Owen Green and Justin Gravatt
Two Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate Students were able to attend the Spring 2019 Urban Land Institute Conference in Nashville, TN this year! Read about their experience and these exceptional students below:
The ULI conference was a great expereince. We were able to witness presentations and important discussions from leading real estate professionals from all over the country. Some of these presentations included topics such as sustainabilty and resiliency in commercial real estate, technology in real estate, the oulook of the national economy and real estate market, and large trends that will change the real estate industry moving forward. We were also fortunate to attend a presentation from our industry advisory board member, Karen Whitt, as she discussed the future of augmented reality and its effect on commercial real estate owners and investors. We networked and had meaningful discussions with people from a variety of backgrounds. We also leanred a lot about the huge growth happening in Nashville and how successful the city has been with Public/Private sector cooperation as the city has grown. It was an amazing experience and I am very thankful I was able to attend! - Owen
Representing the Program in Real Estate at the ULI conference was such an honor. The conference provided a plethora of opportunities for networking as well as professional and personal growth. - Justin
Owen is a junior double major in Real Estate and Finance from Richmond, Virginia. This summer, he will be interning at Cushman and Wakefield - Thalhimer with the investment sales team in Richmond. Recently, Owen participated in the ARGUS University Challenge, a national case study competition using ARGUS Enterprise commercial real estate software. He also enjoys his time representing the program as a real estate ambassador. Recently, Owen attended the ULI Spring Meeting in Nashville, where over 4,000 industry professionals met to network and discuss the world of real estate.
Justin is a rising senior with a double major in Building Construction and Real Estate. He chose to study real estate because he has always been interested in the built environment and how it encompasses people's everyday lives. Justin has previously interned for the Whiting-Turner Contracting company as well as Dream Finders Homes, a residential home builder based out of Jacksonville, Florida. Justin hopes to intern with a developer during the summer. This semester, Justin traveled to Reno, Nevada, for the Associated Schools of Construction competition team, to Dubai to study abroad through the Program in Real Estate, to Richmond, Virginia, for a company tour with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer, and to Denver, Colorado, for the Solar Decathlon competition where his team took first place in their division as well as the overall grand prize.