The following list represents the advisors who have joined Realcomm. The 2018 Advisory Council will aid in the quest for providing high-quality education on the most significant topics to ever impact the commercial and corporate real estate industry!
Advisory Council Co-Chairs
Jesse Carrillo is responsible for directing all corporate technology, strategy and standards for Hines worldwide. Jesse joined Hines in 1994 as a consultant to assist in the implementation of the firm's accounting and property management software. He took over the responsibility for Hines IT as CTO in 2007 and later promoted to CIO in 2009.
As Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Chandra Dhandapani is CBRE’s most-senior global technology leader, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s technology and digital enablement, including those serving clients and CBRE professionals. Prior to joining CBRE, she was a senior technology executive at Capital One Financial for 17 years.
Scott Zimmerman has been CenterPoint’s CIO for over 20 years and is responsible for directing the IT Department and aligning the IT strategy with the company's objectives. He is also responsible for CenterPoint’s corporate marketing activities as well as their business process initiatives. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Scott was with AT Kearney, as well as Furkon, Inc., and recently served as the Vice President of the Park Ridge School Board.
Advisory Council Members
As the VP of Information Technology at Legacy Partners Commercial, Bob Adams's career has come full circle back to the company that hired him for his very first job - as a summer intern on the building maintenance crew. Since that first job Bob spent over 12 years working at AMB (now Prologis) as the VP of IS and had a successful 7 year stint as an independent consultant working with CRE's large and small on BI, forecasting, DR, and other strategic initiatives.
Stuart Appley is the Technology Solutions Leader for the West Division of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions Group, where he is responsible for providing executive technology oversight, innovation and consulting to current and potential clients across the region. He was previously the Chief Information & Technology Officer at Shorenstein Realty Services, where he led the transformation of the company’s technology environment into an innovative organization, championing and leading new digital engagement opportunities. Stuart is a frequent speaker on innovation and he serves on several advisory boards for emerging technology companies, industry organizations and VCs.
Currently, Keith Bereskin is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Building Operations at HCP, a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests primarily in real estate serving the United States healthcare industry. Keith previously gained IT experience with companies in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Semi-Conductor sectors.
Christopher Blackman serves as SVP and CIO responsible for the day to day technology direction and implementation for Empire State Realty Trust, a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world's most famous building.
Carl Brady is Stream Realty Partners' Chief Technology Officer, specializing in the company's computer network infrastructure planning, implementation and management. Carl joined Stream Realty in 1999 with 16 years experience in commercial property management and information technology. Since then, and also while serving as a Senior Property Manager, he has called upon his experience to implement numerous advances in technology for the firm during its growth. His unique experience in technology, property management and other aspects of the real estate industry, coupled with his education, enable him to provide an exceptional level of insight and vision toward Stream's technology needs for today and the future.
Mark Brown is the Head of Technology at Starwood Retail Partners. In this capacity, he is responsible for the establishment of a robust and reliable technology infrastructure to support the growth of the company. Additionally, he plays a key role in promoting corporate efficiency and effectiveness through the establishment and continuous improvement of business processes and procedures. Previously, Mark was CIO of GGP and executive roles at Urban Retail Properties and Simon Property Group and have substantial consulting experience in the commercial real estate industry.
Chris Bursch serves as VP, IT and is responsible for all areas of technology at CBL. He has more than 30 years of experience in IT leadership within the financial services and pharmaceutical industries.
Greg Carey joined Tishman Speyer in August 2017 to oversee the strategy and execution of the firm's Global Information Technology function. With 13 years of experience in technology, Greg has spent the last ten focused on technology for Real Estate and Investment Management companies.
Joe Chiappetta has been VP & CTO at Simon Property Group since joining the company in 2001. Joe has responsibility for the company's core business applications, Project Management Office and Project Execution, business intelligence solutions, and new value creation consistent with the company's business strategy. In his role, he has delivered on several large scale projects, driven new business processes, and implemented leading technologies such as Salesforce.com, Hyperion Financial Management, and Cognos tools. His group leads application architecture as well as the evaluation of new technologies for the business. Prior to joining Simon, Joe was a Certified Project Manager with IBM Corporation.
Aidan is a technology thought leader and ‘implementer' who focuses on how process, information and technology-enabled change can contribute directly to sustainable business growth. With over 20 years in IT, the last five in Property and Real Estate, Aidan brings with him great experience in people leadership, strategic planning, program delivery, operations and innovation across a range of other industries including Retail, Media, FMCG, Management Consulting, Insurance, Banking and Telco.
Robert Entin is currently EVP and CIO for Vornado Realty Trust, one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts. He continues to serve as Chairman and CTO for Integrated Business Systems (IBS), a well-known provider of real estate automation solutions, which he founded in 1979.
As the SVP, Technology, Rick Gehringer oversees provision and use of technology at Caruso Affiliated. Prior to joining the company, Gehringer led the Building Owners business unit at Trimble Navigation where he was responsible to supply commercial and government customers with technology automating components of the development, design, construction and operations building lifecycle. Customers served include the General Services Administration's Public Building Service, AT&T, CBRE, AECOM, Disney Imagineering and Real Estate, Simon and General Growth Properties. Previous positions include serving as CIO at the Brookings Institution and Westfield Group, a Sydney Australia-based global retail real estate developer and owner.
Susan Gerock currently serves as VP, Information Technology and CIO for Washington REIT, a publicly traded REIT based in Washington, DC. She has over 20 years' experience in various technology roles spanning manufacturing, consulting, application service provider, and commercial real estate organizations. Her specialties include ERP selection and implementation, project and change management, and cybersecurity. She is also a proponent of the use of social media and the overlapping relationship between technology and marketing.
