2019 Real Estate Trends and Opportunities Dinner
Eran Polack is an established entrepreneur with a long history of successful real estate ventures in Eastern Europe, Israel, and the USA. His strengths are the early identification of emerging regions and the development of projects tailored for those markets. For example, Polack was an early leader in the revival of Neve Tzedek, a highly coveted neighborhood in the heart of Tel Aviv. His diverse portfolio includes small luxury residential buildings as well as large apartment complexes linked to extensive commercial space.
Justin Ehrlich is an entrepreneur, private investor, real estate developer and lender. Justin is a partner in Churchill Real Estate Holdings, an alternative real estate investment platform offering short term debt products and equity-oriented solutions to institutional and private clients. He has completed over $5 billion of debt and equity transactions including the development of several luxury mixed-use and condominium projects in Manhattan and California.
Justin sits on the Board of Directors of High Times Holdings, LoudPack Inc., BDS Analytics, Barrington Hilco and A Caring Hand.
Justin holds a BA in Business Administration from Boston University’s School of Management and earned a MS in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University.
As Senior Vice President of Project Management and Development, Raizy Haas is responsible for all phases of development, from assembly, acquisition and design through sales and marketing. Ms. Haas’ emphasis on collaboration and innovation defines her interactive and committed partnership with Extell’s construction, finance, acquisition, sales and marketing teams. Ms. Haas works collaboratively with city, state and federal governments, including zoning and land use, landmarks commission and city planning agencies.
Under Ms. Haas’ direction, Extell is currently developing One Manhattan Square, Extell’s largest condominium project to date and The Kent at 200 East 95th Street. Since beginning at Extell, Ms. Haas has worked on a wide range of projects including: 45 Walker Street, 65 East 96th Street, 330 East 72nd Street, Altair 18 & 20, the Orion, 995 Fifth Avenue, The Lucida, Ariel East & West and the International Gem Tower. In 2010, Ms. Haas secured the approval of the International Gem Tower as a foreign trade zone (FTZ).
Ms. Haas sits on the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York. She is also a member of the YMWREA (Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York). In 2006, Ms. Haas was named as one of Crain’s “40 under Forty.”
The firm's first Chief Executive Officer Bess Freedman is a strong leader, motivator and educator. Formerly Co-President of Brown Harris Stevens, and a Senior Managing Director of the Corcoran Group's East Side headquarters, Bess brings to her real estate career top professionalism, interpersonal skills and negotiating savvy that are well respected by her industry peers and agents alike.
Bess was appointed in 2013 by Brown Harris Stevens President Hall F. Willkie to foster business development. With special attention to the extraordinary Brown Harris Stevens history, culture, narrative and brand, Bess now leads a cohesive working environment that invites mutual inspiration and sharing. She enjoys being a trusted resource and finding creative solutions to every situation, particularly new ways to pitch and market listings, to coach agents through difficult negotiations, choosing excellence.
Prior to her promotion to Senior Managing Director at Corcoran, as an agent Bess attained great success at their Carnegie Hill office. Bess achieved repeated membership in their Multi-Million-Dollar Club thanks to her exemplary customer service, knowledge of the market and results.
Originally from upstate New York, Bess earned her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and her law degree from The University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering real estate, Bess practiced law as an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, and also worked at Legal Aid as an attorney. Bess is a member of the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bar, and worked in New York pro hac vice. She speaks Spanish and has lived in various cities including Washington D.C., Miami, and Seville, Spain. Bess is the mother of two children who are attending school on the Upper East Side . In spare time she enjoys family and friends, music, reading, knitting, weekends in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and regular meetings with her Mahjongg group. She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and an advocate of the Kalief Browder Foundation.
Bradford Lavender is co-chair of the Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the firm’s board of directors. Brad is active in all areas of real estate and real estate finance, including joint ventures, sales, acquisitions, ground leases, loan and preferred equity originations, restructurings, development transactions, and space leases. Brad’s clients include private equity funds, publicly-traded REITs, closely-held real estate companies, foreign investors, and local developers. In recent years, Brad has (1) represented both investors and operators in numerous joint venture transactions involving over $3 billion of invested equity in various asset classes, including hotels, multifamily apartment complexes, office buildings, retail centers, senior living centers, and development sites; (2) represented a publicly-traded REIT in the acquisition of a portfolio of 52 hotels for over $1 billion (the largest hospitality portfolio transaction that year); (3) represented lenders in the restructuring of over $2 billion of mortgage and mezzanine loans; and (4) represented the State of New York in its purchase of the James A. Farley Post Office Building in Manhattan, the future home of Moynihan Station.
