Real Estate & Finance Alliance (REFA) Mentorship Profiles

Finance - Class of 2023

Rohan Bagli

Rohan Bagli

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, concentration in Marketing and Information Systems with a minor in Economics

Career Interest(s): Financial Services, Wealth Management, and Asset Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I plan to hone in on the skills necessary to withstand the pressure and high volume work schedule of high level finance students. To do this I will hope to create a strong and lasting relationship with fellow REFA alumni along with my mentors. I will also aim to create a great team atmosphere with my REFA peers that are in my class. I aspire to contribute to REFA right now by trying my best to add my perspective to our discussions on the financial markets so that we can better our knowledge of the field of finance. In the future, I want to reach a point where I am contributing as an alumni, helping students get into different jobs, and providing them with even more advice and guidance.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

My experience at Henry and Horne Wealth Management as a summer intern and learning the intricacies of the financial markets through my classes at GW has piqued my interest into the field of finance. I also routinely read news articles about the markets and study different trends so I can formulate my own opinion on the market.

Augustus Burkhardt

Augustus Burkhardt

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance and Political Science

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking, Financial Services

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA by working alongside like-minded, competitive individuals who are determined to push each other to be our best both personally and professionally. I am confident that we will be able to use the resources made available to us to sharpen our interview skills and expand our professional networks. If given the opportunity to learn from such an accomplished group of mentors, I will develop the skillset necessary to pursue a career in finance. One day, I hope to have the opportunity to offer valuable advice and mentorship to future mentees.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I took the summer after my freshman year to solidify my passion in the field of finance, through books, virtual classes and professional networking. Networking with professionals has been the most interesting and informative part of my preparation to pursue a career in finance. Furthermore, I have been able to gain real world experience in the field of finance through an internship this fall at a Wealth Management firm.

Sophia Gallant

Sophia Gallant

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Business

Career Interest(s): Asset Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to further develop my professional and personal skills by building connections with the vast alumni network connected to REFA, as well as with surrounding peers. Utilizing this opportunity to learn from those around me, I will not only build my network but also strengthen my behavioral and technical interview skills and general financial hard skills. I also look forward to providing advice and guidance to an incoming REFA class in the coming semesters.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In my first year at GW, I joined Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, where I was able to gain exposure to different opportunities available for business students at GW, like REFA. During the first semester of my sophomore year, I joined the Finance and Investments Club to further my understanding of the markets. These organizations, in addition to my individual efforts to gain an understanding of general financial knowledge, have prepared me for a career in finance.

Miles Gally

Miles Gally

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance and International Business; Minor in Economics

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA by learning to navigate the internship search process and becoming a prime candidate for a job in Investment Banking. With the help of current and past mentees, I know I will have the skills and network necessary to land a competitive internship. One day, I want to be able to offer advice to future mentees who are trying to navigate the process.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

One of the first steps I took was to join Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, where I was able to use their network and resources to explore a career in finance.  My interest grew through the fraternity investment committee, and that led me to an internship in Private Equity for Fall 2020.

Trevor Haen

Trevor Haen

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date:  May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance; Minor in Economics

Career Interest(s): Asset Management, Private Wealth Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

By joining the REFA program, I hope to develop the professional and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed at a competitive firm in the financial industry. I am excited by the prospect of learning from REFA's extensive network of experienced alumni to gain valuable insight into the Asset Management industry. Furthermore, I am eager to receive feedback and career advice from peer mentors who have been successful in the recruitment process. With the knowledge and tools I attain, I hope to contribute to REFA as an alumnus by offering guidance and mentorship to future mentees.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

While pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance, I have taken finance and accounting courses that serve as a solid educational foundation for my future career. In addition to taking fundamental courses, I diligently follow the markets to achieve a better understanding of finance and the issues impacting investment decisions. By networking with professionals and learning more about their roles and responsibilities, I have solidified my interest in the financial industry. In an effort to gain real-world experience managing an organization’s investments and overseeing investment strategy, I have taken the role of Portfolio Manager for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity on campus. By joining REFA, I am taking my interest in finance to the next step and committing to the professional and academic preparation required to pursue a career in Asset Management.

Rehan Hak

Rehan Hak

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: Elliott School of International Affairs

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Finance

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking, Sales & Trading

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

In joining the REFA Mentorship Program, I hope to be able to further my skills, both technical and behavioral, to put myself in the best position for success for a career on Wall Street. Working with peers who have the same professional goals as I do is something that I’m immensely looking forward to, and I hope to be able to leverage the knowledge I gain to successfully pursue a career in the financial services industry. Furthermore, I also hope to build new connections with REFA members before me and learn from as well as develop long lasting relationships with them. Likewise, when I graduate, I hope to be able to be a resource for the mentee class at that point, just as classes prior were for me.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I’ve started reaching out to GW alumni on Wall Street to better develop my professional network. In pursuing a career in Finance, I’ve expanded my horizons by pursuing a dual B.S. in International Affairs and Finance, just to get a more rounded view of how finance intersects the world around us. Furthermore,

I keep with the news on a daily basis, just so I know the happenings of the financial sector. Finally, joining certain student organizations on campus has helped me gain actual experience in regards to financial work.

Jessica Iaconis

Jessica Iaconis

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing

Career Interest(s): Sales and Trading, Financial Services

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

REFA will connect me with a network of ambitious students and professionals in the industry that are able to be such great resources in helping me prepare for a career in finance. I will be able to build valuable connections and learn from the exposure I get from having stimulating conversations. With insight from the REFA mentors and peers in the program, I have been able to hear from personal accounts that will help me learn as I go through the recruiting process. With my growth through the process, I hope to be as much of a resource to future mentees. REFA acknowledges the potential of everyone in the program, and through collaboration, we invest in one another’s skillsets to prepare us for our career tracks.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I have made it a primary goal of mine to get involved as much as possible in professional development and skill-building opportunities to build my intellectual curiosity. In high school, I got exposure to careers in different sectors of business through professional development internship programs. With the advantage of experience from interning at Accenture in management consulting and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in public finance investment banking in my native New York City, I was able to leverage integral professional skills and knowledge of what constitutes working in the industry. I have been fortunate to be able to expand my network from those experiences and insight programs such as the Morgan Stanley Freshman Enhancement Program, Goldman Sachs Women’s Leadership Camp, and RBC Women’s Advisory Program. The mentorship and knowledge I have gained, as a result, have been able to contribute to my ambition of pursuing a career in the financial sector.

Grayson Kaminer

Grayson Kaminer

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Business Concentrating in Finance and International Business

Career Interest(s): Asset Management, Private Wealth Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA mentorship program by attaining the necessary knowledge and skills to have a successful career on Wall Street. Furthermore, I look forward to networking with REFA current members and established alumni to better prepare myself for my career path. By taking advantage of these opportunities, I will be able to further develop my understanding of finance and position myself up for future success. Most importantly, I hope to grow in all aspects of life through the REFA Mentorship Program. As a future mentor and alum, I hope to help future REFA students by offering them valuable guidance and personal expertise for many years to come.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Since the start of my freshman year, I have been making weekly career perspective and informational interview calls to family, friends, and alumni to gain personal and professional expertise in the financial services industry. In addition to my relevant course work, I participate in Wall Street Prep crash courses to further enhance my education as a business student. Also, I devote time each day to research the markets, in order to stay up to date on various market trends. 

