Keeping a global perspective is one of the cornerstones of commercial real estate. After all, people in every country need places to conduct business, store and ship goods, and live affordably. In the United States, we believe diversity strengthens every aspect of our lives.
In honor of February and Black History Month, The Content Funnel partnered with the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP), a leader in uplifting minority professionals in commercial real estate, to recognize top CRE professionals of all cultural backgrounds in the industry. These talented REAP alumni and supporters impact every aspect CRE, from multifamily housing to portfolio management.
Keith Sellars, Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
Under Sellars’ leadership as President and CEO, the WDCEP has lead initiatives attracting national and local retailers to the District of Columbia. The organization's budget grew from $500,000 to $4.8 million today. To support the tech industry, in 2013 WDCEP launched Accelerate DC, a tech startup mentoring program. Before serving as the WDCEP president, Sellars spent 13 years with Whole Foods Markets and the Rappaport Companies of Mclean, Virginia. The Washington Business Journal recognized Sellars as a Minority Business Leader. Read Sellars’ full bio. Connect on LinkedIn.
Sonya Rocvil, Berry Rocvil Enterprises
Rocvil is a noted leader and innovator in the commercial real estate industry. She is the Principal and Founder of multifamily manager Berry Rocvil Enterprises. Her expertise in financial services generates asset growth and strengthens company operations. She has a proven track record of solutions that promote investment strategy development. Rocvil earned her MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Connect on LinkedIn.
Nathaniel R Centeno, Madison Marquette
Centeno’s experience in retail real estate includes managing shopping centers for Westfield and Simon Property Group. As a Senior General Manager at Madison Marquette, he currently oversees property management for Bay Street, a popular shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Emeryville, CA. Connect on LinkedIn.
Kwame Brathwaite, Citi
As a Vice-President and Real Estate Manager for Citi Realty Services, Brathwaite manages a portfolio of over 400 locations in the Western United States. He has over 14 years of experience in the commercial, residential, and retail sector managing assets in the multi-billion dollar range. He specializes in leading capital projects, insuring property portfolios, and developing corporate relationships. Connect on LinkedIn.
Lesley Horton-Campbell, Global Real Estate & Store Development at Tiffany & Co)
For years, Horton-Campbell has counseled senior business leaders on global real estate matters, including in her current role as Associate General Counsel for Tiffany & Co.’s Global Real Estate and Store Development. She has a keen understanding of corporate real estate, luxury realty, and all matters concerning real estate development and litigation. She earned her law degree at the New York University School of Law. Connect on LinkedIn.
Buwa Binitie, Dantes Partners LLC
Since launching Dantes Partners, Binitie secured over $300 million in financing for affordable housing units in D.C. As its Managing Partner, he is an expert at executing development plans. The Washington Business Journal has honored him for his work in affordable housing. Connect on LinkedIn.
Angele Robinson-Gaylord, IKEA
Robinson-Gaylord earned her JD degree from the George Washington University Law school. Since then, she’s served as a senior law associate, a regional property manager for McDonald’s Corporation, and now the Vice President of US Real Estate & Development for IKEA Group. Connect on LinkedIn.
Jerry Dawson, CCIM, SVN | JCDAWSON Global Real Estate
Dawson carries extensive experience in the commercial real estate profession, having worked with some of the top names in the industry. He believes in delivering results and tailoring strategies directly to the client's needs. As the managing director and principal at SVN | JCDawson global real estate, he combines the personal service of a boutique firm with an international reach. Connect on LinkedIn.
Lisa Tomiko Blackburn, CEC Entertainment
Blackburn is a leading counselor in real estate law in the state of Texas, with additional licenses in Nevada and California. Her general counsel experience spans a wide array of real estate issues, such as litigation, finance and securities, compliance, commercial real estate development, investor real estate portfolios, and more. Blackburn has experience counseling firms with $1.5 billion in assets. She advises CEC Entertainment as its Director, Commercial Real Estate Attorney and is the Principal and Founder of Blackburn Law, LLC. Connect on LinkedIn.
London Kemp, Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro is a Fortune 100 company and supply chain services leader. As its Head of Global Real Estate, Kemp oversees the strategic planning, global workplace strategy, transaction management, in facilities management for Ingram Micro and its offices spread across 52 countries. Her past work experience includes positions at major retailers like Walmart and entertainment giant NBCUniversal. Connect on LinkedIn.
John Gilmore, Income Property Group, Key Bank Real Estate Capital
Gilmore is an expert at establishing and expanding relationships with real estate investors. He began his career as an analyst and today is Vice President of Income Property Group, a division of KeyBank providing affordable housing solutions. Connect on LinkedIn.
Katrina Rainey, McDonald’s Corporation
Rainey’s experience in the commercial, residential, and retail sectors of real estate shows a consistent track record of increasing earnings and insuring growth while minimizing risk. As a Real Estate Portfolio Manager for McDonald's corporation, she manages 1,400 traditional and co-branded restaurants throughout the Northeast, representing 5 million square feet. Connect on LinkedIn.
Min Chan, Esq, Chan Law Firm, LLC
Min is a EB-5 program expert attorney, working with NYC developers to access global financing, find foreign investors, and operate regional centers. Min is the founder of Chan Law Firm and the China-based website meixichina.com, which connects Chinese buyers with real-time New York property listings. She is dedicated to helping her overseas clients make their American life dreams a reality. Min is fluent in five languages. Connect on LinkedIn.
Adeola Adejobi, Esq, NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development
Adejobi’s years of experience in commercial real estate spans acquisitions, transactions, sales, and strategic partnerships. She handles complex legal issues surrounding housing programs as the Agency Attorney for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. She earned for J.D. from Cornell Law School with a specialization in International Legal Affairs. Connect on LinkedIn.
Jimena Sayavedra (Commercial Real Estate Broker at Paine/Wetzel TCN Worldwide)
Sayavedra is an expert in task management. In her work as a commercial real estate broker, she handles disposition and acquisition of commercial real estate assets on behalf of her clients in the industrial real estate industry. Currently employed by Paine/Wetzel TCN Worldwide, she enjoys helping business owners make informed decisions that positively grow their bottom line. Outside of her work in commercial real estate, she is an avid marathon runner. Learn more about Sayavedra.
Hillman Lam, ASC, Adjunct Instructor at NYU SPS's Schack Institute of Real Estate
Lam is a results-oriented strategic thinker with a myriad of specialities in commercial real estate. Before becoming an educator with the Schack Institute of Real Estate, he gained real-world experience in retail leasing, market analysis, acquisitions and development, appraisal, and business development. He is most interested in joint venture partnerships, sourcing capital, and consulting assignments. Connect on LinkedIn.
REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) is the commercial real estate industry's leading diversity program bringing the country's most talented multicultural professionals into the world of commercial real estate. This 10-week program offers complete immersion in real estate concepts and principles with support from the industry’s major trade organizations and prominent real estate companies.