• Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, GA
    Owned by Starwood Opportunity Fund VIII and Starwood Hospitality Fund II

  • Facts At A Glance

    28 Years - Average Years of Industry Experience for Senior Managers

    Average Years of
    Industry Experience
    For The Executive Committee

    $86.5B Assets Purchased by Acquisitions Team

    Assets Purchased by
    Acquisitions Team

    $43B Equity Capital Raised by Investor Relations Team

    Equity Capital Raised by Investor Relations Team

    19 years - Average Years Senior Management Has Worked Together

    Average Years
    The Executive Committee
    Has Worked Together

    9 number of times Starwood Capital and its CEO have been honored by PERE as Firm or Industry figure of the year

    Number of times Starwood Capital and its Executives Have Been Honored by PERE as Firm or Industry Figure of the Year

  • Pacific Shores Center, Redwood City, CA
    Owned by Starwood Opportunity Fund VII

  • The Grand Central, Glasgow, Scotland
    Owned by Starwood Distressed Opportunity Fund IX and U.K. Co-Invest

  • Metreon, San Francisco
    Owned by Starwood Opportunity Fund VIII and
    StarWest Retail Co-Invest, managed by
    Starwood Retail Partners

  • Stella Tower, New York
    Owned by Starwood Distressed Opportunity Fund IX

Starwood Capital is led by seasoned professionals who have successfully navigated all stages of the real estate investment cycle. The Firm’s executive committee has worked together for an average of 19 years, and possesses an average of 28 years of experience in the industry. We believe that our team collectively represents exceptional real estate talent.

Investment Committee


Barry S. Sternlicht

Chairman & CEO
Starwood Capital Group

Barry Sternlicht is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, the private investment firm he formed in 1991 that is focused on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, and energy infrastructure. Mr. Sternlicht also serves as Chairman of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S.; and French crystal maker Baccarat S.A.; as well as Co-Chairman of Starwood Waypoint Homes (NYSE: SFR; merger with Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH) announced in August 2017), one of the largest publicly traded investors, owners and operators of single-family homes in the U.S.

For the past 26 years, Mr. Sternlicht has structured investments with an asset value of approximately $84 billion. Starwood Capital’s funds have invested in approximately 146,000 multifamily/condo units, 2,900 hotels, 67 million square feet of office properties, 53 million square feet of retail and 52,000 lots of land in residential subdivisions. The Firm currently manages approximately $52 billion of assets on behalf of its high net worth and institutional partners. Starwood Capital, its affiliates and externally managed public companies employ more than 3,400 professionals, while approximately 7,000 additional employees are involved with multiple portfolio operating companies. The Firm maintains offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Greenwich, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., and affiliated offices in London, Luxembourg and Hong Kong.

From 1995 through early 2005, Mr. Sternlicht was Chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (formerly NYSE: HOT, since merged with Marriott Hotels), a company he founded in 1995. During his tenure, he built Starwood Hotels into one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world, employing more than 120,000 people with 895 properties in 100 countries. Mr. Sternlicht created W Hotels, perhaps the world’s most successful “boutique” brand, and built the St. Regis Hotels brand from a single hotel to a global brand.

In 2008, Mr. Sternlicht founded SH Group, his new hotel management company. SH Group is the owner and manager of Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels brands.

In 2016, Mr. Sternlicht was the recipient of PERE’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he was named the Global Industry Figure of the Year by PERE, received the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hotel Investment Forum. In 2013, Mr. Sternlicht was named the Most Important Person in Commercial Real Estate Finance by The Mortgage Observer. In 2010, Mr. Sternlicht was named Executive of the Year and Investor of the Year by Commercial Property Executive. Mr. Sternlicht was also named America’s Best Lodging CEO by Institutional Investor Magazine. He is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame. He has received the Preston Robert Tisch Distinguished Industry Leadership Award from New York University, the CEO Diversity Award from Diversity Best Practices/Business Women’s Network, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Travel Marketing Executives, the Hospitality Heritage Award from the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Marketer of the Year Award from Brandweek. Mr. Sternlicht’s humanitarian efforts have garnered prestigious national honors such as JDRF’s Man of the Year, JDRF’s Living and Giving Award and JDRF’s Chairman’s Award.

Mr. Sternlicht serves on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies and the Real Estate Roundtable. Additionally, he formerly served as Chairman of the Board and is currently a Board member of The Robin Hood Foundation, and also serves on the Boards of the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center, and the Executive Advisory Board of Americans for the Arts. He is a member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation Trustee Council, the World Presidents Organization and the Urban Land Institute.

Barry Sternlicht received his BA, magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University. He later earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.


Madison F. Grose

Senior Managing Director and Co-General Counsel
Starwood Capital Group

Madison Grose is a Senior Managing Director and Co-General Counsel of Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Grose is also a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. In addition, he serves as Vice Chairman, General Counsel and a Senior Managing Director of Starwood Energy Group, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that specializes in energy infrastructure investments, where he is currently focusing most of his time. Mr. Grose served as a Trustee or Director of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (formerly NYSE: HOT, since merged with Marriott Hotels) from 1994 until 2001, and as a Director of iStar Financial (NYSE: STAR), from 1999 until 2003.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 1992, Mr. Grose was a Senior and Founding Partner with Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, a law firm specializing in complex real estate-related transactions.

Mr. Grose holds a B.A. degree with distinction and highest departmental honors from Stanford University, and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he served as the Chief Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review.


Jerome C. Silvey

Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
Starwood Capital Group

Jerome Silvey is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Silvey oversees all of the Firm’s investor relations, debt financing, equity fundraising, treasury operations, investor reporting, and tax planning and compliance. He is also a member of the Firm’s Executive, Investment and Disposition Committees. Mr. Silvey joined Starwood Capital in 1993 after 13 years with Price Waterhouse.

