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Shenehon Center for Real Estate

About the Shenehon Center for Real Estate

The Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business serves as a resource to the real estate community. For more than 15 years, the center has been advancing interest in real estate issues, supporting the growth and development of real estate professionals, and fostering innovation and collaboration. We do this by: 

  • Creating and developing real estate leadership and management programs for undergraduate and graduate degree programs 
  • Providing a neutral forum to convene real estate professionals to share best practices 
  • Supporting and working with local real estate industry organizations 
  • Conducting real estate research 
  • Developing mechanisms to transfer leading edge business practices to the real estate industry 

Contact

Andrew Babula

Phone Number
651-962-4402

Shenehon Center Programming

  • Major in Real Estate Studies
  • Real Estate Events
  • Real Estate Alumni
  • Major in Real Estate Studies

    If working in this exciting field is your goal, consider a St. Thomas BS in Real Estate Studies from the Opus College of Business. 

    In addition to core business courses, you’ll take concentration courses that cover market analysis, real estate law, finance and investments, property management, appraisal, and development. Our program gives you a solid background in general business practices, as well as real estate theory and application. 

    Real Estate Studies Major

    Real Estate Events

    Real Estate Industry Update Breakfast

    In partnership with Finance & Commerce, the Shenehon Center hosts a Real Estate Industry Update Breakfast every June. Stay tuned for more information about our next event!

    NAIOP University Challenge

    This is an annual competition between undergraduate real estate departments and clubs from the University of St. Thomas and several other Universities from the Midwest.

    NAIOP University Challenge

    Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame

    Join us in celebrating the 2023 inductees to the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame. 

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023
    8:00am – 10:00am
    Golden Valley Country Club
    7001 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN

    Registration information will be available closer to the event.

    Real Estate Alumni

    The Real Estate Alumni Council is an organization of alumni and friends of the University of St. Thomas who are involved in the real estate industry. Members include those with an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or certificate in Real Estate as well as other University of St. Thomas alumni who work in the real estate industry. The Real Estate Alumni Council provides a critical role as a networking forum for alumni and connects the efforts of the Opus College of Business Real Estate Program and current students with alumni and the overall real estate industry.

    For more information about the Real Estate Alumni Council, including upcoming events and how you can get involved, please email realestate@stthomas.edu or join our LinkedIn group

    Major in Real Estate Studies

    If working in this exciting field is your goal, consider a St. Thomas BS in Real Estate Studies from the Opus College of Business. 

    In addition to core business courses, you’ll take concentration courses that cover market analysis, real estate law, finance and investments, property management, appraisal, and development. Our program gives you a solid background in general business practices, as well as real estate theory and application. 

    Real Estate Studies Major

    Real Estate Events

    Real Estate Industry Update Breakfast

    In partnership with Finance & Commerce, the Shenehon Center hosts a Real Estate Industry Update Breakfast every June. Stay tuned for more information about our next event!

    NAIOP University Challenge

    This is an annual competition between undergraduate real estate departments and clubs from the University of St. Thomas and several other Universities from the Midwest.

    NAIOP University Challenge

    Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame

    Join us in celebrating the 2023 inductees to the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame. 

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023
    8:00am – 10:00am
    Golden Valley Country Club
    7001 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN

    Registration information will be available closer to the event.

    Real Estate Alumni

    The Real Estate Alumni Council is an organization of alumni and friends of the University of St. Thomas who are involved in the real estate industry. Members include those with an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or certificate in Real Estate as well as other University of St. Thomas alumni who work in the real estate industry. The Real Estate Alumni Council provides a critical role as a networking forum for alumni and connects the efforts of the Opus College of Business Real Estate Program and current students with alumni and the overall real estate industry.

    For more information about the Real Estate Alumni Council, including upcoming events and how you can get involved, please email realestate@stthomas.edu or join our LinkedIn group

    Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame

    The Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame was established to honor real estate leaders who have made significant contributions in real estate and demonstrated a passion for improving their community as a business leader. 

    The Shenehon Center for Real Estate honors members of the Minnesota real estate community with an induction into the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame annually.  

    Click the button below to nominate a leader by June 15 for consideration for the next class of inductees. If you prefer to email a completed paper form, click here.

    Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductees

    Year Inductees
    2022 Bob Greenberg 
    David Frauenshuh 
    George Sherman 
    Jean Kane
    2021

    Herb Tousley

    2019 Alan Arthur
    Kim Culp
    Dennis Doyle
    Dan Engelsma
    Marjorie Nolan
    Ken Rothchild
    2018

    Tom Holtz
    Jim Nelson
    Russ Nelson

    2017

    Ralph Burnet
    Jack Rice
    Howard Shenehon

    2016

    Walter Nelson
    Fred Wall
    Mark Westra

    2015

    Dan Dolan
    Larry Laukka
    James Solem

    2014 George R. Karvel, Ph.D.
    Cyril “Cy” Kuefler, Sr.
    Jim Stanton
    2013 Leonard Bisanz
    Helen Brooks
    Thomas Crowley
    M.A. Mortenson, Sr.
    Kenneth Stensby
    2012 David Bell
    Robert Boblett, Sr.
    Philip Smaby
    Boyd Stofer
    2011

    The Dayton Brothers
    Robert Hoffman
    Darrel Holt
    Bernard Rice
    Emma Rovick

    2010 Tony Bernardi
    Lloyd Engelsma
    Gerald Rauenhorst
    William Reiling
    Jim Ryan
    Sam Thorpe, Sr.