2018 Real Estate Conference Speaker Bios

Tang Tang

Managing Director, KT Capital Group

Mr. Tang is the Managing Director for KT Capital Group. Mr. Tang has helped KT Capital Group grow from its Seattle office to having a national presence across the United States. Today, KT Capital Group works with international investors ranging from individual high net worth retail investors to ultra high net worth family offices to some of the largest financial groups in Asia. Since 2011, he has been involved with over $2.7 billion of real estate transactions and investments in the United States with groups such as Stockbridge, Greenland Group, CCB International, and Hana Financial Group.

Samara Barend

Senior Vice President – AECOM

P. David Bramble

Managing Partner, Co-Founder MCB

P. David Bramble dedicates his time to sourcing transactions, financial structuring and overseeing project underwriting & execution.  A corporate and real estate attorney by training, David brings a deep knowledge of all aspects of the real estate cycle. 
Before MCB, David served as the director of commercial lending for a regionally based full-service lending firm –Madison Funding – which he co-founded in 2000.   Prior to devoting all his time to commercial real estate investment, David practiced law in the transactions group of Steptoe & Johnson LLP where he provided corporate and real estate advisory services. His practice focused on complex workouts, primarily in the real estate and financial products space.
David currently serves on the advisory board to the Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University and the Foundation Board of the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.  David has also has served on the board of directors of a federally chartered bank, served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Racing Commission as well as on the boards of multiple real estate and non-real estate related charitable organizations.
David received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and A. B. from Princeton University.

Mary Ann Scully

CEO - Howard Bank

Mary Ann Scully is the Chief Executive Officer of Howard Bank and chairs the bank’s board of directors. She is a lifelong banker with over 30 years of varied executive experiences in the Maryland marketplace. In 2003, she headed the organizing team for Howard Bank. Howard Bank serves small and medium sized businesses in Greater Baltimore – Anne Arundel county, Baltimore county, Harford and Cecil counties and Howard County from its birthplace in Ellicott city and branch offices throughout its regional footprint. The bank also serves home buyers through mortgage offices in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard County. Mary Ann has successfully led the company through 7 equity raises and SEC Act 34 registration as well as five  business combinations.

Mary Ann is Past Chair of the Maryland Bankers Association and Past Chair of the Community Foundation of Howard County.    Mary Ann is presently a trustee and President of the board of Associated  Catholic Charities, a trustee  and corporate campaign co -chair of Kennedy Krieger Institute ,  a board member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and a trustee of Mount St Joseph College/High School.  She is a trustee for the Community Foundation of Howard County Real Estate board. She also serves as a board member of the Baltimore Federal Reserve and a Community  Advisory board member for the FDIC and a member of the Community Banking Council of the American Bankers Association .    She has served as a member of the  Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission. She is an active member of St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, Maryland. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Maryland.  

In 2007 , Mary Ann was recognized as an honoree in the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame; she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.  She received the Howard County  “Good Scout” award from the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 2011. In 2002 , 2005 and 2007, Mary Ann was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record,  was a 2008 , 2012 and 2016   Daily Record Influential Marylander, a 2012 , 2015  and 2016 Most Admired CEO and was a winner of a 2012 Trailblazer Award presented by the Baltimore Center Club.  She is a Loyola University Alumni laureate and a Seton Hill University Distinguished Alumna. She was named one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in Banking by the American Banker in 2016 and 2017. She was named a regional E&Y entrepreneur in 2017.

Keith Hennessey

Bechtel Enterprises - Reston, Virginia

Keith Hennessey is the president of Bechtel Enterprises, Bechtel’s development, investment and financing services business. Keith is also responsible for corporate strategy and development. 

Previously, he was head of public-private partnerships and was the manager of strategy and business development for Bechtel Infrastructure. He also served as the executive assistant to Bechtel’s chief executive officer, and as the chief financial officer of Bechtel Power Corporation. 

