Judges

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.


Alex Hayden
Executive Vice President, CBRE

Alex Hayden has been a real estate professional based in Southern California since 1995. Mr. Hayden specializes in Multi Market Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services. He has conducted transaction and consulting assignments in excess of 15 million square feet and specializes in portfolio planning and site acquisition / disposition transactions on behalf of financial institutions, professional services firms, major logistics organizations, restaurant industry, education and the engineering & aerospace industries.

Mr. Hayden is recognized at CBRE as an Executive Vice President. Along with his partners, Mr. Hayden was recruited to CBRE from their practice at Cushman & Wakefield where they were celebrated as the top tenant representation team in Orange County. Mr. Hayden is a key leader in the development of strategic planning for the team’s corporate clients. Over the past decade, Mr. Hayden has been involved in numerous aspects of the business, including: acquisition, disposition, lease, build-to-suits, and sale of real estate valued at over $3.5 billion.

Alex attended Chapman University and is a loyal alma mater to the University, as both a philanthropist and active alumni. Currently, Alex sits as the Chairman of the Board of Counselors for the Chapman University George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. He is a founding member of the Chapman University Chief Financial Roundtable Series and founding member and executive committee member of the Chapman50 Business Alumni. The Chapman 50 is an elite group of upcoming Chapman leaders shares a commitment to professional success, personal growth and community involvement. As such, prospective members will be initially identified for professional excellence or other influential roles from a diverse range of industries.
In 2016, Alex was honored and recognized by the Irvine Company as one of the Brokers of the Year. He is currently serves on the Board of Directors for Duane Clinkscale Memorial Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Mr. Hayden graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Mr. Hayden and his wife Lori live in San Juan Capistrano, California and have two children, Charlie and Caroline.

Cheryl Osborn
President and Founder, Casco Contractors, Inc.

Cheryl Osborn is President and founder of Casco Contractors, Inc., a commercial General Contractor in Southern California that specializes in Tenant Improvement.  Casco’s mission is to meet the changing needs of the commercial real estate market and construct offices, industrial factories and retail developments that exceed the expectations of both the real estate developer and tenant.  To accomplish this in such a male dominant field, Cheryl pioneered a concept of construction that combines time tested management and trade experience with sophisticated new age technologies and levels of communication that women have been mastering for years.

After growing up in the construction industry, Cheryl graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) School of Engineering with dual degrees in Construction Management and Interior Architectural Design.  Her involvement in the construction of several epic projects including the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Ford Motor Company Railway Station was paramount in her large project education before she focused on the Tenant Improvement sector of construction.  After frustration with several medium size construction companies, Cheryl founded Casco in 2000 to implement integrity, a commitment to excellence and a devotion to client service.  Casco has doubled and tripled its net volume in the first 5 years after inception and experienced tremendous and exciting growth and sustainability since then.

Cheryl is married to Jeff and they have two beautiful daughters.  Balancing a successful corporation, family, and personal goals has been challenging but Cheryl approaches it with commitment, core values and a dedication to time management.

David Hegstler
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

David Hengstler is a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP working in the Finance and Bankruptcy and Corporate Practice Groups in the firms Orange County’s office.   Mr. Hengstler specializes in real estate and commercial finance transactions.  His experience includes loan documentation, joint venture equity transactions and tax exempt bond financing, including low income bonds.

Mr. Hengstler specializes in real estate, secured and unsecured lending transactions, complex workouts, and enforcement of creditor’s rights and remedies. Hengstler’s clients include national banks, local and regional banks, life insurance companies, and other institutional lenders. His commercial lending practice includes structuring, negotiating and documenting senior and mezzanine debt financing, ground lease financing, joint venture equity transactions, bond financing, and participating or contingent interest financing. Additionally, Hengstler has extensive experience in advising clients on problem loans, complex restructuring issues, and the exercise of creditor’s rights and remedies, including real property and UCC foreclosures, and deeds in lieu of foreclosure. His corporate law experience includes corporate, limited liability company and partnership formation and governance, share purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and real estate purchase and sale transactions. Hengstler received his J.D. from University of Southern California in 2004 and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine in 2000.

Mr. Hengstler’s corporate law experience includes corporate, limited liability company and partnership formation and governance, shared purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and real estate purchase transactions.

