Real Estate Journal — August 14 - 27, 2015 — 1A


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Meet some of our speakers & moderators

For speaking and Spnonsorship information please contact: Linda Christman lchristman@marejournal.com | 781.871.5298

Jose Cruz, Senior Managing Director — HFF Jose Cruz is a Senior Managing Director in the New Jersey office of HFF with over 21 years of experience in commercial real estate. He specializes in investment sales in New Jersey, New York State and Connecticut. Over the course of his career, Jose has been involved in over $18.4 billion of office, industrial, retail, multi-housing and land sales. Mr. Cruz joined the firm in March 2010. Mark M. Scott, Founder/Principal — Commercial Mortgage Capital Corp. (CMC) | Mark M. Scott established Commercial Mortgage Capital Corp. (CMC) in 1996. Since then he has arranged over $6.1 billion dollars of debt and equity for his clients. His focus over a 25-year career has been multifamily finance. Scott continues to expand CMC’s strong commercial lending platform in New Jersey and the Tri-State Region. In April 2009, Mark appeared on Bloom- berg TV as a guest speaker regarding commercial real estate finance. Timothy Touhey, CRE Team Leader — Investors Bank Timothy Touhey is a CRE Team Leader at Investors Bank, in charge of expanding the Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Group into the Southern and Central New Jersey, Philadelphia and Delaware markets. Tim brings to Investors broad expertise in financial services, construction, housing and urban development, government affairs, and relationship building across many industry sectors. Alan R. Hammer, Partner — Brach Eichler LLC Alan Hammer joined Brach Eichler, LLC immediately after gradua- tion in 1971. He is former Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Committee and Real Estate Practice Group. He has concen- trated his practice in the areas of investment real estate transactions and tax appeals. He has been personally active in the acquisition, own- ership, management and operation of investment properties, primar- ily apartment complexes, throughout NJ and Eastern Pennsylvania. Mitchell Berkey, Co-Chair, Real Estate Group —Chiesa, Sha- hinian &Giantomasi | Mitchell Berkey is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group. He concentrates on all as- pects of real estate ventures and transactions, including acquisitions, sales, financing, development, leasing, management, loan workouts, ownership restructuring and resolution of intra-ownership disputes. His extensive background spans all asset types, including office, retail, industrial, hospitality and mixed-use properties. Brian J. Whitmer, CCIM, Senior Director | Capital Markets Group —Cushman &Wakefield of NJ | Brian Whitmer serves as Senior Director of the Metropolitan Area Capital Markets Group in C&W’s East Rutherford, New Jersey office. Part of a 13-member team, Whitmer is responsible for managing, underwriting, and marketing investment properties for sale and arranging joint ventures in the sub- urban markets surrounding New York City. While he handles all asset types, his focus is on multifamily transactions. Paul Heilmann, Senior Vice President — Columbia Bank Paul Heilmann is Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending and Commercial Construction Lending at Columbia Bank, one of New Jersey’s leading community banks with Total Assets of $4.3 Billion and 44 Branches. Heilmann is a member of the Bank’s Commercial Loan Committee and Senior Loan Committee. His re- sponsibilities include oversight of two lending groups. Prior to joining Columbia in 2004, he was the SVP of Commercial Lending at Penn Federal, a Newark, NJ based bank for 10 years.

Joni Sweetwood, Senior Vice President — The Kislak Com- pany, Inc. | Sweetwood joined The Kislak Company, Inc. in 1996. As both a senior vice president and sales associate, she is a leading producer, manages client relationships and transactions and has man- aged and mentored sales trainees.Throughout her career, Sweetwood has represented clients in multiple industries throughout New Jersey, including real estate, accounting and finance. John Motzel, Senior Vice President of Originations —Berka- dia Commercial Mortgage | Based in New York City and Shrews- bury, New Jersey, John Motzel is actively involved in originations of multifamily and commercial real estate financing throughout the United States. Berkadia Commercial Mortgage is a leading principal and intermediary providing debt and equity solutions for multifamily and commercial real estate nationwide. We serve as an national Fred- dieMac, Fannie Mae DUS and HUD Seller/Servicer. Ronald M. Shapiro, Executive Director — Rutgers Business School’s Center for Real Estate Studies | Ron Shapiro is Execu- tive Director of the Rutgers Business School’s Center for Real Estate Studies (“CRES”). As Executive Director, Ron has responsibility for developing the strategic vision and long term planning for CRES. He has full oversight and management of all outreach activities including creating executive education programs in real estate. Elie Rieder, CEO/Founder — Castle Lanterra Properties Elie Rieder is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Lanter- ra Equity and Castle Lanterra Properties. An active real estate investor, owner and manager since 1998, Elie has been directly involved in ac- quiring in excess of 10,000 multifamily units and has invested across the real estate spectrum in residential, office, hospitality, retail and parking. Elie Rieder specializes in value-add acquisitions. Mark DeLillo, Managing Partner — BlueGate Partners Mr. DeLillo has 17 years of institutional real estate and finance experi- ence, and has contributed to the successful completion of more than $9 billion in multifamily, retail, office and land development investment sales, financing, joint venture and acquisition assignments. Prior to co- founding BlueGate Partners, he was a Managing Director & Partner of DTZ Rockwood, an international property advisory firm, where he worked for 11 years. Len Nitti, CPA, MST, Principal —Wilkin & Guttenplan, PC Len Nitti joined the firm in 1999. Len has a broad range of clientele including closely-held businesses, real estate entities, high net-worth individuals, professional athletes, officers of major corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Len’s knowledge in Federal and State taxation encompasses planning, research and audits. Major areas of taxation include partnership, state and local, green energy incentives and low income housing tax credit projects. Doug Root, Senior Managing Director — Greystar Doug Root is a Senior Director of Investments on the East Coast. He is primarily responsible for acquisitions and dispositions for the Mid- Atlantic and the Northeast. Previously Root was an Acquisitions As- sociate with Invesco Real Estate. During Mr. Root’s tenure at Invesco he assisted with sourcing, underwriting, and closing over $2 Billion of acquisitions. Prior to Invesco, he competed on the ATP professional tennis tour for 3 years. Mr. Root holds an MBA from Cornell Univer- sity’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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