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Meet Our Team
A team of cross industry experts in strategy, real estate, retail, hospitality, and technology.
He has spent the last seventeen years in retail management and strategy working for a variety of global lifestyle brands during a time of hyper growth and emergence. From Abercrombie & Fitch, to Michael Kors before their IPO, to the first Brand House Division store for Under Armour. He is an expert in retail strategy, customer experience, and the recruitment and training of teams and people.
For years, John has gleaned insights into the broken nature of the customer journey for community developers and production home builders. He truly understands how to answer this void in the marketplace and fully believes he has assembled a team of outside industry experts to help overcome the customer obstacles plaguing this category of real estate in the formation of Cecilian Partners.
John holds a Master of Business Administration in Systems Thinking and Global Finance from Villanova University, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Duquesne University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Most recently, Philip was a founding member of Bloom – Accenture’s digital growth incubator. He led small teams of strategists, designers, data scientists, and developers to partner with clients and build new digital businesses targeting ideas that had $1B+ valuations.
He was a pioneer in “human-centered” strategy and design, combining traditional strategy rigor with design creativity, data insights, and real technology build, and is excited to bring a fresh approach to growth and experience in the real estate industry.
Philip holds degrees in mathematical economics and management from Rice University and the London School of Economics.
He also has expertise in customer experience, having lead the voice of the customer program at a Fortune 300 company. Vaclav thinks that the foundation of any customer experience initiative is predicated upon a cultural shift within the company that allows the voice of the customer to be heard within the organization.
Vaclav is passionate about using consumer data to solve business problems and unlock new opportunities.
He holds a master’s degree in Classics from University of Arizona and an MBA from Temple University Fox School of Business with a specialization in Strategic Management. Vaclav is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Todd has been acting as the Product Manager of The XO since 2016. He led the onboarding and deployment of The XO for each of Republic Property Group’s large-scale master planned communities, Walsh and Light Farms, including the discovery, training, and ongoing customer service for each project.
Since graduating with a degree in business economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, Todd has looked to challenge industry norms in order to develop innovative projects and leave his mark on the field of development. He brings a unique and extensive knowledge of the development process.
Todd is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and is currently involved regionally through the ULI North Texas Partnership Forum.
Distinguished group of industry executives who help to guide our strategy and accomplish our mission
George has experience as an operating executive including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Division President. George has served as a consultant, board member for both private and public boards, and industry expert and speaker on residential building and development industries.
George is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), has twice served as Chair of ULI’s Residential Neighborhood Development Council, currently serves as ULI’s Community Development Council, and is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation. He also serves as the Chair of the Housing Innovation Alliance and as Chair of the Vistage group for Southern Maine.
George is the author of articles on trends in the industry; is a frequent speaker at industry conferences; and author of the book ``Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze: The Valuable Habit of Learning from Your Business Experiences.``
Kathleen's endless consumer curiosity and creativity led her to begin her career as a copywriter with the Leo Burnett Company, one of the world’s pre-eminent ad agencies, working on such well-known brands as McDonald's, Heinz, Memorex and Kellogg’s. Over the years she has successfully leveraged her expertise on how consumers interact with products to develop innovative and creative solutions for the development of master planned communities throughout the United States. Her creative problem solving allows for imaginative solutions to real estate problems.
Since launching her consultancy more than 25 years ago, she has led the strategic development of many of the nation's top master planned community brands. Cecilian Worldwide is focused on delivering blue-chip clients big ideas and big results. The company specializes in real estate business strategy, strategic branding, marketing, brand identity and creative development.
Kathleen is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute; past ULI Program Committee Member; Former Council Counselor to the ULI Community Development Council Flights; and Outgoing Chair of the Community Development Council- Blue Flight. She is a frequent speaker on all subjects related to brand creation and strategies for real estate.
Currently, Ned is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Clutch, which provides a mobile platform that unifies gifting, loyalty and shopping in a single experience. Prior to Clutch, he was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO at Portico Systems providing enterprise software solutions into the healthcare payer market experiencing tremendous growth and ultimately being sold to McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK).
Ned works with companies to apply the appropriate strategy, vision, and operational execution to enable these companies to achieve their high growth goals as they produce tangible value to the customers and markets they serve. Along with being very active with other entrepreneurs as an advisor and an angel investor, he serves on the boards of FinPay and Empactful Capital. Ned is also a member of the Advisory Boards for Coral Homes and SocialLadder.
Ned graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University. He serves as an Advisory Council Member to Villanova’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, (“ICE” Center), which helps instill the entrepreneurial spirit in students across all the colleges at Villanova and is part of the Villanova School of Business. Ned also was the past Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale where he still serves as a member of the Board and the Chairman of the Robert Hamilton Endowment Fund.