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Martin Sarkees Martin Sarkees

Martin Sarkees, Clemson MRED 2013

In addition to being a full time MRED student, 2nd year Martin Sarkees spends his time away from the classroom as a coach for the Clemson University Women's Rugby Club.

11 questions with Martin Sarkees:

Hometown: Originally from Media, PA, I now live in Clemson, SC.

First semester at Clemson: Fall 2011

What other universities have you attended? Drexel University, Temple University

Why did you choose the MRED program at Clemson?  Great campus, excellent multi-disciplinary program.

What advice/thoughts would you give to prospective MRED students about the program? If you are not already proficient, learn how to use Excel and a financial calculator.

Describe your summer internship with the MRED program and what you learned from that experience.  My summer internship was extremely beneficial.  I worked in a few different areas of real estate.  I worked for a local residential developer in a project manager role.  I also worked for a local brokerage firm performing Argus analyses for commercial properties for sale. Lastly, I assisted an Atlanta investor performing Argus analyses for industrial properties.

Tell us something interesting about yourself or your background.  Along with coaching rugby, I also help coach the Clemson Elementary Chess Team. I love to waterski and wakeboard. Warm weather in Clemson allows me to start in March and end in October – no need for a wetsuit!

What types of on-campus activities (student organizations, research, jobs, volunteer opportunities) are/were you involved in?  CURESA, Clemson Women’s Rugby and Omicron Delta Kappa.

What has been your favorite MRED experience/memory and why? There’s been a few – ULI and Maymester are great experiences.  The coolest was my first Clemson football game.  As an MRED student we get season tickets. 

Favorite book/newspaper/journal you like to read?  Pretty much a regular viewer of Squawk Box in the AM and cnbc.com the rest of the day.

What are your plans/goals after graduation? I’d like to stay in the Clemson area and continue my career in real estate.

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