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Mr. Altman is an entrepreneur and real estate investor with experience in identifying, buying and selling real estate. As a founder and Managing Member of KABR, he is instrumental in fundraising, structuring JV partnerships, sourcing and acquiring real property and debt. To date, Adam has participated in transactions totaling approximately four million square feet of commercial properties, as well as thousands of residential units, hotels and new development land with over 3000 units of entitlements. Prior to joining KABR, he focused on acquisition, development, management, and disposition of real estate for a multi-billion dollar healthcare company. He has also worked with the private wealth team at Deutsche Bank, portfolio manager/analyst at Chestnut Ridge Capital and founded and sold Freshpair.com, an e-commerce company.
Adam Smith is the Director of Real Estate at MKF Realty in New York City. MKF specializes in development and repositioning of residential and commercial properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mr. Smith has been at MKF for 9 years where he has overseen, the acquisition and development of the companies real estate portfolio. Notable transactions include ground up developments in Brooklyn, repositioning’s in Harlem and a large assemblage on the far west side.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Wisconsin.
Adi Chugh is a Managing Partner and Founder of Maverick. He brings significant experience from working on Wall Street across various sectors and across the balance sheet.
Adi founded Maverick at the end of 2007 as he identified an opportunity in the distressed real estate space. He created a significant plethora of relationships across the lending world, all the way from top private equity firms to large institutional investors. He has leveraged his network to deliver bespoke solutions to his clients.
Adi began his career as an Investment Banker with Wachovia Securities in their Leverage Finance Group. He then moved onto the Equity Capital Markets Group in New York. Adi placed approximately $16 billion of debt in his time at Wachovia. Adi has had the opportunity of working on some marquis transactions such as the Oracle & Peoplesoft acquisition (a $9.5 bn transaction), Adolph Coor’s acquisition of Molson, Inc. (a $1.3 bn acquisition) and has worked with marquis names in the retail, media & telecom and energy sectors.
From there, Adi moved onto becoming a Vice President and Head of the West Coast (North America) for Kotak Mahindra (One of the largest Indian Investment Bank). In his role at Kotak, Adi was primarily involved in raising assets from U.S. investors for investing into India while developing a platform for investors and firms looking to enter India in strategic partnerships.
Adi then worked for Merrill Lynch in New York on the new India platform where he was an India specialist, sourcing investment banking deals for cross border transactions between India and the U.S. and also raising assets for investments into India.
Adi is a native of New Delhi and completed his degrees in International Business & Management and Economics from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Mr. Levison started his real estate career as an entrepreneur investing in multi-family value-add properties in New Haven, Connecticut. He then spent four years working in investment and development in Harlem for The Janus Property Company. He joined Dermot in 2011, became a principal in 2015, and is currently responsible for overseeing new acquisitions and asset management activities. He has over a decade of asset management, property management and development experience in both residential and commercial real estate. He has handled over $1 billion in transactions since joining Dermot. Mr. Levison received a bachelors degree from Wesleyan University.
Andrew Miller co-founded and is a principal at Novel where he is responsible for sourcing new acquisitions and managing capital markets. Since Novel’s inception in 2015 Andrew has raised $100 million in equity and sourced roughly $350 million worth of multi-family deals. Prior to joining Novel, Andrew founded Excelsior Equities where he led the acquisition of 1,100 apartments and oversaw all aspects of company operations.
Before Excelsior, Andrew served as an Acquisitions Director for ABS Partners Real Estate in Manhattan. In that capacity, Andrew was responsible for the purchase of three 100,000 plus square foot office buildings in Manhattan. Before serving as an Acquisitions Director, Andrew was a Commercial Real Estate Broker at ABS and managed the marketing, evaluation and disposition of over a million square feet of office and residential property.
Andrew has also been active in his family’s business, Miller Realty Associates (MRA), serving as a consultant on deal structuring and market analyses. MRA currently owns approximately 750,000 square feet of retail space and approximately 600,000 square feet of office space in New York City and Long Island. MRA also has a successful track in development having delivered over 2,000 condominiums and single-family homes in different projects throughout Long Island.
Mr. Miller holds a B.S. from Baruch College with a concentration in both Real Estate and Finance.
Anthony Orso joined NKF Capital Markets as president of Capital Markets Strategies in 2018. Based in the firm's New York headquarters, Mr. Orso focuses on integrating Berkeley Point Capital with ARA, A Newmark Company, two companies recently acquired by NKF Capital Markets, an affiliate of the Newmark Group, Inc. Mr. Orso also serves as NKF Capital Markets' liaison with Cantor Fitzgerald's commercial-backed mortgage securities (CMBS) business and advises the firm on its third-party debt business. Mr. Orso reports to Newmark Knight Frank CEO Barry Gosin and works closely with Jeff Day, CEO of Berkeley Point Capital, and Blake Okland, vice chairman and head of U.S. Multifamily.
Mr. Orso is the co-founder and former CEO of CCRE (Cantor Commercial Real Estate), Cantor Fitzgerald's fully integrated commercial and multifamily real estate finance company. During his tenure as CEO, CCRE closed billions of dollars' worth of loans and opened locations across the U.S. In 2014, CCRE was ranked as the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company by Crain's New York Business. That same year, Mr. Orso was named No. 1 in Commercial Observer's 50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate Finance.
Prior to NKF, Mr. Orso was a managing director at Credit Suisse and co-head of the Credit Suisse Real Estate Direct Group, where he was responsible for over $200 billion in North American real estate loans. Mr. Orso also oversaw the expansion of the business in the United States, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
Mr. Orso earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University. Active in his community, he serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York.
Arik Lifshitz is the CEO of DSA Property Group, which is a real estate holdings firm and parent company of DSA Development and DSA Management Co. Inc. Arik is responsible for the coordination and management of all corporate matters. Arik has been an integral part in growing the private, family-owned operation from a small management company – founded in 1986 by Arik’s father Howard – to a multi-national organization with over 100 employees.
Arik assumed full control over day-to-day operations of DSA Management Co. Inc. in 2005. He now heads the expansion efforts of the company’s extensive portfolio, with over 1000 residential units and 50 commercial units throughout New York City, as well as developments in Upstate New York, Miami, FL, and Jerusalem, Israel. The company recently opened a new 2,200 sq. ft. corporate office in the Flatiron District, located at 60 Madison Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets.
Arik founded DSA Realty Services, a 50 agent brokerage firm in 2007, which merged with City Connections Realty in 2017. Arik is a silent, minority owner of City Connections Realty.
Prior to joining DSA, Arik worked as a mortgage underwriter for Fannie Mae DUS loans around the country, which exposed him to a variety of different real estate markets.
Lifshitz grew up in the real estate business, often spending his summers as a teenager working on construction sites and seeing first hand the process of renovation, beautification and its effect on the surrounding neighborhood.
Lifshitz graduated from Yeshiva University in 2003 where he was a competitive athlete on their NCAA basketball team. He happily resides in Englewood, New Jersey with his wife Tamar and three children, Ozzie, Lola and Felix.
Bastien Broda is a Managing Partner and Founder of 60 Guilders, LLC. Bastien has been involved in the sourcing, underwriting, financing and closing of over $2.9 billion of New York City retail, office and residential transactions. Before forming 60G, Bastien was an Associate at Savanna Real Estate Fund, where he supported the firm’s acquisitions and asset management activities from 2009 – 2013. Bastien joined Savanna from BNP Paribas where he was an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions group from 2008 – 2009. In addition to English, Bastien speaks fluent French and Spanish. He received a BS in Finance and Management, summa cum laude, from New York University.
