VIP Leadership Series: Flagship Real Estate Deal Makers Conference
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Mr. Altman is an entrepreneur and real estate investor with experience in identifying, buying and selling real estate. As a founder and Managing Member of KABR, he is instrumental in fundraising, structuring JV partnerships, sourcing and acquiring real property and debt. To date, Adam has participated in transactions totaling approximately four million square feet of commercial properties, as well as thousands of residential units, hotels and new development land with over 3000 units of entitlements. Prior to joining KABR, he focused on acquisition, development, management and disposition of real estate for a multi-billion dollar healthcare company. He has also worked with the private wealth team at Deutsche Bank, portfolio manager/analyst at Chestnut Ridge Capital and founded and sold Freshpair.com, an ecommerce company.
Mr. Adam I. Popper has been Senior Vice President for Eastern Region of Columbia Property Trust, Inc. since February 29, 2016. Mr. Popper served as a Managing Principal at Westbrook Partners. Prior to joining Westbrook in 2013, Mr. Popper was a Senior Vice President and Director of U.S. Office Acquisitions for Vornado Realty Trust, where he was primarily responsible for office acquisitions across Vornado's key U.S. markets. He served as a Managing Director at Beacon Capital Partners LLC. Prior to joining Beacon Capital Partners, Mr. Popper was the Chief Investment Officer for Heyman Properties in New York City. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Popper served as Managing Director at Tishman Speyer Properties, where he managed the company's Northeast acquisition efforts and led the company's expansion into Washington, D.C. Prior to his tenure at Tishman Speyer, Mr. Popper served as an acquisition executive at the Witkoff Group from 1993 to 1999 and at Reichman International from 1991 to 1993, both in New York City. In addition to his real estate activities, Mr. Popper is a member of Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers and serves on the executive board of directors for the New York City/Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Mr. Popper received a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College.
Adam Sultan is the President of Duke Properties. His responsibilities include oversight of the execution of Duke’s acquisitions and property strategies, management, investor relations, business planning, finance and company operations. Adam is a business executive, attorney and real estate investor and entrepreneur. In the past five years, he has served as the managing principal of over 40 real estate partnerships for the acquisition of multifamily and mixed-use properties in NY and NJ. From 2005-2014, Adam served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Majesco Entertainment Company, a publicly traded entertainment publisher. Adam received his law degree from Fordham University and completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers University. He has also completed a Mini-MBA at the Rutgers Business School. He serves on the Board of Directors of Barkai Yeshivah, a private school in Brooklyn, NY.
Ari M. Shalam is founder and Managing Partner of RWN Real Estate Partners, LLC, a NYC based middle market real estate private equity investment platform. RWN targets direct and controlled, joint venture investment opportunities and focuses on most value-add property types in New York City and Miami. Since June, 2011, RWN has acquired nearly $700mm of real estate with nearly $300mm of total invested equity.
From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Shalam was the President of Enterprise Asset Management, Inc. a real estate centric multi-family office and from 2003 to 2009, he was a Senior Partner and Director of Acquisitions of Taconic Investment Partners, a fully integrated real estate investment and development company. Previously, he was the Director of Acquisitions for the Kaufman Organization. Throughout his real estate career, Mr. Shalam has led nearly $2 Billion in real estate investments, primarily in New York City.
Mr. Shalam is a member of the board of directors Voxx International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), a member of the board of the Good+ Foundation and an advisory board member of the Institute of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shalam is a frequent visiting lecturer of real estate entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a former trustee of the Trinity School in New York City.
Mr. Shalam received his BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania cum laude and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Shalam lives in New York City with his wife and four children.
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.
With more than 25 years of opportunistic real estate investment experience, Mr. Daniel Neidich is one of the pioneers who helped define and develop this market. He has built and led investment teams managing institutional real estate private equity funds beginning with the first Goldman Sachs Whitehall fund in 1991.
