Our Firm

Willton Investment Management is the operating and investment arm of Willton Group, a U.S. based family office focused on providing joint venture equity to institutional quality sponsors in both residential developments and existing multi-family properties across the continental United States. The Willton Investment Group, founded by the Luo Family, are predominately real estate developers with extensive experience in luxury condo and mixed-use development over the past 25 years. Willton is a well-capitalized investor with full discretion over its capital. Our Senior Management Team possesses extensive market knowledge and we focus on cultivating long-term relationships with our partners with complete transparency. Meet our team of highly experienced and dedicated professionals. Want to join this team? Learn about our careers & culture.

Chris Luo
Managing Director

Ms. Luo serves as Managing Director for Willton Investment Management with primarily responsibility of implementing the firm’s investment strategy and business development initiatives. Ms. Luo has held numerous positions in multiple real estate development companies as well as served as a portfolio manager for a global fund manager. She obtained her masters in finance and international business from the University of Sydney Business School and her bachelor’s degree from University of Technology Sydney.

Steve Chow
Senior Controller

Steve Chow joined Willton in 2017. Prior to joining the company, Steve served as controller at Hugo Neu’s real estate operation where he worked on a number of core projects, including integrating accounting systems with Hugo Neu’s partners and affiliates, preparing financial statements and serving as liaison with customers and partners. Prior to that, he worked for ten years as a senior accountant for Marcum LLP and as a controller for private industrial companies. Steve received a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Queens College. He is a Certificate Public Accountant.

Daniel Lu
Vice President, Investments

Mr. Lu serves as the Vice President of Investments for Willton Investment Management. He is primarily responsible for overseeing market research, underwriting, due diligence, formulating and executing on the firm’s investment/disposition strategy and standard operating procedure. Prior to joining Willton in 2017, Mr. Lu served as a lead analyst for a New York based multi-asset family office, and he has held positions in multiple real estate investment and development companies spanning markets in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. His prior roles include managing mixed-use new development projects in Midtown Manhattan for international investors, asset managing +500,000 square feet of mixed-use real estate portfolio in Manhattan, underwriting and executing over 1 million square feet of retail park redevelopment strategies and $2+ billion of multi-family real estate transactions.

Mr. Lu received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and his Master of Science in Real Estate Development from New York University.

Jonathan Deluty
Associate, Investments

Jonathan joined Willton in 2022, where he serves as an Associate. In this role, he is responsible for executing on all aspects of Willton’s real estate investments, from the underwriting and diligence phase until final sale of the property. Prior to joining Willton, Jonathan worked at S3 Capital Partners, the credit platform of Spruce Capital Partners and the most active middle market bridge construction lender in New York City. Over two years there, he helped to more than double S3’s loan portfolio from $1 billion to $2.3 billion across more than 400 loans originated. He previously worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and The Durst Organization. He also served as a paratrooper in the IDF’s 101st Airborne Battalion.

Jonathan earned his B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University where he double majored in economics and music.

Our Careers & Culture

Willton Investment Management is a team of intelligent, ambitious and impassioned leaders in the field. We are driven by the belief that business success must be built on a systematic and inventive approach and superior execution.

If you support our vision and are looking for a collaborative, multidisciplinary work environment, you will find a career at Willton Investment Management to be challenging and rewarding. If you’re interested, follow the links below to our current job openings.

We offer these competitive benefits to eligible employees:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Insurance coverage including Medical, Dental + Vision
  • Access to Teledoc to connect with a quality doctor in minutes
  • Company paid Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical, Dependent Care, and Commuter Benefits
  • Competitive Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Company Holidays
  • Additional benefits

If you don’t see a specific role that stands out to you, but still believe you can make a valuable contribution to Willton Investment Management, send us an e-mail, we’d love to hear about it!

Open Positions
Investment/Business Development

Responsibility:

  • Find investment opportunities in major emerging markets and some core markets
  • Participate in investment analysis and due diligence
  • Prepare, negotiate and review of investment related contracts
  • Involve in build-up business strategy on investment and disposition
  • Optimize the institutionalized investment procedure
  • Daily management on investment team

Qualification:

  • 9+ years of experience in real estate investment with investment firm or developer, ideally with nationwide experience
  • Familiar with new grand up development
  • Excellent in investment analysis
  • Excellent in business negotiation. Strong communication skills.
  • Personality: lively, cheerful, humorous, friendly, passionate, outgoing.
  • Have good number of resources in development company and broker in major emerging markets across the nation.
  • Bachelor’s degree and above
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Real Estate Analyst

The position requires knowledge in real estate and finance. The ideal candidate will conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis across various projects to optimize company growth and business. You will manipulate datasets, create financial models, and summarize findings in a succinct manner. The position will work closely with the Senior Associate and Director of Acquisitions in the investment team focused on acquisitions, and support asset management team during investment management. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Total compensation is commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities:

