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 judges' table this year. 





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Cari Bryce

Senior Managing Director

RAIT Financial Trust


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.

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Meghan Burke

Vice President

Investor Relations


Ms. Burke is a Vice President at CenterSquare, with 14 years of experience in the financial services industry.  She is responsible for investor relations and business development initiatives across the real assets platform.  Prior to joining CenterSquare, Ms. Burke was a Vice President at BlackRock, where she most recently focused on real asset product strategy and investor relations.  She previously held sales roles in the BlackRock US Wealth Advisory channel, and began her career with the Vanguard Group.  Ms. Burke earned a BA in International Business and Marketing from George Washington University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from The Villanova School of Business.  She is a Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst.

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Daniel Dagit, Jr.

Senior Vice President


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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Tony Ewing

Principal, Development and Construction

Shift Capital

Tony is a Principal at Shift Capital LLC, a social impact real estate firm based in north Philadelphia.  Tony is responsible for leading Shift’s development and construction teams, guiding strategic initiatives, and furthering the firm’s efforts in economic and community development.  Prior to joining Shift, Tony previously served as Vice President at Liberty Property Trust, where he lead development and leasing strategies for Liberty’s real estate holdings in the Greater Philadelphia region. Tony has touched multiple property types including office, industrial, multifamily, retail and laboratory space. Mr. Ewing has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in Real Estate from The Wharton School.  He is a licensed real estate salesperson in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Matthew McCormack

Director, Capital Markets

Mr. McCormack is a Director in the Miami office of JLL with more than ten years of experience in commercial real estate. He is a member of the Office Investment Advisory team, executing sale assignments as well as debt and equity placement.

Mr. McCormack joined JLL in May 2016 and has facilitated nearly $5 billion in closed transactions. Prior to joining JLL, he worked as an Associate at Crocker Partners (Crocker) where he was responsible for acquisitions and transaction execution functions as well as for the management and disposition of existing assets across all of Crocker’s target markets. During Mr. McCormack’s time at the firm, he participated in more than $1.3 billion in closed transactions. Prior to his five years at Crocker, he interned at CBRE, Thomson Reuters and JP Morgan Chase.

Mr. McCormack earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University with a major in finance and minor in real estate. He is also an active member of the university’s Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate.


Lou Merlini

Vice President 
Asset Management
Rubenstein Partners

Mr. Merlini serves as a Vice President of Asset Management at Rubenstein Partners, where he is oversees the execution of the firm’s property and portfolio level business plans across the mid-Atlantic. 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.

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Puja Peruto

President & Founder


Puja Peruto is President and Founder of perutoRE, a real estate advisory firm focused on providing value- added services for real estate owners, investors and private equity clients.  With her experience and breadth of industry contacts, she provides a strategic understanding of how to grow efficiently in a competitive and ever-changing real estate environment.   Ms. Peruto has acted as a real estate operations, transaction and asset management advisor for private equity firms, real estate investors, developers and institutions for over 15 years. Since establishing perutoRE in 2015, Ms. Peruto has provided clients with strategic support through part-time executive roles and specific task-oriented engagements.   Prior to establishing her own consulting practice, Ms. Peruto spent almost a decade in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Real Estate group and co-managed the Philadelphia Transaction Real Estate group’s personnel and financial goals.   Her engagements covered over $60 billion in transactions and a variety of strategic assignments for both public and private institutions. Prior to Ernst & Young, she spent two years at Savills Studley, a leading tenant representation commercial real estate brokerage firm. Ms. Peruto graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania , where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics.  Ms. Peruto is a full member of the Urban Land Institute serving on the ULI University Development Innovation Council and sits on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region.


Alan Razak


AthenianRazak LLC

Alan co-founded AthenianRazak, and directs the company’s efforts in consulting and development management. Alan’s diverse real estate background includes managing the development process, both as owner and on a consulting basis as owner’s representative, and project types including residential, office and commercial, as well as specialized expertise in data centers and other highly technical facilities. Alan has led development projects such as the Philadelphia 76ers Practice Facility in Camden, where he both realized the benefit of tax credits and brought a project with multiple decision makers in on time and under budget, Lenfest Hall for the Curtis Institute of Music, where he restructured the project saving $12 million, and Pembroke Condominiums, where he doubled the allowable density on a TOD site. He is currently managing the redevelopment of Montgomery County’s Norristown town center real estate, a $300 million phased undertaking that will re-create the city’s core.


Alan founded Razak Company in 2003 which he led until joining Athenian in 2011. Prior to that Alan was a principal with a Philadelphia real estate consulting and investment advisory firm, where he consulted on a broad variety of assignments. In the 1980s, as a partner at developer Rouse & Associates, Alan managed such high-profile projects as a 400,000 sf Washington, D.C. office building and the development of a 20-acre Penn’s Landing urban mixed-use project.

