After Tim Wright ('86, M.B.A.) moved to San Diego in 1982, he didn't know where his career path would lead him. He had exposure to commercial real estate at his first job following college at Bank of America, leading him to an interest in the field.
With a possible career in commercial real estate in mind, the Chicago-area native enrolled at SDSU's M.B.A. program in 1984. "I knew SDSU had a strong business school and the curriculum seemed to provide very practical applications of finance and real estate theory," said Wright. "I saw it as a place which could offer me a suite of specific tools and skills to pursue a career in the field." Wright enjoyed his time at SDSU and has stayed in touch with his classmates on a regular basis for the past 25 years.
A class taught by real estate professors Dr. James Short and Dr. Bob Wilbur cemented Wright's decision to make commercial real estate his full-time career. He left banking in 1987 and joined First Interstate Mortgage Company, eventually rising to the position of Vice President. After a stint in the finance division of CB Commercial, he joined Holliday, Fenoglio, Fowler, L.P., a national commercial real estate finance company in 1997 and serves as the managing director of the San Diego office where he is responsible for originating debt and structured finance opportunities as well as the day-to-day operations of the San Diego branch.
Wright has also found the time to give back to San Diego State University as a member of the advisory board for The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate and recommends that today's SDSU real estate students take a close look at the many careers that real estate has to offer. "You tend to think only of the obvious careers like developer, manager, investor or architect, but there is a much broader cast of critical players who are involved from concept to creation," said Wright. "Each position requires different skills sets and offers their own professional trade-offs."
"I knew SDSU had a strong business school and the curriculum seemed to provide very practical applications of finance and real estate theory."