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Ben Roelke and Ian Walker Join Newmark as Debt Experts

Debt and structured finance experts Ben Roelke and Ian Walker have joined Newmark as executive managing director and senior managing director, respectively. Roelke and Walker are joining Newmark from CBRE.

With more than 27 years of combined commercial real estate experience, Roelke and Walker specialize in the placement of debt and structured finance for U.S. student housing and multifamily properties. Roelke and Walker have originated and structured more than $6 billion in capital for private and institutional clients through varying executions and capital structures.

“With an impressive track record and exceptional client service in the student housing industry, Ben and Ian offer the breadth of knowledge and depth of experience to take our leading student housing platform to the next level,” said Sharon Karaffa, vice chairman, co-head of production of Newmark’s multifamily capital markets group.

Based in the firm’s Dallas office, the duo will partner with Newmark’s student housing group’s Ryan Lang, vice chairman and head of the group; Trent Houchin, director; Jack Brett, associate director and Ben Harkrider, transaction manager.

“Investors continue to be incredibly bullish on student housing assets across the U.S.,” says Lang. “The addition of Ben and Ian will serve to deepen our student housing platform and its leading capabilities and range of services.”

According to analysis of data from Real Capital Analytics, Newmark’s student housing group ranks first nationally based on total brokered transaction volume and number of deals completed year-to-date in 2021.

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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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