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Brandon Segal

Vice President


Brandon Segal is Vice President of Development at LCOR, Inc. based out of their Berwyn, PA corporate headquarters. In this role he is responsible for the full life cycle of multifamily or mixed-use ground up development. His day-to-day activities include sourcing deals, site acquisition, contract negotiations, market analysis, entitlement, project financing, underwriting, construction management, building design, and project management.


David Spoont


Haverford Capital Management

David Spoont is the president and founder of Haverford Capital Management, Inc., a Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania based company specializing in providing equity raising, financing, and investment sales disposition services to real estate advisors and operating companies.


With over 30 years of experience in real estate and management expertise, David formed Haverford Capital Management to serve a range of companies and institutions including CenterSquare Investment Management Holdings, Inc. (formerly Urdang Capital Management, Inc.), 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., David was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Dispositions for Urdang Capital Management (now CenterSquare Investment Management, Inc.) headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.  During his four years at Urdang, David 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.


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.  David has guest lectured at the Villanova University School of Business and he 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 and ULI.  Mr. Spoont is also a frequently invited panelist at industry events held in New York sponsored by Information Management Network and iGlobal Forum.


Mr. Spoont’s experience includes the disposition and financing of a wide range of property types including multifamily, retail, office, light industrial, and self-storage.  His experience also includes the management and development of many of these asset types. 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 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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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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Bill Booth

Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Banking

Capital One

Mr. William Booth, also known as Bill, has been a Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Banking at Capital One Financial Corporation since May 2008. Mr. Booth is a senior relationship manager in Commercial Real Estate, one of the core business units of Capital One's Commercial Banking division. and actively manages portfolio of over $1billion throughout the Mid-Atlantic footprint. Mr. Booth is a 33-year banking veteran. He previously served at Wachovia, where he was senior relationship manager in the Pennsylvania / Delaware region. In addition, Mr. Booth is involved with the Philadelphia chapters of both Urban Land Institute and Philadelphia Apartment Association East. He holds BS Degree in Finance from Shippensburg University, 1982-1986.


Jackie Buhn

Principal & CEO


Jackie co-founded AthenianRazak, and directs the company’s efforts toward enhancing urban viability. She has led redevelopment projects such as 833 Chestnut, bringing the value of this historic 750,000 sf office building from $7/sf to $230/sf, strategic projects such as two facilities master plans for the School District of Philadelphia addressing issues of excess space, management and repositioning efforts such as increasing the value of 700 distressed NJ apartment units by approximately $8 million or the in-progress repositioning of SEPTA’s Suburban Station Shops, and construction projects such as the simultaneous build of five data centers in an historic Chicago building on an accelerated schedule, completing work $8 million under budget. Jackie’s approach employs real estate to realize mission-driven goals, an approach she emphasizes in the projects the firm undertakes and the development of its staff.


Prior to AthenianRazak, Jackie founded and led Athenian Properties in 2001, and co-founded Renaissance Properties in 1989. At these firms she oversaw redevelopment, repositioning, management or consulting on more than 11 million sf of commercial properties and 5,800 residential units.

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Chad Burkhardt

Senior Vice President

Private Real Estate

CenterSquare Investment Management LLC

Chad Burkhardt is Senior Vice President in CenterSquare’s Private Real Estate Group and is based in Philadelphia.  He oversees acquisitions in the eastern region of the U.S. and serves as a member of the Investment Committee.  Prior to joining CenterSquare in 2013, he was a Director at Blackpoint Partners, where he led acquisitions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Previously, Mr. Burkhardt was a Vice President at D. E. Shaw & Co., a multi-strategy hedge fund based in New York.  Mr. Burkhardt oversaw commercial real estate acquisitions, and was responsible for real estate credit, which included the purchase of senior and subordinate debt positions, as well as CMBS and REIT bonds. In addition, he was responsible for portfolio management and the disposition of select real estate assets globally. Prior to D. E. Shaw, Mr. Burkhardt worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. as a Vice President in Global Principal Investments, the group responsible for investing the firm’s balance sheet in commercial real estate debt and equity, with a focus on the Americas.  


Mr. Burkhardt graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Hotel Administration with a concentration in Real Estate Finance and Management. He serves on the board of directors of NYPEN Real Estate.


Meghan Chorin

Associate Broker

Team Leader

The Meghan Chorin

Meghan has worked in Real Estate since 2004, first with owning her own Real Estate Brokerage, Image One Real Estate Services, 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 Chorin, who is a real estate investor 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 16 years later, Meghan can confidently say there is nothing else she would rather do! 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’s areas of focus in NJ are all of the shore points and while in DE, her client focus are the areas outside of Wilmington and the DE/PA border.


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, their family, and their needs, guarantees a successful real estate transaction!

