VIP Leadership Series: Flagship Real Estate Deal Makers Conference
This event starts on November 1st at 12:00 PM.
Avi Singer is a Managing Director at Springhouse Partners. In this capacity, he helps lead deal origination, business plan execution and property operations at the firm.
Since joining in 2013, Avi has successfully executed on $250 million of real estate assets across the mixed-use, multifamily and hotel sectors. Prior to joining Springhouse, Avi was the Vice President of Asset Management at GFI Capital, a national owner and operator of real estate. In this role, he led the $30 million acquisition, repositioning and subsequent disposition of a note and deed in lieu for 1125 Banner Avenue, a stalled 11 story tower with 102 apartments in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn. Avi was also responsible for overseeing the performance of a variety of mixed-use assets spread throughout New York City.
Prior to joining GFI Capital, Avi was responsible for the performance of a 104 building New York City portfolio for Equity Management. Notable projects included the residential conversion of the historic Kirkland Lofts building in DUMBO, a $500mm disposition of 3,000 units to Pinnacle Realty and the purchase and sale of a 1,800 unit portfolio to AIMCO.
Avi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Talmudic Law from Midrash Shmuel Talmudical College in Jerusalem, Israel.
Bruce Brickman is CEO and founder of Brickman, the General Partner in the six Brickman Real Estate Funds, focusing on office in the six large markets. Brickman has acquired over $5B of real estate since it began in 1993. Mr. Brickman has over 30 years of experience in a broad array of real estate investments, including the development, acquisition, and management of office towers, hotels and residential properties. In addition to his stewardship of Brickman, he has focused on the office sector – from evaluation of investment opportunities, to relationships with brokers, to the oversight of leasing. Additionally, Mr. Brickman supervises the Firm’s relationships with its investment partners.
Mr. Brickman earned a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Prior to founding Taconic with Paul Pariser in 1997, Charlie formed CBC Properties, where he acquired, repositioned, and managed more than one million square feet of office properties in New York City and Washington, D.C., as well as several hundred apartment units in the New York metropolitan area. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director at Jones Lang Wootton (JLW), where he was responsible for property acquisitions, sales, and financing for the firm’s international clientele, with a focus on New York, Washington, D.C., and Toronto. In these latter two cities he established JLW’s regional offices and business platforms.
A graduate of George Washington University, Charlie is actively involved in the educational community serving as a Regent of the New York State Board of Education, a board member of PENCIL, and a participant in PENCIL’s annual Principal for a Day program. In addition, Charlie is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business, and the Advisory Board of the University’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.
Recently, David was honored for the sixth year in a row by The Commercial Observer as one of the 100 most powerful people in New York Real Estate.
MHP is the New York affiliate of TCN Worldwide, an international association of leading commercial real estate firms with affiliates in more than 200 markets with more than $38.8 Billion dollars in annual transactions. David currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors.
At MHP, David is responsible for business development, strategic services and public relations. He is a frequent contributor to real estate periodicals and has participated in numerous industry-wide panel discussions. David has been widely quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Commercial Observer, The Financial Times, The Real Deal and Real Estate Weekly.
Prior to his current position, David was Executive Managing Director. Throughout his career at MHP he has sold more than $1 Billion of real estate to his clients. Some of his notable sales include 295 Madison Avenue, the partial interest sale of 180 Madison Avenue, the package of 256 West 38th Street and 252 West 37th Street, the sale of 485 Seventh Avenue and the sale of 177 Lafayette Street. Of note, David represented Luxottica, the leader in premium luxury and sports eyewear in their purchase of 1 West 37th Street.
David has leased more than 3 million square feet including transactions with Walt Disney for 45,000rsf, Northrop Grumman 60,000rsf, Scripps/HGTV 77,000rsf, BCBG/Max Azria 42,000rsf, Switch and Data 40,000rsf and Jordache 35,000rsf. As leasing agent he successfully represented buildings such as 1180 Avenue of the Americas, 485 Seventh Avenue, 1450 Broadway and 101 Fifth Avenue, among others.
David is an active member in real estate and charitable organizations. An avid traveler, David is a native New Yorker.
Elie Rieder is a third generation real estate owner/operator of multifamily communities throughout the United States. His family’s experience in this space spans 70 years, and began with his grandfather, who immigrated to this country from Hungary in the mid-1940’s. Brick by brick and deal by deal, he developed a substantial portfolio of multifamily properties that catered to the middle-class.
Elie’s father, Ralph Rieder, is engaged in numerous business ventures, although he is most closely associated with Fieldstone Properties, a family owned multifamily owner/operator of over 15,000 units located primarily in the mid-Atlantic region of the US. Fieldstone is funded 100% by Ralph Rieder, Elie, and one other private partner.
Elie has been an active real estate investor since 1998, and his career path mirrored that of his father’s; starting from the bottom and focusing on the operational aspect of owning a property. This included maintenance, leasing, staffing, and understanding how the buildings’ systems operated. Eventually, Elie transitioned to the investment side of the business: sourcing, underwriting, financing, and accounting – and through the years, steadily increased his equity participation in Fieldstone investments.
In 2009, Elie formally established his own family office, Castle Lanterra Properties (CLP). Unlike Fieldstone, CLP (http://castlelanterra.com/) does allow for the participation of other like-minded family offices and ultra high net worth individuals to invest alongside CLP in quality income producing multifamily properties in strategic growth markets across the United States. Through a rigorous value-enhancement program that includes thoughtful renovations, operational improvements and ancillary income development, CLP aims to reposition each asset with the goal of maximizing NOI and elevating its competitive position within the market. Since inception, CLP has acquired 8,300 units with a value in excess of $1.5 billion.
Elie also married into a very prominent real estate family. His father-in-law, Mark Mandelbaum, founded Lanterra Developments, widely considered the preeminent developer of luxury condominiums in Toronto (http://lanterradevelopments.com/). Mr. Mandelbaum is also a principal of H&R Development in Toronto Canada (founded by his father-in-law Sandy Hofstedter). H&R REIT (http://www.hr-reit.com/Home.aspx), which was formed by spinning off 8% of the private commercial division of the H&R, is run by Elie’s uncle, Tom Hofstedter, and is currently the largest diversified REIT in Canada (by market capitalization). Elie currently owns equity interests in H&R Development, H&R REIT, Lanterra Developments.
Lastly, Elie manages several insurance funds with over $400 million of assets under management, and has invested in multiple high-yielding real estate investments through this vehicle.
Outside of work, Elie is committed to growing the charitable works that both his grandfather and father helped plant in and around New York City. He is closely tied to numerous charitable organizations and community associations focused on providing food, shelter and education for underprivileged families, both locally and abroad.
Mr. Tenzer is the Director or Real Estate and a founding member of Contrarian —an institutional money management firm with over $4 billion in funds under management, including dedicated real estate funds.
Since Contrarian’s formation in 1995 he has been responsible for sourcing, managing and coordinating the disposition of the firm’s real estate investments. From 1993 to 1995 he was a senior analyst and co-head of the high-yield real estate group at Oppenheimer & Co. The prior six years he was responsible for the analysis, financing, acquisition, disposition, restructuring and asset management of a nationwide portfolio for investor Arthur G. Cohen in the real estate, lodging, restaurant, aviation and manufacturing industries.
Mr. Tenzer received a BSBA from Georgetown University in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1987.
Gregory Kalikow, Vice President, is the fourth generation in his family’s real estate business. Mr. Kalikow graduated Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, graduated Hofstra Law School in 2010, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2011. Mr. Kalikow has been working with The Kalikow Group since 2003 on the overseeing and management of his families’ real estate holdings. Additionally, Mr. Kalikow has helped provide his company with legal expertise in order to develop rental, single family, and condominium units as well as shopping centers in various projects both in and outside of New York. Mr. Kalikow is an active member of the Real Estate Division of the United Jewish Association (UJA), a supporter of Young Jewish Professionals (YJP), as well as a member of the Shalva fundraising committee.
Greta Guggenheim, CEO and Partner, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust
Greta Guggenheim is Chief Executive Officer and President of TPG Real Estate Finance Trust and a Firm Partner of TPG. TRT is a NYSE listed commercial mortgage REIT (ticker TRTX) that originates commercial real estate mortgage loans in major markets throughout the U.S. Previously, Ms. Guggenheim was Co‐Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ladder Capital. Ms. Guggenheim’s prior experience includes positions at Dillon Read Capital Management, UBS, Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse. Ms. Guggenheim serves on the ULI Board of Trustees, Board of Governors of CREFC as well as several charitable foundations. Ms. Guggenheim has a MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Swarthmore College.
