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Steering Committee2020-06-24T10:15:31-04:00

Steering Committee

Matthew Cypher (Chair)

Atara Kaufman Professor of the Practice
Director, Steers Center for Global Real Estate

Matthew L. Cypher was the Director of Underwriting at Invesco Real Estate prior to his position at Georgetown University.  He was a member of the firm’s investment committee and investment strategy group.  Cypher currently sits on the board of Global Medical REIT and is the chair of the firm’s investment committee.  He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Texas A&M University and a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University.

Sean Belfi (C’04)

Principal, AION Partners

Sean Belfi is a Principal of AION Partners. He focuses on new acquisitions and asset management responsibilities across AION’s portfolio. He also structures and oversees equity and debt partnerships. Prior to joining AION, Belfi was a Vice President at Citi Private Bank. At Citi, he worked with High Net Worth clients and Institutional clients investing in real estate development projects and real estate funds. Prior to Citi, Belfi practiced law in New York. He received a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. Belfi received a Professional Certificate in Real Estate Investment and Finance from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Larry Botel (B’88)

Founding Partner, JOSS Realty Partners

Larry Botel founded JOSS Realty Partners in 2005. Since inception JOSS has acquired 22 office assets totaling over 3 million square feet with a value in excess of $1 billion. Prior to JOSS, Botel spent three years as the chief operating officer at Broadway Partners, where he brought Broadway from a sole proprietorship with limited operating capability to a full-service real estate investment company owning 3.6 million square feet of commercial office space valued at over $850 million. From 1997 to 1999 he was  vice president and head of real estate at Fortress Investment Group/UBS Global Principal Group/BlackRock Capital Finance. Botel is also a member of the Board of Advisors at the McDonough School of Business. Botel received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1993 and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University in 1988.

Edmund M. Brady III (B’90)

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Ventas, Inc

Edmund M. Brady III joined Ventas, Inc in June of 2014 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.  Ventas is a leading real estate investment trust (REIT) with a highly diversified portfolio of approximately 1,200 seniors housing, healthcare, and life science research properties in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Prior to joining Ventas, Brady served as president of the human capital focused management consulting practice at EMB3 Advisory Services, LLC, and as managing director and chief people officer for Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a cybersecurity and investigations firm.  Prior to that, Brady spent 15 years at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc., in both the United States and United Kingdom where he was both a consulting partner, as well as a chief people officer and a member of the firm’s leadership committee.  Brady received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an MBA in marketing and international business from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Gregory D. Canzano (F’95)

CEO, Rosemary Capital

Gregory D. Canzano is founder and CEO of Rosemary Capital, a real estate investment firm that targets multifamily assets, manufactured housing communities, and storage assets.  Prior to Rosemary Capital, he was a principal in the Ares Real Estate Equity Group (fka AREA Property Partners and Apollo Real Estate Advisors), where for over 13 years, he headed up real estate equity investments in the Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado, and Gulf Coast regions.  Canzano was at the publicly traded resort real estate group, Intrawest, prior to Ares. Canzano received his MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

David Egan (C’97)

Global Head of Industrial and Logistics Research, CBRE

David is the Global Head of Industrial and Logistics Research for CBRE. He focuses primarily on expanding the Global Industrial Research team’s insight generation and market intelligence to help guide real estate strategies, identify risks and validate decision-making. David Egan brings 17 years of experience in real estate valuation and market analysis from time spent as Manager of Transaction Real Estate at Ernst & Young. At EY, he provided strategic consulting, valuation, and market analysis for a variety of real estate owners, investors, and users. Prior to EY, David served as an Investment Sales Broker at Colliers International where he specialized in the marketing and sale of large institutional industrial and office portfolios. Mr. Egan holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Matt Ferrari (MBA’10)

Co-Chief Investment Officer and Head of Acquisitions, TruAmerica Multifamily

Matt Ferrari is the co-chief investment officer and head of acquisitions at TruAmerica Multifamily.  He also heads the firm’s Arlington, Virginia office where he oversees operations and asset management across the eastern United States.  Previously, Ferrari was an investments director at AvalonBay Communities Inc., an S&P 500 publicly traded multifamily REIT where he was responsible for acquisitions and dispositions in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  Prior to his time at AvalonBay, Ferrari worked for Archstone Communities Inc. in their leadership and development rotational program as a management development associate before becoming a regional operations director for their Eastside Manhattan portfolio in New York City. Ferrari holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a B.S. in management and business from Skidmore College.

