Each year, the DiLella Center seeks out some of the top professionals in the real estate industry to judge our undergraduate real estate case competition. Take a look at who you can expect to see at the virtual judges' table this year. 



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Chris Aitken

Vice President


Chris specializes in exclusively representing the interests of occupiers. His experience includes strategic planning, lease acquisitions and renewals, built-to-suit projects and building and land sales.

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Jabree Brooks

Chief Financial Officer

Six Peak Capital

Jabree Brooks currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Six Peak Capital, a private equity real estate firm.  As CFO, he has scaled the company’s financial reporting capabilities as Six Peak’s assets under management have to over $450 million.  Jabree has a proven track record of outstanding leadership and financial expertise. Jabree is responsible for Six Peak’s financial reporting, investor relations, and fundraising for development projects in the pipeline.  He also provides financial guidance to the company and its Board of Directors.


Jabree is a leader in the field of accounting and finance. He has a passion for creating inclusive environments which he recently showcased as a panelist, at CFO Live’s virtual conference, to discuss the positive impact of diversity & inclusion on the financial performance of organizations. Jabree is a CFA® Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant in New York.


He received a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia in 2006. He is also a 2005 Cum Laude graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Laura, have one child and live in Hoboken, NJ.

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Cari Bryce

Independent Consultant

Cari Bryce has over 15 years commercial real estate asset management and financing experience. Cari’s most recent position was as Senior Managing Director at RAIT Financial Trust, a commercial real estate lender. Cari began her career at RAIT in 2006 in the underwriting group, where over her tenure she underwrote over $500MM of fixed and floating rate loans and investments. In 2016 Cari moved to RAIT’s asset management group, where she oversaw the firm’s $1.33BB floating rate loan portfolio and 5 person asset management staff.  Prior to joining RAIT, Cari served for four years as a commercial real estate portfolio manager for Cohen Brothers in Philadelphia, managing a portfolio of office, retail and multifamily assets throughout the mid Atlantic.  Cari began her career in financial statement assurance with Arthur Andersen LLP, holding a position in external audit for various public and private clients. Cari received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West Chester University in 2001 and her CCIM certification in 2010.


Meghan Chorin

Associate Broker

Team Leader

The Meghan Chorin Team

Berkshire Hathaway

Meghan has worked in real estate since 2004, first with owning her own real estate brokerage and now for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors. Meghan first entered into the field so that she could work alongside her husband, Jason who is a real estate investor/developer throughout the area. After a few years of only working with real estate investors, Meghan started to build a referral base that allowed her to expand her business. And 17 years later, Meghan can confidently say there is nothing else she would rather do! The Meghan Chorin Team is within the Top 25 teams in the country for Berkshire Hathaway and sold $112 Million in real estate in 2020.  Meghan adores helping people find their dream home and her goal is to make the process as smooth as possible. Meghan works actively with buyers and sellers throughout Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties and is also licensed in New Jersey and Delaware.  Meghan and Jason are diverse real estate professionals who understand and actively practice real estate investment, developing, building and residential and commercial sales. 

Meghan graduated with her BSN from Villanova University in 2003 and worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for two years before entering into real estate. When working with her clients, she tries to use one of the most important aspects of nursing- holistic care. There is so much that goes into buying/selling a home and making the focus about the client, the family, and their needs, guarantees a successful real estate transaction!

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Anne Cummins

Chief Operating Officer

Gattuso Development Partners, LLC

Through her dynamic career in real estate development, Anne Cummins has established a proven track record of bringing visionary concepts into reality. Anne Cummins is Chief Operating Officer of Gattuso Development Partners, a developer of exceptional, sustainable, and high-performance workplaces. As COO, Anne collaborates with the CEO in setting and driving organizational vision and operational strategy and translating strategy into actionable goals. Anne oversees operations to create the environment for success for clients, partners, employees, and the communities within which we work.


Prior to her current role, Anne led the ground-up, game-changing development at The Camden Waterfront, the initial phase of which represented $500 million of development within three years as Vice President, Leasing and Development at Liberty Property Trust. Anne was directly responsible for developing the RAMSA-designed master plan, obtaining entitlements, completing infrastructure and developing the double-LEED platinum American Water headquarters building on the Delaware River, which received the ULI Rouse Award of Excellence.  At The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, she was responsible for developing the LEED Gold Adaptimmune North American headquarters building, a purpose-built CAR-T immunotherapy lab and office building. During her 12-year tenure at Liberty, Anne guided hundreds of companies towards maximizing the benefit of their office space to attract, retain and inspire their employees and promote long term success.  She started her career as a developer for The DeMutis Group, the company leading the revitalization of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, a former steel town widely recognized for its uniquely successful redevelopment.


Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) presented Anne with the national Economic and Community Impact Award.   Anne was recognized locally as one of 20 women of the past, present and future who have significantly contributed to the growth of the Philadelphia landscape.


Anne serves as the incoming Chair for the Philadelphia District Council of ULI.  Anne has been a presenter, panelist or moderator for classes or forums at the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University, WHYY, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Bisnow, CREW, and the Real Estate Counselors of the Delaware Valley.


Anne earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with a concentration in Real Estate. She received her BA in International Relations and French from Bucknell University. She resides with her husband and two sons in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

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Dan Dagit

Senior VP


Dan Dagit is a Senior Vice President of CBRE in the Suburban Philadelphia office located in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He is an office properties specialist advising institutional owners and corporations on the acquisition and disposition of leased and owned properties.  Dan has a broad base of knowledge and experience in tenant, landlord, buyer and seller advisory.  In his tenure with CBRE, since 1982, he has contributed to the growth of CBRE in the Philadelphia marketplace and served as a mentor to several colleagues. Dan serves as a guest lecturer at Villanova and has been very active in both civic and philanthropic endeavors.


  • Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in PA

  • Chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta & Fundraisers

  • Co-chairman American Cancer Society Golf Event for 10 years

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Gladwyne Civic Association

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, City Sail Philadelphia

  • Chairman, PCC Squash Program

  • Villanova University, Bachelor of Science; Finance

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Brian Downie

Senior Vice President, Development

BF Saul


Brian has worked in commercial real estate development for over 30 years.  Over that time, he has been closely involved in all aspects of the development and construction of several million square feet of commercial projects.  Since 2000, he has worked for the B. F. Saul organization, currently as a senior vice president, development.  Prior to Saul, he worked for Mills Corporation, then Prime Retail.  In addition to his Board duties, Brian is an active member of the Chapter’s Leadership Committee, as well as the Chapter’s representative on NAIOP’s Maryland State Legislative Committee.   He also participates on a number of advisory committees and boards in Montgomery County.  He received undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and political science from the University of Delaware.

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Michael Ervolina

Founder and Principal



Michael Ervolina is the Founder and Principal of ERVOSQUARE, a privately owned, commercial real estate investment and development firm based in Denver, CO. ERVOSQUARE is focused on acquiring opportunistic and value-add office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties, predominantly located in the greater-Denver area. ERVOSQUARE takes an entrepreneurial approach to identifying assets in the lower-middle market, which are typically overlooked by institutional investors, and create value through proactive asset management, strategic redevelopment, and tactical leasing strategies.  ERVOSQUARE was founded in 2020 after Michael relocated to Denver after living 12-years in New York City.


Prior to ERVOSQUARE, Michael was a Senior Associate at SomeraRoad Inc., a New York-based commercial real estate investment firm focused on opportunistic transactions across all asset classes and U.S. geographies.  At SomeraRoad Inc., Michael led the acquisition of 11 properties, across various asset classes and geographies, with a total capitalization of ~$60MM.  Additionally, Michael was the asset manager of a portfolio of 9 properties totaling ~775,000 SF in 7 distinct markets.  As asset manager, Michael successfully executed ~180,000 SF of new leases and completed ~$3.5MM of capital expenditures and tenant improvements.


Prior to SomeraRoad, Inc., Michael held various commercial real estate roles that acquired or financed over $475MM of properties throughout the U.S.  Michael began his career in operations for the Exotic Interest Rate Derivates trading desk at J.P. Morgan.


Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Entrepreneurship from Villanova University where he was team captain, two-time MVP, and four-time academic all-American with the Men’s Ice Hockey team.  Michael also earned his Master’s in Real Estate from New York University where he was the recipient of the Douglas Elliman Scholarship.

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Patrick Farrell


L&L Holding Company

Patrick Farrell is an Associate in the company’s capital markets team. His responsibilities include forming strategic partnerships and JV relationships associated with new and existing deals.


Prior to joining L&L, Pat worked at Blackstone on the Real Estate Debt Team and focused on asset management across their portfolio of debt investments. Pat was responsible for managing roughly $4 billion in debt instruments on office, condo, multifamily, and ground-up construction projects.

Pat is active in the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group and is a member of NYPEN.

Pat holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Villanova University. While at Villanova, Pat was a member of the 2016 National Championship Men’s Basketball Team.

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Nancy Gephart

Vice President of Development

Shift Capital

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Phil Guida

Co-Founder & Principal

Arileus Capital

Phil is responsible for the day-to-day operations and successful execution of Arileus Capital’s investment strategy. His duties include the sourcing and analysis of all new acquisitions, while also overseeing the firm’s asset management, finance and development functions. Since starting Arileus Capital in early 2020, Phil has acquired a 25k sf shopping center in Phoenix and is getting ready to close on a 32k sf center in Tempe, AZ. Prior to founding Arileus, Phil spent 4 years at JS Western Retail Investments where he and a partner acquired and developed retail and office properties throughout the western US, eventually building a 13-property portfolio totaling over 350k sf. Over that time, Phil oversaw the asset management of the portfolio and helped manage over $200 million in transactions related to the acquisition, disposition and refinancing of commercial real estate investments.

Prior to JS Western, Phil worked as a Development Associate at Federal Realty Investment Trust, a $10 billion publicly-traded REIT specializing in retail and mixed-use development. While at Federal Realty, Phil held a wide array of roles relating to asset management, development and financial analysis. Most notably, Phil underwrote the 2nd Phase of Assembly Row in Somerville, MA, a $2 billion, 64-acre mixed used development which, upon completion, will be comprised of over 500k sf of retail, 2M sf of office, 1,000 residential units, 150 condos and a hotel.

Prior to Federal Realty, Phil worked at Cohen & Steers, an asset management firm with over $50 billion under management, raising capital for the firm’s publicly-traded real estate funds. Previous experience also includes several years in the financial services industry with Lord Abbett & Co. and UBS. Phil earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University.

Phil is originally from New Jersey, but he has also lived in New York City and Boston prior to moving to California. He enjoys surfing, snowboarding, running and hiking during his spare time.

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Jesse Harty

SVP, Market Officer


Jesse is a Senior Vice President, Market Officer in East Rutherford, NJ.  In this position, Jesse is responsible for Prologis’ New Jersey and New York operations which consists of approximately 50 million square feet. Jesse Harty joined Prologis in 2018. 


Prior to joining Prologis, Jesse was a Senior Vice President, Regional Asset Manager at Clarion Partners based in New York City.  As a regional manager, he was responsible for a team that oversaw an industrial portfolio of approximately 30 million square feet located throughout Louisville, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States.  Additionally, Jesse was actively involved in acquisitions, dispositions and new development in these regions.  Prior to this, he was an Asset Manager based in Atlanta, GA with a focus on the Southeastern United States.  Working with a regional asset manager, he was responsible for an approximately 30 million square foot industrial portfolio located in eight markets.  He joined Clarion Partners in 2007 and began working in the real estate industry in 2004. 


Jesse is active in NAIOP on both a local and national level as the Treasurer of the New Jersey chapter and member of the Office/Industrial Trends national forum.


In 2003, Jesse received his B.S. in Finance & Management Information Systems from Villanova University School of Business in Philadelphia, PA.

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Blake Hastings

President, Midwest



Blake joined Oppidan in 2018 as President, where he oversees Oppidan’s strategic direction, client relationships, operations and geographic/service line expansion. Blake partners with the entire Oppidan team to ensure the mission, vision, and overall direction are aligned to create exceptional client outcomes.