Harrison Moon

Harrison Moon

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Affairs

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I have learned that having a strong network is easily one of your most valuable assets when recruiting from GW. REFA helps students in their first steps of developing just that, and throughout my process, I am determined to utilize every available resource the program offers. Just as alumni have helped me thus far, strengthening GW network and connecting with the future members of REFA is a service I would be happy to contribute to.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In addition to a relevant major in finance, my passion outside of class has been a strong driving force behind my career pursuits. Involvement in the Finance and Investments Club is particularly helpful, as it provides space for me to expand my financial knowledge. Additionally, reading industry news, studying interview guides, and gaining work experience have often pushed me to want to learn more.

 

Carter Pew

Carter Pew

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s):  Bachelor of Science in Finance with a Minor in Biology

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking, Financial Management, Biotechnology

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA through my collaboration with a group of like-minded individuals just as ambitious as myself. By working alongside my peers to develop my skillset and broaden my horizons I hope to be able to acquire the necessary skills to be successful in wherever my career takes me. Additionally, by taking advantage of the vast network of alumni and senior mentors I hope to learn more from those who have walked a similar path and apply their insight to my future endeavors.

To contribute to REFA I bring a unique perspective through my experience in the healthcare industry as a part of a biotechnology startup. Combined with my Minor in Biology I hope to bring about a less traditional aspect of finance and show how science and business can collaborate to be successful for all involved.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

After growing up in Portland, Oregon, I knew I needed a change of pace of DC was just that. After arriving at George Washington University I decided to rush a professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi and through that my passion for finance began to blossom. I had always been an analytical person but I was uncertain where I should apply my skills until I found finance. Through my time working as the CFO of a biotechnology startup and my work in a fundraising capacity for my fraternity I have prepared myself for a role in finance. Additionally, utilizing my connections that formed through my time at GW I have honed my interests and learned more about what a career in finance could mean to me.

Alyssa Shen

Alyssa Shen

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics; Minor in Computer Science

Career Interest(s): Sales and Trading, Asset Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Through REFA, I hope to be part of a finance-focused community surrounded by those who are committed to helping their peers while pursuing their own careers interests on Wall Street. With support from junior, senior, and alumni mentors in REFA, I will build a foundation of knowledge which prepares me for the rigorous recruitment process. As I gain more skills and experience through the program, I look forward to being able to give back by being a mentor, sharing my professional network, and offering valuable advice both while at GW and as an alumna.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Upon arriving at The George Washington University, I searched for a career path that would combine my communication skills and my quantitative experiences. Joining Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity, I solidified my interest in finance and explored the various sectors of an investment bank early on in my college career. Through my membership in the fraternity, I was fortunate enough to expand my network and become involved in organizations such as George Washington Women in Business (GWWIB). I hope to utilize skills from my various academic, co-curricular, and internship experiences in pursuing a career in finance.

Nicolas Szpigiel

Nicolas Szpigiel

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: Elliott School of International Affairs, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Finance

Career Interest(s): Emerging Markets, Asset Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I intend to capitalize on REFA’s invaluable career and professional networks in addition to connecting with a diverse and intellectually motivated group of students. By assimilating and absorbing information from senior members and my ardent peers, I know that REFA’s influence will leave an indelible impression on me. I look forward to being in a position where I can help young, ambitious GW students interested in international affairs and finance. 

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Pursuing a B.S. in International Affairs and Finance, joining the Finance and Investments Club as a first-year student, and constantly reading the news and keeping up with the markets, has allowed me to begin educating myself within a globally-oriented business philosophy.

Daniel Ventura

Daniel Ventura

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date:  May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance; Minor in Psychology

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking, Wealth Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to utilize the knowledge and experience of my REFA mentors to help me succeed in my future career. While schooling is important, I believe the most valuable skills come from experience in the real world. REFA offers an unmatched opportunity for me to network not only with alumni, but also with older peers who have been in my position before and are eager to offer their advice. I look forward to the day when I get to take on the role of mentor and get to pass on my wisdom and advice to future REFA members.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

After starting work at 14, it was suggested to me that I invest some of my earnings. Since buying my first couple of Amazon stocks, I have worked as much as my employers would let me, and I have invested most of my earnings. This early experience with the market propelled my interest in the field of Finance. By taking relevant classes and utilizing the wisdom of alumni and more experienced peers, I hope to build a successful career.

Christopher Wright

Christopher Wright

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): BBA, Finance and International business; Minor in Political Science

Career Interest(s): Asset Management and Wealth Management, Consulting, Financial Services

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA by becoming part of a network of experts in the financial world who can help me earn an internship and career in my field. Additionally, I hope to benefit by learning from my fellow mentees, mentors, and alumni who have previously been in my position. I plan to contribute by providing insight to my peer mentees and future mentees about my past experiences in finance.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

From a young age I have been trading stocks and bonds, and this sparked my interest in finance. More recently, I was fortunate enough to intern at a bank in their commercial banking department; it was there that I realized I wanted to work in a client-facing position, specifically building client portfolios.

Real Estate - Class of 2023

Cole Chernow

Cole Chernow

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Accountancy

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development and Real Estate Investment

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I am excited to have the opportunity to grow my professional skills by taking advantage of all that REFA has to offer. Additionally, I am looking forward to learning valuable information from the experience of successful REFA Alumni. I plan to further refine my knowledge and skills of the industry while forming meaningful relationships with fellow REFA members and real estate professionals. Another important aspect of the REFA program is giving back to the GWSB community as well as the REFA community. I am excited to be in a position in which I can help future GW students who are equally as driven when it comes to learning about the real estate industry. 

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

My interest and passion for the real estate industry have helped me to constantly look for opportunities to grow and develop my professional skills. I am actively joining student organizations related to the real estate industry as well as staying current on market trends. Recently, I joined the Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) and am seeking other similar opportunities. I look forward to more engagements that will advance my knowledge of the industry and prepare me for a career in real estate.

Ashika Chintalapati

Ashika Chintalapati

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance, Minor in Psychology

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Investment, Real Estate Brokerage

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Through the REFA program, I hope to improve my networking abilities and expand my professional network with the help of my mentors. I am confident that I will be able to gain invaluable knowledge from the many accomplished alumni as well as learn about real world experiences as a student from the upperclassmen within the program. I look forward to learning about the various sectors within the Real Estate industry so that I can get a better idea of what career path I would like to pursue. In the future, I hope to serve as a peer mentor to the newer classes of the REFA program by offering all of the knowledge I gain during my time here. I look forward to working with newer students who are passionate and determined to pursue a career in Real Estate.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

My active involvement in GWSB has allowed me to get a better understanding of the business world which will help me pursue a career in Real Estate. By joining organizations such as Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, I was able to greatly advance my professional development in a short amount of time during my freshman year. In addition, being a member of the Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) has allowed me to gain exposure to that sector of Real Estate. A significant part of the Real Estate industry centers around building relationships and taking initiative which I have been able to do as a First Year Development Program mentor at GWSB. This role allows me to not only help other students develop a better understanding of the business world and important skills needed to succeed, but improve my own as well.

Julian Daszkal

Julian Daszkal

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: Elliott School of International Affairs

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in International Affairs, Finance

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Finance, Financial Services, Corporate Law

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA by developing my technical and professional skills through learning from experienced individuals in the industry. Furthermore, I believe that working among a group of like-minded, aspiring peers creates a rich, cohesive environment that will help to establish myself within the real estate and financial services industries. The mentor/mentee dynamic within REFA is especially important, as both senior REFA mentors and alumni mentors both provide invaluable knowledge from two important perspectives. By engaging with peers and professionals alike, I hope to position myself for future success in order to then assume the mentor role for the next cohort of REFA mentees.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Keeping a keen eye on market trends and major events, developing my technical skills both in and outside the classroom, as well as reaching out to alumni within the industry have all helped to prepare me for a future in real estate-relate fields. I have also worked on expanding my network and knowledge within student organizations such as Finance and Investments club (FIC), GW Socially Responsible Investment Fund (GW SRIF) as a REIT analyst, and GWU Credit Union Initiative (GWU CUI) as a development/finance analyst.

