UNIBusiness alumnus sees large return in Real Estate education
Joe Bryant (Real Estate and Finance ’04) bought his first investment property in 2006. It was a modest brick duplex with a tuck-under garage in northwest Des Moines. While living in one side, he rented and managed the other side.
In short time, that one investment turned into a full-time business for Bryant. He launched Delta Property Management, which acquires, renovates and manages duplexes in Central Iowa, in 2011.
Bryant, a Fort Dodge native, worked in the real estate industry in some form or fashion throughout the next decade and a half after graduation. He held positions in sales, analysis, lending and more, acquiring skills in all aspects of the industry. In 2017, he stepped away from his position at West Des Moines-based Community Business Lenders to be with his family and run Delta Property Management full time.
Bryant has also given back to the school by teaching Principles of Real Estate. He credits UNIBusiness and Art Cox, the director of UNI’s real estate program, with teaching him the fundamentals of real estate.
“One of the biggest lessons I learned at UNI, and from Dr. Cox specifically, is ‘the answer is always no if you don’t ask,’” Bryant said. “The learning environment and the real estate program made a tremendous difference in my career and life. I am humbled and excited to be back on campus giving back to a great program.”