Real Estate Professionals in Residence (REP)

Each semester, the Center for Real Estate and Finance extends invitations to accomplished real estate and finance practitioners, bringing them to the Ithaca campus via the Real Estate Professionals in Residence program (REP). This initiative facilitates student learning through continuous, direct engagement with seasoned industry experts. The REPs engage in personalized one-on-one sessions with students; providing assistance with navigating internship inquiries, building professional networks, and formulating effective career plans.

Why have a mentor?


Skill Development

Mentoring enables students to enhance their skills and capabilities. Mentors can guide mentees in developing specific competencies, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, decision-making, and communication skills.


Confidence and Self-Esteem

Through mentoring, students receive personalized attention and encouragement, which can boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. Mentors provide guidance, reassurance, and constructive feedback, helping mentees develop a positive self-image and belief in their abilities.


Networking and Connections

Mentoring often involves creating connections and expanding networks. Mentors can introduce students to valuable contacts, professionals, and resources within their fields of interest.


Expanded Perspectives

Mentoring exposes students to diverse perspectives, experiences, and ideas. Mentors can introduce mentees to new concepts, alternative viewpoints, and different cultural or professional contexts. This exposure broadens students’ horizons and fosters their personal growth.


Increased Academic Performance

Mentoring has been linked to improved academic performance. Mentors can offer study techniques, time management strategies, and academic resources to help students excel in their studies.


Personal Support and Guidance

Mentors serve as trusted advisors and role models for students. They offer guidance on personal development, life skills, and overcoming challenges.

How it Works:

  • Students interested in meeting with a Real Estate Professionals in Residence should sign up through StartupTree.
  • Create an account – Students should create a StartupTree account.
  • View StartupTree instructions (PDF, 344 KB)
  • If you already have a StartupTree account, arrange to meet with REPs by clicking their “meet with” buttons below.
  • The events page provides information on when the Real Estate Professionals in Residence will be on campusQuestions should be directed to

Meet the Real Estate Professionals in Residence


Baron Ah Moo '93

Managing Director, Head of US

Susan Furbay '96

Hospitality Real Estate and Financing Professional

Nolan Hecht '97

Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate

David Mei '94

Vice President, Global Capital Investments & Transactions

Jacob Wright, MBA '22

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Scott A. Singer '94 (A&S)

Principal, Co-Lead of Tri-State (NYC) Debt & Equity Finance