Kelton Estabrook

Kelton Estabrook

Class year: Class of 2023

School: College of Arts and Sciences

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentrations(s): Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development, Corporate Real Estate

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

By joining the REFA Mentorship Program, I hope to formalize my study of Real Estate and carve out a career path of my own. As someone outside the school of business, in particular, the REFA program offers unique opportunities for me to push my professional and technical skills to new heights. Under the guidance of GW accomplished alumni and student networks, I hope to build lasting relationships throughout GW real estate community and beyond. In turn, I want to contribute back to the REFA mentorship program as an alumni mentor by providing future mentees with guidance and hopefully introduce new avenues and pathways in the real estate industry they may never have considered.

What action steps have you prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I have taken a very “hands-on” approach in developing my knowledge base and preparing myself for a career in real estate. I have built up my knowledge and network across the industry by becoming a member of relevant school organizations such as the Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) as well as by taking advantage of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis vast array of fascinating events and guest speakers. I have also looked beyond GW gates by taking part in the Young Real Estate Professionals of New York’s (YREPNY) summer workshop this past summer, and subsequently, interning for its founder. Staying up on market trends and reading a variety of industry news sources have been integral in expanding my view and making me aware of Real Estate innumerable aspects and businesses. Ultimately, however, it is by engaging with numerous industry professionals and mentors that I have not only gained the most insight but also the confidence to take my next steps in pursuing a career in real estate.

Aryanna Lyons

Aryanna Lyons

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Minor in Sustainability

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Investment and Sustainable Real Estate Development

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Through joining the REFA program, I hope to benefit by surrounding myself with like minded individuals who have a similar passion for real estate as well as develop fundamental intrapersonal and technical skills. I am eager to learn from alumni and receive meaningful feedback from my mentors and upper level seniors to further my personal career in the Real Estate industry. More importantly, I hope to contribute to the REFA Mentorship program by providing advice in addition to serving as a liaison between future mentees and the next step in their career.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I have worked to expand my knowledge of Real Estate through joining clubs that pertain to the Real Estate industry. In addition to REFA, I am a member of GW Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN). I have also attended the events hosted by the GWSB Center for Commercial Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA). Through pursuing a degree in Real Estate and Sustainability, I have developed skills to help me excel in the industry. By being a brother within a professional co-ed business fraternity (Delta Sigma Pi) I have also been introduced to the world of business through a wider lens.

Thea Maletta

Thea Maletta

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate

Career Interests: Real Estate Investments and Acquisitions

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA professionally by working closely with an organization of equally motivated peers and mentors. As a mentee, I will take advantage of the opportunities REFA can offer by developing my networking, interviewing, and professional skills as well as gaining industry knowledge. It is important to me as well that I dedicate my time in this program to making sure I am forming strong relationship with mentors and peers alike who I can continue to communicate with long-term.

REFA has been instrumental in expanding the GWSB community and past members continue to keep strong ties to the program. Once a REFA alum, I fully intend to be a highly involved with the program and would like to align myself in some sort of position where I can be of help to the incoming REFA members.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career real estate or finance?

Attending GWSB has allowed for exciting opportunities to network with leading industry professionals and expand on my knowledge of Real Estate outside of the classroom as the school’s primary location allows you to explore downtown D.C. Upon arrival to school, I sought out relevant GW organizations that would cater to my interests. I am now a part of the Women in Finance Alliance and the Commercial Real Estate Network. Through joining these organizations, I have built on my passion for the business and Real Estate industry. This ultimately led me to expand my network and create relationships that will grow in the future, such as with a range of industry professionals, GWSB staff, and peers that I can reach out to as I build my career in real estate.

Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics; Concentrations: Finance, Real Estate

Career Interest(s): Commercial Real Estate Development, Financial Services

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Example Answer: I hope to benefit from REFA by further developing my professional skills and network to propel my future career in business. I look to benefit from working alongside like-minded individuals who will push me to excel in every opportunity. I will contribute a diversity of thought by sharing my perspectives and experiences. I will also look to contribute a positive attitude and an ambitious spirit. I hope to develop new and meaningful relationships with my peers and the business professionals I will meet along this journey. Most importantly, I hope to benefit from the valuable lessons and teachings that will serve me in my professional career and life.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Example Answer: Upon attending GW, I never knew the possibilities that a career in real estate could provide. I've always been fascinated the physical structure of buildings and the financing and politics it takes to enact these structures. Once I arrived at school, I noticed that I now had more opportunities to bring my interest in real estate to life. Organizations such as Commercial Real Estate Network and Black Business Leaders provide a wide range of opportunities that helped me obtain exposure in the field. Upon completing my freshman year at GW, I had the chance to intern with a Partnership for Southern Equity analyzing tax abatement strategies to lure potential commercial developers to Atlanta, GA.

Aidan Rowland

Aidan Rowland

Class Year: Class of 2023

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2023

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Business, Real Estate, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Career Interest(s): Real Estate, Real Estate Development, Sustainability

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I am excited to be a part of the REFA Program and to engage in all of the opportunities it has to offer. The legacy of the program is one of high performance and professionalism, both within the GWSB and in the professional world. I am excited to continue that legacy and to build upon it. I am looking forward to working alongside current members and alumni of the REFA Program to build my professional network and expand my knowledge of the Real Estate industry. I am eager to engage with my fellow mentees as we learn and push each other to expand our knowledge and professional presence.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Talking to professionals already established in the Real Estate field has been the most influential action I have taken to learn what the industry has to offer. In addition to engaging with professionals, reading about the current market climate, along with new development projects both in my home town and in the greater DC area have helped form the foundation that has prepared me to pursue a career in Real Estate. I am looking forward to engaging with professionals through the REFA Program, CREN, and even outside the GWSB community. Always being open to new opportunities and knowledge will continue to prepare me for a successful career in Real Estate.

Finance - Class of 2022

photo - Luis ChavezLuis Chavez

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking, Financial Services

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA by working to develop myself professionally alongside a team of committed and ambitious peers. I am confident that we will be able to push each other to develop our interview skills and build our professional networks.  The help of more senior REFA mentors, who have been in our position before, will serve as a crucial guide through the rigorous recruitment process. By developing my career and professional network, I hope to put myself in a position to offer valuable assistance to younger mentees for years to come.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Through an internship in Wealth Management during the summer after my Freshman year, I both solidified and refined (from Asset Management to Investment Banking) my interest in the field of finance. By pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics, I have ensured that my courses will be relevant to my career. I hope to leverage my diverse range of internship, academic, and extracurricular experiences to build upon my professional network and prepare myself for a career in Investment Banking.

photo - Andrew Ellis

Andrew Ellis

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Career Interest(s): Financial Services, Investment Banking, Asset Management, Wealth Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to learn the skills necessary to compete with other high level finance students as well as create a connection with alumni and current students. I hope to contribute to REFA in the future by helping new students prepare for their future careers and hopefully one day play a big part as a professional coming back to assist students.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

The actions I have taken to prepare myself for a career in finance include taking relevant courses as well as getting into a routine of checking market information daily and research different trends that help one formulate a genuine opinion.

