Matthew Boras is one of the most influential people in the proptech sector. He
serves as the first VP of investments at
RXR Realty, where CEO and chairman
Scott Rechler selected him because of
his in-depth knowledge of technology
and forward-thinking outlook on the
future of the real estate industry. At
RXR, Boras spearheads the real estate
technology venture investments. He
focuses on identifying and investing in
new technologies and technology companies that will advance the
real estate industry toward its inevitable digital future. The goal of
these investments is not only to generate an investment return, but
also to discover and support technologies that can add scalable
value to real estate companies. This is the criteria model that Boras
follows in selecting potential investments.
In 2018, RXR launched a $50 million technology fund to invest
in technology start-ups. The company also participated in New York-based flexible office provider Convene’s series D fundraising round.
It has also invested in MetaProp Ventures II LP, a $40-million venture capital fund that will invest in start-up real estate technologies.
Prior to joining RXR, Boras served as the VP of Colony Capital
and NorthStar. He was one of the youngest VPs at the company,
which serves as an example of his ability to deliver value to customers. Boras also served as associate director at Five Mile Capital.
Boras is a council member at the Urban Land Institute New
York, and he is on the advisory board for non-profit Pencils for
Ramon Cepeda launched the first formal real estate lending group in
Northern Trust Co.’s 125-year history in
wealth management. The commercial
real estate group has been a game
changer. It works with Northern Trust
Private Bankers, Financial Advisers and
other internal team members to structure debt solutions for high net-worth
individuals, including families and
closely held partnerships, both regionally and throughout Northern Trust’s national footprint. The
group’s services include providing corporate lines of credit, partner loan programs, treasury management and wealth management. Since launching in 2007, Cepeda, who serves as SVP and
head of commercial real estate banking at the Northern Trust Co.,
has integrated the Trust’s real estate services and real estate advisory business into the platform and grown portfolio lending to
$1.5 billion in real estate loans.
Cepeda’s career, however, extends beyond his innovation at
Northern Trust Co. He formerly was the first VP at LaSalle Bank in
Chicago, and the VP at Second Federal Savings, also in Chicago.
His successes have helped to earn him numerous accolades, including the Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago for five years in a row, the
2010 nominee for one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the
US and a winner of the Chicago United Leader of Color award.
Outside of real estate, Cepeda lends his expertise to numerous
community organizations in Chicago. Governor Bruce Rauner
appointed Cepeda to serve on the University of Illinois Board of
Trustees in 2015. He is the chairman of the Audit, Budget, Finance
and Facilities Committee, where he manages a $6.7 billion budget
and is spearheading a $1 billion capital improvement plan to
upgrade the university-owned real estate facilities. He is also a
board member of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
and the Chair of the Gads Hill Golf Outing, which benefits families
of Pilsen, the Chicago neighborhood where he grew up. For the
last decade, he has served on the board of the National Museum of
Mexican Art, the only nationally accredited museum for Mexican
Art in the US.
Cepeda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and
economics from the University of Illinois.
As EVP and chief financial officer for
Metro Commercial Real Estate, Gina
Cotton spearheads the daily property
management accounting needs for a
6.5-million-square-foot retail portfolio.
In this role, she guides all financial decisions and provides the strategic financial management for the firm’s brokerage and development teams. Cotton
was promoted to the position of chief
financial officer earlier this year, taking
on the responsibility of managing financial staff to support brokerage and property management teams. At the time of the announcement, Metro also added four shopping centers totaling nearly
400,000 to its portfolio. A 25-year veteran, Cotton has previously
held positions as the senior level financial executive at KTR Capital
Partners—which was acquired by Prologis—Ernst & Young and
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Her accomplishments
have earned her the 2018 Philadelphia Business Journal Women of
Outside of the company, Cotton is a dedicated community member and focused on education. She participates in a literacy program at her local library, where she serves as a one-on-one tutor for
adults. She is also a member of the school board for her children’s
elementary school, and has served on the parish finance council
for her church as a trustee.
Cotton has an undergraduate degree in accounting and an
MBA from St. Joseph’s University. She joined Metro Commercial
Real Estate in 2015, and she is based in the firm’s Mt. Laurel office.
Ronald Dickerman is an expert at opti-
mizing risk-return strategies for com-
mercial real estate properties in pri-
mary markets. Dickerman, the founder
and president of Madison International
Realty, has developed a distinctive pri-
vate equity strategy focused on acquir-
ing private ownership stakes and joint
venture positions in prime properties
and portfolios in the US, UK and
Western Europe. His company provides
The demand is evident. In 2018, Madison International Realty
invested $3.8 billion in equity in assets. Most significantly, the