NAIOP SoCal AND the Center for Real Estate at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business

NAIOP SoCal AND the Center for Real Estate at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business


  COSTA MESA, Calif. (March, 2016) – NAIOP SoCal, the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate, and the Center for Real Estate at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business have awarded Randall Maples the 2015-16 NAIOP SoCal-CRE Fellowship, a combined learning experience and financial award designed to develop and prepare future real estate industry leaders.

Maples is in land acquisition with Trumark Homes, a California-based homebuilder. In this role he is responsible for land acquisition, financial underwriting, and diligence assistance, and most recently served as land acquisition manager. His background also includes experience with Land Advisors and Colliers International.

The $7,500 scholarship award is to support Maples’ studies at UC Irvine’s Merage School. He began the MBA program in September 2015. Additional benefits of the Fellowship for Maples include the opportunity to attend meetings of the NAIOP SoCal Board of Directors, a 40-person board comprised of real estate executives from some of the region’s and nation’s leading firms. 

“It is important to our chapter to support the next generation of industry leaders. Maples stood out for the work he has done to date in his career and his commitment to building his resume of experience and knowledge,” said Kevin Jennings, 2016 president of NAIOP SoCal and Market Executive-Southern California, Commercial Real Estate Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “NAIOP is proud to support the UCI Center for Real Estate, and share the common goal of selecting the best and brightest candidates who are interested in pursuing and excelling at a career in commercial real estate.”

The Merage School is ranked among the top 5% of accredited business schools in the U.S. according to Financial Times in 2015. The Full-Time MBA program is ranked 7th among public universities and 21 in the U.S. overall, according to Financial Times’ 2015 Global MBA ranking report.   The Executive MBA (EMBA) program is ranked among the top 25 in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 ranking of EMBA programs.

 “It is an honor to receive such a prestigious fellowship and to be recognized in our industry.  NAIOP’s commitment to the development of the next generation of industry leaders is exemplary.  I strive to use my educational experience at UCI and industry experience to bring another perspective and creative thinking to further this effort.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to network and learn from such a high-caliber group of individuals from our industry,” said Maples.

This year marks the seventh year that the Center for Real Estate and NAIOP SoCal have partnered to award scholarships to deserving industry leadership candidates, helping to launch a number of very successful careers.

Commented Sharon Nakamura-Brown, Associate Director for the Center for Real Estate, “Partnerships with organizations such as NAIOP SoCal are what make the difference in elevating the student experience and developing our talent pool at UCI.  This fellowship initiative is one of the several ways our community partners can support the sustainability of our comprehensive real estate program.”

Education remains a core tenet of NAIOP SoCal’s ongoing focus. In addition to the Fellowship, the chapter created the nationally recognized education program NAIOP SoCal Young Professionals Group (YPG), a 12-month, 70-hour education and leadership training program designed to include access to/training from some of Southern California’s top real estate executives, classroom sessions on various segments of the real estate industry (development, financing, entitlements, leasing, etc.), plus leadership and communication skill development with a noted university professor.

NAIOP SoCal is a chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and comprises more than 1,000 members serving the counties of Los Angeles and Orange.  NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed use real estate, with more than 16,500 members in North America.  NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy.  For more information, visit

The Center for Real Estate is one of seven Centers of Excellence at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business that was created in 2006 to provide the academic and business communities with a network of connections and opportunities for education, training and leadership development in the field of real estate.  The Center’s mission is to advance real estate knowledge through activities of teaching, research and industry outreach.  For more information about the Center, please visit