Real Estate Advisory Board

Members of the Real Estate Advisory Board.

The members of our advisory board play an important role in the development of our programs, and curricular and co-curricular activities within our Borrelli Institute for Real Estate Studies. Further, their financial commitment helps bolster research, student experiences, and expands learning opportunities.

There are two membership levels for real estate advisory board members, Executive Committee and Advisory Board.

  • Executive Committee
  • Advisory Board
    • Advisory Board, graduates of the last 10 years (This level is free for one year for Master’s in Real Estate Analysis and Development recent graduates.)

There are benefits that our members can enjoy, such as networking with other professionals at twice-annual BIRES advisory board meetings; exclusive opportunities for engagement with the program and students; access to research and information related to the field of real estate; opportunity to support our real estate education and research at Smeal; inclusion on board exclusive emails regarding engagement events (ex: REIT Stock Pitch Competition).

If you are interested in learning more about our advisory board or would like to send us candidates for membership, please contact Sean Miller, Senior Director of Major Gifts, in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Please note that board membership is by invitation only.

Executive Committee 

Board Member Contact Information
Portrait of Claudia A. Steeb.

Claudia A. Steeb

Chair, Real Estate Advisory Board
Managing Director

JLL Capital Markets

Portrait of Lawrence Colorito.

Lawrence Colorito

Vice Chair, Real Estate Advisory Board
Senior Managing Director

Valbridge Property Advisors | Virginia

Portrait of Angelo Annese.

Angelo Annese
Ernst & Young, LLP

Portrait of Jeff Baltzer.

Jeff Baltzer
Vice President of Development and Owner Relations

Bridge Hotel Group, Magna Hospitality Group

Portrait of Robert J. Banks.

Robert J. Banks
Seminole Financial Services, LLC

Portrait of Carl Berquist.

Carl Berquist
Former CFO & Executive Vice President
Marriott International, Inc

Portrait of Jason A. Borrelli.

Jason A. Borrelli

Portrait of Tabitha Brittain.

Tabitha Brittain
Vice President

Quadrangle Management Company

Portrait of Jim Calder.

Jim Calder
Chief Financial Officer
Alpine X Inc.

Portrait of Jordan S. Claffey.

Jordan S. Claffey
President & Founder
JSC Real Estate LLC

Portrait of Peter J. Cocoziello. Peter J. Cocoziello
President & CEO
Advance Realty Investors
Portrait of Evan Cohen.

Evan Cohen

Portrait of Charles Conwell.

Charles Conwell

Portrait of Michael Croce. Michael Croce
Pat Croce & Company
Jeffrey R. Dunne Jeffrey R. Dunne
Vice Chairman
CBRE, Inc.
Portrait of Robert Fenza.

Robert Fenza
Retired CEO
Liberty Property Trust

No photo available.

J. Andrew Hansz
Gould/Mayfield Professorship in Real Estate

University of Texas at Arlington

Portrait of Kurt Heister.

Kurt Heister
Foxtail Investments, LLC

No Photo Available Jeffery L. King
General Partner

King's Grant Holdings, L.P.
Portrait of Jon Knipe.

Jonathan W. Knipe
Cozen O’Connor

Portrait of Ira M. Lubert

Ira M. Lubert

Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P.

Portrait of Brennan Marion.

Brennan Marion
Managing Partner
Homsher Hill, LLC

Portrait of Mark Pasierb.

Mark Pasierb
Kingbird Investment Management

Portrait of Arthur P. Pasquarella.

Arthur P. Pasquarella
Executive Vice President & COO
Equus Capital Partners, LTD

Portrait of Justin Pelsinger.  Justin Pelsinger
Partner & COO
Charney Companies
No photo available. Jeffrey Perrone*
Tax Partner, Real Estate Service
Deloitte Tax LLP
Portrait of Robert E. Poole. Robert E. Poole
President & CEO
S & A Homes, Inc.
Portrait of Walter C. Rakowich Walter C. Rakowich
Former CEO
Portrait of Frank Recine.

Frank Recine
Accordia Realty Ventures

Portrait of Stuart A. Rothstein Stuart A. Rothstein
Partner & COO
Apollo Global Real Estate
Portrait of Niraj Shah. 

Niraj Shah
Partner and Head of Credit Strategies
Rockwood Capital, LLC

No Photo Available. Stephen R. Smith
Retired CPA & Attorney

Stephen R. Smith, P.C.
Portrait of Richard S. Sokolov Richard S. Sokolov
Vice Chairman
Simon Property Group
Portrait of Steve Stein.

Steve Stein
Principal, Investment & Leasing Manager

Portrait of Joe Stunja.

Joe Stunja
Stunja & Company

Portrait of Diane Wade.

Diane Wade
Head of Sustainability, Listed Securities
CBRE Investment Management

Portrait of Matthew Wallace. 

Matthew Wallace
Market Leader
Matthews Real Estate Investment Services

Portrait of David T. Welsh

David T. Welsh
Founder and Partner
GreenBarn Investment

No Photo Available.

Ben Willner

Portrait of Simon Ziff. Simon Ziff

The Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, LLC



Advisory Board 

No Photo Available. Samir Gandhi
Portrait of Robert Hudert.


Robert Hudert
Twenty Lake Holdings

Portrait of Andrew Richie. Andrew Richie
Asset Manager
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Portrait of Ashley Wilson.

Ashley Wilson
Bar Down Investments, LLC & HouseItLook, LLC