Brad Blumenfeld has been instrumental in leading BDG expand within its core market, and industry sectors. Brad, who joined the firm in 1995, has secured acquisitions, spearheaded development programs as well as leasing and financing efforts for a number of properties in BDG’s five-million square foot portfolio that spans up and down the East Coast into states such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina and Florida.
Brad is also active in the real estate community on Long Island, having served as a past President of the Building Owners and Managers Association-Long Island, and has been selected to be a leader on a number of industry related task forces.
Brad graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in real estate and entrepreneurial management.
Charlie focuses on acquisitions, operations and strategy at Delshah Capital. Charlie previously founded Reonomy, the most advanced commercial real estate data and analytics product on the market, now bringing unique research capabilities to Delshah. Charlie led and grew Reonomy through 4 rounds of funding, partnering with investors including Bain Capital and Softbank, and remains an active member of Reonomy’s board of directors. Charlie received a double BS from the University of Miami.
Daniel Rudin joined Angelo, Gordon’s real estate group in 2009. Danny is responsible for acquisitions, asset management and dispositions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Danny works with both the value-add and opportunistic funds with the firm, deploying capital in all asset classes with the exception of hotel assets, and has overseen or been responsible for investments totaling over $3bln. Danny is also the co-chair and co-founder of the Covenant House New York Real Estate Executive Sleepout, a cause dedicated to helping homeless children off of the city streets. Prior to joining the firm, Danny worked for Deutsche Bank’s RREEF Global Opportunistic Funds where he focused on real estate acquisitions and asset management. Danny received his B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Danny has more than 25 years of extensive international experience in Real Estate investment & management, private equity and venture capital, investment banking and asset management. Danny co-founded GAIA at 2009. Previously he founded and was CO-CEO of Tamir Fishman, an Investment bank and asset management company with $ billions assets under management. 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
Dan Oelsner oversees and manages the acquisitions for IGI USA as well as the new development and business development. Mr. Oelsner has over 15 years of real estate experience where he purchased, developed repositioned and managed residential and mixed used properties. In the last 8 years with IGI, Mr. Oelsner lead the development and conversion of 93 Worth, 15 Renwick, The Flynn and other developments in NY and LA where he gain extensive experience with residential properties. Prior to joining IGI, Mr. Oelsner worked at El-Ad Properties NY where he participated in the development of complex deals such as Plaza Las Vegas, One Madison, The Plaza NY and the retail portion of the Hotel - Shops at The Plaza. Mr. Oelsner holds an LL.B from the Netanya Academic Collage and MS.c in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York.
David Juracich is a Principal / Partner of JDS Development Group (jdsdevelopment.com), a real estate development company formed for the purchase and development of luxury real estate. He has been involved with the capital sourcing, finance, purchase, development and construction of over 2,500,000 sq ft of property, including 202 8th St in Gowanus Brooklyn, the Jean Nouvel designed Monad Terrace in Miami, Walker Tower in New York City, Stella Tower, the American Copper Buildings and 111 west 57th street.
David came to real estate development from a 19 year Wall Street background in interest rate derivatives, in a career extending through Melbourne, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
David is also heavily involved in the future direction of the industry. He is Chairman of Profectus USA (profectusgroup.com), an algorithm based technology firm specializing in contract compliance software that aids procurement, automated invoice processing and prevents overpayments. He is also Chairman of LabelAmerica (labelamerica.us), a wearable clothing technology firm heavily invested in construction worksite Health & Safety through its investment in Triax Technologies(triaxtec.com) which provides data-driven visibility into worker locations, equipment utilization and safety incidents.
David is devoted to green spaces in NYC and is an active Board member of Hudson River Park Friends. David rowed University Crew earning full Blue honors, rowed for the Victorian state Youth Eight at the National titles and won the Australian Under 23 Club Eight title. David received a Bachelor of Business from Monash University, Australia.
Mr. Ledy is the Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC (USRA), a privately held firm based in New York that specializes in equity investments in corporate real estate assets. In addition, USRA provides real estate advisory services to a diverse base of clients, including public companies, financial institutions as well as major private developers and investors. USRA’s transactions have ranged in size from $10 million to $1.4 billion, including transactions with McDonald’s Corporation, Nestle USA, Inc. Accor S.A., Walmart, Disney and J.P. Morgan Chase. USRA’s current portfolio exceeds $2.95 billion of investments, including assets for the company’s own account, institutional investors, corporate clients, private families and pension funds.
As Chief Operating Officer of USRA, Mr. Ledy is responsible for portfolio acquisitions, advisory assignments and structured real estate financings. Mr. Ledy oversees the entire transaction process including transaction structuring, negotiation of the applicable acquisition and finance documents, and supervision of the acquisition process. Mr. Ledy has successfully closed in excess of $6 billion of sale/leaseback, net lease and structured real estate transactions at U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC. Prior to joining USRA in 1991, Mr. Ledy was a partner in the New York law firm of Shea & Gould where he was a member of the real estate department and chairman of the real estate workout group. Mr. Ledy is a graduate of the New York Law School (JD, cum laude, 1974) and Lehigh University (BA, with honors, 1970). Mr. Ledy was admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1975 and the Courts of the State of New York in 1975.
Devin Kulka is the CEO of the Kulka Group. Since a young age, Devin has been involved in almost every facet of construction. Beginning as a concrete laborer, Devin has literally worked from the ground up. He transitioned into doing electrical work before becoming the Assistant Superintendent for Kulka LLC. Since then, he has led Kulka in completing $250 Million of Construction.
Understanding that continued mastery of the building process is essential to keeping Kulka, LLC a leader in commercial building, Devin has continued to educate himself taking courses at Farmingdale State College to receive his certificate as a Project Management Professional Certification .
A graduate of New York Institute of Technology, Devin earned a degree in Business Management. Growing up in a household with Jack Kulka allowed him to learn from an early age the passion, dedication, and mental fortitude required to keep a company on the cutting edge and moving ever forward. In his new role as leader of Kulka LLC, Devin has expanded what the company does under a new brand called The Kulka Group which now takes part in construction management, general contracting, capital consulting and real estate development.
Devin has founded Nexus Pro Group a networking group on Long Island for young professionals that raises money for local charities. He also hosts a weekly Podcast called On The Rise bringing in successful individuals from all types of industries to discuss the paths they have taken to get where they are today. Devin sits on the Man of The Year Committee for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, The Next Gen Committee for the Long Island Real Estate Group and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization Next Generation.
Devin understands that the building process is constantly evolving and he prides himself on continuing to usher The Kulka Group into the future while still maintaining and embracing the excellence of the past.
NYC Office Suites ("NYCOS") successfully operates six Executive Office Suites in NYC. NYC Office Suites offers flexible office suites, virtual offices and conference rooms. NYC Office Suites has fully furnished offices with full-time receptionist. NYC Office Suites has locations throughout Manhattan centered around Grand Central, Sixth Ave, Rockefeller Center and Lexington Ave. NYC Office Suites services small entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 Companies.
Blackfield makes investments where it can add value to the operations and take a leadership role in management. Blackfield is the majority owner of NYC Office Suites. Blackfield also owns positions in two multifamily units in Florida with a combined 500 units.
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 residential, office, hospitality, retail and
parking. Mr. Rieder specializes in value-add acquisitions, where
property performance can be enhanced through multiple
operational and capital improvements. His investments
have shown a strong history of success in improving both
the quality of life for the tenants and the cash flow to the
owner through improvements to unit quality, community
amenities, and property aesthetics. He has also
successfully employed strategies to turn around
underperforming properties, including overhauling
management, reconfiguring under-utilized space, reducing
operational costs, enhancing property security, and
repositioning assets within their markets. In addition to his activities with the Castle Lanterra companies, Mr. Rieder is an equity partner in a substantial number of units owned and managed by Fieldstone
Properties, an active New Jersey investor, owner, and
operator of multifamily communities in the eastern U.S. He
is also the manager of several insurance funds with over
$400 million of assets under management, and has
invested in multiple high-yielding real estate investments
through this vehicle. 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.
