On Monday, April 8, students and faculty gathered in Bailey Business Center to attend the Paul Dickinson College of Business spring business forum. Peter Wilson, OBU alumnus and president of PTLA Real Estate Group of Walnut Creek, California, was the guest speaker.

Wilson encouraged students to watch for open doors now and in their future careers.

“An open door is an opportunity that is not expected and is most likely out of your comfort zone,” he said. “OBU started teaching me how to lead my classmates and how to put myself in a position where I was not always comfortable.”

He spoke about his time at OBU and how he saw open doors and opportunities. He recalled that as he was nearing graduation, he weighed all of the opportunities and options he had after earning his degree from OBU.

Wilson encouraged students to work diligently to prepare for their careers. He talked about how his experiences at OBU prepared him for life after college. He then spoke about his experiences in business, encouraging students to invest in and build relationships with others while explaining how that builds trust.

Wilson has been with PTLA for seven years, serving in positions ranging from vice president to chief operating officer. During that time, he helped double annual transaction volume and led the acquisition of a management company, more than doubling the number of units under PTLA management. He has experience in analytics, portfolio strategy and internal operations. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and marketing from OBU in 2009.

In his role as president of PTLA Real Estate Group, he promotes business development and client relationships and likewise directs transactions for the company, including acquisitions, dispositions and financing. To learn more about PTLA, visit ptlareg.com.

For more information about the Paul Dickinson College of Business at OBU, visit www.okbu.edu/business.

With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 2,011, with students from 37 states and 40 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 27 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. The Wall Street Journal ranks OBU second in the nation for student engagement among all U.S. colleges and universities. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 14 consecutive years.