Keith has over twenty years of experience in the investment banking industry. Keith worked for Morgan Stanley and Bank of America in a variety of roles including: global chief operating officer and head of the U.S. industrial group at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking, and head of Bank of America’s diversified industrial group. 
Keith is a member of the advisory board of the Cornell University Program in Infrastructure Policy and a board member of After-School All-Stars, D.C. chapter, a non-profit organization. Keith graduated from Georgetown University magna cum laude and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Keith is based in Reston, VA and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Jackie, and three sons.

Jodie Misiak

WSP USA – Washington, D.C

Jodie Misiak is a principal in WSP’s Alternative Delivery Advisory Services practice, where she specializes in assessment and implementation of appropriate innovative finance, alternative project delivery, procurement, program management and value capture strategies for state, regional, and local governments. 

Before joining WSP, Ms. Misiak served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, leading the establishment of the department’s Build America Bureau, which streamlines federal transportation finance programs and enhances USDOT’s innovative finance outreach and capacity building for state and local governments, including best practices in public-private partnerships and value capture.  Previously, she served as Director of Innovative Project Delivery at the Maryland Department of Transportation, where she led implementation of the department’s public-private partnership program, policies, procurements and projects, including the recent Purple Line Light Rail Transit public-private partnership and the I-95 Travel Plazas public-private partnership. 

Prior to her work in the public sector, Ms. Misiak held roles in municipal debt finance and management consulting, supporting state and local government clients with strategic planning and complex financial transactions. She received her Master in City Planning and Master of Science in Transportation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her BA in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.

Gary Baumann

Chief Operating Officer
ARCTRUST – Clifton, New Jersey 

Gary Baumann, Esq., born in 1968, is Vice Chairman of ARCTRUST III, Inc., a REIT specializing in, preferred equity interests and participating loans and joint ventures for net lease properties.  He is also, Chief Operating Officer of ARCTRUST, Inc. a REIT specializing in acquisition and development of net lease properties.  ARCTRUST’s funds together have raised over $250 million since 2010 and made over $700 million of investments.  Mr. Baumann has 30 years of experience in the construction, development, acquisition and management of commercial and residential real estate projects.  Throughout his career, Mr. Baumann has guided investors and funds with individual undertakings ranging from $3 million to over $300 million, offering investment and portfolio analysis, risk examination, negotiation, claim analysis, and dispute resolution.  Mr. Baumann is an attorney admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and has practiced law at the nationally recognized firm of Lowenstein Sandler, P.C. and the international construction law firm of Peckar and Abramson, P.C. Mr. Baumann also holds series 7 and 63 securities licenses and is a registered representative at Chauner Securities, Inc. Mr. Baumann earned his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kean University, Magna Cum Laude.

DJ Gribbin

Madrus LLC – Reston, Virginia

DJ Gribbin is the founder of Madrus, LLC, a strategic consulting firm dedicated to developing critical infrastructure more efficiently.

In July 2018, while continuing his work at Madrus, DJ joined Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners as a Senior Operating Partner.  

Before the founding of Madrus, DJ served in the White House as the nation’s first Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure.  In this role, DJ led the effort to develop the Administration’s infrastructure policy and championed permitting reform.  DJ also served as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation and was the recipient of the Secretary’s gold medal on two separate occasions.  At the Federal Highway Administration, DJ was Chief Counsel.  While at FHWA he created a federal public-private partnership (P3) task force and authored a report to Congress, underscoring the advantages of alternative delivery.

In the private sector, DJ was head of governmental advisory for Macquarie Capital and led advisory teams structuring P3 transactions for governmental clients.  DJ has also worked for Koch Industries and HDR helping clients develop innovative ways to deliver infrastructure.  Over the past two decades, DJ has been active with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. He has served as its P3 Division president and as a board member. He is the only person to have won ARTBA's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for both public and private sectors.

DJ holds a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University, is a member of the Virginia Bar, and was a licensed broker dealer, holding Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.  DJ and his wife, Molly, reside in Leesburg, Virginia and are the parents of seven children.

David J. Wilk

CRE, MAI, MSREI - Professor
The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School – Washington, D.C.

David is an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School teaching Infrastructure Development, Real Estate Entrepreneurship, and CityLabs. He has developed Real Estate Symposia on Asset Optimization and Place-Making Economic Development Strategies at the Universities of Delaware, Illinois, Perdue Business School at Salisbury, Florida Atlantic, Delaware State, Washington, and Johns Hopkins.

