southern California, Portland, Chicago, Colorado and Beijing. Regardless of where they are in the world now, the 18 Woodruff Memorial Scholarship recipients remain actively engaged with the BMC and one another.

If one thought captures the essence of all Woodruff Memorial Scholarship recipients, it is that each approaches the business world with integrity and an unwavering inner compass—values held dear by the Burnham-Moores Center and the University of San Diego. As Chris explained to the 700 conference attendees, which included his parents, Robert and Grace: “I chose a career in real estate not because of what was popular and profitable at the time, but because it was what I love to do.”

Dr. Mark J. Riedy
Executive Director

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Center Hosts 16th Annual Real Estate Conference

Richard Davis
Keynote speaker Richard K. Davis during his March 2 address at the 16th Annual Real Estate Conference

Close to 700 people attended the Center’s 16th Annual Real Estate Conference held March 2 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront downtown. The program was kicked off with a keynote presentation by Richard K. Davis, chairman, president and CEO of US Bank in Minneapolis. Davis offered his insights on the current state of the market and encouraged those in attendance to remain optimistic about the future.

Davis’ presentation was followed by a panel discussion of, “The Commercial Real Estate and Capital Market Outlook for the Nation, California and San Diego.” Panelists included: Sam Davis, senior vice president and senior marketing director-private and alternative investments group, Allstate Investments, Chicago; Stephen Silk, senior managing director, Eastdil Secured, Los Angeles; Steve Scott, senior vice president, Kilroy Realty Corp., San Diego; John Turner, San Diego regional vice president, Irvine Company Office Properties, San Diego. The panel was moderated by Gina Champion-Cain ’94 (MBA), president and CEO, American National Investments Inc., San Diego; and Burl East, CEO, American Assets Investment Management LLC, San Diego. 

Mayor Jerry Sanders then took the stage in a fireside chat with Sherm Harmer Jr., president of Urban Housing Partners Inc., and a member of the Center’s Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee. During the interview, Sanders shared his thoughts on a wide range of topics affecting San Diego, including a new Chargers stadium and community plan updates.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist at Freddie Mac, closed the conference with his forecast of future real estate activity, in which he said multi-family is positioned to do well. To view Nothaft's PowerPoint slides from his presentation, go here.

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Real Estate Alumni Association Names New Board Members

Bothe and May
(Left to right) Co-chairs Joe Bothe ’06 (BBA) and Ron May ’07 (MSRE)

In December 2011, the University of San Diego Real Estate Alumni Association (REAA) began recruiting new members for its 2012 REAA Executive Board. Members are focused on the goals of continued growth and improved service to USD real estate alumni.

The 2012 Real Estate Alumni Association Executive Board is led by:

Joe Bothe ’06 (BBA) and Ron May ’07 (MSRE)

Past Chair
Mary Ann Yaghdjian ’07 (MSRE)

Board Members
Justin Brennan ’06 (MSRE), Scott Darnell ’05 (MSRE), Ryan Fiddler ’08 (BBA), Kate Gillingham ’09 (BBA), Jimmy Harris ’06 (BBA), Derek Jensen ’07 (MSRE), Ryan King ’10 (BBA), Zach Koucos ’00 (BBA), Kevin Meissner ’06 (BBA), Jimmy Morrison ’06 (MSRE), Matt Reams ’06 (BBA), RJ Scott ’10 (MSRE), Will Strong ’09 (MSRE) and Nick Walsh ’10 (MSRE)

Thank you to past and present members of the REAA Executive Board for their outstanding service and dedication. To join the association, go here.

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10th Annual Career Expo Connects Students, Employers

Career Expo
Company representatives (left) met with undergraduate and graduate students (right) during the 10th Annual Real Estate Career Expo Feb. 23.

The 10th Annual Real Estate Career Expo was held Feb. 23 with nearly 40 representatives attending from a variety of fields within the industry. The event was conducted speed-networking style, which enabled undergraduate and graduate students to take part in multiple informational interviews that lasted five minutes each. Company representatives were provided a résumé book of the students registered for the event to assist them with future hiring decisions.

