Murray Dalfen

Chief Executive Officer
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Murray Dalfen is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for the oversight and management of the firm and its investment activities. Murray is also a member of the firm’s Executive Advisory Committee and the General Partner’s Fund IV Investment Committee. Murray has successfully led three real estate funds at Dalfen, which have owned, operated, developed and managed several million square feet of commercial property located in the U.S. and Canada. Murray Dalfen began his career at Dalfen’s Limited, a family-apparel retail chain. In 1990, Murray transitioned the direction of Dalfen to focus exclusively on commercial real estate. Since 1990, Mr. Dalfen has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dalfen’s Limited and Dalfen Industrial.

Murray is a philanthropist and has also assumed a leadership role in many community organizations. Mr. Dalfen was named the winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Quebec.

 

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Sean Dalfen

President & Chief Investment Officer
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Sean Dalfen is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Dalfen Industrial and the General Partner and is responsible for the firm’s investment activities, origination of new business and implementation of the last mile investment strategy. Sean is also a member of the firm’s Executive Advisory Committee and the General Partner’s Fund IV Investment Committee. After joining the firm in 2006, Sean was instrumental in the firm becoming one of the largest buyers of industrial real estate, having executed over $1.4 billion of transactions involving in excess of 30 million square feet of industrial properties in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Dalfen, Sean worked at NAI Commercial as an Investment Sales Broker where he was one of the company’s Top 10 producers in Canada.

 

Sean is involved in a variety of philanthropic activities and is a frequent speaker and panelist at private equity industry events in both Canada and the U.S. Sean studied Psychology and Finance at Tel Aviv University’s Lowy School and McGill University.

 

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Don Benningfield

Chief Operating Officer
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Don Benningfield is the Chief Operating Officer of Dalfen Industrial and the General Partner and is responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations, asset and risk management, compliance and financing strategies. Don is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee and the General Partner’s Fund IV Investment Committee. He has completed in excess of $350 billion of transactions and has extensive experience in managing and investing debt and equity capital, transacting in the capital markets, managing risk, and providing portfolio management and strategic advisory services to institutional clients and private equity firms. Prior to joining Dalfen, Don was the Global Head of Real Estate Portfolio Management at BlackRock where he led numerous project teams in executing client mandates and strategic initiatives globally. Prior to Blackrock, he held multiple leadership positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, including Global Head of Real Estate Loan Syndications, where he covered a wide range of investment banking and capital markets transactions in addition to serving in various risk management, board, ownership and advisory roles.

 

Don earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 FINRA Licenses in addition to memberships in ULI, NAREIT, and the REBNY.

 

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Fred Tkalec

Chief Financial Officer
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Fred Tkalec is the Chief Financial Officer for Dalfen Industrial and the General Partner and is responsible for overseeing the firm’s accounting, reporting and financing operations. Fred is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee and the General Partner’s Fund IV Investment Committee. He has extensive experience in securing debt and raising equity capital, transacting in the real estate market, investor relations and risk management. Fred has facilitated in excess of $700 million of dispositions and financing of acquisitions. Prior to joining Dalfen, Fred was a Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers.

 

Fred earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and the Chartered Professional Accountancy Designation (CPA).

 

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Shelly Drakes

Executive Vice President | Asset Management
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Shelly Drakes is the Executive Vice President of Asset Management for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for overseeing all property management initiatives; day to day operations of each property, lease negotiations, tenant satisfaction and vendor management. Shelly is also a member of the General Partner’s Fund IV Investment Committee. Prior to joining Dalfen, Shelly handled management and leasing at Prentiss Properties (now PM Realty).

Shelly earned a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from the Florida International University School of Engineering and a Bachelor Degree in Business and Anthropology from Rollins College. She is also a member of NAIOP, BOMA and CREW, in addition to being active in several charitable organizations.

