Real Estate Investment Group Team

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Herbert A. Kolben

Senior Vice President, Chief Real Estate Investment Officer, Real Estate Investment Group

Herbert Kolben is Senior Vice President of the Real Estate Investment Group responsible for the management of all mortgage and real estate investments. Mr. Kolben has over 40 years of real estate experience including 23 with Union Labor Life and over 14 with Citibank N.A. where he was a Senior Credit Officer and Regional Vice President. At Citibank, his responsibilities included all real estate functions throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states as well as Director of Equities/East with responsibility for equity originations and capital markets interfacing for the eastern U.S. and Europe. Prior to joining Ullico, Mr. Kolben was a Senior Vice President at MNC Financial responsible for the administration, restructuring and disposition of a $1.9 billion portfolio. Mr. Kolben started his career with First Mortgage Investors REIT based in Miami, FL. He holds an MBA as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Donita M. Johnson

Vice President, Portfolio Administration

Donita M. Johnson is Vice President for the Real Estate Investment Group and is responsible for managing the portfolio administration and servicing of the real estate loans for Union Labor Life and its separate accounts. Ms. Johnson began her career in real estate administration in the banking industry and worked for three commercial banks until joining The Union Labor Life Insurance Company in January 1996. In addition to her 35+ years of experience, Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the Maryland Banking School and has an AA degree in Accounting.

Jonathan McKetney

Vice President, Credit Management

Jonathan McKetney is the Vice President for Union Labor Life's Real Estate Investment Group, responsible for managing credit risk and compliance issues. Mr. McKetney has over 21 years of commercial real estate finance experience and originally began his real estate career with Ullico from 1993 until 2000, with responsibilities that included loan origination, portfolio management and transaction due diligence. Prior to re-joining Ullico in September 2007, Mr. McKetney was a principal in a privately-held real estate development and management company. He has also worked with National Electrical Benefit Fund Investments (NEBF) and National Cooperative Bank and Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA). Mr. McKetney graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

George Weisz, CFA

Regional Vice President

George Weisz is Regional Vice President responsible for mortgage loan originations throughout Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area and Minnesota. Prior to joining Ullico in January 2004, he was Director and business manager in Banc One’s Real Estate Capital Markets Group, where he advised corporate clients about monetizing their real estate holdings. Prior to Banc One, George was Vice President with various Citigroup entities. From 1995 – 2000, he was Midwest head of real estate investment property and whole loan sales. From 1992 -1994, he was lead agent on large syndicated debt restructurings. Mr. Weisz started with Citigroup in 1988 as team leader with P&L responsibility for commercial real estate loan origination, credit underwriting and portfolio management. Prior to his assignments with Citigroup, George co-led the start-up of Bank of Montreal’s commercial real estate lending operations in the U.S. He started his real estate finance career with Bank of Montreal in Toronto in 1981. He holds BA and MBA degrees from The University of Regina and The University of Western Ontario respectively. He is a CFA charter holder and a licensed Illinois real estate broker.

Alan Robertson

Regional Vice President

Alan Robertson is Regional Vice President responsible for mortgage loan originations within the Southwestern region of the country. His markets include Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Hawaii. Prior to joining Ullico in December 2007, Alan Robertson was a Senior Director of Johnson Capital, a national commercial mortgage banking firm based in Southern California. Prior to Johnson Capital he had the same position at Ullico for a period of 3 ½ years. Alan Robertson has also worked as a construction lender for several domestic and international commercial banks in their Los Angeles offices throughout his career. The commercial banks were Security Pacific National Bank, Bank of Montreal, Mitsui Trust and Key Bank. He has over 34 years of experience and has played key roles in financing several developments located throughout the country. Alan Robertson’s geographic concentration has been primarily with developments located in the Southwestern United States. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate.

Robert A. Ship, CFA

Regional Vice President

Robert Ship is Regional Vice President responsible for mortgage loan originations throughout the Midwest outside of Chicago and Minnesota. During 2007, Robert Ship worked for Industrial Developer, International Airport Centers, where he aided in the $151 million refinance of a 2.3 million square foot, eight (8) property portfolio and completed the quarterly and annual cash flows. From 2004 through January of 2007, Robert Ship was an analyst with Ullico and in his position he analyzed the Midwest markets and aided in the underwriting of over $300 million in loan while building relationships. Prior to joining Ullico in 2004, he graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas with an MBA focused in finance. Robert Ship holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and utilized the engineering degree with the design and sales of HVAC systems for The Trane Company and air pollution testing and monitoring for Clean Air Engineering. He is also a CFA Charter holder.

Matthew T. Downs

Regional Vice President

Matthew Downs is Regional Vice President responsible for mortgage loan originations throughout the Northeast region. Prior to joining Ullico in June 2013, he was Vice President in M&T Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Group in New York, where he structured and managed a portfolio of stabilized and development properties. Prior to M&T Bank, Matthew was Vice President in the Real Estate Finance Division at Bank of Scotland from 2004-2010 and was responsible for negotiating opportunistic transactions for high-net worth individuals, investment funds and REIT’s throughout the US and Canada. Prior to joining the Real Estate Division, Matthew worked from 2001-2004 within Bank of Scotland’s non-bank subsidiary providing credit analysis to support the evaluation of secondary market trading opportunities. Matthew holds a BS from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. He is currently the President of the Real Estate Lender’s Association, New York Chapter. He is currently a Board Member of the Real Estate Lender’s Association and served as President of the New York Chapter from 2013-2015.

William H. Weeks

Regional Vice President

William H. Weeks is Regional Vice President responsible for mortgage loan originations throughout Northern California and the Northwest. He joined Ullico in November 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Weeks was founding and managing principal of Kentfield Capital Advisors, where he was responsible for sourcing and placing debt and equity financings. Mr. Weeks has over 31 years’ experience in the commercial real estate finance industry, including senior production roles at Redwood Trust, CapitalSource Finance, GE Capital, Heller Financial, Citicorp Real Estate and The Travelers. Mr. Weeks holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and is a licensed California real estate broker.

Stewart O. Thrower

Senior Portfolio Analyst

Stewart Thrower is a Senior Portfolio Analyst for the Midwestern Region’s Real Estate Investment Group. He is responsible for conducting financial and market analysis for mortgage originations and portfolio management. Prior to joining Ullico in 2007, he was a Financial Associate with Cushman & Wakefield. He also has experience with Grubb & Ellis and Insignia/ESG. Stewart graduated from the University of Miami with a Master of Business Administration (International Business) in 2004. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate from Georgia State University.

David T. Alexander

Senior Portfolio Analyst

David Alexander is a Senior Portfolio Analyst for the Northeastern Region’s Real Estate Investment Group. He is responsible for conducting financial and market analysis for mortgage originations and portfolio management. Prior to joining Ullico in 2016, David worked for Townhouse Partners where he did debt underwritings for financial clients such as JP Morgan, Barclays and others. David graduated from Dartmouth College and holds an MS in Real Estate from New York University.

Siyu Li

Portfolio Analyst

Siyu Li is the Portfolio Analyst for the Real Estate Investment Group. His responsibilities include providing project financial performance analysis and projections for the Real Estate Investment Group. He is also responsible for maintaining portfolio-wide and investment data for specific Separate Accounts, and the production of monthly and quarterly reports. Prior to joining Ullico in 2016, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a master degree in finance in 2015. Siyu also has a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science from Zhejiang University in China.



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