Real Estate Deal-Makers Summit
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.
Alvin Schein, together with Jay G. Seiden, founded Seiden & Schein, P.C. in 1996. Alvin has over 35 years of experience in the fields of condominium and cooperative development, affordable housing, and inclusionary air rights transfers. He has drafted or supervised the preparation of hundreds of offering plans and condominium declarations, including the first-ever condominium and cooperative offering plans for inclusionary housing homeownership and the first-ever offering plan for the partial condominium conversion of an HFA “80-20” rental building.
Alvin is a recognized expert in affordable housing and has filed more than 50 inclusionary housing plans with HPD, in both onsite and offsite contexts. He is one of the few attorneys in New York whose practice includes representing sellers and purchasers of inclusionary air rights. He regularly interfaces with HPD, HFA, HDC, community boards and City Council members in connection with affordable housing issues.
Alyssa Zahler joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 2015 as an associate director at the company's New York office, where she focuses on tenant representation, including relocation, expansion, disposition and lease renegotiation. Ms. Zahler is a member of a team that delivers real estate advisory services to clients such as Barneys New York, CAA, Norton Rose Fulbright, Marcum LLP, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
Prior to joining NGKF, Ms. Zahler worked at Bloomberg as a news producer covering international business and finance. During her tenure, she interviewed and built relationships with Fortune 500 C-Suite executives, bankers, athletes and entrepreneurs. Before Bloomberg, Ms. Zahler worked at CNN Money.
Ms. Zahler earned her bachelor's degree from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where she graduated with honors. She is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of New York.
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.
Chris Niederpruem is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Finance Group at CIT. He is the head of the east coast office and leads a team responsible for loan origination, underwriting and portfolio management. Areas of expertise include new business origination and loan structuring. His loan originations focus on acquisition, bridge, and construction across various property types.
Prior to CIT, Niederpruem served as Director of U.S. Property Finance for Bank of Ireland where he was responsible for new business origination, underwriting and portfolio management.
Before joining Bank of Ireland, he worked for the Commercial Real Estate Banking Group of Anglo Irish Bank in New York where he focused on underwriting commercial mortgage loans for major U.S. investors. He also worked in the U.S. commercial real estate lending group at the New York Branch of KBC Bank.
Niederpruem received a BA in English from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.
Mr. Schlank is a Founder and Managing Partner of Savanna. At Savanna, Mr. Schlank sits on the investment committee and is in charge of construction and redevelopment and shares responsibilities for asset management, sales and marketing and acquisitions. Mr. Schlank has overseen the acquisition and redevelopment of more than 70 real estate assets, comprising over 20 million square feet of space and nearly $3.8 billion of total capitalization, including raw land development sites, apartments, office buildings, industrial to residential conversions, retail and warehouse/distribution properties. Prior to founding Savanna, Mr. Schlank was a project manager for the Westside Federation for Senior Housing, a New York-based developer of low-income housing. Mr. Schlank received an MS in Real Estate Development from the Columbia School of Architecture and a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Schlank is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he teaches a seminar in Real Estate Finance to graduate students in the Columbia Architecture School’s Real Estate Master’s Degree Program.
Publications: Columbia Business School CaseWorks Case Study, Bryant Park Tower.
Danny has more than 24 years of extensive international experience in fund management, investment banking, private equity, venture capital, real estate, and asset management. Danny co-founded GAIA at the end of 2008. He is the founder of Tamir Fishman, a financial powerhouse with $6 billion assets under management, including 180 employees and over 60,000 clients as well as Tamir Fishman Real Estate Fund. He has held board positions with numerous government housing, development, and real estate companies and is the former co-head of the Israeli government’s privatization unit.
Mr. Fishman earned a B.Sc. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Since joining Onex Real Estate Partners in 2010, Mr. Brickman has managed the execution of the $1.5 billion ground up development known as Sky View Parc, a 3.3 million SF mixed used project in Flushing, Queens. He currently oversees the $700 million sellout of the last phase of residential condominiums known as The Grand at Sky View Parc and is actively pursuing new development acquisition opportunities.
Before joining OREP, Mr. Brickman was a Vice President at Muss Development LLC, a development firm where he underwrote and executed real estate acquisitions and multiple ground up developments in New York City. Prior to that role, he worked as an analyst in Institutional Sales & Marketing at Bear Stearns Asset Management.
Mr. Brickman holds a master's degree in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate where he graduated with distinction and was the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, and a B.A. with High Honors in Economics from Brandeis University where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Brickman is a licensed real estate broker in New York State.
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 Schonbraun is Co-Chief Investment Officer of the company with a primary focus on structured finance, residential, and alternative investments, and has been with SL Green since 2002. He is also directly responsible for Green Loan Services, the company’s special servicing arm that serves both SL Green and third-party lenders. Mr. Schonbraun has either led or has been a senior team member in the execution of over $25 billion in equity and debt investments. Prior to joining SL Green in 2002, Mr. Schonbraun was a real estate investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he worked on a variety of mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well as debt and equity financings. Mr. Schonbraun received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Economics and Politics from Princeton University. He is also an active member of the UJA Real Estate Executives (REX) Steering Committee and the Urban Development Mixed Use Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), as well as serving on the Finance and Grantmaking Committees of the Kessler Foundation.