Prior to joining Oppidan, Blake was the Managing Director and Market Leader for CBRE, Inc. in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. During his time at CBRE, Blake was responsible for all CBRE service lines in this region, which included nearly 250 team members. Prior to CBRE, Blake was a Senior Vice President of the Office Services Division at Cassidy Turley (Currently Cushman & Wakefield) handling the leasing for a 6 million square foot portfolio, on behalf of clients, including Principal Financial, Clarion Partners, Artis Reit, New York Life (McMorgan), LNR, CW Capital, and A&B Properties and Occupiers, such as Ebay/Paypal, Centene, Gillette, Koch Industries, Del Monthe, and Bank United. He has been named “40 Under 40” by the Minneapolis Business Journal in 2014, 2016 CBRE Market Leader of the Year, and a Top 10 Overall Producer in the Phoenix market from 2008-2012.

Blake is active in his community and is involved in many Minneapolis-based charitable efforts, including holding positions for Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Rein in Sarcoma, Theilen Foundation, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Downtown Council Executive Committee.

Blake earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Villanova University in Philadelphia.

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Andrew Iaonnou

Executive Vice President, Finance & Acquisitions; Treasurer


Andrew Ioannou is the Executive Vice President of Finance & Acquisitions and Treasurer of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:PEI), a $4 billion publicly-traded real estate owner/manager/developer based in Philadelphia, PA.


​Andrew is responsible for asset acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures for the Company as well as establishing and maintaining relationships in the financial markets, sourcing and closing capital markets transactions, ensuring debt compliance under financing agreements, preserving liquidity to support PREIT’s investment pipeline and implementing the Company’s hedging objectives.

In his time with PREIT, Andrew has completed over $4 billion of secured asset financings, arranged $2.5 billion of unsecured facilities and has played an integral role in the issuance of nearly $1 billion of corporate securities.  He has also managed five amendments to PREIT’s senior credit facility and several modifications to existing debt instruments.

Andrew has a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School with a concentration in real estate, and a Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Mathematics from Villanova University. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Villanova University School of Real Estate, the Association for Financial Professionals Honors Program, International Council of Shopping Centers and holds the Certified Treasury Professional designation.

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Brian Johnson

Real Estate Consultant

KPMG, Retired

Professional Designations:
CRE (Counselor of Real Estate)
MAI (Appraisal Institute)
FRICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)

Specialties: Property level due diligence
Counseling related to real estate matters
Arbitration related to real estate matters
Valuation related to primarily financial reporting matters 

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Daniel Lynch

Chief Financial Officer

Audubon Land Development

Mr. Lynch is Chief Financial Officer at the privately held Audubon Land Development Company in suburban Philadelphia.  Recent projects include Providence Town Center Apartments, Shannondell Retirement Community, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks Shopping Center and Hilton Garden Inn in Oaks, PA.  Prior to joining Audubon in 2003, he was a Commercial Real Estate Investment Officer at Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company for 17 years.  Dan has 35 years of commercial real estate experience as a lender, equity investor and as a developer.

He has been a member of the Springfield School District, Facilities Advisory Committee for 25 years.  Capital projects include renovation of two elementary schools and a middle school and construction of a new high school and the construction of a new award winning, LEED certified elementary school.

He is a board member of the Adirondack Landowners Association, a group of private landowners who collectively own over 200,000 acres of land in the Adirondack Park in New York State; founded to encourage sound resource land management, promote public awareness of the role played by private landowners and to preserve private landowners’ rights in the land. Dan holds an MBA from Drexel University and a BS from Villanova University.

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Shelby Lynch

Transportation Planning Specialist

Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.

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Matt McDevitt




Matthew specializes in the leasing and sale of life science real estate for tenants and landlords.



Prior to Transwestern, Matthew found and served as executive vice president, real estate, for BioMed Realty Trust, Inc., where he played an instrumental role in all acquisitions and major lease transactions for the company. During his 10-year span, he maximized the shareholder value, growing it from a $475 million to an $8 billion market cap. Prior to BioMed, Matthew served as president of McDevitt Real Estate Services, Inc., a full service real estate provider focusing on the life science industry. Before founding MRES, he spent 10 years as a commercial real estate broker in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.



Matthew is an active member of the following organizations:


• National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

• Montgomery County High Tech Council, Member

• Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, Member

• Biotech Council of New Jersey, Member

• Malvern Prep, Facilities Board Member

• Gettysburg College, Scholarship Contributor

• Underground GIS, Advisor Board Member



Matthew received his bachelor’s degree in business from Gettysburg College.


Lou Merlini

Vice President, Asset Management

Rubenstein Partners


Mr. Merlini serves as Vice President of Asset Management at Rubenstein Partners where he is responsible for executing the firm’s value-added business plans across the mid-Atlantic portfolio including construction, leasing, property operations, and disposition activity throughout the region. Prior to joining Rubenstein, he was a Principal in Miller Investment Management’s real estate group where he was primarily responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing acquisitions of commercial real estate assets, as well as the operations and asset management of the firm’s existing portfolio of properties.  Mr. Merlini began his career as a structural engineer with O’Donnell and Naccarato, leading a variety of commercial, institutional, and healthcare design and construction projects.


Mr. Merlini earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Nova Next Council for Real Estate at Villanova University.


Jonathan Miniman

Principal, Portfolio Manager

CBRE Clarion Securities


Mr. Miniman is a Portfolio Manager and, as a member of CBRE Clarion Securities’ Americas research team, is responsible for the evaluation of listed real estate companies location in the U.S. and Latin America. Mr. Miniman joined CBRE Clarion Securities’ predecessor firm in 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Miniman worked at Group One Trading as a trader. Mr. Miniman has over 18 years of financial industry experience.​


Credentials: National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts( NAREIT); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); CFA Society Philadelphia 


Education: B.S., Villanova University, 2001 (cum laude)

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Joseph Nahas

Principal, Portfolio Manager

Senior Vice President, Institutional Marketing and Investor Relations

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.


Mr. Nahas is responsible for institutional capital raising and investor relations activities for Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Prior to joining Equus in 1999, Mr. Nahas was the Chief Operating Officer for Atlantic American Properties Inc., a private REIT formed from the acquisition of the majority of Bell Atlantic Properties Inc.’s, investment holdings, where he was responsible for acquisitions, dispositions and day-to-day operations of those firms.  Prior to this, he held positions with Radnor Corporation, a national developer and Provident Mutual Life Insurance, a national lender/investor.

