Building Networks at the 11th Annual Real Estate Career Forum

By Jessica Rosner ’21 and Daniel Gutierrez ’20

On Friday, February 21st 2020, the Real Estate Association, the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, and the Career Management Center of Columbia Business School, co-hosted the 11th annual Real Estate Forum at the Princeton Club of New York. The Career Forum provides real estate companies an opportunity to introduce their businesses to current MBA students recruiting in real estate, share ideas, and network with other top real estate firms. This year, roughly thirty companies attended from all different segments of the industry, including development, private equity, REITS, and real estate technology startups.

2020 Real Estate Career Forum

Musashi Liu ’20, VP of Careers for the Real Estate Association, Professor Tomasz Piskorski, Edward S. Gordon Associate Professor of Real Estate, and Leanne Lachman, President of Lachman Associates and Executive-in-Residence at Columbia Business School, spoke on behalf of the CBS real estate community, and formally welcomed attendees.

Professor Piskorski discussed the highly-ranked MBA real estate program and highlighted that the courses available to students, enable them to graduate with extensive real estate knowledge and proficiency in equity, debt, and public markets. He elaborated on the challenging coursework, and preparedness of students, suggesting their confident ability to thrive in complex analytical and decision-making processes. He referenced the strong connection between the Real Estate Association and Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate in providing extracurricular programming to enrich both the students’ educational and networking experience. He also detailed how Columbia Business School taps into the full potential of its New York City location to combine theory and practice, preparing students to make an immediate impact in their future roles.

Leanne Lachman highlighted the impressive achievements and qualifications of the current student body. She also remarked on the strength of the Columbia Business School alumni network as a key resource that enables students to generate further value to employers in their future roles. Finally, she thanked the company representatives for helping to expand Columbia’s deep connection to the larger global real estate community.

After nearly two hours of networking between students and companies, Victor Salama ’21, Co-AVP of Careers for the Real Estate Association, thanked everyone for their attendance and encouraged all attendees to participate in future Columbia Business School real estate events. The 11th annual Career Forum proved to be a successful event, continuing to forge even stronger ties between Columbia, its alumni network, and the larger real estate community.

Jessica Rosner ’21 is a Columbia MBA student with a focus on Real Estate. Previously, she studied Business Administration at Hofstra University's Honors College. Prior to CBS, she founded, grew and profitably sold a furniture and home design business in NY. She also started a development company that built and renovated properties on Long Island. Through these experiences, she learned what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in the home and real estate industry.

Daniel Gutierrez ’20 was an Associate in NYC at Blackstone, an alternative asset management firm specializing in the management of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge fund solutions, and credit-focused funds, prior to Columbia Business School. Most recently, Daniel was on Blackstone’s Corporate Development Team identifying and evaluating platform M&A transactions and other firm-wide strategic initiatives. Daniel is from Rockville, MD and graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and minors in Economics and Management Information Systems. He spent the summer working at at Olayan America on their Real Estate investments team.

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