  1. Collect and analyze data to conduct market research and comp analysis, and assist in drafting investment summaries and memoranda;
  2. Financial modeling. Prepare and review sophisticated financial models for potential investments, including but not limited to project pro-forma, joint venture equity structuring, evaluate return metrics such as IRR’s, multiple on equity, cash on cash, etc.;
  3. Assist in asset management activities; including but not limited to updating asset management report and managing financial model during investment cycle;
  4. Support acquisition and asset management team during due diligence process;
  5. Support the company by executing firm’s process driven approach for value creation and implementing standard investment and asset management procedures;
  6. Support company’s business operation and capital markets efforts including but not limited to marketing, event preparation, and ad hoc tasks.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2-3 years of work experience in real estate investment/development;
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a related major (Real Estate, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Math, Statistics, Marketing, etc.);
  • Strong analytical skills. Ability to collect and analyze market data and underwrite a broad range of multi-family transactions;
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and skills in creating and using Excel financial models (both DCF and waterfall distributions). An Excel test will be administered as part of the interview process;
  • Familiarity with real estate data analytics such as RealPage, Axiometrics and CoStar;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Detailed oriented, self-starter/learner with strong independent problem solving and multi-tasking skills to meet deadlines.
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Project Manager / Asset Manager

This position is responsible for supporting the supervision and oversight of all construction, development and  Asset management activities in his/her portfolio of properties. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to perform a variety of tasks and accomplish objectives. This position reports directly to executive management. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Under the direction of the Director of Asset Management and Development, tasked with oversight on execution on all projects. He or she supervises, leads and directs all financial and project management related decisions.
  2. Interface with Sponsor partners on all project and operational matters to monitor construction progress, change orders, trends, consistency with project documents, legal agreements and approvals.
  3. Assists in the monthly preparation of internal asset management reporting
  4. Monitor and track market activity to maintain each project’s position against competitive offerings.
  5. Direct involvement in the assessment and due diligence of potential project acquisitions.
  6. Manages to operational objectives by providing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews, preparing and completing action plans, implementing production, productivity and quality standards, resolving problems, completing audits; identifying trends, and implementing change.
  7. Meets financial objectives by forecasting requirements, preparing a budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions.
  8. Avoids risk by analyzing data, anticipating, identifying and mitigating risk factors. Quick determination of problems and makes decisions to solve them
  9. Responsible for the overall planning and implementation of strategy to best accomplish goals set forth by executive management.
  10. Perform site visits and inspections at properties to ensure practices and procedures are being followed including quality management and safety, adherence to schedule and resolution of possible issues.
  11. Serves as liaison between Sponsor and Willton to keep interests aligned, promote cohesiveness, resolve issues and ensure that the needs of both teams are met.
  12. Meet regularly with project, construction and management teams to discuss and address issues related to the assets. Provide direction on critical needs items and escalate any items to executive level management when needed.
  13. Serves as primary contact to executive management/ownership for projects through regular progress reporting and/or meetings.
  14. Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, participating in professional organizations.

Requires 5+ years of real estate experience. Preferably in development or project management.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Requires 5+ years of real estate experience. Preferably in development or project management.
  • Appropriate educational credentials required. Preferably in construction management, engineering, architecture, real estate development or related field
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of field concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Understanding of construction and operational costs with the ability to review values and budgets.
  • Requires strong quantitative and analytical abilities.
  • Requires outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Requires the ability to communicate with and develop effective working relationships with others in a team oriented and deadline driven environment.
  • Requires excellent organizational skills.
  • Requires exceptional time management skills. Ability to set clear timelines for task due
  • Requires excellent computer skills with advanced knowledge of Excel, Word and Project Management Software.
  • Must be a team player who loves to brainstorm, can think independently and will be committed to the company.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Ability to generate ideas, present options and have the flexibility to modify a plan of action as the situation warrants.
  • Willing to travel when necessary.
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Real Estate Investment and Asset Management Internship

(includes Part-Time & Full-Time Internships)

This position will work closely with the Analyst and Senior Associate, support the investment and asset management team to underwrite and asset manage development and renovation projects. This hands-on position is geared towards a candidate who is demonstrate strong interest in real estate, detail-oriented, highly-motivated, self-starter, reliable, and juggle multiple tasks at once. The candidate will be exposed to all aspects of real estate investment and development. The firm offers great opportunity to learn and grow.

