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. 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

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

2018 Program Duration

January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

2018 Mentors Participating

Chris Albano, Citi
Angela Azizian, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Rob Baker, Guggenheim Partners
Danny Balkam, National Cooperative Bank
Michael Barbieri, Goldman Sachs 
Steven Baumgartner, Trepp, LLC
Steven Bean, Situs
Adam Behlman, Starwood Property Trust
Kristin Bertram, Hillcrest Finance LLC
Nitin Bhasin, Kroll Bond Ratings
Kent Born, PPM America, Inc.
Robert Brasfield, Trimont Real Estate Advisors
David Burkholder, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Christie Calhoun, Mount Street
Jim Callahan, Pentalpha
Kirsten Chen, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Tracy Chou, Bank of America 
Noreen Clindinning, GRS Group
Alison Coen, Barclays
Jack Cohen, Darkknight Ventures, LLC
Jim Costello, Real Capital Analytics 
Patrick Crandall, CapitalSource
Christopher Cummings, Trimont Real Estate Advisors 
Luke Dann, Prime Finance
Peter DiMiceli, Deloitte
Kevin Donahue
Barbara Duka
Blake Dunkelgod, Situs
Rusty Fleming, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Mike Flood, CRE Finance Council
Joe Forte, Sullivan & Worcester
Andrew Foster, Fitch Ratings
Abbe Franchot Borok, Amherst Capital Management
Joseph Franzetti, Berkadia
Drew Fung, Clarion Partners LLC
Katherine Furman, C-III Investment Management
Rick Gallitto, Tremont Mortgage Trust
Hans Geyer, BMO Harris Bank
Darren Gluck, Silverpeak Argentic
Annie Gong, Freddie Mac
Merrick L. Gross, Carlton Fields
Tim Groves, Citigroup Global Markets Inc
Corey Hall, CCRE
Tricia Hall, AIG
Mark Halloran, GRS Group 
Brian Hanson, CWCapital Asset Management
David Harrison, Midland Loan Services/PNC Real Estate
Adam Hayden, New York Life Real Estate Investors
Robert Hempstead, Sills Cummis & Gross
David Henschke, Ladder Capital
MaryBeth Heydt, Wells Fargo Bank
Christopher Hoeffel, CoreVest
Philip Holmes, Citigroup
Chris Jeltrup, TIAA
Karen Johnson, DebtX 
Robert Karner, Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group
Dan Katz, Colony NorthStar, Inc.
Shawn Khol, Fitch Ratings
Kim Klever, C-III Investment Management
Keith Kockenmeister, Kroll Bond Ratings Agency
Katherina Komisarjevsky, Harbor Group Consulting
Constantine Korologos, Berkeley Research Group
Ian Lane, Sherin and Lodgen 
Aaron Lanski, BMO
Meagen Leary, Duane Morris LLP
Chuck Lee, Credit Suisse
Kim Liautaud, BMO Harris Bank
Michelle Liu, CIT
Libby Luther, C-III Capital Partners LLC
Charles Manna, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Dennis Mensi, McGuire Woods, LLP
Greg Michaud, Voya Investment Management 
Debra Morgan, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners
John Mulligan, White Mountains Advisors LLC
Susan Neuberg, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Leah Nivison, Goldman Sachs 
Bill O'Connor, Thompson & Knight LLP
Matthew Orrino, Wells Fargo Securities
Mary Osborn, Situs
Annelise Osborne, Osborne Capital Partners, LLC
Sana Petersen, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Stephanie Petosa, Fitch Ratings
Jeffrey Pirhalla, CBRE
Tony Povero, Situs
Jay Puckett, Wells Fargo
David Putro, Morningstar Credit Ratings
Tim Richards, Goldman Sachs
Jason Ruckman, TPG Real Estate Finance 
Jiten Sanghvi, Deloitte
Gerard Sansosti, HFF, Inc.
Joan Sapinsley
Marci Schmerler, Carlton Fields
Cynthia Schwartz, Freddie Mac 
Niraj Shah, Rockwood Capital, LLC
Faizal Sheriff, Morgan Stanley
Julie Sorensen, GRS Group
Christine Spletzer, Winston & Strawn
Jan Sternin, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage
Laura Swihart, Dechert LLP
Darren Tappen, Kidder Mathews
Tim Taylor, Lotus Capital Partners, LLC
Marcus Thomas, Wells Fargo
Kenda Tomes, Stinson Leonard Street
Jenna Unell, C-III Asset Management
Nick Wang, JPMC
Jeffrey Watzke, KeyBank
Daniel Wolins, Greystone
Lindsey Wright, C-III Capital Partners LLC
Michael Zampetti, CIBC World Markets
Christina  Zausner, CREFC
Gary Zhu, Wells Fargo Securities
Teresa Zien, Invesco
Simon Ziff, Ackman Ziff

















