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Monday, February 10, 2020

  • General Session: Build Yourself to Suit: Developing Diverse Careers, Networks and Opportunity

    Location: 2nd Floor,
    Seaport Ballroom D


    Speaker(s)

    Christine R. Chandler, Senior Vice President - Chief Operating Officer, M&T Realty Capital Corporation

    Sharon Walker, Associate Vice President, Multifamily, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Stephanie H. Wiggins, Senior Vice President & Chief Production Officer - FHA Finance, Walker & Dunlop, LLC

    Claudia A. Steeb, Managing Director, Capital Markets, JLL

    Maggie Burke, Associate Director, Berkadia

    General Session

    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to successfully navigating a career in commercial real estate. However, continuing education and developing relationships across the industry are significant drivers for career growth, and can lead to new opportunities. Hear industry leaders and experts share their career experiences, how the industry is evolving and what they expect going forward.

    Speaker(s)

    Christine R. Chandler, Senior Vice President - Chief Operating Officer, M&T Realty Capital Corporation

    Christine was appointed Chief Credit Officer and Chief Operating Officer for M&T Realty Capital in August 2018.  In this role, Christine is responsible for making credit decisions for MTRCC’s Multifamily and Healthcare transactions underwritten in the Agency and FHA platforms. For thirteen years, Christine was the Chief FHA Underwriter for MTRCC.  She is an approved Multifamily (MAP) and 232 Healthcare Underwriter.  Prior to her appointment in the FHA group, Christine was a senior Fannie Mae DUS Underwriter and spent several years managing the closing and delivery for FHA/GNMA transactions.  In addition to her tenure with the Mortgage Corporation, Christine was a relationship manger in the commercial real estate division, focusing on construction and permanent portfolio lending.  Christine has been with M&T since 1991 and has over 28 years of commercial real estate experience.  Christine is active in various committees and groups related to the mortgage banking industry, and in 2019, Christine was invited to be a member of the MBA Commercial Real Estate / Multifamily Board of Governors (COMBOG.)

    In addition to responsibilities at M&T, Christine is a board member for several not-for-profit entities.  She is on the Advisory Board for Partners in Excellence, an organization that is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was appointed by Archbishop Lori in 2017, and is board member for the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF).  Finally, she is the Finance Chair for her church, Severna Park United Methodist Church. Christine is married and has one adult daughter and twin 3-year-old granddaughters. 

    Sharon Walker, Associate Vice President, Multifamily, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Sharon Walker joined the MBA in 2018, as Associate Vice President, Multifamily. In that capacity, Sharon represents the interests of members active in the multifamily real estate finance sector, including advocacy on multifamily policy issues and overseeing a variety of committees, working groups, councils, and events. Ms. Walker brought many years of experience in commercial and multifamily real estate, particularly in servicing and asset management, to her role at the MBA. Prior to joining MBA, Sharon was managing director at RED Mortgage Capital, and earlier in her career, she served as vice president of asset management at Walker & Dunlop. In those positions, she managed large portfolios that included multifamily, assisted living and hospitals at MAP-approved lenders. Ms. Walker is a frequent speaker and contributor on panels at industry conferences and meetings, speaking on industry issues and leadership development. She received her B.S.B. degree in Finance from DePaul University with a concentration in real estate, banking, and investments.

    Stephanie H. Wiggins, Senior Vice President & Chief Production Officer - FHA Finance, Walker & Dunlop, LLC

    Stephanie H. Wiggins, Senior Vice President & Chief Production Officer of the FHA Finance team, is based out of Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Wiggins is responsible for the oversight of the production team for Walker & Dunlop’s multifamily lending through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and a specialty in the new construction of market-rate and affordable multifamily housing as well as healthcare facilities.

    Ms. Wiggins initially joined Walker & Dunlop as a senior underwriter in 1995. Prior to her return to Walker & Dunlop, Ms. Wiggins served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, where she managed multifamily originations and operations with a focus on FHA and government sponsored enterprise executions. In this position, she was responsible for closing 256 transactions nationwide, for a total capital deployment of nearly $5 billion. Previously, Ms. Wiggins served as Director and Senior Investment Officer at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, managing the deal structure and underwriting processes for Fannie Mae Multifamily Affordable Housing transactions.

    Ms. Wiggins earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University’s Kogod School of Business, where she studied real estate and urban development. Beyond the company, Ms. Wiggins is an active member of several industry organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) as a Public Private Partnership Council Member and a Women’s Leadership Initiative Member, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and the Real Estate Network Empowering Women (RENEW). She also serves as a board member for The Campagna Center, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and social development programs for underserved children, teens, and adults in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as The Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc., which raises funds to provide back-to-school necessities and fulfills the holiday wish lists for disadvantaged families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

    Claudia A. Steeb, Managing Director, Capital Markets, JLL

    Claudia Steeb is a Managing Director in the Pittsburgh office of JLL with more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and investment advisory. She is primarily responsible for originating debt and equity transactions throughout the United States, with a focus on retail, office and self-storage properties as well as complicated portfolio transactions.  During her career with JLL (formerly HFF), she has completed more than $14 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Steeb has underwritten, evaluated, financed and sold numerous regional malls at JLL. Claudia joined the firm in June 1995. Prior to JLL/HFF, she was an Originator with Lane, Noland Smith & Co. (now Grandbridge Mortgage), after working for five years at U.S. Steel Corporation in the Realty Development and Audit divisions. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Finance from the Smeal College of Business, Ms. Steeb is currently a board member for the Institute of Real Estate Studies at Penn State, and has been a guest lecturer for the Real Estate Boot Camp and several senior and graduate level real estate classes.  In addition to being a founding and current member of the Pittsburgh chapter of CREW, Ms. Steeb is also a member of ULI and ICSC, as well as a board member for PEIDC in Pittsburgh.

    Maggie Burke, Associate Director, Berkadia

    Maggie Burke is an Associate Director with Berkadia’s Mortgage Banking team out of Clearwater, Florida. She is responsible for providing financing solutions to commercial real estate developers and owners throughout the United States. Maggie has extensive knowledge and experience structuring, underwriting and closing a broad range of asset types including multifamily, office, and retail. In her career, Maggie has assisted clients with securing over $3 billion in debt finance transactions representing several capital source executions including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Life Companies, CMBS, Debt Funds and Banks. Maggie is a member of MBA’s mPact Advisory Committee and active member of RENEW.