On Saturday, March 28th the Student Real Estate Association was given a tour of downtown Baton Rouge with local developer Trey Godfrey. Mr. Godfrey, who is a partner of Vision City Development Group, led members throughout multiple developments that his company has developed, and also gave an inside look at the future of Downtown Baton Rouge.
On March 10th and 11th the Student Real Estate Association visited the International Council of Shopping Centers Gulf South Idea Exchange in New Orleans. In addition to multiple networking opportunities, members were able to sit in on panels and round-table discussions led by industry professionals. The event ended with a large deal making event, which allowed members to visit tables to network with various companies that are involved in the real estate industry in the Gulf South.
On Thursday, January 29th the Student Real Estate Association welcomed Branon Pesnell, an Associate Broker at Beau Box Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Pesnell is also an active member of the Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/NW Florida chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. In addition to discussing his background in commercial real estate, Mr. Pesnell also explained how students can get involved with the SIOR organization, as well as how students can apply for a scholarship that is given by the organization annually.
On Wednesday, February 5th, the LSU Student Real Estate Association welcomed David Trusty, the Director of Commercial Real Estate at Gully, Phelps, & McKey, to the Business Education Complex. Mr. Trusty gave a detailed presentation to the SREA about the upcoming River District development. Mr. Trusty discussed his personal role in the project and shared how his past experiences in marketing led to his success in commercial real estate. SREA President Hayes Berthelot said, “We were very pleased to have Mr. Trusty speak to our members and answer all of our questions regarding this exciting new development. The River District will have a huge impact on the face of Baton Rouge and LSU alike. Mr. Trusty is a key player in the development, and his insight provided SREA members with a new perspective on the promising future of commerical real estate in Baton Rouge.
SREA members, (L to R) Foster Murphy, Hayes Berthelot, Chelsea Block, Ian Gutch, Braden Eddy discuss The River District plans with the project’s developer, Dalis Waguespack.
On Monday, January 27th, the Student Real Estate Association attended the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center for the unveiling of Baton Rouge’s River District development. The River District will be a 40+ acre mixed-use development on Nicholson Drive between downtown and LSU. SREA members were able to network with the River District’s project developer, Dalis Waguespack, the project attorney, Charles Landry, and the architect, Steven Oubre. SREA Vice-President Braden Eddy said “The River District unveiling was a tremendous opportunity for SREA members to network with key players of the development and gather insight on what it takes for a project of this magnitude to come to fruition.”