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UCF Students Mentored by KPM Franklin Win NAIOP Real Estate Case Competition


KPM Franklin congratulates Vision Development for winning first place in the 2022 NAIOP Case Study Competition, an intercollegiate competition between undergraduate student teams from the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Each team was paired with a group of professionals mentors with expertise in architecture, engineering, banking, land planning and development. The mentors worked closely with the students over the length of the semester to pass on what it takes to create a development plan. Using skills learned in UCF coursework, each team put together a full development plan and presented it to a panel of industry experts.

From left, Richard Van Slyke, UCF adjunct professor, and Vision Development team members Valentia Suero, Harrison Kaye, Thomas Hoyla, Mahalalelle Jolivain, Noah Cohn and Chetan Patel

KPM Franklin’s Jay Brown, landscape architect, and Hunter Nimmo, planner, led a group of eight professional firms which provided Vision Development with insights about the land development process. These insights helped the team generate a development plan based on the current market environment for a new sports district community in the West Lakes neighborhood near Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Real estate and multiple disciplinary students on the winning Vision Development team included Thomas Hoyla, Chetan Patel, Harrison Kaye, Mahalalelle Jolivain, Noah Cohn and Valentia Suero. In addition to KPM Franklin, the team also was mentored by representatives from Green Slate Land & Development, Atrium Management, American Momentum Bank, Archon Commercial Advisors, Brasfield & Gorrie, Keesee Associates and Hannibal Square Community Land Trust.  

Vision Development team members Valentia Suero, Mahalalelle Jolivain, Chetan Patel, Harrison Kaye, Noah Cohn and Thomas Hoyla

Vision Development’s presentation and proposal incorporated a detailed project summary, investment plan, market and use analysis, marketing strategy, construction plans and even a full financial analysis. Highlights of their development plan included a proposed 1 Class A market rate multi-family residential building, a landing place for business and retail and a community of brownstone town homes.

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