Mission

The mission of the mentorship program is to provide an opportunity for young leaders and seasoned professionals in the commercial real
estate finance industry to connect, grow and create a lasting relationship by sharing their industry knowledge, experiences and
professional guidance in a confidential and informal atmosphere. 

2018 Program Details

The program will run on an annual basis. For the inaugural year (2017), the program will run from May 15 to December 31, 2017. The
Mentorship Committee together with CREFC will match participants based on their online submissions (one mentor per one mentee).   
  • You must be a CREFC member in order to participate in the Mentorship Program.
  • Mentees should have less than 10 years in the commercial real estate finance industry.
  • Mentors should have 10 or more years in the commercial real estate finance industry.
  • Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to meet at least once a month, either in person or on a telephone call. The minimum
    requirement is to meet once a quarter.
  • CREFC will be offering multiple complimentary mentorship events in 2018. These events will be listed on our 
    Upcoming Events Calendar
  • Continuing 2017 Mentorship Program participants who are staying with their Mentor/Mentee do not need to sign up again.
  • The deadline to sign up for the 2018 program was October 31, 2017. Please note that Mentor sign up has been extended, as we are still in need of more Mentors. Mentee sign-up is now closed for the 2018 Program, as all spots have been filled.
  • 2018 Program Duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

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Committee

  • Lorna Banister, Associate, Ballard Spahr
  • Nik Chillar, Managing Director, Belgravia Capital Management
  • Bess Creswell, Partner, Burr & Forman LLP
  • Connie Lahn, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg
  • Meagen Leary, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  • Annelise Osborne, Managing Partner, Osborne Capital Partners, LLC
  • Jenna Unell, General Counsel, C-III Asset Management
  • Mary Wang, Associate, Situs

2017 Program Duration

May 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017

2017 Mentors Participating

Angela Azizian, Wells Fargo 
Lorna Banister, Ballard Spahr LLP
Michael Barbieri, Goldman Sachs 
Adam Behlman, Starwood Property Trust
Kristin Bertram, Hillcrest Financial, LLC
Megan Bloomer, Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Kent Born, PPM America, Inc. 
Robert Brasfield, Trimont Real Estate Advisors
Marlies Bruning, Wells Fargo 
Nik Chillar, Belgravia Capital Management
Tracy Chou, Bank of America Merrill Lynch 
Sheri Chromow, K&L Gates LLP
Alicia Clark, Ballard Spahr LLP
Noreen Clindinning, GRS Group
Alison Coen, Barclays
Jack Cohen, Darkknight Ventures, LLC
Jim Costello, Real Capital Analytics 
Bess Creswell, Burr & Forman LLP
Christopher Cummings, Trimont Real Estate Advisors 
Luke Dann, Prime Finance 
Robert  Delitsky, NorthMarq Capital
Peter DiMiceli, Deloitte
Theresa Dooley-Bollmann, Bank of America Merrill Lynch 
Blake Dunkelgod, Situs
Rusty Fleming, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Mike Flood, CRE Finance Council
Andrew Foster, Fitch Ratings Inc.
Drew Fung, Clarion Partners LLC
Harry Funk, PNC Bank
Hans Geyer, BMO Harris Bank
Darren Gluck, Silverpeak Argentic
Merrick L. Gross, Carlton Fields
Corey Hall, CCRE 
Mark Halloran, GRS Group 
Brian Hanson, CWCapital Asset Management
Adam Hayden, New York Life Real Estate Investors
David Henschke, Ladder Capital
MaryBeth Heydt, Wells Fargo
Karen Johnson, DebtX 
Robert Karner, Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group
Dan Katz, Colony NorthStar, Inc.
Constantine Korologos, Berkeley Research Group
Meagen Leary, Duane Morris LLP
Chuck Lee, Credit Suisse
Kim Liautaud, BMO Harris Bank
Michelle Liu, CIT
Greg Michaud, Voya Investment Management 
John Mulligan, White Mountains Advisors LLC
Susan Neuberg, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Leah Nivison, Goldman Sachs 
Bill O'Connor, Thompson & Knight LLP
Kevin OGrady, Walker & Dunlop
Dan Olsen, KeyBank
James O'Mara, PNC Bank
Matthew Orrino, Wells Fargo 
Mary Osborn, Situs
Leah Overby, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
Sana Petersen, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Stephanie Petosa, Fitch Ratings, Inc.
Jeffrey Pirhalla, CBRE 
Jay Puckett, Wells Fargo
Shari Reams-Henofer, PNC Bank
Tim Richards, Goldman Sachs
Jiten Sanghvi, Deloitte 
Gerard Sansost, HFF, Inc.
Kassandra Saridakis, Newmark Knight Frank 
Marci Schmerler, Carlton Fields
Cynthia Schwartz, Freddie Mac 
Jan Sternin, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage
Celeste Stinson, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
Mike Strug, BlackRock
Darren Tappen, Kidder Mathews
Tim Taylor, Ten-X 
Marcus Thomas, Wells Fargo
John Tucker, Greenberg Traurig LLP 
Nick Wang, J.P. Morgan
Dean Wheeler, Cohen Financial
Lindsey Wright, C-III Capital Partners LLC
Michael Zampetti, CIBC World Markets
Gary Zhu, Wells Fargo