Sandy Jacolow joined Silverstein Properties in 2011 as Chief Information Officer, a role in which he oversees the technology initiatives that support the company's financial, operations and development, including the World Trade Center, and Silver Suites activities. Sandy has been active in the real estate industry for nearly 35 years with a focus on the institutional advisory, property management and brokerage markets.
JP Jones is currently SVP, CIO of Macerich responsible for hiring, training, developing and leading a highly proficient and cross-sectional IT team. He was initially hired within the Westcor merger to implement, upgrade and manage the applications and technologies of a public REIT with 2,000 users across multiple locations in the US. With over 28 years' experience, JP is a collaborative senior IT executive leader, business partner and solution provider.
Art Mcann's primary goal is the development of Highwood's overall information technology strategy and aligning the company's technology investments with the overall business. A 20-year business technology veteran, Art was a technology consulting manager at McGladrey & Pullen before joining Highwoods in 2000, and prior to that, he was a network manager for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Art earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Elon University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Art is a board member on the Society for Information Management and President of the Oracle Real Estate User Group.
Robb Napolitano is the Senior IT Executive for Rose Associates and is responsibile for all oversight of Rose's information and technology platforms. As a member of Rose's Senior Leadership Team, he contributes to the firms' strategic direction by using Information and Technology to reduce cost, improve operational process efficiencies and maximize revenue. Robb has more than 18 years' experience in the application of information technology solutions across multiple industries.
Sunder Pappu has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is currently the VP of Application Development & Program Management at Inland Computer Services. Prior to Inland, Sunder worked at JP Morgan Chase, Avanade and Deloitte Consulting, holding leadership positions in the areas of strategy consulting, project management and application delivery. Sunder obtained his Master's Degree from The University of Texas and has certifications in Business Process Management & Project Management.
Hal is responsible for managing all of IDI's IT operations and helping to set strategies for business process improvement and the related application of technology. Hal's real estate IT experience, prior to joining IDI in 2002, includes service with Realm, Jones Lang LaSalle/Compass Management and Leasing and Equitable Real Estate Investment Management. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an M.B.A. in Business Systems from the University of Georgia.
As the Director of Information Technology at Woolbright Development, Luis Ramos is responsible for the corporate technology strategy, which includes the IT infrastructure and enterprise application platforms. Additionally, he is also responsible for implementing technology solutions toward the company’s existing business processes, and helping create new efficiencies throughout the company's business model. Since his arrival in 2004, his team has been responsible for the constant development of various industry-focused proprietary software applications and tools. These award-winning technologies have fundamentally changed the way commercial real estate has been done at Woolbright.
Bob Rybak Is the CIO at Morguard, a leading Real Estate Investment and Property Management firm based in Toronto, Canada. Bob has been an IT professional, entrepreneur and frequent consultant for almost three decades, working in both the public and private sectors. A graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bob's professional experience has spanned many different companies in a wide range of industries.
Justin Segal is an operations executive and entrepreneur specializing in real estate investment and management, startups, and technology. He is the founder of Stemmons Enterprise, a universal operations platform that allows companies to operate with pervasive data and unparalleled agility. He often speaks on topics involving enterprise data, analytics, and user experience.
Julie Sokol is SVP, IT at the Irvine Company. In her role, she is responsible for the overall performance and delivery of information technology and technology innovation across the company. She has an extensive background in strategic consulting and working with organizations to apply technology to transform and differentiate themselves.
Adam Stanley provides strategic and operational direction for Cushman & Wakefield client facing and colleague technology systems and infrastructure across all global business lines. Drawing on his more than 20 years of industry experience and as an integral member of the global executive team, Adam is a change agent with proven success driving growth, performance, talent retention and innovation. Under Adam's leadership, DTZ (now merged with Cushman & Wakefield) was named to the CIO100 for 2015 by CIO Magazine. He is deeply involved in the civic and charitable community and in addition to Board roles, provides pro-bono technology, operations and organizational strategy advisory services to non-profit organizations.
Thomas Taddeo is SVP, CIO at Kimco. He is responsible for the overall technology strategy, systems and infrastructure which support Kimco's global business operations. He also directs the implementation of enterprise initiatives that leverage technology to improve organizational efficiency and productivity. Prior to joining Kimco, Tom was a Senior Manager at Deloitte in their Real Estate Consulting Practice. He has a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Brandon Van Orden is SVP & CIO for Cousins Properties Incorporated based in Atlanta. He is responsible for Cousins technical vision and all aspects of the Information Technology organization including people, strategy, development and operations. Prior to joining Cousins in 2016, Brandon was VP of Global Applications for Novelis and prior to that he was with GE Energy for 12 years where he held a number of IT leadership roles increasing in responsibility after he graduated from the GE Information Technology Leadership Program in 2003.
Jim Whalen serves as SVP and CIO responsible for the direction and implementation of technology and applications at Boston Properties, a fully integrated real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners and developers of Class-A office properties in the United States. Over a 27 year IT career, Jim has supported real estate operations ranging from residential, construction, public housing, commercial office and retail.
Ilan Zachar is currently Chief Technology Officer at Carr Properties, a privately held REIT known for its portfolio of trophy-quality properties in the Washington D.C. In this role, Ilan leverages vision and foresight to cross-pollinate best practices, processes, systems and resources across corporate operations/affiliates. Under his leadership, this has resulted in improvements in bottom-line costs, top-line business growth/scalability, operational sustainability and high performance and overall, strengthening his company’s role as a market leader. For over 20 years, Ilan has been executive business leader and innovative technology strategist for multinational real-estate and property development companies worldwide.