 

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Mariam Ghoul

Human Resources
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Mariam Ghoul is the Head of Human Resources for Dalfen Industrial. As a senior member of Dalfen Industrial, Mariam provides recommendations to management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, and resource allocation. Prior to her role as Head of Human Resources, Mariam held different positions with Dalfen Industrial including a Real Estate Associate on the Asset Management team, Acquisitions Coordinator and the Executive Assistant to the CIO.

Mariam earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from McGill University and is currently enrolled in the Canadian Payroll Association.

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Maxim Gagliardi

Managing Director | Investments
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Max Gagliardi is the Managing Director of Capital Markets for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for the firm’s financing activities, portfolio management, underwriting, acquisitions, dispositions and capital raising. Since joining Dalfen, he has underwritten, managed and closed industrial transactions in excess of $1 billion across 13 states. Max is also a member of the General Partner’s Fund IV Investment Committee. Prior to joining Dalfen, Max served as a Research Analyst at Otera Capital, the real estate finance arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).

Max earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Finance from McGill University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Sean Wood

Vice President of Development & Construction
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Sean Wood is the Vice President of Development and Construction for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for overseeing Dalfen’s development functions which include real estate site selection, due diligence, design and construction. Prior to joining Dalfen, Sean was a Development Director at Hillwood Investment Properties, where he was responsible for leading the development of warehouses, distribution centers, and logistics-oriented properties in Memphis, Nashville, and Cincinnati. Prior to Hillwood, Sean managed or redevelopment projects totaling 3.7 million square feet for Rouse Properties.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. He is a member of ULI.

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Joseph Lafferty

Acquisitions Analyst
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Joseph Lafferty  is  an  Acquisitions  Analyst  for  Dalfen  Industrial  and  is  responsible  for assisting in the identification of target properties that meet specific acquisition criteria, assessing critical information related to the sourcing and acquisition of potential investments, underwriting, and supporting the due diligence process for assets under contract.

Prior to joining Dalfen, Joseph was an Associate director at Churchill Capital Company where he was responsible for arranging debt and equity financing for real estate development companies, investors, and owners across multiple asset classes totaling in excess of $50 million.

Joseph earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate Finance from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and holds an active Texas Real Estate License.

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Kelan Padgett

Acquisitions Analyst
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Kelan Padgett  is  an  Acquisitions  Analyst  for  Dalfen  Industrial  and  is  responsible  for  assisting in the identification of target properties that meet specific acquisition criteria, assessing critical information related to the sourcing and acquisition of potential investments, underwriting, and supporting the due diligence process for assets under contract.

Prior to joining Dalfen, Kelan was an Associate Well  Engineer  within  the  Consulting and  Project  Management  group  at  Halliburton  Energy Services.

Kelan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering along with a math minor at Texas Tech University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Hunter Graham

Development Analyst
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Hunter Graham is a Development Analyst for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for underwriting and performing due diligence on potential developments.

Hunter earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Masters in Real Estate from Texas A&M University. Hunter holds an active Texas Real Estate Sales license.

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Rhonda McFarlane

Vice President | Market Officer
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Rhonda McFarlane is the Vice President and Market Officer for the Southwestern U.S. for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for construction supervision, maintenance, and tenant relations in the region for a 4 million square foot industrial portfolio across Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Prior joining Dalfen, Rhonda was an Assistant Property Manager at CMD Realty.

Rhonda studied Business Management at Florida International University and holds real estate licenses in Texas and Florida.

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Jerry Benson

Market Officer
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Jerry Benson is the Market Officer for the Southeastern U.S. for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, development and property management of all investments in the region. Jerry’s experience includes the development of over 1.6 million square feet of industrial properties and he has executed over $750 million of acquisitions of multiple property types across 13 states in the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest markets. Prior to joining Dalfen, Jerry was the Asset and Construction Manager for McCraney Property Company, a Florida based industrial development company.

Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Finance and Accounting from Central Washington University. He is an active member of NAIOP and serves on the Membership Committee.

