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. 




Sarah Catherine Alford


Vista Holdings

Sarah Catherine Alford has 20 + years of diverse commercial real estate experience.  She formed Vista Holdings in 2017 to build a multi-dimensional commercial real estate company that brings strategic knowledge and value to investors. Her responsibilities include business development, investor relations, oversight of Third Party and internal property management operations, and spearheading the agency leasing function vital to bringing new business to the company. Ms. Alford has negotiated more than 500 office leases totaling over 4.5M square feet or sales and purchase agreements for Landlords and Investors, and has been named a DFW “Top Broker” by Dallas Business Journal and Addison Female Executive of the Year in 2014.


Elizabeth Bell


Hamilton Lane


Elizabeth Bell is a Principal on Hamilton Lane’s Real Assets team, where she is responsible for due diligence of primary, secondary, and co-investment opportunities in real estate. 

Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2022, Elizabeth was a Managing Director with Jaguar Growth Partners where she was responsible for leading Latin American real estate private equity investments.  Previously, Elizabeth was an Investment Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management on the Property Multi-Manager team and was a Vice President at Equity International, responsible for investing in emerging markets real estate companies.  Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was an Associate at real estate private equity firm, JER Partners, and an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank. 

Elizabeth received her AB from Princeton University, where she was captain of the women’s soccer team, and earned her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in finance and real estate. Elizabeth is currently a Board Member of Colombian Healthcare Properties, a real estate investment manager focused on acquiring healthcare assets in Colombia. 

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Cari Bryce

Business Development Coordinator

Guaranteed Rate

Cari Bryce has over 15 years experience in real estate finance and asset management. Cari currently is in business development for Guaranteed Rate, a nationwide residential mortgage company. Previously Cari was a Senior Managing Director at RAIT Financial Trust, a commercial real estate lender. Over her tenure at RAIT, Cari underwrote over $500MM of fixed and floating rate loans and investments. Upon transition to RAIT’s asset management group, Cari also oversaw the firm’s $1.33BB floating rate loan portfolio.  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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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.


Jennifer Clausen

Partner & Head of Investor Relations

LEM Capital, L.P.

As a Partner and Head of Investor Relations, Jennifer’s focus spans the marketing life cycle for each fund. From long-term relationship development and capital raising through on-going communication, reporting and interaction with limited partners, her goal is to maintain the strong alignment of interests between the firm and its investors. She is also responsible for the firm’s brand management and strategic marketing platforms effectively broadcasting and expanding the LEM brand to existing and potential institutional investors.

Before joining LEM, Jennifer worked with two New York City-based hedge funds concentrating on investor relations, marketing and compliance. She previously spent six years as a commercial real estate broker with Cushman & Wakefield focused on office and leasing sales in Downtown San Diego.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and in Romance Languages – Hispanic Studies from Boston College.

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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.


David Curran

Executive Director

Valuation & Advisory

Cushman & Wakefield

Mr. Curran has been a real estate professional since 1980, with experience in appraisal, lending, brokerage, planning and development. He has been a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) since November, 1993.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield of Pennsylvania, Inc., Valuation & Advisory in September 2005, he was a Vice President and lender for eight years, first with Mellon Bank and then with PNC
Bank, both in Philadelphia. Clients included REITs, large private developers and institutional investment advisors. Prior to that, he was an appraiser with Mellon Bank and an independent appraisal company in the Philadelphia suburbs. Planning and development experience was gained with the Newark (NJ) Redevelopment & Housing Authority, and brokerage experience with Coldwell Banker commercial real estate in New York City.

Mr. Curran was promoted to Associate Director of Cushman & Wakefield of Pennsylvania, Inc. in  2006, promoted to Director in January, 2010, later promoted to Senior Director, and currently holds
the title of Executive Director.

