REALM Spotlight

Benjamin Bittner

BusAd ’09, REAL/Marketing

Briefly tell us what you do.
Industrial Group Southwest is a full service Real Estate firm based in the San Antonio area that develops and acquires industrial distribution, warehouse and manufacturing space.  IGX operates in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.    The partners have developed over 20MM SF in the region.  Please see a link below to the Industrial Group Southwest Web Site that showcases what we have in the pipeline!
My primary duties involve sourcing and underwriting acquisition and development opportunities and I am also involved with lending and equity relationships.  My daily duties can involve anything from dispositions strategy to asset management to analyzing new opportunities to debt negotiation to market research.

How did Eppli and the program prepare you for the real world?
Dr. Eppli’s focus on case studies and our ability to see various exciting projects firsthand in an urban setting set the program apart.  Marquette Real Estate Students are provided a great balance between academic concepts, first hand experiences and technical skills such as ARGUS.

What type of music do you like?  Favorite band/singer?
I like all types of music from classic rock to rap.  Summerfest was one of my favorite times of the year!

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
I was an extra in the movie Major League when I was a year old.  My acting career fizzled after that gig.  Real Estate Investment and Development has been a good back up plan so far.

Advice to students.
Take advantage of all of the site visits and Real Estate Club activities.  After graduation, membership in ULI and NAIOP is extremely helpful.