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Grace Gruber

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business and Finance; Minor in Economics

Career Interest(s): Financial Services, Sales and Trading, International Banking

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

From REFA, I hope to benefit from learning more about the other divisions in an investment bank outside of my preferred interest, and accessing a network of aspiring and established professionals. I hope to contribute to the REFA mentorship program by sharing advice and helpful tips with anyone pursuing this path and conducting mock interviews with my peers.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I joined the Finance and Investments Club and the Women in Finance Alliance as a freshman to begin educating myself about financial topics early on in my career. Similar to other finance mentees, I read financial news every morning. My dual concentration in International Business and Finance combined with my Minor in Economics will allow me to look at finance with a much broader scope and examine different fundamental angles of the market.

Nika Hashemi

Nika Hashemi

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Career Interest(s): Financial Services, Asset Management, Wealth Management

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to utilize the resources I’m provided with through the REFA mentorship program, specifically by working alongside my peers and peer mentors, in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to develop my skills and reach my goals. Furthermore, I hope to connect with REFA alumni and expand my professional network in order to get myself to a place in which I am able to give back to the REFA program by offering guidance and mentorship to younger mentees. 

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In addition to taking finance-related courses, keeping up with the markets on a daily basis as well as continuing to expand my knowledge on financial topics have assisted me in the preparation to pursue a career in finance. Furthermore, having Psychology as a second major has been helpful to my pursuit of a career in finance, seeing as it provides me with an alternative perspective on the markets, which has been valuable in terms of formulating informed opinions.

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Nick McRae

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Business Analytics

Career Interest(s): Asset Management, Investment Banking

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Through the REFA program, I hope to gain some guidance and direction on how to go about navigating the Wall Street internship search process. Recognizing the difficulty of doing so, I know that I will need to take advantage of any and every resource that I am afforded. This includes the network of current and past mentees that I hope to develop relationships with and learn from. Much to this extent, I look forward to having the opportunity to make an impact on the program, as a mentor, when that time comes.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

During my first year of college, I attended many finance and banking panels in order to figure out if I was interested in a career in the industry. I also joined Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity, where I was able to learn from many like-minded individuals. Establishing my definite interest in the field, I have gone on to hold many finance-related student organization executive committee positions, and begin my first finance internship.

Eric Muha

Eric Muha

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics

Career Interest(s): Asset Management, Sales and Trading

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to utilize the guidance of other REFA members and alumni to prepare me for the internship search process and to become a successful analyst. Taking advantage of all of REFA’s resources, I hope to learn the essential technical and behavioral skills needed as an analyst in order to contribute positively to a firm. Having received extensive help from other REFA members, I am looking forward to the opportunity later in life to pay it back by being a mentor.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

As a member of the Finance and Investments Club at GW, I participate in conversations regarding the news and discuss how it will impact the markets. Additionally, being a member of Compass, an impact investing advisory group, has helped me to understand investing from a socially responsible aspect. These experiences coupled with relevant coursework and independent learning have prepared me for a career in finance.

Real Estate - Class of 2022

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Chloe Asnes

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and International Business, Minor in Fine Arts and Economics

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development, Real Estate Investment

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I am passionate about Real Estate and have invested myself in working towards a career in Real Estate. Real Estate is not just about what you know but who you know. As a mentee in REFA, I will take full advantage of the guidance I will receive from both alumni mentors and peer mentors. Through meetings with peers, as well as alumni panels and discussions, I see that my capabilities to network on the spot will only improve during my time as a member of REFA. Throughout the application process, and the short time I have spent as a REFA mentee, I feel I have already learned so much. As for my contribution to REFA, what I respect most about the organization is everyone’s willingness to give back and mentor new members. I will not only work to support and push my fellow mentees, but I fully intend to be a highly involved mentor. I am eager to work with both current and incoming REFA members.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I am a member of various real estate based student organizations, such as the Commercial Real Estate Network, the Real Estate Investment and Development Organization, and the GW Interior Architecture and Design Student Group. I have also put time and effort into building my network and engaging in a vast amount of informational interviews. The Real Estate field is a personable and relationship-oriented industry. Therefore, I knew my first step was to start building my network. The connections I have made throughout the past few years have done far more than just bridge a divide with a potential employer. Learning from mentors throughout the past couple of years has allowed me to have incredibly educational discussions guiding me in my next steps towards a career in Real Estate.

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G. Martin Haggray

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate, Minor in Sociology

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development, Real Estate Investment Management, Corporate Real Estate

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I am certain that the REFA Mentorship Program will be a key component of my GWSB story for years to come. I look forward to the invaluable experience of learning from the many accomplished REFA alumni who are leaders in the real estate business as well the upperclassmen who have more recently been in my position. I hope to build meaningful relationships within the national community of GW real estate professionals that will last throughout my career in business. I also look forward to being in a position to give back to future ambitious GW students who are passionate about entering the real estate industry and maximizing their experience at GW School of Business.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Growing up between three fast-changing east coast cities, my parents fortunately helped me understand early on the immense business opportunity that exists in the real estate industry. Attending GWSB in the heart of downtown DC has been an exciting chance to have advantageous proximity to many leading industry professionals in a dynamic market, while studying at a leading school for real estate. I have been fortunate to expand my network to professionals at all levels and corners of the industry while gaining valuable insights. Student groups like the Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) and the Multicultural Business Student Association (MBSA) have been integral in facilitating GWSB’s many available resources. Interning after my freshman year with DC-based CIVITAS Commercial Real Estate Services has also contributed to my strong desire to pursue a career in the diverse industry.

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Oliver Harris

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate, Communications

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I am excited to take advantage of the opportunities REFA has to offer and will create value for the program and carry on its legacy of dedication and service to GWSB. As a mentee, I will continue improving my knowledge of the industry and will work hard to form powerful relationships with real estate professionals and fellow mentees alike.

REFA has been instrumental in expanding GWSB’s industry presence, strengthening our alumni network, and improving the institution as a whole. I am eager to dedicate my time and energy to helping the GWSB community and look forward to joining the ranks of distinguished and committed professionals who have been a part of the REFA Mentorship Program.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Staying current on market trends, enhancing my industry knowledge, and working in the field have been extremely important to my personal development, but would not have been possible without cultivating strong relationships. The greatest resource at my disposal is people, and I have formed great contacts and gained valuable insights about real estate during my time at GW. GWSB is a community of vibrant individuals and has been my greatest asset in my pursuit of a successful career in real estate.

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Audrey Hersch

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Accountancy, Minor in Economics

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Brokerage, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Investment

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to absorb all of the skills; both technical and interpersonal, that REFA exposes their students to. I also am very excited to be introduced to the talented GWU alumni Real Estate network. I understand that in this specific field it is essential to make and sustain good relationships with people in the industry. I plan to fully capitalize the networking and learning opportunities that the REFA program offers.

Another essential part of the REFA program is the idea of giving back to the GWU community. The alumni networks eagerness to aid students in starting their careers is very uplifting to see. I am looking forward to learning the knowledge of the industry and gaining the experience needed so that one day I can help the future REFA classes.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

My passion and drive for the Real Estate industry has lead me to actively pursue opportunities to learn and take part in clubs related to this industry. I am a member of organizations that have exposed me to the different aspects of the business realm, including commercial real estate. In addition to REFA, I am a member of Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) and George Washington Women in Business (GWWIB).

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Ricardo Paredes

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Business Analytics, Minor in Statistics

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Investment, Real Estate Development

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA by improving my professional skills using all the resources available to the mentees. I plan on expanding my knowledge of the industry through industry specific sessions and discussions with peer advisors. Later in the process, I am certain I will improve my networking abilities and knowledge through extensive opportunities to speak to alumni. I can contribute to the program by helping other mentees in a process of mutually learning discussions inside and outside of the program. Additionally, I look forward to share my newly acquired knowledge as a mentor in the program.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I have prepared myself for a career in real estate by choosing to pursue a degree in Real Estate and Business Analytics. Additionally, I have joined the Finance and Investments Club and the George Washington Socially Responsible Investment Fund in the Real Estate section to further increase my knowledge of the industry.

