Vaughn Irons, master of science in real estate ’17, moved to Atlanta to pursue opportunities, and since arriving that is exactly what he has done. He worked for Fulton County government, then a nonprofit organization focused on housing before moving to Freddie Mac. Irons is currently principal of a privately held urban planning and real estate development firm.
Talking about his motivation to enroll in Robinson’s real estate program, he said, “I had the urban policy, planning and government side and I wanted to become more proficient in the real estate side.”
Learning about the commercial and retail aspects of real estate has been beneficial for Irons, whose firm is managing a major redevelopment of the Mall at Stonecrest, which includes Atlanta Sports City, a sports complex covering 197 acres.
“A lot of what I’ve experienced in the program came at the right time with everything that my firm is being asked to do,” Irons said.
Through Robinson, Irons also earned a certification in ARGUS, a software program that determines the financial performance of a real estate project. The certification gives Irons leverage when meeting with investors and private equity firms.
Irons has done well to put himself in the right place at the right time and luckily for the future development of Atlanta, that place is Robinson and that time is now.