The UST Opus College of Business Master’s in Real Estate program welcomes the new class to the 2012-2013 academic year! Take a look at a brief snapshot of the students in this year’s class.
Marty McCarthy is a part of the new class of students entering the MSRE program in Spring 2013. Marty brings over 10 years of public and private sector experience to the program, including five years as a project manager for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. He also spent several years in the private sector green building industry where he focused on energy efficiency improvements. By obtaining an advanced degree in Real Estate at UST, Marty hopes to broaden his understanding of the Real Estate industry and to expand his professional network.
What is your educational background and experience?
My major was sociology, however because I went to a small school I was able to shape my studies to focus on Urban Issues that affect communities. I studied the concepts of Ernest Burgess of the University of Chicago who created the Concentric Zone Theory. One of my professors was getting his Doctorate from the University of Chicago and I studied his theories on gentrification in Chicago and how Hipsters/artists were the indicator of where gentrification would happen next.
Why did you choose the MSRE program at UST?
To broaden and make deeper my knowledge of the Real Estate industry. I also was attracted to the program because of the networking possibilities that the program offers.
What are your future career goals?
I would like to be a consultant for small businesses or work for a commercial/industrial developer.
As you enter the MSRE program, what aspect of the program are you most excited about?
I am most excited about growing my knowledge in financial aspects of real estate. I want to know more about financing real estate deals and also the financing a real estate business.
What do you enjoy most about the real estate industry?
I’m really interested in Commercial/Industrial development. I am particularly interested in distressed properties and helping small businesses with understanding how to manage their real estate assets.
What is your favorite non-real estate pastime ?
Well there are two. No. 1 is golf because I love to challenge myself. I played soccer all my life including a year in college and have found that Golf fills that competitive spirit in my life. No. 2 I love baseball, Chicago White Sox to be specific. I do have respect for the Twins, but no love for the Chicago Cubs. I have noticed a sizable population of fans of the Lovable Losers (cubs) in twin cities, so I feel I need to represent the Southside.
What is your favorite local development and why?
A few months ago I attended a presentation by Ryan Companies at UST on the development of 222 Hennepin. I really like all projects that incorporate mixed use development in dense urban settings. I think I favor this type of development because I grew up in a dense neighborhood in Chicago. I favor being able to walk places over having to getting in a car to go everywhere.