ARGUS University Challenge Judging Panel Assembled

ARGUS Software is proud to announce the judging panel for the 2015 ARGUS University Challenge.

This team of CRE experts will score the university projects submitted by each team for the University Challenge. In the Challenge, student teams work through a fictitious scenario and create the most compelling commercial real estate opportunity. Students use ARGUS solutions to model, plan and optimize their investment scenarios to support their decisions. This year’s Challenge is Think Green 2015. The authors of Think Green 2015 are Peter Chinloy and Eric Maribojoc.

University Challenge Authors

Peter Chinloy is the Director of the MS in Real Estate Program at the Kogod School of Business at American University. He received an undergraduate degree from McGill University and a Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University. His research focuses on mortgage markets and the equity side of commercial real estate. Mr. Chinloy has worked as a consultant in apartment, office, retail and hotel investment and development, and at various equity and debt providers.

Eric Maribojoc teaches real estate transactions, urban planning and asset management at the Kogod School of Business at American University. He is an experienced real estate professional with extensive experience in acquisition, financing, asset management, construction, leasing, repositioning and sale of multifamily, office, retail and industrial properties. Mr. Maribojoc has previously worked with private equity groups investing in value-added commercial properties across the country and as a consultant to numerous real estate projects and business ventures.

Distinguished Judges

Ms. Katie Bergen is an Associate with CenterSquare Investment Management, Inc., focusing on capital markets and investor relations for the private real estate investment strategies. She is responsible for day-to-day client services and marketing of private real estate funds on behalf of CenterSquare. Ms. Bergen has experience in acquisitions, asset management, valuations, and dispositions as well as developing investment models to project fund level returns and asset level performance including hold/sell analysis. Prior to joining CenterSquare, Ms. Bergen worked for Clarion/Samuels Associates, a real estate consulting firm specializing in land valuation, condemnation appraisals, and tax appeal litigation. Ms. Bergen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of Wisconsin with dual majors in Real Estate and Finance. She is a member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA), serving on its scholarship committee and an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

Mr. Edward Galka is a Director at Altus Group who has been actively involved in the real estate field for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in the analysis of office, retail and residential investments throughout the Toronto Region. His involvement in property management, development, acquisitions and consulting has given him a broad range of experience. Mr. Galka’s clients include some of Canada’s largest institutional investors, pension funds, REITs and insurance companies. Mr. Galka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto specializing in economics and urban planning. He is an Accredited Appraiser (AACI) through the Appraisal Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Mr. Ronald Granite is a Director at Brixmor Property Group responsible for the oversight of 170 assets, 29M SF, categorized in the South Region of Brixmor Property Group’s overall 522 asset portfolio. He has directly been involved in the restructuring of the portfolio, formerly Centro Properties, and the eventual IPO of the Brixmor platform in October of 2013. His role at the firm has been to assess opportunity, risk and perform quantitative and qualitative analysis on guiding metrics to understand and explain Brixmor’s platform, growth and strategy to investors and the Street. Prior to joining Brixmor Property Group, Mr. Granite worked with Houlihan Parnes/CLK, CBRE Capital Markets, Meridian Capital Group and Lehman Brothers. Overall in the industry, he has been involved in approximately $1.6B in transactions including structured debt, acquisitions and public offerings. Mr. Granite holds a Masters degree in Real Estate from New York University and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a minor in Mathematics from University of Buffalo.

