Looking around at the faces that have accompanied me over the last 2 years, I can hardly believe it’s over. I came to McCombs seeking formal finance training, but I got so much more: a program that exposed me to case studies and repetitions in underwriting, all while rounding off my teamwork and project management skills with a holistic business school education. I am leaving McCombs with more tools in my toolbox thanks to the Real Estate club, sixteen real estate courses, the team-centric atmosphere at McCombs, the McCombs Center for Real Estate and countless more venues where McCombs was able to offer me a tailor-made experience.
As an active member in The McCombs Real Estate Investment Fund, I discovered a platform that enabled me to practice the skills I had learned in real estate electives like Special Topics in Investment. It was an unforgettable learning experience, collaborating with classmates from diverse industries, managing the underrate analysts in the fund, and taking part in the only MBA program that offers management of both public and private real estate funds. I brought my experience from the world of construction management and development management to the table, while learning best practices from the worlds of banking, architecture, consulting and more.
During my MBA search, I reconnected with Patrick McAneny (’19), who raved about the National Real Estate Challenge hosted by McCombs. I now understand why he was so passionate about it and I am proud to say that in 2022 the McCombs team and I were able to win 1st place on our home turf.
On a personal level, I fine-tuned my decision-making and strategic skills at McCombs, with courses like Operations Management and Strategic Management. I can’t wait to bring these skills with me to the Invesco office as I begin working again and ultimately prepare myself to decide on which properties or assets to pursue. My long-term goal still hold true and in the next 3-5 years I’m certain MRE Ventures will be a full-blown company, consisting of accountants, managers, analysts, and strategic advisors. I believe that building a strong understanding of all the disciplinaries is crucial on both professional and personal levels; I want to understand each colleague’s skills and decision-making processes, which will ultimately lead towards understanding them as people.
Three years ago I became engaged to my fiancé; we married in Cape Cod in 2020, and as a newly-married couple, were looking for a new city to start this exciting new chapter in. We were so happy with our time in Austin that we decided to stay! As outdoor enthusiasts and avid runners, we were active members in the Graduate Business Adventure Team and the MBA Endurance Club, where I bonded with some of my classmates outside the classroom and Audrey built a circle of friends that are also remaining in Austin. We couldn’t have imagined a better place in which to plant our roots and begin our journey than Austin, as part of the McCombs family.