Prior to founding Dune in 2004, Mr. Neidich spent 25 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a member of the firm's Management Committee, Vice Chairman's Council, co-head of the Merchant Banking Division and Chairman of the Whitehall Investment Committee. In these roles, Mr. Neidich managed teams of professionals, fostered talent and developed a successful institutional culture in a dynamic investing market. Mr. Neidich joined Goldman Sachs in 1978 in the Real Estate Banking Department, where he worked on a broad range of investment banking activities for Goldman Sachs' corporate and real estate clients. In 1984, Mr. Neidich became a partner of Goldman Sachs and, in 1990, he became head of Goldman Sachs' Real Estate Department. In 1992, Mr. Neidich formed the Real Estate Principal Investment Area, in 1998 he became co-head of the Merchant Banking Division, in 1999 he joined the firm's Management Committee and in 2000 he joined the firm's Vice Chairman's Council.
In 1991, under Mr. Neidich's direction, Goldman Sachs raised the first Whitehall fund to invest in real estate opportunities. Under his leadership, the Whitehall Funds raised over $12 billion of total equity and purchased over $50 billion of real estate interests worldwide.
Mr. Neidich has held leadership positions in industry organizations for decades. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a multidisciplinary real estate forum that facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers. He is the former Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University and a member of Columbia Business School's MBA Real Estate Program Advisory Board. Mr. Neidich is a former Chairman of the Real Estate Roundtable and a former Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers as well as a former member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, the International Advisory Board of Eurohypo AG and the Board of Directors of General American Investors Company, Inc. Through leadership roles and involvement with these industry organizations, Mr. Neidich has developed a network of key relationships with leading global institutions and other market participants that spans the real estate capital markets and property markets across multiple geographies.
Mr. Neidich serves on the boards of Prep for Prep (where he is a member of the Executive Committee), The Child Mind Institute (where he is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee) and the Trust for Governors Island. He is a former member of The Hotchkiss School's Investment Committee, the Board of Governors of The Nature Conservancy and the Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Neidich received an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1974 and a B.A. from Yale University in 1972.
As Executive Vice President and head of acquisitions at The Naftali Group, David oversees the company’s acquisitions group and is responsible for the sourcing, structuring and execution of the firm’s investments.
Previously, David was Director of Acquisitions at RFR Holding, where he was instrumental in executing more than $2.5 billion of property acquisitions and credit investments encompassing over 3.5 million square feet of assets across the office, residential, retail and hotel sectors. Prior to RFR David worked at The City Investment Fund, a real estate private equity fund, where he was responsible for underwriting and executing the fund’s acquisitions. David began his career at The Lightstone Group as a financial analyst supporting the firm’s nationwide property and credit investments.
David graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Philosophy, and completed an MBA at Columbia Business School and an M.S. in Real Estate from New York University.
David Shorenstein is a co-founder and principal of Silvershore Properties, a New York-based company that acquires, repositions and develops multifamily rentals and mixed-use properties in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.
Shorenstein was a former broker before he started the company in 2009 with Jason Silverstein.
Today Silvershore Properties owns 99 apartment buildings valued at about $400 million – with 85% of them, located in Brooklyn.
While Silvershore often buys, repositions and then sells properties, they hold on to many properties with significant upside potential. Most of the buildings they buy are priced at $25 million or under. They raise their own capital that comes from a small pool of investors, including high-net-worth individuals and at least one group of foreign investors.
Shorenstein handles the financing and management, while Silverstein is responsible for acquisitions of residential rental and mixed-use buildings. The firm, which has about 30 employees, is based in NoMad at 38 East 29th Street.
He is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a bachelor of science degree in finance.
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.
Etan Slomovic is the Managing Director of Acquisitions at Castellan Real Estate Partners. In this position, he is leading Castellan’s efforts to acquire value-add multifamily and retail properties in New York City and the surrounding areas, with a particular focus on assets and locations that have substantial growth potential. To date at Castellan, he has completed over 100 transactions in aggregate of over $750MM and currently oversees a team responsible for the sourcing, underwriting and execution of investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Castellan, Slomovic worked at Antheus Capital, a real estate private equity firm that has invested in over $1B of real estate across the United States. In that role, he evaluated and acquired multifamily, mixed-use and developmental properties.
Mr. Slomovic is a Professor at NYU’s Schack Real Estate Institute. He teaches Real Estate Financial Modeling and Finance and Investment Analysis.
Mr. Slomovic graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Yeshiva University.
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.
