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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
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.
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.
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.
These bruins are hiring! If you are looking to make a change in 2020, check out our REAG only job
8minute Solar Energy
Land Acquistion Associate
EGC Luxury Homes
Senior Associate/Assistant VP of Acquisitions
George Smith Partners
Real Estate Investment Banking Analyst
Mandri Capital, Inc.
Debt & Equity Originator
MetLife Real Estate
Walker and Dunlop
Analyst – Investment Sales
Assistant – Investment Sales
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!
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