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IU Real Estate Alumni Network

The IU Real Estate Alumni Network currently has groups in many cities throughout the U.S. Alumni coordinators are listed below. If there’s a group in your city and you’re interested in joining, email your city’s coordinator. To stay in touch with the international network, join the IU Center for Real Estate LinkedIn group. If you have any questions about the network or are interested in starting a group in your city, please email national alumni coordinator, John Holloway, who is also the Indianapolis coordinator.  

Real Estate Alumni Coordinators
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Boston/New England

Andrew Mahr
amahr@bialow.com

Andrew Mahr is an Associate Director at Bialow Real Estate. Bialow Real Estate is a full service real estate consulting firm dedicated to servicing the needs of local, regional and national retailers. We provide retail chains the ability to outsource all of the traditional functions of an internal real estate department. We are capable of directing all facets of a retailer's growth inclusive of strategic planning, market analysis, site selection, lease negotiations and coordination of the construction process. Prior to joining Bialow Real Estate, Andrew worked for a leading investment sales firm, Calkain Companies in Boston, MA with a focus on triple net lease investments and 1031 exchanges. Andrew also has a strong financial background having worked for RMC Property Group in Tampa, Florida on property tax lien acquisitions and sales. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Andrew graduated from the Kelley School of Business with a double major in Finance – Real Estate & Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. At Kelley, Andrew and his team won the 2011 Stanley E. Hunt Development Case Competition. Andrew is a licensed real estate sales associate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a member of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Real Estate, Construction & Design team, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and most importantly – a proud Hoosier!

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Chicago

Nicholas G. Kanich
Nicholas.kanich@cushwake.com

Nicholas G. Kanich is a Director of Capital Markets with Cushman and Wakefield. Cushman & Wakefield is a world-leading provider of real estate Capital Markets expertise. C&W’s Capital Markets Group provides comprehensive advisory and execution services to clients engaged in buying, selling, investing in, financing or developing real estate and real estate-related assets. Nick has been an investment broker since 2007 and specializes in urban mixed-use and retail properties throughout the Midwest. Nick is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), sits on the ICSC NextGen Chicago board, is involved with Toastmasters International and is the Kelley Community Chair for the Chicago area.

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Evansville, Indiana

Christopher M. Folz
cfolz@regency-prop.com

Christopher M. Folz is a 2007 graduate of Indiana University Kelley School of Business.  Earning a Bachelor of Science in Business with Distinction, Mr. Folz majored in Finance-Real Estate, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship.   He has been with Regency Properties since 2007 serving in various positions including Real Estate Representative, Project Manager, and Manager of Corporate Marketing.  He has earned the designation of Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and he currently serves as the Indiana State Operations Chair for the ICSC.  Mr. Folz is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Real Estate Salesperson in Indiana.

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Indianapolis

John Holloway
jholloway@mooreheadcomm.com

John Holloway is Director of Leasing for Moorehead Communications, Inc., the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless agent with over 800 Verizon Wireless stores from coast to coast.  Prior to joining Moorehead Communications, Inc., John was a Leasing Associate at Sandor Development Company focusing on the leasing and development of shopping centers in the Midwest.  John currently holds the positions of IU Real Estate National Alumni Coordinator, ICSC Indiana Retail Chair, and President of Holloway Commercial & Investments Inc., a commercial and multi-family brokerage and investment company. 

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Los Angeles

James Crowder 
james.crowder@huntcompanies.com

James Crowder is a Project Manager with Hunt Capital Partners, LLC., a subsidiary of Hunt Companies, Inc., located in Los Angeles.   As a Project Manager, Mr. Crowder leads and directs affordable multifamily projects through acquisition, construction, lease-up, and stabilization. Mr. Crowder has specialized in affordable multifamily finance for over 3 years, focusing on structuring and underwriting tax credit equity and debt transactions.  Prior to joining HCP, Mr. Crowder was an Analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch from June 2010 to November 2011.  While at Bank of America, Mr. Crowder was responsible for underwriting and structuring a variety of credit facilities, primarily including taxable and tax-exempt loans for affordable multifamily transactions.  Mr. Crowder received his BS in Finance – Real Estate from Indiana University.  In his free time Mr. Crowder enjoys playing beach volleyball and hiking throughout the Santa Monica Mountains.

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New York

Matthew Gorman
Gorman@greenoakrealestate.com

Matthew Gorman is an analyst with GreenOak Real Estate in New York. Matthew was previously an investment banking analyst with Barclays Capital within the real estate investment banking group. During his tenure at Barclays Capital, he focused primarily on corporate M&A and public capital raising assignments. Matthew graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Finance – Real Estate.

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New York

Deepak Hadpawat
dhadpawat@simon.com

Deepak Hadpawat is a Senior Lease Analyst at Simon Property Group in Indianapolis.  As the world’s largest real estate company, SPG manages, develops, and invests in high quality retail real estate in the US, with strategic investments and partnerships globally.   Deepak received his B.S. from the Kelley School of Business in 2010 with a double major in Finance – Real Estate and Operations Management.  While at Kelley, Deepak was a 2009 Stanley E. Hunt Development Case Study Case Competition Winner.  As a native New Yorker currently residing in Indianapolis, Deepak has been representing the New York alumni at many of the BCRES’s sponsored events in the Midwest.  

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San Diego

Katie Griswold
kgriswold@tallenretail.com

Katie is the Director of Leasing for Tallen Capital Partners Inc., a Commercial Real Estate Investment & Retail Service Provider specializing in redevelopment and repositioning of retail properties throughout the US. The company focuses on value added redevelopment of under-performing shopping centers & reviving "dark" retail boxes in urban and suburban areas. As Director of Leasing Katie targets strategically located community and neighborhood shopping centers, anchored by national or regional supermarkets, drugstores & corporations. Katie is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the San Diego coordinator for the IU Real Estate Alumni Network.

Denyse O'Grady
South Florida

Denyse O’Grady
djocpa@aol.com

Denyse O’Grady has broad based real estate experience spanning 23 years in the commercial and multi-family residential sectors throughout the United States. For the past 15 years she has been the Principal of Ascendant Real Estate Group located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, managing a portfolio of traditional and NNN single tenant retail centers throughout the southeastern United States. Aside from being a seasoned professional asset manager, Denyse’s specialties include brokerage, development and government entitlements, as well as retail site selection and distressed asset workouts. Denyse’s forte is locating real estate opportunities which she is able to accomplish by using a global approach with a local focus. Since relocating to South Florida in 2000, Denyse has continued to work with a select client group in the identification and creation of value-added opportunities. Denyse is a strategic, non-linear thinker and brings passion and commitment to her work. Denyse is an appointed member of the Fort Lauderdale Economic Development Advisory Board and is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Greater Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors, AICPA and NC CPA.

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Southwest Florida

Matthew Petra
iualumniswfl@gmail.com

Matthew Petra is an attorney with Becker & Poliakoff. He practices in the area of community association litigation. He holds bar admissions in Florida and Indiana,and is an officer of the Lee County Bar Association. He was a member of the Fort Myers Planning Board and is a current member of the Lee County Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee. Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, he was a law clerk with Broad & Cassel, focusing on Affordable Housing and Tax Credits. He obtained a JD/MBA at Indiana University – Bloomington in 2011. He also obtained a B.S.in Business (Finance – Real Estate) from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2007.