Summer Street Advisors


Team Members

Learn more about our Founder & Managing Director.


Andrew Murray - Managing Director

Andrew Murray joins Summer Street Advisors as a Managing Director with more than 30 years experience across CRE principal investment in debt and equity, CRE capital markets & structured finance, as well equity capital raising with institutional and private investors.  Most recently, Andy served as a Managing Director with TIAA Global Asset Management supporting the $15bn CRE Managed Accounts business overseeing client investments in private CRE debt and equity. Andy also served as the Portfolio Manager & Investment Officer for TIAA Bank’s CRE lending business. Prior to joining the CRE Managed Accounts business, Andy served as the Managing Director & Product Specialist overseeing institutional equity capital raising efforts for TIAA managed funds for private investments in U.S. CRE debt and equity, Ag/Farmland, Timber and Infrastructure.

Andy also served as a investment advisor and principal in Land South Group and T-REX Capital where he led investment and capital raising efforts for strategies in CRE high yield debt, value-add and opportunistic equity. Andy also served as a Managing Director with Ackman Ziff Real Estate Group’s representing market leading investors and development sponsors throughout the eastern US markets and Chicago.

Prior to joining Ackman-Ziff, Andy led business development and originations with O’Connor Capital Partners with a focus on CRE opportunistic equity investment in the United States and Mexico. Andy also spent 12 years with Lehman Brothers between 1994 and 2006 where he focused on CRE structured finance deal originations of more than $4 billion with some of the firm’s most important clients. While at Lehman, Andy originated investments in CRE loan portfolios, structured CRE debt, CMBS loans, mezzanine loans and joint venture equity.

Andy holds a MBA from NYU-Stern Graduate School of Business and a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University. Andy holds a Series 7 FINRA license, and has been an active member of CREFC, ICSC and ULI, as well as a guest lecturer for students at NYU, Georgetown, Cornell and Notre Dame.

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Chris Peters - Managing Director

Chris Peters is an accomplished real estate professional with more than 15 years of direct experience managing and maximizing the value of core, value-add and opportunistic commercial real estate investments. As Head of Portfolio Management for an $8 billion debt & equity portfolio, he has broad expertise in credit underwriting, risk mitigation and asset management of both stabilized and development properties throughout the U.S.

Chris has led the workout, restructuring and liquidation of more than $2 billion of distressed real estate originated by a European bank and managed the value optimization of multiple equity investments held by a prominent private equity fund manager.

Chris holds an MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University with an emphasis on real estate finance and a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He is a licensed real estate agent in Connecticut, has been an elected member of the Darien, CT Board of Assessment Appeals for 10 years and is a former volunteer fireman.

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Cynthia Plunkett - Director

Cynthia Plunkett has over fourteen years of experience in commercial real estate underwriting and due diligence. Cynthia began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers working as a member of a small team specializing in modeling and cash flow due diligence including lease abstracting and expense testing.

At Merrill Lynch Capital, Cynthia was an underwriter for over $500 million in bridge financing transactions for both senior debt and preferred equity. During the recession, Cynthia worked at Mesirow Financial Consulting representing unsecured lenders including a distressed public CDO company which involved the re-underwriting of 80 loans based on current market conditions.

Cynthia is an excellent team player and we are thrilled to have her as part of our SSA team. Her support in full scale underwriting, deal sourcing modeling, conduit desktop underwriting and site inspections is extremely valuable to Summer Street Advisors.

Mrs. Plunkett has Masters of Science in Finance (May 2002) and Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting (May 2002), GPA: 3.65 (out of 4.0), Cum Laude Honors from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas, and has completed two of three of the requirements to become a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).

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Dan Brook - Director

Dan Brook is a Director at Summer Street Advisors (SSA), responsible for underwriting and analytics.  He brings over 20 years of senior asset-risk management experience to the SSA team. 

Dan has over 15 years of commercial real estate experience, much of which was developed at GE Capital Real Estate where he served in a variety of roles, including Asset Manager, Sr. Relationship Manager, Growth Leader, and Preferred Equity Product Leader.  During his tenure at GE, Mr. Brook was charged with the oversight and operations of GE's multifamily development joint venture, where he directed the underwriting and approval of over $1.5 billion of projects. His broad institutional background ranges from financial, relationship and product management to risk assessment and managing underwriting teams.

