Four master’s students in the land economics and real estate (LERE) program took second place in the first-ever National Association of Industrial and Office Parks’ Texas Shootout, a real estate academic challenge hosted by the association’s North Texas chapter.

Mays’ team of Tanya Janiszewsky, Gerald Klassen, Eric Earnhart and Wes Krutsinger was awarded a $5,000 prize for the case study they presented to Texas real estate industry judges at the end of March. They analyzed a Mexican resort hotel based on an actual transaction by Goldman Sachs. The team also networked with executive-level real estate professionals as part of the Shootout.

“This is evidence that our students have all the requisite skills to face the analytical and communication challenges required in the job marketplace,” said Cydney Donnell, director of real estate programs for Mays.

Selected graduate programs from around the state were invited to the Shootout. SMU took first, and TCU claimed third in the event. Other competitors included the University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Texas and Rice.