Marc Warren

Marc Warren

Marc joined Ackman-Ziff in 2012 and is a Principal in the firm. Marc is an experienced real estate investor and financier with over 30 years’ experience in the commercial real estate business. At Ackman-Ziff, Marc is responsible for originating and executing debt, equity and investment sales transactions as well as leading the Single Family Residential (SFR) lender finance and loan sale advisory practices.

Marc held senior roles leading the origination, structuring, and securitizing of over $30 billion in commercial loans at CSFB (1995-2000) and at UBS (2000-2005) and prior to that was a real estate investment banker at CSFB (1992-1995) and a senior lender/investor at Heller Financial (1985-1992). In 2005, Marc joined Black Creek Capital and opened its New York office and co-founded an $800 million (equity raised) private REIT as its President. Marc established Linear Realty Capital in 2007, an investor and advisor in various US commercial real estate properties and loans and a partner in a venture that owned a large interest in a public company operating the world’s largest energy exchange.

Marc graduated from the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also studied Art/Architectural History at Wisconsin as an undergraduate. He has taught real estate/finance classes at Columbia University, NYU, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and several other business schools. Marc remains extremely active in a variety of professional and non-profit groups.

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

Michael W. Brennan has served as Irgens Executive Director of the James A. GraaskampCenter for Real Estate since 2008. He is also a Co-Founder, Chairman, and Managing Principal of Brennan Investment Group. Prior to forming Brennan Investment Group, Mr. Brennan co-founded First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE: FR) in 1994, and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors until late 2008. Under his direction, the company assisted many of the nation’s largest industrial real estate users in completing complex multi-market supply chain reconfigurations, and attracted investment partners including The Carlyle Group, the Kuwait Finance House, Union Bank of Switzerland, ING, and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

Before joining First Industrial, Brennan was a President and Partner in The Shidler Group. He was also a founding investor of Tri-Net Property (NYSE: TRI) and Bermuda-based reinsurer CGA.

Brennan earned his Bachelor's degree in Finance from Notre Dame University. He currently serves on two boards: Pacific Office Properties (NYSE: PCE) and The Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Frederick Cooper

Fred Cooper

Fred Cooper joined Toll Brothers in 1993 to establish its Finance and Investor Relations departments. As the Company's in-house investment bank, the team he leads is responsible for our capital markets and investor relations activities as well as our partnering relationships with major U.S. and international institutions. Since formation, the group has raised over $15 billion from banks, the public capital markets, and institutional partners. In addition to capital raising, the group advises on complex project structuring, joint ventures, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and major property acquisitions. Fred has been financial point for our expansion into Toll Brothers City Living and Toll Brothers Apartment Living, as well as several other new start-up initiatives.

From 1989 to 1993, Fred was Director of Corporate Finance and Planning at DKM Properties Corp., the real estate arm of a Forbes 50 private company. From 1984 to 1989, he was Senior Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the NYC Financial Services Corporation, New York City's economic development bank. From 1980 to 1983, he worked in community-level affordable housing and economic development in the South Bronx and Brooklyn, New York.

Fred received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Master of Public Policy degree focused on finance and international development from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Annemarie DiCola

Annemarie DiCola

Annemarie DiCola, Esq., CEO of Trepp LLC, spearheads Trepp’s business as the global leader in the CMBS industry, and has expanded Trepp’s expertise and solutions offerings into the broader CRE Finance, Banking and Corporate Credit CLO sectors. Under her leadership, Trepp acquired CRE Finance data firms Foresight Analytics and InvestCap Advisors;content companies REITCafe and Commercial Real Estate Direct; and CLO technology firms Codean and Cerulean.  With her leadership, Trepp has repeatedly received top billing as Global Capital’s“CMBS Data Provider of the Year”.She continues to work to expand transparency in the industry with such initiatives as a bank data consortium for loan performance analysis and a joint venture for CRE debt management, TreppPort, for which she serves as Co-Chair.

Ms. DiCola just completed her second term as Chair of the CRE Finance Council (CREFC), the trade association for the $3.8 trillion commercial real estate finance industry, where she instituted a long-term strategic plan update. Actively involved in CREFC leadership since its inception, she served as its first woman Chair and received the CREFC Founder’s Award.  In her current role as Immediate Past Chair, she continues to serve on the CREFC Board of Governors and theCREFC Executive Committee. Through Ms. DiCola’s sponsorship, Trepp also partners with CREFC to track and report the CRE debt performance of insurance companies via the Portfolio Lender’s Survey, offering additional visibility into this important commercial lending sector.

Ms. DiCola also serves on the Advisory Board of the NYU Stern Center for Commercial Real Estate Finance Research, the President’s Council of the Real Estate Roundtable, and is a member of the Partnership for New York City. Past service includes the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), as well as the Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), Trepp’s corporate parent.

