With an average of +25 years of investment experience, The Dilweg Companies’ principals have refined their skills in creating value for investors throughout various economic cycles. Each principal has gained broad experience making real estate decisions in sourcing, screening, structuring, and operating real estate assets.

Anthony Dilweg

CEO/Founder (Industry Experience: +25 years)

Anthony founded the firm in 1999 and is a partner in various firm-owned real estate partnerships. He oversees the acquisition, enhancement and disposition strategies on all firm-owned assets, through his guidance of the Investment Committee, as well as the strategic direction of the firm as a member of the Leadership Committee. Anthony graduated from Duke University in 1989. He spent 3 years in the NFL as a quarterback before entering the commercial real estate business as a broker in 1993.

John Weigle

Principal, Treasurer (Industry Experience: +25 years)

John joined the firm in early 2003 and is responsible for strategic planning and oversight for the firm. He was employed with Faison &  Associates, Charlotte, NC, for more than twelve years prior to joining TDC. John serves on the Leadership Committee and the Investment Committee. John is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Jeff Benson

President & General Counsel (Industry Experience: +25 years)

Jeff joined the organization in September of 2014 and is responsible for supervising all of the firm’s operations and legal activities. He serves on the Leadership Committee and the Investment Committee. Prior to joining The Dilweg Companies, Jeff practiced law for 21 years in the real estate department of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he represented real estate investors, developers, operators and lenders . He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Additionally, Jeff earned his M.A. from Duke University School of Public Policy and his B.A. from Middlebury College.

Drew Cunningham

Partner & Chief Operating Officer (Industry Experience: +25 years)

Drew joined the organization in August of 2016 and is responsible for providing corporate policy, strategic direction, implementing operating plans and overseeing the firm’s Asset Enhancement team. He serves on the Leadership Committee and the Investment Committee. Prior to joining The Dilweg Companies, Cunningham served as Senior Vice President and Head of Real Estate Operations at a public REIT, Columbia Property Trust, where he was responsible for directing the annual operating performance of assets in Columbia’s $5 billion national portfolio. Prior to Columbia, in 2002 Drew founded Parthenon Realty, LLC which was an owner/operator of a $1B portfolio partnered with Apollo Real Estate Advisors.  Drew started his commercial real estate career in 1989 with Crocker & Company in Boca Raton, Florida where he eventually became Senior Vice President & Partner. He received B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate Development/Management from Nova University. Drew is in the Villanova University Sports Hall of Fame for Lacrosse.

Michael Eskra

Chief Financial Officer (Industry Experience: +18 years)

Michael joined the organization in October of 2016 and is responsible for managing the firm’s finance and accounting activities. He serves on the Leadership Committee and the Investment Committee. Prior to joining The Dilweg Companies, Michael worked at several New York based real estate investment groups where he was involved with both debt and equity investing in a variety of asset classes. He received his MBA from New York University and his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Zach Ashton

Managing Director, Acquisitions

Zach joined the organization in 2004 and is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in the Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville markets. He also provides Sell/Hold recommendations to the team regarding the existing portfolio based on market dynamics.  Prior to joining the firm, Zach was a Vice President and Partner with the local affiliate of one of the top national commercial real estate firms for 7+ years.  Zach graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1996 with a B.S. in Business Administration.

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Jerry Banks

Managing Director, Asset Enhancement

Jerry joined the team in February 2015 and oversees commercial property management, leasing and asset enhancement for the firm’s Atlanta portfolio. He has more than 30 years of experience. Prior to joining the firm, Jerry served as VP of Asset Management for Columbia Property Trust in Atlanta. He has executed nearly 150 leases, consisting of 3.2 million square feet, with 17 different leasing teams in 11 markets. He holds a CPA designation from the Ohio State Board of Public Accountancy and received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Wright State University.

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Liz Madzula

Managing Director, Asset Enhancement

Liz joined the team in June 2017 and is responsible for directing the financial performance of real estate assets within the company’s Florida portfolio of investments. Liz formerly served as Senior Director with New York Life Real Estate Investors and Senior Asset Manager with GE Capital. She received a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University and an M.S. in Real Estate from New York University.

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Kelsey Reside

Managing Director, Asset Enhancement

Kelsey joined the organization in 2011 and is responsible for directing the financial performance of real estate assets within the company’s Raleigh-Durham portfolio. Prior to joining Dilweg’s Asset Enhancement team in 2016, Kelsey served as the Senior Acquisitions Analyst and was involved in nearly $1B of transactions. She earned a B.S. in Finance and B.A. in Public Relations from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Blake Underwood

Managing Director, Acquisitions

Blake joined the team in February 2016 and is responsible for sourcing and underwriting potential real estate investment opportunities in Atlanta, Tampa, and Orlando. Prior to joining the firm, Blake served as Director of Real Estate Transactions for Columbia Property Trust in Atlanta. He was involved in more than $3.9 billion of transaction activity. He received an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Emory University and a BBA in Real Estate from The University of Georgia.

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Lauren Bean

Director of Finance

Lauren joined the organization in 2015 and assists with refinancing debt, capital market transactions and new investments. Prior to joining the firm, she was with Ernst & Young and Eastdil Secured (Wells Fargo’s real estate investment banking division). Lauren received a Masters of Accounting and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Wil Garner

Director of Construction

Wil joined the organization in December 2014 and oversees construction management. With 10+ years’ experience as a PMP certified construction manager, Wil is a seasoned construction management professional with significant experience in real estate, construction, and people management. Wil received an MBA from the Tippie School of Management at The University of Iowa and a B.S. in Construction Management from East Carolina University.

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Kelly Kirwan

Director of Property Management

Kelly joined the firm in 2015 and is responsible for leading the property management department. She brings more than 13 years of property management experience to the position. Kelly obtained her BA from Goucher College and MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a LEED AP and RPA. Kelly also serves on the BOMA Raleigh-Durham Board of Directors.

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Nick Leverett

Director of Market Research

Nick joined TDC in May of 2017 and leads the firm’s market research and analysis efforts, providing critical information to the Acquisitions, Asset Enhancement, and Capital Markets departments. Prior to joining TDC, Nick was a Senior Analyst at HR&A Advisors where he provided strategic advice to clients in the areas of real estate development and urban revitalization. Nick was a practicing attorney for over a decade, representing clients in complex matters involving corporate law, real estate, and dispute resolution. Nick has earned an M.B.A. from Tulane University, a J.D. from Washington & Lee School of Law, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University.

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Mandy Nobles

Director of Tax Services

Mandy joined the organization in 2013 and leads the tax team responsible for tax preparation and compliance for the company including its diverse portfolio of properties.  She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years of combined experience gained from time spent in both the real estate industry and public accounting.  Mandy graduated with both a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University.

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Michael Votta

Director, Equity Capital Markets

Michael joined the company in 2018 and serves as Director for the Equity Capital Markets team. Prior to joining The Dilweg Companies, Michael worked for one of the largest global real estate investment advisors where he was involved in capital development and investor relations for the firms institutional clients.  Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.

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