Eli Tabak is a seasoned veteran of the commercial real estate industry, with over 18 years of experience in the business. Prior to co-founding The Bluestone Group, Eli was a Managing
Director at the New York-based investment sales firm, GFI Realty Services. Over the course of his career, he has successfully negotiated numerous high profile sales, as well as consulting and
advising his clients during transactions. As co-founder of The Bluestone Group, Eli oversees the sourcing, acquisition, loan origination, and workouts of non-performing debt, primarily secured by a multi-family real estate, as well as complex bankruptcy litigation and settlements.
The Bluestone Group is a privately held investment firm, formed to capitalize on increasing prospects in the opportunistic real estate market. Bluestone specializes in identifying value-add scenarios, such as under-managed properties, developing markets and distressed assets. Bluestone invests in opportunistic situations, distressed properties, sub-performing debt and
equity, and non-performing commercial mortgage loans.
Bluestone Capital LLC, a subsidiary of The Bluestone Group, originates bridge and structured finance deals, as well as mezzanine and preferred equity loans. Bluestone’s loan portfolio is
currently in excess of $200 million. Bluestone’s principals have executed in excess of $1.5 billion of commercial real estate
transactions, which includes all real estate asset classes throughout the USA and across many diverse markets.
Margules 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.
Francis Greenburger is the founder, chairman, chief executive officer and guiding force behind Time Equities, Inc. Founded in 1966, Time Equities, Inc. (TEI) has been in the real estate investment, development and asset & property management business for more than 50 years. TEI currently holds in its own portfolio approximately 31.1 million square feet of residential, industrial, office and retail property – including more than 4,000 multi-family apartment units. In addition, TEI is in various stages of development and pre-development of constructing approximately 1.4 million square feet of various property types which includes at least 1,447 residential units. With properties in 30 states, five Canadian provinces, Germany, the Netherlands, and Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, the TEI portfolio benefits from a diversity of property types, sizes and markets. There are concentrations in the Northeast, Southwest, Midwest and West Coast, and new markets are always being evaluated.
Mr. Greenburger is well known throughout the real estate industry for his ability to anticipate real estate trends and changing market conditions. TEI was a market leader in the cooperative conversion business in New York City, having converted over 100 buildings including over 10,000 units. More recently, TEI took the lead in the conversion of obsolete office buildings into residential apartments in New York’s Wall Street area. Building on our expertise in new residential construction and re-positioning, TEI is currently working on or has recently completed several development projects in Downtown Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, Jersey City, NJ, Seattle, Washington, Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Canada. Taking advantage of under-recognized opportunities has been the hallmark of the TEI strategy and a major component of its success.
Mr. Greenburger also has a passion for the arts. He is the founder and principal benefactor of Omi International Arts Center, a 27 year-old not-for-profit arts colony and educational center which hosts residency programs for visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and architects from all over the world; as well as a renowned sculpture park which is open to the public on a 300-acre property in Ghent, New York just south of Albany. Mr. Greenburger himself is an art collector (his office is a virtual gallery) and he owns over 500 contemporary paintings and sculptures. He was awarded the insignia of chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government because of his commitment to the arts and his founding of the Omi International Arts Center.
In addition, Mr. Greenburger is the Chairman of S.J. Greenburger Associates, Inc., a literary agency founded by his father 86 years ago, representing many world renowned and best selling authors including Dan Brown, Brad Thor, Daniel Amen, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Preiss Glasser, and Rosemary Wells.
Most recently, Mr. Greenburger founded the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice, which advocates for reforms to the criminal justice system.
Mr. Greenburger is also a very active board member of several not-for-profit organizations: Alliance for Downtown New York, Baruch Real Estate Advisory Board for the Department of Real Estate, Lavigny Writer’s Residency, Lincoln Center – Real Estate and Construction Council, Little Red Schoolhouse/Elizabeth Irwin High School Board of Trustees, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MASS MoCA (contemporary art museum), Michael Wolk Heart Foundation, NYU Real Estate Institute Advisory Board, Omi International Arts Center, Inc., Sports and Arts In Schools Foundation, and the Zicklin School of Business Dean’s Council at Baruch College.
Mr. Greenburger graduated from Baruch College in 1974 with a degree in Public Administration. In addition to real estate and the arts, Mr. Greenburger is an avid tennis player. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Isabelle Autones and children Morgan, Noah, Julia and Claire.
Mr. Kurz is the Chief Executive Officer of Peaceable Street Capital. Mr. Kurz has 30+ years of experience originating, structuring and managing over $6 billion in high-yield, structured real estate investments. As a lender, equity partner and direct investor, Mr. Kurz has participated in the development, renovation, and operation of a wide range of projects across all asset classes, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to Peaceable Street Capital’s launch, Mr. Kurz was Vice President and General Manager at Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM) where he held various senior new business and operational positions. As Managing Director, he was an original member of the team that started Kimco’s Preferred Equity Program. Mr. Kurz also directed several different departments, including Kimco Select, a $190 million program that made entity-level investments in real estate operating companies; Structured Investments, a portfolio with ownership interest in 1,000+ properties and a $4 billion market value; and Risk Management, a department responsible for providing risk guidance, underwriting and due diligence analysis for all of the company’s
As Managing Director and Senior Vice President of GE Capital Real Estate’s Eastern Territory, Mr. Kurz directed four east coast offices, covering 12 states that generated $1.5 billion in structured investments during his tenure. Earlier in his GE career, Mr. Kurz served as District Manager of the firm’s Philadelphia office.
His experience also includes several years leading the acquisition, finance, and corporate mergers & acquisitions activities of a private investment firm. Mr. Kurz holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Arts in Geography from Temple University, and a B.A. from Mansfield University. He is also a licensed professional land planner for the State of New Jersey.
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 to 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.
Isaac Abraham is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Witnick Real Estate Partners, a fully-integrated owner-operator of mixed-use and multi-family assets in northern Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Since its founding in mid-2014, Witnick has acquired over 30 assets with an acquisition value of over $120million. Mr. Abraham focuses on sourcing, underwriting, acquisitions and deal-structuring. Prior to Witnick, Mr. Abraham was Associate of Acquisitions and Asset Management at Fortuna Realty Group – one of the largest privately held, NYC-based hospitality development companies. His responsibilities included sourcing and underwriting hospitality acquisition and developments. Mr. Abraham holds an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance and Corporate Accounting from the University of Rochester.
Based in New York, Jason joined DLJ RECP in 2000 and is responsible for acquisitions, asset management and implementing value-creation strategies. He serves on our Investment Committee and has played a significant role in a number of the firm’s hospitality investments, distressed debt acquisitions, development projects and debt restructurings. Prior to joining us, he worked for real estate merchant banking firm Cheslock, Bakker & Associates and in the accounting practice of Price Waterhouse. Jason is a licensed C.P.A. He received a B.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. with highest distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.
Jason Muss joined Muss Development, LLC (“MDL”) in 1996 and is Principal in charge of development, construction and acquisitions for the company. He is involved in all aspects of real estate development for MDL, including existing, under construction and planned projects.