Marc L. Flamino (B’89)

Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Marc Flamino joined RBC Capital Markets in 2013 where he currently serves as a managing director. Before 2013, Flamino was a partner and managing director at H/2 Capital Partners and a managing director at Goldman Sachs. He began his career in fixed income at PaineWebber in 1989 until moving to Morgan Stanley in 1996. Flamino is a member of the Georgetown University McDonough Business School Board of Advisors as well as the endowment investment committee for the Fordham Preparatory High School, his alma mater. Flamino graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 1989 with a major in finance. He also holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Michael Gershenson (B’00)

Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Michael D. Gershenson is a managing director focused on U.S. real estate opportunities for The Carlyle Group.  He is responsible for all aspects of real estate investments, with a geographic focus on New York and Boston, as well as a product focus on life science, retail and industrial properties.  Gershenson is based in New York.  Prior to joining Carlyle, he was with Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown’s mergers, acquisitions and corporate advisory group in New York where he specialized in real estate transactions. Gershenson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration . from the Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Brian Gill

Partner, Artis Advisors
Adjunct Professor of Real Estate, McDonough School of Business

Brian Gill is a co-founding partner of Artis Advisors, having served as co-founding managing director of its predecessor company, Kalorama Realty Capital. Before forming Artis, Gill was an associate director at Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Gill was vice president of acquisitions at Bonaventure Realty. Gill holds master’s degrees in business and economics from Northwestern University and the London School of Economics and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.

Paul Gillen (B’94)

Managing Director, Hodges Ward Elliott

Paul Gillen is an accomplished real estate professional with over 20 years of experience that includes real estate sales, recapitalizations, acquisitions, financing, and asset management. Gillen has been involved in over $15 billion of completed commercial real estate transactions. Prior to joining Hodges Ward Elliott, Gillen has held officer positions at CBRE, Morgan Stanley, and UBS Realty. Gillen holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.

Stephen J. Gleason (P’19)

President, Kairos Real Estate Partners

Stephen J. Gleason serves as president of Kairos Real Estate Partners. He founded Kairos after spending 18 years with Amerimar Enterprises, including 12 years as executive vice president and principal as well as a member of the executive and investment Committees. Gleason’s primary role was overseeing their office building portfolio, actively involved in the acquisition and asset management of 21 properties located in the Philadelphia, Chicago, Indianapolis, Saint Louis and Phoenix markets. He graduated cum laude from  Harvard College. He received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Greek (B’13)

Development Associate, F Greek Development

David Greek is responsible for new development and acquisition opportunities as well as expanding FGD’s core business and progressing its expanding services. In concert with both private and institutional capital partners, Greek manages sourcing and site selection, valuation modeling, securing financing, negotiating transactions, and packaging deals for clients. Greek received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where he double-majored in Finance and International Business.

Henrique C. Cordeiro Guerra (B’94)

Founder and Managing Partner, One Bridge Capital

Henrique C. Cordeiro Guerra is the founder and managing partner of One Bridge Capital. Prior to starting One Bridge in 2016, Guerra participated in the formation of Aliansce Shopping Centers (BVMF: ALSC3) in 2004 as an advisor to General Growth Properties. He then remained at Aliansce as an Executive Director  from 2004-2015. Earlier in 1999 and 2000 he founded E-Imoveis S.A. (the first real estate online portal in Brazil) and 2pG S.A. (a web development company), respectively. He began his career working in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse from 1994-1999 in New York. Guerra earned a B.A. degree in finance and economics from Georgetown University in 1994.

David Hammerman (B’11)

Director – Fortress Investment Group

David Hammerman is a director for Fortress Investment Group, based in Los Angeles and responsible for equity and structured debt investments. Prior to Fortress, Hammerman was a vice president for Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies, L.P., based in Los Angeles and responsible for leading West Coast originations. Previously, Hammerman was a vice president for ICONIQ Capital’s real estate direct investing team as well as the senior-most investment professional in the Los Angeles office for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies with responsibility for sourcing, underwriting and executing West Coast debt transactions across all property types. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Jason P. Hart (B’99)

Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Jason Hart currently serves as managing director of U.S. real estate for The Carlyle Group. Before joining Carlyle in 2005, Hart was a vice president of the Praedium Group, LLC. In addition, Hart is a board member of Graham’s Foundation. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and  Finance.

Jeremy Healey (C’95)

CEO, BPT Holdings
Partner, Healey Development LLC

Jeremy Healey is CEO of BPT Holdings and a partner at Healey Development. Previously, he spent nearly 15 years investing in structured finance and real estate products for Eton Park Capital Management, R6 Capital Management, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse First Boston. Healey received a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Alex Hermance (B’11, MBA’18)

Investment Associate, ASB Real Estate Capital Investments Group

Alex Hermance is an Investment Associate for ASB Real Estate’s Capital Investments Group.  His responsibilities include valuing, underwriting, and due diligence of potential real estate acquisition opportunities as well as asset management responsibilities for the existing ASB portfolio.   Prior to joining ASB, Alex worked at M&T Bank for five years in a variety of roles including as a Financial Analyst in Corporate Finance in Buffalo, NY; as a Business Banking Relationship Manager focused on SBA loans in Northern New Jersey; and as a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager targeting closely held and private companies with revenues of $25 million or more in the Greater Washington Region.  Alex received his BS in Finance and Management in 2011 and his MBA in 2018 from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Christopher Hermance (B’05, MBA’12)

