Neal Higgins Walters’ eyes wistfully scanned the Lily Pond. “I’d like to move back one day,” she said. We’d like to have you back, Neal. Until then …
When I asked Neal Higgins where she was living these days I was in for a surprise. “Ann Arbor,” she said. “A squared!” I responded. She was surprised. Little did she know that I had lived in that engaging college town while earning my MBA from the University of Michigan.
One of the fun things about reunion is learning how your life path has converged and diverged with your classmates’ since graduation night. Seems like Neal and I were also close in our undergraduate experience: she at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.; I at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Since each was a womens college (Wheaton has since gone co-ed … traitors!) there were comparisons to be made there too.
But enough about me. Neal continued her education at UCLA where she studied architecture and urban planning. Today she is a real estate investor with interests throughout the state of Michigan and the country.
With more than 20 years experience in real estate investing, Neal has taken the leadership role in directing the investment strategy of the Hayman Company’s real estate portfolio. Having joined the company more than 10 years ago, she has been instrumental in acquiring in excess of $600 million worth of commercial real estate for the firm, as well as overseeing the asset management functions relating to these properties nationwide. She has arranged for $90 million in private equity for the company through the years and maintains the financial/performance reporting to 25 limited partnerships.
It must be working well because Neal called herself a “Baby Donald Trump.” Her personal real estate empire includes both her Ann Arbor house and a second home in Las Vegas. Want to “Go Vegas?” Neal says her door is open. (Note: Vegas was a distant vacation afterthought in our totally unscientific reunion survey. Japan was the big vacation winner. But maybe, with Neal’s offer, sentiments will change.)
Neal has two children. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org