RealFoundations possesses a virtually unmatched depth of real estate expertise and focus, with 400+ client serving professionals, “Big 4” experience and an executive management team that’s been working together in real estate for more than 20 years. Our experts solve the toughest challenges in any facet of the business of real estate.
Chris Shaida is an Enterprise Managing Consultant and founder of RealFoundations. Chris brings over 23 years of real estate industry experience to RealFoundations. He has played an essential role in building and managing real estate information technology consulting practices both within a “Big 4” management consulting firm and a real estate focused professional services firm. Mr. Shaida founded RealFoundations to provide a place where like-minded professionals are able focus their deep industry and solution knowledge and passion to help improve the operations of our real estate industry and corporate real estate clients.
Mr. Shaida has experience in each of our defined market sectors, with particular depth of knowledge in the Homebuilder and Corporate Real Estate segments. Mr. Shaida and his teams have served as trusted business advisors to some of the most recognized names in the Real Estate Industry, including: Kaufman & Broad, Hovnanian, Centex, Shea Homes, GIC and Simon Properties.
Prior to founding RealFoundations, Mr. Shaida was a Partner in the Real Estate Information Technology Practice of both Ernst & Young and Kenneth Leventhal & Company. Before joining Kenneth Leventhal & Company, Mr. Shaida served as the CIO of a multi-national construction services company.
Chris lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Mark Callin has 20 years combined experience in providing strategic, financial, business improvement and technology services to clients in the real estate industry. Mark is highly experienced in providing operational and systems integration services to private and public builders and developers. He has extensive knowledge of construction/homebuilding, development operations and financial business processes as well as the technologies used to support those operations.
Mark is a recognized leader and sought after for his expertise in providing strategic planning, diagnostic analysis, business process improvement, solution blueprint, systems integration, solution implementation, merger integration, and program/ project management services to the building industry.
Prior to founding Real Foundations, Mark was Consulting Area Managing Partner for the Engineering, Construction and Real Estate practice with Ernst & Young LLP and a Senior Auditor specializing in the real estate industry with KPMG Peat Marwick. He is a licensed CPA in the State of California.
Mark lives in Newport Beach.
David Stanford is an Enterprise Managing Consultant and founder of RealFoundations with over 20 years of experience providing strategic financial and operational improvement services to clients in the property and building industries. Mr. Stanford leads our Owner/Operator and Investment Management practices and is responsible for the corporate development activities of our firm. Additionally, he is responsible for implementing the global presence and alliance program of RealFoundations.
David is highly experienced in providing large-scale operational and systems integration services to private and public real estate owner/operators and institutional investors. He has directed client teams in the execution of large business improvement projects, long-range technology plans, packaged technology selections and solution implementations. Mr. Stanford is also highly experienced in assisting management teams with the alignment of business strategy and operational execution. Some of his clients include the most respected real estate organizations in the world, including: AIMCO, Duke, GIC, ING, Bank of America, Walmart, Forest City Enterprises, Hines Interests, ProLogis and Westfield Group.
Prior to founding RealFoundations Mr. Stanford was the Area Managing Partner of Ernst & Young's real estate practice in Dallas. He also worked in the Transaction Advisory group of Kenneth Leventhal & Company.
David resides in Dallas, Texas.
Justyna Brooks is the Human Resources Generalist for RealFoundations. Justyna has 8 years of experience in full life cycle recruiting and talent management with her recent focus having been solely on leading the human resource function at RealFoundations. Her professional career track has included recruitment, employee relations, coordinating and implementing HR policies and procedures, administration of payroll and benefits, and compliance.
Through her experience, Justyna has developed an exceptional background in people and recruitment and a professional style based on integrity, excellent communication, and superior high-touch customer service.
Prior to joining RealFoundations in October of 2007, Justyna was a Creative Recruiter for Update Graphics working with top creative firms in New York City.
Justyna lives in New York, NY with her husband.
Tony Dodder is a Director with RealFoundations with 17+ years of experience providing leadership in the acquisition and development of Talent and Resources. Tony leads the Resource function at RealFoundations. Mr. Dodder and his team have worked at some of the most respected professional service organizations in the world helping them deliver high quality management consulting projects for their clients.
