Garrett Biss and Charles Griffith Honored with Prestigious Scholarships
NEW YORK, 2015-5-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its mission to encourage the continuing education of retail real estate professionals, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation has presented the Charles Grossman Graduate Scholarships to Garrett Biss and Charles Griffith, honoring their onset dedication and potential to advance retail real estate.
The Charles Grossman Graduate Scholarship is named in honor of the late Charles Grossman who served as the Foundation’s chairman from 2006-2007 and was instrumental in taking the Foundation in its current direction. The award provides each recipient with a $10,000 academic scholarship and the opportunity to attend RECon, ICSC’s global retail real estate convention held in Las Vegas. The scholarships are available to graduate students, who are also ICSC members who indicate a preference for a career in retail real estate.
Scholarship recipient Garrett Biss is pursuing his master’s degree in real estate development at Auburn University. Biss has applied his experience as a U.S. Marine to his studies and work ethic, and aspires to become a developer, strategic real estate investor and future civic leader.
“Through my military experience, I have developed many skills and disciplines that will serve me well in real estate development and investment, Biss said. “My goal is to blend a career in real estate development with a future position as a community leader in order to help achieve that greater good.”
While pursuing his master’s degree at Columbia University, Charles Griffith is making forward steps to achieve his goal to join an international real estate firm directly involved in real estate investment, development and asset management in Asia. Having accumulated six years of experience, he is looking forward to continuing his education and making strides in the industry,
“I am eager to make the most out of business school. I have been working diligently to develop myself personally and professionally so that I can fulfill my aspiration of transitioning from real estate service provider to real estate developer and financier, and achieve my dream of walking into a landmark building that I helped conceive,” said Griffith.
The ICSC Foundation presented the scholarships during an awards ceremony at RECon on May 19 in Las Vegas.
The ICSC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the ICSC whose mission is to strengthen the global retail real estate industry by supporting students, professionals and the philanthropic work of shopping centers. For more information, visit www.icscfoundation.org
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.