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Economics is a method rather than a doctrine, an apparatus of the mind, a technique of thinking which helps its possessor to draw correct conclusions.
John Maynard Keynes

Chico Economics Graduate Careers - Real Estate

Georgie Georgie Bellin

Georgie Bellin, who graduated in 1972, is the owner and broker of a successful firm, The Group Real Estate Brokers, in Chico. Georgie embarked on her success as a prominent Chico real estate leader shortly after graduating from Chico State. While searching for a teaching position she answered phones at a local real estate company where her economics and finance knowledge sparked her interest in creative financing for young homebuyers. Despite the limited career opportunities for women in real estate at that time, she was able to break barriers and find her true passion and field of expertise.

In 2002 while still remaining best friends, Fran Shelton and Georgie separated their business partnership to follow their own unique path. Georgie set up The Group under the corporate umbrella of “Seva Corp.”, a Tibetan translation for “generations to come”.

Georgie is an active member of the community where she has served on the Chico City Council, the City of Chico Airport Commission, and the Butte County 2030 General Plan Committee.

Her dream is refined through each project she creates as she blends commercial work space with welcoming open public space and waterways adding to the uniqueness of Chico. After 7 years of planning, Sky creek Business Park will be Chico’s premier state of the art research and business park dedicated to reflect the area’s steady economic growth.

In a recent email, Georgie said, "My degree in economics has helped me so much over the years as I have had to try to explain to my clients how the housing market is affected by our nation's economy and the world at large."


Scott HuntScott Hunt

Scott Hunt, who received his BA in Economics in 2014, is escrow associate at Title Guarantee in Hawaii. Before entering Chico State Scott helped support himself working for Astro Events in Redding from 2008 – 2011. The year before he entered Chico State Scott was a yard worker at Payless Lumber in Anderson, California. At Chico State Scott worked as a supervisor in food services for Associated Students and as an economics tutor for the Economics Department at Chico State.

During the summer before his senior year at Chico State Scott was an intern for the City of Redding where he worked with the City Manager to assist in research and communication. Scott still found time to volunteer as an ambassador for the Economics Department to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and as an animal caregiver for the Butte Humane Society. “Giving care to the less fortunate animals in Butte County was one of the best experiences that I have had,” Scott stated on his Linkedin page.

After graduation Scott accepted a position assistant manager at GameStop in Chico, California, where he was responsible for scheduling employees, training co-workers, and managing inventory. In 2016 he moved to the Island of Hawaii where he is working for Guarantee Title.


Gavin HurshGavin Hursh

Gavin Hursh, who received his BA in Economics with an Emphasis in Environmental in 2001, is associate vice president at NAI Aguer Havelock in Sacramento, California.  After graduation he took a position as senior sales associate at Cornish and Carey, a commercial real estate firm in Sacramento with domestic and international operations.  After almost 8 years he moved on to Grubb and Ellis where he worked in sales and leasing of commercial properties for two and one-half years.  In 2011 he accepted a position with NAI Aguer Havelock where he specializes in building sales and leasing, lease negotiations, and California real estate.


lindsay karbe forgeronLindsay Karbe Forgeron

Lindsay Karbe Forgeron, who graduated in 2003 with a BA in Economics, is project manager at The Van Zanten Group, a real estate investment firm in Manhattan Beach, California. After graduation Lindsay accepted a job as GIS analyst for Pulte Homes, and they promoted Lindsay to assistant project manager and planner 5 months later. In 2006, two and one-half years later, she moved on to BCCI Construction in San Francisco, California as project coordinator. In 2008 Lindsay took a position as assistant operations manager for Baldwin Construction. A year later she signed on as a real estate assistant at Coldwell Bankers. In 2010 she accepted a position as project engineer for TG Construction where she worked for seven years. She has been with the Van Zanten Group since October 2016.  (Last Updated 8/25/17)


Sarah MorinSarah Morin

Sarah Morin, who graduated with a BA in Economics in 2016 and a minor in International Global Studies, is an appraisal support representative with RPM Mortgage in Walnut Creek, California. “Primarily I work to ensure the efficient and timely placement of appraisal orders,” according to her LinkedIn page. “I also support field appraisers and provide customer service.”

Before entering Chico State in 2012 Sarah was a clerk with Lunardi Foods in Daville, California. During high school she worked for Third Key in Danville performing various tasks from running errands to bookkeeping. In 2014 Sarah was an English teacher in the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in the Viterbo Area of Italy. During the summer before her senior year at Chico State Sarah was a waitress at the Fieldhouse Bar and Grill in Danville.

