Michael S. Beatty
President & Founder
Beatty Development Group, LLC.
Michael S. Beatty is the President and Founder of Beatty Development Group. Michael has a track record of creating successful projects in and around Baltimore, and since 1995 has led the development of over 6 million square feet of mixed-use real estate. Through the fostering of great business relationships and public-private partnerships, Michael's projects are exemplary models of new urbanism and sustainable design. He believes in creating dynamic neighborhoods that couple Class A office space with vibrant restaurants, exciting retail, hotels and a variety of residential options. Many of his buildings have won awards, most notably ULI's Wave Maker Awards in 2009 and 2012, and Michael himself is widely recognized as one of the top business leaders in Baltimore. He serves on the Boards of Johns Hopkins - Bayview, Maryland Institute College of Art, and is a founding member of Waterfront Partnership.
Aksoy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Ryan Dearborn is Chairman of Wood Partners, working closely with the Investment Committee and Board of Directors to ensure the company thrives. Dearborn, who was previously Wood Partners’ Chief Executive Officer, has been a principal in the financing and development of more than $5.5 billion in multifamily developments totaling more than 32,000 multifamily units in the United States.
Before he joined Wood Partners in 1998, Dearborn served as a Development Partner in Trammell Crow Residential's South Division. During his tenure with TCR, he was involved with the financing, development, construction, and/or asset management of more than 2,500 multifamily and hotel units in Atlanta. Dearborn also worked for four years in operations at Avalon Properties, Inc. (formerly TCR-Mid Atlantic), and for the Real Estate Advisory Group of Alex Brown Kleinwort Benson.
Dearborn holds an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he received a Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) fellowship; a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. He serves on the Wood Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland.
Mark J. DeCesaris
Chief Executive Officer
W. P. Carey
Mark J. DeCesaris was appointed Chief Executive Officer in February 2016. He has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and Chairman of its Technology Committee since July 2012. Prior to his current position, Mr. DeCesaris was Chief Financial Officer of W. P. Carey Inc. from 2010 to 2013 and served as W. P. Carey’s Acting Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2010. Before joining the firm, from March 2003 to December 2004, Mr. DeCesaris was Executive Vice President for Southern Union Company, a natural gas energy company publicly traded on the NYSE, where he oversaw the integration of acquisitions and developed and implemented a shared service organization to reduce annual operating costs. From August 1999 to March 2003, he was Senior Vice President for Penn Millers Insurance Company, a property and casualty insurance company where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Penn Software, a subsidiary of Penn Millers Insurance. From 1994 to August 1999, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of System One Solutions, a business consulting firm that he founded. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Philadelphia, earning his CPA license in 1983. Mr. DeCesaris graduated from Kings College with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Information Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Kings College and on the Board of the Denver Mile High Youth Corps, Petroleum Service Co. and Mountain Productions, Inc.
R. Clayton Emory
Emory Properties LLC
R. Clayton Emory graduated from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in 1956 with a BA in Business and Industrial Management and has been actively involved with Johns Hopkins for many years. In 1999, Clay joined the Real Estate Advisory Board for the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. He served as chair between 2004 and 2006, and his leadership set the stage for this program to move to the next level. Presently, Clay serves as president of Emory Properties, LLC. His 50-year career began with his Hopkins education, followed by his attending the United States Army Officers Candidate School, and then his receiving an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1961. His first job was with James Rouse, working on the Columbia NewTown Project in the 1960s. In 1967, he left to form his own construction company, a precursor to Emory Hill & Co., for which he is best known today. Clay considers himself a long-term real estate developer investor. Of the 12 million square feet of projects he has built, he still owns eight million today in 86 partnerships, including his first project, a six-unit apartment complex. He is a partner in several companies associated with Emory Hill, including A-13 LLC, Aberdeen Business Center LLC, Abilene LP, Ardennes LP, Badger LLC, Bestone Corporation, Bison LLC, and Parkside Associates. Clay continues to be a donor to and a lecturer for the Carey Business School Real Estate Program and is one of the more popular guests for our graduate students.