Appraisal and consulting assignments have included vacant land, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial properties, residential complexes and a variety of special-purpose properties, primarily in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. As a lender, he provided construction and shorter-term financing for many of these property types as well, plus lines of credit and project-based financing for REITs and institutional advisors. Mr. Curran currently focuses primarily on larger office assets in the Philadelphia region, including numerous CBD high-rises and larger suburban office properties and
office parks.

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John Dempsey

Regional Financial Analysis Director

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Retail Commercial Real Estate acquisition and disposition expert with highly developed financial analysis, communication, presentation and deal-making skills. Highly effective leader who combines technical expertise, influencing, analytical, and interpersonal skills with a strong passion for the business to create profitable commercial real estate business ventures for investors. Effective professional who excels at creating business models used for analysis of financial issues such as Internal Rate of Return (IRR), yield, and growth.


Anna Dwyer

Vice President, Investments

Simply Self Storage

Anna is the Vice President of Investments for Simply Self Storage. Simply Self Storage, a Blackstone Real Estate portfolio company, is one of the top five private owners of self-storage and operates a high-quality portfolio totaling 10 million square feet across 149 properties in the U.S. In late 2020, Simply Self Storage was acquired by Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (“BREIT”).

Ms. Dwyer joins Simply Self Storage from City Line Capital where she served as the Director of Acquisitions. 

Anna graduated from Villanova University's School of Business with a Bachelor of Finance along with a Real Estate minor. There she was a four-year member of the Women's Varsity Volleyball team. 


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Nancy Gephart

Vice President of Development

Shift Capital

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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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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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Michael Kaczynski

Managing Director, Northeast Division Manager

Wells Fargo Bank

Twenty year commercial banking professional with a specialty in commercial real estate lending, centering on the NYC market. Experienced in new business development, underwriting including construction lending, asset management and treasury management. Strong managerial skills.



Richard Latella

Executive Managing Director

Cushman & Wakefield


Richard Latella is an Executive Managing Director and the Retail Practice Group Leader for Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory group, based out of New York. The Retail Practice Group is comprised of approximately 110 senior-level appraisers specializing in regional malls, department stores, and other major retail property types in over 75 markets in the Americas. In 2018 the team completed appraisals on more than 3,930 properties led by the domestic team which completed valuations on 56% of the top 200 sales and financing transactions in the United States, including the top 3 assets, as tracked by Real Capital Analytics.

Rick joined Cushman & Wakefield’s then-national headquarters in as a Senior Appraiser in 1983. By the mid-to-late 1980s he began to develop a core specialization in retail valuation, with an emphasis on regional/superregional malls and other complex retail asset types. He relocated to Cushman & Wakefield’s World Headquarters in New York in 1988 to directly address a need to better serve global capital providers and institutional clients that lend on significant retail properties. Recognizing this need, Rick helped establish Cushman & Wakefield’s first specialty appraisal practice in 1990 devoted exclusively to the retail asset class. Over the ensuing years Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory group has built its business model around specialization and now has more than 20 specialty practices across a myriad of industries and property classes.


Over his career, Rick’s appraisal and consulting assignments have been international in scope and have included a full array of property types, including commercial, industrial, multifamily residential, hotels and special-use properties such as hospitals and nursing homes. He is qualified as an expert witness in retail matters and testified in bankruptcy litigation cases and has been a guest speaker before numerous academic institutions and real estate and advisory organizations throughout the world. 

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Rick entered real estate in 1975 in sales and residential appraising with Warren W. Orpen & Associates, a local real estate appraisal, brokerage and insurance firm. In 1977, he joined the New Jersey Division of Taxation as a Supervisor in the Local Property Tax and Public Utility Branch. While assisting and advising state taxpayers on a myriad of issues, he completed the necessary course work and required examination to become a Certified Tax Assessor in New Jersey. In 1980, he shifted to a career in commercial real estate valuation with Valuation Counselors Inc., a national multi-disciplined commercial and institutional valuation firm in their Princeton, New Jersey office. In1982, he was promoted to Senior Appraiser.

