2020 Newsletters

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REAG QUARTERLY
NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the next installment of the REAG Newsletter. While the past few months have
posed challenges on many fronts, we are pleased to continue to stay active by hosting
engaging conversations with Bill Witte, Tom Barrack, Eric Sussman, Victor Coleman and
many others. We have events in the coming weeks that include conversations with Thomas
McCarthy (Co-Founder and Co-President of McCarthy & Cook Co.) on 7/21 and Stewart
Resnick (Founder and Chairman of The Wonderful Company) in August.
During these challenging times, fellow Bruins continued to have successes including new
jobs, promotions, closed deals, expanded families, and a feature in LABJ’s “20 in their
20s”. Please scroll down for all the details.
As always, if you have news to share about yourself or a fellow Bruin, please contact us and
let us know.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2020!
REAG would like to congratulate the class of 2020 and welcome our new members!
Shah Ahmed, BA ’20
Melvin Ardijanto, MBA ’20
Taylor Bazley, MBA ’20
DaJuan Bennet, MBA ’20
Jamie Blake, MBA ’20
Molly Caccamo, MBA ’20
James Campbell, MBA ’20
Anudari Chinzorig, BA ’20
Brian Crider, MBA ’20
Matheiu Elias, BA ’20
Kevin Fernandes, MBA ’20
Mary Claire Flanagan, MBA ’20
Michael Gianesello, BA ’20
Brendan Healy, BA ’20
Donald Hsueh, MBA ’20
Natalie Hunter, MBA ’20
Josh Khalili, BA ’20
Vanessa King, JD ’20
Fumiaki Kobayashi, MBA ’20
David Leibman, BA ’20
Blair Liu, MBA ’20
Andy Malec, MBA ’20
Michelle Meepos, MBA ’20
Elle Miraglia, BA ’20
Austen Mount , MBA ’20
Jessica Murphy, MBA ’20
Niko Natsis, MBA ’20
Ermias Nessibu, MBA ’20
Alex Pineda, BA ’20
Chris Preston, MBA ’20
Evan Quinn, MBA ’20
David Rosen, MBA ’20
Austin Saunders, BA ’20
Danielle Schlegel, MBA ’20
Alice Schweiger, BA ’20
Anne Sewall, MBA ’20
Jennifer So, MBA ’20
Gautam Sood, MBA ’20
Robby Walls, MBA ’20
Ting Wu, MBA ’20
Bradley Zundel, MBA ’20
BRUIN SPOTLIGHT
Alexandra Caniglia
Alexandra Caniglia recently joined Walker & Dunlop’s growing investment sales team where
she will be responsible for originating and executing on multifamily property sales in Southern
California. Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, she was part of JLL’s Capital Markets group and
was previously with HFF for several years until the firm was acquired by JLL in 2019. Over the
course of her career, she has executed on more than $1.2B billion worth of multifamily
transactions for both institutional and private capital clients. Read more here.
DONE DEAL!
On March 14th, Daniel Gutierrez and Fern St. Partners closed on the purchase of the 4
Seasons Inn, a 10-suite riverfront boutique hotel in Estes Park, CO located five minutes from
Rocky Mountain National Park. Although the timing of the purchase was less than ideal, the
hotel, has been one of the top rated boutique hotels in the area. At the end of March, the
governor of Colorado closed all hotels and short terms rentals in response to COVID 19.
Faced with a catastrophic start, Fern St. Partners converted a quarter of the suites to
monthly rentals to generate cash flow while the remainder of the property was being
renovated and upgraded. As of June 1st, the hotel was allowed to reopen and is now fully