Mr. Charles Han has been with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms, since 2013 and currently serves as a financial analyst with the firm’s financial services group. In this capacity, he provides qualitative and quantitative analysis supporting the firm’s leasing and capital markets transactions. He also provides strategic consulting services to multinational corporate clients. Mr. Han initially worked in NGKF’s Landauer Valuation & Advisory division, where he focused on national institutional real estate valuations. He began his commercial real estate career soon after the 2008 global financial crisis, as an investment analyst at a New York-based boutique real estate acquisitions consultancy. Prior to 2008, Mr. Han worked as a sales executive in the business services industry. Mr. Han earned a bachelor’s degree in real estate investment from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Prof. Andres Losada is currently the Director of the Masters in Real Estate Development program and member of the Board of Trustees at the Antonio Nariño University. His professional consultant work focuses on portfolio management planning and includes leading large complex projects such as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Reuse Plan in northeast Washington, DC; a portfolio strategy for the US Executive Office of the President; and long-term real estate portfolio plans and strategies for various other US Federal Agencies in the DC area including the Department of State, the Department of Treasury, the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Losada has also been active in the academic world as a former dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the same university where he was head of undergraduate and graduate programs in eight different cities. He has published and presented his work in various recognized academic and news media. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Masters in Real Estate program and also holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Universidad de los Andes, a leading research university in Colombia. Mr. Losada received the FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) Merit Scholarship in 2006.

University Challenge Participating University Teams Announced

ARGUS Software has received international interest in the University Challenge with the following teams participating this year.

Arizona State University: Denise Christensen, Abhishek Garg & Tushar Mall
Advising Professor: Michael Bronska

Cass Business School – London: Elliott Blatt, Daniel Green, James Nathan, Nicolas Voelin & James Wippel
Advising Professor: Tony Key

Colorado State University: Benjamin Boucher, Zachariah Johnson, Denzel Myers & Mitchel Reynolds
Advising Professor: Richard Button

Cornell University: Jason Abel, Spencer Burton, Julio Duran, & Junwei Zhou
Advising Professor: Crocker Liu

Florida International University: Hugo Barragan, Andres Lozano, Luis Moran, Michelle Pabon & Jing Yang
Advising Professor: Wu Zhonghua

Fordham University: John Bartos, Fredrik Hansen, Sam Koeppel & Robert Lombardo
Advising Professor: Lev Yagudayev

Louisiana State University: Brianna Gibson, David Harms, Raju Marasini, Ivanna Olivieri & Saban Sellers
Advising Professor: Carlos Swanson

Middle Tennessee State University: Marcela Arredondo, Nick Ferran, Clint Poston & John Wilson
Advising Professor: Philip Seagraves

Middlebury College: Darren Chen, John Clearly, Connor Frick, Julien Miller & Kevin Tsai
Advising Professor: Scott E. Pardee

Syracuse University: Steven Cohen, Gina DiNapoli, Benjamin Schon & Ran Wang
Advising Professor: Yildiray Yildirim

University of Baltimore: Stephanie Dobbs, Brendan Ferrara, Brian Maxfield & Alex Meushaw
Advising Professor: Jeffrey Connolly

University of Chicago Booth: Karan Nayar, Daniel Nyhan, Matt Olsen, Jacqueline Perchuck & Jack Scott
Advising Professor: Joe Pagliari

University of Edinburgh Business School: Scott Bedard, Jim Fletcher, Paul Hancock, Prabhakar Kawale & Joseph McElmeel
Advising Professor: Malcolm Kirkup

University of New Brunswick: Josh Bubar, Jeff Mott & Daniel Slipp
Advising Professor: Glenn Cleland

University of San Diego: Edward Allen, Luc Dreifuss, Lori Malins, Michael Vielma & Clarence Wong
Advising Professor: Charles Tu

University of Texas – San Antonio: Denise Aguirre, Cesar Quiroga & Allen Shaibani
Advising Professor: Ray Teske

University of Virginia: Blake Balda, William Carver, Allie Griswold, Gray Layden & Zach Odle
Advising Professor: George Overstreet

Virginia Tech University: Amy Cohen, Nicholas Gratto, Liam O’Neal, Andrew Plante & Maclean Trainor
Advising Professor: Kevin Boyle

York University: Jami Damji, Asya Levin, Emily Long & Sandra Krecisz
Advising Professor: Andre Kuzmicki

Winners of the University Challenge will be announced on Monday, March 16. For more information, email