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Maximilian Stein

Class Year: Class of 2022

School: School of Business

Graduation Date: 2022

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Data Analytics

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development and Real Estate Technologies

How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

By joining the REFA program I hope to gain the necessary professional and technical skills to help push and develop my own career in the Real Estate space. I look forward to establishing a personal and professional relationship with my mentor and gaining insight into real estate development. Given my knowledge of data analytics and past experience, I can offer my unique perspective regarding the growing role of technology in real estate. Additionally, I look forward to giving back to the program by becoming a mentor and sharing my knowledge with my future mentee.

What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

By joining GWSB and pursuing a degree in International Business and Business Analytics, I have gained the necessary skills to help me pursue a career in real estate. My involvement in GWSB led me to join the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi which provided me with opportunities for professional development. This helped shape and prepare me for an internship with Kode Labs, working in the real estate building-automation, where I gained more insight into the development of commercial and residential real estate properties. These varied experiences motivated me to join the First Year Development Program as a mentor, aiding first-year students in finding their own career paths in business. All of these steps have made me better prepared and more excited to go into real estate.

Finance - Class of 2021

J Behun HeadshotJakub Behun


Class Year: Class of 2020

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: December 2020

Degree and Concentration(s):

Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature

Career Interest(s): Financial Services, Investment Banking

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to simultaneously benefit from, and contribute to, the REFA mentorship program by
working side-by- side with other mentees, pushing each other to the next level. From practicing
behavioral and technical questions, to introducing each other to professionals in our network,
we can help each other reach our respective pinnacles. Beyond the mentees, I hope t

I hope to benefit from the REFA Mentorship Program by connecting with the alumni and

expanding my network in the financial services industry. I believe that REFA offers the tools necessary to allow its members to succeed in academic setting as leaders at GWSB along with providing the guidance as they look to transition from the university to their business careers. Moreover, I hope to benefit from the knowledge of the REFA Juniors and Seniors who have gone through multiple interview processes and are willing to share their experience and better prepare current mentees, including myself for this process. I hope to contribute to the REFA Program by sharing my knowledge and experience with current and future GWSB students who will be in a similar situation as I am right now. As an alumnus, I hope to be able to give back to the REFA community in a similar way as the current alumni do, by being a resource to future students who might be interested in a career in financial services.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

My first action step as a GWSB student was getting into the Bachelor of Science in Finance program that will allow me to better structure my future finance-related classes. I am looking to take as many as possible early on to benefit from this knowledge during interviews. Becoming a member of the Finance and Investment Club at GWSB was a crucial step that I took in order to narrow down my career interests and incline more towards Investment Banking. Furthermore, I hope to utilize my internship experience at Broadridge Financial Solutions along with my leadership background as the Captain of the GW Men’s Tennis Team.

 

S Horowitz HeadshotSamantha Horowitz


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, Minor in English

Career Interest(s): Sales & Trading, Investment Banking

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA Mentorship Program through the consultation and advice of mentors who have gone through similar career phases which I am currently experiencing. I consider the knowledge of the mentors to be invaluable and look forward to learning all that I can from them. I hope to contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program by providing my own unique perspective on the world around me. Additionally, as someone who strives to help others as much as possible, I look forward to helping future mentees and guiding them through the rewarding process of pursuing a career in finance.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In pursuing a career in finance, I have opened my world view by both consuming daily financial news and continually reaching out to speak with professionals in fields in which I am interested. Through learning from others, as well as my past internship experiences, I have narrowed my focus as to what I woul like to pursue as a career and in what ways my strengths make me a good fit for that career.

C  Horton HeadshotCharles Horton


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, Minor in History

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the wide network of alumni that REFA has. In my experiences so far, the alumni that we have are so willing to help current GW students along the process of navigating the finance world. In turn, I am hoping to have the opportunity to give back and help students that are in my position now years down the line.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I think building relationships with people has laid a great foundation for me to grow from. My genuine interest in finance an curiosity to explore the subject has allowed me to learn what is not covered in the classroom.

H Jackman HeadshotHannah Jackman


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Economics

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking, Asset Management

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to gain as much as possible from the REFA program in terms of furthering my preparation to enter a competitive job market on Wall Street. I am so lucky to get the opportunity to work with a great group of peers and mentors who I think will really play an intrinsic role to helping me develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in this industry. I also aim to support my peers and give 100% dedication to the program as a current student and as an alumnus after I graduate from GW.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In order to best prepare myself to begin a career in finance, I have tried to take as many finance and accounting courses as I can as early as Freshman year. I think that what I have learned in these courses has both stimulated my interest in the field and helped build my knowledge in finance. In addition, I have held informational interviews with GW alumni in New York, which have helped me learn more about Investment Banking and grow my professional network.

S Pankhaniya HeadshotSahil Pankhaniya


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

The community of REFA mentors and mentees is incredible, and being able to learn from the awesome people in this group will be a great help along this tough journey. I am excited to continue to be involved, and to give back to REFA as an alumnus. I am excited to share what I learn here in order to help other students learn more and have a better experience.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

There's so much information out there that can help me pursue a career in finance, so I've been trying to keep up with the news as much as possible to stay aware of current financial events. There are also a bunch of great resources at school, like events and helpful peers and professors who I've been reaching out to for guidance.

G Picard HeadshotGabrielle Picard


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science, Finance and Economics

Career Interest(s): Equity Research

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA by taking advantage of the extensive alumni network and utilizing the current REFA mentors as well as my own mentee class. I also plan on learning more about the industry and expanding my professional development through the various classes and curriculums taught through the REFA program. In the future, I hope to contribute by giving back as both a mentor and an alumnus in order to help increase the number of GW students with jobs on Wall Street.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

As a student, I have geared my coursework towards finance classes and have taken some extra accounting courses. With my double major in Finance and Economics, my economics courses will supplement my finance path as it will broaden my understanding of macroeconomic markets. I also have become an active member of the GW Women in Finance Alliance in order to learn more about the industry as a whole.

M Schmidt HeadshotMatthew Schmidt


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science, Finance; Bachelor of Science, Economics

Career Interest(s): Asset Management, Private Wealth Management

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from REFA’s large alumni network, its junior and senior mentorship, as well as REFA’s industry classes. The program will help guide me through the application process and give me the necessary tools to compete for the top-tier Wall Street internships. Once through the program, I hope to give back to REFA by being a mentor to the future classes. I believe I can share my experiences in Asset Management and my advice to help the mentees achieve their career goals.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Through meeting a variety of professionals in the industry and learning about their experiences, I have been able to deepen my interest in Asset Management. In addition, I have prepared myself for a future career in finance through pursuing a BS in Finance and Economics. This technical degree, along with the relevant coursework, has confirmed my desire to work on Wall Street. I hope to leverage these experiences, as well as my involvement in other extracurriculars, to pursue a career in finance on Wall Street.