Alchemy Properties is one of the most active and reputable residential development companies In New York City having developed over 25 buildings in the last fifteen years. Alchemy recently acquired the National Landmark Woolworth Building Tower for conversion to luxury condominiums. Mr. Breitkopf is involved in all aspects of Alchemy's developments and investments from acquisition, finance, design, construction and marketing. Mr. Breitkopf joined Alchemy in 1993.
Previously, Mr. Breitkopf was an executive at Commercial Bank of New York and was Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance for Himmel + Meringoff Properties. In this capacity he oversaw opportunistic acquisitions as well as dealt with various bank workouts in the early 1990's. He was also a real estate loan officer at Chemical Bank Realty and, prior to that, an analyst at LaSalle Partners, a national real estate advisor.
In 2013, Mr. Breitkopf started a music therapy initiative for Gulf War and Vietnam Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, called "Healing our Heroes", at the Music Conservatory of Westchester where he sits on the Board. Mr. Breitkopf was also President of B'Nai Brith Real Estate, and has been affiliated with numerous other industry groups and charities.
Breitkopf has financed well over $2 Billion worth of real estate transactions and has acquired over 3,000,000 square feet of real estate during his career. He has lectured at the Yale University School of Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton Graduate School of Business and is a Professor at New York University's Master's Program in Real Estate. Mr. Breitkopf is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathon is the co-founder of East End Capital Partners. East End is a fully integrated real estate investment and development firm with holdings and offices in both New York City and Miami. Since 2011, East End has acquired over $1.3 billion of office, residential and retail properties. The firm currently manages over 1 million square feet of office property and controls over 1.5 million square feet of developments rights in Miami. Jonathon oversees all activities at East End.
Prior to founding East End, Jonathon was a Managing Principal at both Ruben Companies and Broadway Partners. On a combined basis, he acquired, repositioned, and managed an office portfolio exceeding fifteen million square feet located throughout the U.S., as well as 1,000 residential units within New York City and Boston. Jonathon has extensive capital market knowledge, having sourced and structured billions of dollars of equity and debt. He also has broad platform-building experience, having started and grown various real estate related businesses, including Synergy Workplaces which was sold to Carr Workplaces in 2009. Earlier in his career, he was a real estate attorney at Fried Frank and Pryor Cashman, handling acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, and REIT mergers.
A graduate of Colby College and Fordham Law School, Jonathon sits on the Board of Directors for the Wynwood Business Improvement District and was a long-time board member of both the UJA-Federation of New York and The Children’s Hearing Institute.
Prior to joining Westport in 2006, Mr. Socaransky spent four years as an associate in the real estate group at Oaktree. His experience includes the acquisition, management and disposition of both property and debt investments.
Prior to Oaktree, Mr. Socaransky was an Analyst in Salomon Smith Barney’s Global Real Estate and Lodging Investment Banking Group for two years, specializing in mergers, acquisitions and capital raising.
Mr. Socaransky holds an Honors Business Administration Degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
At Westport, Mr. Socaransky is a Portfolio Manager and member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Socaransky’s area of focus includes the acquisition of distressed debt secured by real estate and distressed properties acquired through foreclosure and bankruptcy processes. In addition, Mr. Socaransky has significant experience investing in land, senior housing, hospitality, and logistics assets.
Joseph Korff, Principal, founder of The Arc Companies, has been involved in real estate transactions in a number of different capacities for more than 40 years. He has been the managing partner or principal/advisor in sophisticated real estate transactions involving billions of dollars.
Joe Korff has structured and restructured complex financing, acquisitions, development and dispositions. Over the years, he has focused on large development projects, and through his expertise in site acquisition and strategic planning, created value in otherwise undervalued properties.
He has exposure to all forms of product types including office, residential, hotel, retail, institutional, time-share, resort and land development deals. He has done assemblages, dealt with government agencies in regulatory and development capacities, turned around distressed assets and handled all aspects of development.
