Jake Alexander

Name: Jake Alexander

Hometown: Huntersville, NC

Program (Full-Time, Part-Time): Part-Time 

Concentration/Area of Emphasis: Real Estate Finance & Development

Anticipated Graduation (Month & Year): May 2022

Undergraduate Institution and Degree: College of Charleston, BS in Business Administration and Hospitality & Tourism Management, Minor: Real Estate

Current Employer: JLL

Position: Analyst


What is your professional background?

I have been with JLL for five and a half years. I started with the company in the JLL Charleston, SC right out of College as an intern then was promoted to a Brokerage Assistant shortly after. After 3 years of working in Charleston, I was promoted to the JLL Carolinas Capital Markets team in Charlotte, where I served as a Project Coordinator for roughly a year and a half. In July 2019, JLL merged with HFF combining two Capital Markets powerhouses. During the merger, I transitioned over to the Carolinas Retail Capital Markets team where I've served as an Analyst for almost a year.

What motivated you to pursue this program?

The Belk College of Business is a very attractive and highly reputable business school, especially in Charlotte and the Carolinas. The school’s MSRE program appealed to me because of its flexible curriculum and optionality to attend school part-time and work full-time.

How would you describe the M.S. in Real Estate to someone who is considering pursuing this master’s degree?

The Belk College of Business provides you the opportunities and resources to advance your knowledge and challenge your skill sets. The school, its faculty and staff, and its resources position you to be successful, but it's up to you to take advantage of that position to make your graduate experience worth it and to reap its benefits.