First to Graduate: Master of Entrepreneurial Real Estate Program

First “Traditional Track” Master of Entrepreneurial Real Estate (M.E.R.E.) Student Graduates at UMKC

The Lewis White Real Estate Center reached another milestone at the end of this semester with the first student to complete all the academic requirements for the M.E.R.E. (Masters of Entrepreneurial Real Estate) graduate.

The 36-credit-hour, intensive two-year degree program pertains exclusively to real estate, with a focus on real estate trends such as the global shift in attitude towards eco-friendly developments, reducing carbon footprints and the expansion of green technology in new construction.

The first graduate is Jason Carter-Solomon, a financial analyst with Wells Fargo.

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Jason Carter-Solomon, M.E.R.E. ’13

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Walt Clements, director, Lewis White Real Estate Center, assistant professor of real estate

“The most memorable and valuable moments of the program are the interactions with successful practitioners of Commercial Real Estate both locally and nationally,” Carter-Solomon said.

“The fact that such high caliber instruction and perspective is being offered here at UMKC is a testament to the generosity within the industry and our local business community. People like our founding Director, Walt Clements, have a wellspring of knowledge and experience, making them some of the finest minds in Real Estate both locally and nationally.

“The program delivered here at UMKC rivals in quality and scope any program in the country; the Kansas City business community is big enough to attract some of the most innovative and creative players in the field, and yet small enough to be inviting for new talent. This combination creates great potential for students to engage in a participatory learning experience in an urban laboratory.”

According to Walt Clements, director of the White Center and assistant professor in the real estate program, “The goal of the real estate program is to transform all of our graduates into global, entrepreneurial real estate talent, like Jason, for Kansas City and beyond.”

The Lewis White Real Estate Center at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC also offers an Executive Master of Entrepreneurial Real Estate program.  The first class graduated last December and the second will graduate in December 2013. The Bloch School also offers an MBA with an emphasis in real estate or a B.B.A. with an emphasis in real estate as well.

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