Craig A. Spencer
Mr. Spencer founded Arden Group in 1989. Under his leadership, the company has purchased and developed more than $3 billion of commercial real estate including offices, hotels, and residential condominiums and managed more than $5 billion in assets. Mr. Spencer earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of South Florida and a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. A licensed attorney who specialized in real estate, banking, and bankruptcy law, he is a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Urban Land Institute and its Hotel Development Council. Mr. Spencer, along with Jon Bon Jovi, founded and serves as Co-Chairmen of the JBJ Soul Foundation, which provides free housing, education, and meals to men, women, families and veterans in need.
Dr. Gerrity has been an investment partner with Arden Group for the past 18 years and is Co-General Partner of Arden Fund I and II. He served as the 11th Dean of the Wharton School from 1990-1999. Prior to his tenure at Wharton, Dr. Gerrity was the founder and CEO for 20 years of the Index Group, a highly recognized leader in business re-engineering and strategic consulting. He serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies and previously served on the boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and several technology leaders’ LP Funds. Dr. Gerrity earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from MIT and a Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School at MIT. He was also a Rhodes Scholar in Economics at Oxford University.
Mr. Caruso has been a member of the Arden Group team since 1996 and has 20 years of real estate accounting experience. He oversees financial management, including leading the in-house financial due diligence team for all acquisitions and post closing, and the team responsible for all financial, tax, and investor reporting. Mr. Caruso earned a B.S. in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University.
Mr. Pietropoli has been with Arden Group since 1995 and has 29 years of hotel and office building operations and construction experience. He leads the operational due diligence team for all acquisitions and post closing, and oversees the ongoing property management and operations of all assets. Prior to joining Arden Group, Mr. Pietropoli worked with Servico Hotel Company and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Corporation. He earned an A.B.A. from Penn State University.
Mr. Jennings joined Arden Group in 2016 and has 17 years of real estate industry experience. Since 2001, he has been an active real estate investor in the New York City market. On behalf of Murray Hill Properties and a series of private real estate partnerships, Mr. Jennings has acquired, repositioned, and sold 11 million square feet of commercial real estate with an $8 billion valuation. He has engaged in all facets of the real estate industry with a particular emphasis on sourcing and structuring new investment opportunities and developing value-enhancing strategic asset management strategies. Mr. Jennings earned a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.
Mr. Bardel has been with Arden Group since 2012 and has over 30 years of hotel acquisition and operational experience. He leads the Arden Group hotel acquisition team and, post closing, heads the hotel asset management team. Prior to joining Arden Group, Mr. Bardel spent almost 30 years in senior level executive roles with one of Arden Group’s long time joint venture partners, The Continental Companies, which was the second largest hotel development and management company in the nation.
Douglas P. Harmon
Douglas joined Arden Group in 2016 to head its debt origination’s effort. He has 25 years of real estate lending, origination, syndication, and capital markets experience. Douglas has had senior debt origination and syndication roles at A10 Capital, RBS Securities as Head of Commercial Real Estate Syndicate, KeyBank where he served on the Real Estate Capital Management Committee, Merrill Lynch International as co-head for European commercial real estate and Greenwich Capital Markets / NatWest Bank. Douglas earned a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University in real estate finance and holds Series 24, 7, 63 FINRA registrations.
Mr. Sher has been with Arden since 2009 and leads the office acquisition team. Post closing, Adam leads the office asset management team to ensure property performance. Prior to joining Arden, Mr. Sher was an analyst with Ernst & Young’s Transaction Real Estate Advisory Services Group, where he performed audits and SAS 73, FAS 141, and FAS 142 analyses for advisory clients.
Mr. Greenip joined Arden Group as Head of Sales & Marketing in 2012. Gary brings four decades of hospitality and residential/resort real estate sales experience. Gary had 14 years tenure with Ritz-Carlton Hotels as Vice President of Sales Operations and has been involved with over $2.2 Billion in sales of luxury real estate in metropolitan NY, Hilton Head Island, Atlanta, Jupiter, Aspen, San Francisco and Kapalua.
Barbara Nipon Spencer
Barbara’s Nipon Spencer’s career has spanned 25 years and included single-family residential, high-rise luxury condominiums, office buildings and hotels. Her career is one drawn in design, luxury and quality. Daughter to one of Philadelphia’s most famous families, she brings a lifetime of inspired design and business expertise to her creation of select homes and business spaces. She has acted as the interior design consultant for the ARDEN Group for the past 10 years.