Andrew Hunt, director for the Center for Real Estate in the College of Business Administration, has been named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 class.
Each year, Business Journal reporters and editors select 40 leaders under the age of 40 — from a pool of hundreds of nominations — who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement while also becoming leaders in their communities.
Hunt was joined in this year’s class by Michelle Waite, applied learning instructor for Applied Lean Six Sigma in the College of Business Administration’s Center for Supply Chain Management. She is also the director of Continuous Improvement and Multicultural Outreach at Versiti.
“I am thrilled that Andy and Michelle have been recognized as young leaders who are making a difference in the community,” said Tim Hanley, Interim Keyes Dean of the College of Business Administration. “Andy has made an immense impact, not just on the Center for Real Estate and our students, but also Milwaukee’s business community at large. Michelle is representative of the tremendous quality of industry professionals that are offering their real-world experience and knowledge to enhance the Marquette education.”
As director for the Center for Real Estate, Hunt is responsible for carrying out the mission of the center and oversight of all day-to-day administration of its programs, activities and outreach. Among those outreach events is the annual Real Estate Strategies Conference at Marquette which hosted over 700 attendees in three virtual conference segments in 2020. He has also played a critical role in Marquette’s involvement in the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program, an industry-supported initiative that recruits and retains people of color for careers in commercial real estate.
“Andy has been an exemplar in his service to others – from his role on the ACRE Board and as an ACRE instructor to his efforts to maintain Marquette’s real estate program as a top 12 program in U.S. News’ annual survey of Best Real Estate Programs,” said Dr. Mark Eppli, professor emeritus of finance, in his nomination. “His diversity and inclusion efforts with ACRE and applied work with Marquette real estate alums has provided for a more thoughtful and diverse built environment in Milwaukee.”
Hunt was also singled out for his work with real estate students, both with Marquette and ACRE. He teaches future generations of Marquette and ACRE students how to model commercial real estate and oversees the coordination and mentoring of the students in Marquette’s real estate program, working to maintain a 100% placement rate for all graduating students. Hunt is also working to create an applied learning real estate clinic where students participate in the underwriting, financing, acquisition, management, and harvesting of a series of commercial real estate assets (actual investment) as part of an applied learning experience
“I’m humbled and honored to be part of this year’s 40 Under 40 class, which has included several amazing colleagues from Marquette over the years,” Hunt said. “We have a great team in the College of Business Administration and the Center for Real Estate doing wonderful and innovative work, and it’s a privilege to represent Marquette in receiving this award.”