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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 fund-raising, structuring JV partnerships, sourcing and acquiring real property and debt. To date, Adam has participated in transactions totaling approximately over five million square feet of commercial properties, as well as thousands of residential units, hotels and new development land with over 3000 unites 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, and ecommerce company. Adam sits on the Board of Directors for NYPEN Real Estate and has guest lectured at the graduate schools of NYU and Columbia.
Avi Lebor is the Director of Acquisitions for Kushner. He has been in the real estate industry for almost 50 years. Over the span of his career, he has served as a mortgage broker, mortgage banker, real estate lender, property owner, and developer.
Avi has held his position at Kushner for 10 years. During his tenure, the company has been involved in billions of dollars of transactions across 5 states and all verticals.
After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1984, Berndt joined Greenwich Associates, a financial service consulting firm, as an Associate. He became Managing Director in 1993 and built up the firm’s European business. Berndt was instrumental in developing Greenwich Associates from a modestly sized U.S. firm to one of the leading global research/consulting firms for professional financial services. After leaving Greenwich Associates, he founded APF Properties with Kenneth Aschendorf. In addition to his MBA from Harvard University, Berndt received a BS from Duke University and has obtained a CPA.
Bruce S. 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 1992. Mr. Brickman has over 31 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.
Christopher V. Albanese is President of the Albanese Organization, a full-service real estate development and management firm with over 65 years of experience in residential, commercial office, educational and institutional real estate. The company has built and/or renovated over five million square feet of real estate in the New York metropolitan area and has approximately 45 employees. Notable projects include 512 West 22nd Street, a 180,000 square foot, Class A commercial office building currently under development in West Chelsea on the High Line; and the recently completed 140,000 square foot, 293-room Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel on West 37th Street off 8th Avenue. The company is also currently serving as development manager for 50 West Street, a $300+ million, 500,000 square foot, luxury residential condominium tower in lower Manhattan. Mr. Albanese received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a member of and published in the St. John's Law Review. Mr. Albanese is a Board Member of both the Center for Hearing and Communication and New Ground, Inc. He has been an invited speaker at numerous professional real estate forums to discuss real estate development and financing.
Craig Deitelzweig is the President and CEO of Marx Realty and Merchants National Properties, which owns and operates 68 commercial properties in 16 states. Mr. Deitelzweig is a recognized leader in redevelopments and ground up developments of office, retail and residential properties in New York, D.C., and Atlanta. Several of his projects have won best real estate development awards. Mr. Deitelzweig has 20 years of experience at various real estate companies and private equity firms, and began his career as a real estate attorney at Skadden Arps in New York.
Dana Roffman joined Angelo Gordon's real estate group in 1994. Dana has extensive experience with repositioning real estate assets and oversees Angelo Gordon's assets in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Previously, Dana worked in the Real Estate Services Group of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Washington, DC, where she performed appraisals and portfolio valuations throughout the United States for financing, acquisition, and management purposes. Dana holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and an M.B.A. degree from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
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.
Edward Nwokedi heads up Cushman & Wakefield's Houston Multifamily Advisory Group. He brings 23 years experience of entrepreneurial, leadership, negotiation and technological skills to the team. Mr. Nwokedi focuses on assisting clients with the acquisition and disposition of Class A, B and C multi-family properties, as well as sourcing sites for new development. Mr. Nwokedi began his real estate career in 2003 and has proven to be a Houston market leader by consummating more than $2.7 billion in multi-family sales. Mr. Nwokedi was awarded the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 Houston Business Journal Heavy Hitter Award. In 2012, Mr. Nwokedi reached the Top 5 production level for Cushman & Wakefield, Houston office and has remained Top 10 producer through 2014.
Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Nwokedi acquired several private companies in Automotive Industry where he grew sales 10x and then sold to start an e-commerce logistics technology company also in automotive which raised over $95M from leading venture capital groups like Light Speed and NEA. Mr. Nwokedi and management team grew to 210 employees and exited to a fortune 500 company in 2001.
Mr. Nwokedi received his M.B.A. from St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, California, and his B.S. in Accounting and Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Elie Rieder is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Lanterra Properties. An active real estate investor, owner and manager since 1998, Mr. Rieder has been directly involved in acquiring in excess of 15,000 multifamily units and has invested across the real estate spectrum including in residential, office, hospitality, retail and parking.
Mr. Rieder specializes in the acquisition and modernization of underperforming multifamily properties in strategic growth markets throughout the United States. Central to the mission of Castle Lanterra is the preservation of workforce housing communities, which continue to diminish in supply. By leveraging its deep in-house operating platform, CLP aims to revitalize housing communities with modern, functional amenities, enhanced technology, and vibrant social programs that positively impact our residents and generate attractive risk-adjusted returns for our investment partners.
Mr. Rieder was named to Real Estate Forum's "50 Under 40" list in 2017 and was awarded Manager of the Year in 2017 for Performance, Innovation, and Strategy by Real Estate Finance & Investment. He is also a frequent speaker at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
In his personal life, Mr. Rieder is committed to community service, volunteering his time and energy to numerous charitable organizations and community associations focused on providing food, shelter and education for underprivileged families, both locally and abroad.
Since founding HELLO Living in 2005, Eli has built a cohesive and effective team of professionals, established a network of proprietary relationships with real estate professionals, vendors, institutional lenders, and investors, as well as created a brand that is associated with innovation and class. As CEO and Fund Manager, Eli oversees all aspects of HELLO Living's business operations and creative process. With an instinct for identifying investment opportunities and an innovative approach to pioneering emerging markets, Eli has developed thirteen buildings under the HELLO Living brand, which have achieved some of the highest sales and rental prices in their respective class. Currently, there are another five projects in the pipeline. A self-made successful businessman and investor from a young age, Eli's ventures have included creating a publishing company and investing in FCC licenses for cell towers when he was 21, which he later sold to jumpstart his general contracting company, which he later expanded into HELLO Living. Eli has been honored to speak at various professional conferences, including the 2019 Brooklyn Real Estate Summit and BisNow's 2014 Brooklyn New Development Frontier, amongst other industry leaders. During hiss reception of the Young Jewish Professionals Development and Achievement award, Eli was called, "a quintessential example of entrepreneurial boldness."
