Rutgers Center for Real Estate News

Real Estate Students Win Big In Miami

April 27, 2017

Winners of the University of Miami “Impact Investing Case Competition”
Rutgers Center for Real Estate students Michael Acciani, Maria Burgos, and David Choi, with Kevin Riordan, Executive Director of the Center, and Faculty Advisor for the competition.

Rutgers Center for Real Estate students won the inaugural real estate case competition sponsored by the University of Miami on April 21, 2017. Michael Acciani, Maria Burgos, and David Choi, all students who have obtained the concentration in real estate offered by the Center, competed in the “Impact Investing Case Competition.” They were joined in the competition by teams representing Cornell University, the University of Miami, and Florida International University.

Maria Burgos and David Choi, undergraduates in Rutgers Business School, will each graduate in May, 2017 with a degree in finance with a concentration in real estate. Michael Acciani, an MBA student, will graduate in 2018 with his MBA and the graduate level concentration in real estate. Courses taken by these students include Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Law, Capital Markets, Development, and Appraisal.

All three of the students have been placed in positions in the industry. Maria Burgos is interning for Duff & Phelps Corporation, valuation and corporate Finance Advisors in Princeton, and will begin full time employment this summer.  David Choi first interned and was then offered employment with the Hampshire Companies in Morristown, a privately held, fully integrated real estate firm and real estate investment fund manager. Michael Acciani is employed by Wainco Realty, LLC, a real estate developer.

Morris A. Davis, Paul V. Profeta Chair of Real Estate, and Academic Director of the Center, said, “This win speaks to the quality of the students’ training in Ron Ladell and Ellen Kendall’s Real Estate Law classes, Carl Goldberg and George Jacob’s Development class, Ray Cirz’s Appraisal class, Kevin Riordan’s Capital Markets class, and David Frame’s Real Estate Finance class.  This group of students committed a tremendous amount of effort into the preparation of the submission and the presentation that was required for the case competition. We at the Center of proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to their future success in the industry. We hope they will stay connected to the Center to serve as role models for future students in real estate.”


Industry Execs Visit Campus

March 9, 2017

RIPCO Executives Dan Zappala, Florian Suserman, and Curtis NassauFlorian Suserman, Curtis Nassau and Daniel Zappala of Ripco met with students from the Rutgers Business School on March 8. The representatives of Ripco, a retail focused leasing brokerage firm, started the discussion by giving backgrounds on themselves and what drew them to this aspect of real estate. They provided insights on the brokerage business and career opportunities. They highlighted actual transactions by referencing stores and locations that the students were familiar with. After 30 minutes of ‘classroom work’, refreshments were served and the students networked with all of the principals.


If your firm is involved in real estate and you would enjoy the opportunity  to present your business and then network with the students, please contact Kevin Riordan, Executive Director-Center for Real Estate. [email protected]  (973) 353-2810