The Judging Panel has been selected to achieve a diversity of industry specialization within the commercial real estate industry and includes amongst the most accomplished leaders in Orange County. In addition, two Members of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW-OC) Board are also represented on the panel.

Dave Pintar
Director of Project Development, C.W. Driver

Dave Pintar is the Director of Project Development for CW Driver, a General Contractor specializing in the planning and construction. Dave is responsible for developing new business, client and industry relations, and business planning.  Dave has been in the real estate and construction industry for more than 33 years. He began his career as a project engineer, working in operations, as well as geotechnical and material engineering, Business Development, and later in construction lending and risk management.  Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from California State University, Long Beach.

Jo-E Lopez
Vice President, Snyder Langston

With over nineteen years of experience in the architecture and construction industry, Jo-E Lopez serves as Vice President and Partner, for Snyder Langston. Snyder Langston is an Irvine-based trusted construction advisor to Fortune 500, mid-size and start-up companies. The firm is one of Southern California’s largest and most respected builders since 1959.

Ms. Lopez oversees market sector strategic planning, marketing, public relations, client relations and business development activities for Snyder Langston, Optym and Snyder Langston Residential. She is a primary point of contact for clients and promotes the synergy and brand consistency throughout all three service lines of the organization.

Ms. Lopez has held leadership positions in a number of real estate organizations. She was appointed President of CoreNet Global’s Southern California chapter for the 2010-2012 term and served as Vice President of Orange County and on the Advisory Board. She also serves on the Orange County NAIOP U committee for NAIOP SoCal and the UCI Real Estate Board. She is actively involved in the community and holds a position on the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board, Chair for Crime Survivors, Inc. and American Heart & Stroke Association. Ms. Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona in Business Administration.

John Combs
Principal, RiverRock Real Estate Group, Inc.

John Combs is Founder and Principal of RiverRock Real Estate Group, Inc., a West Coast-based commercial real estate service firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California. RiverRock services over 28 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties throughout California and Arizona from 24 offices. John formed RiverRock in response to a market-driven need for a more client-centric property service model.

Prior to launching RiverRock, John served as COO of Insignia/ESG for the Americas and Asia. He was also the President of U. S. Property Services for Insignia/ESG, Inc. John was responsible for all regional offices and service lines of an approximately 300-million-square-foot portfolio of office, industrial and retail properties. John was also a member of the Executive, Financial, and Strategic Planning committees for Insignia/ESG.

Prior to leading that company’s national property services, John was Chief Executive Officer of O’Donnell Property Services, Inc (OPSI), which Insignia later purchased. OPSI was a real estate service company for 24-million-square-feet of properties in California. He had previously served as President of OPSI since its formation in 1990. Before that, he was Vice President in charge of property management for Vantage’s North Dallas Division overseeing 6-million-square-feet.

John holds a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor’s degree in real estate from Southern Methodist University. He is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) ® and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license. John was the 1994 President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in Orange County, which is one of the largest and most active chapters in the country and is the only IREM-OC President to have received the National Gold Award for Best Large Chapter in the Country. He won CPM® of the Year in 2009 awarded by the Orange County Chapter. In 2013 he was named the Retail Professional of the Year. In 2018 IREM Orange County awarded him the ICON of the year award.

John serves as a member of BOMA Orange County and was the recipient of BOMA Orange County’s “Professional of the Year” Award for 2003. John joined the Board of BOMA San Francisco in 2012 and served as the 2015 President.

Real Estate Forum named John best Boss in Commercial Real Estate and featured him as the cover story in June 2018.

He is also the President of San Francisco Four Seasons Resident Association. He resides in Laguna Beach, San Francisco, and Palm Springs. John is a frequent speaker and author on real estate-related topics.

John Mehigan
SVP - Sr. Market Officer, Regency Centers

John oversees the development, leasing, operations, and asset management of over 40 shopping centers in the company’s Southern California portfolio, totaling almost 6 million square feet.

John has 20 years of experience in retail commercial real estate in Southern California. John began his career for CB Commercial as a retail leasing associate focusing on ground-up development. He subsequently worked as a Senior Development Manager for Panattoni Development in Orange County.

Previously at Regency, John held the title of VP Investments where he ran the development team for Southern California. In 2014 he completed the Juanita Tate Marketplace, a 90,000 SF center in south LA anchored by Northgate Market and CVS Pharmacy. In 2016 John delivered The Village at La Floresta in Brea, an 87,000 SF boutique neighborhood center anchored by Whole Foods. He recently completed The Village at Tustin Legacy in Tustin, a 20-acre mixed use community center anchored by Hoag Hospital, Stater Brothers, CVS Pharmacy, and HealthSouth.

John earned his Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In his spare time John enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Kristen Croxton
Senior Vice President Originations, Capital One Multifamily Finance

Kristen has 20+ years of experience handling acquisitions and refinances on properties nationwide.  During that time, she has drawn on a variety of loan programs including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, balance sheet, bridge, Life Company and CMBS executions.  She has also worked with a broad range of loan structures, including fixed and floating rate debt, tax-exempt bonds, construction loans, and credit facilities.  She has originated in in excess of $8.5 billion in multifamily loans since 2005.

Ms. Croxton joined Capital One Multifamily Finance in July 2011 and co-founded the company’s Newport Beach, California office with her partner Greg Reed, expanding the company’s focus in the Western United States.  Since joining Capital One, Ms. Croxton and her current team have placed more than $5 billion of debt on multifamily and commercial assets nationwide primarily through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, CMBS and FHA programs.  Ms. Croxton was formerly a Vice President of Origination for Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage (DBBM) and also served as a Freddie Mac Product Manager and Senior Underwriter for DBBM.

