Financial Analyst, Equus Capital Partners, LTD
Favorite class at VSB and why?
My favorite class was Real Estate Development, not only because of my interest in real estate, but because of the nature of the class. There were only six of us the semester I took it and therefore it was very much discussion-based. The class also allowed us the opportunity to spend much of our time outside the classroom touring buildings and seeing the practical applications of what we were learning.
Most important thing you learned?
The most important thing I learned was definitely how to communicate effectively. Every class I took at Villanova taught different material and encouraged me to think critically about what I was learning, but the overarching theme in all of my classes was how to convey those thoughts. The presentation and communication skills I learned have helped me tremendously in building relationships and in my current role, where I am constantly presenting potential acquisitions and defending my reasoning behind why I like or dislike a specific deal.
Favorite Villanova memory?
One of the experiences that has really stuck with me was participating in the Cornell Real Estate Case Competition. I worked on a six-person team and we were given four days to come up with a solution to a real estate development case. We ultimately presented to a panel of judges from different parts of the real estate industry amongst teams from across the world. For the four days we had to work on the case, the six of us spent 15 hours a day together in a room in Bartley Hall. We grew incredibly close as a team and came up with an impressive finished product that ultimately won us the competition. The case was a lot of work, but was definitely worth it.
What are you currently reading?
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.