Laura Russell is a Marquette University graduate with cum laude honors majoring in real estate and marketing. Prior to her current role as a Research Analyst at JLL, she interned at SVN Hintze Commercial Real Estate for nearly 2 years while obtaining her Wisconsin real estate salesperson license. Post-graduation, she worked at Mid-America Real Estate specializing in marketing for the Investments Sales group and working alongside the Tenant Rep team. Her current role at JLL focuses on office and industrial research within the greater Milwaukee region.
Q) What do you enjoy the most about commercial real estate?
A) The community that comes along with being involved in commercial real estate is the best part! Meeting new people and finding common interests and goals among others is a great thing to be a part of.
Q) What is your favorite quote?
A) “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”
Q) Where did you grow up?
A) I grew up in a small town in Connecticut and moved to the Tampa Bay area in Florida in 2013. I loved having New England falls and Florida winters growing up.
Q) What’s your favorite place to travel to?
A) Florida to see my family and friends
Q) What made you choose Commercial Real Estate?
A) I became interested in real estate when my family and I moved from Connecticut to Florida. Starting from a residential level, I grew to love real estate. When my family was on the “house hunt”, I knew I wanted to continue learning more about real estate. About 4 years later, when it came time to decide on where to go to college, Marquette’s commercial real estate program really stuck out to me. I graduated from Marquette a few years later and the rest is history!
Q) What do you hope to get out of your NextGen Experience?
A) I hope to make connections, deepen my learning, and become exposed to other sectors within commercial real estate. My first career move was in brokerage which then shifted to marketing and financial analyst work, and now currently lead to my role in research. I have loved exploring the varying facets of the commercial real estate industry and have gained a different perspective from each role. From the back end to the front of the deal, there is so much to absorb and take part in.