Managing Director, The Carson Companies

Christopher is responsible for the Carson Companies’ east coast operations including acquisitions, development, portfolio management, leasing, and property management. His acquisition activity is focused on development in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Christopher had 10 years of real estate investing and management experience prior to joining the Company in 2015. Prior to Carson Companies, Christopher was Vice President of Investments with KTR Capital Partners where he sourced and acquired development sites in Texas and Pennsylvania. He was with Grosvenor Fund Management as an Acquisitions Officer and with Starwood Capital Group as Lead Portfolio Manager.  Christopher holds a B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.”

John Kevill (EMBA’00)

Principal and Managing Director, U.S. Capital Markets, Avison Young

John Kevill is a principal and managing director at Avison Young, where he is responsible for leading the U.S. capital markets group and is on the executive committee of the firm. Before joining Avison Young, Kevill was a managing director at Eastdil Secured and Jones Lang LaSalle, where he served for 17 years. Previously, he was a researcher at Spaulding & Slye Investments. Kevill is active in numerous organizations, including ULI. He has an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a B.A. in history from the University of Virginia.

Ronald J. Kravit (B‘79)

Former Co-Head of North American Real Estate, Senior Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management

Ronald Kravit joined Cerberus in 1996, and, after more than 20 years with the firm, retired in 2018. Prior to joining Cerberus, Kravit was a managing director at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, L.P., from 1994-1996, where he was responsible for new business development, acquisitions and asset management. Prior to his tenure at Apollo, Kravit was a managing director at G. Soros Realty Advisors/Reichmann International, an affiliate of Soros Fund Management, from 1993-1994. Before joining Soros, Kravit was vice president/chief financial officer at the Maxxam Property Company in Houston from 1991-1993 and vice president with Miller-Klutznick-Davis-Gray Co. in Los Angeles and Chicago from 1984- 1991. From 1979-1982, Kravit was an accountant. Kravit is a graduate of Georgetown University and received an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ali Laureda (B‘89)

Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and Chief Operating Officer of Guggenheim Retail Real Estate Partners

Ali Laureda oversees all aspects of the daily operations of Guggenheim Retail Real Estate Partners (GRREP) including property underwriting, third party financing facilities, and property disposition. Before joining Guggenheim Partners in late 2005, Laureda spent 10 years at GE Capital Real Estate where she lastly served as vice president of the Global Valuation Team. Before joining GE Capital, she was a manager in the Management Advisory Services Group of Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group. Laureda is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration  majoring in finance and international management.

Richard M. Lucas (B‘87)

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Walker & Dunlop

Richard M. Lucas has served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Walker & Dunlop, Inc. since November 2010.  Walker & Dunlop is one of the largest commercial real estate services and finance companies in the United States providing financing and investment sales to owners of multifamily and commercial properties.  Previously, Lucas joined Hilton Worldwide, Inc., a global hospitality company, in May 2008 as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary and served as a member of Hilton’s executive committee until November 2010.  Prior to joining Hilton, Lucas was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., where he was in private practice for 18 years.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

Brian Milberg (B’00)

Senior Partner, Sitex Group

Brian Milberg joined Sitex Group in 2010 where he is now a senior partner. Prior to joining Sitex Group, Milberg was senior vice president of Acquisitions at KTR Capital Partners where he served since the firm’s founding in 2004. In 2013, he was nominated as a “Real Estate Forums 40 under 40 in Commercial Real Estate.” Milberg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration  in marketing from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Stephen Palmese (B’04)

Vice Chairman, JLL

Stephen Palmese is vice chairman at JLL, where he focuses on investment sales in Brooklyn and Queens. He is a 15-year New York real estate veteran and has successfully helped clients sell over 400 commercial properties for an aggregate value of approximately $3.5 billion. Prior to JLL, Palmese was vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield where he received numerous awards for production and origination. Earlier, he was partner at Massey Knakal Realty Services, which was acquired by C&W in 2014. As a thought leader in New York City real estate, he is often quoted in publications such as the Commercial Observer, Wall Street Journal, The Real Deal, Bisnow and GlobeSt. Palmese received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Lawrence Palumbo (B’00)

Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Falcon Partners

Lawrence Palumbo is currently a partner and chief operating officer at Falcon Partners. Before Falcon Partners, Palumbo served as managing director, head of the U.S. equity real estate separate accounts, and as a member of the platform’s executive committee at BlackRock. Prior to his role as managing director, Palumbo was the director and New York metro regional head of real estate transactions. He joined SSR Realty Advisors, a predecessor firm, in June 2002. Before joining BlackRock, Palumbo was a consultant in the global real estate advisory group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Palumbo earned a B.S. degree in finance and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University and an M.S. degree in real estate finance and investment from New York University.

