Nick Ito is a Director of MetLife Real Estate and this addition covers his job duties and what the commercial mortgage division at MetLife Real Estate is like.
Nick is responsible for the entire Southwest Region’s loan production and loan portfolio. He has a team of producers, portfolio managers, and analysts that he is responsible for leading. On the production side, he needs to make sure the team is doing new loans, which are consistent with MetLife’s platform and provide a good risk/return ratio. For portfolio management, Nick ensures that the loans in the portfolio are performing as expected and makes sure the team is responsive to requests made by borrowers. The largest part of his job to him seems to be leading the team, providing guidance to them and helping them grow.
Chad Lonski is a Land Acquisition Analyst at Melia Homes who recently graduated from the USC BRED Program in 2018. While Chad was a student, he was heavily involved in TREA, internships, and professional organizations, which has better prepared him for his current role.
As a member of TREA, Chad served on the Executive Board as Director of Off-Campus Events, and since he was in charge of site tours and firm visits, it exposed him to firms he wasn’t already familiar with. Having this role with TREA gave him leadership experience in a form of project management (scheduling students, buses, alumni, coordination etc.) and helped with organizational skills. Chad also joined ULI as a senior and says it provides good exposure to the real estate world at large and goes beyond the USC network.
Dominic Savino is a founding partner of Ferry Farm Capital Management and currently the CEO and founding partner of STAC Capital Management. Mr. Savino graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science. Prior to STAC Capital Management, Mr. Savino sold mortgage derivatives on Wall Street before migrating to the buy side of the financial markets. After the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Savino leveraged his financial experience from Wall Street and began to focus on direct lending and real estate opportunities. At Ferry Farm Capital, Mr. Savino created a fund that provided investors access to short duration loans given to students attending coding schools. At STAC Capital Management, Mr. Savino is focused on a model lease back program where the fund purchases model homes from builders and leases them back until the new community is completed.