Our Team

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Management Team
Advisory Board

Management Team

The management team provide expertise across the full range of property investment and management services, from acquisition, renovation, leasing and ongoing management.  The investment operations are overseen by Dixon Advisory USA, a related entity of the Responsible Entity, based in Manhattan, New York.

Alan Dixon
Alan DixonManaging Director & CEO
Alan Dixon is the Managing Director and CEO of Evans Dixon an asset manager and financial advisory firm established in February 2017 through the merger of Evans & Partners and Dixon Advisory. Evans Dixon has over $20 billion of assets under management or advice.

Primarily based in the USA, Alan also oversees the firm’s senior leaders and influences the strategic initiatives of more than 600 professionals working with clients in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Jersey City and New York City. He is also Managing Director and CEO of Dixon Advisory USA, a leader in the US urban single-family home rental business.

Alan joined Dixon Advisory in January 2001. Prior to joining Dixon Advisory, Alan worked in Chartered Accountancy and Investment Banking roles in Australia.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is also an SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA) Accredited SMSF Specialist Advisor™.

Alex MacLachlan
Alex MacLachlanManaging Director & Head of Strategy
Alex joined Dixon Advisory in 2008 to lead the then newly formed Funds Management division. Alex focused the efforts of the Funds Management division on providing Dixon Advisory clients with access to asset classes and investment opportunities that would normally only be available to institutional investors. From funds under management of under $100 million at the time of his start, Alex has grown the Funds Management division to circa $5 billion of funds under management today, with investments across residential and commercial property, fixed income, private equity, and listed equities and commodities.

In addition to his role as CEO of Funds Management, Alex also leads the strategy and growth of Dixon USA, a leading provider of urban single-family home rentals in the New York metropolitan area. Alex conceived the idea of establishing a business to acquire and manage homes in urban areas experiencing strong growth and gentrification in 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, Alex researched and developed the investment thesis and business model for what would become Dixon USA, and in late 2010, Dixon USA was launched. Today, Dixon USA manages assets of over $1 billion and is the largest Australian-listed property trust with a primary strategy of investing in US residential property.

Alex is a member of the Dixon Advisory Investment Committee. During his career, Alex has developed strong relationships with investment professionals around the globe who provide significant economic and investment insights. This enables Alex to identify and execute unique investment opportunities and take a disciplined approach to investing.

His expertise is regularly called on by the media seeking comment on issues such as asset allocation and particular types of investments, and he contributes columns on those topics to the Financial Review. For Dixon Advisory, he presents on asset allocation, international markets (including Asia, resources and US property), income investments and general macroeconomic trends.

Prior to joining Dixon Advisory, Alex was an investment banker at UBS, where he rose to Head of Energy for Australasia. During his tenure in investment banking, Alex worked on more than $100 billion in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, advising some of the world’s leading companies.

Alex has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

David Orr
David OrrExecutive Director & COO
David Orr is an investment and property expert with over a decade of experience across US property investments and Australian Financial Services. As the Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of Dixon USA, David is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of all US operations. This includes managing the $1.2 billion investment portfolio of townhomes (the largest in New York) and overseeing the construction division, Dixon Projects. David is responsible for Dixon USA’s 15 business units, and works closely with each of the team leaders to drive business growth. David is responsible for managing relationships with investors, analysts, media and joint venture partners and is involved in capital market operations. David is also a founding partner and principal of Pure Properties, Dixon USA’s residential and commercial real estate brokerage firm.

David joined the Evans Dixon Group in 2005 working in various roles across the Australian Investment Advisory and Corporate Finance teams. In 2008, David became Dixon Advisory’s youngest Director when promoted to Head of Investment Advisory, Canberra. Two years later, David relocated to Sydney to head their Investment Team and took on a number of national responsibilities. During his time in Australia, David was responsible for building investment teams, training and mentoring staff, and negotiating debt transactions for the Australian Masters Corporate Bond & Yield Series. David has also developed strategies, processes and training programs for several firm-wide projects, including two hostile corporate actions, a number of legislative changes and staff and client engagement campaigns. Due to his world-wide reach, David regularly contributes to various global publications across his fields of expertise.

David graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and earned his Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Kaplan Professional Australia. David is a member of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia, a Senior Fellow at the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and is a member of the Advisory Board of Rutgers University’s Customer Experience Program.

Ezequiel (Zeke) Ortiz
Ezequiel (Zeke) Ortiz Executive Director
Zeke brings to the Fund 15 years of experience in Hudson County real estate. Through his career, Zeke has completed over $200 million of property transactions and 1000 appraisals of New Jersey property.

Zeke is responsible for the co-ordination and management of the acquisition and evaluation teams to ensure a highly streamlined process for the identification, evaluation and acquisition of Hudson County real estate for the Fund. Since joining the Fund, he has worked to provide a consistent and dependable set of methodology for the Acquisition team to achieve the highest quality results on a timely basis.

Additionally, Zeke has been vital to the growth and success of Dixon Projects. His leadership and expertise in residential client needs have been invaluable in determining the best renovation strategies to reinvigorate properties between tenants. Zeke is a mentor to his team of project and assistant project managers and regularly coaches’ peers to maximize their potential.

Before joining the Fund, he held positions across valuations, sales, brokerage and construction. Zeke is a licensed New Jersey real estate Broker.

Eric Moore
Eric MooreDirector, Acquisitions
As Director of Acquisitions, Eric is responsible for identifying, analysing and acquiring prospective investments for the Fund. Since joining the Fund in June 2011, Eric has played a key role in acquiring nearly 600 properties throughout Hudson County, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens for the Fund.

Eric has extensive experience in residential property analysis. He has helped develop, mould and streamline many of the acquisition team processes, including the design and management of the custom acquisition database. Eric is passionate about developing a long-term career in real estate.

Before joining the Fund, he worked with the acquisition team at ATCO, a NY-based property firm. Eric graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Real Estate. He spends his weekends volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.

Laura Mooney
Laura MooneyDirector, Leasing
As Director of Leasing, Laura has been the driving force behind the transformation of the leasing team from five people to a highly skilled team of over twenty. Previously serving as the Head of Dixon Advisory’s Australian Property Team, Laura recognises the importance of positive client relationships and plays a pivotal role in creating operational efficiencies across all teams to ensure every tenant receives a premier end-to-end service.

Prior to moving to the U.S., Laura capitalised on her financial planning background and interest in the property market to create strategic financial plans, allowing individuals and families to secure their futures through property investment. Laura’s experience across all aspects of property ownership from financial strategy through asset selection and ongoing management has been pivotal in helping to expand and streamline the Fund’s internal operations, in addition to the portfolio of available properties. Her experience goes beyond the office, with personal residential and commercial property investments across Australia and the U.S.

Laura is a licensed realtor in Australia and the U.S. and has a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Finance and Economics, from Sydney University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning from Kaplan Professional, Australia.

Brian Disler
Brian DislerHead of Legal & Government Relations
As Head of Legal & Government Relations at Dixon Advisory USA, Brian is responsible for advising senior management on legal issues related to property management, leasing, construction, land use, and landlord/tenant relationships. Brian also manages the day-to-day legal affairs of the company and supervises outside counsel.

Previously, Brian practiced at a large New York metropolitan law firm in their Real Estate Practice Group where he represented large corporations in various real estate-related matters including complex litigation, tax appeals, land use, and foreclosures. The culmination of these experiences perfectly positioned Brian to seamlessly transition into his role with Dixon Advisory.

Brian received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Richardson Scholar. Brian is admitted to practice in both Federal Court and State Court in New York and New Jersey. In his free time, Brian cheers on his favorite team, the New York Giants, and aims to catch a game or two each year. He also enjoys golf and skiing, having gone so far as to name his dog Mogul, after a well-known obstacle on the slopes.