Mr. Silvey received a B.A. degree in mathematical economics from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, and an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the NCREIF/PREA Reporting Standards Board, as well as a member of the Institutional Real Estate Investors Editorial Board, the P&I Research Advisory Panel and the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.


Ellis F. Rinaldi

Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel
Starwood Capital Group

Ellis Rinaldi is an Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Rinaldi has represented Starwood Capital’s legal interests since 1991, and is actively involved in all the legal aspects of the Firm’s business, including acquisitions, financing, asset management and strategic planning. Mr. Rinaldi became an officer of Starwood Capital and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee in 1999.

Mr. Rinaldi was an associate at the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts and then Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, prior to forming Rinaldi, Finkelstein & Franklin, L.L.C., Starwood Capital’s lead outside counsel. Mr. Rinaldi is the managing member of RFF and is on the Board of Directors of Baccarat, S.A.

Mr. Rinaldi received his J.D. from George Washington University, where he was a member of the GW Law Review, and his BBA degree, summa cum laude, in accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Honors Program.


Jeffrey G. Dishner

Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Jeffrey G. Dishner is a Senior Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the Firm’s acquisition efforts on a worldwide basis. In this role, Mr. Dishner assists the team in originating, structuring, underwriting and closing investments in all property types. He has also helped drive Starwood Capital’s ongoing expansion of operations in Europe, as compelling investment opportunities in the region continue to increase. Reflecting the success of this effort, Starwood Capital in 2013 was named European Firm of the Year by leading industry publication PERE. Mr. Dishner is a member of the Firm’s Executive and Investment Committees, and also serves on the Investment Committee and board of trustees of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), an affiliate of Starwood Capital that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 1994, Mr. Dishner worked in the commercial mortgage finance group at J.P. Morgan & Co., where he focused on whole-loan dispositions and securitizations for various thrift institutions. Before that, Mr. Dishner was a member of the acquisitions group at JMB Realty.

Mr. Dishner received a B.S. degree in economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School, where he serves on the Advisory Board.


Laura M. Rubin

Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management
Starwood Capital Group

Laura Mestel Rubin is a Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management at Starwood Capital Group, with responsibility for overseeing and reporting on the Firm’s real estate opportunity funds. She is a member of the Firm’s Investment and Disposition Committees.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2002, Ms. Rubin was a Vice President in Goldman Sachs & Co.’s real estate investment banking division, where she worked on both principal and brokerage transactions. She also worked at JMB Realty and Urban Development Corp. in Chicago in the mid-1980s.

Ms. Rubin holds a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Christopher D. Graham

Senior Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Acquisitions for the Americas
Starwood Capital Group

Christopher Graham is a Senior Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group, where he supervises the Firm’s investments in the Americas. In this role, Mr. Graham is responsible for originating, structuring, underwriting and closing investments in all property types. He is also a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2002, Mr. Graham worked at CB Richard Ellis in Washington, D.C., where he was Director of the financial consulting group for the Eastern Region of the U.S. Mr. Graham was previously Associate Director, Eastern Region, of CB Richard Ellis’ investment properties group.

Mr. Graham received a BBA degree in finance from James Madison University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Mark Deason

Managing Director and Head of U.S. Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Mark Deason is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Deason is responsible for overseeing the asset management of all non-hotel assets, as well as the Firm’s development function in the U.S. While at Starwood Capital, Mr. Deason has participated in investments throughout the capital structure, including commercial, hospitality and residential acquisitions and developments.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2003, Mr. Deason worked for Merrill Lynch in the firm’s real estate investment banking group, assisting West Coast real estate, hospitality and gaming companies with a range of capital origination and M&A activities.

Mr. Deason received a B.A. degree in business economics with a minor in accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a policy board member at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and is a member of the Milken Institute and the Urban Land Institute.


Daniel Yih

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer – Europe
Starwood Capital Group

Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Daniel Yih is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer – Europe for Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg. In this role, Mr. Yih is responsible for reviewing all acquisition and disposition decisions relating to European investments in Starwood Capital’s funds. He is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr. Yih was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Starwood Capital, as well as the interim CEO of BR Guests Restaurants, a portfolio company of Starwood Capital. Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2007, Mr. Yih was Chief Operating Officer and a Portfolio Principal of the buyout fund GTCR Golder Rauner. Before that, Mr. Yih was a partner at Zell Chilmark, a buyout fund investing in financially distressed companies. Mr. Yih had other operating experience as Chief Financial Officer at Welbilt Corp., a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Co., where he had been an Associate. Mr. Yih began his career at Kirkland & Ellis, representing equity investors in leveraged buyout transactions and venture capital investments.

Mr. Yih earned a J.D. and MBA from the University of Chicago. He graduated with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering with distinction from Stanford University. He has served on the NYSE-listed Boards of Directors of Ann Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.


Austin Nowlin

Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets for the Americas
Starwood Capital Group

Austin Nowlin is a Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets for the Americas at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he is responsible for all debt capital market activities for the Firm’s investments in the Americas, including, the origination, structuring, and execution of asset-level and fund/corporate-level financing activity. Since joining the Firm in 2011, Mr. Nowlin has completed financings across all asset and product types, including revolving credit facilities, domestic and foreign balance sheet loans, construction financing, fixed and floating rate commercial mortgage-backed securities, preferred and mezzanine financing. He is a member of the Investment Committees at Starwood Capital and Starwood Property Trust.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital, Mr. Nowlin worked at Wells Fargo and its predecessor, Wachovia Securities, in leveraged finance. He began his career at Raymond James, where he focused on making equity investments in multifamily assets.

Mr. Nowlin received a B.A. degree in economics from Florida State University.


