MRED Advisory Council

The Ivy MRED program integrates academic training in market analysis, business finance, fundamentals of the built environment and urban planning with innovative industry practices. The MRED executive advisory council provides a critical role as a partnering entity, providing advice on recruitment of students, the shaping of the curriculum, trends in the industry, and other priorities set by members of the council. They also serve as a resource for our Ivy MRED students and participate in events throughout the course of the program.

  • Current Role: Senior Vice President of Store Development

Niki DePhillips leads the Store Development Department as the Senior Vice President of Store Development at Kum & Go. Niki also sits on the Senior Leadership Team for both Kum & Go and Krause Group. A dedicated community and business leader, Niki is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and received her Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification. Niki’s community involvement includes serving on the board for the State of Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure and is involved with United Way Emerging Leaders, Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Niki was honored as a “Forty Under 40” by the Business Record in 2014 and in 2016, she received recognition as “Woman of the Year” by TWIC and “Top Women in Convenience” by NACS. Niki has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

  • Current Role: Vice President Residential

Rachel Flint serves as the Vice President of Hubbell Homes where she provides strategic leadership, planning, and oversight of the home building operations in Iowa, Nebraska, and Florida. She leads all planning, development, and implementation for the division, including construction, warranty, design, estimating, and sales. Rachel was named 2016 Builder of the Year and a 2016 Member of the Year by the Greater Des Moines Home Builders Association. She was also honored as a “Forty Under 40” by the Business Record in 2007 and was a part of the 2010 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Communication from Drake University, and also holds certifications from the National Association of Home Builders as a Certified Marketing and Certified Sales Professional.

  • Current Role: Director

Brandt Foster is a Director at Northwestern Mutual Real Estate, responsible for originating Debt and Equity Investments in the Southeast United States. In this role he leads all deal structuring, underwriting, and negotiating on loan and equity opportunities across the Southeast US.  Northwestern Mutual Real Estate is responsible for investing and managing the $43 billion real estate portfolio of Life Insurance company general account.  Previously, Brandt was Head of Underwriting and managed all recruiting efforts for the department. He specialises in investment analysis, developing relationships with debt and equity clients, and evaluating new opportunities.  Brandt received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from Iowa State University, and then a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.

  • Current Role: CEO

Steve Foutch is the CEO and co-founder of Foutch Brothers, LLC, a diversified set of companies that re-purpose Historic and under-utilized properties into new concepts and multi-purpose environments. Steve is in charge of all divisions within the company, such as Strategic Real Estate Planning and Development, Architecture, Construction, Finance, and Property Management. Within the community, Steve is also a Governor for the Iowa State University Foundation, and won the recognition as their 2016 Emerging Philanthropist. He also serves as an Advisor for the Kansas City chapter of the Urban Land Institute and an advisor to UMKC’s Athletic Director. Steve received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 1988 from Iowa State University, and then a Master of Architecture and an MBA from the University of Illinois in 1991.

  • Current Role: President & Broker

Troy Hansen currently serves as the President of Hansen Real Estate Services where his company provides real estate development, brokerage, and property management services. During his time at Hansen Real Estate Services, Troy has been able to hone his skills for a wide variety of projects including new construction, adaptive re-use, commercial, mixed-use, multi-family and hospitality.

  • Current Role: Owner & President

Dean Hunziker is the President and Broker of Hunziker and Associates Inc. and has been working with the company since 1974. He has been a licensed broker since 1965 and has worked in residential sales, land development, and in forming joint ventures. He holds CRB, CRS, and GRI Professional Designations and also serves as a partner or president at 31 LLCs/Co-ops. In addition to this position with Hunziker & Associates Inc., he is also very involved in the local community where he serves as a Director of the Ames Seed Capital Fund and the Ames Economic Development group.

  • Current Role: President, Management Professionals

Joe Price currently serves as the President of Management Professionals, Inc. at R&R Realty. He is responsible for the management of nearly 9 million square feet of office, flex, industrial, and multifamily property. In their projects, Management Professionals strives to promote energy efficiency, LEED, and green practices as well as overall best industry practices. Joe Price also serves on the Board of Directors at Youth Emergency Services & Shelter, the Board at Ingersoll Grand SSMID & Restoration Grand Avenue, and the Holy Family Catholic School Foundation. Joe received his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and is an active licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Iowa.