Melissa Fagan
Melissa FaganManager, People and Culture
Melissa is a high-energy, results-driven professional dedicated to advancing Dixon Advisory USA’s mission through hiring and developing the best possible talent. As Manager of People and Culture, Melissa is actively involved in all facets of employee-employer relations, helping to facilitate a positive work environment while implementing new processes that protect Dixon Advisory USA’s employees and the company itself.

Previously a HR Generalist, Melissa has always been a “jack of all trades” and regularly assisted in strategic development, payroll, employee engagement, benefit packages, performance management and more. The skills and knowledge she gained have helped her transition into her role as Manager of People and Culture.

Advisory board

The Responsible Entity has established an Advisory Board to provide it with expert advice in relation to commercial matters regarding the Fund.

Nirav Desai
Nirav Desai
Nirav is currently the Managing Director of Sparta Group LLC, an ultra high net worth private family investment office based outside of Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

He is responsible for managing a global investment portfolio across asset classes including hedge funds, private equity, direct investments, real assets, and public securities. Prior to Sparta Group LLC, Nirav was a principal investor at a US-based private equity fund focused on middle market transactions and homeland security and clean technologies.

In addition, he has experience as an investment banker and naval intelligence officer. Nirav has a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dean Miller
Dean Miller
Dean serves as Managing Director of the PCOM Primary Care Innovation Fund, a venture capital fund focused on healthcare innovations, particularly those focused broadly in the field of primary care. Dean brings close to 20 years of investment experience to the PCOM Fund.

Dean also serves as President and CEO of PACT (Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies), the largest resource in the Philadelphia region for investors and healthcare and technology entrepreneurs. Dean is also currently a Partner with Evergreen Industries, a middle-market-focused buyout firm targeting manufacturing and business services firms across industries in the Mid-Atlantic region with sales of $5-50M.

Dean was previously Managing Director at Novitas Capital where he focused on venture capital investments across healthcare and technology. He led investments in and served as Chairman or Director of Agile Therapeutics (NASDAQ: AGRX), Cernostics, Inc., Renal Solutions (acquired by Fresenius (NYSE: FMS)), Incurrent Solutions (acquired by Online Resources (NASDAQ: ORCC)), LearnNow, Inc. (acquired by Edison Schools), and VIPDesk (acquired by International SOS).

Previously, Dean served as the Chief Financial Officer of Adaptiv Learning Systems, a venture-backed start-up company that was spun out of the University of Pennsylvania. Dean began his career at the Chubb Group, where he held a variety of senior management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and he graduated with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with an MBA in Private Equity.

David Whelan
David Whelan
David runs Oxeon Ventures, the venture start-up studio and investment business at Oxeon Holdings. The ventures studio designs, provides initial capital, incubates, and builds de novo or purpose-built-from-scratch healthcare companies. The team develops and hones concepts and business plans and then leverages Oxeon Holding’s service lines and vast network of relationships to bring founding leadership, product/market validation, enterprise clients and then secure additional capital for these early stage companies. They build these companies independently or in partnership with entrepreneurs-in-residence or co-developed with outside healthcare companies including leading health systems, health plans or technology or service companies. Companies developed inside of Oxeon Ventures include Docent Health, Risalto and Abaka.

Prior to Oxeon Ventures, David’s experience includes a General Partner of Accretive LLC, a private investment firm, Chief Executive Officer of Cloverleaf Group, investment banker in London, England and Sydney with Goldman Sachs & Company as well as Deutsche Bank. David started his career at Price Waterhouse in the firm’s Corporate Finance division in Sydney.

David also serves on the board of Friends of Hudson River Park Trust a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the completion, care, and enhancement of the Hudson River Park, and is the designated fundraising partner of the Hudson River Park Trust.

David has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from Bond University in Queensland, Australia.

Stuart Nisbett
Stuart Nisbett
Stuart Nisbett is currently the Managing Director and Principal at Archerfield Capital Partners, a boutique corporate advisory firm specialising in real estate, which he established in 2008. He has more than 25 years’ experience in property development, property funds management, equity and debt raising, corporate advisory and project finance. Stuart is also a director of the Asian Masters Fund Limited.