Carl Tash

Managing Director 
Starwood Capital Group

Carl Tash is a Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he is a member of the Investment Committees for both Starwood Capital and Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), an affiliate of Starwood Capital that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the United States. Mr. Tash also serves as Chief Strategist and Interim Chief Operating Officer at Starwood Retail Partners, a Starwood Capital affiliate that is one of the largest mall operators in the United States. In this role, he works with senior management to review the strategic direction of the retail portfolio, as well as monitors and supervises the acquisition and asset manage­ment of mall and lifestyle center investments.

Mr. Tash has held several senior positions at Starwood Capital and its affiliates, including Chief Credit Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Starwood Capital, chief credit officer of Starwood Property Trust, and Managing Director of a num­ber of Luxembourg and other non-U.S. entities of Starwood Capital funds. Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2011, he founded Cliffwood Partners LLC, a real estate securities investment firm, and served as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for 15 years. Before that, Mr. Tash spent 12 years with JMB and its affiliates. At the time of his departure in 1991, he was President of JMB’s investment subsidiary, JMB Institutional Realty Corp., and had a strategic, senior role with JMB’s retail development subsidiary. While at JMB, Mr. Tash was also responsible for the acquisition and structuring of more than $5 billion in corporate real estate transactions.

Mr. Tash received a B.S. degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Real Estate Center, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.


Tom Bowers

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
Starwood Capital Group

Tom Bowers is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Bowers is responsible for driving Starwood Capital’s priority strategic initiatives and enhancing the operational effectiveness of the Firm’s public and private operating companies and entities. He also serves on the Firm’s Executive and Investment Committees.

Mr. Bowers is a member of the Board of Directors of Opus Bank (NASDAQ: OPB), a leading regional real estate lender, and is a Trustee of Starwood Waypoint Homes (NYSE: SFR; merger with Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH) announced in August 2017), a Starwood Capital affiliate that is one of the largest publicly traded investors, owners and operators of single-family homes in the U.S.

Mr. Bowers previously served as Head of Corporate Strategy and Development at Starwood Capital. Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2015, he was Co-Head of Asset and Wealth Management-Americas at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for managing the U.S. and Latin American wealth management businesses, and had joint responsibility for the integration of Deutsche Bank’s wealth and institutional asset management businesses in the Americas. In this role, Mr. Bowers was a board member of Deutsche Bank Securities. Mr. Bowers previously held a number of senior roles at Citigroup Private Bank, including Global Chief Operating Officer; Head of Strategy and Corporate Development; COO-Europe, Middle East and Africa; COO-U.S.; and Head of Banking and Structured Lending.

Mr. Bowers holds a B.S. degree in business administration from the Boston University School of Management, and a J.D. and LL.M (taxation) from Boston University School of Law.


Lanhee C. Yung

Managing Director & Co-Head of Fundraising and Investor Relations
Starwood Capital Group

Lanhee Yung is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Starwood Capital’s Fundraising and Investor Relations Group. In this role, she is responsible for raising capital globally on behalf of the Firm’s private investment funds and co-investments, including real estate, energy infrastructure and hedge funds. She is also member of the Firm’s Investment Committee and co-portfolio manages a value add separate account with Ethan Bing.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2010, Ms. Yung was Head of Investor Relations & Fundraising for the CIM Group, where she raised private equity real estate and infrastructure funds. Before that, Ms. Yung was an Associate Director, Real Estate Private Equity Fundraising at UBS, sourcing equity from U.S. and European investors. She was previously with GLA Hotels, where she focused on business development and strategy. She started her career at Merrill Lynch as an Analyst and Associate in the firm’s investment bank.

Ms. Yung graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and earned her MBA from ESSEC/Cornell University. She has served two terms on the Board of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), including on the Executive Board as Director of Programs and was Founder of Young AFIRE. She is also a member of the Cornell University Hotel Society Board, the Advisory Board of the Cornell University Center for Real Estate Finance, the Luminaires, the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Reporting and Valuation Committee, co-chair of PREA Rising Leaders Steering Committee and the Board of Women in Real Estate.

Other Senior Executives

Acquisitions


Ethan Bing

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Ethan Bing is a Senior Vice President in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Bing focuses on investments in the United States across multiple sectors, including multifamily, office, retail and student housing. He has been responsible for direct real estate asset investments, corporate acquisitions and purchases of distressed loan pools.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2010, Mr. Bing was a Vice President at Embarcadero Capital Partners and an Associate in the real estate group at Stanford Management Company.

Mr. Bing received a B.A. in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Cody Bradshaw

Managing Director, Acquisitions and Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Cody Bradshaw is a Managing Director and Head of European Hotels at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he oversees the Firm’s hospitality acquisition and asset management activities across Europe. His portfolio responsibilities have included numerous North American and European lodging investments, including the Firm’s ownership of Louvre Hotels, the second-largest hotel chain in Europe. He has played a leading role in managing and growing The Principal Hotel Company portfolio that comprises over 40 properties and 6,500 keys across the United Kingdom—highlighted by the brand launch and opening in 2016 of The Principal Manchester, Edinburgh and York.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2011, Mr. Bradshaw served as VP of Acquisitions at Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB). Before that, he was the first employee of the Chartres Lodging Group, where he played an integral role in growing the firm over a seven-year period. Mr. Bradshaw began his career at Hyatt Development Corp.

Mr. Bradshaw received a B.S. degree from Cornell University. He co-created the Certified Hotel Asset Manager professional designation program, which launched in 2012, and is the Co-Founder and President of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association of Europe. He is also a member of the International Hotel Investment Council.