Real Estate - Class of 2021

J Drexler HeadshotJoshua Drexler


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Accountancy

Career Interest(s): Capital Markets, Brokerage, Investment Sales, Development

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

By being a part of the REFA Program, I hope to further develop as a real estate professional by continuing to learn about the field, as well as network with our vast and experienced group of GW real estate alumnus. From doing so, I hope to be able to help others interested in the field of real estate by being an outlet of knowledge and experience now, and long after graduating. I will contribute to REFA by always being passionate and dedicated to these areas. Additionally, my Accounting maj r helps endow a unique perspective of real estate that I hope to share with future REFA mentees.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I am constantly trying to learn as much as possible within the field of real estate to set myself apart from competition. This comes from trying to stay up-to-date on real estate news, networking with professionals in the field to learn about the culture and positions within companies, as well as teaching myself as manytechnical aspects of the business. Additionally, a huge piece of my preparation has been from trying to use every resource available to me. People like my upperclassmen peers and Rob Valero in the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis have been instrumental in helping me in my attempt to pursue a career in real estate.

A Katz HeadshotAdam Katz


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance

Career Interest(s): Asset Management, Real Estate Development, Acquisitions

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

During my time in REFA, I look forward to benefiting and growing as both a mentee and a

mentor. I am excited to connect with GW’s accomplished network of real estate professionals in order to learn more about the varying sectors within the real estate industry. Likewise, the opportunity to develop my knowledge about real estate and benefit from one-on one mentorship with upperclassmen who have both internship and experiential knowledge to share is invaluable. On the flip side, as a mentor, I intend to introduce my mentee to professionals that I become acquainted with along with sharing any industry insightful information that I gain.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

My genuine passion for the real estate market pushes me to continue learning every day about this vast industry. Conducting informational interviews with professionals across different real estate sectors has been pivotal in learning about opportunities within the industry. Now, with a foundation, I am excited to gain further internship experience in order to better align my skillset with specific sector interests.

M Kreinces HeadshotMax Kreinces


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, Real Estate

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development, Real Estate Investment

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Through the REFA program, I hope to further my knowledge in real estate by taking advantage of GW’s extensive real estate community. In business, and especially in real estate, it is not just what you know but who you know. The REFA program is unique in that it allows you to form connections with professionals in the industry who are GW alumni. I hope to contribute my leadership skills and my passion for real estate to those in the program currently and those who will soon follow in my footsteps when joining the program. Sharing knowledge and experiences with those who are interested in real estate is so important and I believe giving back is the most important value as a REFA member. Paying it forward is paramount to ensure the success of younger generations, and I know I will follow in these respected individual’s footsteps and give back to those after m rience as a tool for them to use to ensure their success.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

My passion for the industry alone has provided opportunities that I never thought were possible. My internship this past summer provided many opportunities to meet with real estate executives, in addition to attending CRUEA’s Career Conversations in New York City. Putting yourself out there is so important and I feel that, over the past few years, my “go-getter” attitude has allowed me to achieve some success as a student who is eager to learn about the industry. Lastly, declaring the real estate concentration as my major confirmed my passion for the industry and has also helped me be a stronger contributor to the REFA program.

D Robins HeadshotDylan Robins


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance and Real Estate, Minor in Sustainability

Career Interest(s): Commercial Real Estate Development, Multi-Family Development

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA program by absorbing in all of the information given to us in our sessions. I will actively participate in all events and workshops to enhance my networking and communication skills. I will proactively reach out to my peer and alumni mentors to further enhance my knowledge of real estate as well as my skills in this industry. Once I have graduated, I will contribute to REFA by offering my time to serve as an alumni mentor. After going through this process, I realize how important it is to give back as an alumni. So many students, myself included, have benefitted from REFA and look forward to giving back to the next generation of REFA mentees.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In order to prepare myself for a career in Real Estate, I have held an internship at Jamestown, a real estate investment company. I interned in the Leasing and Development departments. I gained immense knowledge about the industry, and how a newly built development hits the ground running when they first start leasing. This was an amazing experience that solidified my interests and passion to pursue real estate as a career.

D Woznica HeadshotDaniel Woznica


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelors of Business Administration, Real Estate

Career Interest(s): Commercial Development and Real Estate Investment

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

The REFA mentorship program will not only connect me with a wonderful network of other real estate focused students, but it will also help me further my knowledge in multiple sectors of the real estate industry. In addition to relaying my passions to current members, I plan on inspiring interest in future members of REFA. I will take advantage of all that the program has to offer and do all I can to ensure that my REFA class is as cohesive as possible. Lastly, I plan on being an ambassador for REFA both here at GW and as a professional later on in my career.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In addition to establishing a concentration in real estate, I had the opportunity to intern at Koss Financial my summer going into sophomore year. At Koss, I was responsible for making an extensive list of prospective tenants for the Malibu Country Mart, a unique complex of upscale boutiques. I had to diligently study my products – understanding the intricacies of the property and tenant synergies – therein supplying me with the knowledge to make an extensive list and approach prospective tenants. This internship helped develop my fascination in real estate from an interest into a serious career path.

W Zhong HeadshotJiajun Winston Zhong


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2021

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science, Finance; Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Science

Career Interest(s): Financing Real Estate, Asset Management

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

REFA is a community with similarly-minded and the career-focused individuals. I hope to benefit from the REFA program by furthering my knowledge in both real estate and finance industry, developing deep relationships with REFA alumni through various networking events to explore different aspects within the industry. By taking advantages of these invaluable opportunities, I hope to contribute by supporting future mentees in the way that I have been thankful to receive. Another one of my goals is to become a resource for any prospective REFA mentees who want to explore the incredible opportunities internationally, especially in Asia.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

In past semesters, I have participated in many networking events that were held by the GW School of Business. By attending these events and talking to professionals in the industry, it stimulated my interest to pursue a career in real estate. Also, through Commercial Real Estate Network and Finance and Investment Clubs, I was able to find my passion and narrow down my career interest to real estate finance.

Finance - Class of 2020

Nikolai Bottitta


Class Year: Class of 2020

School: The George Washington University, 

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in
Statistics, and Minor in Sustainability

Career Interest(s): Financial Services, Wealth Management

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to simultaneously benefit from, and contribute to, the REFA mentorship program by
working side-by- side with other mentees, pushing each other to the next level. From practicing
behavioral and technical questions, to introducing each other to professionals in our network,
we can help each other reach our respective pinnacles. Beyond the mentees, I hope to learn
from alumni in order to accelerate my learning curve. After the recruiting process concludes, I
hope to share these experiences and the experiences of our mentors with the next REFA class,
which will feature some of GW’s most intelligent and driven students.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

The initial steps that propelled me into financial services includes joining the Finance and
Investments Club, Delta Sigma Pi (a professional fraternity), and the DC Real Estate and
Finance Alliance. Through these experiences I was able to speak with peers, and ultimately
finding my passion for financial services. Since then, I have met with professionals in the
industry to hear about their experiences, resulting in strong interests in investment banking and
wealth management. My double-major in finance and statistics and my minor is sustainability, on
top of my multinational background, equip me with diverse perspectives I hope to leverage
during my career.

Suzanne Dannheim


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in
Finance, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Career Interest(s): Sales and Trading, Investment Banking

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I am looking forward to working with my peers and peer mentors to build my financial knowledge
and prepare for one of the most competitive job markets. REFA represents a community of
students who are willing to support and assist one another towards a common goal. I believe I
will benefit from this assistance while providing to my peers.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

This fall, I have taken multiple trips to New York to hold informational interviews with GW alumni
working across a variety of top performing banks. Meeting these alumni has helped me to build
a network; they have introduced me to non-GW colleagues and friends at other banks. In
addition, I have applied to internships in finance alongside my independent studies, all of which
in preparation for a career in finance.