Mr. Wilk is Managing Director of the Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services Washington, DC office where he unlocks “hidden value” for corporations, private equity firms, governments, universities, healthcare systems, and non-profits through asset optimization strategies, valuations, market feasibility studies, “place-making” economic development strategies, infrastructure finance, and strategic marketing plans that reimagine underproductive real estate assets. He also co-innovated an optimization solution, CREED© (“Corporate Real Estate Earnings Diagnostic”), with SAP.

David was formerly National Co-Chair of Corporate Real Estate Services for SVN, National Managing Director of Duff & Phelps Corporate Real Estate Advisory Group, Regional Director of Corporate Real Estate Services for Ernst & Young LLP in the Middle Atlantic, and Managing Director of the Real Estate Valuation Group for Arthur Andersen. Mr. Wilk has also held senior management positions with Valuation Research Corporation, Arthur D. Little, and Kenneth Leventhal & Co while living in California.

Mr. Wilk has over 35 years of counseling experience on commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural, governmental, and institutional real estate in 49 states in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the South Pacific. Mr. Wilk is a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) and a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). He is a Licensed RE Broker in Delaware, and a Certified General Appraiser in Delaware, Florida, New York, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Real estate counseling highlights from Mr. Wilk’s career include; Pebble Beach Company, Aspen Skiing Company, 20th Century Fox, The Irvine Company, Madison Square Garden, Santa Anita Racetrack, Dover Downs Raceway & Casino, Elvis Presley Enterprises (Graceland), Hyatt Regency & Four Seasons Hotels in Hawaii, Chevron’s Huntington Beach Company, Marriott’s Great America Theme Parks, Baltimore’s Power Plant, Art Deco Hotels in South Beach, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Comcast Cable Systems, Bikini Atoll in Micronesia (South Pacific) Thomas Jefferson University, Research Parks at Florida Atlantic, UD Star Campus, Wallops Island & University of Kentucky, and U.S. military bases in Hawaii, California, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Wilk was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business for 24 years (1989 to 2012) where he taught Real Estate Finance, Development & Investment, and Enterprise Real Estate Optimization. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Real Estate and Infrastructure from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

David G. King

Executive Vice President and Director of Real Estate Operations
STAG Industrial - Boston, Massachusetts 

Mr. King has served as our Executive Vice President and Director of Real Estate Operations since 2011. Prior to the formation of our company, Mr. King served as a Managing Director for STAG Capital Partners, LLC and STAG Capital Partners III, LLC from 2005 to 2011, where he was responsible for portfolio management for the company. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. King worked for AMB Property Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, as regional management officer, where he had primary responsibility for leasing, management, development, acquisition sourcing and dispositions of the firm’s industrial and office portfolios in the Mid-Atlantic region and in various other positions. Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana University.

Christian Cerria

Development Director
Gilbane Development Company

Christian Cerria joined Gilbane Development Company in 2017 as Development Director and brings more than six years of experience in real estate development and large scale construction projects valued in excess of $500M. Mr. Cerria’s expertise includes site selection and acquisition, due diligence and market analysis, entitlements, financial modeling and analysis, design, construction, financing (EB-5 and HUD), marketing, leasing, and sales functions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate Finance and Development from Georgetown University.

Anne R. Riggle

Real Estate & Economic Development
President, City Life Group

Anne Riggle is a visionary real estate developer who has spent years building strong partnerships with other organizations to revitalize communities. City Life is a fully integrated real-estate company that specializes in urban and adaptive reuse properties that promote neighborhood revitalization and economic growth. Anne has the knowledge and experience to know what expertise is needed for a successful outcome. She was instrumental in the development of communities, such as Canton, Brewer's Hill, Patterson Park and the Johns Hopkins Hospital neighborhoods. Anne has lobbied for these developments and has obtained funding and support from city, state and federal agencies. As a developer, Anne has developed over $100 million in residential and commercial development. She is co-developer of the Hoen Lithograph Building, a $28 million historic commercial restoration in East Baltimore, near Johns Hopkins Hospital. Anne has extensive experience in developing and evaluating economics of real estate transactions, preparing and evaluating financial performance, public-private partnerships, lobbying and raising capital. Capital stacks include federal historic tax credits, state historic tax credits, grants, equity and debt financing. Anne is committed to not only building projects but also building communities

and entire neighborhoods. She has spearheaded major community efforts such as building community associations, supporting local security efforts, and bringing other developers, lenders, investors and partners into the community increasing human capital and investment dollars into the community. Anne has international experience working in the following countries, France, Argentina and Costa Rica. Projects in Argentina include TUCUMAN, LIBERTADOR and JUNCAL.

