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Marshall Bennett Students Devise Real-World Action Plans

Family-run real estate companies and large, established property firms alike often struggle with finding time to develop comprehensive management plans. Enter graduate students at Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, who annually select two to three companies as clients and complete a comprehensive real estate management plan for each.

“Students examine all aspects of a company’s operations, organizational structure, market positioning and more, providing their client with invaluable data and actionable insights,” said Dr. David Funk, Pasquinelli Family chair in real estate and course instructor.

This fall’s clients were Mid-America Asset Management; AMLI/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Mako Properties.

Students in the program are pursuing the Masters of Science in Real Estate as they advance careers in real estate finance, investment, development and related fields. They’re also eligible to use their management plan experience as part of the application for IREM’s Certified Property Manager designation.

Pictured: Team 2 of this fall’s teams


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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