Eli Elefant (New York) is the CEO of PBC USA Investments, the global real estate investment arm of Israel based Property & Building Corp (“PBC”). PBC is one of Israel’s largest diversified real estate companies with assets ranging from suburban strip malls to premier office buildings in primary markets. The company has approximately 15MM sq. ft. globally and is an active acquirer of long term commercial real estate assets.
The north American operation is led by Mr. Elefant who offices in the company’s trophy asset located at 452 Fifth Avenue, in New York. Mr. Elefant is a seasoned real estate executive who has historically focused on entrepreneurial, corporate and asset based investment opportunities. Prior to joining PBC USA as its CEO, he led a dynamic deal team for a private equity firm focused on opportunistic, distressed and special situation real estate investments.
Mr. Elefant was born and raised in Israel. He holds a BA from The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. He formerly served as a Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces and is an active board member on a number of non-profit organizations.
Eli is a Principal and serves as the Director of Development for Joy Construction Corp since joining in 2008. In that role, he runs the development and finance platform for Joy Construction which has been an active builder in New York City since 1995.
He is primarily involved in executing the development process as well the underwriting and closing of debt and equity financing for acquisitions and construction loan transactions with both public and private sector financial institutions. Additionally, he oversees and coordinates acquisitions and development joint ventures for Joy Construction.
Since joining Joy, Eli executed the acquisition and development of over 1,500 multifamily units including The Mantena (431 West 37th Street) a 112,000 sf/98 unit luxury rental building in Manhattan's Hudson Yards neighborhood where Joy served as the GC and Developer. The development set leasing benchmarks for Hudson Yards and was acquired by Equity Residential for $84,000,000 in September of 2012.
Eli executed the acquisition, development and disposition of The Nathaniel, 138 East 12th Street, an 85 unit luxury rental building in the East Village with 17,000 square feet of retail. The site was acquired in April 2011 and was completed in 2014. In February of 2015, the asset was sold to Wafra Investment Advisory for $98,250,000.
Additionally, Eli led the development team for of St Anns Terrace (www.stannsterrace.com), an affordable mixed income 850,000 square foot/641 apartment mixed use development in the South Bronx with 50,000 sq feet of fully leased grade retail. Commencing in 2009, with a total development cost of $225 million, St. Anns Terrace, was ranked as the 14th largest construction site in all of NYC including municipal projects such as the 2nd Avenue Subway Line and Water Tunnel #3.
Eli is currently managing the development of Webster Commons, a 475 unit mixed income community which received the 2016 NYSAFAH Award for Excellence in Development and Crotona Terrace, a 188 unit mixed use and mixed income project; both located in the Bronx.
Moreover, Eli has overseen the acquisition and joint venture development of, 411 West 35th Street, 445 West 35th Street, 444 Tenth Avenue and 330 East 62nd Street.
Eli graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.S. in Finance and from New York University with an M.S. in Real Estate Development. He also received his J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law where he wrote his thesis for current United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito. Eli is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and served as an associate adjunct instructor at NYU where he taught a graduate level course on real estate finance and affordable housing.
Gary Trock is a Senior Vice President with the New York Tri-State Region Retail Services Team. Prior to CBRE, he was a Managing Director with the Insignia/ESG Retail Group, having been with the firm since 1999.
During the course of his real estate career, Gary has successfully arranged transactions of both leasing and investment sales on behalf of national retailers including Build A Bear, The Gap, Walgreen’s, Valley National Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Ferragamo, Borders Books & Music, Talbots, Kenneth Cole, Signature Bank, Charles Schwab, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Sports Authority, Blockbuster Video, Café Europa, Rite Aid Drug Stores, McDonald's, Old Navy, Payless Shoe Source, CVS Drug Stores, H&M Stores, Barnes & Noble, Sephora, Reaction and Strawberry’s.
As an owner's representative, he has negotiated retail leases for numerous top-tier landlords such as Citibank, H.J. Kalikow & Co., Emmes Realty, Wein & Malkin, The Macklowe Organization, Boston Properties, Equity Office Properties, PMG Marketing, Extell Development, Tishman Speyer Properties, Hiro Real Estate, Omni Hotels, The Trump Organization and Dermot Group.
Prior to joining Insignia/ESG, Gary worked with Garrick-Aug Store Leasing for thirteen years, where he was a Managing Director, successful in both tenant and landlord representation.
Ira Zlotowitz took the commercial real estate industry by storm at the age of 21. His story starts at Meridian Capital, where he integrated mastery of the cold call into the company’s business model, trained several large teams of callers and was responsible for the launch of new offices nationwide. This campaign, the success of which would repeat itself, expedited unprecedented growth for the company. A year prior to his first at Meridian, the company closed $300 million in loans. Just four years later, in his final year there, they closed over $2 billion.
