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Real Estate Organization Travels to Houston for Industry Tour

by - May 01, 2017

Texas Tech’s Real Estate Organization (REO) completed an industry tour in Houston on April 11-12. Twelve students went on the tour and were accompanied by interim dean and James E. and Elizabeth F. Sowell Professor of Finance, Dr. Paul Goebel, and Jared Harrell, associate professor of practice in finance.

On the first day, students met with Justin Die, national farmland acquisition manager at Bank of America/US Trust, to discuss asset management functions of financial institutions and agricultural real estate operations. They then had lunch with James Holcomb, president and CEO of Holcomb Properties. Following lunch, they toured Holcomb’s properties, The Falls at Imperial Oaks residential subdivision.

The following day, they met with Greg Nielson, regional director of Escalante Golf, to discuss the company’s investment in and operation and ownership of golf properties. They then had lunch with Alan Hassenflu, co-founder and CEO of Fidelis Realty Partners, followed by a tour of one of the company’s retail developments.

Students that participated in the tour included: Preston Patterson, Alex Priest, Allister Banks-Ellis, William Wilder, Tony Tran, Kenneth Barton, Ryan Everett, Melanie Pinales, Hunter Nurdin, Sarah Bridges, Katie Mattson and Peter Pineda. The students appreciated the opportunity to gain real-world insight into the industry.

“This year’s industry trip was definitely a unique opportunity. We got a chance to visit with Escalante Golf and learn about their golf course investment, which is a really cool asset we do not usually get to hear about,” said Tony Tran, senior finance major from Austin, TX.

“Meeting with the various companies in Houston showed me how diverse and successful the Texas Tech alumni network is and reminded me how valuable my degree is. Mr. Holcomb’s tour of his various properties was a learning experience on its own. He was very comprehensive and was open to any and all questions,” said Will Wilder, senior finance major from San Antonio, TX.

“The REO trip to Houston this semester was a fantastic opportunity to meet with some really successful alumni and learn about various asset classes we do not normally talk about. Getting to tour ShadowHawk Golf Club and learn about the operations side of the golf business was a one of a kind experience.  Everyone we met with on the trip was very gracious, with each person providing us with great market knowledge and career advice,” said Preston Patterson, senior finance major from Plano, TX.

To view pictures from the tour, please visit the Rawls College Flickr account.

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