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REEX Summer Program

REEX 2020 Shark Tank

CRE serves as one of three host institutions for the Real Estate Exchange (REEX) Program, a commercial real estate summer learning program for high school students, sponsored by Real Estate Executive Council (REEC). Initiated in 2019 by CRE Career Development Office, R. Kelly Cameron, the program is now with CRE for the long-term. In 2020, although virtual, CRE delivered a commercial real estate curriculum to 49 African American and Latinx teenagers from across the US and Puerto Rico. 

For two-weeks in July, about 150 student participants learn fundamentals of commercial real estate, participate in several professional panel discussions moderated by CRE faculty, plus work with CRE alums and other practitioners as coaches on creating their own version of a high-quality mixed-use development project. 

“It’s an opportunity for high school students to expand their vision while being surrounded by their peers across the country in a college-like environment”, stated Ken McIntyre, CEO of REEC. “We plan to continue that momentum by building ongoing connections with our sponsors and professional members.”

The learning program concludes with a Shark Tank competition featuring five teams from each host school. MIT’s team placed second in the 2020 national Shark Tank competition! The demonstration of knowledge and adult-like development project presentations by all participants is truly exceptional to witness.