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Rick Lyon

Retired EVP Commercial Real Estate at Capital One

A dynamic and top-performing SENIOR FINANCIAL SERVICES EXECUTIVE and TOP CORPORATE OFFICER with extensive expertise in commercial real estate, credit analysis, banking, commercial lending, business development, and human resources. Leverages excellent communication skills to collaborate with executive leaders, interface with regulatory authorities, develop and lead teams, and motivate organizations.

Excels at turning around underperforming businesses. Proven aptitude for driving growth, generating revenue, minimizing risks and losses, and consistently exceeding key objectives.

♦ Navigated the Real Estate Business Segment through the Great Recession and built a growth business with risk management in the forefront.
♦ Established and directed detailed strategy for building Real Estate Division and led execution of plans resulting in 10x growth.
♦ Tripled business and exceeded 20% ROI by purchasing Fannie Mae DUS and Freddie Mac Seller servicing business (Beech Street Capital) in 2013 fulling a strategic industry-leading initiative to build a full product suite for the multi-family lending segment.

Portfolio Management | Asset Management | Regulatory Compliance

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Megan McGinnis

Managing Director

SSH Real Estate

Megan McGinnis is a Managing Director at SSH Real Estate and is a leader in the Investment Management Division. She has over 10 years of experience and has been involved in over $1 billion in transactions spanning a variety of investment types. Since joining the firm in 2018, she has been involved in SSH’s acquisitions, asset management, development, and capital market events. She now leads Acquisitions as SSH looks to continue to grow their investments portfolio. Prior to joining the firm, Megan was a member of HFF debt and equity placement team and an Asset Manager at the Buccini/Pollin Group.

Megan graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate.

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Greg Michaud

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Finance

Voya Investment Management


Greg is a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance for Voya Investment Management with 30 years of investment experience. He is responsible for the oversight and management of sourcing, underwriting and management of all commercial real estate loans on behalf of its clients.  The platform manages $14 billion of assets.  In addition to overseeing Voya’s general account the team manages assets for 16 domestic and international life companies and banks as separate managed accounts along with an open-ended debt fund with $1.0 billion of assets.  Greg has worked in various functions in the real estate department for Voya Investment Management for over 25 years. Prior to joining ING Group, Voya Investment Management predecessor in 1995, he was a real estate appraiser focused on commercial properties and eminent domain cases in the Southeastern United States. Greg serves on the Executive Leadership Team for proprietary assets, is a member of the U.S. Credit Committee and  Chairmen of the CMBS Steering Committee.

He received his BS in Real Estate from the Florida State University, MBA in Finance from Kennesaw State University, an Executive MBA from University of Georgia, and Masters in World War II Studies from Arizona State University.

He is also heavily involved in several real estate industry groups including Urban Land Institute (Mixed Use – Blue Flight), Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (Board of Directors and former Chairmen), Mortgage Bankers Association (Member of Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors) and National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers.


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

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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Raquel Perry

Transaction Manager

Brokerage Services

Cushman & Wakefield

Raquel Perry is a Transaction Manager at Cushman & Wakefield, specifically working with corporate clients on their real estate portfolios and initiatives. Raquel manages the leasing, acquisition, and dispositions of properties for Fortune 500 and Unicorns and has completed transactions across the globe.


Raquel has been with Cushman & Wakefield for four years and previously, she was in real estate brokerage and account management. Raquel received her BBA in Finance and Real Estate from Villanova University. Raquel is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in PA and NJ.


Megan Quinn

Associate, Private Real Estate


Megan Quinn is an Associate for CenterSquare Investment Management’s Private Real Estate Group and is based in Philadelphia. She supports the acquisition and asset management teams in acquiring, deploying, and maintaining capital. Megan holds a B.B.A. in Finance, Marketing, and Real Estate from Villanova University and earned her M.S. in Finance from The Villanova School of Business. During her tenure at Villanova Megan was the Captain of the Villanova Women's Basketball team.