Mr. Muss has overseen the development of 21 residential buildings in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan including Oceana Condominium and Club, a 1.6 million sf, 927-unit condominium project. Muss’s most recent project, 1 Brooklyn Bay, a 30 story luxury tower in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, is currently under construction with sales underway. He also completed the development of a 100,000 sf rental building with a retail component in Manhattan, 35,000 sf of retail redevelopment in Downtown Brooklyn, the redevelopment of a 200,000 sf office building in Queens and the acquisition of two office buildings totaling over 200,000 square feet in Manhattan, retenanting over 30,000 sf of retail in those two properties. Recently, Muss negotiated the acquisition of 6 properties (4 in Manhattan and 2 in Brooklyn), including 180 Franklin Avenue in Clinton Hill, a 118 unit luxury rental building that is fully leased. Mr. Muss oversees a five million sf, multi-building commercial and retail portfolio for MDL and its affiliates, and has also overseen the development of over 1 million sf of retail property.
Mr. Muss graduated from Yeshiva University in 1993 and received his JD from the New York University School of Law in 1996. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and is the vice chair of AIPAC’s NY Real Estate Division, and serves as a national board member at AIPAC.
In addition, Mr. Muss has served as a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. There, he was involved in planning council events and working with other religious groups on tolerance education initiatives and last year received their “Generation to Generation” award at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Dinner. Mr. Muss also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University School of Law.
Mr. Krasnoff is Chief Executive Officer of Rialto Capital Management, LLC, which he formed in 2007 to capitalize on investment opportunities in the commercial real estate sector.
Today Rialto is a vertically integrated investment and asset management platform investing and managing throughout the capital structure in real estate properties, loans, and securities. In addition to investing its own capital, Rialto manages a number of private equity vehicles and has overseen investments with other partners, including pension funds, endowments, insurance companies, family offices, financial institutions, sovereigns and the US Department of Treasury.
With over 40 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate investment, finance and management, Mr. Krasnoff has been involved in the evaluation or oversight of hundreds of billions of dollars of real estate assets around the world.
Mr. Krasnoff is also the co-founder of LNR Property Corporation and was its President since its spinoff from Lennar as a separate public company in 1997, as well as its Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2007. He was also instrumental in taking the company private in a $4 billion transaction in early 2005.
Mr. Krasnoff joined Lennar in 1986 and from 1990 until LNR spun off from Lennar, he was responsible for the growth of Lennar's commercial real estate and joint venture businesses, as well as the formation of LNR Partners and its loan workout and special servicing operations. LNR became the world's largest CMBS special servicer under his leadership. Prior to LNR and Lennar, Mr. Krasnoff spent ten years with KPMG, LLC (formerly Peat Marwick) in New York and Miami specializing in real estate and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Krasnoff is a graduate of Duke University.
Jeff is the head of the Real Estate and Communications practices in New York. With experience including almost 30 years as a general commercial real estate attorney, he has worked with many large national companies — particularly in the high-tech, telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, supermarket, and oil and gas sectors — as well as numerous smaller local clients.
His real estate practice is both national and local and includes representation of landlords and tenants in all types of leases; counseling owners and developers in the acquisition, sale, development, and renovation of property; advising lenders and borrowers in commercial loans; and the representation of all parties in real estate litigation. He is actively involved in settling real estate, partnership, and inter-family disputes.
During the past 30 years, he has developed a unique specialty practice in the intersection of real estate with communications, technology and energy issues. He has extensive experience representing landlords, tenants, and communications service providers in the leasing, purchase, sale, and financing of data centers, switch facilities, colocation facilities, radio and television broadcast antennas, distributed and in-building antenna systems, rooftop antennas, and fiber-optic transactions as well as the wiring of buildings for broadband communications access. Jeff has also negotiated thousands of data center leases, master services agreements and colocation agreements, rooftop and cellular antenna leases, inside wiring agreements, and antenna tower leases throughout the country – covering over 500 million square feet.
He has also devoted a considerable portion of his practice to power and energy issues related to real estate and other technology matters, including large solar and wind installations and bulk power purchases. Jeff is also a member of the firm's Not for Profit Practice, Sports Law Practice, and Israel Practice.
Jeff counsels developers, regional centers, senior lenders, and institutions on the strategic use of EB-5 capital in large-scale real estate transactions. Jeff has served as counsel to several EB-5 issuers and regional centers, with a specific focus on the real estate law aspects of transactions. Jeff also advises clients in the EB-5 space on all aspects of deploying capital into projects and has experience as well in negotiating inter-creditor agreements on behalf of senior lenders and EB-5 regional centers.
A frequent speaker on real estate, data center and telecom topics around the country, Jeff has also written a column called Leasing on the Level, covering leasing topics in Real Estate Weekly. He is a member of the board of advisors and regular contributor to Commercial Lease Law Insider, Commercial Tenant’s Lease Insider, and Communications Environmental and Land Use Law Report. In addition, he frequently contributes to Mortgage and Real Estate Executives Report and is regularly quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commercial Property News, Real Estate Weekly, and other publications.
In the past, he has served in numerous governmental positions, including as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (including serving as the lead board member on many large public-private partnerships and real estate transactions), a member of the New York State Banking Board, a member of the New York State Financial Control Board, a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division of the First Department of the New York State Supreme Court, Assistant to the First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York and assistant to the Deputy Borough President of the Borough of Manhattan. From 1981 to 1982, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, US District Judge, and later Chief Judge, for the Southern District of New York. Jeff is also an emergency medical technician on his local volunteer ambulance and coordinator of his local chapter.
Jordan Vogel has been actively investing in and managing residential real estate in New York City since 2001.
As Co-Founder and Managing Member of Benchmark Real Estate Group, LLC, Jordan oversees all acquisitions for the firm. He has purchased over $1 billion of residential real estate in Manhattan since Benchmark was established in 2009.
Prior to forming Benchmark with Aaron Feldman, Jordan worked under Stephen Siegel (Global Chairman of CBRE) at SG2 Properties, LLC, heading their acquisitions group. While at SG2, Jordan successfully acquired over $600 million worth of residential real estate.
Prior to SG2, Jordan worked at William Moses Co., Inc., an owner-operator of luxury apartments in Manhattan. He was responsible for asset management and the day-to-day operation of the entire portfolio.
Jordan started his career in private equity at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC, a $5 billion money management firm located in New York.
Jordan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from New York University.
In just over a decade, Josh Schuster has established himself as a standout among the next generation of real estate professionals.
The founding of Silverback Development in 2016 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the New York City-based executive, who has a proven track record of delivering successful, high-profile projects to market. Having closed more than $1 billion in real estate deals by the age of 32, Josh spearheads Silverback’s commitment to delivering projects that enhance neighborhoods by pushing the boundaries of design.
As a former principal of DHA Capital, Josh sourced and led the development of many noteworthy luxury residential developments in New York City, including 50 Clinton Street, 535 West 43rd Street and 12 East 13th Street. Additionally, he acquired 75 Kenmare in the city’s Nolita neighborhood and commissioned celebrity interior designer Lenny Kravitz to design the building’s residences.
Prior to his time at DHA, Josh served as director of development at JMH Development, where he was responsible for the trailblazing luxury renovation of 184 Kent Avenue, one of the first and most successful rental conversions in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Josh is founder and chairman of the Bicol Clinic Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds clinics that provide free medical care in developing countries. To date, the organization has raised more than $3 Million, and has built four clinics on
A graduate of Tulane University, Josh is the youngest board member of the Baruch College Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute. He is also a member of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, Urban Land Institute and the New York Private Equity Network.