Previously, Mr. Dodder led Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Resource Management Team for the J.D. Edwards practice. In addition, Tony was a key contributor to the creation of Ernst & Young’s virtual IT deployment center, Net-Strike Worldwide.
Tony has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Master in Organizational Development.
Tony lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife and two children.
Katie Tooker is the Controller for RealFoundations. Katie has 12 years of experience with RF and served as Senior Accountant, Assistant Controller and was promoted to Controller in 2012. Katie is responsible for the management and oversight of the global finance, accounting and reporting activities and operation analysis.
Prior to joining RealFoundations in August 2006, Katie served as a Senior Staff Accountant for Omnicom Management Services, where she was responsible for providing finance reporting and analysis to Omnicom agencies. Katie is a certified public accountant and lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and children.
Paul Chen is a Lead Managing Consultant with RealFoundations with 20+ years of real estate experience in North America and Asia. Paul has worked with some of the largest real estate investors, developers, and operators in Asia and the Middle East. He has helped real estate companies to improve operating platforms and to enhance performance through optimizing business processes, organizational capabilities, and technology accelerators. Over the past few years, Paul has worked with real estate companies to develop data models and forward-looking analytics capabilities to increase transparency and enhance performance.
Paul is active with industry organizations and is a frequent presenter at real estate conferences. Paul has supported the APREA Best Practices Handbook by writing a “how to” implementation guide and was a presenter at the APREA Best Practices Awards. He is also a Vice-Chairman of the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Chapter, an organization devoted to bridging business opportunities between Greater China real estate businesses.
Paul has an undergraduate degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina. He is also fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Paul is based in Hong Kong.
Robert has over 19 years of experience focusing on the technology, operational and financial areas of the real estate industry, working with the owner/operator, corporate real estate and real estate capital market industry clients. He specializes in system diagnostics, selections and implementations; project management, process improvement, merger integration and organizational change management.
Robert has built lasting relationships with several of the most respected names in the industry including: Bank of America, Equity Residential, ING REIM Asia, The Link REIT, TIAA-CREF and Walmart International. During his career, Robert has managed the execution of global projects, managed system implementations and provided IT strategy and change management guidance.
Prior to joining RealFoundations as a founding employee, Robert held audit and consulting positions with Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal.
Robert resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and three children.
Barry Faulkner is a Senior Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. He has over 25+ years of management and consulting experience in the real estate industry. Barry’s positions prior to RealFoundations include; Senior Vice President managing a $8 billion National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) Fund for Institutional Investors with responsibilities including portfolio management, investment committee membership, reporting/analytics, and new product development; Senior Consulting Roles with a real estate client base including the largest U.S. office and multifamily REITs, worldwide real estate service providers, government sponsored enterprises, and the Department of Defense; and Vice President of a disruptive technology company focusing on real estate procurement.
Barry’s work has centered on business strategy development and implementation, merger integration, shared services implementation, operational improvement, new product development, and change management. He has extensive operational and investment experience with office, multifamily, industrial, and retail assets as well as real estate fund operations. He also served as Chairman of Portfolio Management Committee at NCREIF from 2011 to 2015. Barry earned his MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business with a focus on real estate and strategy.
Barry lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two children.
John Holzman is an Enterprise Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. He has 15 years of experience managing and consulting on operations and technology for real estate investment managers, corporate occupiers, real estate service providers, retail and office/industrial REITs, and multifamily owner/operators in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining RealFoundations in December 2003, John served as the Chief Operating Officer of a boutique event design and production company in New York. He also helped launch an Internet start-up firm, and spent two years as a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young’s High Growth Middle Market Consulting practice. John earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1998, with a focus on Management.
John lives in London with his wife and two children.
Rob brings over 15 years of experience in the Real Estate industry working with Investment Managers, Owner/Operators and Developers. He has extensive experience with multinational real estate clients operating in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America advising on technology and strategic initiatives.
