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Student Spotlight - Andy Evans

Posted By Maria-Elena Svigos, Blue Vista Capital Management, Thursday, May 9, 2019


Introducing Andy Evans, one of Real Estate Club’s incoming Co-Presidents for the Fall 2019 semester. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Andy has family roots here in Madison and just completed his first year as an MBA candidate. Andy sat down with Social Media Intern, Maria-Elena Svigos, to discuss his past, his interests in real estate, and his goals for the Real Estate Club next semester. 


Where are you originally from and how did you end up at UW?


Originally, I am from Denver, but I have been making my way to Wisconsin for much of my life. My parents are from Madison and both went to the UW, so it was only a matter of time and a little luck that I decided to study real estate here.


What was your career experience prior to the Wisconsin MBA program? What motivated you to pursue an MBA in Real Estate?


Upon finishing undergrad degree, I worked as a financial analyst within an international IT consulting firm and spent time in Germany. After a couple years, I switched careers to work with a small real estate investment firm in Denver where we acquired multi family projects in Colorado and Florida. The properties we were acquiring had a lot of value created through our initiatives and management, so watching these properties change was truly fun, and that’s when I knew it was something I could do long term.


What are you most excited to do as REC President?


I’m looking forward to working with alumni and all students to bring great presenters to the real estate club meetings. Real world exposure combined with the academic rigor within the Graaskamp program is incredibly important and we want to expand on these principles. 


What are your post-graduation goals?


I would love to work in acquisitions and also work alongside asset management. I would like to end up in a position that offers the life cycle of a deal.


How has your WREAA membership been beneficial so far?


So far, the alumni have been the best. It’s a very unique structure how students and professionals interact. No other program offers this connection and that’s what makes Wisconsin so amazing.


What has been your favorite event or experience as a member of the Real Estate Club or the WREAA?


So far, it has been the Biennial. Talking with alumni and listening to how they have progressed in their careers helps paint a picture of what it could look like for current students futures. Not only that, but they like to have a good time, so that doesn’t hurt either.


How do you spend your free time?


In the summer I love to golf, and I have always spent my winters skiing. 


What are your plans for the summer?


I will be working for MetLife in their Chicago office supporting their acquisition, debt and asset management teams. I’m looking forward seeing their work and how such large deals operate. 

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