Acting as President, Srour has been instrumental in shaping the company's growth strategy and expansion since it's inception. A versatile leader, his expertise spans the gamut of ROI-driven financial decision making, real estate valuation, lease negotiations, as well as voice and data technologies. An entrepreneur at heart, Srour has been involved in early-stage businesses in the fields of Real Estate, Voice Over IP and Social Entrepreneurship. Srour’s precocious success has been acknowledged in the form of many accolades. He was recently named to Real Deal’s list of “30 under 30” and has also been named one of Real Estate’s Rising Stars.
Leslie Wohlman Himmel is the founder and co-managing partner of Himmel + Meringoff Properties, a leading owner/operator of New York-based commercial real estate and one of the only privately owned, first generation portfolios of Manhattan office buildings. Founded in 1985 with partner Stephen Meringoff, Himmel + Meringoff currently manages two million square feet of commercial real estate valued in excess of $2 billion.
Ms. Himmel began her career as an acquisitions associate at Integrated Resources in 1979 and is today recognized as one of the foremost women leaders of the commercial real estate industry. Focused on creating value through long-term ownership, she is a creative and insightful hands-on owner responsible for the acquisition of property, strategic repositioning of assets and portfolio financing.
In 2017, Ms. Himmel was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by Crain’s. She was honored as Harvard Business School Club of New York’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for 2016 and, in 2011, received REBNY’s Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award for exceptional accomplishment and dedication to leadership in New York real estate.
Ms. Himmel is a Board member of the M&T Bank Directors Advisory Council, New York City Mortgage Committee and the Harvard Business School Club of New York. In 1992, she founded and continues to co-chair REBNY’s Economic Development Committee which works with New York City officials to support economic development initiatives in the city. A member of REBNY’s Board of Governors since 2001, Ms. Himmel also serves on the Board of the Executive Committee. Ms. Himmel is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the UDMUC Red Council of the Urban Land Institute, Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York and YPO/WPO.
Dedicated to women entrepreneurs, Ms. Himmel established “The Women’s Student Association Fellowship Fund” in 2008, which awards scholarships to Harvard Business School students. Ms. Himmel is also an early stage investor and Board advisor to Hello Alfred, a successful online concierge service, developed by two women who are recent HBS graduates.
Ms. Himmel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received her MBA with high honors from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Freud is the Managing Principal of Troutbrook Company a fully integrated real estate company with a separate construction division, primarily involved in the development and acquisition of properties. Notable projects include the conversion of a substantial loft building in downtown Brooklyn and subsequent buyout by Forest City Rather to make way for the Nets/Barclay arena. Troutbrook continues to develop residential condominium projects and high-end rental projects in both the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Troutbrook has bought, developed and sold more than a dozen buildings in NYC in the past years. Troutbrook has developments in 4 states and is presently executed development and added value investments in San Francisco, Los Angeles Art District, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and NYC. Troutbrook is an Owner of real estate across the asset classes. Their developments are retail, mixed-use properties, residential, industrial and owners of Hilton and Marriott hospitality assets.
Mr. Zegen joined the firm in August of 2007 and is a Vice President of Acquisitions and Debt Originations. He is responsible for sourcing new loan originations, the purchasing of non-performing debt, and the acquisition of development sites and buildings. Since joining the firm Mr. Zegen has sourced and closed over $1 billion in debt transactions as well as over $500 million in property acquisitions. Mr. Zegen is also responsible for asset management of properties the firm owns outside the NY area, and has managed over 1 million square feet of retail, industrial and office properties. Prior to joining Madison, Mr. Zegen worked at Buildcorp Australia Development, a Sydney, Australia based condominium developer.
Mr. Zegen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University.
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 has over 28 years of experience in the real estate industry and is widely regarded as an expert in the hotel industry. During his career, he has been involved in many aspects of the hospitality business including development, acquisitions, renovation, operator selection, design, asset management, financing, sales, advisory and business management.
Mark recently created Intrinsic Hotel Capital, a value add investment platform designed to acquire existing hotels located in strategic markets throughout the United States that have the combination of in place cash flow and are underperforming and can be enhanced through the combination of operational and physical improvements and aggressive asset management.
Mark previously spent 6 years as Managing Partner of Tribeca Associates where he oversaw $1.5 billion of acquisitions and development in Manhattan. Some of his most notable projects include overseeing the development of The Baccarat Hotel and Residences, the Marriott Residence Inn World Trade Center and The Moxy Downtown Hotel, which he continues to oversee.
Prior to his development focus, Mark enjoyed a 20-year career as one of the top advisors to the hotel industry and had the good fortune of working on many of the industries’ most complex projects.
Martin Nussbaum serves as Principal at Slate Property Group. In this capacity, Martin oversees operations and is the strategic visionary behind the business platform and investment decisions. With a focus on multifamily and mixed use properties in Manhattan’s and Brooklyn’s emerging neighborhoods, Martin leads strategic repositioning, ground-up development and conversion projects. By developing thoughtfully designed properties, Martin strengthens the potential for appreciation and growth of all of Slate’s real estate assets in New York City. Prior to co-founding Slate Property Group, Martin served as the co-founder and managing partner of Silverstone Property Group, a full-service real estate owner and operator. While overseeing Silverstone, he purchased more than $500 million in real estate assets and, through strategic repositioning and development, created outsized returns on these investments. Earlier in his career, Martin worked for a family office based in New Jersey overseeing a portfolio of over 5,000 apartments and three million square feet of commercial property throughout the tri-state area. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York Albany.
Matthew Adell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, in 1975 with a B.S. in Economics.
He rezoned the Sixth Avenue corridor in Chelsea, creating development potential of 6,000,000 square feet on the avenue from 23rd Street to 31st Street.
He has developed or redeveloped more than 1,500 apartments in Manhattan, and currently manages in excess of 1,000,000 square feet of Class A residential space in New York City.
Mr. Adell is licensed in the State of New York as a real estate broker and was licensed in the state of Connecticut as a mortgage banker. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and formerly sat on the Zoning and Land Use Committee and the Housing Committee. He was also formerly a Governor and member of the National Realty Club in New York and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is a member of the New York’s Finest Foundation, was the national treasurer and a director of the American Associates of Ben Gurion University, in addition to supporting a wide range of charities.
Meir Babaev, is the founder and CEO of AB Capstone. AB Capstone is a vertically integrated real estate company with expertise in investment, development and construction of residential and commercial projects.
Over the last decade, under Meir's management, AB Capstone has developed or repositioned over 1.0MM SF of real estate in NYC metropolitan area. Currently, Meir Babaev is developing 11 projects across the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, ranging from 20,000 SF retail repositioning to 235,000 SF, 17-story, ground-up development in Queens.
Prior to starting AB Capstone, Meir was a successful entrepreneur in the food service industry, employing several thousand people. Meir holds a master's degree from NYU in real estate development and a bachelor's degree in business management.
Miki Naftali, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, established in 2011. With over 25 years of experience in the international real estate industry, Mr. Naftali has a track record of acquiring, developing and managing properties with a total of $9 billion in assets, across North America, Asia, Europe and Israel. Mr. Naftali has developed a vast portfolio of 18 luxury condominium buildings in New York City with a total of 1,333 residential units- among other projects including luxury rental buildings and mixed-use properties.
Mr. Naftali is noted for spotting unique opportunities and launching projects that raise the bar for creative development in the domestic and international real estate industries. From an array of ground-up new development to meticulously preserving and restoring landmark buildings, Mr. Naftali’s success in development creates unparalleled demand and value. His most notable project in New York has been the $450 million restorations and reconfiguration of the iconic Plaza Hotel, preserving its beauty and history while transforming it into a successful mixed-use development, containing a five-star hotel, private residences, and celebrated shops with a world-renowned gourmet food hall.
