Daniel M. DiLella is a principal of Equus Capital Partners serving as the firm's President and Chief Executive Officer. Under Mr. DiLella's leadership, Equus has grown to become a multi-faceted national real estate investment company with expertise in development, investment, property management and asset management. Mr. DiLella's career as a real estate specialist spans nearly four decades and includes experience in all types of real estate investment and developments throughout the United States.  Prior to joining Equus, Mr. DiLella was Vice President of Girard Bank in Philadelphia, where he had a 10-year career in the Commercial Real Estate Department as a lender and a member of the asset recovery team. Mr. DiLella is a member of the Board of Trustees of Villanova University.  He recently funded the establishment of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova University School of Business where he is Chair the Real Estate Advisory Council.

Daniel Dilella

Mr. DiLella is a Trustee of the Cahill Trust and Chair of the Advisory Board of Roman Catholic High School. He also serves on the Boards of the Barnes Foundation, the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, Drexel University Real Estate Advisory Council, the National Italian American Foundation, the NHS Human Services, the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philly Pops. Mr. DiLella previously served as the President of The Union League of Philadelphia, and is currently the Chairman of the Scholarship Foundation at the League. Previous board appointments include the Battleship New Jersey, the Committee of Seventy, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Police Foundation. Mr. DiLella is the recipient of the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal and the Villanova Bartley Alumni Medallion.

Mr. DiLella holds an M.B.A from St. Joseph's University and a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University.

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

Shawn Howton, PhD
Faculty Director

Jessica Taylor

Benjamin Scheick, PhD
Associate Professor & Associate Department Chair

Charlie Davidson
Associate Professor of the Practice

Carly Gulasarian
Program Administrator

Tony Ziccardi
Center Fellow

The Nova Next Council is a group of young and ambitious members of the Villanova real estate community who provide strategic guidance on the Center’s mission, activities, curricula and professional development opportunities.