Eric founded Margules Properties, Inc. in 1992 to purchase and manage rent-stabilized apartment buildings in New York City. Since then, Margules has led the acquisition of 66 buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Jersey City and Miami Beach. He identifies and analyzes potential investment opportunities, negotiates all acquisitions and arranges the total capitalization of each acquisition through senior debt financing and equity for each LLC syndication. Margules maintains a network of over 200 investors, many of whom have invested in several Margules Properties syndications.
Margules continues his involvement in newly acquired properties by working to reposition the asset where appropriate in order to maximize revenue. His in-house management team is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the existing properties and Margules oversees this process to ensure efficient and reliable maintenance and management to all buildings in the portfolio.
Margules is credited as an early pioneer in neighborhoods that were poised to grow and has done this over again with tremendous success. Neighborhoods such as Manhattan’s Midtown West, East Village, Chelsea and Lower East Side, once considered fringe areas, are now some of the most sought after areas of New York City.
Before founding Margules Properties, Eric Margules worked as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and Kidder Peabody and as a real estate consultant. He holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Computer Science from New York University.
Gabriel B. Shiff serves as Chief Operating Officer of Roseland Residential Trust, a Mack-Cali Company. Mr. Shiff oversees financial analytics for Roseland and Mack-Cali with a focus on capital markets having executed over $3 billion in debt and equity financings since 2007. In addition, Gabe manages Roseland's asset management functions for its operating portfolio, acquisitions and disposition activities, and the platform's banking and investor relationships.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shiff was at Bear, Stearns, & Company's Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging (REGAL) Investment Banking Group. Mr. Shiff received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He currently resides in Englewood, New Jersey with his wife and three children.
Mr. Tenzer is a founding member of Contrarian and the Portfolio Manager of the firm's real estate fund series. Since Contrarian's formation in 1995, Mr. Tenzer has been responsible for sourcing, managing, and coordinating the disposition of the Firm's real estate investments, as well as taking an active role in Contrarian's corporate investments. Mr. Tenzer has chaired and served on several creditor and unofficial bondholder committees. Prior to co-founding Contrarian, from 1993-1995, Mr. Tenzer served as Co-Head of the High-Yield Real Estate Group at Oppenheimer & Co. ("Oppenheimer"), as well as a Senior Analyst at the firm. Prior to Oppenheimer, Mr. Tenzer worked at Arthur G. Cohen and was responsible for the analysis, financing, acquisition, disposition, restructuring, and asset management of a nationwide portfolio of investments in the real estate, lodging, restaurant, aviation, and manufacturing industries. Mr. Tenzer received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a BS in Business Administration cum laude from Georgetown University.
Guy is a real estate software tech entrepreneur with experience in multi-family and Condo/HOA markets, and an M&A advisor to private equity acquirers of property management software vendors. He founded MyBuilding in 2004 and Co-Founded ActiveBuilding in 2008 - both residential portal SaaS applications, which grew from zero to US market leaders - signing up over 1,000 subscribed buildings managed and owned by the largest REITS and management companies in the US and overseas, with over 250,000 apartments.
In 2013, Guy sold both companies to RealPage (NASDAQ: RP), and was then a VP at RealPage from 2013 to 2016 where he ran the world's largest resident portal business.
Guy founded Carson in 2017, the property management application and service for unattended multi-family buildings.
Ian Bruce Eichner, a seasoned developer of urban mixed-use properties, has a proven track record in real estate spanning more than three decades. His vast portfolio of projects in New York, Miami and Las Vegas include City Spire, One Broadway Place, The Manhattan Club, The Royale and Montague Street built in Brooklyn Heights. Outside of New York he has developed the Continuum, a 2-tower gated condominium community in South Beach, and the Cosmopolitan, a 3,000 room resort and casino on the Las Vegas strip.
Mr. Eichner's acute business sense has produced a series of visionary real estate developments that have been characterized by a creative mix of distinctive purpose-built properties. Each of these properties illustrates is extensive real estate expertise and ability to take situations which others may find un-achievable and off-putting, and design and execute solutions which realize value for the developer. Mr. Eichner's notable development achievements that were the first in their class include:
1. First high-rise built in Brooklyn Heights since landmarks height legislation was passed in 1965 (Montague Street, 1998)
2. First urban timeshare in New York, with a new concept of being able to book stays one day at a time (The Manhattan Club, 1996)
2. First and only beachfront gated community in South Beach (The Continuum, 2003-2008)
4. First Development on the Las Vegas strip to employ an urban development model, maximizing a small (8.5 acre) site to its full square footage potential (6 ½ million square feet).
Mr. Eichner's career in real estate follows almost a decade in the criminal justice system, including terms as an assistant District Attorney and program development chief of a gubernatorial agency during Nelson Rockefeller's tenure.
Jason Glick has been actively managing and investing in residential and mixed-use properties in New York City since 2007.
Glick Properties Group, LLC (GPG Properties) was formed in 2018 to serve as the capital activities and asset management arm of Mautner-Glick Corp (Established 1959). As Co-Founder and Managing Member of GPG Properties, Jason oversees investment and asset management activities for the firm. He has been involved in transactions that exceed $500M, and currently oversees an asset management portfolio of assets that exceeds $1B in value.
Prior to forming GPG Properties, Jason served as Vice President of Mautner-Glick Corp where he was responsible for asset management activities and overseeing the team responsible for property and construction management.