Mr. Nahas holds an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance and a B.B.A. in Economics from Temple University. He is a licensed real estate broker in Pennsylvania. Mr. Nahas holds the CRE designation from the Counselors of Real Estate, having served as the chair of several of its committees and on its Board of Directors. Mr. Nahas served as Chair of the Board for 2018 and continues to work on various initiatives for the organization.

Mr. Nahas serves on various committees and task forces with the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), including its Performance Measurement committee, Close End Value Add Index task force and its Reporting Standards Valuation task force and was recently appointed to the NCREIF/PREA Reporting Standards Council.

Mr. Nahas has been involved in several community and civic organizations. He has served on the Board of Trustees of both Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Blessed Sarnelli House and the Advisory Board for Holy Innocents Area Elementary School. Mr. Nahas is an adjunct professor lecturing in Commercial Real Estate Investments at Villanova University School of Business, and Temple University Fox School of Business.

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Alan Razak


AR Spruce


Alan Razak is a principal and co-founder of AR Spruce LLC, a Philadelphia-based company that plans, creates, and manages real estate. With more than 40 years of commercial real estate experience, Alan’s expertise encompasses development and project management, finance, architecture, urban design and advisory services. His diverse real estate background includes managing the development process, both as owner and as owner’s representative, and project types including residential, office and commercial, as well as data centers and other highly technical facilities.

After years of principal positions in regional development and consulting firms, Alan started Razak Company in 2003, which in 2011 merged into AthenianRazak and in 2020 became part of the creation of AR Spruce. The combined firm has been responsible for the development of a large variety of projects in the Philadelphia region, ranging from innovative LEED-certified multifamily residential to the benchmark-setting professional sports training and headquarters complex for the Philadelphia 76ers. In its other two service arenas, the company has provided sophisticated and varied real estate advisory and analysis services for many of the region’s most important businesses, institutions, nonprofits and governments, and its property management operations focus on ushering distressed assets from failure to restoration, something the firm has done through four market cycles for lenders, investors, owners, special servicers and the courts.

Alan’s professional pursuits, starting with his work as an architect in 1975, have always followed his eclectic mix of interests in the industry, from the minutiae of failed deal forensics to the big concepts of how we build better cities. He is deeply knowledgeable about the real estate development process, an expert in design and construction services procurement and contracts, a champion of responsible property investment and a vocal proponent of triple-bottom-line investment approach to real estate. As part of the ULI Learning faculty for over 20 years he has instructed thousands of real estate practitioners on these topics in locations around the world. His work and the work of AthenianRazak have won multiple awards for excellence in design, construction and sustainability.

Selected Affiliations:
• Registered Architect, Pennsylvania
• Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Chairman of the Board
• Urban Land Institute, national: past Chair Responsible Property Investment Council, Chair of multiple Advisory Services Panels, DEI Council working group chair, ULI Learning faculty
• Urban Land Institute, local: Philadelphia District Council Chair, past Chair of Mission Advancement
• University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design, (Lecturer, Design & Development)
• MBA, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
• Master of Architecture, University of Washington
• SB Arts and Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Chris Reed

Executive Vice President, Acquisitions

ShopOne Centers REIT, Inc.


Chris currently works as the Executive Vice President, Acquisitions for ShopOne Centers REIT. Chris previously was the Director of Acquisitions & Dispositions at Brixmor Property Group, a publically traded (NYSE:BRX) Real Estate Investment Trust that owns and operates the nation’s 2nd largest portfolio of open air shopping centers. He oversaw the Acquisition & Disposition platform in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States, driving the region’s pipeline of deal flow and the process surrounding originations, including identifying and qualifying target markets, formulating investment strategies and leading the underwriting & due diligence process for prospective acquisitions.

Prior to joining Brixmor Property Group, Chris served as Director of Capital Transactions at WP Realty, where he was
responsible for the sourcing, underwriting and financing of all prospective acquisitions, as well as the evaluation and completion of debt & equity transactions for an existing retail portfolio totaling nearly 8 million square feet. In his time at WP Realty, Chris was directly involved with acquisition, disposition and financing transactions totaling more than $600M.


Chris graduated from Temple University with a B.B.A in Finance and earned an M.B.A from Villanova University, with concentrations in Real Estate & Finance. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Lansdale Borough Police Pension Fund.


Vincent Sanfilippo

Commercial Real Estate and Private Equity Investor

Vincent Sanfilippo is formerly the Chief Investment Officer of Philadelphia-area based Urdang Capital Management, Inc. (the firm is now known as “CenterSquare Investment Management”).  Vince’s tenure began in 1988 and continued through 2012 when he retired from the firm.  The Company invests in commercial real estate properties and listed securities on behalf of institutional investors, primarily large corporate and public pension funds, endowments and foundations.  Vince began as a financial analyst, later became the Director of Acquisitions and finally served as Chief Investment Officer, directing and overseeing the private market investment activities, including the acquisition, asset management, financing and disposition functions of the Company’s private market property portfolio.    From the early 1990’s through 2012, Vince was directly responsible for, or oversaw as CIO, the sourcing, underwriting, structuring, negotiating and closing of approximately $6 billion of direct and joint-venture property investments located in over 30 states and comprising over 30,000 apartment units, 20 million s.f. of CBD and suburban office, 14 million s.f. of retail and 6 million s.f. of industrial space.  Vince was one of the original principals of the firm and also a member of the Executive and Investment Committees.

Since 2012, Vince has made “value-added” investments in retail, industrial, life science and apartment properties located in the Mid-Atlantic region for his own account.

Vince graduated in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance earning a B.S. in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.

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David Spoont


Haverford Capital Management


David Spoont is the president and founder of Haverford Capital Management, Inc. (“HavCap”), a company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania that specializes in providing financing, investment sales, and acquisition and disposition services to real estate advisors and operating companies. Clients have included developers, entrepreneurs, and investors focused on multi-family, office, retail, mixed-use, self-storage, and warehouse properties in the Greater Philadelphia Area. HavCap has a specialty in arranging acquisition, capital improvement, and permanent financing for portfolios of scattered-site SFRs (single family residences) and in assisting clients with restructuring their commercial real estate debt. Mr. Spoont’s experience also includes the management and development of many of these asset types.


