Cal State Fullerton students pose behind the Mihaylo College Center for Real Estate booth at RECon 2019 in Las VegasCal State Fullerton Mihaylo College business students seeking real estate careers gained exposure to leading industry talent at the 2019 RECon in Las Vegas, the largest annual real estate event in the world, sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

When more than 37,000 real estate professionals and students converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center in May, they were met with a representation from Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Real Estate, which hosted a booth at the event for the first time, showcasing the program and the value of its graduates to employers.

The event was also a networking and applied education experience for the 12 students making the 256-mile trip from Cal State Fullerton to Las Vegas. With a format including lectures on the latest real estate best practices and trends, as well as the largest deal-making show floor in the industry, the event provided a behind-the-scenes look at the real estate profession in action.

“We learned about the industry at the seminars and met with employers at the exhibit hall,” says Gabrielle Gourgy, a finance student and the center’s student assistant. “Alumni and board members were there, including Pat Donahue ’78; Bob Taylor ’67, MBA ’73; and Steve Haddadin ’18, and the students met with them to see how deals are made in a conference setting.”

Real estate professionals, including Cal State Fullerton alumnus Pat Donahue, and Center for Real Estate director Bob Osbrink speak to Cal State Fullerton real estate students.

Cal State Fullerton students hear from real estate professionals at RECon 2019 in Las Vegas.

Mihaylo College and the USC Marshall School of Business were the only academic representations from California universities at 2019 RECon.

“We were one of the largest universities in attendance, and we look forward to doing this again next year,” says Gourgy. “We are showcasing our program so employers may see the value students bring as CSUF graduates. Employers also send over their staff to check out educational advancement opportunities at schools like ours.”

Interested in attending RECon as a Mihaylo College student next year? Reach out to the Center for Real Estate at or the Real Estate Association, a club devoted to developing future real estate leaders, at

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