by Kaitlin York - Feb 28, 2017
The Rawls College of Business’s Real Estate Organization hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, Feb., 22. The panel was led by Paul Stell, the managing director of Stellar Family of Companies, founder of the STELLAR Alumni Connection and a 1990 Rawls finance graduate. He was accompanied by 7 real estate professionals who are a part of his STELLAR Alumni Connection.
Stell started the panel by sharing the mentoring experience he had as a young professional and how that experience created opportunities for him. He said the opportunities he was given from the mentorship made him realize the significance that people can have one’s life and it inspired him to continue on the impact with others by offering internships and opportunities to students and young professionals new to the industry.
He said he started the STELLAR Alumni Connection because he did not want the connections that were formed between interns and himself to end when the positions ended. The STELLAR Alumni Connection enables past interns to stay connected and to continue to share knowledge and experience, by hosting an annual meeting. At the meeting, they discuss the trends that they are seeing in the real estate industry and share what they have learned from their prospective careers.
All of the panelists in attendance were a part of the STELLAR alumni connection. Five were Rawls College graduates and included, De’On Collins (HFF), De’juan Collins (Invesco), Luke Goebel (CBRE), and Dillon Donald (HFF) and two were Lubbock Christian University Graduates, Drew Gray (Stellar Capital Partners) and Kyleigh Leslie (Hall and Hall). During the session they touched on the day in the life of someone who works in real estate, their views of the industry, their successes, lessons they have learned since graduation and words of wisdom for Rawls students.
“I felt that the real estate moderated panel was a unique and exciting opportunity for us to learn about issues in the market today and gain exposure to what a career in real estate might actually look like. It is not often that students are able get exposure to so many young, successful real estate professionals all in the same place, which is something that made this meeting really stand out to me. I think it resonates with students when they see that everyone on the panel was in their shoes a relatively short time ago and were going through the same types of struggles. For me, it was one of the most insightful and impactful meetings I have been a part of since joining REO,” said Preston Patterson, a senior finance major.
To view pictures from the event, please visit the Rawls College Flickr account.