Jon talks with the leadership team at Berkadia, Ernest Katai, Keith Misner, Mike Miner and Dori Nolan, about real estate, the market, leadership and the power of teamwork!
Executive Vice President, Head of Production
Ernest Katai is Executive Vice President, Head of Production and a member of Berkadia’s Management Committee. In this role, Mr. Katai oversees approximately 240 experienced mortgage bankers and investment sales advisors. Under his leadership, the company’s mortgage banking division has grown by 90 percent, while investment sales have increased by 103 percent. In 2019, Berkadia’s combined production volume of loan origination, investment sales and JV equity placements exceeded $36 billion.
Mr. Katai has been with Berkadia and its predecessors’ companies for more than 25 years, working as a leading mortgage banker throughout his tenure. Prior to his current position, Mr. Katai led the Detroit Office to the top originating office in the State of Michigan. The office now regularly produces mortgage banking and investment sales volume of approximately $2 billion annually. Mr. Katai has an extensive background in loan origination that includes construction lending, interim loans, structured loans, tax free financing, joint ventures and equity investments. Mr. Katai has originated transactions with more than 50 capital sources including multiple life companies, credit companies, banks, conduits, and pension funds. Previously, Mr. Katai did construction lending for Comerica Bank and real estate structured credit financing for Ford Motor Credit.
Senior Vice President, Head of Investment Sales
Keith Misner is Senior Vice President, Head of Investment Sales and a member of Berkadia’s Management Committee. In this role, he is responsible for accelerating the growth of the firm’s national investment sales platform and coordination of all operating aspects, including recruiting. Mr. Misner has more than 30 years of national commercial real estate experience with success in investment sales, asset management and development aspects in both public and private owner/investor firms and major service providers.
Prior to Berkadia, Mr. Misner served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Abacus Capital Group LLC for the newly established Abacus Core Investment Fund I LP. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Transactions at AIMCO, the Denver-based nationally active REIT. During his career, Mr. Misner has also worked in senior leadership roles at Grubb & Ellis, CBRE, and Cushman & Wakefield where from 2003 to 2010, he was a national leader.
Vice President – Investment Sales Operations
In this role, Mr. Miner oversees a team of more than 90 support staff that focus on delivering high quality deal marketing collateral, research, and financial analysis in support of closing over 400 transactions annually. Additional Mr. Miner focuses on establishing a technology forward IS platform working closely with the Innovation team to develop Berkadia tailored deal marketing, CRM, and email marketing products. Finally, Mr. Miner also supports Investment Sales’ strategic initiatives which include expanding institutional client outreach and growing Investment Sales through recruiting new brokers.
In 2018, Berkadia’s Investment Sales volume totaled $8.3 billion which was a record year. This year’s volume YTD is up 13% compared to the same time frame last year.
Previously, Mr. Miner worked in strategy consulting at McKinsey and Company where he worked with clients on strategic roadmaps and operational and organizational transformations across multiple industries. Mr. Miner has a Bachelor of Science in business management from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration in management and strategy from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
SVP, National Client Services
Dori is key to the production leadership team as Senior Vice President of National Client Services. She has extensive multifamily transaction expertise and industry-wide relationships. Her primary focus entails coordinating Berkadia’s Investment Sales, Mortgage Banking, and other Berkadia services for Berkadia’s most active multi-market and/or institutional apartment capital sources. She leads a national initiative to continue to grow business relationships with current clients and new clients, helping them to better understand the full potential of Berkadia’s services. She is also responsible for collaborating with Berkadia’s Investment Sales and Mortgage Banking specialties to improve customer support programs and enhance customer service satisfaction. Dori was previously a partner with Capri Capital Partners where she was responsible for all investment activities including acquisitions, dispositions, and financing efforts.
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