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Meet Our Team
A team of cross industry experts in strategy, real estate, retail, hospitality, and technology.
Before starting Cecilian Partners, John spent seventeen years in retail management and strategy working for a variety of global lifestyle brands during a time of hypergrowth and emergence. He has been a leader and key contributor in the development and North American expansion of several iconic brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, Michael Kors, Quiksilver, Under Armour and Rapha. John’s had P&L oversight over $150MM working in major city centers and regions nationally for these brands. He is an expert in commerce strategy, customer experience, and the recruitment and training of teams and people.
For years, John gleaned insights into the broken nature of the customer journey for community developers and production home builders. He understands how to solve the opportunity in the marketplace and believes he has assembled and continues to build a team of outside industry experts to help overcome the customer obstacles plaguing this category of real estate.
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. John is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Community Development Council (CDC) Gold.
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. Phil is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Community Development Council (CDC) Blue.
Before joining CP, Debra worked directly with 92 of the 118 MPC's within CCMC's portfolio of communities, Debra leverages trends in design, operations, and programming that improve resident engagement, bringing to life community pillars and/or developer visions like health and wellness through strategic social programming and planning. Her understanding of MPC's aids our clients in establishing and evaluating their customer experience at any stage of community development.
She was excited to join the Cecilian team explaining that ``I believe The XO platform is going to enrich the prospect experience, making The XO the next big thing for MPCs. As we have watched the market shift on leveraging lifestyle or social capital as a marketing tool which is now the norm in any MPC. I'm ready to push the status quo again, with data leading the way``.
Debra Wyatte holds a Bachelor of Science in Park and Recreation and Tourism Management from Indiana University. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute at national and local levels. She is a member of the Community Development Council (CDC) Green and Building Healthy Places Committee in Colorado.
When he's not working, he enjoys reading, golfing, and raising his four boys in the Greater Philadelphia suburbs with his wife Janine. He's an avid Philly sports fan, and occasionally writes about tech and life on his blog.
Joe holds Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Scranton and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Drexel University.
Climbing the corporate ladder from Global Management Trainee to Sr. Program Manager, where she managed a $200M healthcare portfolio, Jennifer decided to shift gears and seek her entrepreneurial pursuits; ultimately joining her family's real estate brand consultancy Cecilian Worldwide as VP of Finance & Operations.
Jennifer officially joined Cecilian Partners in January of 2021 as CFO, bringing her much needed financial acumen and trust to help grow the business the right way for capital partners and clients alike.
Jennifer's passion for real estate runs deep, as she is also a licensed realtor with the prestigious Addison Wolfe brokerage out of New Hope Pennsylvania.
Her cross-functional financial expertise, and real estate knowledge continues to shape the growth of Cecilian Partners.
Most recently, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of BrightDoor, an industry pioneer in real estate sales and marketing software. At BrightDoor, Michael was focused on transforming the way builders, developers and brokerages leveraged CRM, interactive marketing and mobile technology to generate, qualify, nurture and convert prospects into homebuyers. During his tenure, Michael transformed BrightDoor from a regional startup into an international provider of best-in-class software for residential real estate.
Throughout his career, Michael has enjoyed considerable success as a technology-focus entrepreneur. He previously co-founded and provided creative and technical leadership for VisionFactory and Marketecture, directing both companies in the development of creative software solutions for B2B customer experience management. His vision was realized in many of both companies’ signature solutions (including the iNav™ trade show platform and eSpace corporate briefing environments). Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon and IBM were among the Fortune 500® businesses that enjoyed a competitive advantage from sales and marketing solutions resulting from his creativity, leadership and brand storytelling acumen.
Michael holds degrees in Radio, Television & Motion Pictures and Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a self-avowed technology enthusiast, sports fan, and film nerd.
During his time at Cecilian Partners, Todd has led the onboarding and deployment of The XO for each of Cecilian Partners’ large-scale master planned communities, including the discovery, training, and ongoing customer success for each project. He personally has trained over 250 users across 25 homebuilder teams around the country.
Todd has applied his curious nature to learn how to solve complex problems in the MPC industry. His experience at Republic Property Group allowed him the opportunity to deeply understand the challenges developers face when trying to shape the journey of would-be home buyers and how they can utilize technology to help solve the customer journey.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of Texas. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and is currently involved regionally through the ULI Chicago.
Most recently, Kimberly was the COO of BrightDoor, an industry pioneer in real estate sales and marketing software. She served in multiple roles at BrightDoor, including managing both client services and business operations. Joining BrightDoor as one of the early start-up employees, she was able to build, train and manage a customer success management team recognized as one of the best in real estate software. Her contributions were instrumental in helping shape the evolution of the BrightDoor software system.
Kimberly holds a degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in Adult Learning from North Carolina State University. When she’s not helping real estate professionals succeed, you can find her outside running, in her garden, or in the kitchen whipping up her next foodie creation.
