FREDM Conference | Young Leadership Series
David is President of Brokerage Services.
Recently, David was honored for the sixth year in a row by The Commercial Observer as one of the 100 most powerful people in New York Real Estate.
At MHP, David is responsible for strategic services, business development and public relations. He is a frequent contributor to real estate periodicals and has participated in numerous industry-wide panel discussions. David has been widely quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Commercial Observer, The Financial Times, The Real Deal and Real Estate Weekly.
Prior to his current position, David was Executive Managing Director. Throughout his career at MHP he has sold more than $1 Billion of real estate to his clients. Some of his notable sales include 295 Madison Avenue, the partial interest sale of 180 Madison Avenue, the package of 256 West 38th Street and 252 West 37th Street, the sale of 485 Seventh Avenue and the sale of 177 Lafayette Street. Of note, David represented Luxottica, the leader in premium luxury and sports eyewear in their purchase of 1 West 37th Street.
David has leased more than 3 million square feet including transactions with Walt Disney for 45,000rsf, Northrop Grumman 60,000rsf, Scripps/HGTV 77,000rsf, BCBG/Max Azria 42,000rsf, Switch and Data 40,000rsf and Jordache 35,000rsf. As leasing agent he successfully represented buildings such as 1180 Avenue of the Americas, 485 Seventh Avenue, 1450 Broadway and 101 Fifth Avenue, among others.
MHP is the NY affiliate of TCN Worldwide, an international association of leading commercial real estate firms. David is Chairman Emeritus on the Board of Directors. David was also instrumental in creating the transatlantic alliance with GVA Worldwide. MHP is now affiliated with more than 170 offices in 28 countries with more than 5,500 professionals and $58.6 Billion in transactions.
David is an active member in real estate and charitable organizations. An avid traveler, David is a native New Yorker.
Gabriel B. Shiff serves as chief investment officer of Roseland Residential Trust. Mr. Shiff is responsible for managing corporate and project-level analytics for Roseland, focusing on debt and equity financings (over $2 billion in financings since 2007), asset management activities, acquisitions and dispositions, and managing the division’s banking and investor relationships. In addition, Mr. Shiff oversees Roseland’s business plan, forecasting capital and operating needs as well as corresponding cash flow and value generation for the residential portfolio.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shiff was at Bear, Stearns, & Company’s Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging (REGAL) Investment Banking Group.
Mr. Shiff received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Jarret Cohen joined Fir Tree Partners (“FTP”) in 2010 and is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Fir Tree Real Estate Partners (“FTRE”). Mr. Cohen joined FTP to expand Fir Tree's private investing capabilities and grow its real estate business. Today, Mr. Cohen oversees the investment activities and portfolio management of Fund III and Fund IV.
Mr. Cohen has 15 years of experience, primarily sourcing and managing real estate investments across asset classes and capital structures. He has sat on the boards of three FTP portfolio companies: Sustainable Power Group, a leading developer and operator of renewable energy assets; CiG Wireless, an owner and operator of cell towers; and Gramercy Europe, a triple net lease company.
Prior to joining Fir Tree, Mr. Cohen worked at Paramount Group and in the principal investment group of Merrill Lynch's global real estate practice.
Mr. Cohen received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kirsten is a vocal advocate for the value of design and the importance of creating resilient and sustainable urban density. As managing partner, she is focused on the health and vitality of the firm, channeling her passion for architecture through her direction of marketing and communications, strategic planning and other office-wide endeavors. Her design training and entrepreneurial spirit have allowed her to approach the business side of the practice as a design project; with each initiative, she reflects the firm’s commitment to improving public life, and seeks opportunities to invigorate communities and the urban environment.
Beyond the firm, Kirsten’s enthusiasm for supporting architectural practice manifests in a number of professional affiliations and leadership roles: she is on the board of the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation; she has served the AIA New York as Director of Publications, Chair of the Marketing Committee, Oculus Committee and the PR Task Force, and co-chaired outreach efforts for the Chapter’s Post Sandy Initiative. Kirsten holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the New School.
Kurt is a highly accomplished private equity investment professional with global experience in real estate and alternative assets.