She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Gerber Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., until the recent $1.55 billion acquisition of Gerber by Western and Southern Financial Group.

Ms. DiCola is an acknowledged voice in the CRE finance industry, highlighted by Sokol Media as a “Top Woman in Real Estate” and by Real Estate Forum Magazine as a “Woman of Influence.” She has been profiled by The New York Times, interviewed on CNBC, and lauded by the Women’s Venture Fund. Ms. DiCola was the Editor-in-Chief of the inaugural CMBS E-Primer, the electronic publication of CREFC designed for training in CMBS. She is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Ms. DiCola graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. She received her BA from Fordham University, where she maintained a Presidential Scholarship and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude in cursu honorum.

Bill Schwab

Bill Schwab

Bill Schwab has served as Global Head of Real Estate for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) from January 2009 to June 2018.  He was responsible for an investment portfolio comprising direct and indirect investments, public and private debt and equity,across global markets. Bill joined ADIA in January 2009 from JP Morgan Securities Ltd. where he was Managing Director for EMEA. Previously, he worked for Deutsche Bank, London, and Goldman Sachs, New York.  Prior to his banking experience, he had worked in real estate development and construction, including service as a job superintendent, project manager and director of acquisitions and dispositions.  Bill’s educational background includes:  MIT, BS economics; The Wharton School, MBA real estate finance; Temple University, MST taxation; Pennsylvania State University, Certificate construction technology.  He is a CFA charter holder.
Bradley Olsen

Bradley A. Olsen

Bradley A. Olsen has been active in the area of international real estate investment for nearly 30 years.During that time, he has represented investors from the U.S., Germany, The Netherlands, the U.K., Canada and Japan on transactions valued in excess of $5 billion.He serves as President of Atlantic Partners, Ltd.Prior to forming Atlantic Partners, Mr. Olsen was a principal of Richard Ellis, Inc., the US affiliate of a major international real estate advisory firm, and a shareholder of the international holding company.At Richard Ellis, he served as the director of the firm’s investment advisory group which advised domestic and international investors. Mr. Olsen was a founder and principal of The Lexington Company, a Chicago‐based independent real estate investment advisory and consulting firm.His responsibilities included acquisitions and dispositions, asset management and property finance.Richard Ellis acquired the company in 1989. From 1980 through 1983, Mr. Olsen served as senior vice president and regional manager of the Chicago office of Richard Ellis, Inc.He supervised real estate acquisitions, dispositions and management in the Midwest and was responsible for the firm’s business development efforts nationwide. Before joining Richard Ellis, Mr. Olsen was a practicing real estate lawyer.He served as general counsel of a real estate development and construction company and was in private practice.His assignments involved various aspects of real estate development, financing and property management. Mr. Olsen is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.He is the author of numerous articles on international real estate investment and is a frequent lecturer at leading universities and professional conferences, including Expo Real.Mr. Olsen is a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (“AFIRE”).
Brian Lee

Brian Lee

Brian Lee is the Senior Director of Real Estate at Common, the national leader in community-driven city living. Before joining Common in early 2018, Brian spent seven years on the development and asset management team at Tishman Speyer, redeveloping office buildings in Manhattan. Prior to Tishman Speyer, Brian worked at UBS Hong Kong in the Fundamental Investment Group, investing in publicly-traded Chinese real estate companies. Today, Brian works with real estate partners to expand Common’s residential and technology platform, which currently spans six markets and 30 homes across the U.S. Brian graduated with a BA from Yale and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to different cities, watching HBO, and trying foods from across the world.
Catherine Pfeiffenberger

Catherine Pfeiffenberger

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, either adaptive re-use or ground up developing, where Jamestown can deliver its’ unique approach to creating new, vibrant mixed used communities. 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.
Genghis Hadi

Genghis Hadi

Genghis Hadi has over 14 years of real estate private equity experience in the United States. Most recently he spent 7 years with Carlyle Group and worked on several billion dollars of transaction volume including new acquisitions and asset management of existing transactions with a focus on New York City.

Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Hadi was part of both the Acquisitions and Asset Management team at Boston Capital. He completed his Masters of Science in Real Estate Development at Columbia University, and his undergraduate studies in Economics at Tufts University. Born and raised in Dubai,UAE he has now lived in the US for over 15 years. He has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Real Estate Development Program

Gila R. Cohen

Gila R. Cohen

Gila R. Cohen is a Managing Director, Real Estate and Private Equity at MUFG. In this role, she is responsible for those businesses, including capital investments/fund Allocation, Corporate Banking and Investor Services.

