Born from a legacy of making a difference, TIAA-CREF Asset Management is a global asset manager dedicated to helping institutional and individual investors achieve their investment goals. Today, we manage $639 billion in assets with a long-term perspective and deep expertise across a wide range of traditional and alternative asset classes.
Gerald Casimir is a Managing Director and Head of the Real Estate Account for the TIAA-CREF organization. As the Head of the Real Estate Account, Mr. Casimir is responsible for overall portfolio strategy and performance of the account. The account has a net asset value of approximately $21.1B of which approximately $17B represents direct equity ownership in real estate. In his prior position, he was a Managing Director and Head of GRE Asset Management. In that position, he was responsible for the investment management of a portfolio consisting of approximately $32B in real estate located throughout the U.S. and managed a team of 40 real estate professionals. The investment portfolio consisted of about 100 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties and 35,000 multi-family residential units. In previous positions, he was head of domestic acquisitions for the north region and value-add real estate acquisitions and the head of asset management for the north region. He joined the TIAA-CREF organization in 2002.
Mr. Casimir has 29 years of real estate acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management/reporting experience including positions with Eastdil Realty Advisors, and Schroder Real Estate Advisors.
Mr. Casimir holds a B.S. in Accounting from Hunter College.
Giacomo Barbieri is senior director and a member of the Global Real Estate team for the TIAA-CREF organization. Mr. Barbieri is responsible for leading Real Estate acquisitions. He has been at TIAA-CREF for over 10 years.
Mr. Barbieri has over 15 years of real estate investment experience. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, he was a director at UBS AG, responsible for structuring and managing real estate products offered to UBS’s wealth management clients. Mr. Barbieri was also a director of acquisitions at the Paramount Group in New York where he was responsible for all aspects of acquisitions.
Mr. Barbieri holds a double B.A. in Finance and in International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Head of Institutional Asset Management / Business Development
Scott Kempton is managing director and a member of the Global Real Estate Managed Accounts team for the TIAA-CREF organization. Mr. Kempton manages direct real estate investments.
For the past four years, he has served as the senior portfolio manager for all investments in super regional malls on behalf of 3rd party separate account joint venture investment partners. He previously served as head of the Strategic Acquisitions team for all U.S. markets. Prior to that, Mr. Kempton served as director of real estate acquisitions for the Eastern U.S. and the director of real estate acquisitions for the Western U.S., and has served in several other investment production capabilities.
Mr. Kempton joined TIAA-CREF in 1987 and has 28 years of commercial real estate investment experience. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.
Senior Managing Director / Head of Global Real Estate