Neil Freeman is Chairman and CEO of Aries Capital, LLC, a full-service real estate lender and mortgage banking firm offering long-term, interim and mezzanine loans. Mr. Freeman is also President of Urban Development Fund, LLC, a New Markets Tax Credit CDE. Throughout his 30-year career in the finance and real estate ownership industries, he has funded more than $4 billion in commercial and multifamily properties. Mr. Freeman’s entities have also held equity interests in real estate worth more than $250 million, including apartments, hotels, shopping centers and land developments. UDF has funded multiple property types, including hotels, mixed use properties, retail developments, theaters, hospitals, and medical facilities. Neil, formerly a licensed CPA, received his BSBA degree in Accounting from the University of Florida, and his MBA degree from Stanford University. Highly active within his field, he is a member of and/or holds leadership positions in various local and national real estate organizations including MBA, ICSC, and REIA. Neil also is an adjunct Real Estate professor at DePaul University in Chicago and serves on The Executive Board of DePaul’s Real Estate Center. He is frequently in demand to serve as an expert speaker or panel moderator at industry events and conferences around the world.