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The CRE Finance Council Announces New Chairs for Industry Forums

June 11, 2024

New Chairs and Chair-Elects Introduced at Annual June Conference


NEW YORK, June 11, 2024 –
The CRE Finance Council (CREFC) announced today new Chairs for the 2024-2025 industry Forums. The new Forum leadership was introduced at CREFC’s Annual June Conference in New York City.

CREFC’s Forums represent specific market constituencies that drive the U.S. commercial real estate finance industry. Forums include:

  • Alternative Lenders and High Yield Investors
  • B-Piece Investors
  • GSE/Multifamily Lenders
  • Investment-Grade Bondholders
  • Issuers
  • Portfolio Lenders
  • Servicers

Each of these Forums interacts and addresses issues critical to their business sector and works to achieve solutions that serve a common purpose. CREFC’s Forums manage disparate and converging market views, advocate a consensus of positions to policymakers and lawmakers, educate members, develop market best practices and standards, and work toward the betterment of the entire commercial real estate finance market.

The Incoming slate of Forum leaders includes:

Alternative Lenders & High Yield Investors. CREFC welcomes Rachel Hunter-Goldman (KKR) as Chair-Elect, Samantha Rotchford (MSD) as Chair, and Samir Tejpaul (Square Mile Capital Investments) as Past Chair.

B-Piece Investors: CREFC welcomes Frank Yin (KKR) as Chair-Elect, Peter Lindner (Rialto) as Chair, and Jason Nick (LNR) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Lyndsay Stephenson (Prime Finance Partners) served as Past Chair.

GSE/Multifamily Lenders: CREFC welcomes David Haynes (CBRE) as Chair-Elect, Ahmed Hasan (Capital One) as Chair, and Kate Whalen (BMO) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, the Past Chair was Emily Schultz (Berkadia Commercial Mortgage). Alonzo White (Fannie Mae) and Jason Griest (Freddie Mac) serve as government-sponsored enterprise representatives.

Investment-Grade Bondholders: CREFC welcomes Adam Smith (DWS) as Chair-Elect, Rajesh Bansal (Quiq Capital) as Chair, and Richard Razza (Webster Bank) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Jane Rivers (T. Rowe Price) served as Past Chair.

Issuers: CREFC welcomes Shaishav Agarwal (Deutsche Bank) as Chair-Elect, Brigid Mattingly (Wells Fargo) as Chair, and Jane Lam (Morgan Stanley) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, David Schell (BMO Capital Markets) served as Past Chair.

Portfolio Lenders – Banks: CREFC welcomes Kristin Khanna (Barclays) as Chair-Elect, Rob Grudzinski (U.S. Bank) as Chair, and Scott Dixon (Truist) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Jonathan Salzinger (Bank of America) served as Past Chair.

Portfolio Lenders – Insurance Company: CREFC welcomes Melissa Farrell (PGIM) as Chair-Elect, Kevin Pivnick (Blackstone) as Chair, and Chris Miculis (Nuveen) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Stefanie Stewart (Voya Investment Management) served as Past Chair.

Servicers – Servicing Administration: CREFC welcomes Dana Jo Martino (Berkadia) as Chair-Elect, Adam Fox (Fitch Ratings) as Chair, and Leslie Hayton (Wells Fargo) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Stacy Ackermann (K&L Gates) served as Past Chair.

Servicers – Special Situations: CREFC welcomes Alex Killick (CWCapital) as Chair-Elect, Pam Dent (Freddie Mac) as Chair, and Tony Yousif (SVN) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Andrea Helm (Midland Loan Services) served as Past Chair.


“We want to welcome the new members of our CREFC industry Forums and thank existing and past Forum members for their dedication and excellent work,” said Lisa Pendergast, Executive Director of CREFC.


“For 30 years, CREFC has served as the voice of the now $6 trillion commercial real estate finance industry and CREFC’s industry Forums continue to play a key role in ensuring all industry voices are heard and respected. CREFC’s Forums serve a vital industry function, as they represent key components of the CRE finance markets. A core function of Forum leaders is to work toward consensus among their constituents and then advocate those positions to other market segments and to policy and lawmakers. Forum leaders are also charged with assisting the development of industry best practices and implementing new initiatives critical to their business sectors. I and the entire CREFC community are grateful for our Forum leaders and their contributions and dedication to CRE finance.” 

Contact:

Aleksandrs Rozens

arozens@crefc.org

646-884-7567

Contact 

Aleksandrs Rozens
Senior Director, Communications

The information provided herein is general in nature and for educational purposes only. CRE Finance Council makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, validity, usefulness, or suitability of the information provided. The information should not be relied upon or interpreted as legal, financial, tax, accounting, investment, commercial or other advice, and CRE Finance Council disclaims all liability for any such reliance. © 2023 CRE Finance Council. All rights reserved.
The CRE Finance Council Announces New Chairs for Industry Forums
June 11, 2024
The CRE Finance Council (CREFC) announced today new Chairs for the 2024-2025 industry Forums.

