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Real Estate Teams Find Success in Fall Semester Case Competitions

by Fernando Escobar Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Real estate students from the Wisconsin School of Business have a long-standing tradition of competing in national case competitions.  Not only are case competitions resume boosters, they also help students stand out when competing for jobs by giving them the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their communication and collaboration skills and to strategize business challenges in real time.

2015 UT Austin Case Comp.That said, it was another fruitful semester for the Wisconsin Real Estate case competition teams. Our MBA team comprised of: Alexandra Kirk, Brittany Harrison, Michael Ullman, Mitchell Jung, Regan Kennedy, and Scott Gibbel traveled to Austin, Texas to compete in 2015 National Real Estate Challenge, hosted by the McCombs School of Business. The team earned the Graaskamp Center its highest placement in the competition with a 4th place finish. They competed against an elite field of 20 of the top MBA programs in the country, with teams from Columbia, Berkeley, MIT, and Northwestern being eliminated in the first round.

Our MBA students pointed to their conviction to focus on the big picture and vision of their proposed development, not solely the numbers, as a reason for their success at UT-Austin. As Regan Kennedy noted, the experience was, “magical.”

2015 Cornell Case Comp.Not to be outdone, our undergraduate team comprised of Jordan Dritz, Daniel Frechter, William Huberty, Jaron Kleiman, Yuxie Li and TJ Pyzyk also placed 4th at the highly prestigious 2015 Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition.

This was the seventh Year that Cornell University has hosted the international real estate case competition. Each team received the case via e-mail and had five days to research the case, prepare their analysis, and craft a presentation. At the competition, each team had 20 minutes to present their analysis followed by 20 minutes of questions from the 15 judges. The teams were judged not only on their investment recommendations, their approach to the problem, and their presentation skills, but also on their ability to answer and respond to direct questions from the judges.   

Congratulations to both the undergrad and MBA teams on their placement in these challenging and prestigious competitions!