booked through July with record-high demand and nightly room rates.
IN THE NEWS
Daylight Community Development
Daylight Community Development – founded by Aaron Sassounian, Sonya Falcone, and
Greg Comanor (UCLA Anderson ’19) – is developing 200+ affordable and supportive housing
units across Los Angeles. These projects – located across the City in in Koreatown, Watts,
North Hollywood, and Van Nuys – couple public financing with modular construction to build
units faster and cheaper. Daylight will begin construction in July 2020 on their Watts Works
project, and is in various stages of pre-development on their other developments. The three
of them were recently honored in LABJ’s 20 in their 20’s. Read more here.
BRUIN REAL ESTATE CASE COMPETTION
In May, we held the 5th annual Bruin Real Estate Association case competition. Performed
virtually, four fantastic teams participated. Each team was comprised of four or five UCLA
undergraduate students with various graduating years, backgrounds, and experience. The
students were tasked with analyzing and assessing a hypothetical multifamily property and
investment thesis. UCLA REAG Board Members along with one graduating Anderson student
served as judges. After much deliberation, Team RSVS was selected as the winner. Its
members were: Gabriel Ramirez ’20, Kayvon Saleh ’22, Sherry Shin ’21, and Rya Valte ’22.
Watch all of the presentations here.
BRUIN NOTES
Clarissa Chiang (MBA ’17 – Cumming Corp.) was promoted from Director of Business
Development to Director of Growth Strategy and is now responsible for supporting the
company’s overall growth initiatives.
Cole Guerin (BA ’14 – CBRE) closed a multifamily refinance loan in May with Neil Doshi (MBA
’15 – Banyan Equities).
Saba Moreh, (MBA ’18 – Decron Properties) and his wife, Dana Moreh, welcomed their
daughter, Lily Moreh, to their family on 4/27.
Beth Brody, (MBA ’14 – BW Brody Affiliated) and her husband, Jared Herman (MBA ’14 – BW
Brody Affiliated), welcome their son, Colin Brody Herman, to the family on 6/7.
Alex Valente, (MBA ’13 – Trammell Crow) proposed to his fiancé, Rebecca Alana, on 6/1.
Patrick Devitt (MBA ’15 – Regent Properties) and his wife, Taryn Jang (MBA ’13) welcomed
their daughter, Keira Quan Devitt, to their family on 6/24.
David Pratt (MBA ’15 – Tamarack Capital) and his wife, Karla Pratt, welcomed their son,
Charlie Pratt, to their family on 6/24.
JOBS
These bruins are hiring! If you are looking to make a change in 2020, check out our REAG only job
portal here!
8minute Solar Energy
Land Acquistion Associate
EGC Luxury Homes
Controller
Entrada Partners
Senior Associate/Assistant VP of Acquisitions
George Smith Partners
Real Estate Investment Banking Analyst
Mandri Capital, Inc.
Debt & Equity Originator
MetLife Real Estate
Senior Analyst
Walker and Dunlop
Analyst – Investment Sales
Assistant – Investment Sales
Graphic Designer
UPCOMING EVENTS
07/21/22 – A Conversation with Thomas McCarthy, Co-President of McCarthy & Cook Co.
TBD – A Conversation with Stewart Resnick, Chairman of The Wonderful Company
Catch up on our past events here!
REAG SPONSORS
(310) 206-9424
zimancenter.ucla.edu
110 Westwood Plaza, B100, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
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REAG QUARTERLY
NEWSLETTER