With over 30 years of experience in real estate and management expertise, Mr. Spoont formed Haverford Capital Management, Inc. to serve a range of companies and institutions including CenterSquare Investment Management Holdings, Inc. (formerly Urdang Capital Management, Inc. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of New York Mellon Corporation), and several of CenterSquare’s joint venture partners. Prior to founding Haverford Capital Management, Inc., Mr. Spoont was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Dispositions for Urdang Capital Management, headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. During his four years at Urdang, Mr. Spoont was responsible for its capital markets activities and oversaw the disposition of properties valued in excess of $430M, procurement of over $550M of new financing, and the restructuring of over $200M of existing debt. He worked with almost all of Urdang's partners and added considerable value to Urdang’s and its partners’ collective financing and disposition efforts. Prior to joining Urdang in 2008, he was Chief Investment Officer of Brandywine Construction & Management, Inc., a Philadelphia-based developer and owner/operator of apartments and mixed-use properties, where he was involved in all aspects of the business, including acquisitions, asset management, financings, and dispositions.


Mr. Spoont is highly regarded for his insightful knowledge of the capital markets and numerous relationships with lenders and brokers, which have resulted in many successful property sales and procurements of financing for investment properties. Mr. Spoont has guest lectured at the Villanova University School of Business and has spoken at NYU, St. Joseph’s University, and the University of Pennsylvania as an invited panelist for real estate events sponsored by CoreNet Global, Information Management Network, iGlobal Forum, and ULI. 


Mr. Spoont has served on the boards of two non-traded public REITs focused on the acquisition and operation of MF workforce housing properties in non-gateway U.S. markets.


Mr. Spoont received a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from The University of Pittsburgh. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Jeff Steigerwalt

Regional President

Philadelphia Region

ESSA Bank and Trust

Jeffrey Steigerwalt is a Regional President of the Philadelphia Region at ESSA Bank and Trust. Mr. Steigerwalt’s focus is as a Relationship Manager charged with the task of loan generation and maintenance of the Commercial portfolio. In conjunction with being a Commercial Lender, Mr. Steigerwalt frequently participates in panel discussions and lectures concerning commercial real estate. He is also an advisory board member of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University.

In addition to Mr. Steigerwalt’s duties at ESSA, he is a developer. Recent projects include a successful renovation of a single family home in Philadelphia and an approximate 4 acre parcel which he developed into a seven single family home subdivision.  Most recently, Mr. Steigerwalt purchased the former Llanerch School (owned by the Stratford Friends School) in which he successfully developed the property into two single family lots and the school, itself, into 13 luxury apartments.


Thomas Stone

Senior Associate


Thomas Stone is a Senior Associate in the Radnor, PA office. Tom is a member of a two-person team which is widely regarded as one of the top brokerage teams in Philadelphia.


Tom’s primary focus has been representing both local and national corporations in the acquisition and disposition of leased and owned facilities. His intimate market knowledge, coupled with the CBRE platform, allows him to better serve and consult his clients in making the best real estate decisions possible no matter the challenge.


During his career, Tom has completed over 230 transactions totaling approximately 2.5 million square feet of leasing and sales activity spread over multiple markets throughout the US and abroad.


Brian Sunday

Managing Director, AEW

Senior Portfolio Manager, AEW Senior Housing Investors Fund


Mr. Sunday is a Managing Director at AEW and Senior Portfolio Manager for the AEW Senior Housing Investors fund series.  In his role as Senior Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Funds and is a voting member of the Funds Investment Committee. Prior to assuming his role as Senior Portfolio Manager, Mr. Sunday was the Funds’ Portfolio Manager, where he assisted with all day-to-day management and operations of the Funds. Since joining the AEW Direct Investment acquisitions team in 2005, he has completed investments totaling over $3.0 billion in the seniors housing sector, including age-restricted, independent living, assisted living, and dementia care communities, in metropolitan markets throughout the U.S.  In addition to seniors housing, he has been involved in the acquisition of a wide variety of property types across the U.S.  Before joining AEW, Mr. Sunday worked at AMC Delancey Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Mr. Sunday is a graduate of Villanova University (B.S.) 

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James Sunday


Landmark Partners


James Sunday is a partner in Landmark’s real estate group. He is engaged in transaction origination, valuation and negotiation of real estate secondary and primary transactions.

Prior to joining Landmark in 2006, Mr. Sunday served as an associate at Citigroup Global Markets Inc., where he worked on the execution of M&A transactions valued at over $20 billion. He also served as a senior research analyst at Institutional Property Consultants, LLC where he managed commingled real estate fund investments and reviewed private equity real estate fund offerings for institutional investor clients.

Mr. Sunday received an MBA from New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a BS from Villanova University.

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Kyle Turner

Principal, Director of Investments

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.


Mr. Turner is a principal of Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Investments...  In his current role, Mr. Turner is responsible for acquisition activities, including sourcing, underwriting, and closing transactions Nationwide.  In addition to investment execution and strategy formation; Kyle is responsible for the Firm’s institutional capital raising efforts for our commingled Fund business, programmatic ventures, and co-investments. 

Mr. Turner holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Villanova University and a B.B.A. in Finance from Franklin and Marshall College.

Kyle is involved in several community and civic organizations; including an Advisory Committee Member for the DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University, Big Brothers Big Sisters and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Focused Athletics, a Philadelphia based non-profit focused on mentoring, coaching, and preparing High School students-athletes for college placement tests and admissions through professional, athletic and academic workshops.

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Jim Vesey


Vesey Capital


Vesey Capital, a real estate investment company started by Jim Vesey in 2008, is a value-added buyer and developer targeting the suburban markets of Philadelphia.  VC is focused primarily on industrial properties and land approvals for various product types. 

Recent transactions include the assemblage of over 400 acres in Phillipsburg, NJ and obtaining approvals for over 4 million square feet of Class A industrial product.  Vesey and his partners sold the site, known as the I-78 Logistics Park, to Bridge Development on January 31, 2018 (3 days before the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl!).  Also in 2018, the company completed a build-to-suit for Hajoca Corporation in Broomall, PA, and redeveloped an industrial building in Pennsauken, NJ, for Heritage Crystal Clean.  Vesey Capital is currently developing 62 townhouses on the waterfront in Conshohocken, PA.