Brendan Brogan

Managing Director, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Brendan Brogan is a Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group, where he focuses on real estate acquisitions in the Eastern United States, with a concentration in Florida. In this role, Mr. Brogan has been integral in implementing Starwood Capital’s investment strategy in non-performing commercial and residential loans, and currently leads the Firm’s residential debt strategy. He has also spearheaded the Firm’s initiative in the single-family residential space, including acquiring the portfolio of homes and loans that was combined to create Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY), now Starwood Waypoint Homes (NYSE: SFR; merger with Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH) announced in August 2017), one of the largest publicly traded investors, owners and operators of single-family homes in the U.S.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2008, Mr. Brogan was a Managing Director in the fixed income division at Bear Stearns, where he worked in the mortgage and derivatives trading area.

Mr. Brogan received a B.A. degree with honors from Harvard College.


Kevin Colket

Managing Director, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Kevin Colket is a Managing Director and Head of Asian Acquisitions at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Colket oversees the Firm’s efforts to expand its presence in the region, with a focus on investments across all real estate asset classes. He previously led Starwood Capital’s hospitality acquisition efforts in Europe.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2007, Mr. Colket worked as Director of Acquisitions and Development for Edinburgh Management, a hotel joint venture with the Bank of Scotland. Before that, Mr. Colket held various finance and investment banking positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., Bank of Boston (now Bank of America) and Paine Webber (now UBS).

Mr. Colket earned a B.A. degree in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Akshay Goyal

Senior Vice President, Hotel Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Akshay Goyal is a Senior Vice President in the Hotel Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Goyal focuses on sourcing, structuring, underwriting and executing investments in the lodging sector. During his time at Starwood, Mr. Goyal has been responsible for various direct real estate asset investments, corporate acquisitions, and recapitalizations.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2012, Mr. Goyal previously served in the real estate investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Goyal received a B.S. degree in finance and accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Mark B. Keatley

Managing Director, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Mark Keatley is a Managing Director in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Keatley is responsible for the origination, underwriting, structuring and execution of investments in a variety of property types, with a geographic focus on the eastern United States. He has been involved in both equity and debt investments involving apartments, office, retail, condos, industrial, hotels and land asset classes.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2005, Mr. Keatley worked in the acquisitions and development group at Tishman Speyer Properties. Before that, he worked as an Associate on the institutional investment sales team at CB Richard Ellis, following his role as an Analyst in the firm’s financial consulting group.

Mr. Keatley received a BBA degree in finance from James Madison University.


Zsolt Kohalmi

Managing Director and Head of European Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Zsolt Kohalmi is a Managing Director and Head of European Acquisitions at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Kohalmi brings two decades of pan-European investment experience to this role, in which he oversees the Firm’s efforts to expand its presence on the Continent. He has been instrumental in sourcing and executing a number of successful investments for Starwood Capital’s commercial, hospitality and debt platforms.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2013, Mr. Kohalmi served as Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Bergman, a European retail-focused real estate investment firm that he co-founded. Before that he was a Director at GE Capital, where he acquired financial platforms (banks and mortgage companies), as well as both performing and non-performing asset and loan portfolios across Europe. Mr. Kohalmi previously worked in investment banking with ABN AMRO Hoare Govett.

Mr. Kohalmi, who is fluent in nine languages, holds an M.S. degree in economics from the University of Budapest and an MBA from INSEAD.


Suril Shah

Managing Director, Acquisitions and Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Suril Shah is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Hotels at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Shah oversees the Firm’s hospitality acquisition and asset management activities across the United States. Since June 2011, he has led Starwood Capital’s U.S. Hotel Acquisitions team. Since October 2014, he has also led the Firm’s Select-Service Hotel Asset Management team.

Mr. Shah also serves as President of SH Group, Starwood Capital Group’s hotel brand management company that oversees the development and management of the Firm’s two luxury and lifestyle hotel and residence brands, 1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he oversees the operations of SH Group-managed hotels, including development, sales, finance & accounting and human resources. In addition to his various roles at Starwood Capital, Mr. Shah is also a member of the board of Catchafire, Inc.

After joining Starwood Capital in 2005, Mr. Shah spent three years in Paris as a member of the management team of Groupe du Louvre, which owns, manages and franchises more than 1,000 hotels throughout Europe, in addition to over a dozen luxury hotels. Mr. Shah was previously with Gleacher Partners, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions across all industries.

Mr. Shah received a B.S. degree in management science & engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Hersha Hospitality Management and InTown Suites.


Steven Ujvary

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions 
Starwood Capital Group

Steven Ujvary is a Senior Vice President in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Ujvary is responsible for residential mortgage debt strategies, with a focus on non-agency whole loans.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2016, Mr. Ujvary was a Managing Director at Macquarie Group, where he was responsible for mortgage and structured credit investments. Before that, he served in a variety of roles in the New York and Sydney offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he began his career as an Analyst.

Mr. Ujvary received a B.A. degree in economics and government from Georgetown University.


Asset Management


Robert P. Geimer

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Robert Geimer has served as Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Starwood Capital since January 2003. In this position, Mr. Geimer’s principal responsibilities include playing a senior role on the asset management team for a diverse portfolio of national and international real estate assets. He manages the development and execution of investment and exit strategies, manages resources related to day-to-day decision-making, and plays an integral role in the review and approval of annual business plans with partners and third-party fee managers.

Prior to his nearly 20-year career with Starwood Capital, Mr. Geimer served as an Asset Manager and Portfolio Controller with Greystone Realty, LLC, the real estate management group for New York Life Insurance Co. Before joining Greystone Realty, LLC, Mr. Geimer was an employed by Compass Retail, Inc. a former division of Equitable Real Estate Group, Inc.

Mr. Geimer received a B.S. degree from the West Virginia University School of Business and is a certified public accountant.