Jason graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics; and later graduated from New York University with a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Investment and Finance.
A two-decade veteran of the retail industry, Jeff Mooallem has acquired, developed and operated properties in New York, Miami, Washington, DC, Boston, and California. Prior to establishing Gazit Horizons, he held executive positions at retail REIT's Equity One, Inc. (now part of NYSE: REG) and Federal Realty (NYSE: FRT). Jeff is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers, and is a frequent speaker on issues and trends impacting urban retail real estate.
Jeffrey oversees all operations, creates the strategic vision, and manages all investment decisions at Arch Companies. Given his active investment style, Jeffrey has lead every part of the real estate lifecycle including acquisition, development, financing, marketing, lease-up, operations and dispositions. Jeffrey was previously the Chief Executive Offer at Greystone Development and previously held various positions at Equity Office Properties and Jones Lang LaSalle. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development and an Advanced Degree in Finance, both from New York University's Schack Institute, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Delaware.
As a veteran of the commercial real estate finance market, Joe Hercenberg, joined Walker & Dunlop in March 2017 as part of the Deerwood Real Estate Capital (Deerwood) acquisition. Mr. Hercenberg is responsible for providing financing solutions to commercial real estate developers and owners throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Mr. Hercenberg served as an originator for seven years at Deerwood, where he was involved with the origination, underwriting, and placement of over $10 billion in capital. Mr. Hercenberg specializes in all different types of debt and equity capital for deals throughout the United States, both stabilized and transitional deals. Mr. Hercenberg has closed deals in over 35 states and has a broad understanding of office, hospitality, retail, multifamily, manufactured housing, industrial, data centers, and land.
Mr. Hercenberg graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, with a specialty in finance.
Beyond the company, Mr. Hercenberg is involved with over 50+ charitable non-profit organizations, both financially and through volunteering. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Manhattan Jewish Experience and regularly speaks publicly at schools and events, about his views on philanthropy. In addition, Mr. Hercenberg regularly travels oversees to third world countries, taking families grocery shopping; and is especially passionate about orphans and widows. He has received three awards at New York City Gala Dinners, where he was the honoree: Jewish People’s Choice Awards (from Chabad Manhattan), Community Service Award (from Manhattan Jewish Experience), and Good Heart Award (from Yeshiva of Teaneck).
Joel Bergstein is President of Lincoln Equities Group (LEG) and has been with the organization for over 28 years. After joining the firm as VP of leasing, Bergstein rose through the ranks of LEG to become Executive VP in 1998, spearheading the company's acquisition and development initiatives. He led the company into its current operating partner platform, partnering with domestic and international opportunity, private equity and pension funds. In 2007 he assumed the role of President of LEG. Bergstein heads up LEG’s large scale development platform, orchestrating major residential and industrial land development projects in and around NYC, and is a founding partner and active participant in LEG’s $500M European property investment platform. Joel serves on numerous real estate advisory boards and is a speaker and frequent commentator in real estate trade and business media.
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 and 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.
Midwood was founded in 1925 by John Usdan’s grandfather Samuel Lemberg in Midwood, Brooklyn.
John Usdan’s involvement in Midwood began during his high school years working for his grandfather. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1980, he started working as a full time employee. He became President of Midwood upon the death of his grandfather in 1981. The company at the time had 36 properties and 3 employees. Midwood today owns over 120 properties and has 30 employees.
The company began buying walk-ups in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and Jersey City in the early 1980’s. The focus during that time was on multi-family, industrial, and retail. The company’s investment strategy changed when it became apparent to John Usdan that having the best location in the suburbs was not as important when Wal-Mart and Home Depot moved next door. Consequently, in the 1990’s the company began to concentrate its efforts on acquiring urban real estate in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston.
John Usdan’s philanthropic interests are primarily focused on Education and the Arts. He is a Trustee Emeritus of and currently Chairs the capital campaign for Wesleyan University. He was also Chairman of the Board for seven years of the Brandeis International Business School. He is actively involved serving the following institutions:
- Board President of the Usdan Center
- Board President of Bronx House Jewish Community Center
- Member of the Finance Committee of UJA-Federation
- Trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Mr. Usdan also serves on 2 corporate boards:
- Ascena Retail Group
- Merchants National Properties
Jonathan Schultz has the distinction of having initiated and closed billions of dollars in leasing and commercial real estate sales and acquisitions. Along with CoFounder John Saraceno, he built Onyx Equities into one of the largest, most diversified and active real estate investment, management, and property service organizations. Under Jonathan's leadership, Onyx has grown to provide services that include asset management, construction management, property management, and leasing. Jonathan also led the effort to build Onyx's Receivership/REO Services platform, which now manages millions of square feet across hundreds of properties and is one of the largest platforms of its kind in the tri-state area. Today, his responsibilities include leading investor capital-raising initiatives, strategic planning, portfolio management, business development, and overall investment strategy as an officer of the firm's Investment Committee.
Jonathan is passionately committed to helping the real estate industry grow through the use of technology. Under his leadership, Onyx has embraced innovations that few other real estate companies have adopted. Due to his advanced knowledge and expertise, Jonathan is seen as a thought leader in tech within the real estate sector. He serves on the advisory board of Real Estate Tech News, and is a noted author and public speaker.
Jonathan is a member of the Metro NY chapter of YPO, the premier network of chief executives and business leaders. He is a founding board member of the "Aware of Courage" foundation. In this role, he raised significant funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and is a past recipient of the Humanitarian Award.
Prior to founding Onyx, Jonathan was Founder and President of The Schultz Organization, a leading commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm serving institutions, lenders, private owners, and tenants within the tri-state area.