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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Jeff Steigerwalt

Executive Vice President

Malvern Bank

Jeffrey Steigerwalt currently serves as Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Private Banking. In this role, Steigerwalt is responsible for expanding Malvern Bank’s private banking, lending, and niche marketing business segments.

Steigerwalt has more than two decades of financial and banking experience, serving most recently as Philadelphia Regional President of ESSA Bank & Trust. Steigerwalt also previously served as Senior Relationship Manager for First Niagara/Key Bank.

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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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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 Acquisition and Business Analyst, Lennar

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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Connor Burke

Director of Acquisitions

Alterra Property Group


Connor Burke is the Director of Acquisitions at Alterra Property Group, focusing on mixed-use, residential, and industrial outdoor storage projects for APG. Prior to joining Alterra in 2020, Connor was an Associate Asset Manager at Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), where he worked in various development, financial, and asset management capacities within FRT’s mixed-use portfolio 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. 


Zi Chong

Director of Capital Strategies


• Director, Investor Relations and Capital Strategies is involved in capital strategies and fund formations and is responsible for investors and consultant relations in the Eastern U.S.

• Former Director of Debt Origination covering the Western U.S. and Development Manager focusing on multifamily developments in the Midwest

• Over 10 years of experience in capital activities and the real estate industry

• Holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses

• University of Wisconsin Graaskamp Real Estate Program - M.B.A & University of Wisconsin Madison - B.A., Economics

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Hunter Cuthbertson


Suffolk Capital

Hunter Cuthbertson, ’20 VSB, is an Associate at Suffolk Capital, the investment arm of Suffolk Construction, in Boston, MA. At Suffolk Capital, Hunter focuses underwriting, diligence, and portfolio management of the firm’s Co-GP investment platform across the United States. Prior to Suffolk, Hunter was an Analyst at Voya Investment Management in their Real Estate Finance group where he was responsible for underwriting and assisting in the origination of first-lien bridge and permanent mortgages across the Western United States. During his time at Villanova, Hunter was a Senior Analyst on the DANTOM student-managed fund, he interned with SITE Centers (NYSE: SITC) in the Summer of 2019 and captained the Villanova team that won the 2020 NAIOP NJ Case Competition.

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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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Jed Dowler

Investment Analyst

PGIM Real Estate


Jed graduated from Villanova in 2021 with a BBA in Finance and Real Estate. Jed currently works for PGIM Real Estate in New York where he is an analyst covering industrial real estate in Baltimore/DC, New York, and Boston.


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.

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Jake Grabowski

Transactions Analyst

SITE Centers


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.

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Chris Kramer

Senior Managing Director


Christopher Kramer joined Newmark at the company’s New York headquarters, where he currently serves as a senior managing director in the Debt and Structured finance group. Christopher has worked on over $5 billion of real estate transactions over the course of a nearly 14-year real estate career.

Prior to Newmark, Christopher was a vice president with Societe Generale’s New York-based U.S. commercial mortgage backed securities team. Christopher focused on origination during his three years with the team, which Societe Generale had reconstituted in 2015 after an eight-year absence from the U.S. CMBS market. Christopher was one of the French bank’s 11 hires from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he had worked in a similar capacity for four years. He began his real estate career as an associate with Arbor Realty Trust, where for six years he was responsible for underwriting structured finance transactions, including bridge loans, mezzanine loans and Fannie Mae multifamily loans. He also worked in asset management and dispositions.

Christopher is a graduate of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in real estate. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

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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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Halle Marra

Senior Associate

Landmark Partners

Halle Marra is a Senior Associate in Landmark Partner’s real estate group. Landmark Partners specializes in secondary market transactions, providing liquidity across a range of alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate, and infrastructure. Her responsibilities include underwriting investments in private equity real estate funds and portfolios across all property types and global geographies. Halle holds a BBA in Finance and Real Estate form Villanova University. Her education also included a rotation as a student at The London School of Economics.

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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 ten 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.


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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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.

