Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate Appoints New Policy Advisory Board Members

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) in the School of Business at the University of San Diego (USD) announces the appointment of five new senior real estate executives to its Policy Advisory Board (PAB). The PAB provides policy guidance and financial support to the BMC and real estate students at USD.

“We are excited to welcome Willy Ayyad, Chris Bourassa, Tim Meissner, Heather Riley and Dan Ryan as our newest PAB members,” says Stath Karras, executive director of the BMC and staff liaison of the Board. “These distinguished members of the real estate industry bring exceptional talent and expertise to our committee and will provide expert guidance to our real estate students and to the BMC.”

Willy Ayyad is president and CEO of United Development Group (UDGI), which he formed in 2002. His expertise and focus is multifamily apartment communities. His current portfolio includes 20 communities consisting of 2,463 units in cities throughout California. Ayyad is the owner of a marina in San Diego, as well as more than 500 single-family homes throughout the U.S.; he has venture capital investments in more than a dozen companies, and has speculative land investments in Panama and Costa Rica. Ayyad made his mark in the San Diego real estate market by acquiring undervalued, poorly maintained apartment buildings and renovating them to provide clean, safer and affordable homes. Learn more about Ayyad and UDGI.

Chris Bourassa is president of U.S. Construction of the Ledcor Group of Companies. He was appointed to this San Diego based position in 2013 and in this role, he is responsible for strategic planning and the overall vision for the U.S. construction program.Bourassa’s executive activities include shaping the company’s brand through hands-on involvement with project development, operations and corporate initiatives; building and maintaining alliances with key industry partners and professionals; and providing leadership to Ledcor’s regional offices throughout the U.S. Bourassa’s expertise is in all facets of project development, finance, sales, marketing and construction. Previous to this U.S. role, he was COO of Ledcor Properties, the real estate development and investment arm of Ledcor. He is a graduate of the AMD program at Harvard University and is a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council. Learn more about Chris Bourassa and Ledcor.

Tim Meissner is principal of Meissner Jacquét Real Estate Services. His firm has been in operation for 25 years and manages a $1 billion commercial real estate portfolio in San Diego. The company provides real estate services including leasing, construction, due diligence, acquisition and disposition, finance and property management. Meissner’s career path has focused on commercial real estate transactions. His primary functions include client services, where he is directly responsible for transactional negotiations and mentoring support to the firm’s senior management team. Learn more about Meissner and Meissner Jacquét Real Estate Services.

Heather Riley is a partner in the San Diego office of Allen Matkins. Her practice focuses on a variety of land use and environmental matters, with a particular emphasis on writ litigation. She has extensive experience with the California Environmental Quality Act and has defended numerous private clients and public entities in land use and environmental actions in both state and federal courts. Some of Riley’s most recent accolades include: The Daily Transcript's Top 100 Influential Leaders in San Diego (2016); San Diego Metro’s 2016 “Best Attorneys is San Diego;” Our City San Diego’s “25 Most Influential Business Leaders” (2016); and San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” (2015). Riley received her JD cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University where she was on the dean's list and on scholarship for academic excellence. She received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York, University at Albany. Learn more about Riley and Allen Matkins.

Daniel Ryan is executive vice president–regional market director of San Diego and strategic operations for Alexandria Real Estate Equities, a role he has held since 2012. Ryan is responsible for the management of the Alexandria’s San Diego region asset base and operations. He is involved with developments, redevelopments, ventures, financing, leasing and other strategic opportunities outside of the San Diego region. Prior to Alexandria, Ryan was CEO of Veralliance, a commercial real estate developer, which he founded in 2002. Veralliance owned, managed, developed and leased an approximately $1 billion portfolio primarily consisting of life science assets in the greater San Diego region. Ryan received his bachelor's degree in economics cum laude from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was admitted to Omicron Delta Epsilon, the honor society for excellence in achievement in the study of economics. Learn more about Ryan and Alexandria.

View the complete list of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s 2017 Policy Advisory Board.

About the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
As a Center of Excellence within the University of San Diego’s School of Business, the mission of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate is to help recruit, educate and mentor real estate students with the goal of facilitating their career pursuits in a socially responsible manner and with a global perspective. We accomplish this mission through support of outstanding faculty and professional staff, dedicated career services, active industry involvement and outreach and relevant and applied research. Visit the BMC website for more information.