PREVIOUS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The seven individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame this
year join an exceptional roster of commercial real estate
professionasls. Here are the 18 power players that have
been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 2014, many of
which are still making their mark on the CRE scene.
Karen Bellantoni, RKF
Debra Cafaro, Ventas Inc.
Faith Hope Consolo, Douglas Elliman
Annemarie DiCola, Trepp Inc.
Ann Hambly, 1st Service Solutions
Sharon Harper, Plaza Cos.
Laurie Lustig-Bower, CBRE Group Inc.
Jean Kane, Welsh and Colliers International
Darla Longo, CBRE Group Inc.
Golfie B. Wolfe Miller, Millbrook Corporate RE Services
Jeanne Myerson, The Swig Co.
Daun Paris, Eastern Consolidated
Sonia Ransom, Allen Matkins
Carol Rosenthal, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Rosemary Scanlon, NY University Schack Institute of Real Estate
Darcy Stacom, CBRE Group Inc.
Tara Stacom, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.
Mary Ann Tighe, CBRE Group Inc.
“Women are setting the stage for the
future; there are more women in
key visible positions in commercial
real estate and their presence has
become much more prevalent. The
dynamics of the industry have
changed thanks to highly effective
women changing the perception of
women’s roles through cooperation,
approach to growth models, and
Those thoughts are according to
Lori Schneider, who currently
holds the distinction of being the highest-producing woman in
Marcus & Millichap’s 46-year history. Having exclusively listed
and closed more than $2.5 billion worth of transactions over the
course of her career, she serves as a senior managing director,
investments, in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office, a senior direc-
tor of the national retail and net-leased properties groups, and
as an executive director of the company’s Institutional Property
A specialist in the sale of both single-tenant net-leased assets
and shopping centers, Schneider integrates a multi-disciplinary
perspective to achieve exceptional results for her clients. She
has earned Marcus & Millichap’s prestigious National
Achievement Award 16 times and its esteemed Chairman’s Club
Award five times. In 2016, she was ranked as the top multi-tenant retail investment professional company wide.
As senior director in the Denver
office of Trammell Crow Co., Ann
Sperling has combined a 35-year
career in both commercial real estate
execution and company leadership,
and has pursued both with equal
vigor. She’s held roles within the
C-suites of leading organizations and
has been deeply involved, as a principal and advisor, on major developments across the US and in Denver.
Having started her career with
Trammell Crow, Sperling was
named its first female partner within four years, and was also
selected to be the area director and senior director of the Rocky
Mountain region. She left TCC to join Catellus Development
Group as a managing director, then moved to JLL. She spent
four years there as president, Markets West, and as Americas
COO, overseeing the firm’s operations and 14,000-plus employees throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. She returned
to TCC and the development field in 2013.
“I’ve spent half of my career in the business of business—
sourcing, conceiving and building projects—and about an equal
half in leadership, helping to develop strategies, platforms and
people to drive results in organizations,” explains Sperling. “The
skills needed to be successful in both arenas overlap. Real estate
is a unique industry because it happens at both the street and
boardroom levels, influencing how companies attract and retain
talent and how they execute their businesses.”
In addition to New York City-based
Jan Sternin’s 35-plus-year commercial real estate career, the Berkadia
senior vice president and managing
director works to support and
encourage opportunities for women’s professional growth and development both within the industry
and in a number of other professional sectors.
Throughout her career, Sternin
has seized on several opportunities,
and is currently responsible for
much of Berkadia’s business development efforts as well as client
and rating agency relations. She is also a strong advocate for the
advancement of other women in the industry, a mission that is
particularly evident through her active leadership of both the
CRE Finance Council’s Women’s Network and Servicers Forum .
In the past year, Sternin has been responsible for bringing a
number of significant new clients to the firm while maintaining,
expanding, and strengthening relationships with existing clients.
At the same time, she was a key organizer of Berkadia’s CRE
Symposium that was hosted in conjunction with Wells Fargo in
Hyderabad, India. The symposium brought together 900 employees across the two companies to participate in the two-day event
that included speakers from all sectors of the industry and covered topics including career development, innovations in GSE
lending, customer service and special servicing. ◆