DANIEL M. DILELLA CENTER FOR REAL ESTATE

BUILDING THROUGH EXPERIENCE


The Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate was established to provide outstanding academic and professional development opportunities to Villanova students in the field of real estate. The DiLella Center supports faculty research and teaching, ensuring relevance in the curriculum through the incorporation of site visits, experiential learning projects, industry-standard tools and the perspectives of industry experts.

Through the DiLella Center, undergraduates can pursue a major, co-major or minor in real estate—with real estate focused courses including investments, law, development, modeling, accounting, capital markets and economics—while graduate students can specialize in real estate through the Villanova MBA program. The DiLella Center also supports VSB’s student-run Real Estate Society.

The DiLella Center connects and mobilizes the Villanova real estate community—through educational programs, thought leadership initiatives and networking events—to expand the horizons of a new generation of real estate leaders and to generate vibrant conversations on issues facing the real estate industry.

Director's Message


shawn howton

Welcome to the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova School of Business. We are dedicated to producing tomorrow’s leaders in the commercial real estate industry at both the undergraduate and graduate level and fostering a community that shares knowledge and experiences.


DAN-TOM Real Estate Student Managed Fund
 

In the fall of 2018, VSB and the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate launched the Daniel M. DiLella and Thomas M. Mulroy (DAN-TOM) Real Estate Student Managed Fund. Villanova University is the first university to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to manage a real estate investment fund.

The fund consists of students serving as senior managers, analysts and interns who work cohesively to research, evaluate and underwrite potential commercial real estate investment opportunities.

students discussing a topic around a table

In addition to the DAN-TOM Fund’s student leadership, Business Fellow Vincent Sanfilippo assists and advises students with their investment strategies. Previously the CIO of CenterSquare Investment Management (formerly Urdang Capital Management), Mr. Sanfilippo shares his decades of industry experience with Villanova real estate students. The investment committee also includes Michelle Bennett of Newport Capital Group, Daniel DiLella of Equus Capital Partners, Shane McAndrew of Villanova University, Jon Miniman of CBRE Clarion Securities, Thomas Mulroy of T-Rex Capital Group and Gerard Sweeney of Brandywine Realty Trust. 

Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate
Villanova School of Business
800 East Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4476
vsb.realestate@villanova.edu

Shawn Howton, PhD
Faculty Director
shawn.howton@villanova.edu

Jessica Taylor
Director
jessica.taylor@villanova.edu

Benjamin Scheick
Associate Professor & Associate Department Chair
benjamin.scheick@villanova.edu

Charlie Davidson
Assistant Professor of the Practice
charles.davidson@villanova.edu

Carly Gulasarian
Program Administrator
carly.gulasarian@villanova.edu

Tony Ziccardi
Center Fellow
anthony.ziccardi@villanova.edu


BECOME A MEMBER

Participate within the DiLella Center and stay in touch with classmates and form valuable relationships with other Villanova alumni.

SUPPORT THE CENTER

Your donations enable the DiLella Center to advance experiential learning opportunities, alumni engagement and thought leadership initiatives.