Welcome to Merage Real Estate Association

The Merage Real Estate Association (MREA) is an active graduate student organization that complements the real estate MBA program and the Center for Real Estate at The Paul Merage School of Business.  MREA adds value for its student members by offering a variety of educational events and networking opportunities where students learn from and interact with local real estate professionals and alumni.  Additionally, MREA is focused on creating career-oriented opportunities for students who seek careers in the real estate industry.



Jade Nguyen – FEMBA 2022
: jade.nguyen@uci.edu

Jade was born and raised in Vietnam. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the San Diego State University with a major in Finance and minor in Real Estate.

Currently, Jade is pursuing her MBA with a focus on real estate development and investment while working at The Bascom Group as an Acquisition Analyst. She enjoys cooking,  stand-up comedy, yoga, and networking to learn more about CRE.

Colin Riley – FTMBA 2021

Colin was born and raised in Denver Colorado. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder where he majored in Finance. After graduation Colin spent four years working in wealth management. Prior to attending UC Irvine he worked as a Senior Financial Consultant for TD Ameritrade and managed a $500MM book of business. He returned to school full time to leverage his skills in finance and begin a career in real estate investment.

Currently, Colin is a member of the FTMBA Class of 2020, focusing on Real Estate and Finance.  He enjoys playing soccer and golf, watching all Denver sports teams, and staying current on popular films.

Marco Price – FEMBA 2021
Chief Financial Officer
il: pricem2@uci.edu

Marco is a recent southern California transplant, having moved from the Seattle area in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from Seattle Pacific University. Following undergrad, Marco worked for KeyBank and CIT Bank within their commercial underwriting and commercial real estate finance groups, respectively. He has since transitioned into the investment management side working for Invesco in their Real Estate Asset Management group.

In addition to working full-time, Marco is pursuing his MBA at the Paul Merage School of Business with a focus on real estate and finance. In his free time, Marco enjoys playing golf, getting exercise, and eating Chipotle at least once a week.

Krish Patel – FEMBA 2021
Chief Operating Officer
il: krishpp1@uci.edu

Krish is a candidate of the Fully Employed MBA Class of 2021. After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Krish moved to Southern California to pursue a career in Real Estate. He is a licensed Real Estate associate, primarily focusing in Residential Real Estate.

While pursuing his MBA with a focus in Real Estate and Finance, Krish hopes to transition to the investment and development side of Commercial Real Estate. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys hiking and the Southern California beaches.