MSRED - Meet our Professional Advisors

Our program’s advisors are seasoned real estate executives

Members of our Real Estate Development Advisory Committee review our  curricula and advise in our courses to ensure we are keeping up with a changing industry.  They also help us prepare for the future expansion of our program, provide mentoring to students,  serve as guest lecturers, and sometimes offer their projects as cases  for instruction.  Students have the opportunity to meet many of them during the course of their studies.

  • 12/7/20
    John P. Amershadian is a Senior Counsel at, and the former Managing Partner of, Hodgson Russ, LLP, Buffalo’s oldest and largest law firm.  During his over forty years of practice he concentrated in transactional real estate and  finance work, including serving as the lead attorney for both borrowers and banking syndicates in multi-lender financings and representing lenders and developers in construction and permanent mortgage financings.  He has also played a number of roles in various types of asset-backed securitizations.
  • 2/27/19
    Keith M. Belanger is a Senior Vice President responsible for the M&T bank’s Corporate Services Division.  In this role, Keith oversees the bank’s 971 facilities totaling 8.4 million square feet spread across some 25 states and 5 countries.  He also is responsible for a number of non-real estate support groups, including Corporate Procurement, Vendor Risk Management, Food Service, Travel and Meeting Management, Mail and Courier Service, Records Management and Material Reuse.
  • 9/12/18
    Christian Campos is President of TM Montante Development, a design oriented firm that focuses on projects in Western New York that improve communities and create long term value by developing sites to their highest and best use.
  • 9/12/18
    Mr. Chiazza has been in the real estate development business since 1982. Since 2007, he has been project partner and Executive Vice President of Iskalo Development Corp., a full service, commercial real estate development company headquartered in Williamsville, NY.
  • 12/7/20
    As a Project Manager for TM Montante Development, Mr. Crowther is responsible for the execution of all TM Montante Development projects. He manages the creation of site master plans, project pro formas, schedules, and building design concepts, as well as the creation of construction documents. Mr. Crowther also assists in site selection and feasibility analysis.
  • 9/28/21
    Mr. Dewart is the President of Seneca Development & Management Corporation and has been actively involved in real estate development and management since 1968.  His firm has been responsible for the development, construction and ownership of light-manufacturing and distribution warehouse facilities throughout Western New York.  In the 1980’s, Alan’s company spearheaded the redevelopment of Buffalo’s Theatre District. He also serves as a consultant in many aspects of real estate development.
  • 9/12/18
    Stephen Fitzmaurice has over 30 years of experience running commercial buildings ranging in size from 300,000 square feet to over 1.5 million square feet. 
  • 9/12/18
    Darby is the CEO of CBRE|Buffalo, an affiliate of CBRE Inc. commercial real estate brokerage firm, and Comvest Real Estate Management, a local woman owned facilities management firm.
  • 4/23/20
    Mr. Foerster is a former adjunct instructor and Senior Fellow in the UB Real Estate Development Program, and is highly experienced both as a commercial real estate executive and as a faculty member in real estate development.  He previously served as the Olson Real Estate Field Faculty Fellow and a full-time member of the real estate faculty in the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell University, where he taught core courses in the real estate field and conducted outreach to the industry.
  • 9/30/20
    Mr. Gottstine holds a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) accreditation, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Canisius College, with a concentration in Finance.
  • 9/12/18
    Christopher Hogan is the Chief Operating Officer of RP Oak Hill Building Company Inc., an employee-owned construction management and general contracting firm that has built over $800 million in projects in Western New York over the last decade.
  • 6/24/20
    Ms. Kane is the Director of Development for Uniland Development Company, a leading builder, developer, and manager of commercial real estate in Western New York, and Co-Founder and President of HANSA, an innovative shared office and coworking workspace in downtown Buffalo.  She pursues new development opportunities and coordinates subsequent development phases, including preliminary due diligence, concept, feasibility, pre-development, design, construction and financing.
  • 12/7/20
    Connor Kenney is a Developer with SAA | EVI. He represents the firm in New York State and is responsible for overseeing real estate development, construction management, and business development.
