Career Acceleration with Real Estate Executive Education Classes

The George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE), in partnership with the Institute for Real Estate Executive Education (RE3), recently completed its Spring 2019 Advanced Real Estate Development and Investment Workshop Series.  Students who attended the program had a range of professional backgrounds including development, marketing, architecture, project management, brokerage, land use policy, and construction.  Companies represented in the class included Van Metre Companies, CBG Building Company, Clarke Construction, Fairfax County, Elm Street Development, Jones Lang Lasalle, Cherner Development Group, and others.

The Series was comprised of three day-long seminars given over three weeks and designed to give participants an in-depth and multidisciplinary overview of real estate development and investment including land acquisition, market analysis, financing, construction, development, leasing and operations.  The seminars are given twice a year, once each in the fall and spring semesters.

The program was taught by three instructors who have taught in three of the leading real estate graduate programs in the country – George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.  These instructors are not only seasoned real estate professors, but are, more importantly, highly experienced senior real estate executives.

Coleman Rector is a principal with Weber Rector Commercial with over thirty years of experience as a developer and general contractor. Mark Hassinger is the Founding Partner of Hassinger Real Estate Development Services and has over thirty years of real estate development and management experience. Dave Sislen is the president of Bristol Capital Corporation, a real estate investment and management firm which he co-founded in 1986.

“The world continues to evolve and so too should your education,” said Coleman Rector. “These classes help real estate professionals stay in front of the curve.”

The program was started due to the increasing complexities faced by real estate professionals associated with project approvals, effective design, construction management, and finance options that didn’t exist twenty years ago.  Traditionally, real estate professionals mostly come from non-real estate backgrounds and learn by years of experience and mentorship on the job.

“The real estate business used to be much simpler,” according to Dave Sislen. “Today, every element of the business; planning, entitlement, design, construction and finance have evolved to be much more complex and complicated.  The most efficient path towards a more complete understanding of these complexities is through formalized education.”

(The next Advanced Real Estate Development and Investment Workshop Series will be held in October 2019.  If you are interested in registering, please go HERE or please contact Eric Maribojoc, director of CREE, at or call 703-993-1875.)


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