Kurt founded Protean Company in 2013. It is an entrepreneurial and venture capital platform focused on transformative technologies across the built environment. Protean Company’s portfolio is a triple bottom line (people, planet and profits) investor.
Prior to Protean Kurt was the Global Chief Investment Officer of RREEF Alternative Investments, the investment management division of Deutsche Bank responsible for real estate, infrastructure and private equity investments where he had oversight of $65 billion of assets under management in over 30 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. As Chief Investment Officer he engineered, implemented and supervised an entirely new approach toward RREEF’s investment management philosophy and practice, including its approach toward portfolio construction, transaction execution, risk management and sustainability.
Earlier in his career at RREEF, he served as Chief Executive Officer of RREEF Asia Pacific, a $10 Billion business, and Regional Head of RREEF Opportunistic Investments for Asia Pacific and the Americas, a $4 Billion business. He began his real estate career at Trammell Crow Company where he managed the development of a 750,000 square foot office park.
He is or has been a member of PREA, AFIRE, CNU, Wharton's Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, and the Urban Land Institute where he has served on its Japan Council and Global Exchange Council. He has been a frequent lecturer in the real estate related master degree programs of Harvard University, The Wharton School, The Kellogg School and New York University
Kurt holds a BA from Columbia University and MBA from The Wharton School. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.
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 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. Baron is the President of Simon Baron Development, which owns and develops real estate in the NYC area. The firm currently controls a real estate portfolio with an aggregate value in excess of $1.7 billion.
Mr. Baron holds a BS in Finance from NYU Stern and an MBA from Columbia Business School. His work ethic is one of the keys to his success. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
Matthew (Matt) Galligan is President of CIT Real Estate Finance. His group provides stabilized, value-add and construction loans between $20 million and $50 million to highly experienced and well-capitalized developers in the office, retail, industrial and multi-family rental sectors.
Galligan’s areas of expertise include commercial real estate finance and commercial, construction, bridge and acquisition loans.
Galligan most recently served as managing director and head of U.S. Property Finance for Bank of Ireland where, under his leadership, his team negotiated and closed more than 30 transactions totaling $2 billion.
Before joining Bank of Ireland, Galligan served as executive vice president for Real Estate Capital Markets at DebtX. He has also worked for Fleet Boston Financial, Bank of Boston and Chase Manhattan in executive-level positions in credit, real estate lending, debt distribution and capital markets. Galligan sits on the Commercial Real Estate Board of Governors for the Mortgage Bankers Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity New York City.
Galligan received a BA in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business.
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 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.
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.
Toby Moskovits is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region.
The company’s fast-growing portfolio is comprised of unique, contextualized buildings in some of New York’s outer borough neighborhoods. In addition to
the two-million square feet of commercial and residential properties the firm has already completed, Heritage currently has a number of major projects in various stages of development: The Williamsburg Hotel, 150 room hotel in the heart
of Williamsburg's Wythe Avenue district, 25 Kent Avenue, an innovative light industrial and office development in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, targeting tech, creative, and maker tenants; a 190-unit residential rental development at 564 St. John’s Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; a 75,000-square-foot light industrial and office project at 215 Moore Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Other successful projects include: conversion of the old St. Vincent de Paul Church, rectory, and school in Manhattan into the Spire Lofts, a 100-unit residential rental building that preserves the original facade and ecclesiastical aesthetics; development of Grand Living, a five-story, 75,000-square-foot building in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn that is fully leased; conversion of the
Quarry Building into a 40,000-sf, mixed-use property; and pre-development of 170-unit residential project at 41-21 28th Street in Long Island City, Queens.
Prior to founding Heritage, Ms. Moskovits served as managing director of private equity and venture capital investment activity at Cammeby’s Capital Group, where she also developed a merchant banking practice.
Ms. Moskovits, who holds an MBA from Bar Ilan University, also serves on the National Advisory Board of Springtime Enterprises, a nonprofit supporting women’s access to capital markets, and is the founder of Gotham Angels, a New York City-based Angel Investment group that provides angel investors with opportunities to invest in mature growth and middle market private equity opportunities.
Ms. Moskovits resides in Queens with her three children.
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.
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