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Patrick Farrell


L&L Holding Company LLC

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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Tim Feron

Vice President – Acquisitions 
Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Mr. Feron works as a part of the acquisitions and development teams responsible for sourcing office and industrial investments in various markets on the East Coast.

Prior to joining Equus in the spring of 2015, Mr. Feron was a part of the portfolio asset management team at KTR Capital Partners, an industrial focused real estate private equity firm. During his time at KTR, Mr. Feron participated in quarterly valuations, the tenant credit review, dispositions, and the firm’s merger with Prologis, Inc. (PLD). Before KTR, Mr. Feron was an Equity Research Associate in Janney Montgomery Scott’s Capital Markets group where he covered Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Mr. Feron is a 2011 graduate of Villanova University with a B.B.A. in Finance and has a Masters in Real Estate from Georgetown University.

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Nancy Gephart

Director 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. 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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Andrew Ioannou

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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Michael Kaczynski

Executive Vice President

Commercial Real Estate Institutional & Metro Markets Group

Wells Fargo & Company

Michael Kaczynski is an Executive Vice President and Market Manager for Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate in New York City.  His office is responsible for client coverage of New York and Long Island-based developers, providing a wide range of financing options including acquisition, construction and term loan financing, managing a portfolio of approximately 85 clients and prospects and approximately $9 billion in commitments.

As one of the nation's leaders in the real estate industry, Wells Fargo provides a comprehensive platform of banking and financing solutions to regional/national owners, operators and developers, real estate funds and REITs. The Commercial Real Estate platform serves our institutional and private client base nationwide with more than 25 offices including Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  Additionally, Wells Fargo Real Estate has an international presence via offices in London, England and Toronto and Vancouver Canada.

Michael has been with Wells Fargo for over 13 Years and was promoted to NYC Market Manager in January 2018. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he held the position of Vice President and Team Leader at The Bank of New York, and Vice President in Fleet Bank’s northern New Jersey office.  Collectively, Michael has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Michael received his MBA degree in Corporate Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management, from Hofstra University, in Hempstead, NY.

Michael and his wife live in Garden City, New York, and he has two teenage children.


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.


Matt McDevitt



Matthew has specialized in the Development, Leasing and Acquisitions of Life Science Real Estate for over 30-years in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Present – 2016

Currently Matthew splits his time running his own Real Estate Life Sciences Investment Company, and the Philadelphia Life Science Market for Transwestern Commercial Services.

2016 – 2004

Matthew was one of the founding members and served as Executive Vice President for BioMed Realty Trust, Inc., where he played an instrumental role in all Acquisitions, Development and major real estate transactions for the company. During his 10+ year span, he maximized shareholder value, growing it from a $465 million IPO in 2004 to an eventual $8 billion sale to Blackstone, Inc in 2016.

2003 – 1999

Prior to BioMed, Matthew served as President and Founder of McDevitt Real Estate Services, Inc., a full service real estate provider focusing on the Life Science Industry. The company was based in the Washington, D.C. suburbs known as “DNA Alley.”

1999 – 1987

Before founding MRES, he spent 12 years as a commercial real estate broker in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

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Megan McGinnis

Managing Director
SSH Real Estate

Ms. McGinnis is a Managing Director at SSH Real Estate with more than 10 years of Commercial Real Estate experience.  She is involved in investment management division of SSH focusing on acquisitions, asset management, and development as well as financings.  

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McGinnis was an Associate at HFF involved in the debt and equity placement of approximately $750 million in commercial real estate transactions. Before HFF she spent five years as an Asset Manager/Capital Markets Associate at the Buccini/Pollin Group where she was responsible for the asset management of over 3.0 million square feet of office properties valuing over $400 million.

She received a B.A. in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate from Villanova University where she now serves as a co-chair of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate Nova Next Council.


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

Senior Vice President – Institutional Marketing and Investor Relations


Mr. Nahas is responsible for institutional capital raising and investor relations activities for Equus.


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 and New Jersey.  He holds the CRE designation from the Counselors of Real Estate, having served as chair of several of its committees. He currently serves on its Board of Directors and is a member of its Executive, Finance, and Strategic Planning Committees.  Mr. Nahas served as Chair of the Board for 2018 and will Chair the Nominating Committee and Counselors in the Classroom Committees in 2019.


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.


Mr. Nahas has been involved in several community and civic organizations.  Most recently, he 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 Investment at Villanova University School of Business.

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Rob Nydick

VP of Operations

Quaker Group

Rob Nydick serves as a Vice President at the Quaker Group, where he oversees daily operations of the company’s multifamily communities in the Philadelphia region.  In addition to his operational responsibilities, Rob is involved in the acquisition of additional multifamily assets.  Rob graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 2006 with a focus on Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, and is active with the Villanova Alumni Club of Philadelphia.


