Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2021

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School News Continuing to Connect rough Real Estate Instead of filling hundreds of chairs in an auditorium on campus, faces of BYU students and real estate professionals from across the country filled hundreds of thumbnail-sized screens as they joined together to attend the inaugural BYU Global Real Estate Conference on 8–9 October 2020. Hosted by the Department of Finance, the conference helped students create connections and begin building their careers in real estate. The conference was held virtually using video conferencing, allowing hundreds of students and professionals to attend from home and expanding the audience beyond traditional spaces in the Tanner Building to countries as far away as Germany. Troy Carpenter, a BYU Marriott research asso- ciate and one of the event organizers, says that the conference gave the students incredible exposure to the vast career opportunities in real estate. "Our goal as organizers for the event was to enlarge and strengthen the BYU real estate network and create opportunities for students to connect with profession- als, and for professionals to collaborate with one another," says Carpenter. "Our number-one priority is our students—to create pipelines for internships and full- time [ job] opportunities." Kaylee Drennan, a finance junior from Midway, Utah, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to attend the event. "I would like to give a huge thanks to every- one who helped put all of this together. While this year has made conferences and events challenging, I am grateful we were able to take part in this conference via Zoom," she says. "The conference was enlightening and a great opportunity to network and get to know professionals." The keynote speaker for the event was Bob Faith, CEO of Greystar, the world's largest vertically integrated multifamily investment, development, and manage- ment company. He shared his experience as a CEO and how he has grown from working in real estate. "You're not going to be able to map out exactly where you're going to go and how it's going to work," Faith says. "But just by being at BYU, you're getting an incredible platform, incredible network, and incredible start." In addition to the keynote, students were invited to attend breakout sessions led by real estate professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Outstanding Staff, Faculty Awards BYU Marriott honored various faculty, staff, and administrators for their leader- ship in areas of teaching, research, profes- sionalism, and service during the school's annual fall kickoff meeting. The recipients of the top two honors were Linda Connell and Kristen DeTienne. Connell received the N. Eldon Tanner Award, which recognizes BYU Marriott staff and administrators who have distinguished themselves in areas of integrity, leadership, and humble service. DeTienne was given the Outstanding Faculty Award, which honors faculty who make remarkable contributions in professional service, publishing, teaching, research, and administration. In addition to these two honors, sev- eral other BYU Marriott faculty and staff members were recognized for excelling in areas such as citizenship, professionalism, research, and teaching. Grant McQueen, the William F. Edwards Professor of Finance, was awarded the Citizenship Excellence Award, while Troy Nielson, professor of organizational behavior and human resources, and Mike Roberts, former assistant dean over the Business Career Center, were both recognized with the Citizenship Multiplier award. Felicia Jones, former department administrator in the Department of Marketing and Global Supply Chain, and Jennifer Maroney, alumni director for the School of Accountancy, both received the Professional Excellence Award, which recognizes staff and administrative personnel who demon- strate excellence in management, profes- sionalism, character, and initiative to improve. Additionally, James Gaskin, profes- sor of information systems, received the Research Excellence: Inspiring Learning Award, and Jeff Jenkins, associate professor of information systems, was presented the Research Excellence: Overall Contribution Award. Both awards were given in recognition of each profes- sor's contributions to their fields of academic research. Other BYU Marriott professors were commended for their exemplary teaching efforts. Marianna Richardson, adjunct professor of management communication, received the Teaching Excellence: Adjunct award; A. Kim Smith, former director of the Peery Institute and now a recently retired professor of finance, was chosen for the Teaching Excellence: Inspiring Learning award; and Mark Widmer, professor of experience design and man- agement, was honored with the Teaching Excellence: Overall Contribution award. Linda Connell Kristen DeTienne 24 MARRIOTT

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