As 2020 comes to a close, the REAG Board wishes you all the best for the holiday season and the end of what has been a tumultuous year for everyone. While we all faced many challenges, we were pleased to be able to continue to provide a consistent platform for Bruins to connect and help one another through a variety of virtual speaker series and online networking opportunities. Even in these difficult times, we have seen Bruins earn promotions, find new job opportunities, continue to do business, and further their own personal growth with the help of this community. We hope 2021 offers us more ways to connect and reintroduce in person events, but in the meantime, the REAG Board and community at large are here to support all of its members. Thank you for your continued support and have a safe and Happy New Year!

NEW!
REAG MEMBER FORUM

UCLA REAG is pleased to be launching a REAG Members Forum, a monthly discussion and networking group designed to foster deeper connections among our membership and provide an opportunity to learn from one another.
Look out for an email in the next few days!

HOSPITALITY ROUNDTABLE

Catch up on the latest Hospitality Roundtable from November. Follow up on what our members’ were experiencing from the industry from the industry before the holidays and what their expectations are for the future.

BRUIN NOTES

Susan Saelee (UCLA ’08 – Tides Equities) closed 6 acquisitions, 1 refinance, and 1 disposition in Phoenix with Brien Kelley (UCLA ’96 – Sklar Kirsh) as counsel.
Neil Doshi (MBA ’15 – Banyan Equities) closed 1 acquisition of 46 multifamily units in Oregon with Brien Kelly (UCLA ’96 – Sklar Kirsh) as counsel.
Gyasi Edmondson (UCLA ’11 – CBRE) closed 5 loans in Phoenix with Susan Saelee (UCLA ’08 – Tides Equities) and 1 loan in Las Vegas with Tammi Warner (UCLA – TruAmerica).
Alexandra Canigilia (UCLA ’15 – Walker & Dunlop) closed a 15 unit retail transaction in Los Angeles with Tori Robinson (UCLA ’85 – First American) providing title insurance.
Regent successfully executed a sale / recapitalization of a 10-year NNN single-tenant (Samsung) net-leased office asset in Plano, Texas. Patrick Devitt (UCLA Anderson ‘15 – Regent) worked on the deal with two UCLA alum from Gibson Dunn as counsel, Mehdi Eddebbarh (UCLA ‘07) and Ryan Wiseman (UCLA ‘13).
Steve Fried (UCLA Anderson ’05) and Danielle Duenas (UCLA Anderson’16), both at Mesa West Capital, worked together to originate a $135M construction loan for an industrial development project in North Las Vegas. Read more.
Matt Turk (UCLA Anderson ’17 – Holland Partner Group) and his wife welcomed twin daugters, Tansy and Nora on December 14.
Have news to share? Send your professional and persional updates with us!
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PAST EVENTS

Tom McCarthy
McCarthy & Cook
Stewart Resnick
The Wonderful Company
Jeffrey Prang
LA County Assessor
Stanley Iezman
American Realty Advisors
https://youtu.be/nlCam2HmF_g
Peter Linneman
Linneman Associates
Senator Scott Wiener
Senate District 11, CA
Catch up on our past events here!

REAG SPONSORS

UCLA Anderson School of Management
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REAG QUARTERLY
NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the next installment of the REAG Newsletter. The last few months have proven the UCLA Real Estate community is resilient despite the challenges of virtual communication and connection. Since our last newsletter, we have held virtual discussions with industry leaders including Stewart Resnick, Thomas McCarthy, and Victor Coleman, hosted a hospitality roundtable, and have seen Bruins continue to make strides, including new jobs and promotions.

We look forward to continuing to connect with our fellow Bruins so as always, please contact us and let us know if you have news to share about yourself or a fellow Bruin!

BRUIN SPOTLIGHT

Rachael Lewis
Rachael Lewis, UCLA BA ‘12 and REAG board member recently joined JLL’s debt and equity placement team as a Director in its Los Angeles office. Rachael has extensive experience sourcing funds from the debt and equity markets, with a historical focus on structured finance. She joins JLL from George Smith Partners, where she was a Vice President responsible for arranging more than $2 billion worth of total project capitalizations. Prior to that, Rachael worked for a buyside advisory firm focused on net-leased properties, where she served as an Acquisitions Advisor, advising clients on more than $400 million of commercial acquisitions, namely in the retail and industrial sectors. Read more here.

HOSPITALITY ROUNDTABLE

In late-August, a group of members held a roundtable for hospitality industry professionals to discuss the state of the market, near-term outlook, and strategies for managing through the coming turbulence. The candid conversation was at times painful, but bright spots on the horizon were discussed, including adaptive reuse and transactions closing amidst never before seen market conditions. Read more here.

COMING SOON

Llewllyn
Llewllyn is a soon to be delivered 318-unit apartment development in Chinatown, led by Alex Valente (MBA ‘13) of Trammell Crow Company. The project has incorporated hospital-grade air filtration systems in the building lobby in a nod to pandemic era design thinking. More information on the project and its forward thinking design can be found here.

IN THE NEWS

Mesa West’s Danielle Duenas on Lending
Through Her First Market Downturn
For many young professionals, the COVID-19 crisis represents their first market downturn, as well as a screeching halt to an elongated bull run. Seemingly overnight, there was a palpable shift from a hyper-competitive debt market to an uncharted territory, where only the most intrepid of financiers dared to tread.
As one of the original debt funds, Mesa West Capital has already lived through the global financial crisis, transacting successfully and coming out the other side. As such, Danielle Duenas is glad to have the experience and guidance of its principals, Jeff Friedman and Mark Zytko, as a compass during this unprecedented time. Continue reading here.

