Craig A. Spencer
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Craig A. Spencer

Chairman & CEO
Thomas P. Gerrity
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Thomas P. Gerrity

Partner, Equity Investments
Joseph Caruso
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Joseph Caruso

Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
Richard Pietropoli
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Richard Pietropoli

Managing Director, Property Operations, Construction & Engineering
Patrick Jennings
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Patrick Jennings

Managing Director, Investments & Asset Management
René Bardel
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René Bardel

Managing Director, Investments & Asset Management
Douglas P. Harmon
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Douglas P. Harmon

Managing Director, Arden Credit Fund
Shike Goedar
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Shike Goedar

Managing Director, Industrial Acquisitions and Asset Management
Jack Cooney
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Jack Cooney

Advisor, Industrial Acquisitions and Asset Management
David S. Eberle
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David S. Eberle

Managing Director - Investor Relations
Barbara Nipon Spencer
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Barbara Nipon Spencer

Managing Director, Interior Design
James Tucker
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James Tucker

Vice President, Office Acquisitions & Asset Management
Matthew L Toukatly
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Matthew L Toukatly

Assistant Vice President, Debt Originations
Christian D. Vergilio
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Christian D. Vergilio

Associate - Office Acquisitions and Debt Originations
Chairman & CEO

Craig A. Spencer

Mr. Spencer is the Chairman & CEO of Arden Group, established in 1989 as a fully integrated real estate company focusing on acquiring, developing and managing high quality real estate assets. The company has purchased and developed more than $3.5B of real estate including office buildings, hotels and high‐rise mixed‐use residential. Arden’s asset management group has managed more than $5.5B in assets. Mr. Spencer is the Principal of Arden Fund Management which operates Arden’s discretionary real estate equity and debt funds.

In addition to leading Arden, Craig has participated in several non‐real estate ventures including the acquisition and subsequent sale of Admiralty Bank to Royal Bank of Canada in February 2003. He was also a founding board member of Anchor Commercial Bank based in Palm Beach, Florida. Craig was Founder/Co‐Owner with Jon Bon Jovi of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team. In its five-year history, Craig helped build it into the most successful team in the league and the 2008 World
Champions. Craig and Jon also established and are the Co‐Chairmen of the JBJ Soul Charitable Foundation, which has provided 600 housing units along with educational programs to homeless men and women. The Foundation opened Soul Kitchens in Red Bank, NJ in 2011 and Toms River, NJ in 2016 with over 60,000 meals served to date.

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. Craig is a licensed attorney who specialized in real estate, banking and bankruptcy law. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Partner, Equity Investments

Thomas P. Gerrity

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.

Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Joseph Caruso

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.

Managing Director, Property Operations, Construction & Engineering

Richard Pietropoli

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.

Managing Director, Investments & Asset Management

Patrick Jennings

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.

Managing Director, Investments & Asset Management

René Bardel

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.

Managing Director, Arden Credit Fund

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.

Managing Director, Industrial Acquisitions and Asset Management

Shike Goedar

Mr. Goedar joined Arden Group in 2017 to focus on strategic initiatives.  Prior to joining Arden, Shike was employed in the real estate investment group at Colony NorthStar (formerly NorthStar Asset Management), where he worked on entity-level investments in private and public real estate companies, strategic equity joint ventures and business development / capital formation strategies, including, forming the investment thesis for NorthStar’s entry in the industrial real estate sector, and leading the acquisitions of approximately $800mm (over 14MM SF) of value-add industrial real estate.  Mr. Goedar received a Bachelor of Business Administrator from Georgia State University and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Advisor, Industrial Acquisitions and Asset Management

Jack Cooney

Mr. Cooney joined Arden Group in 2018 and has 11 years of principal investing experience with $8 billion of closed real estate and capital market transactions.  Prior to joining Arden, Jack served as the head of industrial coverage for AllianceBernstein, PCCP, and Black Creek Group, where he led the acquisition and/or/development of 6 million square feet of industrial assets.  In these roles, Jack orchestrated the launch of Industrial Income Trust, a non-traded industrial REIT with a portfolio of 73 million square feet, and advised the board of directors on the sale of CenterPoint Properties, an industrial REIT with over 38 million square feet, to CalPERS for $3.4 billion.  Jack earned a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA from Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles.

Managing Director - Investor Relations

David S. Eberle

David S. Eberle joined The Arden Group in 2017 as Managing Director Investor Relations. Mr. Eberle has over 29 years of experience in the financial sector, specifically real estate.  Prior to joining Arden Mr. Eberle was a Principal – Director of Fund Management for a large Midwest based real estate firm.  Previous to this, Mr. Eberle spent 8 years as an owner and partner in Demeter, LLC. , Demeter raised equity from and provided investment management for a portfolio of real estate for Harvard Management Company.  His responsibilities with Demeter included; developing PPM’s, interfacing with attorneys and CPA’s, identification, purchase and sale of properties, as well as all fundraising activities and investor communications. He spent nearly 10 years with W.P. Carey leaving as an Executive Director, before forming Demeter, LLC. He has held the following Securities Licenses; Series 7, General Securities and the Series 24, Principals License. He has been directly involved in raising over $5B in investor equity for real estate based assets located throughout the United States. Mr. Eberle earned a B.S. Degree in Management from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.

 

Managing Director, Interior Design

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.

www.bjsinteriordesign.com

 

 

 

Vice President, Office Acquisitions & Asset Management

James Tucker

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University
  • Master’s in Engineering Management from Duke University
  • M.B.A. from The Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Vice President, Debt Originations

Matthew L Toukatly

MATTHEW L. TOUKATLY, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, DEBT ORIGINATIONS – Matthew joined Arden in 2017 to focus on originating and underwriting debt investments. Previously, Matt worked on the Mezzanine Acquisitions & Originations Group in Global Real Assets at J.P. Morgan Investment Management. During his tenure, Matt transacted on mezzanine and subordinate debt investments in excess of $350 million. Prior to J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Matt worked on the CMBS & Mezzanine Originations Group at Redwood Trust. While at Redwood Trust, he assisted in the origination of approximately $275 million of first mortgage and mezzanine financing on various asset classes located throughout the United States. Matthew earned a B.B.A. from Villanova University where he graduated Cum Laude with triple major in Real Estate, Economics and Finance.

Associate - Office Acquisitions and Debt Originations

Christian D. Vergilio

Mr. Vergilio joined Arden in 2017 to focus on debt originations and office acquisitions. Prior to joining Arden, Christian worked at Angelo, Gordon & Co., as a member of the Acquisitions Team in the Net Lease Strategy vertical,where he was responsible for underwriting industrial, office and mixed-use transactions. Christian worked with sponsors to structure sale-leaseback, forward takeout and build-to-suit transactions. Christian earned his B.B.A. from Villanova University where he graduated with a major in Finance and Real Estate.