Scott E. Shapiro
Before returning to his home state of Washington from New York, Scott was with Related Urban Development (formerly The Palladium Company) and Related Lodging Group, real estate development affiliates of The Related Companies, L.P. Prior to that, Scott co-founded Cityfeet, a leading online commercial real estate network that was sold to LoopNet.
While in business school, Scott was a financial analyst at MAX Capital Management Corporation, handling real estate acquisitions and financings. He was also a summer associate at Paine Webber Real Estate Securities, providing principal lending and investments for opportunity funds and other real estate clients.
Before attending graduate school, Scott worked in Washington, DC, conducting property management and marketing at The JBG Companies, management and strategic consulting with KPMG, and government affairs and policy analysis with Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. Scott received his BA with honors in government and American studies from Wesleyan University and his MBA in real estate and finance from Columbia Business School.
Jena Thornton is a hospitality expert with over 20 years in the industry. She recently led the U.S. hotel division of Bentall Kennedy LP (formerly known as Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel LP) as a senior vice president, where she served since 2002. During that time she oversaw the acquisition, development, financing, asset management, and disposition of over a billion dollars of hotels. Most recently, she also oversaw all U.S. real estate dispositions of all property types for the firm.
Prior to that, she was the vice president of acquisitions and business development for Noble House Hotels & Resorts, overseeing the acquisition and financing of a few hundred million dollars of hospitality projects. Previously, she was a development manager at Westin Hotels & Resorts, now part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. She has also worked for PKF Consulting, IHA, and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Jena, who is a member of Urban Land Institute and sits on its hotel development council, received her BSBA in International Business & Marketing from American University. She is also a LEED AP, which is a U.S Green Building Counsel Accredited Professional.
Teri Towne, CPA
Teri has been the controller for Eagle Rock Ventures LLC’s properties since 2008. Prior to working for ERV, Teri was the controller for The Seneca Real Estate Group from 2002 to 2008 where she managed the cost reporting, budgeting, and cash flow management for many major development projects in the Puget Sound region.
While Teri’s background is mainly in real estate development, she was also the controller for Fonte Coffee Roaster from 1999 to 2002, the northwest business manager of Universal Concerts from 1995 to 1999, and assistant controller for KING AM/FM from 1992 to 1995. Teri is a native of Washington State, received a BS in accounting from Central Washington University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Natalie Gualy has seven years of experience working at architecture firms in the US and China. She worked on an international design team at the United Design Group in Shanghai. While in Shanghai, she worked with various real estate developers designing mixed-use and multi-family properties in China and Taiwan. In the U.S., she has worked for various design firms including the Charleston Civic Design Center in Charleston, SC and Gresham, Smith, and Partners in Nashville, TN. She has led projects ranging from a 500 sf in-house music studio to a 400,000 sf conversion of a shopping mall to a medical office building for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Within Seattle, Natalie was the project manager of design/development at OneBuild, Inc. where she managed Seattle’s first multi-family modular project located on Capitol Hill.
Natalie serves as the Development Representative on the City of Seattle’s East Design Review Board. She was selected as a 2011 Runstad Fellow at the University of Washington. Her research explored and analyzed real estate trends, growth management, and urban sustainability in Istanbul, Turkey. She received a BA in architecture at Clemson University and earned a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Real Estate at the University of Washington, College of Built Environments.