Jonathan Stein is the Founding Partner of PCD Capital, LLC, the parent company of PCD Development, LLC and Diversified Realty Advisors, LLC. The PCD family of companies self-performs development, construction, property management and leasing operations for its own account. PCD’s pipeline of development includes approximately 5,000 units of housing and 500,000 square feet of retail. Many of PCD’s developments are master-planned, mixed-use communities, including the development of the former General Motors automobile assembly plant in Sleepy Hollow, New York planned for 1,127 units and 135,000 square feet of retail space, the redevelopment of the Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY planned for up to 750 residential units and 350,000 square feet of retail, and the redevelopment of the Lower Broadway Arts corridor in Long Branch, NJ, planned for 590 residential units and 99,500 sq ft retail. PCD builds approximately 1,000 units per year in the New York metropolitan area. Prior to forming PCD, Mr. Stein was an Operating Partner at Roseland Property Company for 14 years where he worked on notable developments such as Port Imperial on New Jersey's Gold Coast. Jon holds a BA Degree from Rutgers University and a JD from Rutgers School of Law.
Joseph A. Farkas is Founder and CEO of Metropolitan Realty Associates “MRA” a privately held real estate investment and development firm established 18 years ago specializing in value investment real estate strategies throughout Manhattan, the outer boroughs and select suburban markets in the NY Metropolitan area. Primary focus is placed on commercial, retail, and industrial property types. With over 31 years of hands on real estate investment, finance and development expertise, Farkas has successfully guided MRA’s investment in over $1 Billion of assets on behalf of its institutional investors. On realized transactions to date from inception, MRA has delivered a weighted average 26.7% levered IRR and 1.7 equity multiple.
Joseph is a guest on The Stoler Report, he is an active panelist on a wide range of real estate events, and is frequently quoted in all New York Metropolitan real estate trade publications. He resides in Garden City with his wife Michelle and two daughters and is an avid golfer, skier and swimmer. He started his career in 1987 at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Managing Principal of The Jemstone Group, LLC since 2007. Joseph Jemal has over ten years of extensive experience in real estate in the New York metro market. In 2007, Joseph received a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. During his precollege, college and graduate school years, Joseph was involved in all aspects of the business operations and management of ISJ Management Corp., a well-established New York-based, real estate business owned by the Jemal family with a large portfolio consisting of residential and commercial real estate, including shopping centers, strip malls, office buildings, condominium developments and residential apartments. As the principals of The Jemstone Group, LLC, Joseph and his brother Samuel have historically focused on the management, investment, acquisition, repositioning and development of real estate, with a concentration on suburban shopping centers.
Kent M. Swig is an owner of several real estate operating companies as well as commercial and residential real estate properties throughout the United States. His holdings and titles include the following:
Mr. Swig is President of Swig Equities, LLC, an investment and development firm focusing on the acquisition and development of real estate in New York City and California. Since 2001, Swig Equities has purchased and developed in excess of $3 billion of properties including holdings in Downtown Manhattan’s FiDi (Financial District) neighborhood comprising of 110 William Street, a 910,000 square foot office building; 80 Broad Street, a 440,000 square foot office building; 90 Broad Street, a 400,000 square foot office building; 44 Wall Street, a 350,000 square foot office building; 48 Wall Street, a 324,000 square foot office building; 5 Hanover Square, a 335,000 square foot office building; 770 Lexington Avenue, a 175,000 square foot commercial office building located in Midtown Manhattan, among others. Swig Equities residential investments include The Sheffield, 322 West 57th Street, a 58‐story mixed‐use building comprising 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; among others.
Terra Holdings, LLC
Mr. Swig is an Owner and Co‐Chairman of Terra Holdings, LLC, the largest privately owned real estate service company in the United States that owns and operates several residential real estate service firms including Brown Harris Stevens, one of the oldest and largest residential real estate service providers operating in New York City, the Hamptons, North Fork, Palm Beach, and Miami; Halstead Property Company, a residential brokerage and management company comprised of more than 1,000 brokers in 32 offices throughout the New York Metropolitan Area; and Vanderbilt Holdings, a service firm with disciplines in appraisal and consulting and insurance. The combination of Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead Property Company annually sell more than $9 billion of apartments and townhouses, and the company’s management divisions manage over 450 buildings comprising more than 30,000 residential units.
Helmsley Spear, LLC
Mr. Swig is the Owner and serves as President of Helmsley Spear, LLC, which was founded in 1866 and is America’s oldest, continuously operating real estate company. The firm provides commercial real estate services focusing on third party office and retail leasing, asset and property management, investment sales, hotel services, and capital advisory services.
Falcon Pacific Construction, LLC
Mr. Swig is also an Owner and President of Falcon Pacific Construction, LLC and Falcon Pacific Builders, LLC which are a New York City based construction company infused with an ownership understanding and approach to its construction projects. The two divisions are focused interior renovations and ground up and building wide construction throughout the Tri‐State area surrounding New York City. The company’s successful track record is built on its ability to build positive working relations with architects, engineers, local officials and vendors to achieve client’s goals.
Fulcrum Equities, LLC
Mr. Swig serves as President of Fulcrum Equities, LLC a single family Office (“SFO”) that coordinates Mr. Swig’s family business and interests, and is an investor in real estate, operating companies, and may other types of investments. Working both with Mr. Swig’s capital and those of other investors, Fulcrum Equities brings an “owner’s eye and perspective” to its investment practices. In addition, Fulcrum Equities provides such services as asset management and investment monitoring for all if its investment portfolio.
The Swig Company
Finally, Mr. Swig is an Owner and Principal of The Swig Company, a family‐owned real estate and hotel company based in San Francisco and New York that was founded in 1936. The Swig Company's portfolio includes over 10 million square feet of prime commercial office space throughout the United States as well as having founded, owned and managed the Fairmont Hotels, which the company started in 1946. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese History from Brown University, Providence, R.I., Mr. Swig attended Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, where he was selected for the Law Review.
