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The Minor in Hospitality Business Real Estate Investment Management is a highly competitive program for students committed to a career in real estate investment management. A select group is chosen each year for this rigorous curriculum that requires strong academic performance, extra coursework, an interest in finance, and a serious career commitment.

For more information regarding on-campus recruiting, please contact Authella Collins Hawks.

Real Estate Investment Club

The Real Estate Investment Club (REIC) was established in 2008 by a group of students interested in learning more about the real estate side of the industry.  We pride ourselves on providing students opportunities beyond the classroom.  Our meetings include guest speakers, site tours, skype interviews, philanthropy efforts, as well as one-on-one visits with alumni and other industry professionals. For more information or to be involved with the Real Estate Investment Club please visit:

Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council

In 2007, The School of Hospitality Business established the Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council. This group is in place to review and support the real estate interests of The School. Council members are by appointment only and meets annually (each spring).  Listed below are topics from previous meetings:

Date: April 2018
Hospitality Business Real Estate Education: Past-Present-Future (panel presentation) included:

  • Dr. Barry Bloom: President & Chief Operating Officer, Xenia Hotels & Resorts
  • Dr. Jack Corgel: Professor, Real Estate, Cornell University
  • Dr. John W. O’Neill: Professor & Director, Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. A.J. Singh: Professor, Hilton Hotels Fellow, The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University
  • Mr. Ed Watkins: Group Moderator & Manager, Hotel Revenue Strategy Leaders

The meeting also featured a powerful presentation on “The Impact of Labor Unions on the Hospitality Industry” was presented by Mr. Peter G. Fischer: Partner, BakerHostetler.  

An afternoon session featured the ever-popular “Roundtable Discussion: Lodging Industry Trends” was led and moderated by Mr. Ed Watkins: Group Moderator & Manager, Hotel Revenue Strategy Leaders.  Nearly forty Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council Members.

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Date: April 2017
Dr. Tomas Hult, director of MSU’s International Business Center and Dr. Norm Graham, director of MSU’s Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies discussed, “New Administration: Impact on Foreign Policy & Global Business” with forty Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Council Members.

“A New Administration: A New Era for the Lodging Industry” led by HotelNewsNow Ed Watkins as moderator with all council members in attendance through a round table discussion.

Hotel News Now Feature Story

Date: April 2016
Topic:  “The Hotel Consolidation Wave: What It Means to You” featuring Ed Watkins as moderator and and panelists:  Mark Johnson, Professor of Practice, Finance, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University; John M. Keeling (MBA ’74), Executive Vice President, Valencia Group; Fred Kleisner (BA ’66), Independent Director, Caesars Entertainment and Independent Member, Board of Managers, Aimbridge Hospitality; Ryan Meliker (MBA ’05), Managing Director, Equity Research REITs and Lodging, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.; and Chuck Pinkowski, Owner, Pinkowski & Company.
Hotel News Now: Consolidation Wave Article
Date: April 2015
Topic:  New Brand Development panel discussion featuring Stephanie Ricca ( as moderator and panelists: Jim Anhut (IHG), Andrew Alexander (Red Roof Inn), Christopher Burdette (Best Western International), Gary Steffen (Hilton Corporation), and Ronald Stewart (Marriott International).  Click here to view full article.
Industry Speaker: Stephanie Ricca, 
Date: April 2014
Topic:  How to Stay On Top Interactive Session Moderated by Ed Watkins as well as panel presentation, “Threats & Opportunities in Detroit”
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Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins, 
Date: April 2013
Topic:  Real Estate & Development Specialization Reorganization, new name “Real Estate Investment Management”
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Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins,, Managing Change in an Uncertain Economic Environment”
Date: March 2012
Topic:  Institute Directions
Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality
Date: March 2011
Topic: Launching the Real Estate Development Institute
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Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality
Date: March 2010
Topic: Roundtable Discussion reviewing The School’s Real Estate & Development Specialization program
Industry Speaker: Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality
Date: April 2009
Focus: Strategic Planning for the Real Estate & Development Program
Date: April 2008
Focus: Evaluation of Hospitality Business Real Estate & Development Specialization
Date: September  2007
Focus: Inaugural Meeting to discuss real estate & development advisory specialization program.



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