Congratulations to the 2018-19 University Scholarship Recipients!

NAIOP Chicago is excited to introduce our 2018-19 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.


Heather Dorfler

Heather is a senior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, studying Finance and Commercial Real Estate. She will complete her BS in Business Administration in May 2019 and is looking to grow her career in the financial analysis of real estate investments. Heather is the Treasurer of Marquette’s Track and Cross Country Club Team and a member of Marquette’s Commercial Real Estate Club, WCREW (Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women), and NAIOP Wisconsin/Chicago. Heather is currently interning at Landaas & Company, a financial investments firm, where she supports the professional staff and is learning to provide individualized investment advice and asset allocation for their clients. She looks forward to the many opportunities this scholarship offers, including the NAIOP mentorship program and the community of members, which will allow her to explore the many sectors of commercial real estate.


Kenneth Lodge

Recently hired to a full-time position as an Associate at Origin Investments, Ken Lodge is currently pursuing his MBA in Real Estate Finance & Investment from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, with an anticipated graduation in June 2019. Following his 2011 graduation from Indiana University – Bloomington with a BS in Finance and International Business, Ken began his career in the credit analyst training program at MB Financial Bank in his hometown of Chicago. While there, he learned the ins and outs of the commercial debt markets and the fundamentals of risk underwriting. Most importantly, he gained his first exposure to the commercial real estate industry, which has fascinated him ever since. Following his time at MB, Ken spent a year as a project manager at Landmark Building Group in order to gain a greater understanding of the flow of processes and capital in a development project. The importance to a successful career in real estate of building and maintaining strong relationships is not lost on Ken, and he is excited to take advantage of all the opportunities that the NAIOP University Scholarship will afford him.


Kiana Richard

On track to graduate in June of 2019, Kiana Richard is currently earning her Master’s of Science in Real Estate from Roosevelt University. After receiving her BBA in Communications from the Howard University, Kiana, a native Chicagoan, returned home to pursue education aspirations and give back to the community as an elementary school teacher. After working in education for four years she decided to transition into real estate. Kiana’s overall approach to real estate is heavily impacted by the students she worked with, and their desire and right to live in adequate affordable housing, as well as in safe and productive communities. Despite not having any field experience, Kiana has pushed through obstacles and excelled in her courses in the MSRE program. She is a driven self-starter who wishes to tackle not only Chicago’s housing crisis, but also the food desert dilemma that hovers over the city. After gaining a few years of experience in an entry level position in real estate, Kiana plans to work on the development of affordable housing. Her end goals include overseeing an acquisition fund while advocating for policies that promote housing justice in urban areas.


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