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The Darden Real Estate Club strives to enhance students’ understanding of the real estate industry, build and strengthen Darden’s relationships with real estate firms and provide guidance to our members in their search of careers within the field. As an end goal, we are focused on furthering the Darden brand while further solidifying Darden’s reputable presence in the real estate community.

2014-15 Officers & Leaders





 Mike Stehle 


 Mike is a 2015 MBA candidate at the Darden Graduate School of Business and will be a summer associate in Eastdil Secured’s investment banking group in New York.   Mike came to Darden after spending five years in the real estate industry. Most recently, Mike worked on the asset management team for the Income & Growth Fund – a value add private equity real estate fund – at LaSalle Investment Management, based in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, Mike had asset and portfolio management responsibilities for office, industrial, retail, and multifamily properties in various markets across the US. Prior to LaSalle, Mike spent two years working at Duff and Phelps in its real estate team. Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2008. In addition to following Boston sports Mike is an avid Wisconsin Badgers football and basketball fan. 



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Matthew Graham

VP of Education

 Prior to attending Darden, Matthew taught 8th grade math in Atlanta, GA as a member of Teach For America.  Despite having 25% of his students receiving services for Special Education or English Speakers of Other Languages, Matthew’s students exceeded the average Georgia state passing rate in both years he spent teaching.  Originally from Alabama, Matthew received a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and worked in investment banking during college.  He has also spent time working or studying in San Francisco, London, and Cape Town.  In his spare time, Matthew enjoys water sports, playing the harmonica, and competing in triathlons.  Matthew spent his summer working with EDENS in Atlanta and focused on development, finance, and property management of retail real estate. 




Eric Grodahl 

VP of Alumni Relations

 Eric is a 2015 MBA candidate at the Darden Graduate School of Business and will be a summer associate in Eastdil Secured’s investment banking group in New York.  Prior to attending Darden, Eric worked as an Analyst in New York for a regulatory consulting firm for investment advisers named ACA Compliance Group.  Over the course of his three years at the firm, Eric worked with many of the world’s largest hedge funds and private equity firms.  He also had extensive business development responsibilities, spearheading several marketing, recruiting, and global expansion initiatives.  While in New York, Eric also played semi-professional basketball for two years.  Originally from Oregon, he received a BA in Economics from Stanford University.  In his spare time, Eric enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends.




Brian Benzel

VP of Finance

Prior to attending Darden, Brian spent six years living in Washington, D.C. and working in commercial real estate finance. He began his career managing a portfolio of over $250MM of real estate assets at CapitalSource Bank. In 2009, Brian transitioned to CWCapital Asset Management where he was responsible for the resolution and management of distressed real estate assets. Brian resolved over sixty transactions totaling over $500MM across all asset classes. While attending Darden, he has been working as a part-time consultant for a real estate private equity firm assisting in the underwriting and closing of new acquisitions for the fund. Originally from New Jersey, Brian received a BA in Economics and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.  In his spare time, Brian enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and Mario Kart for N64.  




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Russell Davis 

VP of Member Communications

In his life before Darden, Russell was a Licensed Architect practicing in Bozeman, Montana.  He grew up in Staunton, Virginia and holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Tech.  Prior to working in Bozeman, he gained experience in Virginia, Atlanta, and Jackson Hole, WY.  Russell enjoys soccer, hiking, Virginia Tech football, mountain biking, and backcountry snowboarding.  He will spend the summer of 2014 with the Boston Consulting Group in Philadelphia, PA.  Russell is also a LEED Accredited professional.



Jack Eshelman 

VP of Corporate Relations

 Prior to attending Darden, Jack was a Financial Analyst in the Investments Group at AvalonBay, a multifamily REIT, with responsibility for all East Coast and Midwest acquisitions and dispositions.  In his time there, he was involved in over $1B in transactions and worked on the company’s $16B acquisition of Archstone Enterprise.  Jack grew up in Chevy Chase, MD and attended the University of Virginia, earning his BA with Distinction in History in 2010.  He will be interning as an Investment Banking Summer Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Credit Suisse this summer.  He is an avid fly fisherman, skier, golfer and tennis player.



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