James A. Fetgatter
Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate
James A. Fetgatter is Chief Executive of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), a position he has held since 1992. AFIRE is a not-for-profit association formed in 1988 whose members are foreign institutions who have a common interest in international real estate investing. AFIRE members have approximately $1.0 trillion in real estate investments worldwide. He has guided the growth of the association from a small group of Dutch pension funds to an organization of over 190 investors from 21 countries.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Mr. Fetgatter spent 15 years in various aspects of the real estate industry. His last two positions prior to joining AFIRE were with Dutch and UK investment and development companies.
Mr. Fetgatter served as an officer in the United States Navy and holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard University and a BS from Oklahoma State University.
David M. Fick
Nandua Oyster Company LLC
David M. Fick is Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at National Retail Properties, Inc., President at Nandua Oyster Co. LLC, and a Faculty Member at Carey Business School. He is also on the boards of the Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper and the Virginia Coastal Land Management Advisory Council and serves on the investment committee at Broadreach Retail Ventures. Mr. Fick was previously employed as a Managing Director by Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., a Managing Director at Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc., Equity Vice President- Finance at LaSalle Partners Ltd., Chief Financial Officer at The Mills Corp., Chief Financial Officer at Western Development Corp., and Senior Vice President at Alex, Brown Kleinwort Benson Realty Advisors Corp. He received his undergraduate degree from Towson University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
Michael J. Graziano
Co-Head of Global Real Estate Investment Banking
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Mike is co-head of the Global Real Estate Investment Banking business and serves as a strategic advisor to a number of private and publicly traded real estate companies with regard to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and general corporate finance matters. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1988 and has spent over 22 years focused on the real estate business. He was named managing director in 2000 and partner in 2006.
Mike is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the International Council of Shopping Centers, The Real Estate Roundtable, and the Urban Land Institute.
Mike earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Louis S. Haddad
President & Chief Executive Officer
Armada Hoffler Properties Inc.
Lou Haddad’s rise in the commercial real estate industry began at Harkins Builders in Baltimore, MD. After meeting Dan Hoffler in 1985, he was recruited to Armada Hoffler. Lou quickly distinguished himself as a problem solver, motivator and consummate leader who completed projects on time and within budget while demanding high standards of excellence.
In 1987, just two years after joining the firm, Lou was promoted to President of Armada Hoffler Construction Company, becoming one of the youngest top executives in the country for a major general contractor at the mere age of 29. Lou expertly guided this division through a decade of robust growth, escalating the firm’s revenues from $5 million per annum to $150 million. With Lou at the helm, the company’s construction arm became one of the largest Virginia-based commercial contractors and consistently ranks among the Top 400 general contractors in the country and the Top 50 retail contractors.
In 1996, Lou was promoted to President of Armada Hoffler Holding Company, the parent for all of Armada Hoffler’s entities, and in 1999, the additional title of Chief Executive Officer was bestowed. As such, he runs the day-to-day operations of Armada Hoffler’s development, construction and asset management divisions and has catapulted the firm into one of the largest and most successful full-service real estate and construction organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Lou is widely recognized in Hampton Roads, Virginia for his philanthropy and dedication to special-needs children. He is the
Co-Founder and Benefactor, along with his wife Mary, of the
Mary C. Henninger and Louis S. Haddad Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk children.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
As Chairman of Madison Marquette, Amer Hammour is responsible for setting the firm’s investment policy and operating strategy. Previously, he spent 10 years as a partner and active board member representing Capital Guidance Corporation. Also, as president of Capital Guidance, he is responsible for real estate acquisitions, private equity placements, fund investments and operating company acquisitions. He joined Capital Guidance in 1983 with experience in the fields of finance, real estate, and distribution, and established the firm’s Washington, DC, office in 1985.
Mr. Hammour holds a Master of Science degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Managing Director, Co-Head Americas Real Estate
APG Asset Management US Inc.
Mary Hogan Preusse is Managing Director and co-head of Americas Real Estate for APG Asset Management US, the New York subsidiary of the Netherlands-based firm. Mary is responsible for managing all of APG’s public real estate investments in North and South America, currently managing $12 billion in assets. She also serves on the Executive Board of APG Asset Management US. Mary has been at APG for sixteen years and has been an active participant in the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry for twenty-five years. Prior to joining APG in 2000, Mary spent eight years as a sell side analyst covering the REIT sector, and began her career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst. Mary graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a degree in Mathematics, and is a member of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees. She has been featured in Barron’s and other publications, and her industry memberships include the International Council of Shopping Centers and NAREIT, where she serves on the Investor Advisory Council, and was the 2015 recipient of NAREIT’s E. Lawrence Miller Industry Achievement Award. Mary resides with her husband and three children in Bronxville, New York.