Marc Shore is the President of Shore Assets which was formed in 1986 along with his brother William. Shore Assets has been actively involved in the acquisition, development, redevelopment, financing, management, and leasing of real estate in New York City. The portfolio ranges from 5 story walk up buildings to 42 story high rise buildings. Overall portfolio levels and property involvement include over 500 residential units, 10 commercial units, over 15 properties with values in excess of $750 Million. Marc has maintained a hands on approach to all facets of the company leading to a commitment to detail and a high level of quality.
Prior to forming Shore Assets, Mr. Shore was a Vice President at MJ Raynes and a Chemical Bank. Mr. Shore graduated from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in New York City.
Ms. Streicker Porres founded Newcastle Realty Services in 2004 and serves as its CEO & President. She specializes in turnarounds of multi-family New York City Based portfolios and assets, with associated commercial and retail units. During her career, she has been responsible for the asset repositioning of over 100 NYC properties and over 1B in RE. She has approximately $500 AUM. In 2017 she launched the Plato Student Platform LP, to acquire and reposition student housing properties nationwide.
Margaret is a mother to four children and, in what is left of her spare time, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University sits as a trustee for the Jewish Museum of NY, and is very active in YPO (Young President's Organization).
Mark J. Gordon has almost 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and is widely regarded as an expert in the hospitality industry. During his career, he has been involved in all aspects of the business including development, acquisitions, renovation, design, asset management, financing, sales and advisory.
Mark recently co-founded Intrinsic Hotel Capital, a hotel investment company that focuses on the acquisition of well-positioned but underperforming, value add hotels located in strategic markets throughout the US. At IHC, Mark and his team will leverage their collective hotel industry expertise to achieve above market returns by utilizing creative acquisition and repositioning strategies.
Prior to IHC, Mark was Managing Partner of Tribeca Associates where he developed several notable hotels in Manhattan; the first of which was the Baccarat Hotel & Residences, where he oversaw the planning, development, and ultimate sellout of the hotel for the highest price per key ever achieved in the U.S. and the very successful sellout of the 59 luxury residences. In addition, he developed the 243-key Marriott Residence Inn World Trade Center, which was an adaptive reuse of an office tower, and recently completed the development of the Moxy Downtown, a landmark 30-story mixed use hotel and retail tower.
From 1994-2010, Mark was one of the leading advisors to the hotel industry. He was Managing Partner and Head of Hospitality Group at Sonnenblick-Goldman, a national real estate investment banking firm between 1994 and 2007. As partner, Mr. Gordon was responsible for overseeing management, sales growth and the ultimate sale of the firm to Cushman & Wakefield in 2007. Upon the sale of the company, Mr. Gordon was appointed to head Cushman & Wakefield's National Hospitality Practice, a position he held until 2010 when he decided to take his own advice and become a hotel developer and investor.
During his advisory career, Mr. Gordon has oversaw many of the hotel industries' most complex projects including the adaptive reuse and conversion of the Hotel Delmonico to the Trump Park Avenue, creating a joint venture between Loews Hotels and Universal Studios to develop five hotels at Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, recapitalizing Ian Schrager Company, restructuring Denihan Hospitality Group, and the complex sales and financings of hundreds of landmark hotels and resorts located throughout the U.S.
Mark has won numerous awards for his accomplishments in the real estate industry including Crain's "40 under 40", Americas Lodging Investment Summits "Deal of the Year" and Commercial Property News "Stars to Watch" and is a frequent speaker at hotel and real estate industry events. Mr. Gordon holds a Master's Degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University and a B.S. in Finance from Ithaca College.
Matthew (Matt) Galligan is President of Real Estate Finance for CIT Group. His team provides stabilized, value-add and construction loans between $25 million and $50 million to highly experienced and well-capitalized developers in the office, retail, industrial and multi-family rental sectors with a $7.4 billion portfolio concentrated in the Boston-Washington corridor and southern California.
Every year since 2013, Galligan has been named by the Commercial Observer to its "Power 50" list of the most important figures in real estate finance. He previously served as Managing Director and Head of U.S. Property Finance for Bank of Ireland where, under his leadership, his team oversaw more than $5.1 billion in transactions.
Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President for Real Estate Capital Markets at DebtX. He has also worked for Fleet Boston Financial, Bank of Boston and Chase Manhattan in executive level positions in credit, real estate lending, debt distribution and capital markets. Galligan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The Catalog for Giving honored Galligan in 2017. He was also honored by Get Out Stay Out that same year. He currently sits on the Board of these two entities and, additionally, the Habitat for Humanity's Leadership Council.
Galligan received a BA in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA in Finance from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration
Michael Davis is the founding partner of The Plymouth Group, a Real Estate and Alternative investment company with over 3 million square-feet under management that has deployed, together with various Joint Venture partners, more than a quarter of a billion dollars of acquisitions in New York City, Philadelphia, Northern California and selected US markets. The company has grown to include development, management, brokerage and advisory divisions. Mr. Davis oversees acquisitions and day-to-day operations of the company, and takes pride in using his years of expertise to add value to the company’s projects on behalf of its private investors. In particular, Mr. Davis leads the design and construction process, where his eye for detail and tenacious attitude assure that Plymouth’s strategic vision is realized.
Prior to founding Plymouth Group in 2003, Michael was an Investment Banker in the Real Estate & Lodging Banking (REIT) group at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, an analyst at a mid-cap hedge fund in the statistical arbitrage area, and a Managing Director at a private investment firm specializing in real estate acquisition, disposition, development as well as corporate restructurings, venture capital, and other related activities.
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 1974-1979.
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, and MA with Honors in Psychology from Long Island University, and a JD, Magnua Cum Laude, from Brooklyn Law School.