In 2001, Mr. Zlotowitz formed Eastern Union Funding. Together with Abraham Bergman, he built Eastern from a four-person office in Brooklyn into a national firm, with over 100 real estate professionals. Meanwhile, the company has taken off. In a three year cycle beginning in 2010, Eastern Union achieved 253 percent growth, according to data from Crain’s New York Business Journal. Further, Eastern Union closed $3 billion in 2014. Mr. Zlotowitz and his team at Eastern established their presence and amplified their impact by working actively with a growing network of roughly 85 lenders. Eastern stays ahead of the pack by developing its data resources and employing the talent of brokers who remain in command of the often fast-paced and challenging evolution of the market.
For this, Mr. Zlotowitz and the company he founded have won numerous accolades. The New York Times recently featured Mr. Zlotowitz for Eastern Union’s successful navigation of the industry. That story was inspired by the unmatched growth of Eastern Union and Mr. Zlotowitz’s results-driven, tenacious and sometimes contagious attitude to the business of which he is a scholar. His story has proved interesting to others as well. In 2005, the then-29-year-old real estate professional, Mr. Zlotowitz, earned coveted placement on Crain’s New York Business’s “Forty-Under-40” annual feature. More recently, Eastern Union was listed by Inc. Magazine as the number one fastest growing real estate company in the United States. Crain’s, meanwhile, revisited Mr. Zlotowitz’s activity when Eastern Union was listed in the publication’s “2014 Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in New York City.”
Mr. Zlotowitz has offered numerous real estate courses to the public and remains deeply involved with furthering education. Actively participating in, and contributing to several curriculum-related charities and programs, one of which he founded himself at age 19 and is still massively successful today. Mr. Zlotowitz resides with his family in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Jaime Schultz joined Lee & Associates NYC (“Lee NYC”) in January 2014 as a director in its retail leasing division, where she will focus on the Brooklyn market. Prior to joining Lee NYC, Ms. Schultz was a leasing broker with GFI, where she was instrumental in building its retail group. While at GFI, she completed the leasing of 20,000 square feet in the Finger Building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, including placing Juice Press, Antica Pesa, DNA Footwear, Crossroads Trading, 16 Handles, and Beth Israel, for a total of nine retail tenants, in the building. Ms. Schultz has worked for other notable landlords in Brooklyn, including Forrest City Ratner, where she leased the entire 5000 retail square feet of its DKLB project on Dekalb Street near Flatbush Avenue, including putting Smashburger, Salon 718, Sunny Bagels, Celebrtea, and O’Crepes into the development.Ms. Schultz began her real estate career at Prudential Douglas Elliman, primarily involved in development site sales, before she gravitated to commercial real estate sales and leasing. Before launching her real estate career, she worked for many years in the art museum world as a consultant for exhibitions, where she served as an installation coordinator. Since beginning her real estate career in 2007, she has closed over 25 real estate transactions in Brooklyn, for a lease value total of over $30 million.Ms. Schultz holds the Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed to practice real estate in New York. She lives in Brooklyn.
Jason joined the Firm in 2007 and has been a partner since 2015. He is a member of the Real Estate Tax Incentives and Benefits, Inclusionary Housing Development and Condominium and Cooperative Offering Plans and Declarations Groups. He represents developers in a wide variety of property tax issues, with a strong focus on real estate tax benefit applications and implementation pursuant to the 421-a, 420-c, J-51, and ICAP Programs. Jason also advises developers and architects concerning the construction requirements of New York City’s affordable housing programs, including 421-a, 420-c, and Inclusionary Housing. He has extensive knowledge regarding rent registrations with New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise outreach, and ICAP equal employment and payroll reporting requirements for the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Jason’s expertise in tax benefit programs enables him to counsel clients on the creation of condominium structures, resulting in optimization of all available property tax exemptions and abatements.
After graduating from law school, Jason was a law clerk pending bar admission at the law firm of Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman LLP, concentrating on real estate and landlord-tenant law. While in law school, he was a staff editor of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.
Jay Stein is Dream Hotel Group’s Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the Company’s evolution and expansion efforts.
With over three decades in the hospitality business and over 20 years with Dream Hotel Group’s predecessor, Hampshire Hotels Management, Mr. Stein has served in a variety of property and corporate roles with both large and boutique hotel brands including Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Doral Hotels.
Mr. Stein began his career in 1983 with Hilton Worldwide at the Vista International Hotel in the World Trade Center in New York City. A veteran of food and beverage management, he turned his sights to general hotel operations and eventually became the Managing Director for three Doral Hotels in New York City. After taking those properties through the transition to Starwood Hotels and Resorts, he then joined Dream Hotel Group as Executive Vice President of Operations. He was soon promoted to Chief Operating Officer, overseeing hotel operations and playing a vital role in the Hotel Group’s expansion efforts. He became the Chief Executive Officer for Dream Hotel Group in December of 2015.
Jeff 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 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 and residential 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.
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 “Award of Courage” foundation. In this role, he raised significant funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and is a past recipient of their 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.