Previously, Stuart was Executive Director, Head of Property Funds at ANZ Investment Bank. He was also the Managing Director, Head of Property Banking & Property Investment Banking at N M Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Limited. Stuart has also held senior roles at director level at Macquarie Bank Property Investment Banking Division and at Lend Lease Corporation in its development and commercial asset management divisions.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Merit and a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW, and in 2005 was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.

Directors of the Investment Manager

The Investment Manager (URF Investment Management Pty Limited) is responsible for managing the assets of the Fund.

Alan Dixon
Alan DixonDirector
See above.
Alex MacLachlan
Alex MacLachlanDirector
See above.
Phillip Lois
Phillip LoisDirector
Phillip Lois joined Dixon Advisory in 2010 and is currently the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Dixon Advisory Group.

One of Phillip’s key focuses throughout his time at Dixon Advisory has been the management of the US Masters Residential Property Fund. Phillip was previously the Chief Financial Officer of the US Masters Residential Property Fund, a role which he held from 2011 to 2015. During this time, Phillip was responsible for the all the finance functions of the US Masters Residential Property Fund, ensuring that the fund’s financial controls, reporting and management processes were of the highest standard. Phillip was also responsible for managing numerous key external relationships such as banking, insurance and debt financing and was instrumental in overseeing the Fund’s growth from initially A$70m in assets to almost A$1bn in assets today. Phillip brings an in depth understanding of the Fund’s strategy, operations and processes to the board of the Investment Manager.

Prior to joining Dixon Advisory, Phillip was an investment banker at UBS AG in the natural resources sector, where he worked with many of Australia’s and the world’s leading natural resources companies, advising and executing on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Phillip holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and finance and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Directors of the Responsible Entity

The Responsible Entity is responsible for the overall operation of the Fund including the determination of its strategic direction with the aim of increasing Unitholder wealth through the performance of the Fund.

Walsh & Company Investments Limited is the Responsible Entity of the Fund and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walsh & Company Group Pty Limited.

Alex MacLachlan
Alex MacLachlanChairman
See above.
Tristan O’Connell
Tristan O’ConnellDirector
Tristan O’Connell joined Dixon Advisory in 2005 after 10 years’ experience in corporate financial and management roles within the wholesale financial markets industry. Tristan is currently a director of the responsible entity for US Select Private Opportunities Fund I, II & II, Emerging Markets Masters Fund, Fort Street Real Estate Capital Fund I, II & III, New Energy Solar Fund, Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund and US Masters Residential Property Fund.

Among Tristan’s previous roles were Financial Controller of Tullett Prebon in Australia, one of the world’s leading inter-dealer broker firms, specialising in over-the-counter interest rate, foreign exchange, energy and credit derivatives. He subsequently held senior finance roles for the Tullett Prebon Fund in Singapore and London and returned to Australia to be responsible for the financial management and growth of Dixon Advisory.

Tristan has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University, is a member of CPA Australia and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Warwick Keneally
Warwick KeneallyDirector
Warwick is currently a Director of the Responsible Entity for US Select Private Opportunities Fund I, II & III, Emerging Markets Masters Fund, Fort Street Real Estate Capital Fund I, II & III, US Masters Residential Property Fund, Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund and New Energy Solar Fund.

Warwick is also a Director of Australian Masters Yield Fund No 4 Limited and Australian Masters Yield Fund No 5 Limited.

Warwick is Head of Finance at Walsh & Company. Before joining Walsh & Company, Warwick worked in chartered accounting firms specialising in turnaround and restructuring. Warwick started his career with KPMG, working in their Canberra, Sydney and London offices – and has undertaken a range of complex restructuring and insolvency engagements across Europe, UK and Australia, for a range of Australian, UK, European and USA banks.

Warwick has worked with companies and lenders to develop and implement strategic business options, provide advice in relation to continuous disclosure requirements, develop cash forecasting training for national firms, and lectured on cash management. Among his former roles, Warwick worked on the initial stages of the HIH insolvency – as part of the key management group tasked with the wind-down of the global estate.

Warwick has a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce from Australian National University and is a Chartered Accountant.