Over the last 15 years Rob has been responsible for the design of strategic, technology and operating models, solution selections, multinational technology implementations and business process design. His clients include AMP Capital, Hines Interests, ING Real Estate Asia, Land Securities and Lend Lease.
Prior to joining RealFoundations, Mr. Kearnes operated his own real estate technology consultancy based in London and was part of the retail centre management team for a large CBD mall situated in Sydney, Australia.
Rob lives in Melbourne with his wife.
Bob Kroner is a Senior Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. As a leader in the owner/operator/REIT sector, Bob has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate industry, creating enterprise value by providing industry insight to clients, forecasting market disrupters, aligning technology initiatives with corporate strategy, and reducing cost through integration of leading processes, technology and operating models. Bob brings industry leading expertise to the firm in areas including Finance and Accounting, Operations, Technology and Digital Marketing Strategies, Public Company and REIT Compliance, Merger and Acquisitions, and Sourcing and Procurement.
Prior to joining RealFoundations, Bob served as a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting, LLP where he successfully created client value and market differentiators through strategic financial, operational and technical initiatives. Prior to joining Deloitte Consulting, Bob held executive positions in the real estate industry including Principal with Real.IT Management Consulting, LLC and Vice President – Information Technology for Regency Centers Corporation.
Bob lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two sons.
Victoria Lara is a Senior Managing Consultant with RealFoundations and has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry, in both the public and private sectors. A significant amount of this experience is concentrated in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) and Property Management industries. Victoria specializes in solution implementations, project management and quality assurance, operational diagnostic and process improvement, organizational change management, and international deployment advisory services.
Victoria has built lasting relationships with several of the most respected names in the industry including: Atrium European Real Estate, Vornado Realty Trust, Equity One, Gazit Globe, Hines Interests, Carr Properties, Urban Edge and Seritage Growth Properties. During her career, Victoria has managed the execution of global projects, managed system implementations and provided IT strategy and change management guidance. She also has deep experience managing complex, international accounts requiring global managed and consulting services. Prior to joining RealFoundations, Victoria held Senior Management positions with two public Real Estate Investment Trusts specializing in both Commercial Office and Retail entities.
Victoria resides in Northern Virginia.
Mr. Lubieniecki is an Enterprise Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. Ed has over 25 years' experience in real estate management consulting, serving corporate and institutional clients globally, delivering an extensive variety of services with a focus on projects of significant complexity.
For domestic and international clients, Ed has been responsible for the planning and execution of technology strategies and systems implementations. His experience includes strategic business planning, organizational assessments and design, business process improvements, expense reviews, outsourcing, benchmarking and merger integration assignments. A representative sample of his client list includes Walmart, Ivanhoe Cambridge, QIC, The Walt Disney Company, Iron Mountain and the Stockbridge Capital Group.
Ed lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and daughter.
Phillip has over 20 years of experience working within the engineering, construction and real estate markets, focusing primarily on commercial owner/operators and real estate investment firms. Phillip specializes in strategic information systems planning, operational diagnostic assessments, business transformation, post-merger integration, technology implementation methods, and international deployment strategies.
Mr. McCorkle has built lasting relationships with several of the most respected names in the industry including: AIMCO, Atrium European Real Estate, Citycon Oyj, Developers Diversified Realty, Equity One, Gazit Globe, Granite Properties, Hines Interests, Invesco, JP Morgan, Liberty Property Trust, Post Properties, The Link REIT and Shorenstein. During his career, Phillip has managed a number of global projects focusing on financial and property management functions, provided IT strategy advisory services, provided change management guidance, and provided oversight of post-merger integration services.
Prior to joining RealFoundations as a founding employee, Phillip held consulting positions with Ernst & Young, Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group.
Phillip resides in Dallas with his wife and daughter.
Brent is a Enterprise Managing Consultant at RealFoundations serving our investment manager and corporate real estate clients for over 12 years. He specializes in the design and execution of global transformation, IT strategy and process reengineering projects.
Brent has built lasting relationships with several of the most respected names in the industry including JP Morgan Asset Management, TIAA-CREF, and Clarion Partners. In the investment management industry, Brent has led several projects focused on front-office systems and processes to improve decision-making related to real estate investments. Brent is also a lead designer and facilitator in our RealDiscovery collaborative work practice.
