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Gregg P. Lisciotti is president of Lisciotti Development Corporation (www.lisciotti.com), a real estate investment and development company based in Leominster, MA. Since its establishment, Lisciotti Development Corporation has been involved in the acquisition, development and ownership of real estate and has successfully developed retail centers throughout the United States.A graduate of Bentley University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, lifelong resident of Leominster, Mr. Lisciotti began his company prior to graduating from Bentley
Janine is the co-founder of StayAwhile, a membership model for housing. Previously, she was co-founder of Roam Co-Living and a consultant to Ollie Coliving. Janine was previously head of acquisitions & development for Standard Hotels. She began her career as an investment professional at real estate private equity firm NorthStar Capital where she oversaw a portfolio of over $100MM in real estate assets. She has closed on over $1 billion in real estate investments over her career. She graduated from Yale University
Jennifer Novack (College '99-00) is the Head of the Global Real Estate Practice at Sheffield Haworth, a global executive search and advisory firm with offices in the US, Europe, Middle East, India and Asia. She has worked in Real Estate executive search for twelve years, serving the world's top global private equity firms, hedge funds, investment banks, developers, REITs, and sovereign wealth funds. Jennifer began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Currencies in London and New York. She speaks Spanish, German and Mandarin. Her social impact startup Partners in Kind (www.partnersinkind.com) was chosen by two HBS students as a field study project
In2012Benjiefounded Arx Urban, a $100M technology-enabled real estate investment firm focused on acquiring generational assets in urban markets. Arx Urban utilizes progressive strategies to source, operate, and capitalize its assets—technology, sustainability and community unlock value for all of the firm’s stakeholders. Arx Urban’s commitment to generational investment, in contrast to real estate speculation, provide stability for local communities as well as perpetual income for investors. Benjie is a thought leader in the real estate crowdfunding industry, capitalizing over $30M in real estate acquisitions on various crowdfunding portals.
Prior to founding Arx Urban, Benjie acquired and oversaw a $1+ billion real estate portfolio across the country while working at Atlas Real Estate Partners and JP Morgan Global Real Assets. In these roles, Benjie created the investment strategy for over 30 mixed-use urban assets, implementing the leasing, management, development, financing, and valuation of each asset. Benjie started his career as a Real Estate Capital Markets at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.
Benjie is thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate valuation, development, financing, and syndication and is an active member of the Tufts and Dartmouth Real Estate Networks and the Bay Village Neighborhood Association. Benjie holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Tufts University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business where he graduated as Tuck Scholar, was a recipient of the Julia Stell Award for Leadership and was President of the Real Estate Club. He resides in Bay Village, Boston with his fiancé Anna.
Ms. Roma Patel is a Vice President responsible for supporting the acquisition and asset management activities of Artemis. She is focused on the acquisition of commercial real estate and debt investments across all property types, with a focus on healthcare real estate. Ms. Patel is based in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Previously, Ms. Patel worked as an Associate at The Carlyle Group in U.S real estate transactions and focused on senior housing and energy sector investments. She started her career at Northwood Investors in New York on acquisitions across all asset types working on the acquisition of all commercial property types across the debt and equity spectrum.
Ms. Patel earned a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in real estate and finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Design studies in Real Estate and the Built Environment from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a focus on real estate development.
Karen Hollinger is Vice President, Corporate Initiatives for AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and is responsible for leading and monitoring large strategic corporate initiatives. She also is point on innovation initiatives, primarily focused on development, construction and property operations
David Bates is a managing partner at Tamarisc, where he invests in early stage technology companies that improve real estate and the built environment. Representative investments include Bevi, Getaway, Omni, and Serraview. He is also a partner at TMC Group, a private holding company with real estate and financial investments in the U.S. and Asia. David has transacted more than three dozen venture deals putting more than $70M to work in high-growth technology companies. Prior to Tamarisc, David was a Principal at Morningside Ventures, beginning in the biotech sector and eventually transitioning over to manage Morningside's cleantech portfolio.
While at Morningside, David was asked to join F-wave, a building technology company and Morningside portfolio company, as its Chief Strategy Officer during its move to North America and during its acquisition of Fuji Solar in Japan. Prior to joining Morningside, David worked in biotech research, holding appointments at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
David is a co-founder of three active companies, and a co-inventor of five technology patents. He holds a PhD in Chemical & Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and an MS and BS in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ms. Shank oversees portfolio management at Beacon Capital Partners on a national basis, including technology initiatives to improve the tenant experience. She is also the co-founder and co-chair of ULI’s New England Real Estate Technology Council, a multidisciplinary, collaborative network where real estate practitioners and technology providers can share, debate, and hone ideas to accelerate innovation across the industry. She is a frequent speaker on commercial real estate technology at industry events, and was recognized by Real Estate Forum as one of the ‘50 Under 40’ in commercial real estate in 2015. She is also on the Board of Advisors for several companies including VTS, Comfy, Compstak and WiredScore.
Alexis Miller serves as WeWork's Director of Business Operations for the Northeast and helps manage various aspects of operating and growing the business. Lex has opened and managed multiple new buildings for WeWork across the three fast growing markets of Boston, Toronto, and Montreal.
Lex joined WeWork in 2015 after founding Inspirado.Co, a business featuring inspirational home decor products that can be found in both domestic and international homes, workplaces, schools, and hotels. Previously, he worked on Wall Street to help build a firm focused on credit default swaps and corporate bonds that was eventually acquired by a public company.
He is also a member of the Boston BUILD Host Committee, working with a nonprofit that is dedicated to experiential learning through entrepreneurship and igniting the potential of youth in under-resourced communities. Lex is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and resides in East Boston with his fiancé Mónica.
JJ Lenhart is a Managing Director at The Baupost Group, LLC, a Boston-based investment management firm, where he focuses on real estate investments in Europe and the United States. Prior to joining Baupost in 2009, he worked at Citi Property Investors and JP Morgan Investment Management. JJ earned his BA from Harvard University and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.