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Incoming Real Estate Club President Justin Kremers

Posted By David A. Walsh, Thursday, November 29, 2018

 


Justin Kremers, 2019 MBA Candidate, will be a Co-President of the Real Estate Club next semester. Justin is from Wheaton, Illinois, and graduated from Calvin College in 2012 with degrees in English and Architecture. In this brief interview you’ll find out what brought him to UW, what his goals are for post-graduation, and his hobbies and interests!

 

What is your career experience prior to the Wisconsin MBA program?

Upon graduating from Calvin College, I worked as a business manager for a large painting contractor and ran operations in the Grand Haven area of Michigan for about a year. After that I worked as a project manager in the Meijer corporate offices in Grand Rapids, working on private label branding projects. I was at Meijer for about 4 years before coming back to school to get my MBA.

 

What motivated you to pursue an MBA in Real Estate?

While I enjoyed my job prior to coming back to school, I did not feel like it was the right fit long term and wanted to pursue a different career path. I have always been interested in real estate and the built environment and had been researching several different MS real estate programs and MBA programs. For me, the Wisconsin program was the perfect fit as it gave me the business education along with a very comprehensive real estate education.

 

What topics within real estate interest you the most?

I’m very interested in private equity investment/acquisitions and commercial development.

 

What are your post-graduation goals?

Geographically I am primarily looking at either Chicago or Michigan, specifically the Detroit or Grand Rapids area. I am open to other locations but will be targeting those two areas. Ideally, I would like to find something in development or in private equity on the acquisitions side and I would love to work for a company that does a variety of different projects within different asset classes. My ideal role, post-graduation, would be either a development associate or acquisitions associate.

 

How has your WREAA membership been beneficial so far?

I have used my WREAA membership to reach out to graduates of the program, both MBA and BBA. The strong network within the real estate program is one of the reasons I chose Wisconsin for my MBA education and have found it very helpful. The connections and advice I’ve received from WREAA members has been invaluable for me.

 

What has been your favorite experience with the Real Estate Club or WREAA?

My favorite experience with the Real Estate Club was last fall when we had the opportunity to tour the new Wrigleyville development in Chicago. I grew up going to baseball games at Wrigley so being able to tour the new hotel development and work going on at the field last November was very exciting.

 

What are your interests and hobbies outside of school?

Living in Wisconsin for the past year and half, I have really grown fond of eating cheese curds and playing darts with other MBA students. When I’m not doing school work, I enjoy staying active, playing soccer and golf and training for triathlons (although I haven’t had much time for that while in school). I also have been playing guitar since the 8th grade and really enjoy playing/recording music when I have time.

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