Paul Quinlan (B’99)

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Global Real Estate, Blackstone

Paul D. Quinlan is a managing director and chief financial officer of the Blackstone Real Estate group. Quinlan was previously the chief financial officer , Blackstone Global Real Estate Debt Strategies and Blackstone Mortgage Trust. Prior to this, he was a member of Blackstone Finance, where he served as head of financial planning and business development, with oversight of management and public reporting, as well as strategic acquisitions such as Capital Trust/BXMT. Quinlan also served as the chief financial officer for Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2010, Quinlan worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focusing on strategic corporate M&A and private equity investments. Quinlan received a B.S. in finance and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and an MBA with distinction from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Paula Schaefer (B’81)

Senior Vice President, Clarion Partners, LLC

Paula Schaefer has been a senior vice president at Clarion Partners, LLC since 2013. Prior to joining Clarion Partners, Schaefer was chief operating officer of Christie’s International Real Estate. Before that, Schaefer was a managing director at Morgan Stanley Real Estate where she worked from 1995-2010. Also, Schaefer has held asset management and acquisitions roles at Reichmann International, The Yarmouth Group, and Cadillac Fairview Shopping Centers. Schaefer has been an adjunct professor of real estate at Columbia University and is currently vice president of New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX). She has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

John A. Schissel (B’88)

President and Chief Financial Officer, Carr Properties

John A. Schissel serves as president and chief financial officer of Carr Properties, a privately held real estate investment trust that owns, manages, acquires and develops high-quality office properties in Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts. In November 2015, Schissel rejoined Carr Properties and previously served as the company’s chief financial officer from 2004 to 2009. In this capacity, he played a lead role in the successful initial public offering of Columbia Equity Trust, the predecessor of Carr Properties, in 2005, as well as managed the strategic sale to JP Morgan Asset Management in 2007. Prior to rejoining Carr Properties, Schissel served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Invitation Homes, the nation’s largest owner and operator of single-family rental homes, and executive vice president and chief financial officer of BRE Properties, a NYSE listed, West Coast apartment REIT. Currently, he is a board member of IRET, a NYSE listed apartment REIT. Schissel received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Ted Shin (B’02)

Chief Financial Officer, Capitol Hill Group

Ted Shin is the Chief Financial Officer of Capitol Hill Group, a private investment firm based in Bethesda, MD. He also serves on the board of Capitol Hill Supportive Services Program, a non-profit company that provides vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities. Shin received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, JD from George Washington University, and his BS from Georgetown University.

James Solomon (F’80)

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ravinia Capital Group LLC

James Solomon is the managing partner of Ravinia Capital Group, which he began in 2013 as part of a family office.  Ravinia invests in U.S. real estate with family offices and other private investors. Other companies in which he had retained leadership positions include Avison Young (Head of U.S. Capital Markets), Trizec Properties, Inc. (senior vice president of  acquisitions) and G. Soros Realty Advisors (executive vice president).  He has over 25 years of public and private market real estate experience. Solomon  graduated with Landegger Honors from  Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Federico Stubbe (B’98)

President, PRISA Group

Federico Stubbe Jr. is president of PRISA Group, a family-owned developer and builder of residential, resort, hospitality, and entertainment projects in Puerto Rico and Florida. With five hotels in operation, including Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Stubbe is presently developing three Marriott select service hotels in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, all currently in construction. In addition, PRISA has recently started construction of The District, a $120 million urban entertainment district in San Juan. Stubbe holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and an MBA and civil engineering degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

K. Courtland Thomas (B’94)

Co-Founder and Partner, Atlanta Property Group

In 2003, K. Courtland Thomas co-founded Atlanta Property Group (APG), where he currently serves as a partner. Prior to forming Atlanta Property Group, he spent five years with Lowe Enterprises, Inc., and also worked with GE Capital and The Brookdale Group in a variety of capacities. In addition, Thomas serves as president of the Westminster Alumni Association and as a mentor at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. His professional affiliations include NAIOP and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors. Thomas earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

Steven Ujvary (C’04)

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, Starwood Capital Group

Steven Ujvary is a senior vice president in the acquisitions group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Ujvary is responsible for residential mortgage debt strategies, with a focus on non-agency whole loans. Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2016, Ujvary was a managing director at Macquarie Group, where he was responsible for mortgage and structured credit investments. Before that, he served in a variety of roles in the New York and Sydney offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he began his career as an analyst. Ujvary received a B.A. in economics and government from Georgetown University.