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“When I first came to the school I was blown away by the students. They were innately entrepreneurial. And they recognized that the Merage School is one of the best outlets for their entrepreneurial activity.”
 
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Name: Kerry D. Vandell, Professor of Finance / Real Estate
Degree: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Areas of Expertise and Research Interests:
  • Urban growth, economics and design
  • Real estate finance and market dynamics
  • Valuation of complex real property interests
  • Real estate liquidity and portfolio diversification
  • Economic perspective on environmental justice
  • International real estate
  • The economics of arts and cultural policy
 
Innovation through Coursework

Greenstreet Advisors is just down the street. They are the most widely respected firm for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). And they were just in my classroom giving their perspective on how they view their market. Moreover, we are developing a brand new course in which Greenstreet and PIMCO, one of the largest managers of fixed income funds, will be directly instructing and advising.

This new course, called Real Estate Securities and Analysis and Portfolio Management, will give students the opportunity to learn how to evaluate real estate companies. Students will actually be investing and managing REIT portfolios as part of the curriculum. There are very few, if any, types of courses like this in the country.
 
 

It’s my goal as an instructor to go beyond the analytical and give my students the broad understanding that is needed to grasp the complexities of the real estate market..."

  What Makes A Strong Leader?

They say that leaders are born and not made. This may be true to a certain extent, however, some people have leadership skills but they’ve never had an opportunity to develop them. It’s my goal as an instructor to go beyond the analytical and give my students the broad understanding that is needed to grasp the complexities of the real estate market and give them the big picture. This is essential to anyone who wants to be a leader in this field.
 
Strategic Innovation – It’s Not Just About Change

Change is a fact of life. In fact, it’s a constant. In order to be truly strategically innovative, it’s not enough to recognize change taking place within an organization. It’s taking a proactive view toward that change that is really thoughtful and takes into account the broader goals of the firm. Leaders have to think in dynamic terms and not static terms – they have to be prepared to innovate – not just respond. They have to be able to control and manage change in the direction they want it to go.
 
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