Veit started on the brokerage side of
the commercial real estate business
in 2004 at Cushman & Wakefield, then
moved over to the principal side in 2005.
A few years later, he returned to school
for an MBA to strengthen his financial
and business skills and grow his network.
“The SIOR scholarship helped me toward my degree, positioning me for a
more institutional direction in commercial real estate,” he said.
After receiving his scholarship he
finished his studies at Northwestern
University’s Kellogg School of
Management and moved into a new
role as Director of Development at GGP,
where he managed the entitlement and
development of retail redevelopment
projects within GGP’s portfolio. There,
he also worked on a $330 million
sale-leaseback with Sears.
In January, Veit began working at Ryan
Companies, where he raises debt and
equity for development projects, manages joint venture relationships, and
completes dispositions of seasoned
assets. He is also pursuing acquisitions
in Ryan’s target markets throughout the
Midwest, Southeast, and Southcentral
As an undergraduate at the University
of Georgia, Woodliff became drawn to
real estate, fascinated by the art of the
deal. While interning at Grubb & Ellis,
she met Gail Crowder, SIOR, MCR, who
encouraged her to apply for the Mildred
C. Hanson SIOR Memorial Scholarship.
“The scholarship has increased my confidence and gave me credibility coming
out of school into a really competitive
business,” she said.
She then interned with Avison Young
before her senior year, remaining there
for the past four years on the brokerage
side. Among her clients are Fortune
500 companies, institutional owners,
foreign government entities, and financial companies. She specializes in
technology, and one of her recent deals
was representing the ownership in First
Data’s 62,000-square-foot office lease
in Marietta, Ga.
“The SIOR scholarship made me some-
one in the market,” she said. “It has put
me in contact with people who wanted
to help me grow my career, and I look
forward to further expanding my busi-
ness at Avison Young.”
Even though Zager grew up in Alaska
and moved around often, she was drawn
to the general flow of what was moving
around her and took particular interest
in residential real estate.
“I thought it would be fun to work in
real estate—I love how tangible it is,”
she said. “I had no idea there was a
commercial side until it was time to go
She landed at the University of St.
Thomas, where a professor nominated
her for SIOR Minnesota Chapter scholarship in 2012, and receiving it helped
her move one step closer to a career in
commercial real estate. She was the
only female to graduate in St. Thomas’
Real Estate Studies program in 2013.
After school, she nabbed a job with
Dominium, an affordable housing developer based in Minnesota. In 2015,
Bellwether Enterprise executive vice
president Mark Vannelli offered her the
opportunity to focus on the financing
of all commercial real estate product
Today, as a commercial mortgage
banker, she works on all major project
types throughout the Midwest, including financing the current mixed-use
redevelopment of a former Macy’s department store in St. Paul.
Director, Capital Markets, Ryan
Companies, Chicago, IL
SIOR Chicago Chapter Scholarship,
Associate, Office Properties
Group, Avison Young, Atlanta, GA
Mildred C. Hanson SIOR Memorial
Senior Analyst, Bellwether
Enterprise Real Estate Capital,
Minneapolis, MN; SIOR Minnesota
Chapter Scholarship, 2012