Side-by-side image of Jack Rubenstein in baseball uniform and professional attire

School of Building Construction Student
Receives Baseball Team Honor

School of Building Construction Student
Receives Baseball Team Honor

Wes McRae | Feb 23, 2023 — Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech baseball selected Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) student Jack Rubenstein to wear the No. 21 jersey in honor of Jim Poole (EE '90). The program chose Rubenstein for his longstanding commitment to Poole’s ideals – self-determination, a strong academic work ethic, and high moral fiber on and off the field. Poole, a former Yellow Jacket standout and Major League Baseball relief pitcher, was diagnosed with ALS two years ago.

MRED Drew Rubenstein to Georgia Tech

"I was definitely attracted to Georgia Tech because of the MRED program," Rubenstein said. "That's ultimately what drove my decision to come here, and it's been a great decision so far."

"I have been exposed to many different sides of real estate through my mom, dad, and brother. I am confident that the MRED program will serve as an excellent foundation to follow their footsteps, while also carving my own path in a career after baseball."

Synergy Between Lessons from BC and Baseball

"There are so many opportunities in my Building Construction classes to collaborate, communicate, and learn from my peers who have industry experience," he said.

"Similarly, the talents, routines, and attitudes among my teammates on the baseball team have certainly rubbed off and made me a better ballplayer."

The Most Surprising Thing about Real Estate Development

"As I've furthered my understanding of real estate development,"  Rubenstein said, "I've realized that real estate developers are truly entrepreneurs."

"I am fascinated by the opportunities to implement creative solutions and risk analysis when embarking on a real estate investment."

A Real Estate Development Perspective on Atlanta

"I actually live and intern in West Midtown, right along the edge of West Campus. Prior to this year, I was pretty unfamiliar with the area, but it definitely stands out to me," he said.

"As the Beltline continues to expand through this side of town, the combination of mixed-use development alongside residential homes will allow the Westside to continue growing as a cultural hub for both Georgia Tech students and Atlantans as a whole."

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