Published: Aug. 1, 2022

Inaugural Tom Thibodeau award presented at special event honoring students in real estate.

CUREC Student Award Photo

Left to right: Maxwell Mashaal, Nicholas Macray and Julia Perry

As the summer winds down and we look ahead to a new fall semester, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take one last look back to spring semester and the fifth annual Student Awards Dinner hosted by the CU Real Estate Center (CUREC), where Leeds students were honored for their achievements in leadership and academics.

Awards were presented by Michael Kercheval, CUREC's executive director, and Kim and Gail Koehn, who sponsored one of the awards.  

This was the first year of the Thibodeau Academic Achievement Award, in honor of real estate finance professor Tom Thibodeau’s recent retirement and also acknowledging a fund created in his honor. Based on their exceptional GPAs, the award went to Philippe Brady, an MBA student who is now an acquisition analyst at Real Capital Solutions; Maxwell Mashaal, an undergraduate student who graduated with the Real Estate area of emphasis and now works at Eastdil Secured as an analyst; and Connor Jones, who got his MS in real estate and is now an investment analyst at Brinkman Real Estate. 

“We were so honored to bestow a new award named for Tom Thibodeau, who inspired students and made a huge impact on CUREC as academic director for 17 years,” said Kercheval.

CUREC Student Award Photo

The Real Estate Team Competition MVP Award went to Harrison Greenmaki, a graduate student in the MBA program and now a senior development analyst at NexCore Group, and Nicholas Macray, an undergraduate student pursuing the Real Estate area of emphasis and interning at Stout, a global investment bank.

The Kim and Gail Koehn Real Estate Leadership Award went to Amber Hughes, a graduate student in the MBA program, now working as an associate at RFA RCLCO Fund Advisors, and Julia Perry, an undergraduate student pursuing the Real Estate area of emphasis and now a commercial real estate analyst at Lowe Property Group. They were selected from nominations from real estate faculty, CUREC staff, and outside nominations received from internship employers and members of the CU Real Estate Council.