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WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate: Susan Swanezy, Partner at Hodes Weill & Associates

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Tiya Jain

Tiya Jain is a Baker Program in Real Estate graduate student. Prior to Baker she completed her chartered accountancy course in India (Equivalent to the CPA) and has 6 years of post-qualification experience with multinationals such as Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte etc. Her last position at Deloitte involved advising large developers and private equity funds on funding, structuring and cost saving transactions in line with the local laws and regulations. Prior to Deloitte, she helped Aldia Capital, a boutique investment advisor in India, set up base in Mumbai. She was responsible for creating trusting relationships with the local real estate developers for the firm to secure $100 mm mandates. Tiya also strengthened local banking and financial relationships to the firm to tie up both ends of the deal making process. She is also interested in sustainable energy solutions, solar technology and she implemented the same for 3 housing societies in her neighborhood in Mumbai to cut energy costs by 25%. At Cornell, Tiya is the VP of Events for the Cornell Real Estate Women’s club that looks at leveraging opportunities for professional growth for women and eliminating the gender differences in the real estate industry. Tiya is also a Junior editor for the Cornell Review. The assignment involves contributing high quality research articles for the Cornell yearly journal and also interviewing real estate industry leaders who speak at the Distinguished Speaker Series. She enjoys playing Sudoku and practicing eastern philosophies such as yoga and meditation in her free time. Post Baker she would like to work in real estate investments and finance.

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We are privileged to host Ms. Susan Swanezy – Partner at Hodes Weill & Associates for the WX: New York Women in Real Estate Panel Discussion. Hodes Weill & Associates is a real estate advisory boutique with a focus on the investment and funds management industry. Founded in 2009, Hodes Weill* provides institutional capital raising for funds, transactions, co-investments and separate accounts; M&A, strategic and restructuring advisory services; and fairness and valuation analyses.

Prior to Hodes Weill & Associates, Susan was a Managing Director and Head of Distribution for Credit Suisse’s Real Estate Investments Group. Susan was also a Managing Director at Stockbridge Capital Partners focused on client relations and business development. From 2002 to 2007, Susan was a Partner in Deutsche Bank RREEF’s Client Relations Group, where she worked with institutional investors across a variety of real estate investment strategies. Until 2001, she was an investment banker with Deutsche Bank’s real estate investment banking group, the successor entity to BT Alex Brown, providing both public and private debt and equity related products to REITs, private real estate operators and real estate funds.

Susan is a current member of PREA, ULI and WX Women Executives in Real Estate where she was the former President and was honored as WX Woman of the Year in 2014.  She serves on the Board of Directors of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB). We hope to have insights on achieving phenomenal success in real estate investments from Susan at the panel discussion.

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