Corey Bialow is the founder and CEO of Bialow Real Estate and has been actively engaged in the real estate profession for over 25 years. Bialow Real Estate was founded in 2005 and has completed over 750 real estate transactions across 47 states and Canada with an aggregate value of over $1 Billion Dollars. Corey has established himself as one of the country’s leading experts in the field of retail tenant representation and has recently been recognized as one of the top 10 retail brokers in the country.
Corey has worked as a consultant and broker for some of the nation’s premier retail and restaurant chains including Godiva, Sleep Number, Indochino, Sephora, The Vitamin Shoppe, Kona Grill, Juice Press, Talbots, Johnny Was, Alexis Bittar, Pet Supplies Plus, Pinkberry, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Smashburger, Serafina, Bowlero, EverybodyFights, etc.
Corey has also worked closely with many private equity and venture capital firms that have relied on his expertise for evaluating existing real estate portfolios as well as establishing national strategic growth plans. Some of these firms include Irving Place Capital, North Castle Partners, Highland Consumer Partners, Bear Stearns Merchant Bank, Porchlight Equity, Breakaway, A&M Capital, Gordon Brothers, Staple Street Capital, FirePine Group, Atlantic Street Capital, Arctaris Capital and Sycamore Partners.
Prior to starting his own company, Corey served as Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for several leading international retail chains including The Vitamin Shoppe and Blinds to Go. He continued to represent The Vitamin Shoppe on an outsourced basis and was personally responsible for taking the retailer from a local New York City chain with only 20 stores to a public company with over 750 stores nationally.
Corey is also an avid investor and entrepreneur having been a partner and board member in multiple retail and restaurant concepts as well as the founding partner and co-creator of the "Be Styled" Blow Dry chain which he sold in 2016. He is also an active real estate developer and owner of several commercial and residential developments throughout the United States.
• Graduated George Washington University, 1992 - Bachelor of Arts Degree
• New York University’s Real Estate Institute, School of Professional Studies
• Harvard University Extension School – Real Estate Finance & Investments
• Board Member - George Washington University Center for Real Estate
• Shopping Center Business Publication - Editorial Board Member
• Named Top 15 Retail Real Estate Broker in the United States, Chain Store Age Magazine
• "Top 40 Under 40" - Chain Store Age Magazine, 2004
• Member International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1995
• Founding member of “The B Fund” Children’s Charitable Organization
• Live Barn Inc. – Advisory Board Member
• "Combined Jewish Philanthropies" - Member, King Solomon Society
• Harvard Medical School's "Hebrew Senior Life" – Former Board Member • Licensed Real Estate Broker – Multiple States • The Chestnut Hill School – Former Board Member
• Member of AIPAC’s Exclusive Congressional Club & Annual Gala Host Committee
Daniel Ross Berman counsels and represents investors, developers, operators and financial institutions in a range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, financings, joint ventures, and developments involving commercial and multifamily properties nationwide. Many of the transactions Dan handles involve complexities beyond typical real estate deals, including unconventional deal structures and distressed situations.
Among his most notable work, Dan represented an owner of Broadway theaters in the sale of a mixed-use building in Times Square, with the seller retaining ownership of the landmarked theater currently at street level. As part of the purchaser’s redevelopment of the property, the purchaser intends to lift the theater by up to 30 feet above its current location to allow for retail space at street level, and will renovate the theater for the seller.
Dan also represented a residential leasehold cooperative, which was facing an untenable increase in rent payments under its ground lease, in negotiating its acquisition of fee title to the land beneath its building, including the complex financing arrangements needed to complete the transaction.
Legal 500 US (2010) described Dan as possessing “uncommon business acumen” and “superb problem-solving skills.” He has also been recognized as a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers from 2011 through 2016.
Dan is a member of Kramer Levin’s Pro Bono Committee.
With “architecture in his DNA,” David is a veteran with over 30 years of experience. From the time he built model airplanes as a young boy, David has always been fascinated by the art, science, history, math, and “respecting the past” of architecture which has continued throughout his career.
As one of the founding partners, David continues to lead design projects that have included Sky, 363 and 365 Bond Street, 101 Lincoln Avenue, 71 Reade Street and Apthorp Penthouses. David stays personally involved in the planning and design of all his projects while also noted as one of New York City’s premier zoning experts. As a zoning authority, West has conducted thousands of feasibility studies and has been involved with nearly 100 completed projects. The unique blend of knowledge of both the pre-development process and residential building design, he provides the most creative and practical solutions. Additionally, through his extensive background in land-use approvals including the ULURP process, Variances and Landmarks Commission Approvals, he is frequently involved in projects from the earliest stages of land assembly, giving him a unique perspective into the practical aspect of various development solutions.