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USD Team Selected for NAIOP Case Competition

NAIOP UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE logoThe team members who will represent the University of San Diego in the Second Annual NAIOP University Challenge case competition have been selected.

USD’s team will be made up of: Cowas Jehangir, senior; Jamison Johnson, junior; Kelly Ness, senior; and Matt Turcutto, senior, who will serve as the team's captain.

Professor Vivek Sah, PhD, will act as faculty adviser to the team; Commercial Real Estate Director John Ferber will be the industry liaison.

The team from USD will compete against teams from San Diego State University and the University of California-San Diego by providing their recommendations on the highest and best use for a piece of property located at 2045 Pacific Highway in Little Italy, one block from the San Diego Harbor.

To register for the event, which takes place on April 26 from 5 - 7 p.m. at 10300 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, Calif., 92121, go here.

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Undergrads Meet Mentors at Kick-Off Breakfast

Mentor Breakfast
(From right to left) Junior Kylie Carlton meets with her mentor, Wyatt Buttrose of Cushman & Wakefield, at the Feb. 21 mentor kick-off breakfast.

The Real Estate Alumni Association kicked off the undergraduate real estate mentor program for the spring semester at a Feb. 21 breakfast on campus. This semester has the largest number of participants involved in the program to date—35 students and 35 mentors, who are real estate professionals and USD real estate alumni.

Each mentor-student pair is required to meet a minimum of three times during the semester. In previous semesters, mentors have allowed students to job shadow, go on site tours and meet other industry professionals. Some students have even received internships and jobs from the contacts they made in the program.

If you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate or graduate USD real estate student for the Fall 2012 semester, contact Annie Grand at (619) 260-7619.

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Professor Norm Miller Speaks at National, Local Industry Events

Norm Miller
Norm Miller, PhD

Norm Miller presented at the Feb. 29 National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries annual general meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. on the topic of sustainable real estate investment performance. In February, Miller also was a panelist at the University of Cincinnati’s 2012 UC/PNC Economic Outlook as well as at the San Diego Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s Economic Forecast, where he discussed real estate economics. On March 1, Miller was one of the presenters in a webinar to CoreNet Global members on the results from a survey taken by members on attitudes, policies and sustainable business strategies.

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Professor Norm Miller, PhD, and Associate Professor Alan Gin, PhD, were included in the Feb. 11, Feb. 16, Feb. 17, Feb. 23 and March 2 editions of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s weekly “EconoMeter.”

Norm Miller, PhD, was quoted in a Feb. 18 San Diego Union-Tribune article on Congress' extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.

Executive Director Mark Riedy, PhD, was interviewed for KUSI segments on foreclosures, which aired Feb. 23 and 28.

Alan Gin, PhD, was mentioned in several articles following his February release of the USD Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County, which he compiles for the Burnham-Moores Center. Articles appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North County Times and the Fallbrook Bonsall Village News.

The Burnham-Moores Center’s 16th Annual Real Estate Conference on March 2 was reported on in several stories following the event including: the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Business Journal and The Daily Transcript.

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Real Estate Alumni Association’s Casual Thursday

Join the Real Estate Alumni Association for a casual night of networking and reconnecting with old friends within USD’s real estate community.

  • La Jolla Strip Club - A Steak Place, 4282 Esplanade Court, San Diego 92112
  • 6 p.m.
  • For more information, go here. For questions, contact Annie Grand at (619) 260-7619.


LEED GA Training

The Burnham-Moores Center is offering a 12-hour LEED GA Training course at a discount to help members of the San Diego real estate community better understand green building and LEED core concepts and to help them prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam.

  • April 3 from 4 - 8 p.m.; April 17 from 4 - 8 p.m.; and April 20 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Cost is $350 per person, $200 for USD alumni or $1,000 for a company sponsoring five or more people
  • For more information, contact Ines Kraft, PhD, at (619) 260-4150.

THURSDay, APRIL 26, 2012

Second Annual NAIOP University Challenge

  • 5 - 7 p.m. competition, 7 - 8 p.m. reception
  • 10300 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, Calif., 92121-1504
  • To register for the event, go here.

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Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 102