Jason Muss joined Muss Development, LLC (“MDL”) in 1996 and is Principal in charge of development, construction and acquisitions for the company. He is involved in all aspects of real estate development for MDL, including existing, under construction and planned projects.
Mr. Muss has overseen the development of 21 residential buildings in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan including Oceana Condominium and Club, a 1.6 million sf, 927-unit condominium project. Muss’s most recent project, 1 Brooklyn Bay, a 30 story luxury tower in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, is currently under construction with sales underway. He also completed the development of a 100,000 sf rental building with a retail component in Manhattan, 35,000 sf of retail redevelopment in Downtown Brooklyn, the redevelopment of a 200,000 sf office building in Queens and the acquisition of two office buildings totaling over 200,000 square feet in Manhattan, retenanting over 30,000 sf of retail in those two properties. Recently, Muss negotiated the acquisition of 6 properties (4 in Manhattan and 2 in Brooklyn), including 180 Franklin Avenue in Clinton Hill, a 118 unit luxury rental building that is fully leased. Mr. Muss oversees a five million sf, multi-building commercial and retail portfolio for MDL and its affiliates, and has also overseen the development of over 1 million sf of retail property.
Mr. Muss graduated from Yeshiva University in 1993 and received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 1996. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and is the vice chair of AIPAC’s NY Real Estate Division, and serves as a national board member at AIPAC.
In addition, Mr. Muss has served as a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. There, he was involved in planning council events and working with other religious groups on tolerance education initiatives and last year received their “Generation to Generation” award at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Dinner. Mr. Muss also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University School of Law.
Mr. Simpson oversees Greystone’s real estate development team and projects. He is responsible for sourcing and structuring new acquisitions and joint ventures, while also managing the capitalization, entitlements, design, construction and sale & leasing of the properties. Additionally, Jeff sources debt and equity for opportunistic real estate transactions.
Prior to joining Greystone, Jeff was an integral member of the Equity Office Properties team. He held a significant role in the repositioning of their iconic New York City office building portfolio. Prior to EOP, he oversaw over $100M of redevelopment projects in various sectors for Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services team. Throughout his career, Jeff has held roles in real estate investment, construction, and engineering, and has managed the major redevelopment and repositioning of property in all sectors of commercial real estate.
Jeff holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Delaware, as well as a M.S. in Real Estate Development and an Advanced Degree in Finance, both from NYU’s Schack Institute.
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.
Joe McMillan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DDG, an integrated investment, development, design, construction and asset management firm focused on the acquisition and development of real estate and underlying equity, debt or hybrid securities. DDG has a significant focus on incorporating design and the arts in its projects.
Since founding the firm in 2009, DDG has become one of the most active developers in New York City. Under McMillan’s guidance the company has expanded its luxury real estate portfolio to California and Florida.
McMillan’s development portfolio of mixed-use retail, residential and community facility projects in Manhattan include 100 Franklin Street in TriBeCa, 325 West Broadway in SoHo, and 180 East 88th Street on the Upper East Side; and residential projects include 12 Warren Street in TriBeCa, 25 Wooster Street in SoHo, 41 Bond Street in NoHo, 345meatpacking (345 West 14thStreet) in the Meatpacking District and 532 West 20th Street in West Chelsea. In Brooklyn, the firm is converting a multi-family apartment building to luxury condominiums at The Standish in Brooklyn Heights.
In San Francisco, DDG’s portfolio of mixed-use projects with residential, retail and parking include 8 Octavia Boulevard, 400 Grove Street and 450 Hayes Street in Hayes Valley; and multi-family and retail mixed-use projects include Parcel T in Hayes Valley and 235 Valencia Street in the Mission.
In addition to developments in New York and California, DDG is developing luxury condominiums at 3550 South Ocean Boulevard in South Palm Beach, the first new oceanfront luxury condominium on Palm Beach island in a dozen years.
Prior to founding DDG, McMillan was a senior member of the U.S. private equity investment team at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, an institutional alternative asset management firm with over $32 billion of assets under management. He was also a principal at Greenhill & Co. and a founding member of Greenhill Capital Partners investment team managing $1.1 billion of equity capital.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, he holds a B.S. in Commerce, Concentration in Finance. McMillan also served in the U.S. Army.