Lana Trevisan is Vice President of Restaurants, Bars and Nightlife for Two Roads Hospitality. Based in New York City and currently overseeing 20 existing hotels, Trevisan has successfully opened several notable properties, including Chicago Athletic Association, Thompson Playa Del Carmen, The Beekman, NYC, The Troubadour, New Orleans, Hotel 50 Bowery, NYC and The Talbott Hotel, Chicago. She is also focusing on 8 new hotel projects that are projected to open in the next two years. Prior to her tenure at Two Roads Hospitality, Trevisan was Corporate Food and Beverage Director of Gansevoort Hotel Group, where she managed all aspects of Food and Beverage operations at existing properties, as well as new projects under development. Trevisan was the opening Director of Food & Beverage at Standard High Line Hotel NYC, and assisted on concept and development at Andre Balazs Properties. She managed pre-opening and daily operations at nine of the company’s outlets including the Standard Grill, Boom Boom Room and The Biergarten. Trevisan also spent seven years with B.R. Guest as a Director of Operations/Partner responsible for the company’s daily operations, as well as opening ten restaurants, including Blue Fin, Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos and Primehouse. Trevisan began her career with Wolfgang Puck, for which she opened and managed five restaurants in Las Vegas and Chicago, including Spago, Chinois, Lupo and Fiamma.
Trevisan holds a BA in Hospitality Management from Hotel and Restaurant School at the Northern Arizona University.
Margaret Streicker Porres is the President of Newcastle Realty Services, which she founded in 2004.
Mrs. Streicker Porres has been responsible for the asset repositioning of over 75 properties throughout New York City. She specializes in turnarounds of multi-family portfolios and assets, with associated commercial and retail units. While very focused on this asset class, her versatility shines in a variety of scales and historical eras. She has managed projects ranging in scale from single-family townhomes to entire city blocks and from pre-civil war era buildings to out-of-the ground development. Her clients, colleagues and partners frequently comment that she is able to apply a disciplined, logical and consistent approach while still balancing the idiosyncrasies of each project and situational need. Currently, she has over $500M in assets under direct management. She credits the wonderful team who work alongside her for bringing a consistent standard of professionalism and integrity to the many projects Newcastle oversees.
Prior to founding Newcastle, she held positions in a variety of closely related fields including, Tishman Speyer Properties, Citi Habitats, Deloitte & Touche and various architectural firms.
Mrs. Streicker Porres received an AB summa cum laude from Princeton University. She continued her education and received both a Masters in Architecture degree and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New York and Connecticut and a Licensed Receiver in the State of New York. Since 2010 she has served as a Trustee of the New York Jewish Museum. From 2003 to 2011, she sat on the board of the Catalog for Giving of the City of New York, where she chaired their annual gala each year. She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Community Housing Improvement Program, the Rent Stabilization Association and the Small Property Owners of New York. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she teaches graduate-level multi-family real estate development. Previously she taught graduate courses at NYU Schack and occasionally spoke at NYU Stern School of Business. In 2013, she was named Deal-Maker of the Year by the YJP.
Mrs. Streicker Porres has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Real Deal, and the Daily News on residential real estate and landlord-tenant matters. Reported cases, in which she and Newcastle played a role advancing landlords’ rights, include Washington 941 L.P. v. New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, 29 Misc.3d 1144, 912 N.Y.S.2d 846, 2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 20420; and New York Spot Inc. v. 442 West 22nd Street LLC 29 Misc.3d 1228(A), 2010 WL 4910166 (Table) (N.Y.Sup.), 2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 52083(U).
Mark Gordon is a Managing Partner of Tribeca Associates responsible for acquiring and developing a broad spectrum of New York-based hospitality, office and residential real estate assets as well as maintaining relationships with its capital partners. Prior to joining Tribeca Associates, Mark was Managing Partner at Sonnenblick-Goldman and head of the firm’s hotel group. In 2007, he was instrumental in structuring the sale of the company to Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate services company. Mark then went on to become the head of the Hotel Group of the newly formed Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman. Responsible for structured financing, sales, equity capitalizations and a broad range of advisory services for the firm's lodging industry clients, Mark represented hotel owners on a national basis and completed approximately $20 billion in transactions. He served as an advisor on many of New York’s most notable hotel transactions including; the Essex House, the Paramount, the Delmonico, the Empire, the Dream, the Benjamin, Hudson, W Times Square, the Chatwal and the Surrey Hotels.
Prior to joining The Sydell Group, Matthew served as the Vice President of Acquisitions & Development at the Ian Schrager Company for five years. The Ian Schrager Company is an owner, developer and manager of hotel & residential projects in gateway cities. During his tenure, Matthew was responsible for all transaction execution, origination, coordinating market & property due diligence, financial underwriting and various development initiatives.
Prior to joining The Ian Schrager Company, Matthew worked in the investment banking division at Bear Stearns focusing on real estate, gaming and lodging. At Bear Stearns, Matthew worked on mergers, acquisitions and financings for public and private companies in a broad range of industries including gaming, hospitality and homebuilding.
Meir Milgraum is the Director of Acquisitions and Development at Lightstone. Mr. Milgraum is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and closing multifamily and commercial transactions in the Northeastern United States, with a focus on New York City. Mr. Milgraum began his career in construction management before switching to the development side of the business. He then served as an Acquisitions Analyst at Triangle Equities, followed by a move to Pink Stone Capital Group where he was the Director of Acquisitions and Development. Mr. Milgraum received a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Investments and Development from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Touro College.