Catherine Pfeiffenberger

Managing Director, Development and Construction


Catherine Pfeiffenberger is a Managing Director, Head of Development and Construction at Jamestown. Ms. Pfeiffenberger joined Jamestown in 2019 to head up the development and construction unit. She works with the team to expand the brand by focusing on development opportunities where Jamestown can create new, exciting places. In her previous role at Skanska, Ms. Pfeiffenberger was a founding member of the development group where she helped to establish the brand and grow the platform throughout the United States. Prior to her time at Skanska she held a number of positions in finance, public-private partnerships and economic development, including Managing Director at Lehman Brothers. Ms. Pfeiffenberger is the past Chairman of the Board of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, and has been involved with the Urban Land Institute Responsible Property Investing Council and the Green Building Advisory Committee for the New York Academy of Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and completed an executive leadership program at IMD in Switzerland.

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Chris Reed

VP, Acquisitions & Dispositions


Chris is a Vice President of Acquisitions & Dispositions at Brixmor Property Group, a publicly traded (NYSE:BRX) real estate investment trust that owns and operates a high-quality, national portfolio of 425 open-air shopping centers. Chris oversees the Acquisition & Disposition platform for the Company’s North Region, which includes more than 100 assets that encompass more than 19 million square feet, while spanning 12 states from Maine to Virginia.  Chris drives 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.  Since joining the company in 2015, Chris has been directly involved with transactions totaling nearly $500M.  Working closely with the Company’s Finance, Asset Management, and Legal teams, he was instrumental in developing and implementing capital allocation decision making tools, including the economic modeling platforms and investment memoranda for prospective acquisition and disposition transactions.

Prior to joining Brixmor Property Group, Chris served as Director of Capital Transactions at WP Realty, a fully integrated real estate firm specializing in the acquisition, development, and management of institutional quality commercial real estate in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States.  In this role, 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 the portfolio.  Additionally, he co-managed asset management & value creation initiatives for 2 internal co-investment funds totaling nearly $165M, including redevelopment & remerchandising strategies, determining optimal joint venture partnerships and the development of asset business plans.

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.

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Gerard Rosenberger

Senior Investment Analyst
GMH Capital Partners

Gerard Rosenberger is a Senior Investment Analyst at GMH Capital Partners. His responsibilities include sourcing, underwriting and due diligence for Student Housing and Conventional Multifamily acquisition and development opportunities nationwide. Gerard graduated from Villanova University in 2009 with dual degrees in Real Estate and Marketing.


Jeff Steigerwalt

Regional President - Philadelphia Region

ESSA Bank & Trust

Jeffrey Steigerwalt is a Regional Commercial Bank Director 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 joined CBRE, Inc. (formerly CB Richard Ellis) in 2007, and 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 office brokerage teams in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Tom’s primary focus has been representing both local and national corporations in the acquisition and disposition of leased and owned office space. 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.

Tom is a 2007 graduate of The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a concentration in Economics. Tom was also a four-year letterman of the varsity football team.

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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

Senior Vice President, Director of Investments

Equus Capital Partners, LTD.

Recently appointed Principal of the firm, Mr. Turner is currently Senior Vice President, Director of Investments for Equus.  In his current role, Mr. Turner is responsible for acquisition activities; including sourcing, underwriting and closing transactions in the Mid-Atlantic, Southwest and Southeast markets.  In addition to investment execution and strategy formation; Kyle is responsible for the Firm’s institutional capital raising efforts for our commingled Fund business and co-investments.  During his career at Equus, Kyle has experience in a wide array of disciplines; including, acquisitions, asset management, development/redevelopment and capital sourcing.

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 a number of community and civic organizations; including an Advisory Committee Member for the DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University, Big Brothers Big Sisters and 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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Steve Witman


Robert E. Lamb, Inc.

As head of the Purchasing and Estimating Department, Stephen participates in all phases of a project. He supplies design and construction phase budget estimates, value engineering, constructability recommendations, and the quality check required to ensure project deadlines are met, materials are available, and long lead items are reviewed and analyzed.

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Ian Petropoulos

Partner - Tax



Stephen Aly


Metropolitan Valuation Services

Stephen Aly is an Associate with Metropolitan Valuation Services, Inc., a commercial property valuation and real estate consulting practice in Midtown Manhattan.  Mr. Aly’s appraisal experience includes the valuation of income-producing properties, including multifamily rental and for-sale apartment buildings, developable land, and mixed-use properties. Mr. Aly graduated from The Villanova School of Business in 2019 where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate. Mr. Aly is currently working towards his New York State General Appraiser’s License.

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Jordan Anderson


ASAP Realty Investments

Jordan has owned and run a boutique real estate development firm in Philadelphia PA since 2013 whose mission is to build and maintain prosperous communities. Starting out on the retail side Jordan developed single family rehab flips and has scaled that to also doing new construction as well. On the long-term investment side he has built a portfolio of repositioned small multifamily apartment buildings. Moving forward Jordan is focusing on larger group up and repositioning mixed-use development projects as well as the redevelopment of city blocks that are predominately empty lots.

