LSU Team Takes Third at Global ARGUS University Challenge

LSU's team

LSU's team, clockwise from top left, Jason Wyman,
Eddie Saa, Jacob Kerr, Robin Day, and Alysha Meadors.

April 8, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A group of students from LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business continued the institution’s recent run of success in competitions by finishing third in the 2016 ARGUS Software University Challenge.

More than 40 real estate programs from national universities participated in the competition, which is now in its sixth year. The LSU team was made up of Robin Day, a Flores MBA student from Baton Rouge; Jacob Kerr, a graduate student in finance from Baton Rouge; Alysha Meadors, a graduate student in finance from Baton Rouge; Eddie Saa of Houston, Texas; and Jason Wyman, a graduate student in finance from Gretna, La.

LSU finished behind the University of San Diego, last year’s winner, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Real Estate.

The team was coached by Justin Landry, adjunct faculty member in the LSU Department of Finance and Real Estate Research Institute. He is also a properties asset/finance manager for Stirling Properties.

“Our team is thrilled to have placed among the top three teams in the country, especially among such prestigious schools and highly respected real estate programs,” Day said. “We were given the invaluable opportunity to learn from real-world scenarios. The challenge was a direct correlation to the types of trials real estate industry professionals encounter on a daily basis. Working as a team from various backgrounds allowed us the chance to share ideas and learn from one another.”

LSU’s team secured $2,000 for the university through ARGUS Software. In addition, it received the 2016 ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) Maurin Ogden Foundation LSU Scholarship Award, funded by Stirling Properties Founders Jimmy Maurin and Roger Ogden. Through this scholarship, the students receive all-expense-paid attendance to the ICSC RECon Convention in Las Vegas.

“This scholarship has been tremendously successful and we’ve had a handful of students who received jobs as a result of attending the conference,” Landry said. “We couldn’t be more proud of this team of students. They have worked so hard for all that they have accomplished this semester.”

Since 2011, ARGUS Software has hosted the competitive challenge for university students from around the world aspiring to be real estate professionals. Through this competition, students create real-world investment strategies through informed decisions using ARGUS solutions. A panel of judges from the academic community and industry then review the case studies and nominate the winners.

About the Real Estate Research Institute
The Real Estate Research Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business was established in 1985 to encourage, support and conduct research in real estate. Along with the Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, RERI hosts the annual Trends in Baton Rouge Real Estate event, which draws upwards of 500 attendees. For more information, visit our home page or call 225-578-6238.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business