Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2020

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School News summit and listened to twenty-two experts in the commercial real estate field, including two members of the BYU Marriott National Advisory Council, Ken Woolley and Martin Egbert. Following the opening address—given by Wes Whitman of Whitman Peterson, a real estate private equity company—students attended breakout sessions covering topics such as private equity, acquisitions, brokerage, and real estate corporate finance. In addition, a panel of young real estate professionals spoke to students about challenges, rewards, and career options in corporate real estate. The Department of Finance is planning to make the summit an annual event. "The success of this first summit was quite humbling," says BYU Marriott finance byu Marriott Alum, Former Professor Honored BYU Marriott alum and former market- ing professor Scott Smith was honored during BYU Homecoming week with BYU Marriott's prestigious Alumni Achievement Award. Each college at BYU presents the award every year to a graduate with significant professional accomplishments. Smith joined the other recipients in receiving the award during a special ceremony on Thursday, 17 October 2019. Smith earned his bachelor's degree in business management from BYU Marriott in 1971 and later earned his PhD from Penn State University. Smith then returned to his alma mater to teach for more than thirty years as a marketing professor at BYU Marriott. In addition, Smith cofounded Qualtrics, an experience-management company. Though an accomplished businessman, Smith has dedicated his time outside of work to help others. He and his wife, Karen, have served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hong Kong and Jerusalem, where they coordinated humanitarian efforts. They have also been ordinance workers in the Provo Utah and Hong Kong China Temples. Smith is currently a member of the board of trustees at Utah Valley University. Additionally, he supports the Huntsman Cancer Center and BYU Marriott. He and Karen have nine children, thirty grandchil- dren, and one great-grandchild. First-Ever Career Paths in Real Estate Summit The Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center at BYU buzzed with excitement as students networked with professionals during the first-ever Career Paths in Real Estate Summit on Friday, 8 November 2019. The success of the event confirmed to organizers how enthusiastic students are to learn more about the business of real estate. More than one hundred BYU students from a variety of majors came to the Twenty undergraduates received the Paul Morris Marriott Business Management Scholarship, given to undergraduates who demonstrate a strong work ethic and a dedication to service. e scholarship was founded by Rebecca Marriott Champion in 2010 to honor her father, Paul Morris Marriott, who was a vice president at Hot Shoppes Inc. (which later became Marriott International) and who helped grow the In-Flite catering division of the company. Recipients include (left to right) Madison Call, Carley Aldous, Mia Bracken, Ally Hatfield, Taylor Soper, Alayna Sant, Brett Christie, Kai- den Waldram, Madie Fong, and Moroni Ruiz. Recipients not pictured in the photo are Jayden Bever, Claire Coburn, Joshua Danneman, Kelsey Jardine, Nicolas Jeppesen, Jason Pearson, Nicholas Scoffield, Trevor Stephens, Shaylor Sylvester, and Kristen Westfall. Undergraduates Receive Paul Morris Marriott Scholarship 23 winter 2020

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