Mike Syers, Ernst & Young LLP
Staff Liaison: Edward DeAngelo
, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer
Oversees any audit of CRE Finance Council's books and records, including determining the necessity, frequency and scope of audits, and approving the selection, retention, termination and compensation of an accounting firm to perform such audits; shall take appropriate actions to promote a system of internal controls relating to CREFC’s financial books and records, including retaining an accounting firm to formally review such controls; consider from time to time the appropriateness and adequacy of CRE Finance Council's accounting policies and procedures; and the required skill sets of the external accountants engaged by CRE Finance Council; report the results of audits and control reviews to the Board of Governors; report the Committee’s activities to the Board of Governors at least annually; update the scope of the Committee’s responsibilities on an as-needed basis.
CRE Finance World Editorial Board
Paul Fiorilla, Yardi Systems
Joseph Philip Forte, Sullivan & Worcester
Krystyna Blakeslee, Dechert LLP & Victor Calanog, Reis
Staff Liaison & Publication Manager: David McCarthy
, Director, Industry and Policy
The Editorial Board sets the editorial policy, solicits, reviews, selects and edits articles for publication in CRE Finance World.
Education Committee & Subcommittees
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Petosa & Donald Sheets, Clarion Partners, LLC
CMBS 101, 201, 301
Purpose: The Education Committee recently updated the old CMBS 101 class series with the latest industry information. We are now offering the program at least once a quarter in multiple cities across the U.S. We have also turned this into CREFC’s first online program which will be available for purchase in the summer of 2016.
Purpose: Following the success of the updated E-Primer roll out in 2013, the Education Committee expanded the E-Primer’s content further than CMBS-centric content, while putting in place a framework that will help keep the existing content refreshed on a periodic basis. The new edition of the CMBS E-Primer can be purchased online here.
CREFC Young Professionals Program
Purpose: The CREFC YP Program was established in 2014 with a mission to provide the premier platform for young CRE finance professionals to foster meaningful business relationships, gain relevant and timely industry knowledge and receive expert advice through networking events, education seminars and panels and mentoring/mentee opportunities. Today, over 1,500 Young Professionals comprise this program, actively forming their own educational programs and networking events.
Purpose: The primary goal of the research working group within the education committee is to seek input from existing members, market participants and stakeholders as to their current & future CRE lending educational needs. The focus of the research working group will be to identify a potential educational framework based on identified needs, existing industry educational programming and areas for development consideration. It is anticipated that the research working group will look to gather information & report to the Education Committee its findings.
Investor Reporting Package Committee
Heather Wagner, Midland Loan Services & Craig Zedalis, Wells Fargo
Staff Liaison: Kathleen Olin
, Managing Director, Industry Initiatives
Responsible for the continuing updates to the CRE Finance Council Investor Reporting Package®.
Schedule AL Subcommittee
SEC Compliance Date: November 23, 2016
Leslie Hayton, Wells Fargo Bank & Kathleen Olin
Long Range Planning & Investment Committee
Robert Brennan, Jr.
Staff Liaison: Edward DeAngelo
, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer
To assist and advise on long-term planning and investment purposes, including charitable, civic, and industry-related engagement and giving, and investment of CREFC funds and reserve monies.
Nik Chillar, Crescit Capital Strategies
Staff Liaison: Michael Flood
, Deputy Executive Director
Aims to maximize and expand membership and to encourage member dialogue. The goal is to maximize the value of membership by assuring that all commercial real estate finance participants are involved in CRE Finance Council.
Focus on our current members to make sure that they are satisfied with their membership in CRE Finance Council and that they remain (or become) engaged in our activities. Work to expand membership to embrace all constituencies within the commercial real estate finance space.
Mark Zytko, Mesa West Capital
Staff Liaison: Annie Lee
, Analyst, Executive Assistant
Responsible for the orderly and appropriate nomination of Officers and Governors. The Immediate Past President shall chair the Nominating Committee. The other members shall be the President, the President-Elect and four (4) additional Board members recommended by the Executive Committee and appointed by the Board of Governors. The Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations for the offices of President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary. Treasurer and Chair of the Policy Committee and for any pending vacancies on the Board of Governors from CREFC Members. The Nominating Committee shall provide with its solicitations for nominees the threshold requirements for officer qualifications.
PAC Advisory Committee
Richard D. Jones, Dechert & Tim Gallagher, Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group
Staff Liaison: Martin Schuh
, Senior Director, Head of Government Relations
Working to establish a well funded PAC to ensure an effective and robust voice in Washington, by maintaining the relationships we need to stay engaged at every level of the political debate. Also provide events at our conferences for PAC contributors to raise awareness of the PAC.
Patrick Sargent, Alston & Bird
Staff Liaison: Christina Zausner
, Senior Director, Head of Industry and Policy Analysis
To proactively identify issues facing the commercial real estate finance industry and to determine how CRE Finance Council should approach these issues. To review on an ongoing basis potential issues including those related to the legislative and regulatory arena and to assist in the development of policy positions on these issues.
Staff Liaison: Kim Pang
, Manager, Programming
Young Professionals Steering Committee
Victor Amoo, Basis Investment Group & Cecelia Riesenberg, Rialto Capital Management
The CREFC YP Program was established in 2014 with a mission to provide the premier platform for young CRE finance professionals to foster meaningful business relationships, gain relevant and timely industry knowledge and receive expert advice through networking events, education seminars and panels and mentoring/mentee opportunities. Today, over 1,500 Young Professionals comprise this program, actively forming their own educational programs and networking events.
Co-Leaders: Michael Atkins, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company & Shira Levy, Barclays Bank PLC
Seek and coordinate with firms and/or individuals to host/sponsor educational events.
Co-Leaders: Rachel Hunter, Apollo Global Management & Mary Wang, Situs
Develop and execute various ways of awareness to increase YP membership.
Co-Leaders: Ryan Morrell, Moody’s Investors Service & Nate Morris, Barclays Bank PLC
Logistical planning for quarterly networking oriented events.
Co-Leaders: Victor Amoo, Basis Investment Group & Cecelia Riesenberg, Rialto Capital Management
Develop ideas and decide topics of focus for various CREFC YP events and coordinate efforts to market educational material to CREFC YP.