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John Carnesale

Executive MBA Class Advisor

Professional Experience
John Carnesale commenced and continues to focus his business career in the commercial real estate development and finance arena. Carnesale’s entrance into this particular field began with his direct employment for real estate syndicator Equitec Property Company and transitioned to real estate pension fund advisor Heitman Financial, located in Los Angeles, California. As a pension fund advisor, Carnesale’s experience includes asset management for metropolitan office buildings, as well as expanding into all asset classes of real estate with his position as vice president of Karsten Realty Advisors. Carnesale and his team served as a full-discretion pension fund advisor, participating in formulating and executing the ownership strategy of over $1 billion dollars in real estate nationwide. These properties included both the turnaround of troubled assets, as well as maximizing the overall return of value-added, and stabilization. Carnesale transitioned to his current position as a cofounder and chief executive officer of Taylor Financial, LLC, and co-manager of the Taylor Realty Advisors and TWR Development group of companies.


  • PhD candidate, The Chicago School of Psychology
  • MBA, Pepperdine University
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Teaching Experience
Carnesale’s organizational teaching experience includes corporate training and speaking for companies he is associated with, as well as an invited guest. Carnesale also instructs ongoing training directly for organizational members and has developmental responsibilities for executives, including mentoring. Carnesale served as a class advisor for PKE129.

Carnesale’s leadership and entrepreneurship skills have provided him the opportunity to excel within the commercial real estate and finance fields at the pinnacle of this business sector with national recognition. These skills are transmitted into the educational forum via both his class advisors position at Pepperdine University and his trustee position at Holy Cross College through his ongoing participation with these exceptional institutions of learning.