2017 Mentees Participating

Moriam Abiola, Freddie Mac 
Jonah Aelyon, Freddie Mac
Manish Agarwal, J.P. Morgan
Brian Anderson, Freddie Mac
Melissa Band, Wells Fargo 
Rajesh Bansal, TIAA
Gemma Bell, KPMG LLP
Pramod Bharadwaj, J.P. Morgan
Fernanda Blanco, Trimont Real Estate Advisors
Nick Capasso, Hanover Street Capital
Jingjing Cheng, Colliers International
Zi Chong, EverWest Real Estate Partners
Jade-Lin Chue, Freddie Mac
Rachel  Chung, Fitch Ratings Inc.
Jessica Conicello, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
Tim Corcoran, Wells Fargo 
Daniel  Dembek, J.P. Morgan
Mathew  Doneth, J.P. Morgan
Tessa Fall, Freddie Mac
Jeff Filer, Wells Fargo 
Grant Fitzgerald, Freddie Mac
Thomas Gollenberg, Situs
Justin Gonzales, Guggenheim Partners 
Daniel Graca, Hudson Advisors
Sarah Helwig, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
Uyen Hill, Freddie Mac 
Zoe Hirsch, Freddie Mac 
Eric Hood, Freddie Mac 
Chelsey Horan, Wells Fargo
Greg  Horowitz, Freddie Mac 
Kai Huang, Wells Fargo
Michael Ianno, Freddie Mac 
Najee Ingram, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
Adam Ioannou, Freddie Mac 
Chase Jackson, Aegon Asset Management
Veretta Jacobs, CWCapital Asset Management
Emily Jones, Starwood Property Trust
Anu Joseph, Barclays
Sean Kane, Deloitte & Touche LLP 
Victoria Kaplan, Dechert LLP
Rattan Kaur, Moody's Investors Service
Kristen Kelly, Freddie Mac 
Esther Kim, Townhouse Partners
Seung Kim, Talmage LLC
Brian Lauscher, Ernst & Young 
Su Lee, Laurus Corporation
Iesha Lessey, Freddie Mac 
Tobias Levin Steimberg, Fitch Ratings Inc.
Zach Levine, Morgan Stanley
Hui Li, Freddie Mac
Peter Lillestolen, Freddie Mac
Margaret Livingstone, Hillcrest Financial, LLC
Angel Lopez, Starwood Property Trust
Stephen Markowitz, Spring11
Dave McClain, Hillcrest Financial, LLC
Elaine McKay, Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc.
Kushal Mody, Deloitte & Touche LLP 
Ethan Morrow, Freddie Mac
Caesar Nguyen, Common
Chris Osborn, Freddie Mac
Ada Peng, LT Global Investment Inc. 
Kim Perez, Mayer Brown LLP
Julia Powell, Credit Suisse
Blaine Prober, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Min Qian, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
Elia Santos, CWCapital
Zach Savage, Situs
Austin Schellphfeffer, Student at UNC Chapel Hill  
Manraj Singh, Freddie Mac
Amy Szeto, NAI Hunneman
Taeho Lee, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.
Christy Tirtatunggal, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Andres Turegano, Goldman Sachs
Selena Venizelos, Starwood Property Trust
Jake Verner, Freddie Mac
Patrick  Wallace, Freddie Mac
Emily Wang, Freddie Mac
Valeska Weber, Cheyne Capital
Josh Wolfgang, Park Bridge Financial 
Cheng-Ying Yang, Freddie Mac


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