2017-2018 Executive Board

Meet the board...

Jeremiah Taylor


Jeremiah Taylor is a passionate young business professional aspiring to be a leader in the Real Estate Industry in San Diego in the near future. Starting at San Diego State University in the Fall of 2014, Jeremiah quickly learned about the Real Estate Society which helped him see how he could fit into the Real Estate industry very well. His ability to communicate with all types of people and his love of helping people to have better lives has led him to become a great candidate for many different horizons within the Real Estate world. He recently obtained his California State Real Estate Salesperson license and is studying his upper division business and entrepreneurship courses at SDSU. Jeremiah is also learning while working at his third internship in the past year at Vertical Real Estate Services located in Solana Beach, San Diego County. Jeremiah Taylor will be working as the President to help facilitate great, informative opportunities and helpful resources throughout the 2017-2018 school year. He looks forward to this year of leadership and where Real Estate and life will end up taking him.

Phu Vu

Vice President

Originally from Escondido, Phu Vu is a proud first-generation college student whose family is his motivation for excelling at school and work. He is a third-year financial services major who is pursuing a career in financial advising and wealth management. Despite not beinga real estate major, Phu understands the importance of real estate in the financial services industry and plans to own real estate in the future. 
    He first joined the Real Estate Society during his freshman year to learn about the real estate industry, and he found such value in the organization that he decided to serve as the membership director during his sophomore year. The ability to help members realize their passion for real estate brings him fulfillment and makes his leadership position worth the commitment. 
    Outside RES, Phu is currently in the business honors program, treasurer for Out for Business, and a student assistant at the university’s Center for Human Resources. 

Tyler Banton

Finance Director

    Tyler is currently a sophomore at San Diego State University studying Finance and Real Estate. Originally, he was born and raised in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Tyler was introduced to real estate at an early age with his mother having her real estate license and family friends being builders and developers. Aside from RES, Tyler is involved in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and is a member of the SDSU Surf team. He first joined RES during the first semester of his freshman year and has become very passionate and eager to learn more about the industry since joining. Tyler is highly motivated to do well and wants to sponge any advice and knowledge he can gain from the society. As Finance Director of RES, Tyler is ready to have an outstanding year with his team.

Shelly Chen

Executive Director

    Shelly Chen was raised in Elk Grove, California, and she became an Aztec in 2014. She has been highly involved in RES since her freshman year and in the past has served as Membership Director and President.  Shelly is a real estate major, and she is finishing up her fourth and last year at SDSU.  She currently works as a valuation intern at Cushman & Wakefield. 
    Shelly looks forward to serving the Society as this year’s Executive Director.  She plans to increase RES’s connectivity with other business organizations on campus in order to broaden members’ networks and learning opportunities. 
Shelly is extremely passionate about real estate, and she plans to enter the field of valuation after graduation.  Outside of school, Shelly enjoys binge watching crime shows, shooting, and trying her hardest to not fall while attempting to teach herself how to tap dance.


Austin Kennedy
Professional Development

    Austin Kennedy is in his final year at San Diego State University as an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a focus in Marketing, Finance, and Sociology. Austin joined the Real Estate Society at the beginning of 2016-2017 school year. He immediately saw the great value in this organization as it helped students learn about the different aspects of the industry while proving to be a great place to network with fellow students and professionals in the industry. He has been involved in a plethora of organizations at SDSU to expand his network including the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program, the Honors Program, Theta Chi Fraternity, Associated Students Union Board, Greenfest, Enviro-Business Society, Aztec Music Group and more.
     Austin has recently become very passionate about Real Estate and hopes to gain an internship this semester that will allow him to enter the field of valuation and underwriting in the near future. Outside of real estate, Austin keeps his ears to the ground for opportunities in the music industry and with companies looking to take the globe in a more sustainable direction. He currently works for the record label Warner Music Group and has worked for a variety of music festivals as he hopes to one day start his own music festival. 

Dylan Rachman

Professional Development

    Dylan is a native New Yorker from Manhattan. At the age of two he moved with his family to Tenafly, a town in northern New Jersey, located ten minutes south of Manhattan, New York. He graduated from Tenafly High School in 2015. In high school, Dylan played Lacrosse, ran track and field, and trained in the martial art of Muay Thai.
    Dylan is a declared Finance major and Computer Science minor at San Diego State University. He became an Aztec in the fall of 2015 and is currently enrolled in his junior year. Real estate has always been a topic of interest for him. He joined RES, “to meet professionals in the industry, make new and everlasting connections, and to be a part of an outstanding organization that is bigger than myself”. Dylan has been a part of RES since the beginning of the spring 2017 semester. He is excited to be a part of the executive board, and with his go-getting attitude, and passion for real estate, he aims to learn and grow as an individual, but more importantly, leave RES in a better position than it was when he joined.
    After graduating, Dylan wants to further his education by getting his MBA in Finance. He dreams of working at an investment banking firm on Wall Street, investing in real estate and the stock market. Regarding real estate, he is particularly interested in developing commercial real estate. Aside from RES, Dylan is a part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Dylan is looking forward to having a great and exciting year with his team.