Ruby Huang

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Ruby Huang is Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, she is focused on enhancing the asset value of the Firm’s select-service hotel platform by proactively managing operations and real estate to maximize net cash flow, and executing property improvement plans.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2012, Ms. Huang was Vice President of Asset Management for Och Ziff Real Estate, where she managed the firm’s full-service and select-service hotel portfolio. Before that, Ms. Huang was Vice President of Asset Management for HEI Hotels & Resorts, where she was responsible for the operational oversight of more than 30 full-service hotels. She previously held roles in hospitality investment and asset management with Tishman Hotel & Realty.

Ms. Huang received a B.S. degree in hotel management from Cornell University. She is currently an active member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association and has previously served as its President. She is a member of the IHG Owners Association where she participates on various committees supporting the Holiday Inn brand and IHG Rewards. She is also a member of the Residence Inn and Hampton Inn Brand Committees. Ms. Huang serves on the Board of Directors of InTown Suites and is a Certified Hotel Asset Manager.


James Kane

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

James Kane is a Senior Vice President at Starwood Capital Group, where he manages all of the Firm’s multifamily investments. His current asset management duties include overseeing and driving strategy on a diverse portfolio of over 80,000 multifamily units across 15 states. Since 2010, Mr. Kane has disposed of more than $1B billion in multifamily assets.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2004, Mr. Kane worked in the Corporate Advisory Group at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he provided long-term occupancy solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Kane received a BBA degree in finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the National Multi Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute.


Ash Kapur

Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Hospitality
Starwood Capital Group

Ash Kapur is a Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Hospitality in the Hotel Asset Management Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Kapur is responsible for increasing room revenues for Starwood Capital’s hotel assets in the United States and Europe, with a focus on hotel revenue management, sales, marketing, technology and e-commerce.

Mr. Kapur also serves as Chief Operating Officer of SH Group. In this role, Ash provides overall operational guidance and leadership to drive financial performance and guest satisfaction in all of SH Group’s hotel brands.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2011, Mr. Kapur served as Senior Director of Global Strategic Accounts & Gaming at Expedia. Before that, he served as the Revenue Management & Internet Marketing Manager for hotel assets owned by the Chartres Lodging Group.

Mr. Kapur graduated from the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad in India. He also received a B.A. degree in economics from Annamalai University in India and a master’s in marketing from Bristol Business School in the United Kingdom.


Dan Schwaegler

Senior Vice President, Asset Management
Starwood Capital Group

Dan Schwaegler is a Senior Vice President in the Asset Management Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Schwaegler manages the Firm’s US residential land portfolio as well as well as the west coast development portfolio.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2003, Mr. Schwaegler worked in the development area at Avalon Bay. Before that, he served as the South American Regional Manager in the mining practice for global engineering consultancy Montgomery Watson.

Mr. Schwaegler holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in civil engineering and a B.A., both from the University of Notre Dame.


Adam Shah

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Europe
Starwood Capital Group

Adam Shah is a Managing Director and COO, Europe, at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Shah oversees the asset management function for the Firm’s European portfolio of non-hotel assets. Previously, Mr. Shah was responsible for the acquisition of single assets (office, retail and industrial), non-performing loan portfolios, portfolios of secondary assets and development projects in Europe. During his time in London, Mr. Shah has formed several joint ventures and platforms to acquire assets in Europe that involved teaming up with operating partners and government-run banking entities.

Prior to relocating from the Firm’s Greenwich, Connecticut headquarters to London in 2012, Mr. Shah played a lead role in several distressed debt and non-performing loan portfolio acquisitions in the United States, as well as provided ongoing management of the assets. In addition, Mr. Shah was active in the acquisition of direct assets and the creation of joint ventures to invest in residential land, multifamily properties and multifamily development. Before joining Starwood Capital in 2006, he worked for six years in engineering, construction and real estate development in both Canada and the United States.

Mr. Shah obtained an M.S. degree in engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.


Capital Markets


Nate Bagnaschi

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets
Starwood Capital Group

Nate Bagnaschi is a Senior Vice President in the Capital Markets Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Bagnaschi is responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of asset-level and fund/corporate-level financing activity for the Firm’s investments in the Americas.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2016, Mr. Bagnaschi served as head of the capital markets group at Garrison Investment Group, where he was responsible for structuring real estate, distressed debt and fund-level financings. Before that, he was an Associate in the asset management and special servicing group at Gramercy Capital, where was responsible for managing a portfolio of whole loans, secured B-notes and mezzanine loan positions within the firm’s finance business. Mr. Bagnaschi previously worked in the real estate finance and securitization group at Credit Suisse.

Mr. Bagnaschi received a B.A. degree in international relations, with minors in economics and Hispanic studies, from the University of Pennsylvania.


Duncan MacPherson

Managing Director and Head of Debt for Europe
Starwood Capital Group

Duncan MacPherson is a Managing Director and Head of Debt for Europe for Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. MacPherson is responsible for all debt capital markets activities for Starwood Capital in Europe, including financing, foreign exchange and interest rate hedging for the Firm’s European investments. He is also responsible for originating, executing and managing debt investments for Starwood Property Trust and Starwood European Real Estate Finance.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2012, Mr. MacPherson spent six years at Citigroup, where he served as a Director on the commercial real estate finance team in London. Before that, he held a number of roles at Barclays Capital, including trading bond options on the exotic interest rate derivatives desk, and developing real-timing pricing and risk systems for the firm’s electronic trading platform.

Mr. MacPherson received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Edinburgh and an M.S. in information technology systems from the University of Strathclyde.


Compliance


Matthew S. Guttin

Chief Compliance Officer
Starwood Capital Group

Matthew Guttin is the Chief Compliance Officer at Starwood Capital Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the Firm’s regulatory and compliance program.

