The USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate has a successful roster of graduates working in the real estate profession. Ross alumni are loyal representatives of the program and USC and play an active role in supporting current students. They are committed to the mission of the Ross Program and stay connected to program by guest lecturing, hosting events, participating as panelists, and providing sponsorships. While the majority of our alumni remain in the California, our graduates live and work throughout the United States.
Delland Bartlett currently works as a chemistry professor at Santa Monica College (SMC) and is the owner of Talawa Ventures, LLC, a seasoned California limited liability company, the vehicle in which he plans to pursue a variety of real estate projects.
Delland has had a lifelong fascination and interest in real estate development while having firsthand experience – and developing a keen sense – of how important housing is to the growth and stability of families and communities. He was raised in extremely humble circumstances and was an active participant in the building of a proper family house.
A graduate of Rutgers Business School (formerly Rutgers Graduate School of Management) where he earned the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance, Delland also holds a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in chemistry from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Kingston, Jamaica.
Prior to his current role at SMC, Delland served as a professor of finance at St Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Before that, he was a stock-trader and Managing Director at Worldco, LLC, a Wall Street trading firm where he hired, trained and led a team of proprietary traders utilizing firm capital. Delland also has other management experience as he served as Deputy Plant Manager in a chemical complex producing sulfuric and sulfonic acids while leading a team of plant mechanics and operators.
A resident and recent import to Los Angeles (less than five years), Delland is firmly of the view that the chaotic Southern California housing market, while inherently challenging, presents many significant opportunities to make ample profits for investors and developers while doing good for the SoCal communities in which we operate.
An entrepreneur, Delland has an eye for real estate development and, arising out of the RMPIRE experience, hopes to build a team of associates, investors and developers with whom to develop quality real estate projects in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Delland enjoys playing or watching cricket, golf and tennis.