John is founding principal of CetraRuddy, the global design and architecture firm specializing in new construction and adaptive reuse of education, cultural, multifamily and urban mixed-use buildings, as well as planning and urban design. He cofounded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that “architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit.” Through his practice, John has experienced the interrelationship of architecture, urban design and planning. He has a sophisticated understanding of program, zoning, and complex problem solving, informing his approach on projects ranging from new construction to conversions. He is a recognized industry leader in tall building technology, historic buildings and analytic site development. John holds a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. In 2015, he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.
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.
Jordan E. Slone is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HGI, a diversified real estate investment and financial services company with offices in the United States and Israel. HGI's property portfolio of Class A buildings, urban retail properties and apartment complexes exceeds $5.2 billion.
Prior to forming HGI in 1985, he was co-founder and Vice President of International Spring Corporation, a Portsmouth, Virginia, manufacturer of inner box springs for the mattress industry. In 1986, the Slone family sold International Spring to Leggett and Platt, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. In addition, he is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council Board.
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 A. Farkas is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Metropolitan Realty Associates LLC ("MRA"). With over 25 years as a national leader in the real estate industry, Joseph has a broad range of banking, financial, legal, political, brokerage, construction and management contacts to effectively acquire, develop, reconstruct, lease and manage commercial and residential property on a local and national basis.
Prior to MRA, Mr. Farkas was an active participant in the New York City real estate market where he was responsible for the leasing and management of over 10 million square feet of office space, including 1500 Broadway, 485 Fifth Avenue, 2 Rector Street, 50 Broadway, 360 Lexington Avenue, 25 Broad Street, 850 Third Avenue, 100 Gold Street and 2 Broadway.
Utilizing this broad background and professional experience Metropolitan Realty Associates LLC has purchased commercial real estate throughout the country with an estimated current valuation of over $350 million and 1,500,000 square feet.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Mr. Farkas resides in Garden City, New York with his wife and two daughters.
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.
Kent Swig is a President of Swig Equities, LLC, a privately owned real estate investment and development company. Mr. Swig’s responsibilities include setting the strategic direction of the company, overseeing acquisitions, development and managing the day to day operations of the firm.
Since 2001, Swig Equities has purchased and/or is in the process of developing more than $3 billion of properties, including holdings in Downtown Manhattan’s Financial District (FiDi). This neighborhood comprises the following office buildings: 110 William Street; 80 Broad Street; 90 Broad Street; 44 Wall Street; 48 Wall Street; 5 Hanover Square; 770 Lexington Avenue among others. Swig Equities residential investments include The Sheffield, 322 West 57th Street, a 58-story mixed-use building consisting of 582 residential units, 109,000 square feet of commercial office, 8,840 square feet of retail, and a 372-car parking garage; 58 apartments within the 198 unit residential building located at 401 East 89th Street and others.
Kent Swig’s other titles and holdings include:
- Owner and Co-Chairman of Terra Holdings, LLC, the leading Company in luxury residential real estate sales, rentals and property management in New York City, as well as a leader in commercial property services, appraisals, consulting and insurance. Terra Holdings, LLC, is the parent company of Brown Harris Stevens, Halstead Property, as well as Vanderbilt Holdings.
- Owner and President of Helmsley Spear, LLC, commercial real estate firm, focusing on asset and property management, investment sales third party office and retail leasing, as well as capital advisory services.
- Owner of Falcon Pacific Construction, LLC, a company focusing on construction, renovation and repositioning of projects;
Principal in the Swig Company, a family-owned real estate and hotel company, located in San Francisco.
- Kent Swig holds Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chinese History from Brown University. After earning his degree, Kent attended Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, where he was selected for the Law Review.
- Mr. Swig resides in Manhattan with his two sons. Read more information about Mr. Swig’s social contributions and see Kent’s LinkedIn profile.
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.
Matthew M. Baron is the President of Simon Baron Development. Since 2005, when Mr. Baron joined forces with Jonathan Simon, their company has grown from one employee and a few hundred million of assets to over $1.5 billion of assets and 14 professionals.
