Rising Leaders Summit

Online, May 18, 2021


Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 10:00–11:00 a.m. EDT

This AFIRE Virtual Event is a discussion presented by AFIRE Rising Leaders, who represent a diverse group of mid-career real estate and investment leaders from AFIRE member firms.

This event is open to all members and invited guests.


In his role as Chief Investment Officer, Martin J. Brühl oversees all real estate transactions of Union Investment Real Estate worldwide. With assets under management totaling more than EUR 45 billion, Union Investment is a leading real estate investment manager providing a variety of investment solutions including non-listed retail and institutional open-ended funds, special funds and separate accounts.

Martin has close to 28 years of industry experience and has worked for groups like DTZ, Arthur Andersen and Cushman & Wakefield. Trained in banking and equipped with a degree in real estate appraisal and finance of City University Business School in London, Martin is Past President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and current Chairman of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) whose 215 member firms manage USD 3 trillion of real estate assets globally.

Maggie Coleman is a Managing Partner at Sera Global. She leads the Private Capital Advisory practice for Real Estate and is responsible for advising leading general partners, operating companies and managers of real assets on capital formation and fund strategy including capital raising. Additionally, Maggie oversees Sera Global’s investor coverage across institutional relationships, private equity and private capital groups.

Prior to joining Sera Global, Maggie was a Senior Managing Director and Head of International Capital, Americas at JLL focusing on advising cross-border investors on their real estate strategies, facilitating the deployment of offshore capital into JLL’s direct transactions, recapitalizations and joint ventures. Prior to JLL’s merger with Staubach Capital Markets in 2008, she was a Director within the M&A Advisory Services group of Staubach Capital.

Maggie earned a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago in Political Economy. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics & Public Policy (BEPP) and International Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

James is a Managing Director of Heitman’s Client Service & Marketing group and an equity owner of the firm. He leads the firm’s global sales process, relationship management, client service and marketing activities. Prior to joining Heitman, James was Senior Managing Director at Black River Asset Management where he led global investor relations across the firm’s hedge fund and private equity offerings. Before that, he held senior roles in EMEA, Asia Pacific, and North America for BNY Mellon Investment Management. James also worked at investment management and consultancy firms that included Delaware Investments LP, Morley Capital Management and SEI Capital Resources.

James received a BA in Economics and in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and is a FINRA Series 24 and 7 Registered Representative. James is an Advisory Board Member for PACER Center, a North American non-profit focused on enhancing the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities. James also serves as Vice Chairman for Volunteers to Assist Children with Disabilities USA, a non-profit organization focused on promoting and improving the well-being of children with disabilities.

Freddie Kim is the Senior Deputy General Manager at Hana Financial Investment. He overseas commercial property investment & sales.

Brandon McMenomy is Executive Director of CBRE Capital Markets, based in New York. In this position, Brandon’s global capital knowledge and relationships are leveraged to assist CBRE’s investment property professionals to secure and execute world-class institutional placement outcomes on behalf of our clients.

Brandon has an intimate understanding of international capital and its acquisition ambitions in the U.S. and maintains deep relationships with prominent off-shore investors.  Brandon provides complete coverage across the globe—from foreign investors with a multi-decade track record to emerging capital sources seeking their first U.S. acquisition.  

Brandon has 15 years of experience, completing over $10 billion of acquisitions and sales throughout North America—the majority with foreign capital. He has executed a variety of mandates with investors from Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas, and the Middle East. 

Meighan Phillips is a Portfolio Manager at Principal based in Des Moines, Iowa. Previously, Meighan was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Principal Global Investors. She received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Drake University and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Michel Schram is the Director of Private Real Estate for PGGM. He is a former board member of AFIRE. Michel received an MSRE from the University of Amsterdam. He also received an MA from Utrecht University in Economic Geography.


Designed as part of AFIRE’s membership program, AFIRE Virtual Events provide a recurring digital format for AFIRE members to stay connected beyond in-person meetings.

AFIRE Virtual Events are recorded and made available for members only.


Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director
atewelde@afire.org+1 202 312 1404