Five exceptional business and community leaders offer words of wisdom.
Jerod Johnson (Business Entrepreneurship ’19), a Realtor at The Brokery in Phoenix, credits the W. P. Carey Business Entrepreneurship program for providing the pieces he needed to change course, stick with industry, and grow his real estate career.
Varadaraj Zamindar (MRED ’17), Founder of the Rao Raja of Indore Foundation, spends his time advocating for social change in his community, and appreciates the lessons he learned while pursuing his masters in real estate development at ASU.
When he isn’t connecting business clients, he’s creating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community.
Josiah Byrnes (MRED ’10), President of Embree Capital Markets Group, credits the W. P.
Billy Cundiff (MRED ’16), Managing Director of Greystar, enjoys being a part of the alumni community and establishing connections with current students — his involvement gives him the opportunity to give back to the program, and appreciate how far he’s come in his own career.
Focused on financial literacy and renewable energy, Paul Cutler (BS Finance ’81) and his wife Judy, established the Cutler Family Endowed Professorship along with the Cutler Finance Scholars program.
Throughout her nearly 40 years at the university, Kay A. Faris held many roles of critical importance to student success. W. P. Carey interviewed Faris to learn more about the history of the school's emergency scholarship fund.
W. P. Carey Alumni Council Member, annual supporter, and Maricopa County Public Defender-Deputy Director Lina Garcia (BS Management ’04, JD ’07) has always had a passion for community engagement and helping those who are struggling.
Alumnus Ryan Talamante (BS Economics ’90) grew up in Tempe, and is a strong supporter of ASU and the Department of Economics at the W. P. Carey School of Business.