He is a member of the State Bar of California, Orange County Bar Association, and American Bar Association.   His practice includes Asset Based Lending, Equipment Leasing, Real Estate Lending, and Syndicated Credit Facilities.

Debra Streff
Sr. Group Manager, Hyundai Motor America

Debra Streff is a seasoned real estate professional having spent the last 21 years in various leadership positions within the real estate industry. In her current role as Senior Group Manager at Hyundai Motor America (HMA), Debra oversees the Administrative Services sub-division functions of Real Estate, Facilities Operations, Construction, Security, Food Services, and Mail Services. She is responsible for the HMA real estate portfolio nationwide, ensuring facilities meet HMA’s business needs. Debra is also accountable for the Vehicle Administration group, policy review, ordering, allocating, distributing, tracking and disposing of over 3,500 HMA company-owned vehicles in compliance with Vehicle Administration policies and procedures in coordination with the HMA Finance and the Legal Department. Lastly, Debra also oversees Wireless Operation Services management all company owned mobile devices.

Debra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from California State University, Long Beach. She also earned a Professional Designation in Building and Construction Management (CM) from UCLA’s School of Engineering. Debra has a Master of Corporate Real Estate, with honors (MCR.h) designation and was honored as a Senior Leader in Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) from CoreNet Global. CoreNet Global is the largest worldwide organization devoted to the professional education of corporate real estate professionals. Debra was one of the initial 66 Real Estate executives holding this title in a membership organization of over 7,500 professionals worldwide. She has also co-lectured for this organization. Debra has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of “LA’s Most Successful Women in Business” and featured in Real Estate Forum Magazine as “Managing a Diverse Real Estate Portfolio.”

Debra has also been active in the real estate community and has served on several Boards. She served as Chair of the CoreNet Global Southern California Board of Directors for 2006-2007, and served as the 2005-2006 Vice Chairperson for the Southern California Chapter. In both capacities she was a strategic partner that assisted in ensuring that CoreNet continued to provide its members with valuable information and services that drive the Real Estate industry. For several years, Debra also served on the Board of Directors in Hawaii for The Cape at Mauna Lani, where Toyota has a significant investment. As Vice President of the Board of Directors, she was able to protect Toyota’s assets by participating in critical discussions that directly impacted The Cape at Mauna Lani Resort.

One of Debra’s key roles is to manage real estate portfolio performance while introducing new strategic and innovative Real Estate models for the future. This requires a delicate balancing act that demands new approaches to leadership to address ever-changing business discontinuities, global economics and organizational changes. Debra and her teams must continually develop relationships, anticipate change and implement real estate strategies that minimize risk, while managing business needs as the business and real estate environment radically changes.

Heidi Hendy
Founding Principal, H. Hendy Associates

Heidi Hendy is the founding principal of H. Hendy Associates with over 26 years of design experience. Heidi manages the H. Hendy leadership team and leads the company’s marketing, financial and operational functions.  Prior to founding H. Hendy Associates, Heidi Hendy was in partnership with Environmental Graphics Group, a full service branding and graphic consulting firm.

Heidi Hendy is a frequent speaker for industry and academic organizations. Heidi Hendy has studied at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, California State University in Long Beach, and Harvard Design School Executive Education Organization. She received her A.A. in fine arts. Hendy is CID certified and is also a LEED® Accredited Professional.

Motorcycle distributor Kawasaki Motors chose H. Hendy Associates, the Newport Beach-based interior architecture and planning firm, to design the company’s new Foothill Ranch-based North American headquarters.  H. Hendy Associates created an office that will help cultivate engagement and collaboration for visiting clients and team members. The 200,000-square-foot space is anchored by a two-story atrium with skylights that will serve as a gathering space. Additional amenities will include a fitness center, table tennis and a yoga studio.

  1. Hendy Associates, along with principal/project director Jennifer Walton, has provided services to clients that include Southern California Edison, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Experian, Rockwell Collins and El Pollo Loco.

