students and faculty at the expo
Pictured from left are Charles Hepler, finance professor; Phil Crane, past
president of the Real Estate Council; Omar Collier, finance student and
winner of the plasma TV; Patrick Valdez, College of Business assistant dean;
and Warner Fassnidge, finance professor.

Business college hosts real estate finance expo

By Kimberly West
Director of Advancement, UTSA College of Business

(April 18, 2007)--Twenty-six national and regional companies participated in the Real Estate Finance and Development Expo hosted March 26 by the UTSA College of Business Center for Student Professional Development.

Thanks to UTSA alum, Cheryl Garcia, B.B.A. '85, M.B.A. '99, who chairs the program's task force, nearly 300 UTSA students met with representatives from various real estate and finance companies regarding career opportunities and internships in the growing field. As part of the expo, the San Antonio Board of Realtors donated a 26-inch plasma screen TV as a door prize for students attending the event. Finance major Omar Collier won the TV.

With more than 86,000 San Antonians employed in the real estate industry, there is an economic impact of $19.4 billion each year with many new career opportunities. In anticipation of these opportunities, the College of Business recently revamped the construction management program in the Department of Finance and added a bachelor's of business administration degree in real estate finance and development.

The degree program is for students interested in careers in managing businesses associated with real estate and the planning, financing, development and construction of building projects. More than $30,000 has been raised this year through the Greater San Antonio Education Foundation, the San Antonio Board of Realtors, local real estate developers and others associated with construction management to assist with development of the degree.

"This degree capitalizes on the department's expertise in real estate," said Keith Fairchild, associate professor and chair of the Department of Finance. "It will increase our visibility in the real estate community through an enhanced and broadened perspective of the industry."

Graduates can explore career opportunities in areas such as financial analysis, market analysis, mortgage banking and real estate finance, real estate development and real estate investment.

The UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 6,200 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. The college received the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, has been named one of the top 10 MBA programs for minorities by the Princeton Review and is ranked as one of the 15 largest minority M.B.A. programs by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information, call (210) 458-4313.

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