Most recently, Ms. Cohen was the Managing Partner for the Castle Lanterra family of companies focused primarily on new strategic initiatives. Prior to this, Ms. Cohen was a Senior Consultant, Head of Corporate Strategy and Client Relations for Courtland Partners, a real estate consultant and advisory firm, where she advised large corporations, insurance companies, RIAs and pension funds on real estate allocations and capital deployment opportunities within their portfolios. Previously, she served as Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer of Private Equity at Capital Dynamics, a fund of funds and direct investor, and Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Business Development for Golub Capital. Ms. Cohen has also held senior investment banking and trusted advisor roles at J.P. Morgan, UBS and Credit Suisse.

She earned a B.A. in Art History with a concentration in Mathematics from Columbia University. Ms. Cohen lives on the upper east side of Manhattan with her husband and two children.
Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore is a Managing Director in Brookfield’s Real Estate Group and Chief Investment Officer for Brookfield Properties mixed-use development.

Mr. Moore joined Brookfield in 2010 and has been involved in a range of deals including Brookfield’s investment in Fairfield Residential, privatization of Associated Estates, Manhattan Urban Portfolio, Greenpoint Landing, Forest City, Urby, Niido, and others. He serves on the investment committee and board of directors of Fairfield Investment Corporation, a Brookfield company. Mr. Moore has twenty five years of real estate and corporate finance experience including being a partner in a private multifamily company and two financial institutions where he did corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Moore holds has an MBA in finance from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College. He is a member of Urban Land Institute’s Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council, National Multi Housing Council and is on the Board of Advisors for NYU’s Furman Center for Housing.

Karen Case

Karen Case

Karen Case is Executive Managing Director and President of Commercial Real Estate for CIBC’s U.S. Region. She oversees the groups that develop and manage real estate finance and banking relationships with dynamic and growing commercial real estate developers, investors, owners and operators across the U.S. Case is a member of the U.S. Region Executive Committee.

Case most recently served as President, Commercial Real Estate, for The PrivateBank, which was acquired by CIBC in June 2017. Prior to joining The PrivateBank in 2007, Case was Executive Vice President of LaSalle Bank where she ran several business lines within the bank’s Commercial Real Estate group. Before joining LaSalle in 1992, Case established and managed the Midwest real estate loan production office for New York-based Marine Midland Bank. Prior to that, she was responsible for managing banking relationships with Midwest-based real estate development and syndication firms at The First National Bank of Chicago.

Ms. Case currently serves on the boards of Rush University Medical Center, Community Investment Corporation, TimeLine Theatre and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Illinois Chapter. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, Leadership Greater Chicago, CREW Chicago, the Chicago Network, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Real Estate Finance Forum.

Ms. Case earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She also attended the University of London and the American College in Paris.A native of New York,Ms. Case lives in Chicago’s River North neighborhood with her husband, Jay. They have 3 grown children.

Mark Eppli

Mark Eppli

Mark Eppli is Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, Eppli served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012 to 2015 and as a professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. He has been instrumental in building the Center for Real Estate and the real estate program at Marquette that has enhanced the reputation of the business school not only regionally but also nationally.

Widely published in commercial real estate finance, development and valuation, his research has been published in dozens of top-respected real estate journals. Dr. Eppli is co-author of two books: Real Estate Development: Principles and Process and Valuing the New Urbanism, both published by the Urban Land Institute. He is an independent board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago since 2012, and he is immediate past president of the non-profit Real Estate Research Institute. Dr. Eppli was named a "Distinguished Fellow" by NAIOP, a national commercial real estate organization, which recognizes him as a foremost real estate policy expert. He has also received awards from the Greater Washington Urban League and the Urban Land Institute for his efforts to attract minorities to the real estate profession. Dr. Eppli earned his Ph.D., Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matt Blank

Matthew Blank

Matthew Blank is a Co-Founder of Blank Property Group. Prior to forming BPG in 2011, he was a Senior Equity Analyst at Long Pond Capital, LP, which is a long/short hedge fund focused on the real estate sector. At Long Pond, Mr. Blank specialized in the multifamily and single-family housing markets. Mr. Blank also previously worked at Morgan Stanley Real Estate, where he focused on investment banking, private equity, and the capital markets. At Morgan Stanley, Mr. Blank worked with a range of public and private clients in the real estate industry, focusing mainly on the apartment, strip center, office, and healthcare asset classes. He advised on debt restructuring assignments involving over $6B of CMBS loans, and executed over $650mm of equity capital market transactions. Mr. Blank graduated from the JD/MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton Business School. He received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Dorf

Michael Dorf

Michael Dorf was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He graduated in 1984 from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Psychology and Business. With a strong love for music, in 1986, at the age of 23, Dorf founded New York City’s go-to venue for independent music, the Knitting Factory. From its inception to 2002, as Chairman and CEO, Dorf helped foster the concert house into prominence and expanded the brand into Europe and Asia through the production and sale of records, as well as the creation of branded festivals and tours.