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Tyler Bausinger

Senior Associate


Tyler is an experienced associate based out of the Philadelphia market in PwC’s Deals team. He supports clients with capital markets transactions and navigating complex accounting issues. He has worked for clients in the higher education, pharmaceutical, industrial/consumer products, healthcare, technology, and real estate sectors. In addition to core Deals activities, Tyler is part of PwC’s Real Estate Deals team where he assists national leadership on strategic initiatives and helps to advise real estate clients on portfolio strategy and transaction structuring. Tyler is a graduate of the Villanova School of Business where he was a member of the winning 2017 NAIOP New Jersey CREICS case competition team.


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Carmine Berardi

Associate Director of Acquisitions and Development

Strategic Capital

Carmine Berardi is an Associate Director of Acquisitions and Development at Strategic Capital, the U.S. Real Estate Investment and Development arm of China State Construction and Engineering (“CSCEC”), one of the worlds’ largest investment and construction groups and a Fortune Global 500 public company.  In his current role, Carmine is responsible for acquisition activities; including sourcing, underwriting and closing transactions in the New York City metropolitan area.  Previously, Carmine was a New Business Development Manager at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust “PREIT” in its Retail Leasing Group.  Prior to that, he was a Financial Analyst in the Acquisitions and Dispositions Group at PREIT.  Carmine has extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry having worked on over $1 billion of real estate acquisitions and dispositions.  Carmine has experience in a wide array of disciplines; including acquisitions, development, capital sourcing, asset management, and leasing.


Carmine holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Finance and International Business with a minor in Real Estate and Italian from Villanova University.  Carmine is a member of the National Italian American Foundation’s Leadership Council and an advisor to the Italian Finance Committee in Parliament.  Carmine is bilingual and holds dual citizenship, U.S. and E.U. (Italian).

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Katie Johnson 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 has over 10 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 board of directors for the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.


Tyler Berlinsky

Associate, Investment Services

SSH Real Estate

Tyler joined SSH in May of 2016 as an Associate on the Investment Services team. Since joining SSH, Tyler and the Investment Services team have handled office, flex, industrial, retail, and multi-family properties sales for a diverse list of clients. He has been the lead associate on investment sales of over $120 million totaling 800,000 square feet. Tyler, who has his Real Estate license in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Communications.

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Shannon Bona

Retail Specialist

Marcus and Millichap

Shannon Bona is an Investment Sales Advisor at  Marcus & Millichap’s Philadelphia office. She joined the National Retail Group in 2015. As a member of The Taylor Group of Marcus & Millichap, Shannon specializes in the acquisition and disposition of (word deleted) shopping centers and net-leased assets nationwide. As a junior partner on the team, Shannon is a critical component to the team’s growth through strategic planning and mentoring new associates.


Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap in 2014, Shannon was a Real Estate Banking Analyst for PNC Bank. Through PNC’s Corporate and Institutional Banking Development Program, Shannon was exposed to all facets of the Real Estate Industry, including underwriting, market research, capital markets, and loan administration. Shannon’s understanding of the debt side allows her to be a well-rounded investment advisor to clients seeking to maximize their return on equity.


Shannon holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Finance and Real Estate from Villanova University. She is a licensed real estate salesperson in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).


Shannon is also an active member in the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, which connects Villanova School of Business alumni, sponsors, and students with the Greater Philadelphia Real Estate community. She currently serves on the Nova Next Council, a young alumni board dedicated to preserving Villanova’s strong presence in the Real Estate Industry. 

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Sean Bryce

AVP Real Estate Finance
Voya Investment Management

Sean Bryce, VSB ’14, is currently an AVP of Real Estate Finance at Voya Investment Management, an asset management firm based in Atlanta, GA. Sean is responsible for originating first-lien bridge and permanent mortgages on commercial properties across the United States, with a specific focus on assets located in primary and secondary west coast markets. Prior to joining Voya in November 2019, Sean was a Senior Associate at JCR Capital, a Denver, CO based real estate private equity company. While with JCR, Sean focused on originating, underwriting and closing middle market real estate investments on behalf of the firm’s third-party capital partners. Prior to JCR, Sean was an Associate at RAIT Financial Trust, a commercial real estate investment trust based in Philadelphia, PA. Sean joined RAIT in May 2014 upon graduating from Villanova School of Business with degrees in Finance and Real Estate.


Connor Burke

Associate Asset Manager

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Connor Burke is an Associate Asset Manager at Federal Realty Investment Trust, where he has worked in various capacities since 2014 and is currently focused on the company’s South FL and Metro DC mixed-use portfolios. Federal Realty (NYSE: FRT) is a real estate investment trust headquartered outside of Washington DC focused on the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail and mixed-use properties in the country’s best markets.