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Doug Lance

Market Officer - Midwest
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Doug Lance is the Market Officer for the Midwestern U.S. for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, development and property management of investments in the region. Prior to joining Dalfen, Doug was an Asset Manager at Viking Partners where he was responsible for all asset management and leasing functions in Cincinnati in addition to having held senior asset management, acquisition and leasing positions for over 14 million square feet of industrial properties with industrial real estate owners and developers including First Industrial Realty Trust, Welsh Property Trust, New Boston Fund and Cushman &Wakefield.

Doug earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate and Business from the University of Cincinnati and is an active member of NAIOP.

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Kimberly Balkus

Market Officer
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Kimberly Balkus is the Asset Manager for Dalfen Industrial for the Georgia/North Carolina assets, with focus on development and property management of investments. Prior to joining Dalfen, Kimberly worked for CBRE and was responsible for lease management services in South Florida consisting of 13 million square feet, with an annual revenue stream of over $10 million, and 1.2 million square feet in Georgia with an annual revenue stream of over $18 million and an operating/cap ex budget in excess of $7 million.

Kimberly studied at the University of Central Florida and holds a Florida Real Estate Sales License with Georgia mutual recognition opportunity, a Florida Community Association License, and is a chapter-based member of NAIOP.

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Elaine Cabrera

Office Manager - Southeast Region
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Elaine Cabrera is an Asset Management Associate for the Southeastern U.S. for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for day-today management of Dalfen’s Southeastern portfolio. She also assists other functional areas of the Dalfen platform in executing special projects, training and due diligence.

Elaine earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration and Management and is currently attending the University of Central Florida to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate. She is a member of BOMA Orlando.

 

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Joyce Meinerding

Property Manager - Midwest
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Joyce Meinerding is the Property Manager for the Midwestern U.S. for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for day-to-day management of Dalfen’s Midwestern portfolio. Prior to joining Dalfen, Joyce spent 27 years as a Property Manager with Mercantile Center, a property management firm in Cincinnati where she oversaw the day to day operations of 270,000 square feet of industrial properties.

Joyce attended Xavier University and studied Business Management. She also carries a commercial real estate license in Ohio and is studying to become licensed in Kentucky.

 

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Joanne Spytkowski

Asset Managment Associate - Southwest Region
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Joanne Spytkowski is a Property Manager for the Southwestern U.S for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for day-to-day management of Dalfen’s Southwestern portfolio. Prior to joining Dalfen, Joanne was a Property Manager for Brinker International.

Joanne studied Business Management at Richland College.

 

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Sierra Johnson

Acquisitions Coordinator
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Sierra Johnson is the Acquisitions Coordinator for Dalfen Industrial. Prior to joining Dalfen, Sierra was an Administrator at Due Season Christian Church International.

Sierra earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University.

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Lisa Cardone

Asset Management Coordinator

Seanice Reynolds

Asset Management Coordinator

Carole Giguère

Senior Executive Assistant

Lorena Gray

Executive Assistant

Danila Carlisi

Controller
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Danila Carlisi joined Dalfen America Corp. in June 1998. Her responsibilities include overseeing the accounting and financial reporting of the entire corporate group. Mrs. Carlisi received her accounting designation (CGA) and Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University in 1997 and 1992 respectively. Prior to joining Dalfen America Corp., Danila was a senior auditor with a medium sized professional accounting firm in Montreal, Quebec.

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Sharon Furlong

Accounting Manager

Vinh Ha

Property Accountant

Jacee Choi

Junior Accountant

Antoinette Noronha

Accounting Manager

Nancy Darwiche

Property Accountant

Chantal Reid

Accounts Payable

Gordon MacGillvray

Construction
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Gordon Macgillvray is a Construction Manager for Dalfen Industrial and is responsible for day-to-day construction operations of each property, tenant satisfaction and vendor management. Prior to joining Dalfen, Gordon was on the Structural Maintenance Team at the Canadian Bank of Commerce.

Gordon studied Social Sciences at Bishops University.

 

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Edmundo Gallura

Construction