In his roles as Levi’s Regional Director and Armani Exchange Director of Operations,he led operational initiatives across stores at times of dynamic growth. William’s ability to craft service cultures had a pronounced impact in his role as VP of Stores at Kiehl’s, a notably client-centric retailer. As U.S. President of Petit Bateau, he expanded the American retail and wholesale division of the French luxury childrenswear company. Most recently, William was Director of Client Partnerships for Alliance Data, where he and his team managed client relations for strategic retailer credit card programs ranging from $40M to $1.5B.
He is very excited about his role with the Cecilian Partners, which he defines as “ensuring that all of our customers -- whether it be a developer, builder, or home buyer -- achieve their desired outcomes through their use of our platforms and interactions with our team. ”William holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University.
Prior to working in the technology space, Stephanie exceled in retail for nearly a decade while simultaneously earning her residential real estate license. Her talent, experience and personal touch have formed a perfect trifecta of CRM expertise, technical know-how and client-facing proficiency.
Wendy holds a Bachelors of Arts from The University of California, Irvine and a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach.
Abid is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and continues to hone his skills through a collection of online learning systems. Most recently, Abid was a Senior Software Developer for BrightDoor, where he designed, developed and managed the BrightDoor software platform - comprising CRM, touchscreen software and mobile apps.
Abid holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering and a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He's a self-avowed sports fan and huge fan of the UNC Tarheels.
Daniel holds a degree in engineering and a master's degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de la Laguna graduate school.
Outside of work, Daniel enjoys playing video games and watching movies from all over the world.
Distinguished group of industry executives who help to guide our strategy and accomplish our mission
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.
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.``
Team of experts guiding and shaping our approach, product, and execution.
Prior to that, CV was the founder of CVR Partners, a business advisory firm, that specializes in helping companies with Digital Transformation. He also is an active member of the Board of Directors of two companies in the USA and India and of two non-profit organizations.
Prior to launching CVR Partners, CV served as Senior Managing Director at Accenture where he managed business development and delivery at several accounts including Daimler, Scientific Games, an autonomous electric vehicle start-up, Case New Holland and Lennar. Prior to that, CV held leadership positions as a partner in New York, London and Hong Kong at AlixPartners, A.T. Kearney, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to consulting, CV worked for at Ford Motor Company and Midland Ross. CV has been recognized by his peers and teams for inclusive collaboration, team-orientation, and coaching skills.
Specific areas of CV’s functional expertise include business strategy, product development, digital transformation, procurement, cash flow management, and due diligence. He has published several papers and articles and has led panel discussions at World Economic Forum sessions.
CV received an MBA from the University of Michigan, an MS from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology.
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.
Today her company, tst ink (www.tst-ink.com) works with some of the most innovative community developers and entrepreneurs to identify deep customer insights and create places and brands people connect with and experiences that matter.
A fast-thinking, passionate marketing professional, she was named “one of the most influential women in homebuilding`` by BUILDER Magazine and was inducted into the William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence, the second woman ever to earn this honor. Teri writes monthly for the National Association of Home Builders’ Best in American Living and is a frequent speaker on consumer insights and brand experience design.
She has a Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sociology from Simon Fraser University, and studied Journalism at Carleton University. Teri serves as Assistant Chair of Urban Land Institute's Residential Neighborhood Development Council, is a member of the advisory board for Garman Homes and the Founder of Philosophers Café 101, a public forum for engaging conversation and exchanging ideas.
Since joining the firm in 1979, Gregg has conducted and supervised real estate consulting assignments throughout the U.S. and abroad. His international work includes projects for clients in Argentina, Mexico, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Gregg participated as a market specialist to help create ULI’s Ten Principles for Developing Successful Town Centers, and is a contributing author of ULI’s Transforming Suburban Business Districts, Active Adult Retirement Communities, and Housing for Niche Markets. He published a white paper for the U.S. EPA titled The Market for Smart Growth.
Gregg has also published articles and/or been quoted as an industry expert in The New York Times, San Francisco Examiner, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Real Estate Today, Urban Land, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Builder, with regard to a variety of land use and development-related issues. He has been a speaker for national and regional groups, including ULI and the National Association of Home Builders.
Prior to joining RCLCO, Todd’s professional career includes over seven years of experience in construction management with Skanska in Atlanta, GA and W. H. Bass, Inc. in Norcross, GA. Much of his work was concentrated on managing ground-up construction projects in retail, banking, education, and telecommunication as well as interior build-outs of high-rise office buildings. He received his Master of Business Administration (finance and real estate) from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, serving on ULI Austin’s Advisory Board and the Community Development Council (CDC-Black), and has been a guest speaker/lecturer/panelist at numerous real estate industry events and universities.
Backed by a generation of deep expertise in real estate and technology.
RCLCO Real Estate Advisors
RCLCO is a 50+ year real estate strategy and consulting firm, advising on $5B of real estate annually and a major strategic player across all classes and types of real estate. They are an investor in and strategic partner in the market with Cecilian Partners, seeing an opportunity to use technology and data to meet major developer and builder needs. RCLCO CEO Gadi Kaufmann states, “We always want to bring more to our clients. The world of real estate technology, “prop tech” is changing the industry and as always we want to play a strategic role in that change. We believe community developers and home builders will both gain efficiencies and improve the overall consumer experience by implementing this software product.”