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 outside of Washington DC with his wife, Mackenzie, and is active in Washington ULI and ICSC.


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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Erin Corcoran

Commercial Real Estate Analyst

Wells Fargo

Erin graduated from Villanova in 2018 with a major in finance and a co-major in real estate. Since graduating, she has worked as a commercial real estate lending analyst at Wells Fargo. In her current role she is mainly responsible for underwriting, preparing credit memos, and preparing quarterly and annual financial reviews of commercial real estate owners, developers, and investors to assess leverage, key risk factors, repayment sources, and ability to service debt. Prior to working at Wells Fargo, Erin interned at KeyBank in their multifamily capital group and at GMH Capital Partners in Student Housing Acquisitions. During her senior year at Villanova, Erin was heavily involved with the VSB Mentoring Program as well as the Real Estate Society. 


Angela Curry

Associate, Capital Markets


Angela Curry is an Associate at JLL on the Capital Markets Team.  Ms. Curry is responsible for the underwriting and preparation of materials for investment sales and debt/equity placement, primarily for Office assets in the Philadelphia region.  In 2018, the JLL Philadelphia Capital Markets closed 43 deals, totaling $2B in total deal volume and 12.7+ million square feet. Prior to joining JLL, Angela was a Senior Analyst at Edgewater Group LLC, a multidisciplinary real estate firm that engages in distressed advisory, management and investment services.

Ms. Curry graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and received her MBA from Villanova University with a specialization in Finance and Real Estate in 2016.

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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 Associate

Equus Capital Partners

Ms. DeSimone’s focus and responsibility is multifamily acquisitions activity for the firm. This includes sourcing, underwriting, and assisting in closing multifamily transactions nationwide.

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. Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Inc., she interned with Equus Capital Partners, focusing on both acquisitions and investor relations.

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; including being a member of the Junior Committee at the Union League of Philadelphia. Ms. DeSimone often lends her time to Villanova School of Business, specifically the DiLella Center for Real Estate, both guest teaching in the classroom and speaking on panels. 


Anna Dwyer

Acquisitions Associate

City Line Capital

Anna Dwyer is an Acquisitions Associate at City Line Capital, a Philadelphia based firm that focuses on the acquisitions of self-storage properties nationally. Anna is primarily responsible for sourcing and execution of acquisitions and financing, oversight of financial analysis, and coordination of the due diligence and closing process.


Prior to joining City Line Capital, Anna was a Real Estate Analyst at HFF, LP, a leading provider of capital markets transaction services to the United States commercial real estate industry. There she primarily focused on self-storage and office building transactions, with additional focus on multifamily and retail analysis. Anna graduated with a BS in Finance with a Real Estate minor from the Villanova School of Business in 2016.


Frank Farinella

Financial Markets Real Estate Associate


As a financial markets real estate associate with PwC, I look to deliver value to our clients through commercial real estate valuation and strategy. I’m a detail-oriented, success driven individual with a hunger for knowledge and a passion for new experiences.


Chris Gates


Yale School of Management

Chris Gates is currently a second-year MBA student 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 underwrote investments in private equity real estate funds and portfolios across all property types and global geographies. During his time at Landmark, Chris helped to deploy $2.4 billion in equity across 14 transactions.



Chris earned a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from Villanova University. He is currently working towards his MBA at Yale School of Management.


Kyle Grant

Vice President

Venture One Real Estate

Kyle Grant is a 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.

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Michael Kirby

Project Manager

Toll Brothers

Michael is a Project Manager with Toll Brothers Apartment Living in Horsham, PA where he is responsible for leading teams through the entitlement, design, permitting, construction and lease-up phases of luxury multi-family and student housing projects.


Prior to joining Toll Brothers Apartment Living, Michael spent ten years working for various real estate companies in design and construction management roles including James G. Davis Construction, Vornado Realty Trust, and Brandywine Realty Trust.


Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the Catholic University of America as well as an MBA from Villanova University.


Alan Kocher

Project Manager


Motivated preconstruction project management professional with over seven years of experience at industry leading construction management and design build firms.   Demonstrated ability to creatively collaborate with clients and design professionals to deliver innovative strategies and effective solutions to complete projects within budget and on time.


• Project cost planning, preconstruction project management, risk analysis, and value engineering strategies

• Technology implementation and coordination through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

• Comprehension of civil, structural, architectural, and mechanical components of the built environment

• Software Applications: Autodesk(AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks), Procore, Bluebeam, Microsoft Project and Office

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Amy Lancaster

Senior Vice President | Portfolio Management

Brookfield Asset Management

Amy Lancaster is a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management focusing on hotel portfolio management and capital markets.  She currently oversees a large convention center hotel as well as two hotel portfolio companies comprised of over 100 hotels each.  Prior to Brookfield, Amy was a Senior Vice President in the Hospitality Finance Group at Wells Fargo Bank where she was originating hospitality loans to leading real estate investment firms across the U.S.  The bulk of Amy’s career was spent at Blackstone in the Real Estate Asset Management Group based in New York.  During her 17-year tenure at Blackstone she managed over 13 hotel investments ranging from individual full-service hotels to portfolio companies comprised of over 500+ hotels.  Amy received a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and resides in NJ with her Villanova-alumni husband and two kids.

