Stath Karras

Stath Karras
Phone: (619) 260-4872
Office: Avila A103

Executive Director, Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate

Stath Karras is the executive director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) at the University of San Diego School of Business. In this role, he is responsible for establishing and leveraging strategic priorities and initiatives for the center to advance and align its mission and vision with those of the School of Business, the University and in collaboration with the real estate industry.

He is responsible for working with the faculty and BMC professionals in creating a meaningful learning experience for the real estate students and working with them to enhance their career opportunities. Additionally, he is responsible for cultivating relationships with key stakeholders to create fund-raising strategies, activities and programs to sustain BMC operations and works closely with the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate policy advisory Board (PAB) committee to set the strategic direction of the center.

Stath is also responsible for creating scholarships, which provide supplemental support for the real estate academic programs. The culmination of these efforts have led to the real estate program at USD School of Business being ranked by College Factual as the #1 real estate college in the U.S. in 2020, 2019 and 2018.

Prior to this position, Stath served as the executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was involved in executive management, business development, receiverships and operations throughout the Southern California region. Most currently, he oversaw the Western Region of the Cushman & Wakefield Resolution Group and its operational integration into C&W capital markets, client solutions and brokerage operations. This included Stath serving as a court-appointed receiver for projects throughout Southern California. He coordinated the firm’s investment sales, property management, leasing, project management and receiver groups in their involvement with distressed real estate asset needs. Prior to his seven years with Cushman & Wakefield, Stath spent 19 years with Burnham Real Estate Services, where he served as president and chief executive officer, and 10 years at Wallace Associates.

Stath received his bachelor's in mathematics and an MBA, with an emphasis in finance, from the University of Utah. He later returned to the University of Utah as a teaching fellow in real estate investment and appraisal.

Stath is very active in the San Diego community. He served as chairman for the San Diego Regional EDC, chairman of CONNECT and co-chair of LEAD San Diego. Stath serves on the board of HG Fenton and as an advisor to multiple companies. He also served on the boards of San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Challenged Athletes Foundation, San Diego Performing Arts League, Better Business Bureau and San Diego Commercial Real Estate Association.  Stath was recognized as a “Significant Sig” in 2019, a national leadership award from the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  In 2020, he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the San Diego Business Journal for his work in the real estate industry and his overall community involvement.