Nick Zalkow

Programs Director 

    Nick Zalkow was born and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and began attending San Diego State University in the fall of 2015. Nick was introduced to Real Estate at a very young age. His mom was a real estate agent in Arizona and would fix and flip anywhere from 5-10 houses a year. His father owns his own building materials business which serves many developers and builders all over the US. Through observing both his parents maintain their residential and commercial properties, Nick quickly saw the opportunity Real Estate can provide. Since coming to SDSU, Nick has joined several clubs including: Rotaract, Theta Chi Fraternity, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the rugby team here at State. 
    Nick has a strong passion for athletics as well as real estate. Throughout high school, Nick played football, basketball, and did track and field. In his senior year of high school, Nick was chosen as an All-American linebacker for the Blue Grey All-American game and got to play in the Dallas Cowboys stadium for the west team. His constant attention to detail and refusal to quit are what he says allowed him to achieve high marks in school and achieve all-american status. Nick has also worked in property management. He was responsible for collecting rent checks and servicing maintenance requests. He also has done complete property renovations on various apartment buildings throughout high school. This past summer, Nick obtained his California salesperson license and is currently working as an agent at ACI apartments. Nick enjoys meeting new people as well as forming strong relationships. He is excited to bring professionals from all different areas of real estate in to talk to RES members about how they can make a career for themselves in the real estate industry.

Shannon Whitfield

Marketing Director

    Shannon Whitfield is currently a sophomore at SDSU and is pursuing a degree in business marketing. She is from Encinitas, San Diego, but for her senior year of high school she moved to Tokyo, Japan. After immersing herself in another culture, Shannon has ambitions to study abroad and to take her future career in real estate internationally. Her passion for real estate started from a young age, since she grew up admiring her grandmother, who was a successful real estate broker. Her interest in real estate only grew as she visited model homes and watched HGTV in her free time. This last summer, Shannon worked as a marketing intern for Realty National, where she oversaw/ran all of their social media campaigns. Aside from school, Shannon has been competing in latin and ballroom dance ever since she was 10 years old. She is excited to help grow RES and to learn more about the Real Estate industry.  

Aubrey Mitsch

Marketing Director

Aubrey is currently a junior at SDSU studying Communication and Real Estate. Born and raised in Sacramento, Aubrey is a legacy at San Diego State with both her parents graduating from SDSU in the 1980’s. Aubrey has been exposed to real estate throughout her life and has participated in many job walks and project meetings with her father, who is responsible for more than 20 million square feet of property across Northern California. Originally an Interior Design major, Aubrey was always fascinated by the real estate industry and switched her focus toward real estate during her sophomore year. Aubrey intends to complete a degree in Communication and obtain her real estate license prior to her scheduled graduation in May of 2019. Aubrey hopes to pursue a career in commercial property management, asset management or leasing. Outside of school, Aubrey enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, wake boarding, and snowboarding. Additionally, Aubrey still dabbles in interior design in her spare time helping friends and family with design ideas. 

Kelly Bramkamp

Membership Director

    Kelly was born and raised in San Dimas, California, a small town in the Inland Empire. After graduating San Dimas High School, Kelly began attending SDSU in fall of 2015 to pursue a degree in Finance. Growing up she enjoyed watching HGTV with her mom and that was when she first thought about going into Real Estate. She first heard about the Real Estate Society in one of her classes and after attending her first meeting she was hooked by all the charismatic people and the many opportunities that it offers. She loves being apart of RES because the members have become her family and the organization has added so much to her college experience. As one of the Membership Directors, she is very excited to share her passion for Real Estate with new members and represent RES with pride. 

Simon Ilko
Community Outreach Director

    Originally born in San Diego, California, Simon graduated from Torrey Pines High School and began attending San Diego State in 2015. At Torrey Pines High School, Simon played two years of Varsity soccer as well as club soccer since he was a baby. Off the soccer field, Simon was counselor for 3rd grade kids in the Ken Jewish Community located in Del Mar.
    At San Diego State, Simon is now a Junior with a Finance major and a minor in Computer Science. Although Simon is very motivated to get into Real Estate, his priority is to one day become a commercial real estate developer.
    Simon joined Real Estate Society to begin his journey in Real Estate and to learn as much as he can about the current industry. With only being in Real Estate Society for one semester, Simon is very eager to see what else Real Estate Society has to offer.

Holly Miller
Membership Director

    Holly is a senior at SDSU and will be graduating May of 2018 with her Bachelor's in Real Estate. She was born and raised in San Diego and would love to begin her career in America's Finest City. Holly has a keen interest in asset management or property investment. She is studying for her real estate salesperson license and was recently accepted as an intern at Realty National. At Realty National, she hopes to learn all there is about residential real estate transactions to prepare her for when she becomes licensed on her own. When she is not immersing herself in the study of real estate, Holly lives a very active lifestyle and loves to swim, go to the beach, or take her dog to new places. As membership director, Holly hopes to engage other students with RES and show them the invaluable opportunities to be had. She has firsthand experience in what RES can give you through the internship she received and her mentor she was assigned.