REFIC Council Member Honored by the Austin Business Journal

Miller, Bryce color

Bryce Miller, co-founding and managing principal of Endeavor Real Estate Group, was honored on April 23 by the Austin Business Journal with their 2014 W. Neal Kocurek Commercial Real Estate Special Achievement Award. He was cited for “his work to advance several high-profile projects in Central Texas, including The Domain in North Austin.”
Projects Mr. Miller has been involved with include the Bank of America Tower, Weston Center, The Forum and the Alamo Quarry Market in San Antonio and Research Park, The Domain, and Reunion Park in Austin. His current projects include Rollingwood Center and Champion Place in Austin and Clearfork in Ft. Worth, Texas.
For the complete article go to the Austin Business Journal.

Undergrads Trek to Downtown Austin

URES group in downtown Austin

URES group in downtown Austin

On March 28 a group of McCombs undergraduate real estate students visited the Whitley, one of downtown Austin’s new luxury high-rise apartment buildings, and the new IBC Bank Tower, which will anchor the northwest corner of Austin’s Republic Park with Class-A office space and restaurants.

Students met first with Barrett Lepore and Miguel Segura, of Riverside Resources, to discuss the multi-family industry in Austin and specifically to discuss their development of the Whitley. They were also treated to a tour of the property.

They next toured the IBC property, where they met with Bob Barnes, president of IBC, Jamil Alam, managing principal of Endeavor Real Estate Group and Steve Welton, representing JE Dunn. The students were very fortunate to have each of the parties developing the property explain their role in the project.

Many thanks go to all of the industry folks who took their valuable time to work with these lucky McCombs students!

USAA REALCO Breaks Ground on New Office Development

La Cantera

La Cantera reports that USAA REALCO and Patrinely Group recently broke ground on a new office development in San Antonio across from the Shops at La Cantera. Westridge at La Cantera is a 42 acre master-planned development located west of La Cantera Parkway. Four office buildings are planned, each consisting of approximately 128,700 square feet of prime office space.
USAA Real Estate Company was founded in 1982 as the real estate investment arm of USAA. Their portfolio consists of more than 90 million square feet in office, medical office, industrial, multi-family, retail and hotel properties, as well as investment in real estate operating companies.
See the article here.

Inagural URES Student Real Estate Challenge

On October 19, 2013 students from across the UT campus competed in the first URES Student Real Estate Case Challenge. An outstanding group of judges from the industry choose the three winning teams.
Students on the first place team(l to r) were Andrew Armour, Makenzie Warlow, Matthew Boettger, Matthew Bronstein and Yosua Setiawan.
Congratulations go to all the hardworking students who participated in the Challenge.

Real Estate Undergrads and Graduate Students Visit Dallas

McCombs undergrads visit Hunt Realty Investments on Oct. 25, 2013

On October 25, both McCombs graduate and undergraduate real estate students visited a number of prominent real estate firms in Dallas. The undergrad students schedule included Behringer Harvard, CBRE, Crow Holdings, Hunt Realty Investments and Prudential Mortgage Capital Company.

Graduate students stopped by Hillwood Investment Properties, Invesco Real Estate, KDC, Lincoln Property and Prologis.

All agree that these trips provide an invaluable learning experience for students. Thanks so much to all the firms that hosted students this year.

Sheridan Titman and Garry Twite Win 2013 NAREIT Distinguished Research Prize

Sheridan Titman, McComb’s Walter W. McAllister Centennial Chair in Financial Services and Garry Twite, a Visiting Professor, were awarded the 2013 NAREIT Distinguished Research Prize for the best paper presented at the AREUEA/NAREIT Research Conference in Chicago this summer. Their co-author was Libo Sun. The winning paper was entitled “REIT and Commercial Real Estate Returns: A Post Mortem of the Financial Crisis”.
Congratulations Professors Titman and Twite!