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Fairfield / Westchester UCONN Committee

Deanna Polizzo
Fairfield/Westchester UConn Committee
Whitehat Capital

Deanna Polizzo is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in all commercial property types.  She is a founding Principal of Whitehat Capital, a diversified commercial real estate advisory firm. In addition to offering debt and equity placement, Whitehat also offers operational and management support and guidance. 




Ernest DesRochers
Fairfield/Westchester UConn Committee
NorthMarq Capital

Mr. DesRochers joined NorthMarq Capital in September 2003 when NorthMarq acquired the mortgage banking division of Legg Mason Real Estate Services (LMRES) where he was employed since 1988. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Co-Managing Director of NorthMarq’s New York Metropolitan office which is based in New York City with a satellite office in Jericho, Long Island. Mr. DesRochers is senior real estate finance professional with over 30 years of experience in the life insurance, banking, and securitized lending arenas. He is currently responsible for overseeing the origination, underwriting, and structure of commercial real estate loans for correspondent and agency lending institutions in the tri-state area. Financing types includes debt, equity, mezzanine, and structured finance transactions. In addition he oversee s a $2.1 +/- billion mortgage loan servicing portfolio including the review and processing of regular servicing requests (lease approvals, escrow releases, etc.), and annual lender collateral reviews.

At NorthMarq, Mr. DesRochers also has had several corporate responsibilities including having served as a member of both the NorthMarq Executive Committee and the Administration Committee. He is currently a member of the Servicing Committee. Prior to his employment at LMRES and NorthMarq, Mr. DesRochers was with the Travelers Insurance Company Real Estate Investment Department holding several positions with the firm including his last as General Manager of the Boston Field Office.

He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut holding a Bachelors of Science degree in Real Estate and an MBA. He is a member of several professional associations including REFA, the ULI, the ICSC, the American Society of Real Estate Counselors and the National Real Estate Forum. Mr. DesRochers holds a Real Estate Broker license in Connecticut, an Associate Broker license in New York and a Real Estate Salesperson license in New Jersey.

Jack Mullen
Fairfield/Westchester UCONN Committee

Summer Street Advisors

As the Founder and Managing Director of Summer Street Advisors, LLC (SSA) Jack Mullen brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the CRE industry. Prior to the formation of SSA, Mr. Mullen was an executive member of GE Capital Real Estate's Global Valuation Team and was responsible for managing transaction teams in the due diligence, valuation and underwriting activities supporting the acquisition of $10 billion in CRE investments.  

Previously, he served as Vice President with Turing Capital responsible for risk and transaction management for corporate and commercial real estate lending opportunities. Mr. Mullen has also held key positions with Chase Manhattan Bank, Chemical Bank and Finova Capital. Through the delivery of highly-respected and well-attended thought-leader roundtable networking events, Mr. Mullen continues to be positioned at the forefront of the evolving and complex CRE industry. These events, held quarterly in NYC, assemble leading industry experts and executives who are actively shaping and influencing the marketplace. In addition to being a frequent preferred contributor to articles in leading industry publications such as PERE, Mr. Mullen regularly produces by-lined articles on the most critical subject matter facing the commercial real estate industry today.

Mr. Mullen earned his Masters in Business Administration from Fordham University and a BA degree in Economics and Political Science from Salve Regina University. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut (REFA CT) for 2014-2015, with intent of serving as President for 2015-2016. Additionally, Mr. Mullen is a member of CREFC (CRE Finance Council), RELA (Real Estate Lenders Association) and is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.






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