Learning to balance work, school and fun leads to success

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Scott Rehorn, Proud Member
For our ongoing Proud Member Monday series, we are highlighting alumni volunteers who serve the University of Kansas across Kansas and around the world. Today we feature Scott Rehorn, c’86, a Life and Presidents Club Member who resides in Arizona. We asked Scott how his experience at KU has served him since leaving the Hill.

Tell us about your career path.
I interviewed at a KU career fair and was hired by a Kansas City real estate developer. I moved to Phoenix in 1988 because my wife and I wanted a change, and I got a job working as a leasing agent for a local real estate company. In 1994, I teamed up with my partner and started a new company, which also then evolved into partnering with Dan Lowe in Kansas City to create Red Development.

How did your KU experience help prepare you for your career?
When I attended KU, I had no money. I worked three jobs a day to put myself through school. I know that sounds like I walked barefoot in the snow, but I actually did! I worked at Saffee’s women’s clothing store, at the Chi Omega sorority as a waiter and as a bartender and bouncer at Bottoms Up and Gammon’s. I learned how to balance school, work and fun.

What is one fun fact about your company?
Though based in Phoenix, our company is led by Jayhawks and Cornhuskers.

What advice do you have for recent graduates in your industry?
Go back to school and get a law degree. Then, don’t become a lawyer. But a law degree is a great way to be prepared in whatever you decide to pursue.

Why should a prospective student consider becoming a Jayhawk?
There is no place like KU; it is just a special place. I can’t really define it, but if you’ve been there you know exactly what I’m saying.

Why are you a proud member of the KU Alumni Association?
KU is a great institution that I got to enjoy because someone else paid it forward. It’s our opportunity to do the same for the next generation. I’m also involved with the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and it is equally impressive.

How do you stay connected to KU?
Through my friends and my connections with the medical center, and I try to stay updated through the newsletters that come to us.

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