(March 26, 2019 – Chicago) – Waterton, a Chicago-based real estate investor and operator, announced it has appointed Collete English Dixon to the Waterton Advisory Board. Comprised of a group of three independent (non-Waterton) individuals and the two Waterton co-founders, David Schwartz and Peter Vilim, the board provides strategic counsel to Waterton’s leadership committee.
A long-standing member of the Chicago real estate community, Ms. English Dixon currently serves as Executive Director at Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and administrative Chair of the real estate department of the Heller College of Business. She is a nationally recognized and accomplished real estate executive and, through her career, has been strategically involved in determining and executing investment strategies. Ms. English Dixon has significant experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financing in the multifamily, hotel, office, industrial, and retail sectors across the United States.
“We are thrilled to welcome Collete to our advisory board and look forward to the contributions that she will make to Waterton as we continue to evolve,” said Schwartz. “She is an accomplished leader with considerable experience in the investment and disposition of real estate assets, as well as in a corporate advisory capacity, which will complement the firm’s leadership team and help to position us for the future.”
Ms. English Dixon currently serves on the boards of Broadstone Real Estate Access Fund and Housing Partnership Equity Trust. Prior to joining Roosevelt University in 2017, English Dixon spent more than 30 years at PGIM Real Estate, formerly Prudential Real Estate Investors. As Executive Director and Vice President of transactions at PGIM, English Dixon spearheaded the firm’s Midwest acquisition strategy and co-led PGIM’s national dispositions strategy. She has been involved in nearly $12 billion in transactional volume in her career.
“I am honored to be part of the advisory board at such an exciting time for Waterton”, said English Dixon. “It is a great opportunity to be a part of shaping their vision for the next phase of their growth.”
In addition to holding several leadership roles with CREW Network, CREW Chicago and the CREW Network Foundation, Ms. English Dixon was the 2011 CREW Network president. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and serves on the board of the Oak Park and River Forest Food Pantry. Ms. English Dixon has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Business Administration from Mercer University.
In addition to the two Waterton co-founders, The Waterton Advisory Board includes Mr. Roger Hill, leader and co-founder of The Gettys Group; Mr. Robert Langer, who was the Central Region Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction sector leader at Ernst & Young before retiring in 2016 after 32 years with the firm; and, Christopher Lee, President and CEO of CEL & Associates, Inc., one of the nation’s leading real estate consulting and advisory firms.
Waterton is a real estate investor and operator with a focus on U.S. multifamily, seniors living and hospitality properties. Founded in 1995, Waterton executes value-add strategies and manages a national portfolio of multifamily, seniors living and hospitality properties on behalf of institutional investors, family offices and financial institutions. Waterton is privately held and is headquartered in Chicago with regional teams throughout the United States. As of December 31, 2018, Waterton’s portfolio includes approximately $4.9 billion in real estate assets. Visit Waterton’s website: www.waterton.com
About Roosevelt University:
Roosevelt University, a private institution founded in 1945 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, has more than 4,500 students in five colleges. With campuses in the Chicago Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg, Roosevelt offers 70 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs across five colleges and online, including arts and sciences, business, performing arts, education and pharmacy. Roosevelt has been ranked the fourth most racially diverse private university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report – Best Colleges Rankings. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu