NAIOP Chicago is excited to introduce our 2019-20 University Scholarship recipients. These three students from DePaul, Marquette, and Roosevelt University exemplify the commitment and innovation coming from the new generation of Chicago’s commercial real estate industry and we are honored to play a role in fostering their professional development.
In addition to tuition assistance, recipients of the University Scholarship receive a one-year NAIOP membership, a mentor involved in a field related to their interests, as well as a variety of other local benefits. The NAIOP Chicago University Scholarship program is annual, with applications to the program accepted in early Summer of each year. Read more about our University Scholarship program.
Michelle is a Chicago native and pursuing her MBA in Real Estate Finance & Investment and Entrepreneurship at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. She is currently a Senior Associate at GLP where she is part of the FP&A team and is heavily involved in global budgeting, acquisition and development modeling, and capital management. In her role, Michelle leads global budgeting and collaborates with the investment and treasury teams to appropriately model new acquisitions and developments and forecast capital needs. With an expected graduation date of June 2020, Michelle is looking to develop her career and pursue a role within the real estate development and investment area.
Michelle first gained exposure to commercial real estate during her time in audit, which immediately influenced her to redefine her career path and pursue a role within commercial real estate. Having been introduced to residential real estate early on as a child by her parents, Michelle helped her parents in any way that she could with family transactions and quickly gained familiarity with the industry. Since her younger years, Michelle has heavily followed real estate market research and trends and still today, is genuinely fascinated by it. She enjoys learning and exploring the various segments of real estate and their dynamic profiles.
Michelle is a problem-solver, idea generator and a focused-thinker who is dedicated to her education, career, and community. She is very excited to be part of the NAIOP community and is looking forward to the endless opportunities it offers, including developing and building strong relationships with other NAIOP members and being part of the NAIOP mentorship program.
As a Junior at Marquette University studying Real Estate and Finance, Vinny is pursuing a career in industrial brokerage or development. Driven self-starter with an entrepreneurial outlook, Vinny has pursued numerous real estate and finance ventures at Marquette University and outside of campus bounds. With financial backing from the university, he has started his own property management company on campus with guidance from the College of Business Administration’s Center for Real Estate. He also currently works as a Fixed Income intern at Robert W. Baird, a middle market financial services firm in Milwaukee, for the summer months and school year. At his internship, he communicates directly with around 5,000 traders, salespeople, and portfolio managers helping to match, book, and solve trade discrepancies with daily volumes of $1 billion. He plans to live in Chicago after graduating with a BS in Business Administration in May 2021. During his college years thus far, Vinny has also held positions such as the President of Finance for his fraternity, managing over $120,000 of chapter funds and is a contributive member of the Commercial Real Estate Club at Marquette. He is excited to take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by the scholarship, including the NAIOP mentorship program and the community of members, which will allow him to explore the many sectors of commercial real estate.
Marlon is a 1st year MSRE candidate at Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Starting his career in project management, he’s gained over 6 years of experience at some of the top construction and real estate firms such as Clark Construction and JLL. During his tenor, he’s developed a keen eye and passion for managing the real estate process through a variety of assignments ranging from new construction to adaptive reuse. Some of his key projects include a Naval Apartment complex (Norfolk, VA), the New Malcolm X College Campus (Chicago, IL), the Holiday Inn Disney Springs Hotel (Orlando, FL) and over 35 AMC Movie Theatre renovations across the nation. Currently, Marlon serves as a Development Consultant for The Gettys Group. There, he’s dedicated to maximizing Real Estate investments of key stake holders through his expertise in Project Management, Development and Consulting. Marlon is eager to join NAIOP’s talented community of members, gain exposure through mentorship and promote the value of the organization.