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Chapman University Wins Orange Cup

Chapman University Defeats UC Irvine in Real Estate Challenge Competition

Students from Chapman’s George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics successfully competed against a team from the University of California, Irvine, winning the “Orange Cup” in NAIOP’s first head-to-head real estate competition in Orange County, CA.

The project was a 6.9-acre site in North Downtown Anaheim, as the two graduate programs were challenged to determine the highest and best use for the parcels. Chapman’s winning plan, Pearson Village, honored the history of the site and embraced the heritage and local businesses in the area.

The student teams had four weeks to prepare their plans, which were presented to the property owner, real estate industry judges and an audience of industry guests. The judges’ determined that Chapman’s proposal created the most feasible and financially rewarding redevelopment plan. 

Pictured is the winning Chapman team, from L to R: Darrah Shaygan, Asher Friedman, Isabella Zelinger holding the “Orange Cup”, Cole Fleming and Robert Bond.


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About Mark Nieto

Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.

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