Willinger joined Underhill Associates after working for Cummins, Inc. (NYSE: CMI), where he climbed from analyst to corporate financial manager in just two years. He joined the real estate firm with the intention of bringing his expertise to a small company where he could combine his accounting skill set with his business savvy and become involved with deals on the ground level. Willinger excels in financial modeling and project due diligence. In 2008, he co-founded The Pluris Group, a private equity real estate fund that invests in properties in key metro areas around the country. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and then went on to obtain his MBA and CPA, receiving one of the highest exam scores in the state of Kentucky when taking his boards. Willinger spends his leisure time playing golf and following Notre Dame football. He resides in Louisville, KY with his wife and two daughters.