Caitlin O'Brien


School: The George Washington University,

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Career Interest(s): Sales & Trading

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Having the opportunity to be paired with mentors who have recently undergone the internship
recruitment process, as well as those currently working in the industry, is truly invaluable and I
look forward to learning from their advice and insights. Likewise, I strive to work alongside an
ambitious and driven group of people like the REFA members, who will help my motivation and
encourage me to do better. I plan to contribute towards this effort and give back by helping and
supporting other members in the way that I have been so grateful to receive.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Finance has been a passion of mine and I have taken many steps to learn more about this
complex and evolving industry. I have chosen to pursue the B.S. in Finance and Economics in
order to obtain the necessary technical skills, which will be complemented by overall economic
trends. Furthermore, I have taken advantage of GWSB's Capital Markets Room and have
become Bloomberg Certified. Talking with professionals has allowed me to gain a better
understanding of specific jobs within financial services and I look forward to further expanding
my network and learning from their experiences.

Vladimir Paredes


School: The George Washington University, 

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Economics

Career Interest(s): Financial Services

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I benefit from REFA by learning from the other mentees’ experiences and advice, as well as the
REFA network that will better position me for a competitive summer internship. I contribute to
REFA by supporting my REFA class through bilateral feedback in interviewing, motivational
support through the recruiting process, and eventually preparation for future REFA classes once
I gain more experience in the industry.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Some action steps I have taken to prepare for a career in finance involve joining the Finance
and Investments Club, managing and monitoring my own personal securities trading account, in
addition to regular networking and interview preparation.

Clare Park


Class Year: Class of 2020

School: The George Washington University,

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science

Career Interest(s): Equity Research

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Since I do not come from a traditional finance track, REFA will provide me with access to
resources in order to learn more about the finance industry, expand my network, and pursue my
career goals in finance. I hope that, as I learn and gain experience, I am able to give more back
and also provide a new perspective based on the experiences as an double major in Economics
and Political Science.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I discovered an interest in finance early on in my college experience despite not knowing exactly
what it was that I wanted to pursue. I joined the Women in Finance (WIFA) and the professional
business organization Delta Sigma Pi (DSP). As I spoke to people and learned more about the
finance industry, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in it. I have taken finance and accounting
courses out of interest, but now they serve as my basis of knowledge for pursuing my career
goals.

Real Estate - Class of 2020

 Zachyriah Boussatta


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Real
Estate

Career Interest(s): Portfolio Management

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA program by expanding my network while also learning more
about the various career paths that can be taken within the real estate industry. I also hope to
gain valuable networking skills, which can then be directly applied to this industry by constantly
checking in with my mentors and mentees to ensure I am getting the most out of this
experience. I will be able to contribute my leadership and team building abilities to make my
REFA class as close as possible, while also giving back to the program when I am an alumni.

 

  1. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

This current and past semester, I have conducted multiple informational interviews and phone
calls with GW and non GW alumni to gain insight into the real estate industry. Furthermore, I
recently completed a finance internship where I gained valuable analytical and mathematical
skills which will be used in my real estate career. As a real estate major, I will use the
knowledge gained in my diverse range of classes to my fullest advantage.

Jordi Halle


School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Real
Estate

Career Interest(s): Capital Markets, Real Estate Investment Sales, Acquisitions

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

Through the REFA program, I hope to gain access to the GW’s extensive real estate
community. The REFA community will help me build up my knowledge about the industry and to
expand my professional network. In terms of contributing to the REFA program, I hope to share
my knowledge gained through this program and become a resource to driven students who
want to enter the real estate field in the future.

  1. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I have been able to meet a lot of business professionals within the real estate industry through
my participation in the DC REFA program. By meeting industry professionals, I have learned a
lot about the diverse ways of entering the industry, and what it takes to succeed. I have learned
a lot about how the real estate industry works as a whole, but also how each sector relates to
each other, and what different opportunities can be found within each sector.

Joseph Manzo


Class Year: Class of 2020

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a
Concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Asset Management, Development, and Acquisitions

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

As a student who is highly interested in commercial real estate and motivated to learn more
about the industry, the REFA Mentorship Program will give me the opportunity to further
develop my knowledge of commercial real estate and connect me with a community of like-
minded industry professionals. I intend to give back my expertise to REFA in every capacity. By
providing my knowledge and background, I hope to encourage and empower my fellow REFA
members and the REFA program as a whole.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

With technical knowledge in real estate software programs and a background in
entrepreneurship, I have prepared myself to provide a very dynamic, people oriented, and
problem-solver mentality that will differentiate me in the real estate industry.

Riccardo Monteverdi


School: The George Washington University, 

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Arts in International
Affairs

Career Interest(s): Real Estate

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

REFA is the platform on which I would like to learn more about the real estate industry and
market myself. REFA provides industry specific networking opportunities that will eventually
help me find employment that reflects my values both as a professional and as an individual. In
the future, I hope to add value to the already brilliant group of REFA students by offering
guidance and advice similar to what I am receiving now from other REFA students and the
greater REFA community.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Real estate has always held a strong pull in my heart due to my father’s presence within the
industry. I have always been intrigued by matters of economics and made it a priority to stay
informed. Beyond my knowledge of the quantitative aspects of the real estate business, my
greatest strengths lies in my communication skills and my willingness to continuously learn and
improve.

Max Walder REFA HeadshotMax Walder


Class Year: Class of 2020

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2020

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and a minor in Economics

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development, Residential Brokerage, Investment Sales

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA mentorship program by furthering my knowledge of the real estate industry and the many sectors within. I plan to make lasting connections with as many of my peers and alumni as possible. I will meet with with my mentors regularly in order to take advantage of their professional knowledge. Furthermore, I will strive to provide the future mentees of REFA with any guidance they may need.

  1. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

As a real estate major, I have been given an opportunity that few undergraduate students throughout the country are privileged to experience. In addition, I have spoken to numerous real estate professionals for informational interviews in order to narrow down my interests. I plan to continue networking and meeting with as many professionals within the real estate and finance industries to best leverage myself for a successful career.

Finance - Class of 2019

Yonatan_Kintzer_REFAYonatan Kintzer


Class Year: Class of 2019

School: The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with a Minor in Environmental Studies

Career Interest(s): Asset Management, Investment Banking

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I am eager to begin making connections and networking with GW Alumni on Wall Street with the REFA program. I want to learn from my mentor’s past work experiences, and create relationships which will provide me with invaluable professional guidance, as I shape my experiences and education to be competitive in the job market. As a Sophomore who has completed coursework in Economics, Statistics, and Accounting, I look forward to participating in the REFA program and gaining an invaluable opportunity to jump start my career in New York. As I plan to work in the financial industry, through this program, I hope to gain an insider perspective of the industry, connect with my mentors, and to secure an internship for next summer.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I have participated in the DC REFA program and have taken coursework relevant to the financial industry along with gaining experience as a financial consultant during the past year.  I have worked hard to build my business skills that will help me to launch a successful career on Wall Street.

Luis_Polanco_REFALuis Polanco


LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luisfpolanco/

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): BBA: Finance and Business Analytics; Minor: Statistics

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking, Sales and Trading, Actuarial Sciences

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

The REFA program is an incredible importunity to expand my network and learn from professionals in the financial sector. I hope to utilize the resources the program offers to accelerate my learning curve and to interact with as many people as possible in the field I want to pursue. I hope to contribute to the REFA program by sharing my experience on networking with individuals from different backgrounds and countries, and to share my knowledge on the different fields that I learned from my past work experiences.

 

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

The combination of my leadership and professional experiences has prepared me to pursue a career in finance. During my leadership experiences in GWSB, I was able to develop communication skills that will be extremely helpful during the application process. During my past internship at Ficohsa Group, the leading financial institution of Honduras, I was able to acquire strong analytical and time management skills. Finally, readings the news and following the markets has proven to be an essential part of my preparation as it gives me the knowledge needed to understand how the financial field functions.

