2016 John W. Koza Leadership Fellows


Greg Arendt, California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Arendt is an Investment Officer in CalSTRS’ Real Estate Unit. He helps oversee the retail portfolio, which includes performing due diligence on investment opportunities and the management of standing assets. Additionally, he plays an active role with key managers in the office and multifamily product types and provides portfolio performance analytics. Arendt received a BA in economics from California State University, Sacramento, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.


Tom Graham, Utah Retirement Systems
Graham is a Real Estate Investment Analyst at Utah Retirement Systems.His responsibilities include property monitoring/auditing, underwriting and modeling, and administrating the real estate database regarding finance and accounting functions. Prior to URS, Graham worked as a Real Estate Financial Analyst for iCap Equity, where he performed similar duties and managed the investor operations; he interned with Torchlight Investors in the special servicing department and interned with a local Utah developer underwriting hotel properties. He has a BS in finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Brigham Young University.


Sam Johnson, Oxford Properties Group
Johnson is an Investment Associate for Oxford Properties Group, the real estate investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. His responsibilities include the underwriting, due diligence, and execution of equity and debt investment opportunities, in addition to the ongoing asset management of Oxford’s existing portfolio in Boston. Prior to his current position, Johnson served as an Investment Analyst for Oxford Properties Group in Canada, where he was responsible for the underwriting of investment opportunities across all property types. Sam received a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and has successfully passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.


Stella Pappas, Allstate Investments
Pappas is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Equity Group at Allstate Investments. Her responsibilities include sourcing new operating partners, structuring joint ventures along with acquisitions, analysis, and due diligence. Pappas has 11 years of commercial real estate experience across all asset types and capital structures. She received a BA from DePaul University.


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