• Leadership
  • Investment Team
  • Asset Management & Leasing
  • Development & Construction
  • Accounting
  • Legal & Compliance
  • Human Resources

Leadership

Murray Dalfen,

Chief Executive Officer
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Murray Dalfen began his career in the family retail business. He began developing commercial real estate in 1974 and he transitioned the direction of the company to focus exclusively on commercial real estate in 1990.

Since 1990 Mr. Dalfen has been the CEO of Dalfen’s Limited, and Dalfen America Corp. He has led the successful and highly profitable creation of multiple real estate funds, which have owned, operated, developed and managed several million square feet of commercial property, located in the United States and Canada. Mr. Dalfen is a philanthropist and has also assumed a leadership role in many community organizations.

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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 America Corp (DAC) and its Canadian arm Dalfen’s Ltd . Based out of the Dallas office, he is responsible for the oversight and management of the firm and its investment activities. Mr. Dalfen is also a member of the firm’s  Executive Advisory Committee. Under Mr. Dalfen’s leadership, the companies’ investment platforms have been strategically restructured and expanded significantly. Having transacted on over 30 million square feet of real estate in 13 US states and 2 Canadian provinces, Mr. Dalfen has transitioned the company into one of the largest buyers of industrial real estate. Mr. Dalfen heads the firm’s investment strategies which have included: Property investment funds in multiple asset classes, convertible debentures, preferred equity placements, distressed debt opportunity funds, and strategic land assemblies. Previously, Mr. Dalfen worked at NAI Commercial, as an investment sales broker, where he was one of the company’s top 10 performers in Canada. Mr. Dalfen 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 US. Mr. Dalfen attended Tel Aviv University’s Lowy School and McGill University, where he studied Psychology and Finance.

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Don Benningfield,

Chief Operating Officer
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Based in Dallas, Don Benningfield is the Chief Operating Officer of Dalfen America Corp. (DAC). In addition to his role as COO, he is a member of the Executive Advisory Committee, which oversees all of the Dalfen Group’s investment programs.

Mr. Benningfield has extensive experience committing debt and equity capital, transacting in the capital markets, managing credit risk, and providing consulting, asset management, and strategic advisory services to public and private companies, financial institutions, pension funds, insurance companies, private equity firms, issuers, and investors.

At BlackRock, Mr. Benningfield led diverse project teams executing key client mandates and initiatives globally as the Global Head of Real Estate Portfolio Management. In this role he advised, underwrote, restructured, and disposed of real estate risk exposures on behalf of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and performed asset quality reviews and portfolio management services for overseas financial institutions, insurance companies, finance ministries and central banks.

During his time at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Benningfield held multiple leadership positions covering a wide range of investment banking and capital markets transactions in addition to serving in various risk management, board, ownership, and advisory roles.

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Fred Tkalec,

Chief Financial Officer
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Fred Tkalec joined Dalfen America Corp. in April 1998. His responsibilities include overseeing the entire accounting operations, project financing and risk management on a portfolio of millions of square feet of high quality commercial real estate assets in both the United States and Canada.

Prior to joining Dalen America Corp., Mr. Tkalec was a senior manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Montreal, Canada, where he was responsible for overseeing the audits of private and public companies with sales in excess of $50,000,000. Mr. Tkalec received his chartered accountancy designation (CA) and Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in 1989 and 1986 respectively.

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Shelly Drakes,

Executive Vice President | Asset Management
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Shelly Drakes joined Dalfen America Corp. in October of 2002. Her responsibilities include the overseeing of assets on the Eastern region of the United States. Her team is responsible for the day to day operation of each property, lease negotiations, tenant satisfaction, and vendor management while keeping the company’s strategic vision insight.

Ms. Drakes started in the Property Management industry in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, with then Prentiss Properties now PM Realty. She holds a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Florida International University School of Engineering and a bachelor degree in Business and Anthropology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is also a member of BOMA Inc. and very active in several charitable organizations.

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Investment Team

Sean Dalfen,

President & Chief Investment Officer
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Sean Dalfen is the President  and Chief Investment Officer of Dalfen America Corp (DAC) and its Canadian arm Dalfen’s Ltd . Based out of the Dallas office, he is responsible for the oversight and management of the firm and its investment activities. Mr. Dalfen is also a member of the firm’s  Executive Advisory Committee. Under Mr. Dalfen’s leadership, the companies’ investment platforms have been strategically restructured and expanded significantly. Having transacted on over 30 million square feet of real estate in 13 US states and 2 Canadian provinces, Mr. Dalfen has transitioned the company into one of the largest buyers of industrial real estate. Mr. Dalfen heads the firm’s investment strategies which have included: Property investment funds in multiple asset classes, convertible debentures, preferred equity placements, distressed debt opportunity funds, and strategic land assemblies. Previously, Mr. Dalfen worked at NAI Commercial, as an investment sales broker, where he was one of the company’s top 10 performers in Canada. Mr. Dalfen 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 US. Mr. Dalfen attended Tel Aviv University’s Lowy School and McGill University, where he studied Psychology and Finance.