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Erin Stafford Awarded CREFC’s Woman of Distinction Award and Brian Olasov Receives Founders Award

June 11, 2024

Award Winners Announced at CREFC’s Annual June Conference

NEW YORK, June 11, 2024 – The CRE Finance Council (CREFC) announced today that Erin Stafford is this year’s recipient of its Woman of Distinction Award and Brian Olasov is the recipient of its 2024 Founders Award. CREFC made the announcements at its Annual Conference in New York City.



CREFC’s Woman of Distinction Award: The Woman of Distinction Award recognizes women professionals in commercial real estate (CRE) finance who, through their engagement in CREFC and the CRE finance industry broadly, demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, and advocate for a more inclusive industry. Ms. Stafford is a Managing Director and head of North American commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) ratings activity at Morningstar DBRS.

A CREFC member since 2000, Ms. Stafford has over 20 years of experience in the CRE finance industry. Prior to joining Morningstar DBRS where she co-founded its CMBS team and helped build its market presence, Ms. Stafford focused on monitoring ratings of existing CMBS transactions at Fitch Ratings. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Women’s Network and is active in the Mentorship Program. Ms. Stafford has also served as Chair of the Servicers Forum and as a co-Chair of the Post Securitization committee, where she supported enhancements to CREFC’s Investor Reporting Package™.

“I am honored to have received this award and feel very privileged to be considered in the ranks of talented women professionals recognized by CREFC in previous years. It has truly been a gift for me to participate in CREFC’s Women’s Network as it has so much to offer in terms of mentoring, networking, and professional development for women in our industry,” said Ms. Stafford.

“Erin has demonstrated a deep and long-term commitment to CREFC’s membership and the greater CRE finance industry,” said Lisa Pendergast, Executive Director, CREFC. “For over two decades, she has supported CREFC and its members, sharing her knowledge and valued perspective at numerous CREFC events while mentoring the next generation of CRE finance professionals. We are thankful for her work on our Investor Reporting Package™ and salute her for her efforts to lift the next generation of women leaders.”

To read about previous winners click here.



CREFC’s Founders Award: CREFC’s Founders Award is bestowed on an industry professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and offered significant contributions to the betterment of CREFC and the commercial real estate finance industry. Established in 2006, recipients of this award have engaged in innovative and creative business practices and industry activities that have successfully enhanced the CRE market and improved debt liquidity to a key component of the U.S. economy.

As Executive Director - Financial Services Consulting at Carlton Fields, Brian Olasov’s career in commercial real estate finance spans over three decades. He is sought out by the industry for his deep knowledge of commercial real estate finance topics such as valuation issues, commercial mortgage loan servicing, and banking and lending regulations. Mr. Olasov has served as Chair of CREFC’s National Policy Committee, co-Chair of the International Committee, Chair of the Risk Retention Task Force, and was a Member of the Audit Committee and a founding member of CREFC’s European chapter. He has served on the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee for multiple terms and has been a member of CREFC since its inception in 1994.

“CREFC stands out among trade associations in terms of effort-in translating into results-out. The impact of CREFC on the overall commercial real estate finance industry has been profound and beneficial,” said Mr. Olasov. “Remembering the contributions of past Founders Award recipients and then receiving this recognition humbles me. I want to thank my lifelong friends in the industry and the CREFC board for naming me this year’s recipient.”

“We want to thank Brian for his dedication to CREFC and our industry. For some three decades Brian has helped market participants understand some of the most complex aspects of the commercial real estate finance market,” said Ms. Pendergast. “CREFC, and the greater CRE finance community, continue to benefit from Brian’s extensive knowledge of the market and his ongoing education of young commercial real estate professionals.”

Mr. Olasov has lectured at the graduate real estate and business programs of Georgia State University, Emory University School of Law, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Ohio State University, NYU Stern School of Business, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, where he focuses on real estate finance and capital markets. CREFC frequently calls on Mr. Olasov to teach various educational programs. He has edited and co-authored chapters in the CMBS E-Primer published by CREFC, the Westlaw text Mortgage and Asset-Backed Securities Litigation Handbook, and contributed to UCLA Law School’s Real Estate Finance Update for 2024.

Contact  

Aleksandrs Rozens
Senior Director, Communications
The information provided herein is general in nature and for educational purposes only. CRE Finance Council makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, validity, usefulness, or suitability of the information provided. The information should not be relied upon or interpreted as legal, financial, tax, accounting, investment, commercial or other advice, and CRE Finance Council disclaims all liability for any such reliance. © 2024 CRE Finance Council. All rights reserved.
Erin Stafford Awarded CREFC’s Woman of Distinction Award and Brian Olasov Receives Founders Award
June 11, 2024
The CRE Finance Council (CREFC) announced today that Erin Stafford is this year’s recipient of its Woman of Distinction Award and Brian Olasov is the recipient of its 2024 Founders Award. CREFC made the announcements at its Annual Conference in New Y

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The CRE Finance Council Announces New Chairs for Industry Forums

June 11, 2024

New Chairs and Chair-Elects Introduced at Annual June Conference

The CRE Finance Council (CREFC) announced today new Chairs for the 2024-2025 industry Forums. The new Forum leadership was introduced at CREFC’s Annual June Conference in New York City.