2018 Mentees Participating

Moriam Abiola, Freddie Mac 
Alec Abrams, LoanCore Capital
Jonah Aelyon, HFF
Manish Agarwal, J.P. Morgan
Brian Anderson, Freddie Mac
Greg Baker, Morningstar
Hannah Baker, KKR
Melissa Band, Wells Fargo 
Rajesh Bansal, TIAA
Carlos Barrios, CWCapital
Pramod Bharadwaj, JPMorgan
Ethan Bidna, Norvin Properties
Fernanda Blanco, Trimont Real Estate Advisors
Seth Bloomfield, Nelson Mullins
Sam Brancucci, DBRS
Nick Capasso, HQ Capital Real Estate
Jenn Carey, DBRS
Lili Chen, Bank of America
Jingjing Cheng, Colliers International
Zi Chong, EverWest Real Estate Partners
Jade-Lin Chue, Freddie Mac
Raquel Clarke, Credit Suisse
Tim Corcoran, Wells Fargo 
Matthew Dalton, Morgan Stanley
Daniel Dembek, J.P. Morgan
Matthew Doneth, J.P. Morgan
Tessa Fall, Freddie Mac
Mike Fedorochko, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC
Nicholas Fenichell, Fannie Mae
Jeff Filer, Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Servicing
Nick Glennon, Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School
Jacob Gluck, Juniper Capital Group
Thomas Gollenberg, Situs
Justin Gonzales, Guggenheim Partners 
James Gorman, Ladder Capital
Nicholas Greenberg, Varde Partners
Kevin Gregory, Spring 11
Maria Hamdouchi, Morgan Stanley
Ian Hawk, Yeshiva University / Mission Capital Advisors
Melinda Hayton, Wells Fargo
Sarah Helwig, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
Ryan Hill, Fannie Mae
Uyen Hill, Freddie Mac 
Zoe Hirsch, Freddie Mac
Adam Holt, Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance LLC 
Eric Hood, Freddie Mac
Chelsey Horan, Wells Fargo
Andrew Horn, Hanover Street Capital
Greg Horowitz, Jones Lang LaSalle
Lilly Hu, TPG
Eva Huang, Urban View Development Group
Kai Huang, Wells Fargo
Michael Ianno, Freddie Mac 
Chase Jackson, Aegon Asset Management
Veretta Jacobs, CWCapital Asset Management
Marissa John, Alston and Bird LLP
Emily Jones, Starwood Property Trust
Anu Joseph, Barclays
Victoria Kaplan, Dechert LLP
Rattan Kaur, Moody's Investors Service
Shirin Khorrami, Hunt Mortgage Group
Esther Kim, Townhouse Partners
Seung Kim, Talmage LLC
Chris Kohn, Greenfield Partners
Dylan Kyriakakis, Henley Investments
Brian Lauscher, Ernst & Young 
Su Lee, Laurus Corporation
Taeho Lee, Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Tobias Levin Steimberg, Fitch Ratings
Zach Levine, Morgan Stanley
Kimberly Lewis, JLL
Hui Li, Freddie Mac
Sheng Li, AIG
Tina Li, Wells Fargo
Yuxie Li, Deutsche Bank
Peter Lillestolen, Freddie Mac
Cynthia Liu, AIG
Angel Lopez, Starwood Property Trust
Katie Lumsden, Fannie Mae
Anna Mackey, Wells Fargo 
Alexis Mann, Alston & Bird LLP
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
Patrick Muto, Red Stone Partners
Anya Nabiev, Natixis
Caesar Nguyen, Common
Mark Nitka, Fitch Ratings
Milad Nourmohammadi, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC
David Ohana, Haves Pine and Seligman
Chris Osborn, Freddie Mac
Michael Oster, Morgan Stanley
Stefan Owens, Lighthouse Advisory Services
Kristian Parapanov, Citigroup
Milan Patel, Starwood Property Trust
Ada Peng, LT Global Investment
Julia Powell, Credit Suisse
Blaine Prober, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Min Qian, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC 
David Rabban, CCRE
Charles Rademacher, Arbor Realty Trust
Joseph Raia, Situs
Austin Ross, Starwood Property Trust
Elia Santos, CWCapital
Zach Savage, Situs
Ramin Savar, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Austin Schellphfeffer, Student at UNC Chapel Hill  
Zach Schreffler, Morningstar
Colin Serling, Prodigy Network
Stan Shelest, Colony NorthStar
Claire Shen, Natixis
Chong Sin, J.P. Morgan
Justin Sperling, Related Real Estate Debt Strategies
Langston Su
Amy Szeto, NAI Hunneman
Mo Tavakoli, Winston & Strawn
Matt Tortorello, Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Jake Verner, Freddie Mac
Suneel Viralam, Related Companies
Patrick Wallace, Freddie Mac - Multifamily
Shuo Wang, Baruch College
Jared Wisen, Townhouse Partners
Josh Wolfgang, Park Bridge Financial 
Cheng-Ying Yang, Freddie Mac
Justin Yang, NYL
Claire Yi, Greystone & Co
Bo Yuan, Metlife 
Hui Zhang, Freddie Mac


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