Prior to establishing Naftali Group, Mr. Naftali was the President and CEO of Elad Group and its subsidiaries, overseeing all operations in New York, Florida, Canada, and Singapore. He was instrumental in launching Elad Canada’s IPO and served as the chairman after it became public. He established and was the President and CEO of Elad Properties, the development arm of Elad Group, which acquired The Plaza Hotel among other notable properties.
Miki Naftali was recognized for his development, marketing, and financial activities- ranked No. 18 on the list of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate by the New York Observer. Mr. Naftali is the former Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of DGRE, a European real estate investment firm with an impressive portfolio of holdings. Mr. Naftali is an active keynote speaker and accomplished guest lecturer. He has addressed a Private Society at Yale University, the YJP Real Estate Investment Summit, Friends of the IDF and audiences of University of Sothern California and Columbia Business School.
Nicholas S. Coburn is the founder, Partner, and co-manager of Bloomfield Capital. Prior to forming the Company, Nick was a founding member of TriCap Holdings, a diversified real estate finance company focused on opportunistic real estate financings, and multi-family value-added investments. Prior to this, Nick was Vice President of Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC), where he directed the development activities of the company for more than seven years. Nick is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law and also received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Mr. Lewis is Chairman, President and a founder of Wharton Equity Partners. Since its inception in 1987, he has overseen the expansion of the firm's investment reach in the areas of real estate and private equity.
Regarding its real estate activities, Wharton Equity plays an active role in the transactions it undertakes. With roots in large-scale residential developments, as well as the ownership of various asset types from office, hotels, and apartments to self-storage, the firm combines in-depth operational experience, with institutional capital markets sophistication.
In 2012, Mr. Lewis spearheaded the launch of the firm’s multi-family strategy with the purchase of over $400 million in properties located primarily in the southeast and the central US, including the acquisition of an 18 property, 4,179 unit portfolio.
Recently, Wharton Equity opened a Miami office on the heels of its purchase, through a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, of a 2.2-acre parcel of land in downtown Miami, zoned for a 2 million square foot mixed-use project. The transaction was done in partnership with a global hedge fund. In addition, the firm and a New York real estate family is in the process of developing an approximately 500,000 SF mixed-use project on the border of the Design District, which will contain over 60,000 SF of retail space and 194 rental apartments upon completion. Around the corner in the Design District, Wharton Equity is also in the planning process of building an approximately 20,000 square foot boutique “high-street" retail property. Over his career, Mr. Lewis has been involved in well over $2.0 billion of real estate transactions. In addition, Mr. Lewis and Wharton Equity are active venture capital investors with a focus on later-stage growth companies.
Mr. Lewis received his BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He resides in Old Westbury, Long Island with his wife and three children.
Mr. Raisner is the Founder and CEO of Proteus Capital Management, a private real estate investment firm headquartered in New York City.
Under his leadership, Proteus has raised capital domestically and internationally since 2009. It has been active in non-performing notes and fee simple transactions, and focuses primarily on value-add, residential and mixed-use real estate investments in New York City. Most of the firm's acquisitions have taken place in the outer boroughs, with an emphasis in the emerging Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Starting 2013, Proteus also became involved in PropTech, through its affiliate Proteus Tech Ventures, and made seed round investments in such startups as RealCrowd, LeasePilot, Nooklyn, and PlotBox.
After working as an equity trader for RBC Capital Markets in New York, Mr. Raisner joined Knightsbridge Partners, a real estate investment firm in Buenos Aires, where he focused on Latin American acquisitions. Mr. Raisner holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a CFA Charter holder and a Foreign Trade Advisor to the government of France. He has been a contributor on real estate and business topics for publications such as The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Observer and Le Monde. Prior to his career in business, he played professional basketball.
Richard Roberts is Principal and Managing Director of Acquisitions for Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC assisting in the origination and management of developer relationships in the Northeast and the development of new business strategies for the firm. Richard has an extensive career in affordable housing and urban market investments having worked in these areas for over 20 years. Prior to joining Red Stone, he worked in the government, for-profit and nonprofit sectors including serving as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, one of the largest allocators of Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the country, where he was responsible for the investment of more than $1 billion into New York City’s neighborhoods and the creation of over 30,000 units of affordable housing. He is also the founding Managing Director of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group where he devised and led a creative strategy responsible for the establishment of the firm’s community development investment platform.
Richard is active on a number of civic, philanthropic and industry organizations and serves on the boards of Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council (Chair), the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (executive committee), and Habitat for Humanity-New York City.
Richard holds both a BA and JD from Yale University.
Roger Fortune is Vice President at The Stahl Organization, a privately-held, real estate investment and development firm which owns 3,700 rental units, 5 million square feet of office space, Apple Bank for Savings and Cauldwell-Wingate Company. Stahl was founded in 1949 by the late Stanley Stahl and is currently led by Co-Presidents, Richard Czaja and Gregg Wolpert.
Overseeing all aspects of finance, design, entitlements, construction, marketing, leasing, sales and asset management, Roger completed development of 388 Bridge, a 53-story, 500,000 square feet, $280 million hybrid condo/rental mixed-use project in Downtown Brooklyn. He also completed The Brooklyn Trust Company Building, the redevelopment of an historic bank building into boutique condominium residences in Brooklyn Heights.
Previously, as Senior Vice President for Real Estate at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, he effected public entitlements for $2 billion of private development, including City Point. As Assistant Vice President for Real Estate Development at NYCEDC, he realized $900 million in private real estate investment on City-owned land. Previous professional experience includes overseeing the financing and development of 1,200 condominium units in Hoboken, NJ, retail development for Forest City Ratner Companies and Vornado Realty Trust, and the initial roll-out of Old Navy in Canada for Gap Inc. He previously worked in film and television production in New York, Chicago and LA.
Roger earned an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Schneider is a managing partner of Imperium Capital, a real estate development and investment company based in New York; its holdings include the Apple Store in SoHo.
Mr. Schneider started the company more than three years ago with Daniel Glaser.
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.
Ms. Knepper is the founder and CEO of SKA Marin, a leading affordable real estate development firm. She has more than thirty years of experience in community and real estate development, in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Knepper’s project experience aggregates in excess of over one billion in total constructed value and she has expertise in all phases of development and construction management. Most recently, SKA Marin was named in Affordable Housing Finance’s Nationwide Top 50 Developers.
Before starting SKA Marin, Ms. Knepper held positions as Assistant Commissioner for Development and Policy at the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Director of Project Finance at the New York State Housing Finance Agency, Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Director of Local Legislation for Mayor Ed Koch, and Chair of the first public water authority in Nassau County.
Ms. Knepper is currently the Co-Chair of the New York Housing Conference and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Housing Conference. Her previous service on Boards includes the New York City Loft Board, the Council of Senior Centers and Services, the Manhattan Borough President’s Task Force on Assisted Living, the Public Advocate’s Task Force on Aging, the U.S. Department of Labor Construction Liaison Group, the City Council’s Legislative Advisory Commission on the Homeless, and as an elected Trustee of the Village of Kensington.
Ms. Knepper has an M.Phil.from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She studied in Paris, France as a recipient of the Center for European Studies Fellowship and started her career in city government as a New York City Urban Fellow.
Mr. Kore is a Founding Principal at Avenue Realty Capital (ARC), an investment fund focused on providing equity for middle market multifamily properties in NY, NJ & CT.
Prior to forming ARC, Mr. Kore served as Senior Vice President of Investments for the NY Tristate area at Phoenix Realty Group, an institutional private equity real estate fund manager in New York City that manages more than $1.35 billion in assets and nearly 10,000 apartment units across the U.S. Mr. Kore was responsible for the origination, acquisitions and joint venture structuring of urban and suburban residential investments.
