John Loper is an Associate Professor of Real Estate at the USC Price School of Public Policy. John graduated from USC with a B.S. in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development. He began teaching in 2012, following a long and varied career in the real estate sector.
John’s love for real estate stems from a life-long fascination with buildings. As a kid growing up in suburban Southern California, John witnessed the growth of master-planned neighborhoods. He saw firsthand how real estate development can impact communities. By the time he began college, John was enrolled as an architecture and engineering major. Despite his interest for building design, he transferred into the business school to gain skills for a corporate career.
Howard Lee is an Acquisitions and Asset Management Associate at AEW in their Downtown Los Angeles office. Howard graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree from the Marshall School of Business with a minor in Real Estate Development in 2016. Howard did not have the conventional path to a real estate finance role. While at USC, he worked on a startup before transitioning into the more traditional career path. It was then that he decided to take a position at AEW Capital Management, one that he has progressed as his mastery of the real estate field has grown.
AEW is a global real estate investment management firm that invests in all product types. The company serves over 400 clients with close to $76.0 billion in assets under management. Currently, Howard splits his time between acquisitions and asset management. On the acquisitions side, his main focus is assisting the acquisitions director underwrite and close on deals, primarily Denver and west. As a member of the asset management team, his main responsibilities include supporting the asset managers in all facets including reviewing leases, updating financial models (both Excel and Argus), and completing quarterly and annual reports. By doing so, he executes upon the plans and decisions which were made by the acquisitions team.