With a deep love for art, architecture, and business, Heidi founded Hendy in 1979 because she recognized that interior architecture and business practice form the functional nucleus of every workspace, an intersection where design influences human behavior.  Today, Heidi oversees the design development and project operations for a prestigious list of clients that include Nike, Verizon, Toyota, Rockwell Collins, and Pacific Sunwear.  Heidi is a member of CoreNet, CREW Commercial Real Estate Women, NAIOP, Vistage International, and Women Presidents. She’s a frequent speaker at industry and academic events.

Hendy is involved in several community organizations and is passionate about giving back to her local community. Hendy volunteers her time in Group Home Foster Care and Emancipation Program, WE CARE (Boys and Girls Club of America) and Working Wardrobes.

Jan Svec
Sr. Vice President, Shopoff Realty Investments

Jan Svec serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets at Shopoff Realty Investments, a real estate investment company based in Irvine. In this role, she manages debt and institutional equity capital raising for the company’s real estate investments. Jan Svec has a breath of experience in finance oversight that spans over nineteen years.

Jan Svec is a senior investment and finance professional with broad expertise across commercial real estate, real estate finance, debt and equity capital markets, corporate finance, structured finance, and commercial banking.  She holds a Master degree in Real Estate from the New York University, and Master degree in Business Administration University of Rochester, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Richmond.

Shopoff Realty Investments and its executive leadership has completed more than 5,000 real estate transactions, including the acquisition, management, entitlement, and development of more than 10,000 parcels and lots, 50,000 multi-family units, and five million square feet of commercial properties, with an aggregate value in excess of $4 billion.

Prior to joining Shopoff, Jan held positions at Irvine Company, Fitch Ratings, Ellicott Development Company, M&T Bank Corp. and Arthur Andersen.

Lauren Kelly
Senior Vice President and CMO at the Irvine Company

Lauren Kelly serves as the Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for the Irvine Company. Lauren Kelly joined Irvine Company in 2014. In her position, Ms. Kelly is responsible for all aspects of marketing and brand performance for Irvine Company Office Properties. She also oversees New Development and Portfolio Marketing; Customer and Marketplace Insights; Product Innovation; Creative Services and Interactive Marketing.

Lauren Kelly is founding member of the Vine from Irvine Company is a vibrant business community rooted in innovation and growth. Whether a seed-stage entrepreneur looking for a place to fuel creativity, a fast-growing company wishing to sharpen their business model or a stable business in need of a place to collaborate, The Vine OC can support and accelerate your success.

Previously, Ms. Kelly led Global Strategy for Dell’s Commercial Business, representing over $60 billion in revenue across all lines of business. In this role, she led a global team focused on driving holistic long-term strategies, identifying big bets for future growth, and pursuing business development activities that advance this strategic agenda.

Prior to joining Dell, Ms. Kelly spent nine years with PepsiCo, most recently serving as Senior Director of Strategy for PepsiCo Americas Foods, a $22B division of the company. In this role, she led a strategy team focused on identifying global growth and expansion opportunities. The businesses represent approximately 50% of PepsiCo worldwide revenues. It includes the Frito-Lay and Quaker divisions in North America, the Sabritas and Gamesa divisions in Mexico as well as all South American snacks and food businesses. Portfolio of brands includes Quaker, Ruffles, Lay’s, Fritos, Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos, Rold Gold, SunChips, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Rice-A-Roni, Near East, Sabritas, Gamesa and others.

Lauren holds a BA in psychology from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sanford Smith
Sr. VP, Real Estate, Facilities, Construction and Operations, HOAG Hospital

In his role as Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities, Construction and Operations (REFCO), Sanford Smith heads the department’s responsible for the planning, development and operations of all facilities projects for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. The portfolio consists of approximately 2 million square feet and includes a diverse range of facility types, including the hospital, outpatient services and medical office buildings, of which Hoag’s portfolio are among the forty in the entire state of California that have received and maintained the Energy Star rating.

Sanford’s leadership was instrumental in development and implementation of Hoag’s strategic plan including Urgent Care Centers and Integrated Health Centers to increase patient access and extend Hoag’s brand promise throughout Orange County. As a result of his expansive portfolio of experience including real estate, strategy, and innovation, the 18-month redesign and full-scale modernization effort of Hoag Hospital Irvine, a 244,000 square foot, 154-beds, acute-care facility, has received numerous accolades like CoreNet REmmy Award – Excellence in Leadership 2010, CMAA SoCal Chapter Project of the Year 2011, and ASHE Vista Award 2012. The project is also one of the first hospitals in California to be developed in accordance with the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED program.  His team is also driving sustainable practices into healthcare and was recognized by the editors of O.C. Metro magazine as one of its “green team” leaders.

