Vivek Sharma

University of Washington  | Student, Runstad School of Real Estate

Chapter: NAIOP Washington State

Vivek Sharma is a MSRE candidate at the University of Washington from India. Vivek has worked for 4+ years developing commercial real estate at Crestone Developers, a general contracting firm, based out of Bangalore, India. Working for his family business, he gained entrepreneurial experience, acquired two Fortune 500 clients for the firm and developed more than 35 projects across South India. His role as a Project & Operations manager equipped him with a strong understanding of the development process including project management, financial analysis, and contract negotiations.

Vivek’s background in commercial interior design and early interest in construction gave him key insights into the industry and drove him to study civil engineering for a bachelor's degree. During the program, he worked as a Research Assistant on Raw Earth Concrete, a patented technology, at the UFR Sciences & Techniques, France.

Vivek is a first-generation college student and aims to enhance his understanding in Real Estate investments, acquisitions, and development by leveraging his time spent at the UW’s Runstad Center of Real Estate to advance his development ventures in public health, and supply chain infrastructure. Vivek lives by the motto, "Every time you build a company, you have to first become a subject matter expert. There are no shortcuts."

Vivek Sharma holds a leadership position as the Vice-President of the Real Estate Club at the University of Washington. In addition, he has been selected as a Developing Leader in the NAIOP Washington Chapter and is currently spearheading the Mentors Program for 2023 and 2024.