F. Patrick Hughes
Hughes & Associates LLC
F. Patrick Hughes is the owner and principal of Hughes & Associates LLC, a firm engaged in real estate and corporate investments and business consulting. Mr. Hughes was President and Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Atlantic Realty Trust (MART), a New York Stock Exchange-listed company headquartered in Baltimore. In October 2003, MART merged into Kimco Realty Trust of which Mr. Hughes was a director through 2014. A real estate investment trust (REIT), Mid-Atlantic Realty was involved in shopping center development and ownership. Prior to this position, Mr. Hughes held similar positions with BTR Realty, Inc. from 1974.
Active in many professional, civic and educational associations, Mr. Hughes earned a BA and MBA from Loyola University Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant.
John P. Kyle
Senior Vice President
John P. Kyle, a Senior Vice President with Cresa Washington DC, focuses on the sale of income properties and urban land. His expertise includes positioning, marketing, analyzing and valuing properties. Mr. Kyle has successfully completed real estate transactions totaling approximately $1 billion in sales during his 30-plus year career in the Washington, DC area. Before joining Cresa Washington DC in 2009, John had been a Senior Managing Director with Studley, Inc.
Mr. Kyle is the recipient of the Transaction of the Year Award, Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors. He is a Trustee Emeritus on the boards of The Landon School’s Corporation Endowment Fund, The College of William & Mary Endowment Association, and The College of William & Mary Friends of the Library.
Mr. Kyle holds an MBA in Finance from Loyola College and a BA in English from The College of William and Mary.
Guy A. Metcalfe
Managing Director & Global Chairman of Real Estate
Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking Division
Guy Metcalfe is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Chairman of Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment banking business with a presence in 5 continents and over 10 countries. Guy has been at Morgan Stanley for 25 years and has advised real estate clients on over $300 billion of transactions and financings.
Guy is an active member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Pension Real Estate Association, Asian Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles, and The Real Estate Roundtable where he recently served as Co-Chair of the Capital Policy Advisory Committee.
Guy has served as an advisor to the New York City Partnership and the New York City Investment Fund, is an executive committee and board member of the Trey Whitfield School, an inner-city school in New York, and Schools-That-Can, a network of high-performing inner-city schools serving low-income communities nationwide. Guy graduated with an undergraduate business degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Vincent T. Mo
SouFun Holdings Limited
Vincent Mo founded SouFun Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) in 1999 and currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since 1996, Mr. Mo has served as the Managing Director of China Index Academy, now a wholly owned subsidiary of SouFun.
Prior to founding SouFun, Mr. Mo served as the General Manager for Asia at Teleres, a venture of Dow Jones & Co. and AEGON US that provides on-line commercial real estate information services (1994-1996) and as the Executive Vice President at Asia Development and Finance Corporation (1996-1998).
Mr. Mo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from South China University of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Tsinghua University, and has a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, where he is also a PhD candidate.
Jeffrey S. Olson, Board Chair
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Urban Edge Properties
Mr. Olson joined Vornado Realty Trust/Urban Edge Properties as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in September 2014. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Equity One, Inc., from 2006 until 2014. Before that, he served as President of the Eastern and Western Regions of Kimco Realty Corporation from 2002 to 2006. He has a Master of Science in Real Estate from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Keith R. Pauley
Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer
LaSalle Investment Management
Keith is Chief Investment Officer for LaSalle Investment Management Securities. His responsibilities include portfolio management of the real estate securities separate accounts, research coverage, and security analysis of publicly-traded real estate companies. He is a member of the Portfolio Management Oversight Committee and Global Securities Advisory Committee. He has over 29 years of real estate experience and has been with the firm since 1986. Keith has authored articles on real estate securities in Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Research and Pension World.
Keith holds and MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland. Keith holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Baltimore Security Analysts Society. He is an associate member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and a past member of its Board of Governors and Co-chairman of its research committee.
