The Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM) hosted a free panel discussion and lunch for 150 UCF students as prelude to its Fall Leadership Conference being held in Orlando this year. Students had the opportunity to network with 50 IREM conference members consisting of seasoned real estate management professionals, university student members, and international members from Japan, Canada, Brazil, and China.

Panelists included Marisa B. Price, CPM, senior vice president at Concord Management; Aaron Johnson, IREM student member at University of Wisconsin–Stout; Brad Randall, CPM candidate, co-owner of Welch Randall Property Management & Real Estate; and Aaron M. Bosshardt, CPM, president Bosshardt Property Management, LLC, AMO. Topics such as positions in property management, skills and education needed for entry-level positions, hurdles entry-level employees face, and tips on career advancement were discussed. IREM also provided five complimentary student registrations to attend the IREM Fall Leadership Conference.

More than 600 real estate management professionals from all over the world attended the conference on October 14-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort.  During the conference, UCF students had the opportunity to attend several education sessions, open committee meetings, and networking events. Students that registered for the conference also got the opportunity to participate in information interviews. During the 30 minute interviews, students were paired up with seasoned members to talk about property management and get career advice.

Established in 1968, the UCF College of Business Administration offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and executive levels. All programs, as well as the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The college provides high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college establishes partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new and best practices that harness evolving technology. In addition, the college promotes a unique culture of engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making in an effort to ensure students are well prepared to enter a dynamic marketplace.