Audrey McGuire is the Managing Member and founding partner of Emax. Ms. McGuire started out as an investment banker on Wall Street and has since gained over forty years of experience providing public-private real estate and financial advisory services to a host of government and private sector clients. Ms. McGuire has in-depth knowledge of national real estate & capital markets, financing structures, risk assessment, and rates of return. She advances policy initiatives by implementing government programs from written legislation. In the last ten years Ms. McGuire has led, as either Engagement Manager or Senior Advisor, multiyear and multimillion-dollar public sector engagements for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), General Services Administration (GSA), the District of Columbia (DC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Emax clients value her expertise in portfolio management, strategic planning, program compliance & oversight, enhanced-use leasing, government budgeting, feasibility analysis, asset valuation, capital market financing, and program risk evaluation. Aside from her leadership of the Emax Advisory team, Ms. McGuire is also a partner in Emax Fund, a real estate investment fund. She holds a B.S.F.S. in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University as well as a P.M.P. certification from the Project Management Institute and was formerly a General Securities Principal and Managing Member of Emax Securities, LLC.
Michael McGuire is the Chief Operating Officer of Emax and the Chief Financial officer of our affiliate, Riley McGuire Partners. In his twelve years as a financial manager and real estate advisor Mr. McGuire has advised numerous federal, state, and local government agencies. He currently leads engagements for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the General Services Administration, the U.S. Air Force, and the Department of Treasury. In addition to his management duties, Mr. McGuire is experienced in providing analytical, quantitative, and financial modeling services for the Department of Housing and Urban development, the Government National Mortgage Association, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Small Business Administration. In 2015, Mr. McGuire was tasked by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer with providing financial advisory services for bond financing of a multi-billion-dollar waterfront redevelopment known as The Wharf. His areas of professional expertise include the execution of P3/P4 government real estate and capital market transactions, program compliance and oversight of long-term residential asset operations, government budgeting, feasibility analyses, and on-site analytical reviews. Mr. McGuire received his B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and his M.B.A. in Marketing Management from St. John’s University in New York City.
Ms. Ferszt is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Emax offices. She is responsible for a range of tasks including contract maintenance, accounts payable and receivable, vendor management and executive support. She oversees the organization of firm financial information for tax, accounting, and audit purposes. Prior to joining the Emax team, she worked for seven years as a Project Administrator and Business Analyst for Fidessa Corporation, a global financial technology firm. Ms. Ferszt holds a B.S. in Business Management from SUNY Empire State College and an A.A.S. in Merchandising Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Emma Gleason is an Associate at Emax who specializes in providing analytical and quantitative services to government clients, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). Her expertise lies in conducting financial analyses, market research, compliance reviews, asset valuation & pricing, and due diligence. Ms. Gleason assists DC’s OCFO in developing pro forma models to analyze proposed mixed-use developments and in researching market assumptions. She develops procedures and tools for the quality control of mortgage insurance premium audits conducted by HUD’s Multifamily Insurance Operations Branch and is responsible for the process re-engineering of HUD’s multifamily operations. She also assists in asset valuation & pricing and sale execution for HUD’s Asset Sales Office as it undertakes the disposition of non-performing loans. For the VA’s Office of Asset Enterprise Management, her detailed financial and operational compliance reviews are essential to the annual post-transaction oversight of its Enhanced-Use Lease portfolio. Ms. Gleason received her B.A. from Boston College.
Atticus Keane is an Analyst at Emax who specializes in providing analytical and quantitative services to government clients. His expertise lies in conducting market research, compliance reviews and due diligence. Mr. Keane supports the Office of Asset Enterprise Management (OAEM) at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in the post-transaction oversight of its Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) portfolio. He helps to ensure the operational and financial stability of more than seventy projects by conducting annual compliance reviews of EUL transactions to determine if the lessee is conforming to the current terms of the lease. He helps assure the financial transparency of the program by assisting in the production of the Annual EUL Consideration Report, which is delivered to Congress. Mr. Keane also works with OAEM to provide ongoing support on lease amendments and to resolve issues with specific EUL projects as they arise. Additionally, Mr. Keane supports the Asset Sales Office within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in sales of non-performing loans by researching market conditions to produce detailed reports on the feasibility of proposed sales. Atticus graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Jay McGuire brings 35 years of insurance experience to Emax, where he directs the customer service operation for the Multifamily Insurance Operations Branch (MFIOB) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). His work includes customer liaison between lenders and HUD MFIOB with regard to premium audits, terminations, billing issues, MIP rating and general communication between the two parties. Apart from HUD, Mr. McGuire has also worked with such federal clients as the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE), the Department of Education (DOE), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Sola Ayegbusi is an Analyst at Emax who assists the Department of Housing and Urban Development with his expertise in conducting market research, compliance reviews, and due diligence. He uses detailed financial management principles, concepts, and techniques to analyze and evaluate multifamily housing program data and financial documents. His primary responsibilities include the performance of accounting and audit reviews of FHA’s Multifamily Mortgage Insurance Premiums. Mr. Ayegbusi holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts, both from Liberty University.
Dawn Lopez is a Manager at Emax and a highly skilled financial professional with over fifteen years of forward planning and analytical expertise. She specializes in orchestrating complex real estate transactions, conducting assessments of financial stability and credit worthiness, and managing collaborations between professionals to facilitate effectiveness of work-flow processes. Ms. Lopez has accumulated extensive knowledge of and experience with most government and conventional loan programs through her work with the Small Business Administration’s National Guarantee Purchase Center and Office of Credit Risk Management as well as during her time as a commission-based mortgage loan officer. Additionally, she has federal acquisition regulation training and is a licensed real estate sales person. Ms. Lopez received her B.S. from the University of Charleston.
Griffin Gill is an Analyst at Emax who specializes in providing analytical and quantitative services to government clients. His expertise lies in conducting market research, compliance reviews, quality control and due diligence. Mr. Gill supports the Asset Sales Office within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in sales of non-performing loans by researching market conditions to produce detailed reports on the feasibility of proposed sales and by executing due diligence procedures in preparation for non-performing loan sales. He also provides operational support for the Emax team by assisting with the creation of training materials and by researching new business opportunities. Griffin graduated with Bachelors of Arts degrees from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University.