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Schenk ’20 Explores Real Estate, Construction from the Ground Up

During his summer internship with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm based in Los Angeles, John Schenk ’20 found that the industry at its core “is about building relationships with people.”

Last year, Schenk interned with Colliers International in New York, developing hands-on experience in commercial real estate, but his interest in construction and real estate can be traced to his childhood and family, many of whom worked both in real estate and demolition.

Based in the Cincinnati area, Schenk has worked for the past several summers as a demolition specialist for O’Rourke Wrecking, the nation’s ninth largest demolition contractor, running heavy equipment and preparing sites for construction.

As a commercial real estate office brokerage intern this summer, Schenk added new insight to his background. “As I continue to build my career in both industries,” he explains, “I am continually searching for ways to expand my skill sets, comprehension and application, aiming to bridge commercial real estate, property development and demolition into one well-oiled machine.”

To do that, strong relationships with clients, coworkers and officials are essential, which is why, Schenk says, success boils down to three fundamental elements that transcend real estate: “speak clearly, write well and read as much as you can.”

Schenk is majoring in economics and English. He is a member of Young Americans for Freedom, Kappa Alpha Society, Canandaigua Yacht Club and the Hobart crew team. This fall, he is studying abroad in Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University.