Student Real Estate Program Participants
2019 Fall World Conference, Portland, OR
The SIOR Foundation was honored to host 7 exceptional students at the 2019 SIOR Fall World Conference in Portland, OR last month as part of its ongoing Student Real Estate Experience program.
One scholar, John Faur, a student at Creighton University and an intern at Investors Realty, Inc in Omaha, NE took time out of his busy schedule to write the following thoughts about his experience:
“I was very fortunate to be one of the “Student Scholar” attendees at the SIOR World Conference in Portland, OR. I first heard about SIOR and the conference from Investors Realty in Omaha, the company that I intern for while finishing up my senior year at Creighton University. At Investors Realty, 5 of the 20 brokers are SIOR designees, one of them being Tim Kerrigan, the President of the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter. Tim, along with Kevin Stratman, an SIOR candidate, were very instrumental and encouraging of me attending, so this was all possible because of them. My experience at the conference was second to none. I was introduced to brokers from around the globe and heard so many incredible stories of their experiences in brokerage. Whether it be from a primary, secondary, or tertiary market, the lessons and ideals that I took in will certainly pay dividends. As someone who is planning on going into brokerage after school, it was very beneficial to hear how impactful SIOR has been for all the designees’ careers.
Aside from many opportunities to network and converse, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from keynote speakers like world-renowned economist Ben Stein, and the dynamic marketing expert Martin Lindstrom. As if that wasn’t enough groundbreaking information, there were great breakout panels discussing everything from virtual reality in real estate to hearing from industrial occupiers on how brokers can better represent them. Being a student at the conference was great because I got to meet 5 other students who also are considering a career in brokerage. We were all pleasantly surprised at how the designees took the time to provide guidance, lessons, and advice to each of us, reminding us that they were once in our shoes and inspired us to keep working hard. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the SIOR World Conference and I hope to be back again in the future as a designee!”