About Oren Rasowsky

My name is Oren Rasowsky. I'm a graduate student at The College of Saint Rose pursuing my MBA, which I began during the Fall of 2012. Prior to enrollment, and immediately following my graduation from Adelphi University, I worked for JPMorgan Chase in the Metro NY area. There, I gained insight into the financial services industry and promoted the bank's products and services. This Summer, I will gain exposure to the commercial real estate industry, at Reichmann International, in Mexico City.

Una Experiencia Increíble!

I just returned to the United States, and I have had some time to reflect on my 6 week program in Mexico City.  I could not have asked for a better opportunity.  This Project 70 Internship provided me with a balance of both broad and detailed exposure to an industry I am very interested in learning more about.  As I have explained to some of my family and friends, “It allowed me to tap into the commercial real estate sector, which I find drastically different than what I have done in the past.  I love the hands-on, tangible aspects of the job and plan on pursuing it further following my MBA.”

Hazy morning overlooking Reforma Avenue (Photo Credit: Oren Rasowsky)

Hazy morning overlooking Reforma Avenue (Photo Credit: Oren Rasowsky)

I want to thank the people that made this experience possible.  Rick Ricker, Reichmann’s Director General, was extremely generous throughout my entire stay in Mexico as he hosted myself and another UC Boulder student in his beautiful Polanco home.  I also want to thank Kathleen Ricker, Whitney Pagano and the entire Project 70 committee for a very pleasant experience from start to finish.  The entire process was professional and extremely smooth – I would highly recommend the Project 70 Internship program to any student at Saint Rose, undergrad or grad.  We, the student body, are being given tremendous opportunities through programs like this and I have only good things to report.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Whitney Pagano in Alumni Relations.

Torre Mayor's Terrace overlooking the  Bancomer Construction Project.  (Photo Credit: Oren Rasowsky)

 
Torre Mayor’s Terrace overlooking the Bancomer Construction Project. (Photo Credit: Oren Rasowsky)

 

 

Castillo de Chapultepec (Photo Credit: Oren Rasowsky)

Castillo de Chapultepec (Photo Credit: Oren Rasowsky)

 

Lastly, I want to make a point to all students at Saint Rose that the experience one can gain through an internship will serve them for many years to come.  The connections and networking opportunities that this program delivered was brilliant.  While I was down in Mexico, I met and built many relationships with individuals who I otherwise never would have come in contact with.  So, I leave you with this…the material we are taught in the classroom is critical and will certainly help us gain exposure to new ideas and concepts, but interacting and working alongside mentors in a professional setting will not only build a foundation, but it will help propel us through the early stages of our post-collegiate lives.

-Oren Rasowsky

Scenic View from Chapultepec Park (Photo Credit: Erin Britton)

Scenic View from Chapultepec Park (Photo Credit: Erin Britton)

Planning for Diana

Torre Diana is not expected to be complete for at least two more years, but French architect, Jean Michele and Reichmann´s Development Team, have already begun planning and detailing the building´s main entrance, which will be located in Mexico City on Rio Mississippi.  This morning, Reichmann hosted a small California-based design firm, which builds fountains of all shapes and sizes.  Reichmann has plans to build a majestic fountain just outside the building´s ´planta baja´.

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What the finished product should look like in 2016. (Photo Credit: Jean Michele)

The California-based company has many famous projects throughout the United States, most notably in Las Vegas, and hopes to make an international impact with this prospective project in Mexico.  The company initially pitched three separate design ideas to Reichmann through a PowerPoint presentation, which included fountain sketches and simulations.  The three featured designs included the following: Fan Style, Arch Style, Geyser Style. It is crucial to Rick Ricker, Reichmann´s Director General, not so much to build a piece of art, but instead a place for people to gather and congregate during lunches and/or breaks.  Ricker believes it´s imperative for the design to emulate that of The Canary Wharf.  The Canary Wharf is a Reichmann project just outside London that is centered around a beautiful fountain.  The fountain´s design contains green gardens, gentle waterfalls, and a pleasant experience for those passing by.

Torre Diana Sketch - Street Level. (Photo Credit: Jean Michele)

Torre Diana Sketch – Street Level. (Photo Credit: Jean Michele)

¨The thought process behind constructing a fountain must be very long-term¨, Ricker explained.  The building will hopefully stand for upwards of 100+ years, and it is essential to build a fountain that people can relate to without losing interest as time passes.  Since the weather in Mexico City is decent almost all year round, Torre Diana´s tenants and pedestrians along Rio Mississippi will gain lots of enjoyment from a fountain that can be used as a relaxing place to chat, grab lunch, or just relax.  After the meeting concluded, it was made clear that the current design offerings would need to be tailored in a way that could physically entertain as well as emotionally engage an audience.  The communication in this meeting was key as it allowed the California-based firm to listen, learn and receive feedback from Reichmann´s developers.

 

Diana Statue on Reforma Avenue. (Photo Credit: Unknown)

Diana Statue on Reforma Avenue. Torre Mayor in background (Photo Credit: Unknown)

 

Government and Public Relations

Each week, I spend time learning and working with Reichmann’s different business units.  This past week I spent time working with Enrique Rivera Lomeli.  Enrique is the Director of ‎Relaciones Públicas y Relaciones con el Gobierno.  His job is to ensure smooth relations with the city’s government officials and surrounding businesses.  Enrique has hinted at three main issues the company faces.

Number one; there have been several noise complaints due to the ongoing drilling at Torre Diana.  Since construction crews work 24 hours of the day, with the exception of Saturday, it is not uncommon for hotel guests or restaurants to criticize the loud machinery.

Number two; the D.F. recently introduced an immense low-cost bike program called “Eco-bici”, which I use on a daily basis.  Enrique and his team are working hard to make the bike paths more prevalent and defined around the building to help mitigate commuter risk.  Since many of the tenants use this bike system, it is in Reichmann’s best interest to push for further safety measures.

 

Estacion de Eco-bici (photo credit: Oren Rasowsky)

Estacion de Eco-bici (photo credit: Oren Rasowsky)

Number three; the city experiences horrendous traffic most of the year (18 million+ citizens).  As common sense would dictate, this equates to parking shortages for building tenants as well.  There are ongoing talks and plans with the Company’s Operations team regarding the best ways to reduce commuter aggravation.  In my opinion, this will be the most difficult issue to resolve-especially with so many new buildings going up in this central area.

To sum up, Enrique and his team face many challenges, some of which are very delicate.  It is their job to work with innovation and responsibility in an effort to do the best they can at promoting an positive/progressive company image.