Real estate is what we love. Building connections between real estate students and our community is what we do.
We believe real estate has the power to inspire change and solve complex challenges in Colorado and around the globe. Through our undergraduate programs, research, and service to our communities, we make the world a better place. The Everitt Real Estate Center is dedicated to bringing the College of Business real estate programs together with the Northern Colorado real estate industry, ultimately benefiting students, faculty, professionals, our community, the state of Colorado, and beyond.
We coordinate opportunities for students and faculty to meet, learn from, and even work with local real estate professionals. In exchange, real estate professionals turn to us for new business solutions from our knowledgeable faculty, as well as new ideas and talent from our emerging professionals.
A part of the College of Business Department of Finance and Real Estate, the Everitt Real Estate Center is a nonprofit organization guided by an advisory board. The center got its start in 2000 with a grant from the Mortgage Bankers Association. In 2004 alumni and local real estate developers Eric Holsapple and Don Marostica donated $1.5 million to establish an endowed chair in the college's real estate program, which promoted the center's mission to bridge the gap between academics and industry. The center became even stronger – and got its name – when Bob and Joyce Everitt pledged $2.4 million in 2005 to support its efforts.
Today, we remain thankful for the generosity and vision of those who built the Everitt Real Estate Center, and for those who still support us – by donating, attending our events, or volunteering their time and expertise.
Real estate professionals and students can learn from and network during the events we host and sponsor each year. Our conferences, led by real estate experts, address emerging real estate trends and issues, such as smart growth, sustainability, regional residential and commercial prices, and developing markets. Each year, we host the Northern Colorado Real Estate Conference and an annual Spring Address. We also host networking opportunities, such as our annual golf tournament.
All real estate students have opportunities to get involved with the center at no cost. We provide them with hands-on learning opportunities based on real-world challenges that enhance their classroom instruction. We facilitate networking opportunities with real estate professionals, help place students into relevant internships, and sponsor regional and global student competitions such as the Sherman Miller Real Estate Competition, The Argus Software University Challenge, the Mulroy Real Estate Challenge, and the National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Challenge.
Everitt Real Estate Center Awards
The Everitt Real Estate Center’s Entrepreneurship Award
The Everitt Real Estate Center’s Entrepreneurship Award was established in 2007 to recognize and honor individuals who have been innovative, creative, and have displayed forward-thinking in their industry. The Entrepreneurship Award winners have impacted the real estate industry as a result of their resourcefulness, collaboration, and imagination. Their actions are inspiring, and they serve as exceptional role models for CSU Students.
2022 Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year
As the owner and chief executive of Hartford Homes, Landon Hoover has overseen the growth of the business from nine employees and about 80 homes annually to more than 60 employees and about 300 homes annually. He has also grown the company’s land development division. We’re proud to recognize Landon’s efforts to build affordable housing in the region and his commitment to taking community and home design to the next level.
The Everitt Real Estate Center Hall of Fame
The Everitt Real Estate Center Hall of Fame was established in 2003 to recognize and honor leaders whose life-long contributions shaped the real estate industry. The Hall of Fame award winners have a proven record of improving their community through their business leadership. They have had a significant impact on their field and serve as exceptional role models for CSU Students.
2022 Real Estate Hall of Fame Inductee
Peter Kast has been a pillar in the Northern Colorado real estate community for more than 40 years. As senior vice president with CBRE's advisory and transaction services, his expertise includes land portfolio management and sales as well as entitlement processes for residential, office, retail, industrial, institutional and recreational uses. Peter has become the go-to source of knowledge for many in the industry, and we’re proud to be honoring his impact on our community.
Deserving nominees are considered each year by the Everitt Real Estate Center Advisory Board and the Executive Committee. The award winners are honored at the Everitt Real Estate Center’s Annual Northern Colorado Real Estate Conference, held each fall in Fort Collins, Colorado.