Jeff Schneider is the Managing Principal of Strategic Funding Alternatives, LLC. Mr. Schneider is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in commercial real estate properties for SFA. Once an opportunity is identified, Jeff manages the calculation of the financial opportunity for SFA and its investors. Mr. Schneider also oversees general construction once an investment opportunity is acquired and day to day operations thereafter, to ensure prompt execution of construction deadlines to meet financial projections. Jeff is regarded as one of the Delaware Valley’s most accomplished and successful commercial real estate owners. South Jersey BIZ Magazine recently named him “One of the most significant commercial real estate developers in South Jersey.” Prior to SFA, Mr. Schneider established The Mortgage Group in 1998 to originate commercial and residential mortgages in New Jersey and Pennsylvania where the company booked in excess of five hundred million dollars. Mr. Schneider was also a Vice-President with RAIT Financial Trust, which specializes in multi-family apartment building transactions. Mr. Schneider is licensed as a real estate agent in New Jersey.
Director of Investor Relations
Stephen McCarthy is the Director of Investor Relations for Strategic Funding Alternatives, LLC. Mr. McCarthy is responsible for raising equity capital from private investors for SFA real estate acquisitions. He also manages communication between SFA and the investor group, providing periodic updates on investments, market insight reports, and responding to investor questions. Mr. McCarthy’s financial experience began in 2011 as a professional with 1847Financial, Penn Mutual’s flagship office. Mr. McCarthy was a founding member with the firm, specializing in advising high net worth individuals and small businesses in creating sound financial strategies, including risk mitigation and wealth management. Mr. McCarthy pivoted from a “traditional” financial planning role by entering the alternative investment space in 2013, focusing his efforts on raising capital for various non-traditional investments such as life settlements, green energy initiatives, and merchant cash advance facilities. Since 2013, Stephen has focused exclusively on working with high net worth clients, introducing alternative investment strategies, and effectively and efficiently shielding capital from market risk. Mr. McCarthy is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s Prep and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also obtained a Retirement Income Planning certificate from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
With over twenty – five years of experience in finance, lending and commercial real estate, John has over seen and managed over $500MM in real estate projects. John formed and managed a private real estate firm with office, multi-family and retail projects in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas. John managed all facets of the company including acquisitions, dispositions, ground-up development, tenant fit-outs, leasing, financings and property management. John began his career with banking institutions in New York, including Barclays Capital and GMAC Commercial, overseeing real estate lending divisions which included private bank, institutional and conduit lending products.
John received his MBA in International Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. He resides in Center City Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School.
John has been active on the boards of non-profit groups and is an active tennis player and golfer.
Acquisition & Leasing Analyst
Paul McMullen is an acquisition and leasing analyst with SFA, specifically focusing in the areas of leasing and marketing. Mr. McMullen is responsible for creating all marketing initiatives for new acquisitions and office space availabilities. He also assists in the leasing of properties owned by SFA. Prior to joining SFA, Paul worked as a Commercial Real Estate Associate in Manhattan focusing on the leasing of ground floor retail space. Mr McMullen is a graduate of Solebury School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Acquisition & Leasing Analyst
Michael Kurkowski is an acquisition and leasing analyst with SFA, focusing on financial analysis for upcoming acquisitions. Mr. Kurkowski is responsible for creating financial forecasts for potential investments and is instrumental in the acquisition decision making process. Michael also assists in leasing properties owned and managed by SFA. Mr. Kurkowski is a graduate of La Salle College High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with a minor in Real Estate Finance from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alicia Lukens is the Controller for Strategic Funding Alternatives, LLC. Ms. Lukens handles the accounting and financial reporting for SFA properties. Ms. Lukens is responsible for implementing processes and procedures to increase the efficiency and accuracy of all accounting and financial reporting functions. Ms. Lukens also assists in financing activities of the company. Ms. Lukens began her career working for Interstate Realty Management Company (IRM), a multi-million dollar residential property management company, specializing in government-subsidized rental programs nationwide. Ms. Lukens rose to the position of Regional Accounting Manager for IRM, responsible for the financial management of a portfolio consisting of 24 properties (2,400 units). In 2010, after relocating to Southern California, Ms. Lukens began working as the Controller for Blackhawk Capital Group, an independent, licensed, full-service real estate brokerage, investment and property management firm with residential and commercial acquisition funding facilities. At Blackhawk, Ms. Lukens provided accounting and financial reporting functions for multiple properties located throughout Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, under multiple growing investment portfolios. Ms. Lukens is a Graduate of Neumann University in Aston, PA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
Sharon Cosper is a Property Manager at SFA. Ms. Cosper brings 20 years of residential property management experience to the team. She has worked in a diverse variety of roles within this sector of real estate, including homeowner association positions, Section 8 housing management, and general property management roles at the Kamson Corp, Korman Residential, Morgan Properties and Jager Management. Ms. Cosper’s experience and deep understanding of this business provides an excellent level of service to the management of SFA properties.