Michael joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing transactions in the Northeastern United States on behalf of Morgan Stanley's real estate funds.
Previously, Michael worked at Credit Suisse DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners.
Michael received an M.B.A. fro the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in History from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Myles J. Horn has been active in New York residential real estate, primarily in the field of Cooperative and Condominium conversions, since 1976. Mr. Horn specializes in the acquisition, management, construction, marketing and sale of large blocks of unsold units. Mr. Horn's primary areas of expertise are adding value to cooperative and condominium developments by repositioning those assets through renovation and redesign, adding amenities and services, extensive marketing, and innovative selling. He is an acknowledged expert in dealing with regulated tenants to obtain vacancies and sales, and interfacing with Boards of Directors. He has been called upon by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Real Deal, among others, to share his expertise.
Mr. Horn has participated in the conversion of many dozens of buildings, both condominiums and cooperatives, as well as handled the purchase of thousands of unsold units in New York and beyond. All in all, he has purchased, converted, developed, managed, and/or sold more than 4500 apartment units across the tri-state area with total gross sales exceeding $1 Billion. He is also one of only a handful of developers to have successfully de-converted a large residential building from cooperative to rental.
Mr. Horn's acquisitions include the Helmsley unsold unit portfolio consisting of 627 units and the Birchwood unsold unit portfolio, consisting of 506 units. His recent projects include The Printing House (421 Hudson Street), which sold-out at approximately $200 million as a standalone asset, and The Continental Park (87-10 51st Ave in Queens), which sold-out within 3 months of opening. In 2016, Mr. Horn and partners acquired 128 unsold condominium units at 100 West 93rd Street, and in 2017, 176 cooperative units at Skyview-On-The-Hudson in Riverdale and 146 unsold condominium units at 175 West 95th Street. Mr. Horn is a graduate of S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude (B.A., 1972) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1975).
Ran founded Northwind in 2008 and is responsible for managing and executing all company activities including deal originations, acquisitions, development, financing and dispositions . Throughout his career he was involved in numerous real estate transactions totaling over 6 million sq. ft. and over $2 Billion in value across multiple asset classes. Ran is a retired Captain in the Israeli Navy and sits on the Board of AFN, a non-profit providing vital assistance to people suffering from PTSD. He is passionate about Manhattan real estate, surfing and most importantly for serving as a good role model to his children.
Robert Scharf is the Executive Vice President of Real Estate for Edison Properties, a real estate development and operating company headquartered in Newark, NJ. Mr. Scharf is responsible for overseeing real estate acquisitions and dispositions and strategic planning for Edison’s portfolio of properties in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining Edison, Mr. Scharf was the Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at Extell Development Company for nine years.
Mr. Scharf holds a BA in Economics from Yeshiva University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. He lives in Teaneck, NJ with his wife and four children.
Roy Stillman is a third generation real estate developer who began his education in the field long before this tenth birthday. From that time on, he acquired extensive experience in various construction trades and practices implemented on his projects today. From pushing a wheel barrel to operating a tower crane, Roy not only executes his vision, but understands the construction process thanks to his experience.
Sam is the founder and CEO of Megalith and a member of the firm's investment committee. He has an extensive investment banking and private equity background, having worked for Goldman Sachs and Providence Equity in the U.S. and Asia. During his career he has advised and invested in more than $100 billion of transactions.
Sam is an active keynote speaker and panelist. Notable events include; The TerraCRG Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, Real Estate Weekly Young Leaders’ Forum, Michael Stoler’s New York Real Estate Summit, Massey Knakal Multifamily Summit, and has been featured in the Stoler Report as well as Bloomberg radio.
Sam received an M.B.A in General Management from the Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Sam sits on the board of Customers Bank (NYSE: CUBI) and is a member of Young Presidents' Organization.
Spencer Garfield is a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group LLC in the Credit and Real Estate business. Mr. Garfield is responsible for real estate debt originations and acquisitions, equity investing and forming strategic relationships with real estate related companies.
Prior to joining Fortress, Mr. Garfield spent 12 years with Hudson Realty Capital LLC as a Managing Director responsible for loan originations, equity investments, business development and building and maintaining real estate industry relations.
Mr. Garfield received his B.S. from the University of Colorado, his Masters Degree in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University and was an adjunct professor at NYU in the Masters in Real Estate Program for three years. Mr. Garfield has received extensive recognition for his contributions to the commercial real estate finance community.
Stephen H. Bittel is the Chairman and Founder (1980) of Terranova Corporation, leading the firm's ownership and operation of a significant commercial real estate portfolio. As the South Florida real estate has grown, Bittel has stayed connected to South Florida, serving his community for years. A Miami native, he has held Board Director positions for the Chapman Partnership, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, and Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation. Bittel served as Trustee member for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Miami-Dade and Temple Beth Am. He has led the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's Washington Mission in 2009 and 2010 and is an active supporter and currently serves on the Board of Teach for America Miami (TFA). Bittel graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1978 and obtained his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1982.
William Yagoda, partner of Twin Oaks, is an experienced real estate investor, developer, and manager. Since it's founding in 2009, Twin Oaks has acquired more than $150mm in NYC properties and originated more than $50mm of debt. Mr. Yagoda was formerly a Managing Director at Madison Capital Management, acquiring more than $150 million of real estate nationwide. Prior to Madison, Mr. Yagoda was a Vice President at The Chetrit Group, a real estate company whose holdings include more than $1 billion of New York real estate. Mr. Yagoda is a summa cum laude MBA graduate from Columbia Business School and received a BSc from the Stern School of Business at NYU.