Previously, Mr. Kore was responsible for acquisitions and development at Colgate Development, a prominent mixed-use development company, where he led site evaluation, acquisition and the initial design phase of residential, hotel and mixed-use projects.
Additionally, Mr. Kore served as Manager at Ernst & Youngs Transaction Advisory Private Equity group in the New York office.
Mr. Kore earned his Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Finance from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from Baruch College at the City University of New York. Further, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State.
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.
Yaniv is the founder of Glacier and is responsible for the company's strategic direction and oversees the company's investments and day-to- day management including origination, underwriting, closing, investor relations and asset management functions. Yaniv has over 20 years of real estate experience, 13 years of which have been with leading Wall Street firms where he was responsible for structuring, underwriting, pricing, securitizing and syndicating over $16 billion of commercial real estate loans and equity transactions.
Prior to Glacier, Yaniv was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns / JP Morgan Chase, responsible for structuring and closing over $2 billion real estate debt and equity transactions for institutional clientele. Prior to Bear Stearns, Yaniv was a Managing Director and Head of the CMBS Capital Markets Group for the US at EuroHypo AG, then world's largest real estate investment bank. In that capacity, Yaniv built a large loan CMBS group and oversaw the structuring, pricing, securitization and syndication functions and served on the bank's investment committee in charge of approving all transactions. Yaniv designed and implemented risk-control measures, standardized underwriting and pricing models and structured over $4 billion of real estate loans. Yaniv grew the large loan CMBS business from $600 million to $3 billion within 12 months of joining the firm.
Other positions held by Yaniv included Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, PaineWebber/UBS, and Daiwa Securities. Prior to joining the banking industry, Yaniv worked as a real estate consultant at Ernst & Young real estate consulting group, advising real estate owners and operators, and various investment banks.
Yaniv received a BS degree in real estate finance from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Yaniv is a member of the CRE Finance Council, was a guest lecturer at Columbia University, a speaker at the Mezzanine Debt industry conference, authored an article on Urban Time Sharing, and was a recipient of the YJP NYC Real Estate Entrepreneur & Achievement Award in 2013. He is also involved with various philanthropic organizations including AIPAC, and American Friends of Rabin Medical Center (AFRMC), among others.
Alex comes to Prince Realty Advisors with over 5 years of brokerage experience, a focus on institutional-quality commercial property deals and development. He has an extensive analytical background and thrives at working on transactions that require highly creative problem solving skills. Prior to joining Prince, Alex was an associate at Brookfield Financial where he developed and nurtured an extensive network of institutional contacts.
Alex recently coordinated both sides of the $185 Million NYSE Office Conversion at 20 Broad Street between Vornado Realty Trust and Metroloft Developers, and “The Speedway Deal” at 615 10th Avenue, a 110,000 square foot development site he structured between Marathon Petroleum and Xin Development for $57.5 Million.
Alex has a BA in architecture from Columbia University and a background in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. Alex grew up in France where he was introduced to the real estate industry at a young age and has been involved in a number of residential development projects both in France and the United States.
Alex is fluent in French (native) and highly proficient at German.
Alon lives and breathes Kent Services. He grew up in the business and, worked his way up through the company, following the example of his parents, Orly and Shlomy Alexander and his uncle, Gil Neuman. Alon began working at Kent at the age of 16, digging trenches and running wires for security systems. He’s learned every aspect of the business hands-on and over the years has expanded Kent’s reach from South Florida to New York, DC, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.
Alon is an entrepreneur and his spirit plays a vital role in bringing our customers new and improved services. In fact, during the summer of 2009, right before starting law school, Alon opened the New York office of Kent Services. Today, that office proudly boasts more than 600 associates and serves some of the premier names in Manhattan real estate, including Stellar Management, Douglaston Development, JDS and Fortis Property Group. Alon also spearheaded Kent’s expansion into janitorial and maintenance services, which have become their fastest-growing business areas.
Alon graduated from the University of Maryland is 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in May of 2012.
Amit Doshi joined Besen & Associates in 1989, shortly after its inception, and is consistently the firm’s top producer. Throughout Mr. Doshi’s career in investment real estate sales, he has sold over 1,450 buildings over 28 years. 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 the 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).
Daniel C. Price, Co-Founder and CEO of OneTitle, leveraged his experience as a McKinsey consultant, equity investor, and strategic innovator to disrupt the title insurance industry. At OneTitle, he lowered premiums by up to 25%, maintained the same coverage and changed the business model to offer a higher level of service with lower risk on transactions ranging from large commercial acquisitions to residential sales. You can learn more about OneTitle’s contrarian approach at www.onetitle.com.
Prior to founding OneTitle, Mr. Price was an Acting Principal with Moelis Capital Partners focused on financial services investments and Senior Vice President of Gracie Asset Management, where he led business strategy for a $2 billion alternative investment manager. In these roles, he led the evaluation of investments in numerous insurance and other financial services firms with a particular focus on real estate-related companies. Prior to his time at Moelis and Gracie, Mr. Price was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of the firm’s financial services and strategy practices and led a series of client initiatives around global financial services innovation. He holds an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and a BA from Yale University.
David Behin joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2016 to spearhead capital markets efforts in Brooklyn and serves as an executive managing director. Over the course of his career, Mr. Behin has been involved in real estate transactions valued in excess of $4 billion throughout the Tri-State Area. Prior to NKF, Mr. Behin was a partner with MNS, one of New York City's premier full-service residential and investment sales brokerage firms. In 2011, he launched the firm's Investment Sales and Advisory Division. With Mr. Behin as president, the division completed more than $500 million worth of transactions, including the sale of development sites, multi-housing properties, note sales and equity and debt placements. MNS was created by the 2009 merger of The Real Estate Group and The Developers Group, which Mr. Behin co-founded in 2002. The Developers Group planned and brought to market thousands of condominium and rental apartments in New York City, including more than 1,500 apartments on the Williamsburg waterfront.
Previously, Mr. Behin was a co-founder of a technology and telecommunications company that created software merging the utility of the cellular phone with the ubiquity of the internet. Among his notable achievements, he helped raise $30 million of capital for the company in one year while building it up from two employees to more than 100.
A New York City native, Mr. Behin received his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University. He is a frequent speaker on Brooklyn-related panels and a guest lecturer at New York University's Graduate Real Estate Program as well as at Baruch College. He is also frequently quoted in major publications including The New York Times, Crain's and The Wall Street Journal.
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 $120 million West Village Portfolio, 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, he has facilitated the sale of over four 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 brokers by the Commercial Observer in 2008 and was recently named the 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.
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, son and daughter.
Joe Scharf is the Founding Partner and CEO of Virgo Business Centers, a Manhattan-based serviced-office provider with over 20-years of experience in the sector. Joe is primarily responsible for all real estate transactions at Virgo, which occupies over 200,000 square-feet of Class A office space in New York City. Virgo operates in The Empire State Building, The Chanin Building, 575 Lexington Avenue, 14 Penn Plaza & 1345 Avenue of the Americas.
Prior to founding Virgo in 1997, Joe was Director of Construction in his family’s real estate company, which was responsible for the developing over 1,000 residential units in gentrifying areas such as the Lower Eastside, East Village, Manhattan Valley, Inwood & Brooklyn.
Currently, Joe is sourcing potential office building acquisitions in NYC in which he intends to deploy strategies that Virgo has been successful with.
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.
Commercial Observer featured UtiliSave’s CEO, in its April 27, 2016 article entitled “Michael Steifman is Bringing Down Energy Bills One Audit at a Time.” This article discussed how UtiliSave’s business model of performing risk free energy audits has led to substantial refunds and energy savings to the companies that it serves.
