Villanova Celebration of Excellence in Real Estate

Join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, and heavy hors d’oeuvres for Villanova’s Celebration of Excellence in Real Estate!




Gerard H. Sweeney

President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee, Brandywine Realty Trust

Mr. Sweeney has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Brandywine since the Company’s founding in 1994.  Mr. Sweeney has overseen the growth of Brandywine from four properties and a total market capitalization of less than $5 million to over 28 million square feet and a total market capitalization of approximately $5.0 billion.  Prior to 1994, Mr. Sweeney served as Vice President of LCOR, Incorporated (“LCOR”), a real estate development firm.  Mr. Sweeney was employed by the Linpro Company (a predecessor of LCOR) from 1983 to 1994 and served in several capacities, including Financial Vice President and General Partner.  During this time, Mr. Sweeney was responsible for the marketing, management, construction, asset management and financial oversight of a diversified portfolio consisting of urban high-rise, mid-rise, flex, warehouse and distribution facilities, retail and apartment complexes.   Mr. Sweeney holds a BS degree in Economics from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.


Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), Urban Land Institute (“ULI”), Chairman of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (“SRDC”), Chairman of the Center City District Foundation (“CCDF”), and Chairman of the board for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.  Additionally, Mr. Sweeney serves on the boards of several other Philadelphia-based organizations. Mr. Sweeney is also co-founder and co-CEO of Bonomo Turkish Taffy LLC.


The Celebration of Excellence will also include a thought leadership discussion of the use of artificial intelligence within real estate, moderated by April Walker,  Sr. Director of the US Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC).

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April Walker

Sr. Director

US Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC)

April Walker is Sr. Director of the US Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC). She is accountable for 15 innovation centers across the US and leads a national organization of more than 100 employees. In her role, April oversees Microsoft’s state-of-the-art technology and industry centers-of-excellence (COE) that are at the heart of Microsoft’s ecosystem. A mission to empower and enable Microsoft customers to realize the promise of digital transformation, April’s team of MTC technical architects guide industry leaders and their respective organizations through the journey of transformative technological evolution that helps to solve their most complex business challenges through the use of Azure Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science and Analytics, Cybersecurity and numerous emerging technologies that are impacting and changing the world we live in today.



John D. Busi


Newmark Knight Frank

John Busi, MAI, FRICS, joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2016 as president of NKF Valuation & Advisory. As one of the most respected global figures in property valuation, Mr. Busi has led NKF's explosive growth in its valuation and advisory practice both through acquisitions and recruiting top talent. Mr. Busi also sits on the Knight Frank Global Valuation Management Board and is a member of the Newmark Knight Frank Leadership Committee.

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Richard Sarkis

CEO and Co-Founder


Richard Sarkis is CEO and co-founder of Reonomy, the property intelligence platform. Since the company’s founding in 2013, Sarkis has been instrumental in raising $128 million in venture capital and led Reonomy through a successful web-application launch in New York City, as well as the launch of a second nationwide application in 2017. An avid entrepreneur, Sarkis has launched numerous companies, including an international arbitrage textbook company, a college marketing network and an offshore tech company.







Artificial Intelligence in Real Estate


Honoring Gerard H. Sweeney


Celebration Concludes

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