Prior to joining RealFoundations in 2003, Brent served as a Senior Manager and facilitator for CapGemini’s Accelerated Solutions Environment. Prior to that, he was a manager with Ernst & Young LLP consulting with fortune 500 companies and an Analyst at Northwestern Mutual.
Brent resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and three children.
Dylan Rhea is an Enterprise Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. He brings over 18 years of both domestic and international real estate industry experience to RealFoundations in both the public and private sectors, working with clients to deliver key projects in the areas of business transformation, target operating model development, long-term technology strategy, and enterprise platform implementations.
Across the span of his career, Dylan has focused on homebuilding, construction/development, owner/operator, corporate service provider, and real estate investment market segments. He has forged trusted relationships with global clients such as Morgan Stanley, Jones Lang LaSalle, Simon Property Group, AMP Capital Investors, Developers Diversified Realty, and Boston Properties, as well as Top 20 public builders KB Home, Lennar Corporation, and Ryland Homes.
Prior to joining RealFoundations, Dylan held consulting positions with both Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as a part of their real estate and technology consulting practices.
He resides in Newport Beach, California with his wife.
Dan Sterk, one of our owner/operator/REIT service line leaders, brings 18 years of industry expertise working exclusively in real estate and serving over 30 real estate organizations throughout his career. He has project experience in all facets of the real estate life cycle including: development, construction, leasing workflow, property management, and facilities management.
Mr. Sterk has built lasting relationships with some of the biggest and most respected names in real estate including: GGP, Inland American, PCVST, The Related Companies, Brixmor, Equity One, Compass Rock and Edens. He has managed the execution of projects focused on Core Financials replacement, Merger/Acquisition Integration, Enterprise Content Management, Business Intelligence/Portal Reporting, Leasing Workflow, and IT/Accounting sourcing, as well as overall IT Strategy / Organization.
Prior to joining RealFoundations Mr. Sterk spent eight years working with Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group. He participates in ICSC, NAREIT and The Real Estate Council.
Dan lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and three sons.
David Srour brings over 25 years of industry leadership and experience to his work with Owner/Operators, REITs and Developers. Mr. Srour leads our global Managed Services practice. He has extensive experience in off-shore production, IT strategic planning, back office optimization and systems implementation projects.
Mr. Srour and his teams have developed trusting relationships with some of the most respected real estate organizations in the world, including Inland Group of Companies, Related Companies, Retail Opportunity Investment Corp and Retail Properties of America.
Prior to joining RealFoundations, Mr. Srour was a Manager with Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group and Senior Manager with KPMG Consulting. In addition, David has served as a Chief Operating Officer in the technology industry and as Senior Director of IT for a public office/REIT.
David lives in Florida with his wife and two children.
John brings over 25 years of real estate leadership and experience to RealFoundations. John is a CPA, CMA, CFM and CGMA. John is a former Chief Accounting Officer and formerly served as Vice-President of Shared Services for a large publicly traded office REIT, and Vice-President of Property Accounting for a large privately held retail REIT. He has significant real estate experience and his clients have included one of the largest mall owners in the world, a multi-family, office and retail firm, a retailer, one of the nation’s largest owners of single family homes, and several multi-family companies. His experience includes real estate property and corporate accounting, managed services and data governance with an emphasis on process analysis and improvement initiatives.
John is a former Chair of the Institute of Management Accountants, and former Chair of the Board of Regents of theInstitute of Certified Management Accountants. He has authored over two dozen articles on accounting and operational issues for Management Accounting and Strategic Finance magazines. “His most recent article: “The Path Forward for Accounting,” appeared in the March, 2017 issue of Strategic Finance.”
Ron has over 20 years of real estate experience with a core focus on Business Process Outsourcing "BPO" and Enterprise Technology Solutions for the commercial real estate industry, including: REITs, advisors, brokers, insurance and financial institutions. Ron is responsible for Business Development and Customer Relationships leading the joint development and implementation of clients key strategic projects or long term solutions that reduce back office costs, increase efficiencies, and streamline operations.