BOARD APPLICATIONS

REAG Board Kickoff meeting held in January 2020
Interested in planning and organizing REAG events?

Want to help shape the future of the REAG?

Join our REAG Board!

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POKER TOURNAMENT

On Thursday August 20th, the Endowment Circle hosted its annual Poker Tournament. Unlike previous years where participants gathered and snacked on Bay Cities sandwiches, this was a virtual tournament where they played from home using a web app and imbibed on High West Whiskey courtesy of the Endowment Circle. Austin Richter bluffed his way to the top prize and he was followed by Ronnie Gul and Alex Valente.

BRUIN NOTES

Natalie Greenberg (MBA ‘10) joined MJW Investments as Chief Operating Officer
Rachael Lewis (BA ‘12) joined JLL Capital Markets as a Director
Mark Davidson (BA ‘94) joined MetLife Investment Management’s Loan Asset Management group
Katie Cettie Steinberg (MBA ‘18, MURP ‘18) was promoted to Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations at AECOM Hunt
Elinor Eizdi (BA ’08, MBA/JD ‘12) welcomed a baby girl to their family in October
Have news to share? Send your professional and persional updates with us!
Email Peter Saephanh

PAST EVENTS

Victor Coleman
Hudson Pacific Properties
Tom McCarthy
McCarthy & Cook
Stewart Resnick
The Wonderful Company
Jeffrey Prang
LA County Assessor
Stanley Iezman
American Realty Advisors
Catch up on our past events here!

UPCOMING EVENTS

REAG SPONSORS

UCLA Anderson School of Management
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REAG QUARTERLY
NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the next installment of the REAG Newsletter. While the past few months have posed challenges on many fronts, we are pleased to continue to stay active by hosting engaging conversations with Bill Witte, Tom Barrack, Eric Sussman, Victor Coleman and many others. We have events in the coming weeks that include conversations with Thomas McCarthy (Co-Founder and Co-President of McCarthy & Cook Co.) on 7/21 and Stewart Resnick (Founder and Chairman of The Wonderful Company) in August.
During these challenging times, fellow Bruins continued to have successes including new jobs, promotions, closed deals, expanded families, and a feature in LABJ’s “20 in their 20s”. Please scroll down for all the details.
As always, if you have news to share about yourself or a fellow Bruin, please contact us and let us know.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2020!

REAG would like to congratulate the class of 2020 and welcome our new members!
Shah Ahmed, BA ’20
Melvin Ardijanto, MBA ’20
Taylor Bazley, MBA ’20
DaJuan Bennet, MBA ’20
Jamie Blake, MBA ’20

Molly Caccamo, MBA ’20
James Campbell, MBA ’20

Anudari Chinzorig, BA ’20
Brian Crider, MBA ’20
Matheiu Elias, BA ’20
Kevin Fernandes, MBA ’20
Mary Claire Flanagan, MBA ’20
Michael Gianesello, BA ’20
Brendan Healy, BA ’20
Donald Hsueh, MBA ’20
Natalie Hunter, MBA ’20
Josh Khalili, BA ’20
Vanessa King, JD ’20
Fumiaki Kobayashi, MBA ’20
David Leibman, BA ’20
Blair Liu, MBA ’20
Andy Malec, MBA ’20
Michelle Meepos, MBA ’20
Elle Miraglia, BA ’20
Austen Mount
, MBA ’20
Jessica Murphy, MBA ’20

Niko Natsis, MBA ’20
Ermias Nessibu, MBA ’20

Alex Pineda, BA ’20
Chris Preston, MBA ’20
Evan Quinn, MBA ’20
David Rosen, MBA ’20
Austin Saunders, BA ’20
Danielle Schlegel, MBA ’20
Alice Schweiger, BA ’20
Anne Sewall, MBA ’20
Jennifer So
, MBA ’20
Gautam Sood, MBA ’20
Robby Walls, MBA ’20

Ting Wu, MBA ’20

Bradley Zundel, MBA ’20

BRUIN SPOTLIGHT

Alexandra Caniglia
Alexandra Caniglia recently joined Walker & Dunlop’s growing investment sales team where she will be responsible for originating and executing on multifamily property sales in Southern California. Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, she was part of JLL’s Capital Markets group and was previously with HFF for several years until the firm was acquired by JLL in 2019. Over the course of her career, she has executed on more than $1.2B billion worth of multifamily transactions for both institutional and private capital clients. Read more here.

