Real Estate Research Institute Receives Donation

February 25, 2019

Check presentation to RERI administrators.

From left to right: Brian Andrews, Scott Macdonald and Kelley Pace.

BATON ROUGE – The Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) received a $10,000 donation from the Commercial Investment Division of the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors (CID) Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the CID’s quarterly luncheon. The RERI and the CID have partnered in presenting the annual TRENDS in Real Estate Seminar since 1988 to provide a variety of real estate industry professionals the opportunity to come together and examine the state of the industry in our area, and to help focus industry professionals on emerging trends, whatever their specialty.

Kelley Pace, PhD, director of the RERI, and Brian Andrews, assistant director of the RERI, accepted the donation on behalf of the Department of Finance. “The students and faculty associated with the Real Estate Research Institute have greatly appreciated the support over the years by the CID,” said Pace. “The funds provide for student outings, subscriptions, and data which greatly enrich our program.”

Presenting the check on behalf of the CID was Scott Macdonald of Stirling Properties who is serving as this year’s chair of the TRENDS Seminar. “TRENDS could not have given the donation to a better cause than the RERI,” said Macdonald. “TRENDS and the RERI have been intertwined for many years working together on education through research and development. I hope the donation will continue to help the RERI.”   

The Baton Rouge TRENDS Seminar is what Macdonald refers to as, “the State of the Union Speech for the Baton Rouge Real Estate Market” and is one of the most highly attended and well-respected seminars covering all categories of the Baton Rouge real estate market.  Last year’s attendance for the TRENDS seminar was approximately 1,000 people.

The 2019 TRENDS Seminar will be held May 2, 2019, at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. For more information please visit the event website.

About the Department of Finance

The Department of Finance offers high-quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab utilizes the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial databases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit our home page or call 225-578-6291.

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit


Contact: Wendy Marx
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business