Before joining Starwood Capital in 2010, Mr. Guttin practiced corporate finance and real estate law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, LLP, Fried, Frank, Harris Shriver & Jacobson, LLP and DiSanto LLP. Mr. Guttin is an employee of Rinaldi, Finkelstein & Franklin, L.L.C., Starwood Capital’s lead outside counsel.

Mr. Guttin earned his B.S. degree from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut, and holds the Series 7 and Series 24 licenses.


Design


Kemper Hyers

Senior Vice President and Head of Design
Starwood Capital Group

Kemper Hyers is Senior Vice President of Design at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he is responsible for design direction as well as design execution on a variety of projects in various asset classes. His particular emphasis is the creation and implementation of new brands launched by the Firm. He has contributed to the development of the two luxury and lifestyle hotel and residence brands, 1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, launched to critical acclaim in 2015. He has also led design on Principal Hotels, InTown Suites, Postcard Inn, ST Residential portfolio, and numerous restaurants and hotels around the world.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2007, Mr. Hyers served as Vice President of Design for the Le Méridien and Sheraton brands at Starwood Hotels, with responsibility for all aspects of design for these brands. Before that, he served as Style Director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He previously managed design for all direct-marketing channels at Crate & Barrel, and ran his own interior design firm, Edward Kemper Design.

Mr. Hyers received a B.A. degree in architecture and architectural history, with honors, from Columbia University and was the recipient in 2015 of the Platinum Circle Design Award.


Global Capital Raising and Investor Relations


James K. Broder

Director, Global Capital Raising and Investor Relations
Starwood Capital Group

James Broder is a Director in Starwood Capital Group’s Global Capital Raising and Investor Relations Group, where he is responsible for targeted regions and investors.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2012, Mr. Broder spent 15 years as a Senior Managing Director in Fixed Income at Bear Stearns, with a focus on institutional rate sales. After Bear Stearns’ takeover in 2008, he moved to Deutsche Bank, where he served as a Managing Director in Fixed Income, in middle market sales. He subsequently served as a Managing Director at Pierpont Securities.

Mr. Broder holds a B.A. degree from George Washington University’s International Business School.


Michael Lefton

Managing Director, Global Capital Raising
Starwood Capital Group

Michael Lefton is a Managing Director in Starwood Capital Group’s Global Capital Raising and Investor Relations Group, where he is responsible for targeted regions and investors. Mr. Lefton previously served in a variety of roles at Starwood Capital from 2004–15, most recently as a Director in Global Capital Raising and Investor Relations. Prior to 2013, he was a Vice President on the Firm’s Acquisitions team, where he executed both equity and debt acquisitions through various investment vehicles, across asset classes and geographic regions.

Prior to rejoining Starwood Capital in 2017, Mr. Lefton was a Managing Director on the investment team at Cadre, a real estate technology platform, and also served on the company’s investment committee.

Mr. Lefton holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


John McCarthy

Managing Director, Global Capital Raising
Starwood Capital Group

John McCarthy is a Managing Director, Global Capital Raising, in Starwood Capital Group’s Global Capital Raising and Investor Relations Group. In this role, Mr. McCarthy is responsible for managing and expanding relationships with targeted investors around the world for existing and future Starwood Capital investment initiatives. Mr. McCarthy previously served as Starwood Capital’s Global Head of Asset Management from 2009–2012, during which time he was also a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to rejoining Starwood Capital in 2015, Mr. McCarthy was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Deputy Head of Europe for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). In this role, he was responsible for European real estate investing and asset management teams, and served as a member of the organization’s Executive and Global Strategy committees. Before his initial tenure with Starwood Capital, Mr. McCarthy was Global Co-Head of Asset Management for Lehman Brothers Real Estate Private Equity, based in London. Prior to joining Lehman, Mr. McCarthy was a Partner at O’Connor Capital Partners, Co-Head of O’Connor’s European business and Head of European Asset Management. Mr. McCarthy previously worked for 17 years at GE Capital, where he held a variety of positions—including managing the firm’s real estate investing activities across Central Europe and serving as CIO for the Midwest Region in the U.S.

Mr. McCarthy received a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA with a concentration in accounting from Fordham University.


Operations


James Allen

Managing Director and Fund Chief Financial Officer
Starwood Capital Group

James Allen is a Managing Director and Fund Chief Financial Officer at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he is responsible for all fund financial operations and reporting for the Firm.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2010, Mr. Allen was the Director and CFO of the DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners Group. In this role, he was responsible for all finance, accounting, investor reporting, tax, treasury and compliance activities for the firm’s funds. Before that, Mr. Allen was the Director and Controller for UBS Real Estate Asset Management Group. Mr. Allen began his career at Ernst & Young, where he was an audit manager in the firm’s New York financial services office, with a specialization in real estate.

Mr. Allen earned a B.S. degree in business from Fordham University. He is a CPA, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and New York State Society of CPAs.


Nick Antonopoulos

Senior Vice President and Management Company Chief Financial Officer
Starwood Capital Group

Nick Antonopoulos is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Management Company at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he is responsible for corporate-level operations and financial reporting.  Mr. Antonopoulos previously served as Management Company Controller at the Firm.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2009, Mr. Antonopoulos was responsible for evaluating potential investments and overseeing the integration of new acquisitions at Athena Real Estate. Before that, he supported the various operational and reporting needs of the investment banking group at Bear Stearns.

Mr. Antonopoulos holds a B.S. degree in finance from Fairfield University.


Sarah Broughton

Senior Vice President
Starwood Capital Group

Sarah Broughton is a Senior Vice President who coordinates Starwood Capital Group’s internal financial functions in Europe, including tax, reporting and accounting, and oversees the Firm’s U.K. human resources. She also spearheads the operations and investor reporting for Starwood European Real Estate Finance (LSE: SWEF) and its related co-investment partner.