DONE DEAL!

On March 14th, Daniel Gutierrez and Fern St. Partners closed on the purchase of the 4 Seasons Inn, a 10-suite riverfront boutique hotel in Estes Park, CO located five minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. Although the timing of the purchase was less than ideal, the hotel, has been one of the top rated boutique hotels in the area. At the end of March, the governor of Colorado closed all hotels and short terms rentals in response to COVID 19. Faced with a catastrophic start, Fern St. Partners converted a quarter of the suites to monthly rentals to generate cash flow while the remainder of the property was being renovated and upgraded. As of June 1st, the hotel was allowed to reopen and is now fully booked through July with record-high demand and nightly room rates.

IN THE NEWS

Daylight Community Development

Daylight Community Development – founded by Aaron Sassounian, Sonya Falcone, and Greg Comanor (UCLA Anderson ’19) – is developing 200+ affordable and supportive housing units across Los Angeles. These projects – located across the City in in Koreatown, Watts, North Hollywood, and Van Nuys – couple public financing with modular construction to build units faster and cheaper. Daylight will begin construction in July 2020 on their Watts Works project, and is in various stages of pre-development on their other developments. The three of them were recently honored in LABJ’s 20 in their 20’s. Read more here.

BRUIN REAL ESTATE CASE COMPETTION

In May, we held the 5th annual Bruin Real Estate Association case competition. Performed virtually, four fantastic teams participated. Each team was comprised of four or five UCLA undergraduate students with various graduating years, backgrounds, and experience. The students were tasked with analyzing and assessing a hypothetical multifamily property and investment thesis. UCLA REAG Board Members along with one graduating Anderson student served as judges. After much deliberation, Team RSVS was selected as the winner. Its members were: Gabriel Ramirez ’20, Kayvon Saleh ’22, Sherry Shin ’21, and Rya Valte ’22.
Watch all of the presentations here.

BRUIN NOTES

Clarissa Chiang (MBA ’17 – Cumming Corp.) was promoted from Director of Business Development to Director of Growth Strategy and is now responsible for supporting the company’s overall growth initiatives.
Cole Guerin (BA ’14 – CBRE) closed a multifamily refinance loan in May with Neil Doshi (MBA ’15 – Banyan Equities).
Saba Moreh, (MBA ’18 – Decron Properties) and his wife, Dana Moreh, welcomed their daughter, Lily Moreh, to their family on 4/27.
Beth Brody, (MBA ’14 – BW Brody Affiliated) and her husband, Jared Herman (MBA ’14 – BW Brody Affiliated), welcome their son, Colin Brody Herman, to the family on 6/7.
Alex Valente, (MBA ’13 – Trammell Crow) proposed to his fiancé, Rebecca Alana, on 6/1.
Patrick Devitt (MBA ’15 – Regent Properties) and his wife, Taryn Jang (MBA ’13) welcomed their daughter, Keira Quan Devitt, to their family on 6/24.
David Pratt (MBA ’15 – Tamarack Capital) and his wife, Karla Pratt, welcomed their son, Charlie Pratt, to their family on 6/24.

JOBS

These bruins are hiring! If you are looking to make a change in 2020, check out our REAG only job portal here!
8minute Solar Energy
Land Acquistion Associate
EGC Luxury Homes
Controller
Entrada Partners
Senior Associate/Assistant VP of Acquisitions

George Smith Partners
Real Estate Investment Banking Analyst
Mandri Capital, Inc.
Debt & Equity Originator
MetLife Real Estate
Senior Analyst

Walker and Dunlop
Analyst – Investment Sales
Assistant – Investment Sales
Graphic Designer

UPCOMING EVENTS

TBD – A Conversation with Stewart Resnick, Chairman of The Wonderful Company
Catch up on our past events here!

REAG SPONSORS

UCLA Anderson School of Management
Subscribe to our email list.

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