A team of students from the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business on Friday were named grand-prize winners of the 2013 International Real Estate Case Competition held this week at the University of Southern California.
Leeds students competed against students from eight other schools in the weeklong invitational competition, including teams from USC's Marshall School of Business, the University of Texas, Villanova University and the National University of Singapore. The competition, organized by the Marshall School each year, asks teams to address real-world real estate problems posed by leading industry practitioners in both written and oral presentations.
Teams were given a case study assignment Monday and used the next four days to craft proposals, which they presented to a panel of judges on the event's final day. The judges bought the Leeds proposal, and the CU-Boulder team was announced the winner Friday.
"The students have been working hard all semester on their analytical and presentation skills,” Thomas Thibodeau, professor of finance and academic director of the CU Real Estate Center, said in a news release. “We thank everyone who helped prepare the students for this year's competition, including Leeds alumni who competed in past competitions and local industry professionals."
Undergraduate students Carly Beetham, Erin Everett, Jack Krowl, Kyle Kite, Sam Makings and Tommy Shabinsky made up the Leeds team.