CREFC’s Forums represent specific market constituencies that drive the U.S. commercial real estate finance industry. Forums include:

  • Alternative Lenders and High Yield Investors
  • B-Piece Investors
  • GSE/Multifamily Lenders
  • Investment-Grade Bondholders
  • Issuers
  • Portfolio Lenders
  • Servicers


Each of these Forums interacts and addresses issues critical to their business sector and works to achieve solutions that serve a common purpose. CREFC’s Forums manage disparate and converging market views, advocate a consensus of positions to policymakers and lawmakers, educate members, develop market best practices and standards, and work toward the betterment of the entire commercial real estate finance market.

The Incoming slate of Forum leaders includes:

Alternative Lenders & High Yield Investors: CREFC welcomes Rachel Hunter-Goldman (KKR) as Chair-Elect, Samantha Rotchford (MSD) as Chair, and Samir Tejpaul (Square Mile Capital Investments) as Past Chair.

B-Piece Investors: CREFC welcomes Frank Yin (KKR) as Chair-Elect, Peter Lindner (Rialto) as Chair, and Jason Nick (LNR) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Lyndsay Stephenson (Prime Finance Partners) served as Past Chair.

GSE/Multifamily Lenders: CREFC welcomes David Haynes (CBRE) as Chair-Elect, Ahmed Hasan (Capital One) as Chair, and Kate Whalen (BMO) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, the Past Chair was Emily Schultz (Berkadia Commercial Mortgage). Alonzo White (Fannie Mae) and Jason Griest (Freddie Mac) serve as government-sponsored enterprise representatives.

Investment-Grade Bondholders: CREFC welcomes Adam Smith (DWS) as Chair-Elect, Rajesh Bansal (Quiq Capital) as Chair, and Richard Razza (Webster Bank) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Jane Rivers (T. Rowe Price) served as Past Chair.

Issuers: CREFC welcomes Shaishav Agarwal (Deutsche Bank) as Chair-Elect, Brigid Mattingly (Wells Fargo) as Chair, and Jane Lam (Morgan Stanley) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, David Schell (BMO Capital Markets) served as Past Chair.

Portfolio Lenders – Banks: CREFC welcomes Kristin Khanna (Barclays) as Chair-Elect, Rob Grudzinski (U.S. Bank) as Chair, and Scott Dixon (Truist) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Jonathan Salzinger (Bank of America) served as Past Chair.

Portfolio Lenders – Insurance Company: CREFC welcomes Melissa Farrell (PGIM) as Chair-Elect, Kevin Pivnick (Blackstone) as Chair, and Chris Miculis (Nuveen) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Stefanie Stewart (Voya Investment Management) served as Past Chair.

Servicers – Servicing Administration: CREFC welcomes Dana Jo Martino (Berkadia) as Chair-Elect, Adam Fox (Fitch Ratings) as Chair, and Leslie Hayton (Wells Fargo) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Stacy Ackermann (K&L Gates) served as Past Chair.

Servicers – Special Situations: CREFC welcomes Alex Killick (CWCapital) as Chair-Elect, Pam Dent (Freddie Mac) as Chair, and Tony Yousif (SVN) as Past Chair. In 2023-2024, Andrea Helm (Midland Loan Services) served as Past Chair.


“We want to welcome the new members of our CREFC industry Forums and thank existing and past Forum members for their dedication and excellent work,” said Lisa Pendergast, Executive Director of CREFC.

“For 30 years, CREFC has served as the voice of the now $6 trillion commercial real estate finance industry and CREFC’s industry Forums continue to play a key role in ensuring all industry voices are heard and respected. CREFC’s Forums serve a vital industry function, as they represent key components of the CRE finance markets. A core function of Forum leaders is to work toward consensus among their constituents and then advocate those positions to other market segments and to policy and lawmakers. Forum leaders are also charged with assisting the development of industry best practices and implementing new initiatives critical to their business sectors. I and the entire CREFC community are grateful for our Forum leaders and their contributions and dedication to CRE finance.”

 

Contact 

Aleksandrs Rozens
Senior Director, Communications

The information provided herein is general in nature and for educational purposes only. CRE Finance Council makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, validity, usefulness, or suitability of the information provided. The information should not be relied upon or interpreted as legal, financial, tax, accounting, investment, commercial or other advice, and CRE Finance Council disclaims all liability for any such reliance. © 2023 CRE Finance Council. All rights reserved.
The CRE Finance Council Announces New Chairs for Industry Forums
June 11, 2024
The CRE Finance Council (CREFC) announced today new Chairs for the 2024-2025 industry Forums. The new Forum leadership was introduced at CREFC’s Annual June Conference in New York City.

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