MIT Sloan Executive Education
Certificate Holder Profile
Golden Estate Management, Inc.
James Engel, born in Istanbul, Turkey, started his career in the financial industry, in charge of small brokerage houses and investment funds in Turkey and Turkic Republics. In 1999, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, for a career in real estate. As a commercial broker, Engel developed the skills and know-how to tackle the most complicated transactions and deals in multiple states simultaneously.
Engel formed his first company, Golden Estate Management, Inc., with his business partner, Victor M. Rex, as a property management company that specialized in turnaround assets located around the country. His company grew, as did his family, and in those 12 years it became evident that there was a disconnect between the educational knowledge he acquired in the previous 25 years with the world today. Engel identified that there was a new global world and he needed to change the level of his game. He also needed to change his company. After researching various programs, Engel decided that the MIT Sloan Executive Education Program with its respected courses, impeccable faculty, and tremendous networking ability, would bring him to a level playing field in the new millennia.
Engel’s objective is to complete the Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation, and Technology (ACE) at a school that he feels is a pillar for education, research, and innovation. Although many topics might not seem pertinent to his company's real estate specialty, Engel says the challenging classes, as well as the discomfort of thinking outside the box, and doing things in the MIT style has been amazing.
"My goal was to engage in new topics and get myself out of the comfort zone of being skilled in a single subject field; increasing my network from my own business partners and colleagues to a more vast base of individuals with similar goals, but with different backgrounds from around the world. In the few classes that I have taken, I have made connections with business people in nearly every continent, and have been able to practice my dormant languages: German and Turkish. The value I have derived from the faculty (and I must say they are an amazing bunch of cutting edge, real-life, real-world experienced people) and the other students has surpassed all my expectations.
Last but not least, I was one of the few people who was lucky to be able to take the Big Data 4DX class online in an avatar world, which even made my tech-savvy 10 year old jealous. I may not have been able to enjoy MIT in my youth, but I get to live the same “high” as any other student on campus from the knowledge and innovation this campus produces, and hopefully set future footsteps for my kids to experience this institution when the time comes. Be it either one of the three certificate programs or ACE, engage with MIT for the right reason: to stay ahead of the game.”