Alumni Matters

We value our alumni and each of you matter to the success of our program. We have dedicated this section of the website to highlight your accomplishments. Here are a few alums we have highlighted this month:

Sean Giffin ’11 (MSRE) was recently recognized as a 2014 “Young Influential” by The Daily Transcript. Giffin has been NTC Foundation’s  leasing manager since 2008 and helped overhaul 27 of their historic buildings at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Sixteen of the 27 buildings that were intended for civic, arts and cultural uses have been completed and are 83 percent occupied. Some of the major tenants include: KMA Architecture, San Diego Ballet, Solare Restaurant, the Women’s Museum of California and the San Diego Watercolor Society. Giffin serves on NAIOP Developing Leaders’ Council, where he has been a member for seven years and served as co-chair in 2012. He is also a board member for Voices for Children’s Young Professional Group, a nonprofit that arranges for court-appointed advocates for foster children. Giffin served as Voices for Children YPG’s board chair in 2013.

Chris Lisle ’11 (BBA) recently joined Pirzadeh & Associates, Inc. as a development associate. Pirzadeh is a privately held real estate advisory firm, specializing in project management, entitlements and transportation planning. In this role, Lisle will be overseeing development projects in both Northern and Southern California for the Irvine Company, in addition to other clients of the firm. Previously he held the title of senior development analyst for the Irvine Company in Northern California, where he provided support and analysis during the construction of over 6,000 luxury multifamily units. After graduating from USD in 2011, with a degree in real estate and economics, Lisle joined The London Group Realty Advisors as an investment analyst. There he conducted market research and feasibility studies for various product types and provided strategic recommendations for the company’s clients.

Sunny Patel ’10 (MSRE) recently joined Terramar Retail Centers as senior associate. Patel will be responsible for strengthening Terramar’s existing portfolio and acquisitions and development. Terramar is a privately held real estate investment, development and management company primarily focused on retail centers. Founded in 1996, the company has acquired over 6.5 million square feet of retail shopping centers and entitled more than one million square feet of development projects. Since graduating from USD’s MSRE program in 2010, Patel has held positions in acquisitions and asset management, most notably with Morgan Stanley’s private equity real estate arm as an associate and with OliverMcMillan as a senior financial analyst.

If you are a USD alum working in the real estate industry, we would like to hear from you. Please e-mail Diane Ice with recent and significant career-related achievements and initiatives. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in the "Alumni Matters" sections of The Pipeline and our website.