Mr. Ashner has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Winthrop Realty Trust, a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, since 2004. Winthrop Realty Trust currently owns/controls/manages a portfolio of approximately $2.4 billion of real estate and real estate related assets. In addition, Mr. Ashner has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Winthrop Realty Partners, L.P., a vertically integrated property management firm, since 1996. Mr. Ashner has acquired over $12 billion of real estate, including 85,000 apartment units, 50 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial assets and 1,000 hotel rooms. Winthrop Realty Partners has managed more than 500 limited partnerships, of which in excess of 50 were publicly reporting with over 100,000 investors, as well as five publicly traded REITS.
Mr. Ashner served as Director and Chief Executive Officer of Shelbourne Properties a group of three publically traded real estate investment trusts, from 2002 until their liquidation in 2004. In addition, he was the Chairman and CEO of Newkirk Realty Trust, a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, from its formation through its merger with Lexington Realty Trust in January 2007. Thereafter, he served as Executive Chairman of Lexington Realty Trust following its merger with Newkirk Realty Trust from 2007 through 2008. Prior to 1996, Mr. Ashner was President and Chief Executive Officer of National Property Investors.
Mr. Ashner currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, and the Advisory Board of the Cornell University Program in Real Estate. He is also a Trustee of the Jaffa Institute a charitable institution that develops day and boarding schools in the State of Israel. In addition, he is a Trustee of the National World War II Museum located in New Orleans.
Mr. Ashner holds an AB from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Miami. He resides in Cove Neck, New York.
Michael Maturo is a founding Managing Partner and serves as President of RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”), a multi-billion dollar private real estate company which was formed subsequent to the sale of Reckson Associates Realty Corp (“Reckson”)(NYSE:RA) to SL Green, one of the largest public Real Estate management buyouts in REIT history. In this capacity, he develops, implements and oversees RXR’s corporate strategy and investment fund and asset management businesses as well as all capital markets activities. Mr. Maturo is a member of RXR’s Investment Committee and its Board of Directors. He is also a Principal and member of the Investment Committee of RXR Real Estate Opportunity Fund, LLC, RXR Real Estate Value Add Fund LLC and RXR Emerging Markets Fund LLC.
Prior to the Reckson/SL Green merger, Mr. Maturo served as President and a member of the Board of Directors at Reckson. Mr. Maturo was also Chairman of the Investment Committee and had oversight responsibility over the company’s allocation of capital. Mr. Maturo worked in tandem with the Company’s CEO in developing and implementing Reckson’s corporate and operating strategies. Mr. Maturo was at Reckson from 1995 until January 2007 and during his tenure completed over $30 billion in capital markets transactions.
In addition, Mr. Maturo serves on a number of outside Boards and Committees including First Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association (LIA), as well as a Member of its Executive Committee and Chairman of its Economic Development Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Rockville Centre Pension Plan and Member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Maturo was appointed by Governor Cuomo in December 2012 to the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) where he served as Chairman of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Operations Transition Committee. Mr. Maturo completed his tenure on the LIPA board in January 2014.
Mo Beler joined IPG in 2016 and is a Principal on the firm’s Investments Team. Mr. Beler is involved in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and structuring IPG’s investments across all asset types.
Prior to joining IPG, Mr. Beler was a Vice President in the Acquisitions group at Rockwood Capital, a real estate private equity firm based in New York. While at Rockwood, Mr. Beler was a member of the East Coast Acquisitions team where he directed acquisitions of residential, office, retail, hotel and development related projects in New York and Florida. Mr. Beler lead the transaction team and closed value add, core and mezzanine debt transactions with total deal costs in excess of $750M. Prior to joining Rockwood, Mr. Beler was an Associate at Becker Brothers, a real estate private equity firm based in New York.
Mr. Beler received a B.B.A from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business and graduated with High Distinction.
Mr. Rubler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Candlebrook Properties, LLC and its various affiliated companies. For the past 15 years, he has been responsible for directing and overseeing real estate investments and development projects with a value in excess of $5 billion, across multifamily, student housing, hospitality, office and retail sectors. Mr. Rubler serves on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Real Estate Center, the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Cornell University Council. Mr. Rubler graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Cornell University and received an M.B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Ralph Zucker is President of Somerset Development, one of the New York Metropolitan area's foremost real estate companies specializing in New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Design development. Zucker is responsible for spearheading his firm's focus on creating sustainable, close-knit communities that promote pedestrian-friendly “live-work-play” experiences.
During his career, Zucker has worked hands-on in every facet of the building and development process, and has demonstrated diligence and a commitment to working with municipalities to create innovative communities based on the principles of New Urbanism. Zucker has emerged as one of the nation’s leading visionaries in the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of large-scale vacant industrial and office spaces.
Under Zucker’s leadership, Somerset and its projects have earned numerous industry awards and recognition for their contributions to furthering responsible development practices, including the New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award for Wesmont Station, Somerset's 70-acre, transit-oriented, mixed-use redevelopment project located in Wood-Ridge, N.J. and the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP’s Chairman’s Award for Bell Works, the redevelopment of the former Bell Labs property in Holmdel, N.J. Zucker has been recognized in the top ten of New Jersey’s 50 Most Influential People in the Real Estate Industry by NJBiz and as one of New Jersey’s 100 Most Influential People: Business and Real Estate by NJ.com.