Grant_Smith_REFAGrant Smith


LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantsmithgwu/

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting

Career Interest(s): Wealth and Asset Management

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA program by connecting with the vast alumni network, current REFA members, and the program’s supervisors to prepare myself for a future internship. By taking advantage of these opportunities, I hope to further develop my understanding of finance and gather crucial skills needed to start a career on Wall Street. As an alum, I want to expand the presence of REFA Mentees and ultimately GW students on Wall Street by giving back to the program in the way current alumni have been.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

 

I have geared my concentrations, finance and accounting, and my minors, economics and statistics, specifically to prepare myself for the competitiveness of Wall Street. My time as a research intern at Di Renzo Realty has furthered my skills of analysis, communication, and time management which I hope to leverage in an internship and ultimately a career in asset management.

Rafael SosaRafael Sosa


LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafael-fernando-sosa-azpurua-28842010a/

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): BBA in Finance and Economics.

Career Interest(s): Investment Banking (Latam)

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I was introduced to REFA early on in my college career by my friend Nicholas Groomes. He spoke very highly of REFA and encouraged me to look into it and apply to the program. I believe that REFA is a family that is here to help guide us through this process until eventually securing an Internship. Once we as Mentees have done so it becomes our duty to assist those that come after us as those above us did for us. I plan on using REFA alumni program in order to network with as many people as I can. I plan to do so in a way that expands my network and also elevates the REFA brand. I believe that I will rely on the current seniors greatly in order to learn about their internship experiences.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

From speaking with a number of industry professionals about what it takes to “break into Wall Street,” I learned several things I could do in order to become a suitable candidate. I took as many finance courses as early as possible. During the first semester of my sophomore year, I completed BADM 3501, which is a prerequisite to all upper level finance courses. This allowed me to take Intermediate Finance and Portfolio Management Strategy during the spring semester. I have now completed the majority of the requirements for the Finance concentration with a Minor in Economics. I have focused on maintaining a high GPA while keeping up with the markets and taking advantage of the WSO to better prepare for interviews. Finally, I have sought out relevant internships, networked on my own, and began developing professional contacts in the financial services industry.

Alexander_Ward_REFAAlexander Ward


LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-ward-b6367510b/

Class Year: Class of 2019

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting and Minor in Psychology

Career Interest(s): Sales and Trading, Asset Management

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA Mentorship Program by accumulating knowledge about the financial services industry. I am excited to learn from alumni in the industry who have a high level of understanding in a career path I plan to pursue, and will leverage this privilege to excel in the field of Finance. In terms of contributing, I hope to turn around in the future, and bestow the understanding I personally have acquired in order to help a new aspiring REFA mentee to achieve his or her future goals.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I believe my additional educational background in both Psychology and Accounting have helped me prepare for my career in Finance. Looking at the industry from a different angle gives me a valuable advantage, as I have accumulated an understanding of significant topics embedded in Finance such as human behavior and in-depth Financial Statement analysis. This alternative perspective, accompanied by my efforts to stay informed on relevant market activities and trends, positions me to be successful in the industry. 

Real Estate - Class of 2019

Nicholas_Celani_REFANicholas Celani


LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/nicholascelani

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Accountancy

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Investment Sales, Capital Markets, Development, Acquisitions

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

 

I believe the networking opportunities are one of the biggest benefits of participating in the REFA program. I will reach out to as many alumni as I can to learn about different internship opportunities and find the right fit. I hope to contribute by helping other members obtain internships and knowledge that I gain from networking. We will all be learning about the different aspects of real estate and networking, and it will be very important to share what we learn with each other.

 

  1. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

Through my membership in the DC REFA, I have had the opportunity to have two real estate mentors. I have learned a lot about The JBG Companies and a smaller brokerage firm and how they operate. This experience confirmed my interest in real estate, and I am ready to work very hard to obtain an internship. I have also gone through the basics of ARGUS DCF and have been working on advancing my Excel skills.

Eric Kanegaye


LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericgkanegaye/

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

Career Interest(s): Development and Asset Management, Financial Analysis/Underwriting

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to engage in the established and strong real estate community within GW. Through that, I hope to not only secure and develop a strong real estate career and presence for myself, but then pass my knowledge on to the next group of real estate driven students. Another one of my long term goals is to become a resource in the future to the REFA students who want to venture out to the west coast for real estate.

  1. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

This past semester I’ve been conducting numerous informational interviews and reaching out to professionals in the industry. Additionally, I’ve taken an intro course for Argus and multiple Excel classes to advance my modeling skills. My upperclassmen peers have been an unbelievable resource, and Rob Valero has been amazing, setting up informative real estate events. Another helpful step I took that really pointed me in the right direction was participating in the D.C. real estate trek, which gave great insight to multiple functions within the industry. Lastly, reading up on current events as well as books related to real estate has been helpful as well.

Jordan_PopofskyJordan Popofsky


Class Year: Class of 2019

School: The George Washington University, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit from the REFA Mentorship Program by building both my knowledge and information base, learning about the real estate industry and its many sectors. I plan on making the most of meetings with both my mentors and the mentors of my fellow participants in order to absorb as much knowledge as possible, while also making connections with both my peers and the alumni that will last. I plan to contribute in the future as an alumni mentor myself, and I hope I can provide the same kind of guidance and insight to a REFA mentee that I know my mentors this year will provide to me.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

As a political science major originally interested in a different career path, over the past year and a half I have become passionate about the real estate world. I have reached out to dozens of professionals within the real estate field, and I have conducted informational interviews with people in multiple sectors of the business, with developers and brokers, as well as more niche professionals. I do not see my non-business school major to be an externality, in fact I see it as an advantage. I think it provides a very different perspective in the field I am pursuing, and I think this difference in thinking can lend an edge.

Andrew_Snelson_REFAAndrew Snelson


LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewsnelson1/

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Development, Acquisitions, and Investment

1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

A big point that is made in nearly every conversation I’ve had regarding real estate is that it’s not just what you know, it’s who you know. Pairing the incredible learning experience REFA provides with the vast and quality alumni network takes care of both knowing and being known. Having a community of likeminded professionals will be an amazing support system that I don’t take for granted. My contribution to the REFA program will be my enthusiasm and creativity. Taking the initiative to organize or push for certain events are not out of my scope of impact. Beyond my undergraduate career, building bridges with students behind me and helping in pulling them up would be a great and meaningful to give back to a program from which I hope to gain so much.

2. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

This past academic year has been an intense learning experience in all things real estate. Whether it be taking an 8-hour pro forma modelling webinar, or working with Ditto Residential to present a lecture on the co-living trend, immersing myself in all things real estate has paid dividends and set me up for future success down the road.

Philip_Yellen_REFAPhillip Yellen


LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-yellen/

Class Year: Class of 2019

School: The George Washington University, School of Business

Graduation Date: May 2019

Degree and Concentration(s): Bachelor of Accountancy

Career Interest(s): Real Estate Investment Sales, Capital Markets, Opportunistic Investing, and Internal Accounting

  1. How do you hope to benefit from and contribute to the REFA Mentorship Program?

I hope to benefit by learning from and becoming close with the peers in my REFA class and competing against them in a friendly manner. I also hope to meet as many professionals as possible to expand my network and learn from industry experts.

  1. What action steps have prepared you to pursue a career in real estate or finance?

I was a member of the DC REFA and discovered my passion for real estate in that program. I have learned from my senior peers about their real estate internship experience and conducted informational interviews with professionals from all different sectors of the industry.