Since joining Starwood Capital in 2007, Ms. Broughton has played a key role in the asset management of a diverse portfolio of assets throughout Europe—including spending two years in Paris as a member of Groupe du Louvre’s management team. She previously spent five years as a Financial Reporting Manager for Whitbread Plc. Ms. Broughton began her career at Andersen and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001.

Ms. Broughton earned a first-class honors degree in economics from Brunel University. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, as well as the Securities Institute.


Dawne Cohn

Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources
Starwood Capital Group

Dawne Cohn is a Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, she is responsible for the global human resources function for the Firm, including overseeing performance management, recruitment, compensation and employee benefits.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2015, Ms. Cohn was Head of Human Resources for Point72 Asset Management, a family office focused primarily on investing in long/short equities. Before that, she was a Vice President in Human Resources at JP Morgan Chase, where she held roles in compensation and HRIS in the corporate and investment banking divisions of the firm. She began her career as an HR Associate at AT&T Capital Corp.

Ms. Cohn received an MBA and B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University.


Daniel Jackson

Chief Technology Officer
Starwood Capital Group

Daniel Jackson is a Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he directs Starwood Capital’s technology strategy, and has global responsibility for all IT initiatives and platforms for the Firm and its affiliates.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2012, Mr. Jackson served as SVP of Technology Services for Highbridge Capital Management, JP Morgan’s alternative investment manager. Before that, he led the engineering, market data and trading floor technologies teams at SAC Capital Advisors. Mr. Jackson began his career in technology while serving as a tactical electronic warfare analyst/cryptanalyst with the U.S. Army.

Affiliates and Operating
Companies

SH Group

Suril Shah

President
SH Group

Suril Shah is President of SH Group, Starwood Capital Group’s hotel brand management company that oversees the development and management of the Firm’s two luxury and lifestyle hotel and residence brands, 1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels & Resorts. In this role, Mr. Shah oversees the operations of SH Group-managed hotels, including development, sales, finance & accounting and human resources.

Mr. Shah also serves as a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Hotels at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he oversees the Firm’s hospitality acquisition and asset management activities across the United States. Since June 2011, Mr. Shah has led Starwood Capital’s U.S. Hotel Acquisitions team. Since October 2014, he has also led the Firm’s Select-Service Hotel Asset Management team.

After joining Starwood Capital in 2005, Mr. Shah spent three years in Paris as a member of the management team of Groupe du Louvre, which owns, manages and franchises more than 1,000 hotels throughout Europe, in addition to over a dozen luxury hotels. Mr. Shah was previously with Gleacher Partners, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions across all industries.

Mr. Shah received a B.S. degree in management science & engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Hersha Hospitality Management and InTown Suites.

Starwood Energy Group


Madison F. Grose

Vice Chairman, General Counsel and Senior Managing Director 
Starwood Energy Group

Madison Grose serves as Vice Chairman, General Counsel and a Senior Managing Director of Starwood Energy Group, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that specializes in energy infrastructure investments, where he is currently focusing most of his time. He is also a Senior Managing Director and Co-General Counsel of Starwood Capital Group, and sits on the Firm’s Executive Committee. In addition, Mr. Grose served as a Trustee or Director of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (formerly NYSE: HOT, since merged with Marriott Hotels) from 1994 until 2001, and as a Director of iStar Financial (NYSE: STAR), from 1999 until 2003.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 1992, Mr. Grose was a Senior and Founding Partner with Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, a law firm specializing in complex real estate-related transactions.

Mr. Grose holds a B.A. degree with distinction and highest departmental honors from Stanford University, and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he served as the Chief Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review.


Bradford T. Nordholm

Senior Managing Director and Co-Head
Starwood Energy Group

Brad Nordholm is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Starwood Energy Group, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that specializes in energy infrastructure investments. In this role, Mr. Nordholm is responsible for leadership of the business, including strategic direction, tactical execution, organizational development and investor relations. Mr. Nordholm also serves as a Director of Starwood Energy’s portfolio companies and as a member of its Investment Committee. Since joining Starwood Energy as its first CEO in 2006, Mr. Nordholm has overseen the completion of approximately two-dozen highly structured investments in power generation and transmission projects in North America, with aggregate enterprise value of approximately $4 billion.

Mr. Nordholm was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Tyr Energy, Inc., an asset management firm focused on power generation assets, and, concurrently, was Co-Founder and Chairman of Tyr Capital, LLC, a private equity investment fund. Before that, Mr. Nordholm served as General Manager of Aquila, where he was responsible for the development, acquisition, management and optimization of power generation, gas storage and gas transportation assets, and as CEO of U.S. Central, a $36 billion wholesale financial services company.

Mr. Nordholm received B.A. degree in economics from Carleton College, where he currently serves as a Trustee, and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.


Himanshu Saxena

Senior Managing Director and Co-Head
Starwood Energy Group

Himanshu Saxena is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Starwood Energy Group, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that specializes in energy infrastructure investments. In this role, Mr. Saxena is responsible for supervision of Starwood Energy’s investment program and strategy, as well as overall management of the business. Mr. Saxena sits on both the Investment Committee and the boards of portfolio companies, and is responsible for the development and management of the investment team. In addition, he maintains responsibilities for origination, structuring, execution, monitoring and exiting investments across the energy industry. Mr. Saxena has led the acquisition and development of approximately 4,500 MW of power generation and transmission projects in North America, with an aggregate enterprise value of approximately $5 billion.

Prior to joining Starwood Energy Group in 2008, Mr. Saxena was an investment banker with JPMorgan’s global energy and utilities group, where he advised on more than $10 billion in transactions. Before that, Mr. Saxena worked at American Electric Power, where he focused on managing financial risks in the power trading business and on optimizing a power generation portfolio. Mr. Saxena was previously a Chemical Engineer at industrial gas company Praxair, where he filed for several patents.