Prior to co-founding Hill West Architects, David co-founded Goldstein, Hill & West Architects and was a partner at Costas Kondylis and Partners. Previous positions include Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer and John Harding Architects. He received his degree in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley. An expert in the industry, David has given numerous lectures and participated on panels at such institutions as the AIA, Department of City Planning, Real Estate Board of New York, New York University and Columbia School of Real Estate.
Caleb is an Associate with Ten-X Commercial, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace. Since its founding in 2007, Ten-X has facilitated real estate transactions in excess of $35 billion. In his role on the Institutional Business Development team, Caleb serves as an advisor to clients regarding their real estate transaction strategies, and as an extension of their resources on all aspects of their disposition process.
In his two years with Ten-X, Caleb has worked on more than 250 transactions totaling over $700 million in market value across every asset type and in markets across the US. Caleb has helped facilitate the programmatic dispositions of nearly 100 bank branch properties, dozens of limited service hotels, as well as portfolios of assets for several institutional sellers.
Caleb is originally from Atlanta, GA and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland. He lives on the Upper West Side, and is involved in a leadership capacity in several community organizations including the Tamid Group, The Jewish Center, and UJA’s Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists.
Corey Rosenholtz is an Associate in MSF’s Real Estate Group. Mr. Rosenholtz advises buyers, sellers, owners, investors and lenders on a broad range of sophisticated commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of all types of commercial properties. Mr. Rosenholtz also has significant experience representing both institutional lenders and borrowers in the origination of mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, and consolidation, extension and modification agreements. He has become particularly adept at assisting buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of condos, coops and multi-family housing throughout New York.
Emilie Cooper is an accomplished litigator with significant experience handing disputes in the real estate and hospitality arenas. She has successfully represented companies and individuals, including real estate and hotel investors, developers, lenders, owners, managers, and operators, in a wide variety of matters and through all stages of complex litigation.
Emilie’s knowledge of the real estate and hotel industries, particularly in New York, has been invaluable to both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigations and arbitrations, including breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, commercial tort suits, securities and foreclosure actions. Moreover, her industry knowledge enables her to better understand her clients’ business needs and goals, and consider how best to achieve them, through litigation or otherwise. Emilie also frequently advises clients concerning the potential litigation implications of their agreements and transactions, providing a unique litigator’s point of view in a transactional context.
Emilie regularly devotes time to pro bono cases, and has successfully obtained asylum for several clients fleeing persecution, including an Ethiopian orphan who originally came to the United States to seek medical treatment for complications from her amputated leg.
Jake founded Juniper Capital Group in 2017 with the goal of building a boutique debt brokerage to service a higher end client base. He has originated and closed in excess of $1 billion over a wide array of loan types, including bridge, construction and permanent debt, nationwide. Jake's creativity and negotiation skills, as well as client focused mindset, has allowed him to grow with his clients. His unique business development solutions have been a driving force behind his success.
Jake attended Fairly Dickinson University for a B.A. with a concentration in Business.
Maurice Schmool serves as Director of Acquisitions at Avenue Property Group. In this capacity, Maurice oversees new acquisitions as well as the asset management of current Avenue projects. His primary responsibilities include sourcing, underwriting, and structuring of new acquisitions, as well as the strategic oversight of existing projects. As Director of Acquisitions at Avenue, Maurice oversees all aspects of acquisitions from deal sourcing, underwriting, and financing, to business plan conception and due diligence. Maurice has served in this role for the past six years shortly after graduating from Baruch College.
Michelle Kleger is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Kensington Vanguard which is one of the largest title abstract companies in the country. Michelle started her career in the RE world when she moved to NYC 5 years ago and worked in Business Development for Empire Office which is a commercial office furniture dealer. Michelle was born and raised outside Boston in Andover, MA. She graduated in 2013 from University of Delaware with a business degree and a concentration in Hospitality. She currently lives in Manhattan in Chelsea.
Join us for an exciting evening with gourmet bites, signature cocktails, and strategic networking as we convene the New York's top movers and shakers in the real estate industry. Our signature panel format was specifically designed to foster organic discussions about the future of real estate investing, develop new long-term professional relationships, and allow our members to explore potential partnerships and professional opportunities. The panel will be comprised of speakers' insights on current trends/opportunities in the real estate market and tried-and-true advice on how to operate a successful real estate investment firm.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting young professionals; active real estate developers, owners, investors and deal-makers with the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
6:00 - 7:00 Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 8:00 Panel & Dinner
8:15 - 9:00 Dessert Buffet
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This event starts on April 30th at 6:00 PM.