Jim previously headed the Capital Markets Groups in the Philadelphia offices of JLL and Cushman and Wakefield.  During his 15+ year career, Mr. Vesey completed over 160 transactions totaling over $4 billion in asset value.  A former CPA, Jim sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of the Arts and the Advisory Board for the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University.  Mr. Vesey developed and, from 2008 to 2013, taught the Real Estate Investments class for Villanova University, his alma mater.  After years of suburban living, he and his wife have returned to Philadelphia as empty nesters. 

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Greg Walsh

Senior Associate

The Carlyle Group

Greg Walsh is a Senior Associate at Carlyle, focusing on new real estate investment opportunities across the U.S. and is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Carlyle, Greg worked at AEW Capital Management in Boston where he was an Investment Associate for the firm’s Partners private equity funds focused on opportunistic real estate investments. A Philadelphia-area native, Greg is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance and Real Estate.

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Steve Witman

Manager of Purchasing & Estimating

Robert E. Lamb, Inc.


As head of the Purchasing and Estimating Department, Mr. Witman participates in all phases of planning, design, and construction projects.


Mr. Witman performs master planning studies of new and existing building facilities and analyzes the value and risks over time to help clients identify future capital expenditures. He also oversees and validates architectural and engineering designs, providing constructability recommendations and value engineering to ensure project deadlines are met while keeping the project within budget.


Mr. Witman received an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.


Stephen Aly


Metropolitan Valuation Services

Stephen Aly is an Associate with Metropolitan Valuations Services, a commercial property valuation and real estate consulting practice headquartered in New York City. His appraisal experience includes the valuation of a diverse range of income-producing properties throughout New York City and the greater metropolitan area. He specializes in the appraisal of rental and for-sale market-rate apartment buildings, affordable housing facilities, mixed-use multifamily properties that integrate retail, office, community facility and garage components, developable land, and the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing partially funded by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, favorable financing and rental subsidies.

Mr. Aly graduated from The Villanova School of Business in 2019 where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate. He was active in the DiLella Center’s Real Estate Society and participated in the NAIOP New Jersey and Monmouth University real estate case competitions.

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Tyler Bausinger

Land Acquisitions Analyst


Tyler is a Land Acquisition Analyst for Lennar based out of the Philadelphia Metro area. He supports the land acquisition team in project and financial analysis throughout the community development process. Prior to Lennar, Tyler worked in PwC's Deals practice supporting clients with capital markets transactions and navigating complex accounting issues across a variety of industries. Tyler is a graduate of the Villanova School of Business class of 2017 where he was a member of the winning 2017 NAIOP New Jersey CREICS case competition. 

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Katie Bergen

Senior Director, Capital Strategies & Investor Relations

EverWest Real Estate Investors

Katie focuses on building relationships with institutional investors and consultants out of EverWest’s Denver headquarters. Katie also serves as the Co-Chair of EverWest's Environmental, Social and Governance Committee as well as the Chair of EverWest's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Katie has over 12 years of experience within institutional real estate including acquisitions, asset management, investor relations, portfolio management, and business development. Prior to joining EverWest, Katie was Director of Capital Markets at CenterSquare Investment Management where she spent 8 years covering private real estate and listed real assets. She began her career with Clarion/Samuels Associates, a real estate consulting firm based in Philadelphia. Katie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Wisconsin with majors in Real Estate and Finance. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.


Connor Burke

Associate, Acquisitions & Asset Management

Alterra Property Group


Connor Burke is an Associate, Acquisitions & Asset Management at Alterra Property Group focusing on mixed-use, residential, and industrial outdoor storage projects for APG. Prior to joining Alterra, Connor was an Associate Asset Manager at Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), where he had worked in various capacities since 2014.

Connor graduated from Villanova University in 2015 where he majored in Finance and Real Estate. At Villanova he was active in the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, participating in the Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition and placing second at the University of Southern California International Real Estate Case Competition.

Connor currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Mackenzie. 


Tim Connell

Real Estate Development Analyst

JDA Group, LLC


After graduating from VSB in 2015, Tim began his career in Commercial Lending at Provident Bank managing a portfolio upwards of $500MM in credits. Commercial Banking provided a unique opportunity to gain extensive insight on stabilized, new construction, value-add, and distressed assets. This experience provided a well-rounded foundation of underwriting and asset management.​


In March 2019, Tim joined JDA Group, LLC in Hoboken NJ as a Real Estate Development Analyst.  JDA Group is a privately-owned real estate development company in Hoboken NJ. Tim was brought on to provide Portfolio Management expertise, related to growing and maintaining the existing portfolio, and Project Management, related to the development pipeline in Jersey City and Hoboken NJ.

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Michael Daniels

Financial Analyst

Wells Fargo

Michael G. Daniels has been at Wells Fargo as a Commercial Real Estate Analyst since June 2019. Prior to Wells Fargo, he was a student in the Villanova School of Business where he earned his BBA in Finance and Real Estate. During his time at Villanova he was actively involved in the DiLella Center, serving on the executive board for the Real Estate Society and being selected as one of the inaugural fund managers for the DAN-TOM Student Managed Real Estate Fund. Prior to beginning at Wells Fargo he had several internships at firms including Deutsche Bank, Alterra Property Group, Apex Realty Advisory, and Land Services USA. He is happy to connect with current students to hear about their interests in Real Estate and offer any assistance he can.

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Nicoletta DeSimone

Acquisitions Manager

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.


Ms. DeSimone’s focus and responsibility are multi-family acquisitions activity for the firm. This includes sourcing, underwriting, and closing multi-family transactions nationwide. Since joining Equus in 2018, Ms. DeSimone has held multiple responsibilities spanning acquisitions, development, and asset management efforts on behalf of Equus. During her time, she has been involved in over $800 million in transactions on behalf of the firm.

Prior to joining Equus, Ms. DeSimone was an Analyst for Toll Brothers Apartment Living. There, she focused on the origination, underwriting, and structuring of multi-family real estate development transactions nationwide.

Ms. DeSimone holds a B.B.A in Real Estate and Marketing from Villanova University.

