MBA Careers

Real estate is a unique industry and you need to understand the industry's structure in order to successfully find your desired career. Notwithstanding the size of the industry, there are few firms that are large enough to have recruiting programs or HR departments; finding the right job is a matter of understanding the structure of the industry, the myriad of career paths, and developing the network and relationships that will help your career grow.

Accelerating Careers in Real Estate (ACRE)

ACRE is a program within the Career Management Group targeted specifically at students pursuing a real estate career. The ACRE program is designed to help students focus their career search in real estate and provide a bridge to the professional real estate community. It builds on the Haas School's strong relationships within the Bay Area as well as national and international real estate networks to provide students with extraordinary exposure to industry leaders and career opportunities.

ACRE integrates the Haas School's resources including the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and includes

  • One-on-one career consultation, including extensive advising and coaching on the real estate career search to help you choose a focus and design a career development path.
  • Executives-in-Residence, senior real estate professionals, come to Haas to hold office hours with real estate MBA students.
  • Shadow visits, in which you are hosted by real estate professionals at their project site or firm to gain an understanding of the business and culture of that firm.

For more information, contact the Fisher Center at

Peer Mentoring and Advising

Second-year members of the Berkeley Real Estate Club (BREC) offer one-on-one mentoring to first year MBAs interested in a career in real estate.

Real Estate Speaker Series

Held in the fall, this one unit course is a weekly discussion led by a local real estate professional about the trends in their industry segment and available career opportunities. Through this student-led course, students become familiar with industry characteristics and real estate career path strategies.

Real Estate Speaker Series 2015

Date Speaker Name
September 1 Phil Tagami
Founder & CEO, California Capital & Investment Group
September 8 Eddie Orton
Founder & CEO, Orton Development
September 15 John Protopappas
Founder & CEO, Madison Park Financial
September 24 Pete Flint
Founder/former CEO, Trulia (lunch time Thursday event)
October 1 Cynthia Parker
President & CEO, Bridge Housing
October 8 Tom Wang
Principal, Exeter Property Group

Executives in Residence

During the Spring Term, 8-10 senior real estate professionals come to the Haas School of Business and hold office hours with real estate students. This provides students the opportunity for on-campus informational interview sessions with professionals in their fields of interest.


Alumni of the Real Estate program at Haas have succeeded in a wide variety of industry segments, and provide a crucial resource for students throughout their real estate careers. The Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association (BREAA) is an active and interactive network, with members spread from San Francisco to New York and from London to Hong Kong and Dubai. BREAA provides students with a mechanism for building long-term business and personal connections.

In an industry that is highly fragmented, BREAA provides integrated access to colleagues of all types. The passion that Berkeley MBAs have for the school extends throughout this network of real estate planners, investment bankers, financiers, land planners, consultants, developers, and architects.


academic careers

Laura Bentzien
MBA 12

Account Manager
Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California

Previous degrees
BS, Business, University of Minnesota

Job prior to Haas:
Senior Investment Analyst Northwestern Mutual Capital Milwaukee, Wisconsin