  • 10/2/20
    Mr. LiPuma is an adjunct instructor and Senior Fellow in the UB Real Estate Development Program. He is the former Managing Director of CBRE-Buffalo, a full service commercial real estate service provider. CBRE is the world’s largest provider of commercial real estate services. Prior to the association with CBRE-Buffalo, LiPuma was a principal with Comvest Consulting, Inc., a Western New York commercial real estate firm established in 1981.
  • 12/9/20
    Marguerite has a master’s in real estate finance and investment from NYU, and her background in real estate includes 13+ years of experience in institutional real estate acquisitions and dispositions, investment banking and fundraising. Marguerite is a financial modeling and real estate finance instructor in the MS Real Estate Development degree program at University at Buffalo.
  • 9/12/18
    Dennis Penman is Managing Principal of Penman Development Partners. Mr. Penman previously served as Executive Vice President and Principal at MJ Peterson Real Estate, and Executive Vice Pres-ident and Principal of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. 
  • 9/12/18
    Ms. Powell is a principal owner and President of the Casilio group of companies. She oversees the Williamsville, New York-based company’s regional and national commercial real estate and construction activities.
  • 6/24/20
    Mr. Price, an emeritus assistant professor of urban and regional planning at UB, where he taught and conducted research on housing and urban development finance, among other topics.  His consulting work spans investigation into site intensification schemes, creative financing mechanisms, approaches to brownfield redevelopment, and policy issues related to housing affordability. 
  • 9/12/18
    As Benderson’s Executive Director, Eric L. Recoon leads Buffalo’s regional development and leasing group. He has been actively involved in development and leasing of major retail shopping centers within Benderson’s Northeast Region.
  • 12/7/20
    Mr. Roland is the Director of Development at Clover Group, where he leads a team in the development of senior independent living projects throughout the eastern United States.  Prior to joining Clover, he was Director of Development at Hamister Group and Development Project Manager at Iskalo Development Corp. 
  • 9/12/18
    Mr. Savarino serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Savarino Companies. Since it was formed in January of 2001, it has grown to be one of Western New York's leading general contracting, construction management and development firms.  
  • 9/12/18
    As Director of Capital Markets Group at Uniland, Mr. Sayadoff is responsible for the financing of Uniland’s commercial development projects as well as funding the company’s various capital requirements relating to acquisition of property. 
  • 9/12/18
    Mr. Schneider heads both Schneider Design, Architects, PC, which focuses on  educational and religious architecture and adaptive reuse of historic structures and Schneider Development, LLC, a property development company targeting the adaptive reuse of vacant and derelict buildings in Buffalo’s downtown core.
  • 9/12/18
    In 2009, Mr. Sinatra founded a real estate investment firm focused on the Western New York and Southern California areas called Sinatra & Company Real Estate. The entrepreneurial company invests in distressed multi-family and retail real estate.
  • 12/11/20
    Mr. Stebbins is President of Bisonwing Planning & Development. He is the former Executive Vice President of Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), and was responsible for managing several major real estate development projects for BUDC.  He is also a former Adjunct Instructor in UB’s Real Estate Development Program, and continues to provide career counseling to its students.
  • 12/21/20
    Mike Tunkey is a Principal with CannonDesign.  In his over 20 years at CannonDesign, he has contributed to the growth of the firm through active design, operational and client leadership roles.    
  • 12/9/20
    Ben Upshaw is the founder of CB-Emanuel Realty, LLC, a developer of apartments across upstate New York and in New York City. He is a graduate of Canisius College, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar, and of NYU where he received a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development.
  • 9/12/18
    Mr. Weiss is one of the founding partners of Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP, a boutique law firm located in Albany, NY and Buffalo, NY.  
  • 9/12/18
    Sujata is the leader of Hodgson Russ LLP's Real Estate, Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Area. She draws upon her extensive experience in business and commercial real estate development, commercial leasing, and real estate investment and financing to provide business-focused legal advice to help her clients reach their goals.