Mr. Baron currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Long Island City BID, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ollie, which is a company he and Mr. Simon helped found. Mr. Baron was also an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies where he taught a course on Real Estate Development.
Mr. Baron holds a BS in Finance from NYU Stern and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
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.
Michael K. Shah founded Delshah Capital in 2006. Mr. Shah oversees all aspects of company operations including acquisitions, legal strategy, asset management and property management. Utilizing his legal expertise, he personally directs the course of action though many of the complex investments in which Delshah participates. Through the refinancing and recapitalization of his family’s Park Hill apartment complex, he was able to generate proceeds in excess of $20 million, creating the seed investment for Delshah Capital.
Prior to establishing Delshah, Mr. Shah was an attorney in the mergers and acquisitions group at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York City. Mr. Shah specialized in complex deal structuring, negotiations, and bankruptcies. His work included Ameren’s $2.3 billion purchase of Illinois Power and Lazard LTD’S $4.5 billion initial public offering in addition to several other high profile transactions.
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.
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.
Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, R. Donahue Peebles is Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few national privately held real estate investment and development companies with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of projects in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Miami Beach.
In addition to his role as CEO of The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Peebles is a top-selling author (The Peebles Principles and The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth), a regular guest on CNN, CNBC and FOX, and a highly sought-after speaker who has addressed educational, business and professional audiences across the United States.
Mr. Peebles is an avid supporter of mentoring to expose youth to the value of entrepreneurship, as well as an active political supporter and fundraiser for local, state and federal campaigns of both major parties. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus, serves on the Board of Directors of YMCA of Greater New York and Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez’s Business Roundtable, served on the National Finance Committee of President Barack Obama, and is former Chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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.
Samuel Kooris co-founded Alchemy Ventures, an affiliate of Alchemy Properties, in 2014 and oversees its acquisitions, financing, asset management, investor relations, construction management, budgeting and office operations. Alchemy Ventures has been directly responsible for the acquisition, financing and repositioning of over 15 buildings in Brooklyn, NY within the last two years. The portfolio is valued in excess of $100,000,000.
Prior to founding Alchemy Ventures, Sam worked at Rosewood Realty Group. At Rosewood, he was directly involved with brokering over $125,000,000 of multifamily and mixed-use real estate over a five year period. By valuing and analyzing properties, completing many transactions with different buyers and sellers, and learning the boroughs, Sam’s experience is multi-faceted, which has enabled the success of Alchemy Ventures to date.
Sam graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a finance degree and holds his NYS Brokers License. Sam has completed NYU continuing education courses and is involved in RSA, CHIP, UJA and YJP.
Solomon Kinraich is a founding and managing partner at MLK Real Estate Capital. MLK Real Estate Capital is a privately held, boutique commercial real estate investment banking and advisory firm headquartered in NYC. MLK provides Structured Finance and Strategic Advisory services to commercial real estate client sponsors and operators. MLK leverages its extensive capital network to facilitate Equity Placement and Debt Placement for commercial real estate transactions on behalf of its real estate client sponsors.
Solomon Kinraich has arranged and advised on over $1B in real estate financing transactions on behalf of the firms clients. Financing real estate transactions nationally in top 40 cities across the U.S.& across multiple asset classes including multi family residential, office, retail, mix use development, hospitality, industrial & self storage properties. The firm in the current cycle has placed an emphasis and focus on arranging bridge financing for transitionary properties & arranging recapitalizations via the introduction of LP's to recap existing partners.
Prior to MLK Real Estate Capital, Mr. Kinraich spent over a decade on Wall Street as a portfolio manager and Financial Advisor. Mr. Kinraich founded PTG Capital, an equity trading firm with over 70 traders in five branch offices. He hired, trained and supervised the firm’s traders and established the Trading, Marketing, Education, and Human Resources divisions. Mr. Kinraich was responsible for the firm’s success as a quant trading firm and was one of the early pioneers on Wall Street to create an automated high frequency, algorithmic trading firm by the hiring and managing of software developers and programmers to build out the firm’s HFT Quant division.
Stephen Kliegerman was appointed President Terra Development Marketing in 2011. As President, Stephen leads all aspects of development sales and marketing including oversight of both Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing (BHSDM) and Halstead Property Development Marketing (HPDM).