Prior to joining Hoag, Sanford was the Corporate Manager of Real Estate and Facilities for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. In the 18 years he spent overseeing Toyota’s North American expansion, his department’s leading edge work on environmental issues was recognized with many awards, including: the Global Innovators Award for Corporate Real Estate as well as honors from US Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, Cal EPA, IFMA, and IIDA. Toyota’s Real Estate and Facilities Department also received the Environmental Leadership Award from California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger in both 2003 and 2007.

Sanford is a sought-after speaker, nationally recognized for his innovative real estate strategies and for his expertise in organizational design, lean thinking, and sustainability.

Steve Pearson
Executive Vice President, DAUM Commercial Real Estate

Steve Pearson is one of the key executives at DAUM responsible for the planning and execution of the company’s growth initiatives which are focused on preserving this strong regional company’s local relationships while expanding its range of services and further differentiating it from the competition.  Mr. Pearson has served on numerous industry and community boards including DAUM, Sentio Healthcare REIT (a non-traded public real estate investment trust that invests primarily in healthcare properties in major cities throughout the US), the Membership Committee of the Southern California Chapter of NAIOP, the Irvine Junior Games (a fund raiser for after school programs for elementary and middle schools throughout Irvine) and The Participation Committee for the Stanford Fund.

Steve Pearson’s background includes 15 years with CB Commercial in Denver, San Francisco and Newport Beach.  As a Senior Sales Associate (CB Commercial’s highest recognition level for salespeople at that time) in Denver, he developed the reputation of being one of the most knowledgeable and successful commercial salespeople in his market.  He was active in the local chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), served as a market expert for several Urban Land Institute (ULI) functions, and represented Coldwell Banker as the expert in the Denver industrial marketplace during several annual business forecast meetings.

Steve Pearson’s background gives him a broad understanding of multiple markets, product types and industry cycles in commercial real estate.  He is focused on the dynamics of today’s market and the opportunities that these dynamics present for future business development.  Mr. Pearson has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Stanford University.  He studied business at the University of Colorado where he received his MBA in Marketing and Finance.  Pearson also earned the designation of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute one of the most knowledgeable groups in commercial real estate.

William Passo
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Passco Companies

William O. Passo is a true professional in the real estate investment industry.  He completed his first purchase of a multifamily investment project in Anaheim, California in 1976.  During his career, which has spanned nearly four decades, Mr. Passo has directed the formation of more than 200 private and public limited liability companies, Tenant in Common programs, limited partnerships and Delaware Statutory Trusts. He has also directed the acquisition, entitlement, management, leasing and/or disposition activities of over 250 retail, office, multifamily and land properties, raising more than $1.4 billion in investor funds.

He was the first to present to the IRS the concept of the Tenant-In-Common (TIC) investment structure through which individuals were given the opportunity complete a tax deferred exchange under IRC section 1031 by acquiring an undivided interest in Real Estate.   Following that presentation the IRS in 2002 validated the business, which became an industry by the passage of Revenue Procedure 2002-22, which specified the requirements for obtaining a Private Revenue Ruling on an individual Tenant in Common/1031 offering.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Passco Companies, he is responsible for the creation of a firm that is now recognized nationally as a leading real estate operating company that has acquired, managed, and/or developed well in excess of  $3 billion in real estate investments with properties in 21 states.

Mr. Passo holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  He practiced law from 1967 to 1985, specializing in real estate syndications and related tax and securities matters.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from California State University, Long Beach.

A registered representative and principal of Passco Capital, Inc., Mr. Passco has been a member of FINRA since 1998. He holds registered representative and general principal licenses, and has been a licensed California Real Estate Broker since 1974.

Mr. Passco is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA) and the Building Industry Association (BIA), and is a former Director of Catholic Charities Retirement Homes, Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts and Western Medical Center Satchel Group.  He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Ana North and a founder of the Orange County Performing Arts Center.