VSB’s Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate Announces the Creation of the Nova Next Council

Villanova, Pa., December 9, 2016 - The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is proud to announce The DiLella Center for Real Estate's next generation of real estate industry leaders: the Nova Next Council. Nova Next Council members are rising leaders within their organizations, possess five-to-20 years of relevant industry experience, and will serve as a conduit between students and professionals by shaping the content and delivery of programming, philanthropic efforts and networking opportunities offered by The DiLella Center.

“We created the Nova Next Council to capture the energy and ideas of rising industry leaders and promote the link between academic theory and practice,” said Benjamin Scheick, PhD, The Kenneth’84 and Pamela Roessler Assistant Professor of Finance. “This group is actively shaping the markets in which they operate, is passionate about sharing these experiences with the Villanova community and will connect our students to today’s decision makers.”

Mark Thomson ’05 VSB, senior managing director and co-head of Philadelphia, HFF, and Ian Christ ’04 VSB, vice president, US transactions, PGIM Real Estate, will serve as co-chairs for the 2016/2017 year, and Scheick and Jessica Taylor, center director, will serve as liaisons and advisors to the council.

The Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate was established in 2007 to provide outstanding academic and professional development opportunities to Villanova students and community members in the field of real estate.

Daniel M. DiLella '73 VSB, chief benefactor for the DiLella Center for Real Estate, added, "In light of the upcoming tenth anniversary of the center, we are delighted to launch the Nova Next Council to better focus on the future of VSB's elite real estate program. Our hope for the Nova Next Council is to provide further support for faculty research and teaching, ensure relevance in our curriculum and put the insights of industry experts into action."

Thirty-six members were selected from a very strong applicant pool for the inaugural council. The members represent companies such as HFF, Equus Capital Partners, PREIT, EY, Brandywine Realty Trust, LaSalle Investment Management and more.  Visit Nova Next for more information.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.

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