Real Estate Investment & Development Forum
TBA (Midtown Manhattan)
This event starts on September 7th at 6:00 PM.
Mr. Tenzer is the Director or Real Estate and a founding member of Contrarian, an institutional money management firm with over $4 billion in funds under management including dedicated real estate funds. Since Contrarian’s formation in 1995 he has been responsible for sourcing, managing and coordinating the disposition of the firm’s real estate investments. From 1993 to 1995 he was a senior analyst and co-head of the high-yield real estate group at Oppenheimer & Co. The prior six years he was responsible for the analysis, financing, acquisition, disposition, restructuring and asset management of a nationwide portfolio for investor Arthur G. Cohen in the real estate, lodging, restaurant, aviation and manufacturing industries. Mr. Tenzer received a BSBA from Georgetown University in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1987.
Joe McMillan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DDG, an integrated investment, development, design, construction and asset management firm focused on the acquisition and development of real estate and underlying equity, debt or hybrid securities.
Since founding the firm in 2009, DDG has become one of the most active developers in Manhattan. Under McMillan’s tutelage the company has expanded its luxury real estate portfolio to California and most recently Florida.
McMillan’s development portfolio of projects underway in prime locations in New York City include 325 West Broadway in Soho, 12 Warren Street and 100 Franklin Street in Tribeca, and his first tower at 180 East 88th Street on the Upper East Side. The firm is also developing its first residential development in Brooklyn at the former rental building The Standish in Brooklyn Heights.
Other celebrated projects developed under his helm include 41 Bond in NoHo and the price-record-breaking 345meatpacking in the Meatpacking District.
In San Francisco DDG is currently developing four architecturally adventurous residential projects in the fashionable Hayes Valley neighborhood. McMillan also recently spearheaded DDG’s acquisition of 532 West 20th Street in New York, and Parcel T and 235 Valencia Street in San Francisco.
In addition to his developments in New York and California, McMillan led DDG through its first foray into Florida with a new residential project in Palm Beach. Located at 3550 South Ocean Boulevard, the development will be the first new oceanfront luxury condominium in the area in over a decade.
Prior to founding DDG McMillan was a senior member of the U.S. private equity investment team at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, an institutional alternative asset management firm with over $45 billion of assets under management. He was also a principal at Greenhill & Co., and a founding member of Greenhill Capital Partners investment team managing $1.1 billion of equity capital.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, he holds a B.S. in Commerce, Concentration in Finance. McMillan also served in the U.S. Army.
DDG invests economic and intellectual capital where it can use innovative design solutions to improve the built environment, creating value for both stakeholders and the community at large.
Capital, design, development, construction and asset management are all executed through DDG’s multiplatform structure, allowing it to seamlessly and efficiently exercise its vision.
The DDG team is comprised of approximately 100 individuals who come from diverse professional backgrounds that include investment, development, design, construction, hospitality and asset management; their depth of knowledge and expertise has helped set the standard of excellence associated with the DDG brand. The company has acquired, designed and developed over two million square feet of property on the East and West Coasts.
DDG has offices in New York, California and Florida.
Mr. Bernstein is a Principal and sits on the firm's Investment Committee. Mr. Bernstein is responsible for developing and implementing acquisition and asset management activities of Artemis. Mr. Bernstein is based in New York City.
Prior to joining Artemis, Mr. Bernstein worked for seven years at Brickman, where he most recently was a Managing Director overseeing the firm’s acquisition efforts throughout the U.S. He has significant experience investing in office properties.
Previously, Mr. Bernstein was a Senior Investment Manager at Hines responsible for investing separate account capital throughout the east coast. Prior to joining Hines, he worked for CIBC World Markets where he was responsible for underwriting, originating, and structuring fixed and floating rate mortgages. Mr. Bernstein started his career at Arthur Andersen where he focused on performing due diligence for CMBS loans.
He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University.
Tom Shapiro is the President and Founder of GTIS Partners. In addition, Mr. Shapiro is the Chief Investment Officer and is responsible for overseeing all investment activities and strategies of the firm. He is also Chairman of the General Partner’s Committee. GTIS Partners is a global real estate investment firm headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, São Paulo, Brazil, Paris, France and Munich, Germany. The firm has 83 employees and approximately $3.6 billion of assets under management.
Prior to starting GTIS Partners, Mr. Shapiro was a Senior Managing Director at Tishman Speyer and a member of the firm’s Investment and Management Committees. Most recently, he was responsible for Tishman Speyer’s global equity capital markets and dispositions groups. Previously, Mr. Shapiro ran GTS Properties, an acquisitions joint venture between Tishman Speyer and Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Shapiro serves on the Board of Trustees of Horace Mann School. He also serves on the Undergraduate Executive Board for The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, from which Mr. Shapiro received a B.S. and graduated magna cum laude.
Ari Davis is an associate in Tannenbaum Helpern's Real Estate, Construction and Environmental Law practice. He concentrates in enabling commercial real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, leasing and financing. Ari has counseled a diverse set of clients, from family-owned businesses and single member limited liability companies to Fortune 500 companies. He negotiates retail and office leases and subleases on behalf of landlords and tenants for spaces ranging from small offices to entire industrial buildings. Ari frequently works with developer clients that sell and purchase multifamily developments, shopping centers and office buildings throughout the U.S., and he represents lenders and borrowers in various loan structures.
Some of Ari’s work has included the following:
- representing a developer that acquired a controlling interest in a joint venture with a church, which was formed to acquire and develop the church property and multifamily units above it and
- representing a car dealership client on a construction loan that it obtained from its national franchisor
Prior to joining the firm, Ari was an associate in the Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group of Chiesa, Shahinian and Giantomasi PC (formerly known as Wolff & Samson PC), one of the largest and most respected New Jersey law firms.
Outside of work, Ari enjoys spending quality time with his family and is an ever-suffering Cleveland sports fan.