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Jason Lynch

Vice President

Independence Realty Trust

Jason Lynch is a Vice President at Independence Realty Trust (NYSE: IRT), a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. IRT went public in August 2013 with 8 properties and has since grown to 58 properties with nearly 16,000 units in the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States. Jason joined IRT a few months following the Company's initial public offering and has now been with IRT for over 5 years.  He is involved with a variety of company aspects but is focused primarily on identifying target markets for growth and sourcing new acquisition opportunities in those markets.


Prior to IRT, Jason worked in JLL's Philadelphia Capital Markets group as an analyst and as a part of KPMG's Economic and Valuation Services team.


Jason earned his Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Accounting with a Real Estate minor from the Villanova School of Business in 2011.

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Kevin McCarthy

Managing Director

Cushman & Wakefield  

Kevin J. McCarthy is a Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield’s Stamford, CT office, serving the commercial real estate requirements of clients focused in the New York tri-state area as well as throughout the United States. As a real estate adviser with over 15 years of experience his extremely strong network of like-minded professionals help deliver unprecedented professional results for clients who become longtime valued customers and friends. Strategist on real estate solution execution for tenants, landlords, owners and buyers. Portfolio real estate expertise on executing transactions for companies with decentralized real estate departments across multiple locations. The firm’s global platform allows him to offer cross-border real estate solutions to his clients by partnering with Cushman & Wakefield offices around the globe. Prior to his career in commercial real estate, Mr. McCarthy as an avid sports fan worked at ESPN in media conglomerate distribution sales. His community & non-profit involvement keeps him connected as a lifelong resident of White Plains, NY.

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Jessica Newhouse

Client Experience Manager


Jessica Newhouse serves as the Client Experience Manager for Hines, a global leader in real estate investment, development, and management. In her role, Jessica leads the firm’s efforts surrounding ‘experience’ within the built environment, helping Hines use this lens to create and enhance value through building design and operations.


Jessica has spent much of her 16-year commercial real estate career in investments and asset management having worked for Resource Real Estate (now C-III), Verde Realty (now Brookfield), and KTR Capital Partners (now Prologis). She started her career in consulting with Ernst & Young’s global real estate practice, working across asset classes. Before joining Hines, Jessica was focused on creating a multifamily development concept / operating model centered around the resident experience. Jessica holds an MBA from Rice University and a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University; she is an active member of ULI both locally and nationally.


Jennifer Niedzwiecki

Vice President

Capital One Bank

Jennifer Niedzwiecki is a Vice President on Capital One Bank's Commercial Real Estate Underwriting team, covering the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The team underwrites high-volume, complex transactions and closes facilities secured by multifamily, office, retail, industrial, and other property types. Jennifer has seven 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. 


Pete Sollecito


TSB Capital Advisors / TSB Realty

Peter R. Sollecito started his real estate career as a private equity analyst for Capital Solutions, Inc., an investment firm specializing in providing equity capital for value-add/opportunistic projects. In his role at Cap-Sol, he directly supported the principals of the firm and completed mission-critical projects for the firm's investments. After leaving Cap-Sol, Peter worked as a real estate development analyst for Radnor Property Group, LLC, a boutique multifamily development firm focused on creating urban, mixed-use properties primarily in Philadelphia through the implementation of Public-Private-Partnerships (P3s). At Radnor, he was exposed to a full-spectrum of real estate analysis, often tasked with conducting general financial analyses, crafting development/acquisition feasibility studies, supporting active project due diligence, overseeing construction/asset management, all while acting as the first point of contact for Radnor’s six-person team. From Radnor, Peter moved to the TSB Companies. TSB Capital Advisors and TSB Realty specialize in valuation & advisory services, joint venture consultation, debt financing, private equity placement (Capital Advisors), and commercial investment sales (Realty) for student housing and multifamily properties. In his role at TSB, he mainly aids in underwriting of properties/portfolios for TSB's full suite of financial services, sourcing and underwriting private acquisitions on behalf of the firm's principals, preparation of pitch materials, and more.