Ms. Croxton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University.  An active member of the commercial real estate community, she has held numerous leadership positions for the Orange County chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.


• 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award – Best Financial Structure

• Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence

• SPIRE 2013 Superior Performance in Lending

• 2016 & 2017 Top Direct Producer

• 2017 Real Estate Forum’s Rainmakers

Kurt Strasmann
Executive Managing Director, CBRE

Mr. Strasmann is the Executive Managing Director of CBRE’s Orange County and Inland Empire Operations as well as CBRE’s Southern California Functional Industrial & Logistics Market Leader. Mr. Strasmann’s responsibilities include leading a team of close to 500 professionals in the Orange County and Inland Empire Regions with direct oversight of all lines of business and services CBRE provides to the marketplace. As the Functional Industrial & Logistics Leader, Mr. Strasmann has the additional responsibility of managing approximately 130 selling industrial professionals throughout 12 Southern California offices. Mr. Strasmann also serves as the management oversight for CBRE’s International Integrated Port & Logistics specialty practice groups which consists of 50 professionals operating in 12 countries around the world.

Mr. Strasmann started his career in 1985 at Grubb & Ellis as an Industrial Real Estate Professional. During Mr. Strasmann’s 30-year career he has served in various leadership positions.

Mr. Strasmann is married to his wife Cynthia for 24 years, has three children and lives in Newport Beach, California. Mr. Strasmann’s interests include hiking, skiing and community service.

Marissa Kasdan
Director of Design and Research, KTGY

Marissa Kasdan, Associate AIA, holds the position of Director, Design for the R+D Studio at KTGY Architecture + Planning. The R+D Studio’s goal is to further the vision of KTGY: to move the discourse of architecture forward by continuously searching for better.

In her role, Mrs. Kasdan leads the creation and execution of R+D projects at KTGY, exploring new and emerging ideas related to building design and technology. She is the liaison for the studio, working with KTGY’s national executive leadership on new concepts and developing these concepts together with with the creative and research staff of the R+D Studio. Mrs. Kasdan represents KTGY’s R+D Studio with presentations and education on new technologies, by-lined articles and news media commentary on trends and futuristic ideas, conceptualizing social media for the studio, and as a contributor and innovator of KTGY’s Expand Magazine

Mrs. Kasdan offers more than 15 years of design experience to the thought leadership of KTGY, having joined the firm after she obtained her BArch from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her varied architecture experience includes work on residential, retail, and mixed-use developments both at KTGY and for several years with a competitive regional design firm.

KTGY’s R+D Studio has been awarded numerous design awards and was most recently honored for the second year in a row with the AIA Orange County Inspire Award. In 2018, KTGY’s R+D Studio won the AIA OC Inspire Award for Re-Habit, a design concept that proposes repurposing underused retail space into supportive transition housing for the homeless. In 2017, the studio took top honors with the AIA OC Inspire Award for Park House, a re-use concept that transforms under-used parking structure space into a modern residential community.

Michelle Schierberl
Senior Vice President, Stream Realty Partners

Michelle Schierberl serves as a Senior Vice President within Stream’s Greater Los Angeles office. She along with Donald Ellis, lead the retail investment division where they specialize in the sale of retail shopping centers predominately within the Southern California market. Michelle has worked through various cycles of the real estate industry which has provided her insight on how to navigate and advise her clients. Michelle and Donald have worked alongside one another since 2010 and their clientele ranges from private clients to institutional owners, many of whom are repeat clients. Prior to joining Stream, Michelle was at Colliers International, JLL and Grubb & Ellis Company. She most recently served as a Senior Vice President within Colliers International Retail Investments Services group. She is a seasoned professional and comes to Stream with over 25 years of retail and land development projects and approximately to three billion in transactions.

Michelle is affiliated with the following organizations:

  • Member – International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Southern California Planning Committee
  • Member – (ULI) Urban Land Institute
  • Past President – CREW, Orange County Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Nominated as Business Woman of the Year by Orange County Business Journal
  • Recognized in Real Estate Southern California “So. Cal’s Women of Influence”
  • CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member of CIREA

Perry Schonfeld
Principal and COO, LBA Realty

Mr. Schonfeld is the Principal and Chief Operating Officer for LBA and has over 38 years of experience in the financial and commercial real estate industries.  Since joining LBA in 1997, he has evolved into overseeing the overall operations of the company and currently serves on LBA’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining LBA, Mr. Schonfeld was an Associate Director for Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc., handling both asset and property management services for the Southern California region.  Mr. Schonfeld has been as a member of BOMA Orange County since 1997 and is a past President of the Orange County chapter. Mr. Schonfeld has also served on the BOMA International Executive Committee from 2007 to 2011 and as Chair of the BOMA International Nominating Committee from 2014-2015 and currently a BOMA Fellow as well as a member of the National Advisory Council.  He also is a Committee Member of the Real Estate Roundtable, an Advisory Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, and on the Board of Directors of the charitable organization Our Father’s Table.

Mr. Schonfeld holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. degree in Accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sandra Vaughan-Acton
Director of Real Estate Development, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation

Sandy joined the Foundation in January 2008 as its Director, Real Estate Development. Prior to her position with the Foundation, she owned and operated Sterling Asset Services, Inc., a real estate consulting and asset management business for 9 years. Her career started with Catellus Development after graduating with a degree in business from CSUF where she continues to be active, sitting on the advisory board of the Real Estate Land Use Institute. Sandy is a Certified Property Manager as well as a licensed Realtor. Sandy is active in the commercial real estate community holding membership in NAR, CAR, IREM and RCAOC. She is the past president of the Orange County Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management which was honored with the 5 Star Chapter award under her leadership and she has lectured and taught in the field of real estate management and development for many years.