People in the News
By MBA Insights Staff
September 9, 2019
MBA Names Kelli Burke Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Finance
The Mortgage Bankers Association appointed Kelli Burke as Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Finance. Her responsibilities will include leading MBA's CREF member engagement activities across the various sectors within the industry, creating content development for MBA's CREF-related conferences and convened meetings and developing best practices and business intelligence tools for members.
Burke has more than two decades of experience in commercial real estate. Since 2016, she has held hospitality management roles, where she most recently served as sous chef, food event planner and restaurateur for businesses in Dallas and San Diego. Prior to that, she worked for 11 years in expanding roles at Prudential Mortgage Capital Co. LLC, in Dallas, including as Vice President of Information Systems, where she partnered closely with the commercial servicing business of the company. She also worked for seven years in commercial servicing with GMAC Commercial Mortgage, a predecessor company of Berkadia, in Atlanta.
"Kelli comes to MBA with an in-depth commercial real estate finance background at industry firms, particularly with business expertise in project management in commercial servicing and information technology," said Thomas Kim, MBA Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Finance. "Working closely with our members, Kelli and the MBA team will develop high-quality programming and engagement opportunities that continue MBA's exceptional work to serve the CREF membership."
Burke holds a Masters Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix in Dallas and an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of California.
Williston Financial Group Taps Darcy Patch to Head Marketing for Enterprise Solutions Group
WEST, a Williston Financial Group company, Irvine, Calif., appointed Darcy Patch as Vice President of Marketing and Lender Services, responsible for leading marketing and communications strategies for WFG's Enterprise Solutions group.
Patch has more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining WEST, she served as Vice President of Marketing for national technology and valuation services provider Veros Real Estate Solutions and Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Industry Relations for RealtyTrac (now ATTOM Data Solutions). From 2000 to 2014, Patch held marketing leadership positions with several Fidelity National Financial companies and spinoffs, including Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Mortgage Information Services, National Lender Solutions, Default Solutions and Real Estate divisions of LPS, FIS and Fidelity National Financial; Director of Marketing Strategy for ServiceLink; and Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Fidelity National Information Solutions.
CBRE Names James Graber Seniors Housing Leader
CBRE, Los Angeles appointed James Graber as national leader of seniors housing and healthcare for Valuation & Advisory Services. He has been promoted to managing director and will lead a national team that focuses solely on valuation and advisory services for seniors housing assets, including active adult, independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement communities.
Graber has more than 13 years of professional experience within the seniors housing and healthcare industry.