Building on a Legacy
Since its inception, both IBREC and the MRED program have continued to evolve under impressive leadership. In 2013, Danny Wall was hired to direct the MRED program, and he expanded its offerings with mentorship programs, discussion labs, travel experiences, student-led consulting engagements, and continued refinement of the curriculum. In 2016, Flyn Dawson was hired as executive director and led the further evolution of IBREC. Under his leadership, fundraising more than doubled, UREC grew and attracted higher-quality participants, and he expanded the IBREC advisory board to better reflect the real-world diversity and inclusivity in the real estate industry. Dawson also created the IBREC Women’s Council, a group dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women in Utah’s real estate community.
In 2021, the untimely passing of Dawson lead to the creation of The Flyn Dawson Memorial Scholarship Fund. And although Dawson’s dedication, passion, vision, and friendship will be sorely missed, he left IBREC well-positioned for continued growth and success. One of Dawson’s major accomplishments was to hire Dr. Andra Ghent, a nationally recognized academic real estate economist. Ghent joined IBREC in 2021 as academic director. She leads the Center’s research initiatives and provides strategic thought leadership. Shortly thereafter, Danny Wall was named interim executive director of IBREC.