Patrick L. Phillips
Global Chief Executive Officer
Urban Land Institute
Patrick L. Phillips is the Global Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute and president of the ULI Foundation. Established in 1936, ULI is a global nonprofit research and education organization with more than 37,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
Since taking the chief executive position in 2009, Phillips has overseen an expansion of ULI’s global reach, particularly throughout Asia, guiding the Institute’s focus on creating thriving communities in rapidly urbanizing countries. Under his leadership, ULI’s program of work has grown steadily to encompass a variety of economic, demographic, societal, and environmental issues that are reshaping urban development worldwide in the 21st century. To reinforce the Institute’s delivery of high-quality services for members around the globe, Phillips guided the restructuring of ULI’s district and national council system and worked with ULI’s volunteer leadership to overhaul ULI’s governance.
Phillips has a career in the economic analysis of real estate and land use that spans more than 20 years. Prior to his service at ULI, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of ERA AECOM (formerly Economics Research Associates). In that role, he coordinated all aspects of ERA’s organization, strategy, business development, and service delivery. His own consulting practice focused specifically on the intersection of private investment and public policy. Phillips is a frequent speaker on urban development issues and is the author or coauthor of eight books and numerous articles.
John M. Prugh
President, Chief Executive Officer
Alex. Brown Realty, Inc.
John Prugh has been associated with ABR since 1977, and has been its President and Chief Executive Officer since 1984. Mr. Prugh has extensive experience in all aspects of ABR's corporate and portfolio operations, and he is principally involved in fund marketing, client relations, and portfolio management. Until its dissolution, Mr. Prugh also served as President and a Director of ABR's subsidiary, Armata Financial Corporation, a FINRA member broker/dealer. Before joining ABR, Mr. Prugh managed real estate in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Mr. Prugh currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Baltimore Health Sciences Research Park Corporation (UMB BioPark), the Board of Overseers of the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Board of Directors of Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR. He formerly served on the Boards of Directors of Alex. Brown Kleinwort Benson Realty Advisors Corporation and Flournoy Development Corporation. Mr. Prugh graduated from Gettysburg College and has been designated a Certified Property Manager by the Institute of Real Estate Management, and a Principal by the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Real Estate Consultant
Mr. Reid has extensive experience in public and private real estate capital markets across most property types. Most recently, Mr. Reid has been consulting with private equity investors and high net worth individuals on a variety of real estate investments and projects. Mr. Reid served as Interim CEO and President of Chambers Street Properties, an NYSE listed real estate investment trust. Prior to completing a merger with Gramercy Property Trust, he had served as an independent trustee at Chambers Street from 2005, becoming a management trustee, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and Executive Vice President upon the Company’s internalization of management during 2012. From September 2010 to June 2012, Mr. Reid was the Executive Vice President, Development and Acquisitions at Interstate Hotels & Resorts where he was responsible for real estate holdings, sourcing and acquiring hotels, and identifying management contract and corporate acquisition opportunities. From 1998 until 2006, Mr. Reid was a Managing Director, Capital Markets for Thayer Lodging Group, where he was responsible for acquisitions, dispositions, capital raising, and financial matters of the firm.
Prior to joining Thayer Lodging in 1998, Mr. Reid spent four years as a Principal at LaSalle Advisors in Baltimore, Maryland, successor through merger to Alex Brown Kleinwort Benson, where he originated and closed real estate transactions for pension fund clients. Prior to his tenure with LaSalle, Mr. Reid spent several years in acquisitions and dispositions with real estate investment and advisory affiliates of Merrill Lynch & Co., Chase Manhattan Bank, and USF&G, where he was involved in the acquisition of several office, retail, and residential properties
Mr. Reid received a BS in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA in Financial Management from Pace University. He is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Stephen T. Sakwa
Senior Managing Director
Seve Sakwa is a Senior Managing Director and a Senior Equity Research Analyst covering REITs. Mr. Sakwa has been an Institutional Investor ranked REIT analyst for the past 11 years, and has been ranked #1 for 6 of the last 7 years. Prior to joining Evercore ISI, Mr. Sakwa was Managing Director and lead equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch covering the US REIT sector as well as being global property coordinator which oversaw analysts in 10 different regions spanning more than 200 stocks. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Sakwa spent 2.5 years at Morgan Stanley where he was a Research Associate following the REIT sector. Mr. Sakwa began his career at the May Company and spent 2 years in their buyer training program.
