LPA’s Summer Intern Program: Training the Next Generation of CRE Appraisers
LPA is proud to serve the Texas commercial real estate (CRE) market. We operate five offices across the Lone Star State, providing expert valuations to clients in virtually every industry.
We’re also committed to broadening and deepening our reserve of CRE expertise. We do so by investing in our Team members’ continuing education — as evidenced by the fact that nearly our entire leadership team has earned the Appraisal Institute’s highly sought-after MAI membership designation — and tracking the latest proptech innovations.
Additionally, to perpetuate the CRE valuation excellence that is a pillar of our company values, we also sponsor a Summer Intern Program. Through this initiative, LPA provides training opportunities and invaluable hands-on experience to young people with interests in commercial real estate, banking and finance, urban development, architecture, construction, and other related disciplines.
In the summer of 2019, we welcomed four interns into the LPA Family of CRE experts. Although their summer internships have come to a close, we’d like our readers to meet them and get a glimpse how they spent the past three months helping us ensure a bright future for our profession.
Allison hails from Bulverde, Texas. She is currently working on her Master of Science in Real Estate (MRE) at Texas A&M University. She describes her internship experience in LPA’s San Antonio office as one that afforded her multiple opportunities.
“I got to write my own appraisal reports,” Allison recalls, “which involved conducting onsite inspections, calling brokers, researching comps, and assessing the value of various properties.”
Away from work, Allison enjoys fishing and hanging out with friends and relatives at Canyon Lake near her Texas Hill Country home.
Morgan is also pursuing an MRE at A&M. This summer, she worked with the Team in our Houston office, not far from her hometown of Cypress.
Morgan says she spent much of her time conducting both property inspections and market data research. She especially enjoyed analyzing various approaches to CRE valuation [JM1] to arrive at the most accurate appraisal possible.
Like Allison, Morgan also likes to fish, hang out with friends and relatives, and cheer on the Aggie football team.
Plano native Matthew interned at LPA’s Dallas-Fort Worth headquarters. He will receive his MRE from A&M in 2020.
“A day in the life of an intern consists of always multitasking, “ Matthew observes. “While you work on one task, you need to be attentive to another task, all the while trying to learn as you go.”
In his leisure time, Matthew enjoys doing “anything outdoors” in the company of family and friends.
The lone Texas Tech Red Raider among our 2019 interns, Trevor grew up in Flower Mound and is pursuing dual degrees at Texas Tech: BBAs in both Finance and Accounting.
Commenting on his intern experience, he singles out the spirit of teamwork that defines LPA’s culture. “I got to work on my own valuations and felt like I was part of the team,” he says, “while learning along the way.”
Outside the office, Trevor enjoys attending concerts, spending time with his dogs, and expressing his creativity by working on landscaping projects.
We greatly appreciate all that Allison, Morgan, Matthew, and Trevor did for us — and our valued clients — this summer. If you also have passion for commercial real estate, are committed to maintaining open lines of communication, and are adept at the analysis of detailed market data, you may be LPA material.