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Industry Professionals - Guest speakers coming to the Dean V. White Real Estate Finance Program

An impressive lineup of real estate professionals will share a first-person view of the industry in a course required for the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business’ two minors in Real Estate — Real Estate Finance for business students and Real Estate for non-business students.

Both minors are offered through the Dean V. White Real Estate Finance Program and are designed to help students develop in-depth knowledge of real estate issues and practices and create a unique skill set for specialized real estate-related careers.

The course, Real Estate Investment and Development (MGMT 43901), provides a deeper understanding of real estate investment and development of commercial real estate. It includes a combination of lectures, team-based projects, and guest speakers from industry, and concludes with a case competition based on a real-world development opportunity. 

Purdue alumnus Marc Hagle (BSEE ’71, MSIA ’72), CEO and president of Tricor International, is serving as the guest lecturer on most Fridays in fall 2023 and is organizing the case competition around development opportunities associated with the recently announced LEAP district in Lebanon, Indiana.

“Marc starts every class with a mantra of a lesson he learned throughout his career,” says Mike Eriksen, a professor of economics and director of the Dean V. White Real Estate Finance Program. “One of those lessons has been ‘Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do,’ and epitomizes the importance of finding a path of action to move forward. These shared insights and experiences give our students first-hand knowledge of the persistence needed to be successful.”

Other guest alumni speakers include Erik Horvat, managing director and head of U.S. real estate at The Olayan Group, and Peyton Truitt, CEO and co-founder of plotr.

“Our real estate program’s focus on investment and development is what differentiates us from our peers,” Eriksen says. “Our alumni are recognized as world leaders in the field and our ability to leverage that expertise through guest lectures, hosting site visits, and sponsoring case competitions has led directly to our recent success with 154 students declaring a real estate minor in our first year.”

For more information on the Dean V. White Real Estate Finance Program, visit