Mr. Sakwa earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University in 1993, and his BA in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1989.
Mitchell N. Schear
Vornado/Charles E. Smith
Mitchell N. Schear is the President of Vornado/Charles E. Smith. He directs the performance and growth of Vornado’s extensive 20+ million square foot portfolio in the Washington DC region. Prior to joining Vornado in April 2003, Mr. Schear spent 15 years at The Kaempfer Company, where, as President, he oversaw all of the company’s development, leasing, and management activities. Mr. Schear has served on a number of boards on behalf of the real estate industry and the community, including: The Washington Convention and Sports Authority, Executive Committee member of the Federal City Council, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, the Corporate Board of Arena Stage, Higher Achievement, Theatre Washington, the Field School, and the Lowell School. In 2007, Mr. Schear was recognized by the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) with its highest honor, the Achievement Award. In 2011, Mr. Schear was honored by Higher Achievement Metro Washington with the Gannon Achievement Award for his leadership and commitment to helping at-risk youth excel and succeed. In 2015, Mr. Schear was honored by Transwestern as the Public Company Trendsetter of the Year in recognition of his legacy of innovation, quality, and many contributions to the Washington community. Mr. Schear has a BA from Hobart College, and earned his MBA at the George Washington University.
Edward St. John
St. John Properties
In 1971, Edward St. John founded MIE Properties, the forerunner of today’s St. John Properties, Inc. As President, he oversaw the development and management of the company’s commercial, retail, and residential portfolio until March 2011, when he appointed Larry Maykrantz to replace him in that role. Mr. St. John is active in a variety of community organizations, serving on the board of directors of the Maryland Science Center, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University Real Estate Institute, the BWI Business Partnership, the Baltimore County Planning Board, and the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and has pursued advanced studies in management and business law.
Chief Executive Officer
NCREIF (National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries)
Peter Steil has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, or NCREIF, an association of institutional real estate professionals, since July 2012. From January 2007 to July 2012, he served as a Managing Director of Prescott Capital Advisors, LLC, or Prescott, where he was responsible for Prescott’s real estate investment banking and advisory efforts and raising debt and equity capital for its principal investments. From 2001 to 2006, he served as a Managing Director of Wells Hill Partners, Ltd., a real estate investment banking firm based in New York. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Steil served as a Managing Director of Putnam Lovell Securities, Inc., or Putnam Lovell, an investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions advisory services to asset management firms. Prior to joining Putnam Lovell, he served in senior position at several financial services firms, including Nesbitt Burns Securities, Inc. and KPMG Baymark Capital, LLC. Mr. Steil began his career with Morgan Stanley and was actively involved in the growth of their real estate investment banking and asset management activities.
Mr. Steil also serves as a Vice Chairman of the Global Exchange Council for the Urban Land Institute, is a member of PREA, and is an Independent Director of RREEF Property Trust, Inc., a newly organized entity that will be a daily-valued, non-exchange traded, perpetual-life REIT investing in a diversified portfolio of real properties and real estate-related securities. In addition, he serves on the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Pension Trust. Mr. Steil holds a BA in political Science from Stanford University in California and an MBA in International Business from the Harvard Business School in Massachusetts.
Roger A. Waesche, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Office Properties Trust
(COPT). Mr. Waesche was elected Trustee in April 2012. Mr. Waesche has served as COPT’s President since September 2010 after holding the position of Executive Vice President since January 2004 and the position of Senior Vice President from September 1998 through December 2003. Mr. Waesche was COPT’s Chief Operating Officer from August 2006 through September 2011, after serving as Chief Financial Officer since March 1999.
Roger has more than 25 years of real estate investment, operations, and financing experience. He has obtained more than $1.5 billion of real estate and corporate financing and has been directly responsible for or overseen more than $2 billion of investments.
Roger earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University Maryland. Mr. Waesche is a member of the Maryland Industrial Development Finance Authority, the NAREIT Board of Governors, a board member of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the Greater Baltimore Committee and a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Walker & Dunlop, Inc.