Richard Wagman is a Canadian-born real estate investor, and managing partner of Madison Capital, a real estate investment firm in New York. Wagman co-founded Madison Capital in 2002 with business partner J. Joseph Jacobson.
Wagman started his first real estate investment firm in 1994 with the Principal Property Group LLC, a company for which Wagner acquired and sold over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial office space. Prior to creating Principal, Wagman worked on two continents for Lend Lease International, advising public and private pension funds based on real estate investments in London, Paris and New York.
Wagman has appeared on television as apart of Michael Stolers The Stoler Report-New Yorks Business Report. He holds a degree from University of Pennsylvanias renowned Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, where he currently serves as a board member for the Zell/Laurie Real Estate Center.
Robert Shapiro is an Executive Managing Director in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield, where he focuses on investment sales. To date he has facilitated the sale of 258 investment properties in all five boroughs of New York City for an aggregate value of over $1.75 billion. Robert began his career in 2001 at Massey Knakal Realty Services which was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield on December 31, 2014.
He is an expert in rent regulated multifamily sales on both the individual and portfolio basis. He built his career focusing on the Northern Manhattan market place and now leads a team of 10 professionals who assist in the sales and marketing of his listings. Robert has had also had tremendous success in selling properties throughout NYC including Manhattan south of 96th Street, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
His clients range from institutional investors, universities, long-time owners, non-profits, and religious organizations; they all choose to work with Robert for his in depth market knowledge and tremendous work ethic.
Robert is a former Chairman of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association (YM/WREA), member of REBNY, Advisory Board Member of Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), and board member of Art Bridge.
Robert graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a Minor in Business. He currently resides in Brooklyn.
Mr. Dickerman is the President and Founder of Madison International Realty, a global, fully integrated real estate private equity firm managing approximately $3.1 billion on behalf of a global roster of institutional investors with offices in New York, London, and Frankfurt. Madison has become a global leader in providing joint venture equity to real estate owners and investors in class A properties and portfolios in the US, UK, and Western Europe. Madison also focuses on capital partner replacements, equity monetizations, and recapitalizations of commercial properties and portfolios. Madison’s investments have included such iconic assets as the Seagram Building, New York, Devonshire House, London and the Trianon Office Tower, Frankfurt. In addition, Madison is an active investor in public real estate companies including Canary Wharf, London, and Parkway Properties. It has sponsored numerous private investment vehicles on behalf of global institutional investors including pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, and high net worths. Madison’s portfolio spans 14 countries, 69 transactions aggregating $45.8 billion in asset value.
Mr. Dickerman has over 30 years of experience focused on the analysis, acquisition, financing, management and disposition of income-producing assets such as real estate, mortgage products, healthcare properties, leased equipment, media properties, oil and gas, as well as other specialty assets. Prior to founding Madison in 2002, Mr. Dickerman was formerly an investment banker in the Real Estate / Partnership Finance Group at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., Inc., where he was responsible for the origination, analysis, structuring, acquisition, asset management, disposition and marketing of real estate and other limited partnerships.
Mr. Dickerman is an active member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) and a frequent speaker on the topic of secondary investments and liquidity at real estate conferences and universities throughout the country. Mr. Dickerman earned an MBA degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA degree in Economics from Tufts University. He serves as a Trustee of the Horace Mann School.
Scott Shnay is a Principal at SK Development, which he co-founded with his father, Abe, in 2006. Scott oversees the development and construction of projects and shares responsibility for all acquisitions as well as investment decisions.
Scott Shnay is currently developing over $500 million of projects including The Lindley (591 Third Avenue), Pod Brooklyn (626 Driggs), 363 Lafayette Street, and The Frontier (200-210 East 39th Street). SK recently completed 301 East 50th Street, 10 Bond Street, The Jefferson (211 East 13th Street) , and Chelsea 29 (221 West 29th Street). Additional projects in Manhattan and Long Island City are currently in pre-development.
Scott has over a decade of experience acquiring sites and developing projects throughout the New York metropolitan area. He has been responsible for over 1 million square feet of development valued at over $1 Billion. Scott graduated with a B.A. in Public Policy (Urban Planning/History of Architecture) from Trinity College in 2001. He graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1997.
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 and finance community.
Spencer is responsible for investments and investment management. Prior to joining Taconic in 2012, Spencer was an analyst in the investments group at SL Green Realty Corporation where he was directly involved in over $2 billion of acquisitions. Spencer earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from George Washington University.
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 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).
Pillsbury Real Estate partner Andrew Weiner’s practice is global in scope, with a significant and sustained concentration on transactions in the New York metropolitan area.
Since 1976, Andrew has represented domestic and foreign clients in equity and debt transactions, the creation of real estate funds and joint ventures, and transactions involving distressed real estate.
Andrew’s practice has had a significant concentration in the hospitality and real estate investment trust (REIT) sectors, and in leasing. His clients have included funds, family offices, institutional lenders, universities, non-US investors and New York City developers.
