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Executive Committee 2017-07-27T14:39:38+00:00

Executive Committee

Robert Steers (B ’75, P ’06, P ’08, P ’10, Chair)

CEO, Cohen & Steers, Inc.

From 1984 to 1986, Robert Steers was a senior vice president and Chief Investment Officer of National Securities and Research Corporation. In 1986, he co-founded Cohen & Steers, Inc. where he currently serves as CEO. Steers is a member of the advisory committee of the staff retirement plan of the International Monetary Fund as well as a member of the Investment Committee Chairman at Georgetown University. He holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Robert Billingsley (F ’68, P ’99, P ’03)

Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield

Robert Billingsley began his career in 1971 as a commercial broker for Cross & Brown, where he became the youngest vice president in the firm’s 75-year history. In 1977, he was a founding principal of Colliers ABR Inc., one of the predecessor companies of Cassidy Turley. He served as Vice Chairman of Cassidy Turley from 2010 to 2015, and is currently the Vice Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield. Billingsley received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1968.

Martin Cicco (P ’14, P ’17)

Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners

Martin Cicco spent 29 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., ultimately serving as Vice Chairman of Global Commercial Real Estate and Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking. Since 2010, Cicco has served as Senior Managing Director of Evercore Partners, and is an active member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts as well as The Real Estate Roundtable. Cicco is a graduate of Columbia University.

Stephen C. Conley (C ’75, P ’16)

Executive Managing Director, HFF

With over 35 years of real estate experience, Stephen Conley serves as Executive Managing Director in the Washington, DC office of HFF, which he chartered in 1999. He is a member of the firm’s executive committee and is responsible for the National Office Investment Sale Practice. Conley is also a member of Catholic Charities and has been a sponsor of Fight for Children for over a decade. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1975.

Sonny Kalsi (B’ 90)

Founder and Partner, Green Oak Real Estate

Sonny Kalsi is a Founder and Partner of GreenOak Real Estate, formed in 2010 as an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients.  The firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Tokyo and Seoul with dedicated teams that possess local knowledge, experience and extensive networks in each market. Kalsi was recently named by PERE as one of the 100 most influential people in private real estate from the past decade. Kalsi is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Georgetown’s Board of Regents.

Timothy McBride (JD ’75, L ’80, P ’04)

Chairman and CFO, McBride Enterprises

Timothy McBride is a principal, chairman, and CFO of McBride Enterprises. He served on Georgetown University’s Board of Regents from 1995 and 2001 and was appointed to the McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors in 2004. In recognition of his support, McBride received the Georgetown University Law Center’s Paul R. Dean Award in 1999, and was elected to the University’s 1789 Society in 2006. McBride now teaches real estate finance as an adjunct faculty member.  He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1967 and went on to serve as an Air Force officer from 1967-72. McBride earned his law degree (1975) and master’s of law in taxation (1980) from Georgetown University’s Law Center.

James Pearlstein (C ’90)

President, Pearl Properties

James Pearlstein is the Founder and President of Pearl Properties where he jointly oversees the acquisition, development and management departments of the company. Before founding Pearl, he directed special acquisitions at Toll Brothers, Inc. for five years. Pearlstein is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC). He graduated from Georgetown University in 1990 with a B.A. and went on to receive a JD-MBA from Temple University’s Law School and Business School.

Bill Poland (P ’13)

Founder and Chairman, Bay West Group

Bill Poland founded the Bay West Group in 1979, currently serving as Chairman and overseeing Bay West Realty Capital, LLC, its real estate investment and capital management affiliate. Prior to Bay West’s formation, he was VP of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, heading their Northern California office. Poland serves on the Board of Trustees of the Buck Institute for Age Research, Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board, and Lambda Alpha Land Economics Society. Poland earned his bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech University and his MBA from Stanford University.

Gil Tenzer (B ’84, P ’17, P ’21)

Partner and Director or Real Estate, Contrarian Capital

In 1995, Gil Tenzer co-founded Contrarian Capital where he currently serves as Partner and Director of Real Estate. From 1993 to 1995 he was a senior analyst and Co-Head of the Real Estate Group at Oppenheimer & Co. Tenzer received his BSBA from Georgetown University in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1987.

W. Edward Walter (L ’80)

Former CEO and President, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Robert & Lauren Steers Chair in Real Estate, McDonough School of Business

Edward Walter retired in December, 2016 from Host Hotels & Resorts, completing a 20-year tenure with the company, including serving as the CEO and president since 2007. Previously, Walter was a partner with Trammell Crow Residential Company and the president of Bailey Capital Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and is the Chairman of the Federal City Council, a Washington DC business organization.  He is also a past Chairman and Executive Board member of NAREIT.