Scope of internship includes but not limited to:

  • Assist in conducting market analysis and compiling data from various sources such as AxioMetrics and cold-calls
  • Assist in preparation of internal asset management and investment reporting
  • Assist in the review of Sponsor provided project status materials
  • Assist in financial modeling in excel
  • Assist in assessment and due diligence on acquisitions
  • Update and optimize marketing materials
  • Occasional participation in leasing/construction/operational meetings/calls

Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience preferably with real estate companies
  • Understanding of basic real estate and financial terms
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, must be proficient in Excel
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Self-starter, diligent and reliable worker, team player
  • Bachelor’s Degree in real estate, finance or math/engineering, or 1st year Graduate Degree

Benefits:

  • Stipend for work transportation and meals
  • Work hours (Part-time & Full-time), minimum 6 hours a day. Able to commit approximately 20 hours per week for part-time internship

Internship/Volunteer Option:

  • The role is listed as an internship because it’s the student’s choice. Academic credit for internship available upon application.
  • Many universities have an independent study program or courses to help accommodate course credit for internships.
  • The course is likely 1-4 units based on the number of hours expected inside and outside the class per week. For example, a one-unit internship would mean a commitment of one-hour meeting per week and 1 hour of work per week.
  • You likely need to get a professor at your university to sponsor your independent study. The purpose of this professor will be to approve the internship scope, activities, and goals and to help ensure that you are meeting those goals and that employers are not taking advantage of your time. Many business professors would be happy to sponsor you if you come into a meeting with them with a proposal prepared. We will be happy to help you design that proposal.
  • Some universities do not require a professor to sponsor you, but they may require the direct supervisor of the employer to have a Master’s degree. Our senior executives have MBA, which will satisfy that requirement.
  • In the case of universities with this mechanism in place, unique considerations may have to be created, and we are happy to speak with your career advisor about accommodating your school’s systems and protocols to get you the credit you deserve.

Unpaid vs Paid Internship

(FLSA Compliance Notice according to USDOL Factsheet #71)

  1. The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee—and vice versa.
  2. The extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by educational institutions. YOU WILL BE GIVEN REAL LIFE TASKS AND THERE IS A DEFINED 90 DAY PROGRAM. IF YOU ESTABLISH A FORMAL INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT, YOU WILL BE GIVEN A GRADE.
  3. The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern’s formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit. SEE ABOVE
  4. The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar. THIS IS LEFT UP TO THE STUDENT TO DEFINE.
  5. The extent to which the internship’s duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning. THIS IS LEFT UP TO THE STUDENT TO DEFINE.
  6. The extent to which the intern’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern. THE INTERN’S WORK COMPLEMENTS THE ROLE OF THE ANALYST BECAUSE THE EXPERTISE DESIRED IS LARGELY DRIVEN BY INTEREST AND FUTURE CAREERS WHICH RESULTS IN SIGNIFICANT EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT
  7. The extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship. THE INTERN IS NOT ENTITLED TO A JOB AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE INTERNSHIP.
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Junior Project Manager / Asset Manager

This position is responsible for supporting the supervision and oversight construction, development and asset management activities for Willton Investment Management. Relies on knowledge and judgment to perform a variety of tasks and accomplish objectives. This position reports directly to executive management. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Under the guidance of the Director of Asset Management and Development, will support the oversight of execution on all projects. He or she will provide asset and project management related functions.
  2. Assists in the regular preparation of internal asset management reporting
  3. Interface with Sponsor partners on project and operational matters to monitor construction progress, financial performance, change orders, trends, consistency with project documents, legal agreements and approvals. Reports findings to Director of Asset Management and Development.
  4. Involvement in the assessment and due diligence of potential project acquisitions.
  5. Aids management in the overall planning and implementation of strategies to best accomplish goals set forth.
  6. Meet regularly with project, construction and management teams to discuss and address issues related to the assets. Provides input to management on critical needs items and provides assistance with resolution.
  7. Collect, file and evaluate 3rd party resources and vendors
  8. Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, participating in professional organizations.
  9. Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Requires 3-5 years of real estate experience. Preferably in development, project management, construction or asset management.
  • Appropriate educational credentials required. Preferably in construction management, engineering, architecture, real estate development or related field
  • Familiarity with a variety of field concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Requires strong quantitative and analytical abilities.
  • Requires outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Requires the ability to communicate with and develop effective working relationships with others in a team oriented and deadline driven environment.
  • Requires excellent organizational skills.
  • Requires exceptional time management skills. Ability to set clear timelines for tasks due.
  • Requires excellent computer skills with advanced knowledge of Excel, Word and Project Management Software.
  • Must be a team player who loves to brainstorm, can think independently and will be committed to the company.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Ability to generate ideas, present options and have the flexibility to modify a plan of action as the situation warrants.
  • Requires acute attention to detail.
  • Monthly travel required
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