Ms. DeSimone is involved in several community and civic organizations. She is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and serves on the Junior Committee. Ms. DeSimone often lends her time to the Villanova School of Business, specifically the DiLella Center for Real Estate.

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Doug Emrich


Rittenhouse Realty

Doug Emrich is an associate at Rittenhouse Realty Advisors, a full service commercial brokerage and advisory firm, where he has worked since its inception in 2013. He specializes in underwriting multi-family properties with 9 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Throughout his career, Doug has played a key role in the sale of over 10,000 units totaling over $1.5 billion dollars in total consideration. 


Doug's prior real estate experience includes working for a large national firm representing owners in the acquisition and disposition of their multi-family housing properties. Doug earned his degree in economics from Bucknell University.


Frank Farinella

Financial Markets

Real Estate Associate


Frank Farinella Jr. is a 2019 graduate of the Villanova School of Business where he majored in finance and real estate. He is currently an Experienced Associate in PwC’s Financial Markets - Real Estate practice in New York where he advises institutional clients on debt and equity valuation and transaction diligence. Frank serves as an ambassador for PwC in the AYP (Access Your Potential) program, where he mentors high school students on financial literacy and building their personal brand. He is also an active recruiter for PwC on campus at Villanova University. Prior real estate experiences include Marcus & Millichap, Savills Studley, and the Student-Managed Villanova Real Estate Fund. Outside of work he enjoys watching Villanova basketball, traveling, and staying active with training and hiking. 

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Chris Gates


AEW Capital Management, L.P.

Chris Gates is an Associate at AEW Capital Management. He is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and closing real estate transactions across a variety of property types and geographies. Chris joined AEW after earning his MBA at Yale School of Management. Prior to returning to school, Chris was an Associate at Landmark Partners, a private equity secondaries firm that offers liquidity solutions to institutional real estate investors.


Chris holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and earned a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from Villanova University.


Brian Glancey

Associate Broker

The Flynn Company

Brian P. Glancey has been actively involved in the selling and leasing of commercial real estate since 1981.  Prior to joining The Flynn Company in 2002, he was an office sales and leasing specialist at GMH Capital Partners beginning in 1993.  He was a founding partner in the Muldoon, Glancey & McCauley Realty Corp. from 1991 through 1993.  From 1984 through 1991, he was VP of Marketing for The Nichols Company, which developed over 3 million square feet of office and industrial space in the greater Philadelphia area, primarily in Montgomery County.  Mr. Glancey was an office sales and leasing specialist for Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate, now CB Richard Ellis, from 1981 through 1984.  His career in real estate has provided him with a unique blend of experience from both the ownership and brokerage sides of the business. Mr. Glancey earned his SIOR (Society of Office & Industrial Realtors) designation in 2016.

Mr. Glancey graduated from Drexel University in 1981 with a BS degree in Finance and Marketing, and resides in Avalon NJ with his wife and three daughters.


Kyle Grant

Vice President

Venture One Real Estate


Kyle Grant is an Vice President at Venture One Real Estate. He is responsible for overseeing the leasing and asset management of the firm’s 7 million square foot portfolio while also assisting in efforts to expand their holdings through new acquisitions and development. While Venture One has historically focused on the greater Chicagoland markets, they look at opportunities throughout the United States. Previously, Kyle was a Financial Analyst at LaSalle Investment Management in Chicago and an Investment Analyst at KTR Capital Partners in New York City. Kyle has worked on the acquisition and disposition of over 10 million square feet of industrial, multifamily and retail real estate throughout the United States totaling over $1 billion. Kyle is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate.


Patrick Higgins

Analyst, Retail Capital Markets


Patrick Higgins is an Analyst on the Retail Capital Markets team in JLL’s Philadelphia office. He is involved in every stage of a transaction, which include underwriting and the creation of offering materials, marketing and bid negotiation, closing and client meetings and events.

Prior to joining JLL in May 2019, Patrick worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia as a financial analyst, supporting the Board of Governors in understanding lending conditions across the country via regular communication with counterparties at banking institutions across the Third District.

Patrick is a 2015 graduate of Duquesne University with a BA in Economics and Journalism. He also earned an MBA from Villanova University in May 2019 with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate.

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Ryan Klancic

Analyst & Asset Manager

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.


Matt Levine

Senior Associate

Longpoint Realty Partners


Matt is a Senior Associate at Longpoint Realty Partners, where he has worked in a variety of roles since joining in 2017. Currently, Matt is responsible for the the acquisition, due diligence, closing, and asset management process for the company’s growing portfolio of Texas assets. He also is a member of the company’s valuation committee and oversees the development and training of the company’s new-hire analysts. Longpoint Realty Partners is a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Boston, MA. The Firm focuses on maximizing risk adjusted returns by employing a fundamental value strategy to real estate investing. Longpoint seeks to take advantage of secular changes in consumer behavior by acquiring infill industrial warehouses and neighborhood retail properties in major U.S. markets.

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Kevin MacLachlan


Clarion Partners


Kevin MacLachlan is an Associate at Clarion Partners in the Portfolio Management and Asset Management groups.  He is responsible for multiple Separate Account portfolios with assets across all industries and across all risk profiles  and geographies.  Kevin also covers the day-to-day asset management duties for a mixed-use asset.  Prior to Clarion, he was an analyst at GF Capital Management & Advisors where he oversaw the day to day operations of the firm’s diverse real estate holdings.  He was responsible for the firm’s real estate accounting and investor relations while also contributing to the acquisition and distribution processes.  Kevin graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 2013 where he majored in Accounting and minored in Marketing.  Kevin was also a four-year member of the Varsity Baseball team.

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Kevin McCarthy

Managing Director

Cushman & Wakefield


Kevin J. McCarthy is a Managing Director of Brokerage Services with Cushman & Wakefield’s Westchester/Fairfield office, serving the commercial real estate requirements of clients throughout Westchester, NY and Fairfield, CT counties.

Cushman & Wakefield’s global platform allows Mr. McCarthy to also offer cross-border real estate solutions to his clients by partnering with Cushman & Wakefield’s offices around the globe. Prior to his career in commercial real estate, Mr. McCarthy worked at ESPN in media conglomerate distribution sales.