Aaron Y. Strauss is one of the leading legal advisors in the commercial real estate industry, providing insight and guidance for billions worth of transactions during his career. As our firm’s founder and managing partner, he has positioned A.Y. Strauss as one of the region’s most respected law firms for commercial real estate owners, lenders and sponsors, serving the needs of our clients with the utmost in care, integrity and transparency.
Aaron is responsible for establishing the firm’s long-term strategy and vision, overseeing a culture of excellence that recruits, retains and supports a nationally-recognized team of attorneys. He has been honored as a Rising Star leading practitioner in commercial real estate law for the past several years by Super Lawyers Magazine™, an accolade reserved for only the top 2.5% percent of attorneys nationwide.
Prior to A.Y. Strauss, Aaron practiced for several years at the international law firm of Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP, headquartered in New York and at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP, based in Morristown, New Jersey.
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 his career at the age of 16, digging trenches for the wiring of our security systems. He’s learned every aspect of the business hands-on and over the years has consulted on the security infrastructure for two Super Bowls and expansion into three major cities.
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, while still a full-time law school student, Alon opened the New York office of Kent Security. Today, that office proudly boasts more than 300 associates and serves some of the premier names in Manhattan real estate, including Stellar Management and The Moinian Group. Alon also spearheaded our expansion into maintenance and janitorial services, which have become our 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 recently joined Meridian Investment Sales as a Senior Executive Managing Director to head the mid-market multifamily investment sales sector. Prior to joining Meridian, Mr. Doshi spent 30 years as a partner at a boutique investment sales firm, spearheading a tight knit team of 20 investment sales brokers. To date, Mr. Doshi has sold over 1,500 investment properties whose market value is in billions, making him one of the most prolific and consistent producers in New York City investment arena in the last three decades.
His experience consists of selling more than 55 million square feet comprising of 63,500 apartments, 2,850 retail and commercial spaces as well as several land development properties in NYC and its boroughs. Mr. Doshi has achieved an average of 40 deals per year throughout his career, including 57 deals in 2005. In 2007, he set the mark even higher, by selling a multifamily portfolio for a single family comprising of 108 buildings for a record price of $295,000,000. From multifamily properties to land assemblages, he has gained a strong foothold by mastering the vagaries associated with rent stabilization, regulatory agreements, complex leaseholds, ground leases and zoning laws. Mr. Doshi was recruited to dispose Real Estate Owned and non-performing loans during the 1990’s banking and real estate crisis for quasi government institutions such as Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) as well as many leading Commercial banks, S & L’s and private lenders.
He has been named a “Power Broker” for multiple years by CoStar Research and other industry experts, in recognition of being one of top 10 Brokers in sales transactions. Mr. Doshi received his B.S in Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is an ardent supporter of numerous charitable causes as well as is a member of many professional organizations.
Avi D. Feinberg is a real estate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm in 2006.
Mr. Feinberg concentrates his practice on acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and the representation of lenders and borrowers in financings.
Mr. Feinberg was selected by Law360 as a 2013 "Rising Star" in real estate. He is also recognized by Legal 500 and Super Lawyers in Real Estate.
Mr. Feinberg is a member of the CRE Finance Council.
Mr. Feinberg received his JD from New York University School of Law in 2002 and his BA from New York University, College of Arts and Science, in 1999.
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
The Meridian Investment Sales Middle Market Team is led by David Schechtman, one of the industry’s most visible and well-respected investment sales professionals.
Trained for years at one of the world’s largest law firms, Mr. Schechtman has personally sold more than 552 deals representing more than $5.4 billion in his eleven-year career to date.
Recognized as an industry “Titan,” “Power Broker,” and one of the “25 Most Visible New York City Real Estate Players” by the Commercial Observer and The Real Deal, respectively, Mr. Schechtman is regularly engaged by private families, institutions, lenders, estate lawyers and their counsel and advisors to value, market and see through to closing the sale of multifamily properties, development sites, buildings ripe for repurposing, retail condominiums and co-ops, unsold shares, and loft office and industrial buildings throughout New York City.
Mr. Schechtman has also represented more than 25 lenders in the disposition of performing and defaulted notes and assets in Chapter 11, Section 363 Sales.
Jeffrey Berman is a Vice President at Berman Enterprises LP - one of the largest private real estate in the Washington, DC area - and a General Partner and Director of Camber Creek, a venture fund investing in enterprise technology companies serving the real estate industry. Jeffrey is based in NYC and manages a number of Berman Enterprises projects as well as Camber Creek's New York office where he sources deal flow and coordinates customer acquisition, retention and marketing strategies for Camber Creek's portfolio companies. Jeffrey brings close to two decades of executive experience in the real estate industry and has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of numerous companies, in addition to coordinating investments in same. Jeffrey graduated with a BA (with distinction) from New York University's Stern School of Business.
Joe Koicim is a top-producing broker in Manhattan’s Marcus & Millichap office. He is a partner and co-founder of the New York Multifamily Group. As a Director of Marcus & Millichap’s National Multi Housing Group, Joe focuses on bringing new capital into both established and emerging New York markets. Joe and his team have set countless sales records for multifamily and mixed-use assets in Manhattan and across the boroughs. Private investors, institutional funds, foreign entities, and nonprofit organizations consistently seek Joe’s high-level expertise to provide them access to lucrative buying or selling opportunities.
Most recently, Joe was responsible for the sale of a 71-unit East Village portfolio, an 86-unit elevator apartment building in Clinton Hill and a 78,000 square foot mixed-use assemblage in Williamsburg. Some of Joe’s additional notable transactions include the sale of a 16-building spread throughout prime submarkets in Manhattan and Brooklyn which he sold for $132 million, a portfolio of nine buildings in Midtown West and the Upper West Side, a 96-unit apartment package on West 25th Street, and a newly built high-end elevator building on West 27th Street, adjacent to the Highline.
