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Student Spotlight

Posted By David Walsh, Greystar, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Matt Allard, MBA Candidate, is one of the Real Estate Club’s incoming Co-Presidents for the Fall of 2018. Matt is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and earned a BS in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Matt answered a few of WREAA Student Ambassador David Walsh’s questions to help us get to know him better:


Tell us about your career prior to UW MBA program.

  • I worked at J.P. Morgan for 7 years in its Private Banking division. In my role, I worked with ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and endowments and foundations to allocate capital across equities, fixed income, and alternative investments. During this time, I entered the CFA program and received my CFA charter prior to business school.

What motivated you to pursue an MBA in Real Estate at Wisconsin?

  • I’ll answer this question in two parts. I chose to pursue an MBA in Real Estate because I knew Real Estate was going to be my long-term career passion. I chose Wisconsin because it offered (in my opinion) the best Real Estate curriculum and the strongest alumni base of any MBA program in the country. 

What topic(s) within real estate interests you the most?

  • Affordable housing
  • Transit-Oriented Development

Have you been involved in any application-based learning such as case competitions, appraisal projects, or REIT trading? 

  • UT Austin Case Competition, Argus Case Competition
  • REAL 715 Appraisal Project

Where geographically are you most interested in working after graduating from the program?

  • Chicago for now. May have some interest in moving to the East Coast for the right opportunity.

How has your WREAA membership been beneficial to you?

  • It has been. I think one of the best selling points about coming to the University of Wisconsin to study Real Estate is the alumni network. Being able to link up with an alum who is currently working in a function that you are interested in to learn more about what they do has been extremely beneficial.

How long have you been a REC member?

  • Since September 2017 when I came to school here.

What have been your favorite experiences with WREAA or the Club?

  • I attended the WREAA Christmas party in Chicago this past December and I really enjoyed that.
  • I’ve also really enjoyed the speakers that we have brought in to talk to us about their experience in real estate.

What hobbies keep you busy outside of school?

  • I enjoy reading and finding new places to eat around Madison.




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