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Cole Van Gelder


Atlantic Capital Partners


Cole Van Gelder, VSB ’20, is an Analyst at Atlantic Capital Partners based in Boston, MA. ACP provides capital markets advisory and investment sales services for retail real estate owners and operators across the U.S. Cole’s primary responsibilities include conducting financial analysis in the valuation and assisting in the marketing process of all types of retail assets. He holds a BBA in Finance and Real Estate with a minor in Economics and is an active member of Boston’s Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) Emerging Leaders Committee. During his time at Villanova, Cole was a member of the Real Estate Society and shortly after graduating he participated in the DiLella Center Field Experience, sponsored by SITE Centers. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, skiing, and supporting the New England Patriots and Villanova Men’s Basketball team.


Phil Vecchiolli


Warren Avenue Investors

As an investment associate, Phil applies his industry experience to support all investment activity for Warren Avenue. This includes the analysis of potential acquisitions and developments as well as financings, dispositions, and asset management.


Prior to joining Warren Avenue, Phil was a financial analyst with Equus Capital Partners. With Equus, Phil participated in the acquisition, disposition, recapitalization, or development of approximately $2.5Bn in transaction volume across multiple product types. He also assisted in the asset management of over 1 million square feet of commercial property.


Prior to Equus, Phil studied at Villanova University where he graduated with a degree in Finance and Real Estate.

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Christian Vergilio


Arden Logistics Parks

Mr. Vergilio joined Arden in 2017 and leads acquisitions for the growing industrial vertical. In his role, Christian is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and closing industrial transactions for Arden’s equity funds and Arden Logistics Management. Prior to joining Arden, Christian worked at Angelo, Gordon & Co. as a member of the Acquisitions Team, where he underwrote industrial, office, retail and mixed-use properties and 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. He is also a frequent guest lecturer and an active member of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at Villanova University.

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Phil Voutsakis


Winig Properties

Phil Voutsakis is an associate with Winig Properties, a Philadelphia-based brokerage and development firm focusing on commercial development, adaptive reuse projects, and landlord and tenant representation. He was previously a principal and co-founder of AR Spruce LLC (f/k/a AthenianRazak), a real estate services firm offering fee-development and project management service. Phil played a central role in the management and proposed re-development of SEPTA’s retail areas in the transit authority’s main commuter hub, Suburban Station. Prior to that, Phil was an acquisitions analyst at Hayden Real Estate Investments assisting on office and industrial acquisitions totaling $211m.  Phil holds a BS in Finance from Villanova University and is a licensed broker in PA and a salesperson in New Jersey.


Kelsea Wong



Kelsea is a first-year analyst at Blackstone in its Finance Rotational program. After completing an internship on the BREIT team, she is currently on rotation with the Life Sciences team. She graduated from VSB with a double major in Finance and Real Estate. During her time at Villanova, she participated heavily in the Real Estate program, having served as Co-Vice President of Real Estate Society and a senior manager of the DANTOM Student Managed Real Estate Fund. Prior to Blackstone, Kelsea had interned at CenterSquare Investment Management. After placing second in the Mulroy Case Competition in 2021, she is looking forward to participating on the other side of the case competition this year!


Alexandra Zeuli

Assistant Finance Director

Toll Brothers

Alexandra Zeuli joined Toll Brothers in 2016 as a member of the Corporate Finance team, which is responsible for the capital markets and investor relations activities of Toll, a Fortune 500 NYSE-listed company.  Since 2016, the Finance Department has raised over $20 billion from both the public capital markets and through project level financing, including for the company’s Toll Brothers Apartment Living (TBAL) and Campus Living rental platforms. 

Alex has been the Finance Department’s point person for securing debt and equity capital for joint ventured rental apartment development projects totaling over $4 billion and 12,000 units with major domestic and international lenders and institutional partners. Projects range from suburban garden-style to mid-rise to urban high-rise urban towers across the U.S. and include both new construction and stabilized projects that TBAL has developed.  

Alex earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance and Real Estate from Villanova University.