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Huizenga Business School Welcomes Commercial Real Estate Women

Beverly Raphael presents at the Commercial Real Estate Women of Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach lecture.

The Commercial Real Estate Women of Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach (CREW) recently hosted a lecture at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.  

From left: Jessica Joly, Huizenga Business School real estate development program student and scholarship recipient; Patricia Werhahn, Weingarten Realty; Phyllis L. Shuster, Esq., Shuster Legal Solutions; Michael Fields, Ph.D., dean of the Huizenga Business School.

Held at the Carl DeSantis Building, the lecture featured guest speaker Beverly Raphael, president & CEO of RCC Associates, Inc. – one of the most recognized general contractors in the United States, with almost 40 years experience building for exclusive European couture clientele, premiere restaurant clients.  

In the Knight Lecture Hall, Raphael spoke of her journey into the world of commercial real estate and the growth and survival of the company through the years. Raphael was also a Huizenga Business School Distinguished Lecture Series speaker in December 2006.  Her updated presentation included the company’s revenue figures, which clearly demonstrated the past few tumultuous years in the real estate and construction industries.  RCC anticipated tough times and implemented lean operations prior to the economic downturn.  It was a smart decision, but not without pain, as the company endured two rounds of layoffs.   Raphael was happy to report that RCC is surviving, is profitable, and once again looking forward to growth. 

Huizenga Business School Dean Michael Fields, Ph.D., introducing guest speaker Beverly Raphael to speak on the RCC story.

Beverly Raphael and Michael Fields, Ph.D., dean of the Huizenga Business School.

CREW also presented Huizenga Business School student Jessica Joly with a $1,000 scholarship.  Joly is enrolled in the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program and was part of a team of seven Huizenga School students who won the Collegiate Real Estate Challenge hosted by the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) in April 2010.