Tuesday, January 08, 2019 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

NEW YORK, (January 8, 2019) – The Defined Contribution Real Estate Council (DCREC), a leading advocacy group promoting the inclusion of direct commercial real estate and real estate securities as a way to improve define contribution retirement plan outcomes, has named its new Officers and Committee Co-Chairs for 2019, it was announced today. 

The new Officer appointments are as follows:

  • Michael O’Connor, Managing Director at Clarion Partners, co-president along with Allan Swaringen;
  • Lennine Occhino, Partner at Mayer Brown, and Brian Velky, Managing Director at Situs, Co-Secretary; and,
  • Anne-Marie Vandenberg, President and Chief Operating Officer at RREEF Property Trust, co-Treasurer, along with Sara Shean.

The following were named Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Best Practices: Tim Bolla, Vice President Property Management at Bentall Kennedy, serving with Laurie Tillinghast;
  • Membership: Mark Earley, Chief Executive Officer at Hines Securities, with Bradley Scafe;
  • PR & Marketing: Kevin Ryan, Managing Director at Barings, serving with Kurt Walten;
  • Research & Content: Justin Rindos, Senior Vice President at Partners Group, and Brian Lambert, Vice President at AEW Capital Management; and,
  • Strategic Alliance: Rob Collins, Managing Director at Partners Group, serving with Ian Matthew.

Officer appointments are for a period of two years and committee leadership appointments are for a period of one year. All are effective January 1, 2019.

“The past year again saw strong interest on the part of plan sponsors in adding real estate investment options to their defined contribution plans,” said Swaringen, DCREC’s Co-President.  “We look forward to working with our new team of leaders as we continue to educate the community on the benefits of this asset class and to support the ongoing development of new products to meet the needs of DC plan participants saving for retirement.”

About the Defined Contribution Real Estate Council (DCREC)

The Defined Contribution Real Estate Council was formed in 2012 to promote the inclusion of investments in direct commercial real estate and real estate securities, including REITs, within defined contribution plans. Its goal is to improve participant outcomes by furthering education about, advocacy for, and best practices of such investments.

Members include many of the leading providers of real estate investment products to the defined contribution marketplace.

More information can found be at www.dcrec.org  

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