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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Theresa Garelli 2014


  • Title: Senior Vice President & National Underwriting Counsel
  • Company: Sutton Alliance
  • Location: Valley Stream, New York
  • Birthplace: Long Beach, CA

Education: JD, Nova Southeastern University, BA International Business, Italian & Spanish, Florida State U.

First job outside of real estate: Travel Agent, Liberty Travel

First job in real estate or allied field: Law Clerk, Florida

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I work on New York national and international commercial real estate transactions, structuring, facilitating and insuring the purchases and mortgage finance transactions. I plan to continue to build my client base in the commercial real estate and title insurance industries, and to continue teaching Title Insurance at New York Law School’s Real Estate L.L.M. program as well as other university programs.

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? Spending time with friends and family enjoying good wine and a homemade dinner.

Favorite book or author: “Ken Follett,” Pillars of the Earth

Favorite movie: “White Christmas”

Last song you purchased/downloaded? “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

One word to describe your work environment: Client-centric.

Rules to live by in business: Your reputation for honesty and integrity is paramount. It’s a small world and life is long. Preserve relationships.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? Margaret Thatcher. My dining room table.

What is your dream job? To work on large international mixed-use real estate transactions that would involve foreign travel.