Mr. Brook has expertise in underwriting all major collateral types, restructuring assets, mezzanine financing and negotiation and controllership of equity joint ventures.  He also designed and implemented GE Real Estate's Preferred Equity Program which was created to provide borrowers the ability to finance funding gaps caused by lower valuations and lower leverage amounts.

Dan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a BA degree in Economics with Distinction.

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Bryant Mende - Director

Mr. Bryant Mende is a Director at Summer Street Advisors (SSA), and responsible for client management and operations for SSA’s loan underwriting platform. He brings over 30 years of experience in real estate finance, investment banking and loan production.

Mr. Mende’s background includes extensive experience in both loan underwriting and origination. Prior to joining Summer Street Advisors, he established a loan underwriting/due diligence platform at a boutique special servicing firm and later did a spin-off of that platform to create his own company, Fairview Group, subsequently selling the company. Mr. Mende has originated and underwritten multifamily and all varieties of commercial real estate loans at a number of platforms including Fannie Mae DUS lender, Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer, life insurance, CMBS and bank platforms. He recently managed a direct Freddie Mac underwriting assignment where he and his team underwrote and processed over $1 billion worth of new loan transactions. Most recently, he has managed underwriting projects for both Arbor Financial and KeyBank involving new loan origination underwriting for Fannie Mae DUS and Freddie Mac. He has created and managed both mortgage banking platforms and direct lending origination groups at First Union Bank (predecessor to Wachovia and Wells Fargo) and Bank of America.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned both his bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the Kenan Flagler School of Business. Mr. Mende is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina. Outside of the real estate industry, his passion is his involvement in a number of charitable initiatives dealing with homelessness and hunger.

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Jay Murray - Associate

Before joining SSA, Jay worked for The Oak Park Group, LLC, a privately held commercial real estate development and consultancy firm, focused primarily on the hospitality sector. Jay was instrumental to The Oak Park Group team for conducting market research to support hospitality acquisitions and development, as well as, analyzing competitive activity helping identify prospective development and investment properties.

Earlier in his career, Jay worked as a Summer Analyst for UBS Financial Services where he efficiently handled client records management, and trade histories.

Jay obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lynn University in Boca Raton and completed a Post Graduate year at St. Leonards School in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Vlada Buga - Analyst

Before joining the Team, Vlada worked as a business analyst at Xsolla, and she worked as an analyst-engineer in Diasoft, where she dealt with programming products for the financial sector. At Diasoft, she executed functional and data-quality testing of financial forms and registers. Moreover, in 2017 Vlada worked as an IT analyst in Xiamen, China, where she worked on programming product optimization, QA engineering and technical tasks writing. 

Vlada received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Informatics and Finance from the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow.

At the moment, Vlada supervises Finance and Information Technologies for Summer Street Advisors. She researches event strategies, evaluates effectiveness of current projects, assists managers with analysis of commercial real estate finance models.

   (203) 293-4844 (ext.7)


Courtney Mullen - Analyst

Before joining Summer Street Advisors team, Courtney interned for Summer Street Advisors. She assisted in coordinating marketing efforts and assisted with Summer Street’s site inspection securitization program. Courtney also holds a position as President of the Organization KITO. She is designated with managing and increasing team effectiveness while helping to develop a business plan to allow St. Anthony’s to become a self-sustaining vocational school in Tanzania.

Currently, Courtney oversees the Summer Street Advisors site inspection securitization program and assists with the Company’s appraisal review function under Managed Services.

Courtney obtained a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and minor in Education from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. 

   (203) 246-0812 (ext.6)


Salma Tijani - Analyst

Before joining the Summer Street Advisors team, Salma interned in different companies in Morocco, France and USA, in both Finance and Marketing & Communication. One of these internships was with LISI AEROSPACE – Headquarters in Paris, Salma was working on reporting systems and Key Performance Indicators with the managing control team.

Currently, Salma oversees Marketing and Public Relations for Summer Street Advisors. She is in charge of our media presence, manages the website and social media accounts. Her other focus is working on a consistent marketing strategy to raise Summer Street Advisors brand awareness.

Salma studied marketing and communication in Rome Business School. She also holds a Master of Finance and a Post-Graduation Diploma in international business administration from Manhattan Institute of Management. 

   (203) 293-4844 (ext.5)