Joe Korff’s involvement as a managing partner/principal in real estate transactions includes:
- The assemblage, financing, rezoning, design and leasing of a 1.4 million square foot development site in Mid-Manhattan, taken by eminent domain.
- Purchase of an out–of–service hotel in Horsham, Pennsylvania repositioned for sale to a prominent regional retailer.
- The purchase, repositioning and sale of a former Marriott Hotel another out–of–service hotel at Kennedy Airport, converted to a Radisson, now run as a DoubleTree.
- The purchase, repositioning and sale of the former Days Inn at LaGuardia, an out-of-service hotel that became the Wyndham Gardens at LaGuardia Airport.
- The purchase, repositioning and sale of Tannen Towers, a partially occupied apartment building in Atlantic City which was vacated, rezoned, designed for time share, and sold to Fairfield Resorts, now known as Wyndham Skyview Tower.
- The purchase and conversion to condominium ownership of Murray Hill Terrace in Manhattan. Mr. Korff and his partners went to contract on Murray Hill Terrace in twenty–four hours, cashed out investors in less than three years and retained a significant number of units as well as valuable Third Avenue retail space.
- The assemblage, design, financing, construction, marketing and sale of the Solaria Riverdale, an iconic luxury condominium.
- The acquisition, management, re-tenanting and design for conversion of a major historic multifamily building located in the heart of the West Village of Manhattan, an area and a repositioning creating rapidly accelerating value from the date of pricing.
Justin Ehrlich is a partner in VE Equities LLC, managing the firm’s real estate investment and finance activities including structuring, underwriting, and deal sourcing and handling the company’s overall operations and asset management. Currently, he is developing with partner Zach Vella several luxury residential condominium projects in Manhattan including 471 Washington Street, One North Moore Street, and 250 Bowery.
Prior to founding VE Equities, Justin was a partner at Marlboro Equities LLC, a real estate development company focused on residential development in New York City. While at Marlboro Equities, he developed a range of commercial and mixed use properties including 223 West 80th Street, 1800 Second Avenue, Five West 125th Street, and 16 and 18 West 126th Street. Prior to Marlboro Equities, Justin was a Vice President at Broad Street Advisors, a real estate investment bank headquartered in New York City, where he underwrote and structured transactions valued at over $5.0 billion, specializing in debt and equity placement, buy-side advisory and workouts on behalf of institutional clients.
Justin holds a BA in Business Administration from Boston University’s School of Management and earned a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University. He also served as the Secretary of the 125th Street Business Improvement District from 2008 to 2009.
Mark has over 28 years of experience in the real estate industry and is widely regarded
as an expert in the hotel industry. During his career, he has been involved in many aspects of the
hospitality business including development, acquisitions, renovation, operator selection, design, asset
management, financing, sales, advisory and business management.
Mark recently created Intrinsic Hotel Capital, a value add investment platform designed to acquire
existing hotels located in strategic markets throughout the United States that have the combination of
in place cash flow and value enhancement opportunity which can be realized through the combination
of operational and physical improvements and aggressive asset management.
Mark previously spent 6 years as Managing Partner of Tribeca Associates where he oversaw $1.5 billion
of acquisitions and development in Manhattan. Some of his most notable projects include overseeing
the development of The Baccarat Hotel and Residences, the Marriott Residence Inn World Trade Center
and The Moxy Downtown Hotel, which he continues to oversee.
Prior to his development focus, Mark enjoyed a 20 year career as one of the top advisors to the hotel
industry and had the good fortune of working on many of the industries’ most complex projects.
Mark is a co-founder of Eagle Rock Advisors LLC and Eagle Rock Management LLC and acts as
the Chief Executive Officer of each company. Mark is an Investment Committee member of the
UOB Eagle Rock Multifamily Property Funds and the managing partner or an investment
committee member in more than 40 real estate companies and funds. The current holdings of the
Eagle Rock related businesses include over 7,000 apartments in NY, NJ, CT and PA and several
million square feet of retail and industrial properties located throughout 14 states, totaling over $1.7
billion in current FMV. Mark has been the primary person at Eagle Rock responsible for raising over
$500 million in investor equity since 2010.
Mark has over 20 years of hands on experience owning and managing primarily multifamily real
estate. Mark oversees the review, selection, analysis and acquisition of portfolio investments,
including investor relations and financing options. In 2010, Mark received the Multifamily Real
Estate Entrepreneur of the Year award presented by the YJP.
In 1986, Mark graduated from Fordham University and in 1989 received his JD from Hofstra
University School of Law, where he served as an Editor of the Law Review and was elected to
present the Graduation Address on behalf of the graduating class. He was formerly associated with
the international law firm of Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance). Mark is admitted to practice in
New York and California. He also is a founding partner of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, the Firm's
managing partner and a member of the Firm's executive committee.
Mr. Cohen is President of the Tri-State Region. When the firm operated as GVA Williams, Mr. Cohen was the third generation of his family to head the firm, which was founded in 1926. He chaired GVA Williams’ Executive Committee and was the founding partner and Chairman of GVA Worldwide Ltd., GVA Williams’ strategic partnership of leading real estate firms serving 120 business capitals on five continents.
An expert real estate advisor, Mr. Cohen has represented an elite clientele of the nation’s top companies, including American Express, ADP and Parsons Brinckerhoff. He specializes in representing corporations in the acquisition and disposition of office space nationwide.
Mr. Cohen represents a wide range of clients regionally, nationally and internationally. He represents SS&C Technologies on a global basis. On a national scale, he manages ALM’s real estate needs. And he represents Signature Bank and accounting firm Marks Paneth throughout the NYC Metro region. He also has extensive experience representing law firms and represented Holland & KNight in the acquisition of 100,000 square feet at 31 West 52nd Street and Smith, Gambrell & Russel in their relocation to 30,000 square feet at 1301 Avenue of the Americas.
Mr. Cohen is also asset manager of several New York City office buildings, including 57 West 57th Street and 224 West 57th Street. In this capacity his responsibilities include overseeing leasing, management, and, in some cases, the restoration, redevelopment and repositioning of properties. At 28 W 23rd Street, Mr. Cohen represented the landlord in the disposition of 200,000 square feet to AppNexus.
Mr. Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
J. Michael Fried is the Founder and CEO of Phoenix Realty Group (PRG) overseeing the firm's new business development, strategic planning and overall company operations. Mr. Fried is the Chairman of the PRG Investment Committee.
PRG (www.phoenixrg.com) is a vertically integrated real estate firm with extensive capabilities as a direct owner, operator, institutional fund manager, equity investor and developer focused on multifamily properties. PRG has three multifamily business lines: value-added, new construction and affordable housing. Past acquisitions have included most components of multifamily real estate ownership including value-added, new construction, high-rise, garden style, mixed use, mixed income, market-rate, affordable, suburban and urban. PRG currently manages approximately $1.6 billion in gross assets under management and over 9,000 apartment units across the United States.
Prior to founding PRG in September 1999, Mr. Fried was the founder, President and CEO of Related Capital Company (now Centerline Capital Group), the real estate financial services arm of The Related Companies. During his 20-year tenure at Related Capital, Mr. Fried grew the firm from a two-person real estate finance company into a full-service real estate financial services banking firm with over 125 employees, $3.8 billion in equity raised and over 1,000 properties acquired with aggregate acquisition costs exceeding $8 billion. Previous to founding Related Capital, he was an attorney with Proskauer Rose from 1974 to 1979.
Mr. Fried has served on the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council, was Co-chair of the Affordable Housing Roundtable, and a member of both Freddie Mac's Affordable Housing Advisory Council and the National Association of Home Builders' Multifamily Council.
Mr. Fried holds a BA degree in History from Michigan State University, an MA with Honors in Psychology from Long Island University, and a JD, Magna Cum Laude, from Brooklyn Law School.
Mitch Sinberg serves as Senior Managing Director for Berkadia’s Florida mortgage banking team. He also co- manages the state of Florida, providing strategic vision and leadership to a team of investment sales and commercial finance professionals in one of the country’s top-producing regions. Since joining the firm in 2013, Mitch has increased Berkadia’s annual volume ten-fold, closing nearly $2 billion of loans in 2016. Mitch is consistently named to Berkadia's "CEO Circle," which represents the top producers and leaders within the firm.
Prior to joining Berkadia, Mitch opened and served as co-manager of Beech Street Capital’s Florida offices, where he established a presence for the firm in Florida and obtained a Freddie Mac Seller-Servicer license for the firm within the state of Florida.
Mitch currently serves as an occasional adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University teaching real estate finance and investment in the school’s MS in Real Estate program.
Mo Beler left Innovo Property Group in September 2017 to join JLL as an investment sales broker.
Early last year Beler became a principal at Innovo, a real estate investment company started by former Carlyle executive Andrew Chung in 2015, helping spearhead acquisitions for the firm.
But amid a marketwide slowdown in commercial property sales, Innovo managed to complete only a few deals, including the purchase of a $200 million warehouse in Long Island City.
As Crain's reported, Innovo is currently in contract to buy a roughly $75 million lot in the Bronx that was once home to Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas. The firm plans to demolish the existing structure to free up space for parking as well as potential industrial development.
Beler will work with sales brokers Glenn Tolchin, Anthony Ledesman and Yoav Oelsner, the trio that took charge of JLL's New York City sales after the investment sales team of Richard Baxter, Scott Latham and Ron Cohen left for rival brokerage Colliers International. Beler's move comes amid a reshuffling of personnel at the city's top brokerages, which are trying to stoke activity during a lull in the market.
Mr. Horn, 62, is a real estate investor and developer who specializes in co-op and condominium conversions and the acquisition of large blocks of unsold shares and units. He is currently involved in a major renovation of the Printing House, a residential building in the West Village where he and his partners own the majority of the apartments.
Richard Leibovitch is an investment professional with over 30 years of experience, managing risk and identifying investment opportunities across a wide array of asset classes. Mr. Leibovitch, founded Arel Capital in 2013 to focus on US multifamily real estate. The firm currently owns approximately $1.5 billion in multifamily properties in New York, Texas, North Carolina and Colorado.
From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Leibovitch served at the Chief Investment Officer, a member of its Executive Committee and board member of Gottex Fund Management, a publicly-traded fund of hedge fund firm with over $7 billion in assets under management. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Leibovitch was the Global Head of Trading and Derivatives for Putnam Investments. He was a member of their Executive and Management Committees. From 1985 to 1998, Mr. Leibovitch was a senior executive at JP Morgan, where he held a number of senior trading positions including Head of Derivatives Trading, Head of Mortgage-Backed Securities Trading and Co-Head of Equity Derivatives.
Mr. Leibovitch received a B.A (Hons.) from McGill University and an M.Phil from Cambridge University.
For well over a decade, Alen Gershkovich has personally brought success to countless construction projects in the greater New York City area. Alen began his career in construction management as a project manager, where he gained the hands on knowledge needed to grow a successful company. After his experience as a project executive, Alen founded his company, Inspiron Construction Management. Alen was personally in charge of overseeing the construction of Luna Park, an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn as well as, Luna Park – Site B, Scream Zone which were Inspiron’s first projects. Now complete, They both stand as a symbols of great success, both for Inspiron Construction Management and the City of New York.
Alen has led Inspiron Construction Management to the completion of numerous renowned projects throughout the city and outer boroughs. Some of Inspiron’s most notable projects include the 80,000 square foot interior renovation for Fashion company Eileen Fisher’s corporate offices. Phase I of the Brooklyn Mirage, an 80,000 square-foot night club and event space in East Williamsburg where Alen has been personally responsible for leading the team to an extremely fast pace successful opening which was covered by the New York Times. An interior gut renovation on behalf of the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations. And Inspiron’s first Passive House certified residential project in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem.
Alen’s Accomplishments Include:
— BA in Industrial Economics from Union College
— MBA in Construction Management from New York University
— MA in Business Administration from Union College
— Wexner Fellowship member
— R.A.J.E. Board member
— New York Real Estate Journal Executive of the month
— Recipient of the Russian American Jewish Experience Leadership Award
— Adjunct Lecturer at Union College Graduate School
Amit Doshi joined Besen & Associates in 1989, shortly after its inception, and is consistently the firm’s top producer. Throughout Mr. Doshi’s career in investment real estate sales, he has sold over 500 properties with an aggregate value in excess of $2 billion. He has been named a “Power Broker” for three years running by CoStar Research, in recognition of being one of New York City’s Top 10 Brokers in sales transaction volume.
Mr. Doshi quickly earned name recognition for himself and the firm. In the past five years, Mr. Doshi has achieved an average of 36 deals per year, including 57 deals in 2005 (over one deal per week on average). In 2007, he set the mark even higher, by selling 108 buildings, including a large apartment building portfolio in the boroughs for $295,000,000. From multifamily properties to land assemblages, he has gained a strong foothold by mastering the unique problems associated with vagaries of rent stabilization or zoning issues. Mr. Doshi spearheaded disposition of many foreclosed properties and underperforming loans during the 1990’s banking and real estate crisis for institutions such as Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Resolution Trust Corporation and many leading banks and private lenders. He has more recently sold a number of non-performing loans for several financial institutions, and has been involved in the disposition of distressed assets worth over $250 million in aggregate.
Mr. Doshi received his B.S. in Engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is fluent in Hindi. He is an active supporter of a number of charitable causes, including: Share & Care Foundation, Children’s Hope, Carnegie Hall Real Estate Council, JAINA, various medical causes for children, as well as women empowerment issues. Mr. Doshi is a member of REBNY and Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors (BMAR).
Greg Corbin is the Executive Managing Director of Besen & Associates, a full service commercial real estate firm which specializes in investment sales, retail leasing, financing, and management. The firm has annual sales reaching over $1 billion, and currently manages over 2,300 residential units, 200 stores, and 700,000 Sq. Ft. of commercial and office space.
Mr. Corbin specializes in investment sales throughout the greater New York area and has closed transactions spanning nearly all product types, including multi-family residential, development site, factory/warehouse, transitional housing facility, mixed-use, and commercial buildings.
In addition to leading The Corbin Group, Mr. Corbin is responsible for growing firm-wide revenue through company branding and marketing initiatives, recruitment and training, and oversight of the investment sales division.
Prior to joining Besen & Associates, Greg Corbin was a Director of Sales at Massey Knakal Realty Services. Before that, Mr. Corbin was a Principal and the Chief Operating Officer of KCL Trading, a subsidiary of E*Trade Financial, where he ran a floor of over 40 traders.
Mr. Corbin is the Co-Founder of the non-profit Fuel For Truth, an organization he helped to build and grow from 8 to more than 27,000 members. Since 9/11 he has been instrumental in obtaining more than $1,000,000 in grant money for educating students and post graduates.
He is the Executive Co-Chairman of the YJP Real Estate Division, Vice President of the Give To Give Foundation, an executive board member of FFT, and a member of ICSC and The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
Mr. Corbin is a graduate of Horace Mann and Boston University. He is a native New Yorker and lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and children.
Simon Ziff serves as president of Ackman-Ziff, a position he assumed in 1995. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Simon has overseen the firms arranging of over $50 billion of debt, mezzanine and equity financings for some of the nation’s foremost real estate developers and owners while solidifying the firm’s relationships with key capital sources. Simon has engineered the firm’s collaborative culture which functions as a magnet for financial talent. He has directed its evolution as an industry thought-leader with over 30 professionals on the team.
Simon received a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University. In May 2002, New York University awarded Simon its second ever distinguished Real Estate Alumni Recognition Award. He has also been recognized on multiple occasions by the Real Estate Board of New York, including as the first recipient of its Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award” and six times as the recipient of its “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award. Simon has also been active in leadership of many not-for-profit organizations.
In January 2012, Simon received the prestigious Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award from the Real Estate Board of New York in recognition of his positive influence on the real estate brokerage industry over the past 17 years.
The Real Estate network is one of YJP's most vibrant and robust sectors, comprised of trade experts who have helped shape skylines from Shanghai to downtown Brooklyn. YJP is renowned for industry-leading events that bring real estate's biggest deal makers, movers, and shakers together. This conference will cover everything from investments, residential and commercial sales, to marketing and development.
The YJP Real Estate Deal Makers Conference is a platform for members to discuss the state of the market / best business practices, and identify new avenues for collaboration in a confidential setting. This event is exclusive to principals, developers, investors, and top brokers—the staples of our strong real estate network. We expect a guest-list of 200+ top real estate professionals at this upscale, invite-only conference.
Join our network of influential thought leaders and deal makers, whose combined wisdom and expertise matches the value of their portfolios.
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