Michele McNamara provides financial and accounting support to the firm, bringing with her over fifteen years of real estate accounting experience in both public and private accounting. Prior to joining Advalurem, Ms. McNamara was the chief financial officer of Benchmark Real Estate Group where her role involved oversight of finance, corporate accounting, portfolio accounting, tax and treasury functions. Prior to Benchmark, she was an account manager at MayerMeinberg LLP, an east coast based accounting firm. Michele received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University. She is a member of the New York State Society of Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Ms. Chang provides marketing and PR communication services to the firm. She specializes in strategic corporate messaging, integrated marketing campaigns and business-to-business communications. Ms. Chang partners with business owners in a variety of industries, delivering tailored marketing solutions that prioritize growth and relationship development. Prior to consulting, Ms. Chang served as Senior Marketing Manager at The Berman Group, a communications firm based in New York. Ms. Chang holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and received her MFA in Writing from Columbia University.
Mr. Hurd serves as Chief Investment Officer of Waterton affiliates, Ultima Hospitality and Waterton Residential, where he helps to set strategy and develop the firm’s market focus. Prior to joining Waterton, Mr. Hurd was the President and Chief Investment Officer of Strategic Capital Partners (“SCP”), a privately held real estate investment management company. On behalf of institutional clients, SCP invested in over $1 billion of value-added multifamily, hotel and commercial properties across the country. Prior to that, Mr. Hurd spent almost 20 years at GE Capital Real Estate, where he was responsible for managing GE’s institutional real estate equity program. Mr. Hurd received his Bachelor’s Degree at Ohio Wesleyan University and his MBA at Drexel University and serves on the board of Catalyst Schools in Chicago.
Mr. Shah served as Head of Real Estate Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan Asset Management where he developed and executed capital market strategies across the firm. He also established the equity real estate group's structured finance investment platform that made over $500 million of debt and equity investments. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Shah was one of four individuals responsible for managing a $5 billion diversified real estate portfolio on behalf of AT&T Investment Management Corp. Mr. Shah earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Alvernia College and holds an MBA from Rutgers University.