Anne has built excellent relationships with city housing and political leaders. When she launches projects, political figures and the housing community are there to celebrate these momentous victories together.

She has a team capable of getting real estate transactions completed.

Angelique Brunner

EB-5 Capital – Bethesda, Maryland

Angelique “Angel” Brunner is the Founder and President of EB5 Capital, a $500 million EB-5 investment fund. She provides strategic direction to the company including oversight for investments, marketing, and legal matters. Ms. Brunner is an expert in creative financing, a highly respected EB-5 investment fund manager and an enthusiastic advocate for innovative financing solutions and urban development.

She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Real Estate Executive Council Inc. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for Invest in the USA (IIUSA) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF). She is also the Industry and Membership Chair and Spokesperson for the EB-5 Investment Coalition (EB-5IC) and is a Founding Member of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS).

Ms. Brunner holds a BA in Public Policy from Brown University as well as an MPA and Certificate in Urban Planning from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School where she studied under Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Allison Berman

Managing Director and General Counsel
Greystone EB-5 - New York, NY

Allison Berman is the Managing Director and General Counsel of Greystone EB-5 Holdings Corp. She is responsible for structuring and administering EB-5 compliant project investments. Ms. Berman is also responsible for working on general business matters for Greystone’s EB-5 program and preparing legal agreements, offering and loan documents in connection with each of Greystone’s EB-5 projects. 

Ms. Berman joined Greystone in 2006 as Deputy General Counsel and has been involved in all aspects of legal representation of the Greystone affiliated companies. Prior to joining Greystone, Ms. Berman was a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s New York real estate practice where she focused on financings including structured, syndicated, securitized and construction; senior/mezz intercreditor issues; and acquisitions and dispositions of assets and portfolios for both private and public companies in the real estate sector. 

She earned a J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law and an A.B. from Duke University.

Abteen Vaziri

Mr. Vaziri currently serves as a Managing Director at Brevet Capital Management, a hedge fund focused on debt financing with a focus on government backing, where Mr. Vaziri helps underwrite real estate hotel projects and helps with the EB-5 financing of those projects. Mr. Vaziri has worked in all aspects of evaluating hotel assets, from evaluating investments in the hospitality, gaming, and lodging industries at two long/short equity hedge funds (between 2003-2007) to analyzing the development of hotels, the evaluation of hotel F&B operations and analyzing and executing traditional and EB-5 hotel financing. 

Prior to Brevet Capital, Mr. Vaziri was the Director of Greystone & Co EB-5 practice where he was responsible for over $44 million of EB-5 funds raised, three projects approvals, and several successful investor I-526 petitions. At Greystone Mr. Vaziri helped setup a FINRA registered broker dealer and obtained his Series 7 and 63 licenses. Prior to Greystone & Co, Mr. Vaziri was the Chief Operating Officer of the North Texas EB-5 Regional Center, where he was responsible for over $110 million in funds raised, three project approvals, and over 100 successful investor I-526 petitions. There Mr. Vaziri was responsible for the financing of the Statler Hotel & Residences, at the time the largest EB-5 raise done in the state of Texas. The Statler project was completed in 2017 and opened to the public in early 2018.

Mr. Vaziri earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Vaziri also obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law with a concentration in Finance and Business Law. 

In 2017 Mr. Vaziri was appointed to the board of directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR) where he serves on the Audit and the Corporate Governance and Nominations commitees. In 2018 Mr. Vaziri was elected to the Board of Directors of IIUSA, the EB-5 industry’s non-profit trade organization.