Mr. Rosen is the Chief Operating Officer of Waterbridge Capital, which targets investments in core-plus, value-added and opportunistic properties in the office, retail, hotel and multifamily sectors. In addition to real estate, Waterbridge invests in a broad spectrum of private equity and venture capital opportunities. Mr. Rosen is responsible for overseeing pre and post-acquisition financial analyses, monitoring investment performance and the execution of term sheets, pitch books, business plans and collateral materials in order to secure financing, joint venture participation and equity investments.
Mr. Rosen is the managing member of Piedmont Capital, specializing in private equity investments in alternative asset classes, with a focus on established Post War & Contemporary Art. Mr. Rosen is responsible for acquisitions, dispositions and major decisions during the lifecycle of each investment.
Mr. Rosen moved to New York from England to work as the Chief Operating Officer for Carnegie Hill Properties, a full-service real estate organization that owns and manages a cross section of asset classes throughout New York City and Los Angeles. In that capacity, Mr. Rosen oversaw all aspects of the company’s operations, including acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, property management, leasing and marketing.
Prior to moving to New York, Mr. Rosen worked at London & Newcastle, a joint venture company between Londonewcastle, Chelsfield Partners and the Bank of Scotland, in acquisitions, sourcing and acquiring high specification mixed-use developments schemes in central London. During Mr. Rosen‘s tenure at London & Newcastle, the pipeline development portfolio was expanded from a gross development value of £150 million to £800 million.
Caroline Harcourt is the head of the Real Estate group in Pillsbury’s New York office. She represents owners, investors, developers and tenants in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions, development projects including mixed-use and public-private development projects, financing transactions, joint ventures, leases, condominium projects and hotel/resort projects. Caroline has also represented large institutional investors in connection with the origination, securitization and sale of mortgage and mezzanine loans, the negotiation of intercreditor agreements among participants in complex debt stacks, and the workout and restructuring of such arrangements. Caroline and her colleagues at Pillsbury looks forward to hosting the event on the 16th!
Daniel Figotin is the principal at Fimida Enterprises, a real estate management, investment and development firm that manages a diversified portfolio across an array of sectors and locations in New York City and nationally.
Figotin, a seasoned real estate veteran, founded Fimida in 2011. The firm is focused on his "love of deal making and the desire to create worth out of nothing from profitable real estate investments."
Under Figotin’s leadership, Fimida is busy buying investment properties in Brooklyn's Williamsburg and other emerging neighborhoods like Sunset Park, South Slope and Greenwood Heights. Fimida’s current projects include: 302 East 96th Street, a 21-story luxury condominium with 48 luxury units on the city's Upper East Side being designed by architect Karl Fisher. On this project Figotin is partnering with Wonder Works and Mink Development. The luxury tower will be one of the Upper East Side's newest ground-up large condominiums to be built in the area north of East 86th Street, which has not seen new substantial condo construction in over five years.
Figotin is also developing an Upper East Side building at 39 East 72nd Street, a 13,036 sq.ft.townhouse once owned by Gloria Vanderbilt. They are restoring it to its former glory days as a single-family townhouse with three condominium uber exclusive units. The top architectural firm of CetraRuddy has been tapped to do the work.
David co-founded Brooklyn Standard Properties (BSP) in 2013. David has over 12 years of financial market experience working for some of the largest European banks. Over those 12 years, he traded, sold and managed trillions of corporate credit and residential mortgage backed securities. Most recently, he managed the EUR 6 trillion CDO portfolio at KBC Bank where he was asked to oversee a team of traders in order to maximize the portfolio's returns. Prior to running the team, David helped grow the KBC CDO business to be one of the largest and most active teams on Wall Street. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he received a BSBA from Olin Business school. He is married with a 5 year old son.
Eric Hantman is the CEO & Founder of Prime NY. He started Prime NY at the end of 2008 after many years experience in the industry. Eric has a passion for making introductions, building relationships and putting large deals together. Eric proved to be a huge asset to Homestead, running the office as Managing Director at Homestead NY and producing results as one of the top sales agents in 2007 & 2008. Hantman's vast knowledge of the inventory paired with his relationship building skills make the buying/renting process seamless from start to finish. Eric instills his energy and work ethic into all the agents at Prime NY, building a team of well-rounded professionals. Prior to Eric's career in Real Estate, he excelled in the Commercial Printing industry, heading up Suniland Press' New York Office. Quickly, Hantman became a force in the NYC upscale catalog business providing the highest level of service. After Eric graduated with Honors from University of Maryland Business School in 2003, he pursued a 3 year career in the Wine & Liquor Industry. Eric's hard work and motivation always put him at the top of his sales team. Eric prides himself on Prime NY being the next generation of Real Estate with the best team the industry has to offer. Prime's mission is covering all aspects of the deal, from inception to completion.
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.
