Direct Real Estate's Leadership Team


AURA has overseen property operations for Aegon and its affiliates' equity and investment properties throughout the U.S. for over 25 years. Our experienced team has managed types of properties on a national scale.


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Thomas Schefter, CCIM, CPM, CSM, Senior Vice President, has worked in the commercial real estate industry for 32 years, the last 25 of which have been with AURA. Tom is responsible for asset management of real estate investments within the Commercial Real Estate Equity portfolios, a national portfolio made up of all property types, including the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. Tom has held several positions within AURA’s real estate group during his tenure at AURA, including more than five years on a work-out portfolio in New York City and commercial mortgage lending, leading up to his current primary role and responsibilities as Senior Vice President of Asset Management. Tom is also an officer of many affiliated Aegon companies. Tom received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Environmental Science from the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Syracuse University. Tom holds several professional industry designations and maintains the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management for AURA.


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Mark Novack, CCIM, CPM joined AURA in 2004. Mark is a Real Estate Portfolio Manager for AURA. In his role as Real Estate Portfolio Manager, Mark is responsible for the asset management and development entitlements of the San Francisco Transamerica Center portfolio which includes the Pyramid Center and its surrounding assets. Mark additionally has a supervisory asset manager position for assets located in the West, Midwest and Southwest regions. Prior to his current role, Mark served as an Independent Contractor providing asset management, portfolio development and advisory expertise for corporate and individual clients. Prior to joining AURA, Mark served as a Vice President for Kennedy and Associates Real Estate Counsel in Seattle, WA., Vice President of Real Estate at MONY Life Insurance Company in Denver, CO., Vice President of Asset Management for a subsidiary of American Express in Seattle, WA. and Senior Asset Manager for the Koll Company in Bellevue, WA. Mark received his BA in Real Estate from Washington State University. He also earned a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute designation.


Aegon USA Realty Advisors, LLC (“AURA”), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Aegon N.V., is a U.S.-based investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and part of Aegon Asset Management, the global investment management brand of Aegon Group.