Center for Real Estate breaks new ground with crowdfunding

By Chris Jenkins

Hoping to ensure that undergraduate students can continue to gain professional experience by attending national conferences, the Center for Real Estate in Marquette’s College of Business Administration set an ambitious goal: Raise $6,300 in less than a month.

They ended up raising nearly $8,900 — more than enough to send a group of 10 students to a conference in Las Vegas this May. The method they used to connect with donors was a first for Marquette.

And given the center’s initial success, it won’t be the last such project at Marquette. In fact, next week the university will announce six more indiegogo campaigns, including one for Marquette Business’ Applied Global Business Learning program.

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Marquette Business professors featured in national news stories

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, on Page 2 of the March 24, 2014, edition of the Wall Street Journal, commented on his recent study, which revealed how federal tax benefits for homeowners primarily help wealthier people borrow more money to buy larger houses rather than boost homeownership. Hanson's work was also recently featured in the Washington Post.

Mark Barratt, associate professor of management, was interviewed on March 10, 2014, by NPR’s “Marketplace,” to discuss tactics retailers use to eliminate their overstock merchandise. Some retailers sell their overstock at a reduced cost to places such as T.J. Maxx or they may even destroy it because brands can be sensitive about their products ending up in outlets or in resale shops, he said.




Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, wrote about the economic implications the crisis in Ukraine could have on the global economy. Chowdhury explained that while Ukraine's direct impact is minimal, Russia's involvement could set off a host of economic troubles in Europe and the U.S.

Opinion appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 6, 2014
Related story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), March 7, 2014

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, provided a connection between the rise of the economy and the rise in divorce rates. Now that "home prices are going up, many people who were postponing their divorce might start thinking about it. In many cases after divorce, people sell their homes and divide up the proceeds which provides each of them with a nest egg to begin their separate lives," said Chowdhury.

Bloomberg News story appeared March 1, 2014

Felicia Miller, assistant professor of marketing, talked about endorsement deals for athletes following the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Feb. 22, 2014

MBA alum LaMere promoted to president and COO at Marlo Incorporated

Steve LaMere, a 2009 Marquette MBA alumnus, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Marlo Incorporated. Founded in 1973, Marlo Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of water treatment equipment, noted the release.

LaMere began his employment at Marlo in 1998 as a project engineer and has progressed through the company becoming the director of sales in 2005, the release reported. After earning his MBA from Marquette he was promoted to vice president of operations in 2008.




Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.