Ian Marlow is CEO of FITECH, which he founded in 2001. He oversees all facets of the day-to-day operations of the company and has directed its expansion into business process consulting and private cloud services specializing in the real estate industry. In the past 12 months alone FITECH has provided IT systems that service over 200,000 residential units and 150 Million Square Feet of Commercial Real Estate globally. Mr. Marlow’s visionary approach to vertical service integration and solutions-based delivery platforms have served as the foundation for FITECH’s client-focused growth. Combining operations expertise with technology platform design and long-term systems and operational support, the company’s holistic approach integrates the secret to each company’s success – the balance of its People, Process and Technology. Mr. Marlow was also formerly President & CEO of Newmark Knight Frank Global Management Services and CIO globally for Newmark Knight Frank, which was sold to BGC Partners [BGCP]. Prior to that he was the COO & CIO of The Gale Company, which was acquired by Mack Cali [CLI] in 2006. He is a regular cyber security correspondent for CBS News, NBC News, Fox News and ABC News as well as being highlighted on multiple syndicated radio stations across the United States. Mr. Marlow is a Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP) and was among the first 12 graduates of the IOAP, which has more than 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide today. Mr. Marlow earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mark M. Mindick is a longstanding partner and has been a substantial part of the growth of the firm for the past 15 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.
A leader in the firm’s Real Estate practice, Mark serves as a specialist and go-to consultant for the real estate community from entrepreneurs all the way through some of the largest national brands in U.S. real estate. He is involved in all verticals of the industry and is highly skilled in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other various areas of business counsel and analysis. He also negotiates with a wide range of capital sources from private investors, family offices, real estate funds, hedge funds, and other institutional grade investors.
On the pulse of the marketplace, Mark brings value to clients with his proactive approach and deep understanding of his clients’ issues and goals, helping to scale and diversify businesses to grow them to the next level.
Mark maintains an extensive network of equity sources and has expansive knowledge in structuring deals from every aspect, ranging from all tiers of the capital stack to sophisticated multi-tier joint venture structures. An expert in benchmarking against the marketplace, he also advises on initiating, structuring, and analyzing real estate funds and syndication vehicles.
Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Mark served at a regional NYC firm focusing on high-level consulting and assurance projects.
Michael Davis is the founding partner of The Plymouth Group, a Real Estate investment company that has deployed, together with various Joint Venture partners, more than a quarter of a billion dollars of acquisitions in New York City 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 his 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.
Paul Shapses advises on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including financings, joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions and development matters, with a focus on hospitality and resort financing, acquisition, management and development.
Paul has been instrumental in the financing, acquisition and workout of more than $12 billion of resort and hotel properties in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Anguilla, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos, St. Martin and Mexico. He has handled sophisticated hotel and resort matters since 1988 and in 1993 worked to establish the first securitized lending program originated by a major Wall Street investment bank devoted to the hospitality industry.
Steven Vegh started Westwood Realty Associates in 2013 to focus primarily on off-market transactions. Before that he had worked at GFI Realty for 7 years, leaving to pursue note and property acquisitions. He decided to return to brokerage roughly two years later on his own, and has since completed over $6 billion in off-market sales in NYC and Boroughs ranging from one million to a quarter of a billion dollars. He has been known in the industry for his discreet way of doing business and his honesty in which he does it.
Toby Moskovits is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region.
The company’s fast-growing portfolio is comprised of unique, contextualized buildings in some of New York’s outer borough neighborhoods. In addition to the two-million square feet of commercial and residential properties the firm has already
completed, Heritage currently has a number of major projects in various stages of development:
The Williamsburg Hotel, 150 room hotel in the heart of Williamsburg's Wythe Avenue district, 25 Kent Avenue, an innovative light industrial and office development in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, targeting tech, creative, and maker tenants; a 190-unit residential rental development at 564 St. John’s Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; a 75,000-square-foot light industrial and office project at 215 Moore Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Other successful projects include: conversion of the old St. Vincent de Paul Church, rectory, and school in Manhattan into the Spire Lofts, a 100-unit residential rental building that preserves the original facade and ecclesiastical aesthetics; development of Grand Living, a five-story, 75,000- square-foot building in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn that is fully leased; conversion of the Quarry Building into a 40,000-sf, mixed-use property; and pre-development of 170-unit residential project at 41-21 28th Street in Long Island City, Queens.
Prior to founding Heritage, Ms. Moskovits served as managing director of private equity and venture capital investment activity at Cammeby’s Capital Group, where she also developed a merchant banking practice.
Ms. Moskovits, who holds an MBA from Bar Ilan University, also serves on the National Advisory Board of Springtime Enterprises, a nonprofit supporting women’s access to capital markets, and is the founder of Gotham Angels, a New York City-based Angel Investment group that provides angel investors with opportunities to invest in mature growth and middle market private equity opportunities.
Ms. Moskovits resides in Queens with her three children.
The YJP invites you to attend our flagship biannual real estate event of the year, our Real Estate Deal-Makers Summit.
Join us and 250+ of New York’s most prominent dealmakers, investors, owners and executives as we convene on Tuesday May 16 to discuss current and future markets, identify new avenues for collaboration, and explore potential investment opportunities.
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch | Networking
12:45 - 1:00 Opening Remarks
1:00 - 2:00 Breakout Session # 1
2:15 - 3:15 Keynote Panel
3:30 - 4:30 Breakout Session # 2
4:45 - 5:45 Breakout Session # 3
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner | Networking
This event starts on May 16th at 12:00 PM.