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Program Committee Co-Chairs

Ms. McGinnis is a Managing Director at SSH Real Estate with more than 10 years of Commercial Real Estate experience. She is involved in investment management division of SSH focusing on acquisitions, asset management, and development as well as financings.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McGinnis was an Associate at HFF involved in the debt and equity placement of approximately $750 million in commercial real estate transactions. Before HFF she spent five years as an Asset Manager/Capital Markets Associate at the Buccini/Pollin Group where she was responsible for the asset management of over 3.0 million square feet of office properties valuing over $400 million.

She received a B.A. in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate from Villanova University where she now serves as a co-chair of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate Nova Next Council.

Managing Director

Megan McGinnis ’10 ’15 VSB

SSH Real Estate

Mr. Feron works as a part of the acquisitions and development teams responsible for sourcing office and industrial investments in various markets on the East Coast.


Prior to joining Equus in the spring of 2015, Mr. Feron was a part of the portfolio asset management team at KTR Capital Partners, an industrial focused real estate private equity firm. During his time at KTR, Mr. Feron participated in quarterly valuations, the tenant credit review, dispositions, and the firm’s merger with Pro­logis, Inc. (PLD). Before KTR, Mr. Feron was an Equity Research Associate in Janney Montgomery Scott’s Capital Markets group where he covered Real Estate Investment Trusts.


Mr. Feron is a 2011 graduate of Villanova University with a B.B.A. in Finance and has a Masters in Real Estate from Georgetown Uni­versity.

Acquisitions Manager

Timothy Feron ’11 VSB

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Program Committee

Shannon Bona is a retail specialist in Marcus & Millichap’s Phil­adelphia office, where she exclusively represents both sellers and buyers of investment properties throughout New Jersey and New England. Shannon is a member of the TZD Retail Group and has collectively closed over $3.0 billion in shopping center and net leased sales. During her first twelve months at Marcus & Milli­chap, she was awarded both the Pace Setter’s Award as well as the 2015 Rookie of the Year, which is presented to the top new agent in the Philadelphia office.


Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap in late 2014, Shannon was Real Estate Banking Analyst at PNC Bank. She graduated Villano­va University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Real Estate. Since her coursework began at Villanova, she has been an active member of the DiLella Center and is very eager to play an influential role on the Nova Next Council.

Retail Specialist

Shannon Bona '13 VSB

Marcus and Millichap

Mr. DiSilvestro is an acquisitions manager at Merion Realty Part­ners. His responsibilities include the sourcing and evaluation of acquisitions as well as assisting in the disposition and asset man­agement of the real estate portfolio. Prior to joining Merion, Mr. DiSilvestro spent two years with Clarion/Samuels Associates, a real estate consulting firm specializing in real estate valuation, condemnation appraisals, and tax appeal litigation. Anthony graduated Cum Laude from Villanova University in 2013 with a Business Administration degree in Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate. Mr. DiSilvestro is an active member of Villanova’s Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate and serves on the Center’s Nova Next Council.

Acquisitions Manager

Anthony DiSilvestro ’13 VSB

Merion Realty Partners

Mr. McCormack is a Director in the Miami office of HFF with more than ten years of experience in commercial real estate. He is a member of the Office Investment Advisory team, executing sale assignments as well as debt and equity placement.

Mr. McCormack joined HFF in May 2016 and has facilitated nearly $5 billion in closed transactions. Prior to joining HFF, he worked as an Associate at Crocker Partners (Crocker) where he was responsible for acquisitions and transaction execution functions as well as for the management and disposition of existing assets across all of Crocker’s target markets. During Mr. McCormack’s time at the firm, he participated in more than $1.3 billion in closed trans­actions. Prior to his five years at Crocker, he interned at CBRE, Thomson Reuters and JP Morgan Chase.
Mr. McCormack earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova Uni­versity with a major in finance and minor in real estate. He is also an active member of the university’s Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate.


Matthew T. McCormack ’11 VSB


Mr. Merlini serves as a Vice President of Asset Management at Rubenstein Partners, where he is responsible for assisting in the firm’s property and portfolio level asset management. Prior to joining Rubenstein, he was a Principal in Miller Investment Man­agement’s real estate group where he was primarily responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing acquisitions of commercial real estate assets, as well as the operations and asset management of the firm’s existing portfolio of properties. Mr. Merlini began his career as a structural engineer with O’Donnell and Naccarato, leading a variety of commercial, institutional, and healthcare de­sign and construction projects.


Mr. Merlini earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Villanova Uni­versity and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Grad­uate School of Management. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Nova Next Council for Real Estate at Villanova University.

Vice President - Asset Management

Lou Merlini ’03 VSB

Rubenstein Partners

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