Joe joined Marcus & Millichap in 2004 and was responsible for the sale of over ten transactions within his first fifteen months with the firm. Joe has facilitated the sale of over three billion dollars in New York City real estate and has qualified for Marcus & Millichap’s National Achievement Award every year since 2011. He was recognized as a top 30 under 30 broker by the Commercial Observer in 2008 and was recently named a top investment sales broker by Real Estate Forum magazine. Joe has been quoted in many trade journals and was featured on The Stoler Report: Real Estate Trends for his insight on Manhattan’s real estate investment sales market.
A true entrepreneur and innovator, Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School, where he successfully launched a start-up. He is actively involved in several philanthropic organizations, including UJA, and is a founding member of the YJP real estate group. He is also an active member in the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), a trade association representing more than 2,500 apartment-building owners in New York City’s five boroughs. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Joe worked in the Wealth Management division at Morgan Stanley.
In his free time, Joe enjoys golf, fishing, tennis and spending time with his family. He currently resides on the Upper East Side with his wife and son.
Lowell Mandelblatt is founder, president, and CEO of Atlantic Realty Data Corp., Established in 1988, a provider of title insurance, escrow services, real estate information and transaction services throughout the United States. Lowell Mandelblatt is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Penn State Law School, teaching Title Insurance and Real Estate Transactions.
Mark M. Mindick is a longstanding partner and has been a substantial part of the growth of the firm for the past 16 years, consulting on a wide range of value-added tax, consulting, and assurance matters, with a specialized focus in the real estate sector. His clients include the greater real estate and financial services community, both domestic and international.
Michael Mintz is the founder and CEO of MD Squared Property Group, a real estate advisory and property management firm managing over 80 buildings and 3000 units in the New York metro area. Michael and his team also provide due diligence, DHCR, HPD and rent stabilization consulting services. Prior to founding MD Squared in 2014, Michael was the Acquisitions Manager and a Senior Property Manager at FirstService Residential New York overseeing the acquisition, management and renovations of over 30 buildings in Manhattan. Since founding MD2 Michael has syndicated multiple investments in NYC ranging from Manhattan value add deals to affordable housing in the Bronx.
Michael Stoler is President of New York Real Estate TV, LLC a television production and financing and business consulting firm.
Mr. Stoler is the host of two television shows: "The Stoler Report: NY's Business Report" and "Building New York: NY Stories." Both shows air 8 times a week in New York City on CUNY TV, and also air on numerous universities, public, community television stations in the tri-state region.
Michael serves as Divisional Director, of Queens County Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank. He is also the real estate commentator for 1010 WINS and Newsradio WCBS 880, hosting his reports on the weekend.
He previously served as a Managing Director of Madison Realty Capital ad Senior Principal with Apollo Real Estate Advisors and the contributing editor to the New York Sun.
Shari Reimer is the director of sales for United Building Maintenance based in New York City and Philadelphia. She is responsible for expanding United's client base and client relations. Prior to joining UBM two and a half years ago, Shari worked at Archaio, selling property management software. Prior to that she was with the Montauk Group, providing global banking relationship services, after enjoying a successful career spanning two decades in high end residential real estate sales and rentals. Shari earned her BSM and MBA from Tulane University. She enjoys being a member of YJP, BOMA, IREM, REBNY and ICSC and giving back by teaching Junior Achievement, hosting events at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, volunteering at St. Jude and many others!
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.
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.
Eric S. Gray joined Olshan Properties in 2017 as the Director of NYC Portfolio Operations. Olshan Properties, formerly MPI - Mall Properties, Inc., was founded in 1959 by Morton Olshan. Olshan Properties, owns and/or operates a diverse portfolio of commercial properties that encompasses 9 million square feet of retail properties, 14,000 multifamily units, 1,447 hotel rooms and three million square feet of office buildings. The company has amassed a portfolio covering 11 states that includes properties such as the Parkchester residential complex and 99 Hudson Street office building in New York City, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa in Florida, The Akers Mill Square shopping center in Atlanta, and an award-winning Regional Centers portfolio.
Prior to joining Olshan Properties Mr. Gray was a cofounder of Millhouse Properties. Millhouse was created in 2003 as a vehicle to seek out underperforming real estate assets to develop and reposition throughout New York City. In 1996 Mr. Gray was hired as the first employee at a firm that would shortly become Taconic Investment Partners LLC, a New York City based real estate owner and developer. At Taconic Mr. Gray was involved in acquiring, financing, developing, recapitalizing, and asset managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio that consisted primarily of office and residential assets.
Prior to Taconic, Mr. Gray worked at Time Equities, Inc., an International real estate owner and developer. Mr. Gray received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and participated in the Masters in the Real Estate Investment and Development program at New York University. Mr. Gray is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of NY.
Greg Corbin is a Managing Director at 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 2,100 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.
Prior to joining Besen & Associates, Greg Corbin was a Director of Sales at Massey Knakal Realty Services. Before that, Mr. Corbin was a Principaland 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 12,000 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. Reisner founded Parkview Developers in 2003. Parkview focuses on residential and hotel development in New York City, Fire Island Pines and Miami. Projects have included new construction developments, assemblages, luxury apartment renovations and owning and operating a NYC hotel resort and more.
Previously, Mr. Reisner had a 15 year career on Wall Street with Salomon Brothers and then Bank of America where he was a Managing Director running a $200 million derivatives business.
Mr. Reisner was also the Vice President and Co-founder of Watch World International, a nationwide chain of 119 specialty stores that was sold to Sunglass Hut International in June 2000. Watch World was as much a real estate as it was a retail play. All 119 stores were planned, designed and constructed by Mr. Reisner. A tenured and experienced New York City real estate developer and operator, Ian is also a licensed real estate salesperson on appreared numerous times on Bravo's "Million $ Listing".
See ParkviewDevelopers.com for more detail on the business and projects.
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