Prior to RealFoundations, Ron was a Vice President at Accenture Credit Services and formed the “Real Estate Equity Service group” at RR Donnelley Global Outsourcing.
Karen Gillen is a Director with RealFoundations responsible for developing new products, starting with a new Data Service for its Managed Services group. With over 15 years in the financial services industry and particular expertise in real estate and private equity, she is highly experienced in envisioning and executing large scale business change initiatives, operations build outs, business and technology integrations, and commercialization of new products and services.
Previously, she undertook a variety of change efforts at J.P. Morgan including managing the integration and commercialization of J.P. Morgan Partners’ private equity accounting and technology capabilities into a third party business within Alternative Investment Services.
Karen also drove the successful expansion of J.P. Morgan’s private equity fund accounting services to real estate and infrastructure institutional investor clients.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner and daughter.
John MacMullen is a Director with RealFoundations. He has 20+ years of accounting experience and deep finance expertise within commercial real estate. John brings 7 years of experience in managed services accounting engagements with oversight in all facets of outsourcing engagements including sales support, pilot development, transition planning and process transitioning. He has also developed significant knowledge of property accounting operations, client reporting and performance measurement principles.
Mr. MacMullen’s background also includes serving as the Director of Real Estate Accounting at a major REIT with $4.5 billion in assets as well as over 10 years of client reporting experience with one of the largest real estate investment advisory firms.
John graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Science-Accounting degree.
John lives in the Atlanta, Ga area with his wife and daughter.
Lauren Stokes is a Director with RealFoundations and leads the Technology Services practice which provides application, end user and infrastructure support services to real estate companies. She has over 15 years’ experience, both domestically and internationally, providing management consulting and technology advisory services in the real estate industry. Lauren has executed projects for clients around application optimization, performance management, reporting and data governance. In her current position, Lauren plays an integral role in envisioning and deploying technology to enable automation and drive efficiencies within organizations.
Prior to joining RF, Lauren worked in commercial real estate representing tenants.
Lauren lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband.
John is a Lead Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. He has 15+ years of success in high-profile sales, business development and operations leadership and delivers year over year revenue, profit, margin and cost results. John has transformed inefficient and ineffective departments and groups into cohesive and dedicated teams driven to achieve unparalleled results. He co-chaired the development of the go-to-market plan for Energy Supply Advisory service focused on mid-market accounts list, as well as led the process redesign of Procurement Operations that resulted in a 35% reduction in headcount and streamlined the RFP and vendor selection.
Prior to joining RealFoundations, John served as the Vice President of Sales for Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, and as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Operations for LPB Energy Management (acquired by Ecova 2012). John began his professional career with XO Communications in 1996 where he held a number of management roles.
John joined RealFoundations in 2015 and manages the Energy Operations Support for RealFoundations Managed Services.
Julius Caten is a Specialist with RealFoundations. He has over 25 years of experience in the technology, real estate and energy industries. Julius has driven projects related to energy management strategy, energy operations, enterprise energy management and performance reporting. He has also designed and implemented large scale Wi-Fi and building automation systems, access control systems, visitor management systems, meter reading systems (electric, water, gas), and both voice and WAN and LAN data telecommunications for wireless and wire line, wireless vehicle, people, and asset location.
Prior to joining RealFoundations, Julius served as Chief Information Officer for R.E. Technologies providing the Multi-Family industry with Internet based leasing, tracking, and lead generation tools. While at R.E. Technologies he was a founding member of the NMHC MITS data standards group and served as the co-chair of the data standards committee that produced the MITS standard.
Julius lives in Dallas, Texas.
Natalie Wilson is a Managing Consultant with RealFoundations with 14+ years of experience in management consulting. Natalie is part of the Energy Solutions practice at RealFoundations. Mrs. Wilson has helped numerous clients achieve portfolio-wide change in the areas of energy efficiency, utility management, facility management and other building automation systems.
Natalie specializes in project management, process improvement, change management, strategic direction, systems selection and implementation.
Prior to joining RealFoundations, Natalie held consulting positions with Anderson Consulting (Accenture).
Natalie lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.