Giving back to the next generation of real estate leaders is the goal of the Real Estate Finance and Development Mentorship Program. The program, which was developed by the Real Estate Finance and Development Founders Council, helps students “learn the ropes” in the real estate industry.
The mentorship program began last fall and provides students an opportunity to connect with industry professionals for career guidance and professional development opportunities. Participants are encouraged to meet monthly throughout the semester.
“The REFD mentorship program will benefit me long after I graduate from UTSA,” said Daniel Rodriguez, a senior in the program who was mentored by Silvia Gangel. “Ms. Gangel has been an excellent resource for me and has demonstrated how to achieve success through perseverance, hard work and leadership.”
Eighteen students have participated in the program since its inception. Founders Council members who have participated in the program have included Jeff Bailey ’86, Bob Barnes, Chuck Calvin, Plack Carr, Pat Duncan, Walter Embrey, Silvia Gangel, Brent Given ’85, Laurie Griffith, Dale Kane, Kevin Roberts and Tim Swan.
“This program allows me to share my passion for education with the students, and to ensure that the next generation of industry professionals is prepared for the workforce,” said Laurie Griffith, executive vice president at Texas Capital Bank. “I’ve also learned that students today have expanded their horizons and are ready to embrace not only local, but global job opportunities as well.”
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