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Doug Lance,

Market Officer - Midwest

Jerry Benson,

Market Officer

Maxim Gagliardi,

Director | Investments

Michael Trapani,

Senior Associate | Investments

Jared Crowley,

Senior Analyst | Investments

Nate Leifeld,

Acquisitions - Western Region

Lorena Gray,

Executive Assistant

Asset Management & Leasing

Shelly Drakes,

Executive Vice President | Asset Management
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Shelly Drakes joined Dalfen America Corp. in October of 2002. Her responsibilities include the overseeing of assets on the Eastern region of the United States. Her team is responsible for the day to day operation of each property, lease negotiations, tenant satisfaction, and vendor management while keeping the company’s strategic vision insight.

Ms. Drakes started in the Property Management industry in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, with then Prentiss Properties now PM Realty. She holds a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Florida International University School of Engineering and a bachelor degree in Business and Anthropology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is also a member of BOMA Inc. and very active in several charitable organizations.

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Rhonda McFarlane,

Vice President | Market Officer
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Rhonda joined the Dalfen America Corp. team in 2004. Her responsibilities have grown from Property Manager to Director of Operations for the Southwest region of the United States. Her activities include construction supervision, maintenance and tenant relations for several industrial and office buildings. Rhonda attended the Florida International University where she studied Business Management.

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Doug Lance,

Market Officer - Midwest

Joyce Meinerding,

Property Manager - Midwest

Lisa Cardone,

Administrative Assistant

Elaine Cabrera,

Office Manager - Southeast Region

Jerry Benson,

Market Officer

Joanne Spytkowski,

Asset Managment Associate - Southwest Region

Carole Giguère,

Senior Executive Assistant

Sierra Johnson,

Acquisitions Coordinator

Development & Construction

Shelly Drakes,

Executive Vice President | Asset Management
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Shelly Drakes joined Dalfen America Corp. in October of 2002. Her responsibilities include the overseeing of assets on the Eastern region of the United States. Her team is responsible for the day to day operation of each property, lease negotiations, tenant satisfaction, and vendor management while keeping the company’s strategic vision insight.

Ms. Drakes started in the Property Management industry in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, with then Prentiss Properties now PM Realty. She holds a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Florida International University School of Engineering and a bachelor degree in Business and Anthropology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is also a member of BOMA Inc. and very active in several charitable organizations.

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Rhonda McFarlane,

Vice President | Market Officer
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Rhonda joined the Dalfen America Corp. team in 2004. Her responsibilities have grown from Property Manager to Director of Operations for the Southwest region of the United States. Her activities include construction supervision, maintenance and tenant relations for several industrial and office buildings. Rhonda attended the Florida International University where she studied Business Management.

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Sean Wood,

Vice President of Development & Construction

Doug Lance,

Market Officer - Midwest

Jerry Benson,

Market Officer

Gordon MacGillvray,

Construction

Edmundo Gallura,

Construction

Accounting

Fred Tkalec,

Chief Financial Officer
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Fred Tkalec joined Dalfen America Corp. in April 1998. His responsibilities include overseeing the entire accounting operations, project financing and risk management on a portfolio of millions of square feet of high quality commercial real estate assets in both the United States and Canada.

Prior to joining Dalen America Corp., Mr. Tkalec was a senior manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Montreal, Canada, where he was responsible for overseeing the audits of private and public companies with sales in excess of $50,000,000. Mr. Tkalec received his chartered accountancy designation (CA) and Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in 1989 and 1986 respectively.

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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

Antoinette Noronha,

Accounting Manager

Vinh Ha,

Property Accountant

Nancy Darwiche,

Property Accountant

Jacee Choi,

Junior Accountant

Heather Stacey,

Junior Accountant

Chantal Reid,

Accounts Payable

Joanne Gioulis,

Accounts Payable

Legal & Compliance

Fred Tkalec,

Chief Financial Officer
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Fred Tkalec joined Dalfen America Corp. in April 1998. His responsibilities include overseeing the entire accounting operations, project financing and risk management on a portfolio of millions of square feet of high quality commercial real estate assets in both the United States and Canada.

Prior to joining Dalen America Corp., Mr. Tkalec was a senior manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Montreal, Canada, where he was responsible for overseeing the audits of private and public companies with sales in excess of $50,000,000. Mr. Tkalec received his chartered accountancy designation (CA) and Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in 1989 and 1986 respectively.

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Human Resources