Willy Walker is the third generation of Walkers to lead Walker & Dunlop. Mr. Walker joined the company in 2003 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, became president in 2005, and chief executive officer in 2007. Mr. Walker assumed the role of chairman of the board in 2010 after serving on the company's board since 2000. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown dramatically from a small, family-owned company to a publicly-traded corporation that is today one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop was named one of the "50 Fastest Growing Companies" in the Washington Region in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, one of the "Great Places to Work" in 2012 and 2013, and one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies” in 2014. Mr. Walker won the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award for Financial Services in the Washington Region in 2011.
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Mr. Walker was president of the European and Latin American divisions of TeleTech, a global business process outsourcing company. He previously worked at private equity firm Newbridge Latin America, and was also general manager of a regional airline start-up in Argentina. He currently serves on the boards of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, the Sustainable Technology Fund, and the St. Albans School Board of Trustees. Mr. Walker was Chairman of the Board of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) from 2008 until 2012, and Chairman of the Board of Transcom, a global business process outsourcing company, from 2007 until 2012.
Mr. Walker received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.
Steven A. Wechsler
President & Chief Executive Officer
NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust)
Steven A. Wechsler is president and chief executive officer of NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts), the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. In this capacity, Mr. Wechsler is a leading advocate of the REIT approach to real estate investment. He oversees NAREIT’s operations, engages leading policymakers on critical issues affecting REITs and real estate investment, and interacts widely with the investment community.
NAREIT’s members are REITs and other businesses throughout the world that own, operate, and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses.
Mr. Wechsler also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Real Estate & Urbanization, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Capital Formation and as a member of the Board of Directors of GRESB B.V., an Amsterdam-based company committed to assessing the ESG performance of real assets globally.
President & Chief Operating Officer
National Retail Properties, Inc.
Julian E. (Jay) Whitehurst is President & Chief Operating Officer at National Retail Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust focused on single-tenant retail properties. Mr. Whitehurst also serves on the Board of Directors of InvenTrust Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust focused on retail shopping centers. He is a Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc., and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and has served for many years on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Lake Highland Preparatory School. Prior to joining National Retail Properties in 2003, Mr. Whitehurst was a partner in the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA., where he practiced real estate and corporate law for over 20 years. Mr. Whitehurst earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and a JD from the Duke University School of Law.
Donald C. Wood
President & Chief Executive Officer
Federal Realty Investment Trust
Federal Realty is and has been guided by New Jersey native Don Wood since 2002 who, along with a dedicated and passionate management team and their staffs, is committed to a philosophy of balance in all that they do. From environmental and socially responsible initiatives and operations, to supporting the communities in which they do business, to the creation of true retail social destinations that improve the quality of life for many, to providing a superior return to its stakeholders; Federal Realty is proud of its long history and corporate citizenry.
Don has been with Federal Realty since 1998, where he is a Trustee and has served in positions from Chief Financial Officer to Chief Operating Officer to President before being named its Chief Executive in 2002.
Prior to his affiliation with Federal, Don spent 8 years at New York-based ITT Corporation where he served in various capacities, including Deputy Controller and Chief Financial Officer, of wholly-owned subsidiary Caesars World, Inc. The first 7 years of his career were spent at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, leaving in 1989 to work for client Donald Trump as the Vice President of Finance for the newly acquired Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
Don is very active charitably through his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2002, Don took the reins of the Breath of Life Gala, at the time a fledgling event supporting Cystic Fibrosis research, and, with the help of a committed and tenacious team of volunteers and CFF staffers, grew the Gala into what has consistently been one of the most financially and experientially successful events in Washington, DC, and the number one gala nationally for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Don’s daughter, Rachel, was born with the genetic disease.
Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State College in 1982, where he graduated with honors and subsequently received his CPA from the state of New Jersey. He is a past chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and also serves on the Board and Chairs the Investment and Strategic Advisory Committee of Post Properties (NYSE:PPS), an Atlanta-based apartment company. He is also a member of the U.S. Capital Chapter of the World President’s Organization (WPO), and was previously named “Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate” by professional services firm Ernst and Young.