  • Current Role: Senior Vice President

Bryan is senior vice president for Neumann Brothers, Inc., a leading general contractor in the Des Moines area that has shaped the Des Moines skyline since 1912. He has also held positions as Field Engineer and Project Manager as well as National Chief Estimator and Vice President of Operations and Preconstruction. Currently, he is in charge of the office construction operations staff along with business development, marketing, and their Design Build Services. Bryan is active in the community as well as industry associations, including Board of Trustees for West Des Moines Library, coordinator for the Central Iowa Region of MATHCOUNTS, past board member at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Civic Music Association, and the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board. He is a graduate from the Community Leadership Program at the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and ABI’s Leadership Iowa Program. Bryan received a BS degree in Construction Engineering from Iowa State, and a juris master from Drake University Law School.

  • Current Role: President, Midwest Region

Brad Schoenfelder currently serves as the President of the Midwest Region at Ryan Construction. In this role, he provides leadership and direction to the development, design, construction, and real estate management teams throughout the Midwest. Brad also serves as a Board Member for the American Heart Association and as a Campaign Co-Chair for United Way of central Iowa. Brad received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

  • Current Role: Investment Director

Mary Scott is a Director at Principal Real Estate Investors, the dedicated real estate investment group within Principal Global investors. Mary has more than 30 years of experience working at Principal Real Estate Investors and is responsible for managing more than $2 billion within their loan portfolios. In addition to her position at Principal Real Estate Investors, Mary also serves on the Alumni Foundation Board of Governors at Iowa State and on the Advisory Board for the Ivy College of Business.  Mary received her bachelor degree in Finance from Iowa State University with a minor in Speech Communications.

  • Current Role: Senior Vice President

Michele Stevens is a Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate for Central Bank. Michele has her undergrad business degree and MBA from York University in Toronto, Canada and CCIM designation (Oct/17). Over her +30 year banking career, Michele has worked for the Toronto-Dominion Bank in Toronto as Manager Commercial Services/deputy branch manager, Norwest/Wells Fargo in special assets and commercial real estate, NationsBank/Bank of America in institutional commercial real estate and Liberty Bank/Central Bank in special assets, commercial lending and commercial real estate. Michele currently oversees Central Bank’s commercial real estate exposure throughout the state and is a member of the executive loan committee and ALCO committee. Michele has a passion for assisting individuals and companies achieve their goals with sound financial planning, management and responsible lending. Roll up your sleeves and tour the construction project or production facilities and crunch the numbers. That is where you will find Michele. Michele is Past President and current Treasurer of CREW Iowa, finance committee member for CREW Network, member of the Board of Adjustments for the City of West Des Moines and a volunteer with Give Grace Give Hope and YESS. Financial literacy and advancing women’s careers in banking and commercial real estate are two of Michele’s passions. Most weekend mornings, Michele is with her rescue 10-year-old black labs, Gomez and Fester, at the Raccoon River Dog Park.

  • Current Role: Business Development Director

Vince Ward works as a Business Development Director at the Weitz Company where he works with teams and clients to navigate the complexities of the building process. Vince’s background as a licensed architect enables him to bring additional insight to the overall opportunities in both design and construction for their clients. Within the industry, Vince is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Design Build Institute of Iowa, and the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association. He is also very involved in the community and serves on the Altoona Campus Board, the Team Kelsey Foundation Board, the Waukee APEX Advisory Board, and serves on the Des Moines Partnership’s Development Council. Vince received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a LEED accredited professional.

  • Current Role: Principal

Don Young is founder and principal of D. R. Young Associates, a consulting practice offering professional services in real estate development, corporate and institutional real estate and project management. His expertise includes project organization and control, direction of the entitlement and approval process as well as design and construction management. Don is also involved as an active member of Lamda Alpha International, the Urban Land Institute, and the San Francisco Urban Planning and Research Institute. He has been awarded for his contributions to the industry and received the 2011 distinguished Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University. Don received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University and went on to get a Master of Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.