Mr. McCarthy’s community involvement keeps him connected as a lifelong resident of White Plains, NY, and is the founding member of the Westchester County Association’s Young Professional organization, currently with over 650 members. He is also a member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Mr. McCarthy received a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University.

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Pete Naccarato

Acquisitions Manager

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.


Mr. Naccarato works as a member of Equus’ multifamily team and is responsible for sourcing, touring, underwriting, and closing multifamily investments across several key markets along the East Coast and Midwest on behalf of the company’s investment partnerships and funds.

Since joining Equus in 2014, Pete has held an array of responsibilities for the multifamily team across its acquisition, disposition, and development efforts.  During his tenure at Equus, he has been involved in over $2.5 billion in real estate transactions throughout the United States. He has directly overseen acquisitions and dispositions totaling 3,000 apartment units valued over $300 million.

Mr. Naccarato holds an M.B.A with concentrations in Strategic Management and Analytics from Villanova University and a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from Villanova University.

He is a proud member of the Union League of Philadelphia as well as Villanova’s DiLella Center for Real Estate where he is a member of The Villanova Real Estate School’s Nova Next Council.


Jennifer Niedzwiecki

Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Underwriting Team

Capital One


Jennifer Niedzwiecki is a Vice President on Capital One Bank's Commercial Real Estate Underwriting team. The team underwrites high-volume, complex transactions and closes facilities secured by multifamily, office, retail, industrial, and other property types. Jennifer has nine years of commercial real estate experience. 

Jennifer is involved in commercial real estate industry organizations, including CREW, RELA, and Villanova’s Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate.


Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Honors from Villanova University. 


Marissa Stepniewski

Principal Associate

Capital One Bank


Marissa Stepniewski is a Principal Associate on Capital One's Commercial Real Estate team. She underwrites complex transactions in various markets throughout the U.S. and closes sizable facilities secured by office, industrial, retail, mixed-use, and other property types. Prior to joining the Commercial Real Estate organization in 2019, she was an associate in the Commercial Rotation Program (CRP) at Capital One. Marissa is also involved in industry organizations including CREW, NAIOP, and Villanova's Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate. She is from Long Island, NY and graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 2017 with a degree in Finance and International Business.


Shaun Topper

Transactions Associate

SITE Centers


Shaun has worked on the Transactions team at SITE Centers since graduating from Villanova in 2018 with a degree in Real Estate and Accounting. SITE Centers (NYSE:SITC) is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates convenience-oriented retail real estate as well as open air shopping centers. At SITE Centers, Shaun focuses on transactional activity: acquisitions, dispositions, and raising capital in the private markets. Shaun is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, negotiating, and closing investments throughout the United States.

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Mike Torsiello

Vice President



Since joining the Binswanger Company in 2013, Mr. Torsiello has significant experience servicing clients throughout New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia Area. Mr. Torsiello’s responsibilities include assisting his clients with tenant and buyer representation, acquisitions and dispositions, consulting, and site selection.


Mr. Torsiello has been involved in various assignments for a broad range of clients, including Comcast, TJX, Bombardier, Kohler, Exelon Generation Corp, The Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary and the Catholic Church, National Express, Aluminum Shapes, Simmons Pet Food, Ascena, US Environmental, Liscio’s Bakery, Amoroso’s Bakery, The Kardon Institute, and Hunter Truck, among others.


Mr. Torsiello holds a degree in Accounting and Real Estate from Villanova University, where he graduated in 2013.


Phil Vecchiolli


Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Mr. Vecchiolli is currently a financial analyst with Equus, predominately working with the office/industrial acquisition, asset management and development teams covering various markets across the country. Mr. Vecchiolli is a 2019 graduate of Villanova University with a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate. He is an active member in NAIOP and the DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University.

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Christian Vergilio

Vice President

Arden Group

Mr. Vergilio joined Arden in 2017 to assist the development of the company’s debt platform. Christian is responsible for sourcing and underwriting new transactions and conducting asset and portfolio-level asset management. In addition, Christian manages investor relations for existing and potential investors.

Prior to joining Arden, Christian worked at Angelo, Gordon & Co. as a member of the Acquisitions Team, where he provided underwriting analytics for industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties.  During his tenure, he transacted on investments in excess of $400 million.​

Christian earned his B.B.A. from Villanova University where he graduated with a major in Finance and Real Estate. Christian was the Bartley Medallion recipient for Real Estate which is awarded annually by the faculty of the school in recognition of outstanding achievement in a specific discipline. He is also an active member of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University.

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Phil Voutsakis


AR Spruce

Phil Voutsakis is a principal and co-founder of AR Spruce LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate services and development company that plans, creates, and manages real estate. He focusses on acquisitions for residential development for the company, overseeing client residential properties, and working to constantly improve management systems. Phil plays a central role in the management and re-development of SEPTA’s retail areas in the transit authority’s main commuter hub, Suburban Station, which the company master-leases from SEPTA. Despite the difficulties faced by the Station and SEPTA, the project has made steady incremental headway in repositioning retail and increasing the attractiveness of the Station, while addressing ever-changing retail and transit needs. Phil holds a BS in Finance from Villanova University and is a licensed broker in PA and a salesperson in New Jersey.


Eric Zahniser

Vice President

Lee & Associates of Eastern PA

Eric most recently served as Head of Business Development and Portfolio Management – Real Estate at Siemens Healthineers, where he was responsible for strategic portfolio decisions, investment analysis, and approvals for major real estate projects throughout North America.  He previously held positions as Senior Finance Manager and Senior Real Estate Transaction Manager at Bimbo Bakeries USA and as Asset Manager at the US General Services Administration.


Eric has executed leasing and development projects up and down the East Coast, including build-to-suit distribution centers, sale-leasebacks, acquisitions, and disposals.  He draws on his financial and transactional expertise to help end users and investors solve their top real estate challenges.  Eric has underwritten and managed over $600,000,000 in real estate transactions and deployed capital in a principal or agency capacity.


Mr. Zahniser is the Emerging Leaders Co-Chair of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).


Notable Recent Transactions Include:


• Warehouse Investment Sale 618,850 SF

• E-Commerce Distribution 263,000 SF Lease

• 3PL Distribution 252,000 SF Lease

• Publishing Company Distribution 198,000 SF Lease