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Tim Soulas

Senior Associate

Advance Realty

As a Senior Associate of Asset Management, Tim Soulas is responsible for the development and implementation of property-specific business plans for a portion of Advance’s portfolio, as well as day-to-day implementation of those plans across a diversified collection of assets. Prior to joining Advance, Soulas spent more than five years at Morristown, N.J.-based The Hampshire Companies, where he most recently served as Asset Manager. In that role, he was charged with overseeing a portfolio of industrial, retail, medical office, mixed-use and self-storage properties encompassing more than 2 million square feet, as well as lease negotiation with tenants, supporting acquisition, disposition and refinancing efforts and making key decisions about property operations and capital needs. During his time at The Hampshire Companies, Soulas also served as a Senior Analyst, underwriting and managing valuations for funds totaling more than $750 million and encompassing a wide range of commercial real estate assets. He graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused on finance, as well as a minor in real estate studies.


Marissa Stepniewski

Commercial Real Estate Underwriter

Capital One

Marissa Stepniewski is an Underwriter on the Core Mid-Atlantic Commercial Real Estate team. Prior to joining the CRE organization, she was an associate in the Commercial Rotation Program (CRP) at Capital One. She is from Long Island, New York, and graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 2017 with a degree in Finance and International Business. Marissa's experience as an intern in the Commercial Bank led her to take a full-time role after graduating college. Her first rotation in CRP was with the Industry Research & Analytics group, followed by work in the Middle Market Banking organization, and most recently, in Commercial Real Estate.

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Henry Sullivan

Senior Associate

Alterra Property Group

Henry focuses on the acquisition of Residential, Mixed Use, Office, and Industrial value add properties for Alterra. Henry is responsible for underwriting Alterra’s acquisitions as well as completing due diligence on these opportunities. Prior to joining Alterra, Henry worked at BlackRock where he gained extensive experience in the Fixed Income sector as a Risk Analyst, focusing specifically on mortgage-backed securities. Henry holds an MBA from Villanova University’s Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Henry is a Philadelphia native and currently lives in the East Passyunk area.


Shaun Topper

Transactions Analyst 

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. At SITE Centers, Shaun is responsible for underwriting acquisitions and dispositions for both the wholly-owned portfolio as well as SITE’s joint venture platforms. Prior to joining SITE Centers, Shaun interned with Equus Capital Partners and Deloitte’s Real Estate Valuation practice.


Joe Traynor

Development Manager

Brandywine Realty Trust

Joe is a Development Manager at Brandywine Realty Trust, responsible for running development activities from each project feasibility through design, construction, and closeout for project in Brandywine’s Pennsylvania portfolio. He joined Brandywine in 2015 where he worked as a Project Manager in the construction division for 4 years before moving into his current role. Joe has 10 years of experience in real estate and construction, which includes managing over one million square feet of new office construction and overseeing all construction in a portfolio of properties totaling over six million square feet.

He is a 2020 MBA Candidate at the Villanova School of Business, with specializations in Real Estate and Finance. Joe attended Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Design. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute.


Brian Vaughn

Sales Associate 


Brian Vaughn​ is a 2018 Venture for America Fellow and Sales Associate at  STRATIS IoT. He serves as a resource to apartment building owners and developers who make decisions about technology. His experience is rooted  in city planning and smart home technology. He’s constantly engaged with  urban design, energy efficiency tech, and entrepreneurship in Philadelphia. 

Brian graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Environmental Studies. His seniors honors thesis investigated the intersection of public space and transit infrastructure in the American South. 


Phil Vecchiolli

Financial Analyst

Equus Capital Partners

Mr. Vecchiolli is currently a financial analyst with Equus, predominately working with the office/industrial acquisition 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.


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

Project Manager

AthenianRazak LLC

Philip is managing the redevelopment effort of the 40,000 sf of retail space within SEPTA’s Suburban Station Concourse in Center City Philadelphia. Since AthenianRazak secured a 10-year master lease from the Transportation Authority in July 2016, Philip has assisted in project management and leasing duties related to the first phase of redevelopment, as well as asset management and property management for the in-place tenancy. In addition to this project, he has also provided consulting and development feasibility for Drexel University when the institution was contemplating repositioning student housing assets as faculty and staff housing. Philip also supports business development functions by underwriting new opportunities and exploring new ventures for the firm.

Prior to joining AthenianRazak, he was an acquisitions analyst at a real estate private equity company focusing on Philadelphia-area office and industrial assets. Within two years in that role, he was substantially involved in six office and industrial acquisitions, totaling $210 million and seven office dispositions totaling $200 million.

Selected Affiliations: DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University, Urban Land Institute, Licensed Real Estate Broker PA, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson NJ


Villanova University, BS Finance

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Andrew Walheim

Financial Analyst

SSH Real Estate

Andrew is a Real Estate Analyst at SSH Real Estate in Philadelphia. He is a part of the Investment Management team at SSH and works in acquisitions, asset management, and development. Andrew received a B.A. in Finance from Villanova University in 2019 and completed minors in Real Estate and Corporate Law and Governance. At Villanova Andrew was involved in the Real Estate Society and was a Student Manager for the Men’s Basketball team.