Steifman founded his premier energy auditing and consulting firm, UtiliSave, in the early 1990s when energy auditing was a relatively new concept. UtiliSave now serves over 16,000 properties owned by about 600 landlords and includes a wide variety of commercial and residential organizations as well as governmental organizations, universities, hospitals, hotels and manufacturers.
In an energy conscientious society, it is mission critical for most companies to reduce their energy consumption and overhead costs. UtiliSave conducts audits of companies’ energy bills and saves their customers money by finding areas where they were overcharged. In fact, UtiliSave has saved their customers between $350 to $400 million dollars by obtaining refunds for their clients from the energy companies.
UtiliSave offers a wide variety of consulting and technology services to their customers. And to help their customers manage their energy cost they developed Utility Management Interface (UMI). The UMI Dashboard is a browser-based platform that gives their customers a simple way to review and track comprehensive utility data at their fingertips. Learn more about UMI by watching this demo.
Steifman is an innovator in the energy auditing arena and has contributed significantly towards energy savings for many companies. UtiliSave continues to grow and take on new clients and is constantly working on new ways to help yield savings for their customers.
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.
Ronald Kaplan has more than 20 years of professional experience. He serves as CohnReznick’s Commercial Real Estate Leader and provides assurance, due diligence, business advisory, and tax services to clients in the commercial, residential, retail, and hospitality sectors throughout the United States and internationally. Based in the New York office, Ron regularly provides assistance and advisory services to clients as they negotiate agreements with lenders, equity partners, and fund managers. In addition, he advises clients on accounting and tax matters throughout the agreement process, from initial drafting through completion.
Ron’s clients are generally private companies with multi-state operations and include real estate opportunity funds, property management firms, partnerships, contractors, institutional lenders, REITs and joint ventures, as well as other corporate and family owners and investors. Ron has a particular focus on real estate opportunity funds with clients ranging from start-ups to established funds. His clients benefit from his experience in critical areas such as fair value reporting, compliance monitoring, investor relations, and fund performance.
Prior to joining CohnReznick, Ron was in charge of the real estate practice for the New York office of a large national public accounting firm. In this role, he oversaw the practice’s client services, account management, and team development functions. He was also active in the firm’s training activities, leading presentations on the real estate business for professionals both within the firm and at national industry conferences.
Steven Kahn, CPA, is an audit partner at Anchin and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Industry Group. Steven has more than 18 years of dedicated and diverse experience in all areas of the real estate industry, providing assurance and advisory services to a wide range of privately and publicly-held companies, including investment funds, pension fund advisors, real estate investment trusts, opportunity funds, partnerships, and limited liability companies.
Steven has also managed and/or participated in the valuation and securitization of commercial real estate and mortgage loan portfolios as well as other due diligence engagements. He has also been involved in audits that reported under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
In addition to his real estate expertise, Steven is Co-Practice Leader of the Firm’s Transaction Advisory & Public Company Services Group that provides sophisticated advisory and regulatory compliance services for companies considering a major transaction or contemplating going public. He is also a member of the Firm’s Compensation & Benefits Services Group, having extensive experience with pension plan audits on behalf of employers and plan sponsors.
Steven has created training curriculums and taught courses relating to auditing methodology, real estate auditing, and technical accounting policies. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (NYSSCPA) Real Estate Committee and International Accounting and Auditing Committee, Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Yeshiva University’s Alumni Professional Real Estate Committee.
Steven Vegh began his real estate career focusing on the capital markets side of the business, with loans to owners and developers. But after his first real estate sale, Vegh said he was hooked and never looked back.
Vegh's father worked at Cooper Horowitz and instilled in Vegh a love of the real estate industry. Vegh began working as a broker for GFI Capital, where he stayed for nearly nine years. After that Vegh was a managing partner at Multi-Investment Group, where he focused on property acquisitions. Finally, in 2012, after being asked to represent a client in a deal, Vegh decided to go back to brokerage and opened his own firm, Westwood Realty Associates.
Even though Vegh is still the only broker at Westwood, he is clearing as much in sales as some larger shops. Vegh quickly closing more than $1.5 billion in sales in the first two years of operating, including record sales prices in the Bronx and Williamsburg. During its first year alone, Vegh's firm ranked as the 15th highest investment sales firm in New York by The Real Deal, netting $368 million in 10 deals. By 2014, Westwood had climbed slightly higher, to 11th on the list with $889 million in deals, much of that in the latter half of the year. In some cases, Vegh represented the buyer and the seller in big deals, as with the $67 million off-market sales of 838 West End Avenue.
Vegh graduated from Brooklyn College.
David E. Ash founded Prince Realty Advisors 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, 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” connecting institutional clientele to buy, sell, and creatively structure commercial real estate transactions across all asset classes. His straight-forward approach has produced in excess of $3 Bn in Real Estate 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, CoStar Power Broker
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.
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 overseas 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).
Teodora is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, evaluating, and structuring new transactions, as well as long-term capital planning. Prior to joining Midwood, Teodora was a senior consulting professional at Cushman & Wakefield where she focused on real estate optimization strategies for a broad range of clients such as the City of Toronto, Verizon and Mount Sinai Hospital. Previously, Teodora was a Senior Associate in the Economic and Valuation Consulting Services group at KPMG LLP. Teodora received her MBA from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of
Business and a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics.
Mr. Oved is Chairman of the firm’s Real Estate and Transactional department. He routinely represents, counsels and advises start up and emerging e-commerce businesses as well as well-established private and public corporations in various industries as well as several prominent real estate owners, operators, developers and landlords. He is an accomplished public speaker often providing Continuing Legal Education courses to members of the Bar as well as in house corporate legal departments.
Mr. Oved is a published writer who has had numerous articles published in the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Association Journal as well as Image Magazine. His work has been featured in both Crain’s Magazine as well as Community Magazine.
Mr. Oved was previously associated with the prestigious New York City Law firm of Phillips, Nizer and the boutique entertainment law firm of Franklin Weinrib where he co-authored several legal articles with name partner Michael Rudell, Esq.
Mr. Oved graduated with honors from New York University’s School of Business as well as Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he served on the renowned Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. Mr. Oved also clerked for federal Judge Robert Ward in the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Oved is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies as well as being active in the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Oved is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York as well as the State Courts of New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Oved serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Rabbinical College of America and as a Faculty Member of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law and serves as legal counsel to the Young Jewish Professionals (YJP).
His favorite saying: It’s nice to be important – but more important to be nice.
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 look forward to hosting the event on the 10th!
This event starts on May 10th at 12:00 PM.
YJP's Real Estate Network is a vibrant and robust sector comprised of trade experts and active developers who continue to shape monumental skylines across the globe. From Shanghai to Downtown Brooklyn, our speakers and mentors are renowned in the industry for their abilities to raise funds, identify high-producing investment opportunities, and find .
The Young Leadership Series FREDM Conference will bring together 100 top real estate deal makers, movers, and shakers to cover everything from up-and-coming investment opportunities, marketing + branding, case studies, future market outlook, and identifying new avenues for collaboration. This event is exclusive to principals, developers, investors, and top industry brokers—the staples of our strong real estate network. With a by-invitation-only, guest-list of 250+ top real estate professionals in the Tri-State area, the conference is is sure to add value to all who wish to grow their portfolios.
• 12:00 PM — Registration & VIP Lunch
• 12:45 PM — Opening Reception
• 1:00 PM — Breakout Session # 1
• 2:15 PM — Breakout Session # 2
• 3:30 PM — Breakout Session # 3
• 5:00 PM — Signature YJP Networking Dinner & Cocktails
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