Since 2000, Stephen has been a member of the senior executive team at Terra Holdings - one of America's largest privately-held real estate services companies -holding several key leadership positions with increasing responsibility. After founding HPDM in 2003, he was appointed President, HPDM, in 2010. Following an established record of growth, Stephen was tapped in 2013 to additionally oversee Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing as President.
Stephen has strengthened both BHSDM and HPDM - focusing on unparalleled customer service, creative marketing and the establishment of a record-setting sales teams. He has overseen more than $15 billion in sales, representing over 10,000 units in the New York City area. He has also spearheaded some of the fastest-selling developments with the industry’s most prominent developers and been lauded for achieving record-setting prices.
With more than 30 years of experience in New York real estate, Stephen is recognized as a trailblazer in the brokerage community, known for cultivating genuine partnership, integrity and tenured market knowledge. He is widely quoted in globally recognized media as a market authority including; The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Crain's New York Business, among others.
Under his leadership, prominent developers such as Toll Brothers City Living, SJP Properties, Savanna, Adam America, The Stahl Organization, L+M Development Partners and The Gotham Organization, have sought HPDM and BHSDM for their adroit understanding of all stages of the development marketing process - from pre-development planning to turnaround strategies.
A graduate of The George Washington University, Stephen serves on the Board of Directors for the school’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis. He is the 2012 recipient of The Real Estate Board of New York’s Henry Forster Award for lifetime achievement and currently serves as Co-Chair of the New Development Committee. He has also completed five terms on the Residential Ethics Committee, twice as Co-Chairman and four terms as Chairman of the Downtown Committee.
A Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1989, Stephen previously owned and operated his own real estate brokerage, management and consulting firm, Herbert H. Kliegerman Associates, Inc. In 1998, the firm, which specialized in the management, sale and leasing of co-ops, condos, and lofts in Downtown Manhattan, merged with Halstead Property.
Stephen is a triathlete as well as an avid skier, tennis player and cyclist. He lives in Bronxville, NY with his wife, Allie, and two teenage children.
Mr. Kore is a Founding Principal at Avenue Realty Capital (ARC), an investment fund focused on providing equity for middle market multifamily properties in NY, NJ & CT.
Prior to forming ARC, Mr. Kore served as Senior Vice President of Investments for the NY Tristate area at Phoenix Realty Group, an institutional private equity real estate fund manager in New York City that manages more than $1.35 billion in assets and nearly 10,000 apartment units across the U.S. Mr. Kore was responsible for the origination, acquisitions and joint venture structuring of urban and suburban residential investments.
Previously, Mr. Kore was responsible for acquisitions and development at Colgate Development, a prominent mixed use development company, where he led site evaluation, acquisition and the initial design phase of residential, hotel and mixed use projects.
Additionally, Mr. Kore served as Manager at Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Private Equity group in the New York office.
Mr. Kore earned his Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Finance from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from Baruch College at the City University of New York. Further, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State.
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
Alexander J. Szikla is the Senior Acquisitions Associate at Newcastle Realty Services where he works alongside the firm’s President to spearhead the growth of the firm’s broadening national footprint and the firm’s expansion into the student housing sector.
Prior to working at Newcastle, Alexander worked at FBR Capital Markets & Co. in their Investment Banking Division where he participating in over $5 billion of transaction volume including IPOs and M&A engagements across Real Estate, Healthcare and Equity-Linked Capital Markets. He holds a degree in Finance and International Management from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Alexander also serves on the UJA’s Real Estate Executives (REX) NEXT committee.
Alon lives and breathes Kent Services. He grew up in the business and, worked his way up through the company, following the example of his parents, Orly and Shlomy Alexander and his uncle, Gil Neuman. Alon began working at Kent at the age of 16, digging trenches and running wires for security systems. He’s learned every aspect of the business hands-on and over the years has expanded Kent’s reach from South Florida to New York, DC, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.
Alon is an entrepreneur and his spirit plays a vital role in bringing our customers new and improved services. In fact, during the summer of 2009, right before starting law school, Alon opened the New York office of Kent Services. Today, that office proudly boasts more than 600 associates and serves some of the premier names in Manhattan real estate, including Stellar Management, Douglaston Development, JDS and Fortis Property Group . Alon also spearheaded Kent’s expansion into janitorial and maintenance services, which have become their fastest-growing business areas.
Alon graduated from the University of Maryland is 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in May of 2012.
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).
David E. Ash founded Prince Realty Advisors, LLC in 2010. David is a graduate of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and before opening his own real estate investment firm, David was an Office & Retail Leasing Specialist for The Kaufman Organization, an established real estate ownership group, where he was the company's top producer each of his 4 years of employment generating hundreds of million in leasing revenue. David opened Prince Realty Advisors at a time when the Real Estate and financial markets were in turmoil. During that time David cultivated and aggressively pushed forward a distinct business model, acting as a “matchmaker” for clients to acquire, sell, and transact on commercial real estate assets. His straight-forward approach has produced in excess of $2.7 Billion in sales transactions since inception on many large institutional assets rivaling some of the perennial top firms in the industry.
David's client base includes such companies as Equity Residential, EXTELL Development Company, Kushner Companies, Meadow Partners, HFZ Capital Group, Westbrook Partners, VORNADO realty trust, and Inditex Apparel Group (ZARA U.S.), among others.
David E. Ash received the honor as ONE OF THE TOP TEN POWER BROKERS in New York. David was also Nominated for MOST INGENIOUS DEAL OF THE YEAR award by REBNY (2014 & 2015)
Member: REBNY, ICSC, Power Broker NYC
David Behin joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2016 to spearhead capital markets efforts in Brooklyn and serves as an executive managing director. Over the course of his career, Mr. Behin has been involved in real estate transactions valued in excess of $4 billion throughout the Tri-State Area. Prior to NKF, Mr. Behin was a partner with MNS, one of New York City's premier full-service residential and investment sales brokerage firms. In 2011, he launched the firm's Investment Sales and Advisory Division. With Mr. Behin as president, the division completed more than $500 million worth of transactions, including the sale of development sites, multihousing properties, note sales and equity and debt placements. MNS was created by the 2009 merger of The Real Estate Group and The Developers Group, which Mr. Behin co-founded in 2002. The Developers Group planned and brought to market thousands of condominium and rental apartments in New York City, including more than 1,500 apartments on the Williamsburg waterfront.
Previously, Mr. Behin was a co-founder of a technology and telecommunications company that created software merging the utility of the cellular phone with the ubiquity of the internet. Among his notable achievements, he helped raise $30 million of capital for the company in one year while building it up from two employees to more than 100.
A New York City native, Mr. Behin received his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University. He is a frequent speaker on Brooklyn-related panels and a guest lecturer at New York University's Graduate Real Estate Program as well as at Baruch College. He is also frequently quoted in major publications including The New York Times, Crain's and The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Schechtman joined Meridian Investment Sales in April 2015 as a Senior Managing Director, overseeing a team of originators, analysts and other professionals. Mr. Schechtman is widely recognized as one of the most active and respected investment sales brokers in New York City, where he executes transactions throughout the City and across all asset classes, including multifamily, retail, office, industrial as well as land and conversions.
While Mr. Schechtman routinely sells stabilized properties, he is acclaimed for his ability to work through complex transactions and recognize hidden value in various asset classes. A former bankruptcy litigator, he regularly is retained by major institutions to value and market senior, secured first mortgages. Over his career, Mr. Schechtman has completed more than $5.4 billion in real estate sales transactions. In 2015 alone, Mr. Schechtman completed more than 38 transactions totaling over $1 billion in proceeds. Prior to joining Meridian, he held the position of Principal and Executive Managing Director at Eastern Consolidated, where he was named “Broker of the Year” on multiple occasions.
Prior to Eastern, Mr. Schechtman was a practicing attorney at DLA Piper in New York, where he specialized in commercial and property-related bankruptcy and litigation. Mr. Schechtman has been publicly recognized by The Real Deal as a “Titan”; on two occasions as among the “25 Most Visible New York City Real Estate Players Post Credit-Crunch” by The Commercial Observer in its “Power Broker” rankings; by The Real Deal as one of the “25 Most Visible New York City Real Estate Players Post-Credit Crunch”; and by Real Estate Weekly as one of New York City’s “Rising Stars.”
Mr. Schechtman holds a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and a B.A. from University of Delaware.
Marvin R. Antman, CPA, is a partner in RSM’s New York office and the tax leader of the office’s Real Estate Services Group. He also serves as the Northeast Real Estate Tax Market Circle Leader. With over 30 years of experience with public accounting firms and the Internal Revenue Service, Marvin focuses his practice on real estate opportunity funds and closely held businesses that own all types of real estate plus
other business ventures, including REITs. Marvin’s international experience includes advising foreign companies buying real estate in the United States.
He uses his broad range of tax knowledge to find innovative approaches to tax matters such as deferring income and converting ordinary income into capital gains. Marvin helps client’s structure partnership and limited liability company agreements in connection with the acquisition and disposition of properties and businesses. He advises clients on how to maximize tax benefits by offering various tax strategies, such
as cost segregation and like kind exchanges.
Earlier in his career, Marvin spent eight years with the IRS, during which time he rose to the highest level of agent in record time. His experience with the IRS provides Marvin with insights into both tax compliance matters and IRS procedures, and he has obtained favorable IRS Audit results for clients.
Marvin has taught at the New York University Institute and has been a featured presenter at seminars sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Real Estate Board, as well as McGladrey’s National Tax Meeting. He has spoken at the AICPA’s National Real Estate Conference on the topic, “Tax Planning for Developers and Home Builders.” Most recently Marvin was a
moderator on panels at the NYC Real Estate Deal Makers Summit and at the Hotel Investment Conference, both attended by over four hundred people. He also has been quoted in the media.
Michael Smith is a partner in Herrick's Real Estate Department, one of the largest in New York City.
Mike’s practice currently has an emphasis on development projects in New York City. This includes representing developers throughout the entire life cycle, such as land acquisition and assemblage, development rights transfers, joint ventures, preferred equity investments, construction, mortgage and mezzanine financing; access agreements, easements, restrictive declarations, development agreements and zoning lot development agreements.
Mike also regularly represents lenders and investors on real estate financing transactions, including construction and capital improvement loans. In 2014, Mike was featured in Real Estate Forum’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders,” a list of two dozen professionals age 35 and under that have made a noticeable impact on New York City’s real estate market. Since 2013, Mike has also served as a board member of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association.
Mike is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional, a credential awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council to professionals who have an advanced understanding of green building practices and the LEED Green Building Rating System.
Prior to joining Herrick, Mike was an associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
Mr. Stoler joined the firm in 2009 and is responsible for financial institution syndications and relationship management. Prior to joining Madison, he served as a senior principal at Apollo Real Estate Advisors (AREA), where he focused on originations for acquisitions, development and lending across all of AREA's funds. He is the creator and host of "The Stoler Report-Real Estate Trends" and "Building New York," New York's only television broadcasts featuring real estate and business. Mr. Stoler serves as a columnist and web contributor for The Real Deal Magazine.
Mr. Stoler received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Oved is Chairman of the firm’s Real Estate and Transactional department. He routinely represents, counsels and advises start up and emerging e-commerce businesses as well as well-established private and public corporations in various industries as well as several prominent real estate owners, operators, developers and landlords. He is an accomplished public speaker often providing Continuing Legal Education courses to members of the Bar as well as in house corporate legal departments.
Mr. Oved is a published writer who has had numerous articles published in the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Association Journal as well as Image Magazine. His work has been featured in both Crain’s Magazine as well as Community Magazine.
Mr. Oved was previously associated with the prestigious New York City Law firm of Phillips, Nizer and the boutique entertainment law firm of Franklin Weinrib where he co-authored several legal articles with name partner Michael Rudell, Esq.
Mr. Oved graduated with honors from New York University’s School of Business as well as Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he served on the renowned Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Mr. Oved also clerked for federal Judge Robert Ward in the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Oved is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies as well as being active in the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Oved is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York as well as the State Courts of New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Oved serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Rabbinical College of America and as a Faculty Member of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law, and serves as legal counsel to the Young Jewish Professionals (YJP).
His favorite saying: It’s nice to be important – but more important to be nice.
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.
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