Dorf was recognized as a pioneer in producing music on the Internet, through a variety of strategic relationships with Apple Computer, Intel, MCI and Bell Atlantic. During his tenure at the Knitting Factory, he produced over 200 recordings with Knitting Factory Records, a television series, and eventually expanded and built the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. In 2002, he left his operating responsibilities, sold his equity position and resigned from the Knitting Factory Board to pursue other endeavors. By 2008, Dorf had conceptualized a venue that brought his love for both the making and enjoyment of wine under one roof and created City Winery –Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space. City Winery offers a wide selection of wines (on-tap, by the bottle or barrel), exquisite cuisine and performances from iconic performers (including David Crosby and Patti Smith to name a few) –making it one of the ultimate nightlife experiences available in New York. Dorf expanded his company in 2012 with the opening of City Winery Chicago. The location has attracted world-renowned performers to its stage, including legendary singer Prince, for intimate shows unlike any other. 2014 saw two new locations; in wine mecca Napa Valley at the historic Napa Valley Opera House and country music capitol Nashville.

City Winery will continue to grow with plans for one or more locations to open annually. Dorf has become one of the most prolific independent promoters in New York and important music impresarios and according the The New Yorker. He has perfected the art of the Tribute concert. This year the series will honor David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall. The money raised this year should push the total for the 11 years of tribute concerts to over $1 million. Proceeds will go to benefit music education programs such as the American Symphony Orchestra’s Music Notes, Church Street School for Music and Art, Young Audiences New York, Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education. Dorf has very a very strong tie to the Jewish Community. He created Tribeca Hebrew, an after-school program in Lower Manhattan. He served as the founding Chairman of Tribeca Hebrewand developed the school to 150 children before it merged with JCP in 2009. He is additionally on the board of Jewish Week, American Symphony Orchestra and is currently Chairman of LabShul/Storahtelling.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Peter Smith has served as Vice President since November 2016. Mr. Smith has also served as a business unit partner of TPG Real Estate since January 2019 and managing director of TPG and a member of our Manager's investment committee since November 2016. Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of commercial real estate debt financing experience, including transitional loans, mezzanine loans, long-term fixed rate loans, loan portfolio acquisitions, and workouts and restructurings. Prior to joining TPG in November 2016, Mr. Smith was a managing director at Ladder focusing on loan originations. Mr. Smith's prior experience includes senior positions with Credit Suisse, UBS, Credit Suisse First Boston and Heller Financial. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Michigan from which he earned a B.B.A. in Accounting.
Robert White

Robert M. White, Jr

Robert M. White, Jr. founded Real Capital Analytics Inc. in 2000 to bring greater transparency to the investment markets by providing real-time data of capital flows and prices of commercial properties. He is a noted authority on the real estate capital markets who is frequently cited in the press and has authored numerous articles for industry publications and the firm’s own Capital Trends publications.

Mr. White is a Counselor of Real Estate, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute. He serves on the board of directors for the Pension Real Estate Association and the advisory board for the Real Estate Research Institution. Before founding RCA, Mr. White spent 14 years in the real estate investment banking and brokerage industry. He is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Steve Plavin

Stephen Plavin

Stephen Plavin is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group and the Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE:BXMT). Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Plavin was Chief Executive Officer of Capital Trust, Inc.(predecessor to Blackstone Mortgage Trust)and CT Investment Management Co., LLC, a commercial real estate debt investment manager and rated special servicer that was wholly owned by Capital Trust, Inc. and acquired by Blackstone in December 2012. Prior to joining Capital Trust in 1998, Mr. Plavin was co-head of Global Real Estate for The Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Securities Inc. Mr. Plavin received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a board member of Omega Healthcare Investors.
Michael Mclarney

Michael McLarney

Mr. McLarney has more than 15 years of debt investment experience and currently serves as the Head of Commercial Real Estate at LibreMax Capital, LLC. Since joining LibreMax in 2011, Mr. McLarney is responsible for placing more than $5 billion of commercial real estate debt investments. Prior to LibreMax in December 2011, he served as a Vice President at Barclays Capital from 2010 to 2011. Mr. McLarney was primarily responsible for trading below investment grade CMBS, large loan floating rate CMBS and commercial real estate CDOs. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. McLarney served as a Director at Five Mile Capital Partners where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and modeling acquisitions of CMBS, commercial real estate CDOs and mezzanine loans. He began his career as an Assistant Vice President at Citigroup Alternative Investments in the Capital Markets and Real Estate Credit Group. Mr. McLarney holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis (2004) where he was a Wood Leadership Fellow and also holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2000).