Mr. Saxena earned an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay, India. He currently serves on the Advisory Board at Cornell University’s Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP).


David Arbia

Chief Financial Officer 
Starwood Energy Group

David Arbia is the CFO of Starwood Energy Group, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that specializes in energy infrastructure investments. In this role, he is responsible for financial reporting, tax compliance, cash management and financial diligence on prospective investments.

Prior to joining Starwood Energy in 2013, Mr. Arbia served as the Controller of Credit Suisse USA subsidiary Asset Management Finance LLC, where he oversaw an investment portfolio consisting of $700 million in assets. Before that, Mr. Arbia was an Audit Manager in the financial services division at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Mr. Arbia received a B.S. degree with honors in accounting and finance from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Starwood Land Ventures


Mike Moser

CEO
Starwood Land Ventures

Mike Moser is Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Land Ventures, a Starwood Capital Group-affiliated real estate investment firm that specializes in residential land development. In this role, Mr. Moser is responsible for managing the consolidated operations of Starwood Land Ventures. Mr. Moser has led the firm in the acquisition of land valued at more than $200 million over the last nine years.

Prior to joining Starwood Land Ventures in 2007, Mr. Moser spent nearly 13 years at Taylor Woodrow, a U.K.-based homebuilder, where he served as Division President of the U.S. Tower Division and Southeast homebuilding operations.

Mr. Moser received a B.S. degree in business administration from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. He holds Florida Broker’s and Community Association Manager’s licenses, and is a member of the PGA of America.

Starwood Oil & Gas


Russell Bennett

Managing Director
Starwood Oil & Gas

Russell Bennett is a Managing Director and Head of Oil & Gas at Starwood Capital Group, with responsibility for leading the Firm’s expansion into the oil & gas sector. In November 2013, Mr. Bennett closed Starwood Capital’s first investment in the industry—a $35 million investment in Northeast Natural Energy. In June 2015, Mr. Bennett led a $110 million investment in EagleRidge Energy.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2013, Mr. Bennett worked as an investment professional at Metalmark from 2004 to 2013. During his tenure there, Mr. Bennett played an active role in 15 investments, including portfolio add-on acquisitions. Mr. Bennett has served as a member of Northeast Natural Energy’s Board of Directors from 2010 to present and has served as Chairman of EagleRidge Energy since June 2015. He began his career in the leverage finance and private equity coverage groups at JPMorgan.

Mr. Bennett received a B.S. degree in economics from Northwestern University.

Starwood Property Trust


Jeffrey F. DiModica

President and Managing Director
Starwood Property Trust

Jeffrey DiModica is President and Managing Director of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S. In this role, Mr. DiModica manages day-to-day operations and explores new business opportunities for the company, and serves on its Investment Committee. He previously served for five years on Starwood Property Trust’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Starwood Property Trust in 2014, Mr. DiModica served as a Managing Director and Head of MBS/ABS/CMBS Sales and Strategy for the Americas at the Royal Bank of Scotland. In this role, he was responsible for the distribution and analysis of mortgage and asset-backed securities to institutional clients. Mr. DiModica previously headed the Boston sales office for RBS/Greenwich Capital. Before that, he sold derivative and MBS products for Merrill Lynch. He began his career in Chemical Bank’s commercial real estate department’s merchant and investment banking division.

Mr. DiModica received a B.S./B.A. degree, with a concentration in finance, from Boston University, and an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 1995.


Rina Paniry

Chief Financial Officer
Starwood Property Trust

Rina Paniry is Chief Financial Officer of Starwood Property Trust, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S. In this role, she is responsible for all financial and accounting functions for the business. Before being promoted to this role in 2014, Ms. Paniry served as Chief Financial Officer of Starwood Property Trust subsidiary LNR Property LLC, where she led the integration and transition of Starwood Property Trust’s core finance functions—including accounting, treasury, planning and tax—to LNR’s Miami office following Starwood Property Trust’s acquisition of the business in 2013. Ms. Paniry joined LNR in 2006 as Chief Accounting Officer.

Prior to joining LNR, Ms. Paniry spent 11 years at Deloitte & Touche, where she began her career. She worked in numerous roles with increasing responsibility, principally in the real estate industry in the functional areas of audit and mergers & acquisitions.

Ms. Paniry holds a Masters of Accounting from Florida International University and is a Florida CPA.


Andrew J. Sossen

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Starwood Property Trust

Andrew Sossen is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S. In this role, Mr. Sossen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, as well as its capital markets and strategic initiatives. He is also a member of Starwood Property Trust’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Starwood Property Trust in 2010, Mr. Sossen served as the General Counsel of KKR Financial Holdings LLC, a publicly traded specialty finance company, and KKR Asset Management, where he was a member of senior management and was involved in both policy and strategic decision-making, as well as in the business’ day-to-day operations. Mr. Sossen’s career began at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he specialized in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Sossen received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Starwood Retail Partners


Michael Glimcher

CEO
Starwood Retail Partners

Michael Glimcher is Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Retail Partners, the wholly owned, fully integrated operating platform that oversees Starwood Capital Group’s retail investments. Mr. Glimcher has worked in the real estate industry for 27 years and prior to joining Starwood Retail Partners in 2017, he served as CEO of Glimcher Realty Trust/WP Glimcher from 2005 to 2016.

Mr. Glimcher holds a B.S. degree from Arizona State University and recently served as a trustee for the University Foundation. He serves on the Executive Board of Governors and the Governing Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, is a former Trustee for the International Council of Shopping Centers and is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable.  He was also a 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and named a Midwest Real Estate Icon by Real Estate Forum Magazine.