“My economics degree has helped me in a million different ways, and while it doesn't seem like my career would have very much to do with my major, I am able to use a lot of the skills I acquired in college to help me,” Sarah stated in a recent email. “By being an economics major I learned how to problem solve more efficiently, which constantly comes in handy. I also learned a lot about excel which I have been able to apply to my job, as well as just get a firmer grasp on what is going on in the economy every day, as it affects interest rates and therefore my company.” (Last Updated 1/20/17)


Tom SackmanTom Sackman

Tom Sackman, who graduated in 2012 as the International Economics Student of the Year is a real estate assistant for Joan Gordon and David Cohen at Hill and Company in San Francisco, California.  Tom transferred from Santa Barbara City College  with an AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences to Chico State in 2010.  During spring 2012 Tom participated in Study Abroad in India where he taught English to children at the Snhyeedan Orphanage and assisted with recycling at Christ College in Bangalore .

During the summer of 2012 Tom worked as an equities research intern for DB Fitzpatrick Investments in Boise, Idaho.  In the fall he entered graduate school at the University of San Francisco. While earning his MS Tom worked in the Solomon Islands Rural Development Program as an evaluator from January 2013 to August 2013.   He also worked as a research assistant to the World Bank in the Solomon Islands during the summer of 2013. For his master’s thesis Tom evaluated the impacts of water projects on rural village life in the Solomon Islands.  Tom earned his MS in International and Development Economics at USF in 2014.

After receiving his MS Tom worked in sales for almost a year with BrightCurrent Solar and almost 2 years with NRG Home Solar in San Francisco.  He worked briefly with Sunrun before going to work in May 2016 with Hill and Company where he currently works.


bob shennumBob Shennum

Bob Shennum, who graduated with a BA in Economics in 1989, is CEO and owner of Evolve Companies in Salt Lake City, Utah and Phoenix Arizona. While a student at Chico State Bob worked as a tutor for the Economics Department and he was a member of the Economics Club and the Entrepreneurial Club. After graduation Bob studied econometric forecasting at Wharton. He was regional manager and VP of Wells Fargo Bank at 400 Capital Street in Sacramento from 1989 to 1997. He joined Franklin Covey in Salt Lake City, Utah as Area Director in 1997. Bob ran a $100 million dollar bridge capital fund and was heavily involved in Real Estate. In 2008 Bob had created an ownership position with one partner and owned 50% of a $500 million dollar Real Estate development portfolio. After the economy crashed Bob had to start all over again. Bob went back to Franklin Covey and in 2015 they promoted him to managing director of sales performance practice. In late 2016 Bob purchased Evolve Companies (ECS) where he is CEO. In 2017 Bob launched his Business Consulting practice and continues to also serve as CEO of ECS. You can see both of Bobs companies at evolveconsultingsolutions.com and evolvecleaningsolutions.com.  (Last Updated 8/30/17)


Daniel StuboDaniel Stubo

Daniel Stubo, who graduated in 1994 with a BA in Economics, is director of sales for HomeLight, a firm that matches homebuyers and real estate agents. According to Daniel’s LinkedIn page, Homelight with its “data-driven technology analyzes over 18 million historical transactions, 2 million agents, and 200,000 brokerages,” to find the best match between agents and buyers. 

After graduation Daniel began his career in real estate finance with Palo Alto Funding Group and two years later he moved to Menlo Park Mortgage. In 1996 he accepted a job as production manager for E-Loan, combining his interest in real estate finance and technology. He spent almost 9 years with E-Loan before accepting a job as loan manager for Financial center Credit Union in late 2010. Daniel has worked for HomeLight since 2012.  


Maria TalpasMaria Talpas

Maria Talpas, who graduated with a BA in Economics with Honors and a BS in Finance in 2011, is a senior acquisitions associate at University Avenue Partners in San Francisco. The partners are investors from the high-tech community who want to buy properties in the Bay Area for $1 million to $30 million range in order to produce long-term income. Maria began her career with University Avenue Partners in early 2014 as a member of the acquisitions team.

After graduation Maria accepted a job with Marcus and Millichap Real Estate Investment Services as an associate in Palo Alto, California. She worked there for almost 2 years before moving to her position with University Avenue Partners.

While maintaining her honors standing in Economics, Maria also worked as an analyst for Novasyte Inc. and as a sales intern for National Ford Truck Club during her senior year.