Real Estate Development & Investment Breakfast Forum
To Be Announced
This event starts on February 21st at 9:00 AM.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting active real estate owners, developers, investors and deal-makers who are the leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. Signature round-tables are specifically designed to facilitate long-term professional relationships, explore partnership opportunities, and foster meaningful discussions about the future of real estate investing.
Join us for breakfast and meaningful strategic networking, as we unite the city's top movers and shakers. Breakout sessions will be comprised of unique case studies, analysis of present/future markets, and operational tips that lead to a successful real estate investment firm.
9:00AM - 10:00AM - Registration & Breakfast
10:00AM - 11:30AM - Breakout Session
11:30AM - 12:30PM - Dessert & Networking
Christopher Conlon has been Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Acadia Realty Trust since January 2012 and served as Senior Vice President - Leasing and Development for 3 years prior to that. Preceding his tenure at Acadia, he was a partner at Ripco Real Estate Corporation for 15 years where he was responsible for the leasing and development/ redevelopment of neighborhood shopping centers, vertical urban retail centers and mixed-use properties with retail components. Mr. Conlon received his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.
David Von Spreckelsen, a Division President with Toll Brothers, Inc., started the Toll Brothers City Living office in New York City in 2004. David oversees Toll’s acquisition and development activities in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties in Long Island. He is charged with everything from identifying and acquiring sites through managing the design and construction of the buildings and ultimately to marketing and selling the residences. David is currently overseeing eight Toll Brothers City Living projects in various stages of development in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to projects that have already been completed, this totals to more than 2,000 condominium units and $1.5 billion in total development cost since 2004. Recently, at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Toll Brothers began construction of the borough’s premier condominium project and the first hotel in Toll Brothers’ 50-year history.
Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Inc., David was the Director of Real Estate Development for Silvercup Studios where he managed the development of affordable housing and worked on the re-zoning of a large waterfront site in Queens that was approved for a two million square foot mixed-use development. He has also served as the Director of Corporate Real Estate for CBS Corporation where he was responsible for the acquisition and disposition of CBS properties worldwide. While at CBS, David negotiated the lease and development agreement with the Trump Organization for CBS’ new Morning Show studio in the General Motors Building.
David has also served as a Senior Real Estate Analyst for Guardian Life, making debt and equity investments for the company. David began his real estate career with the New York City Economic Development Corporation where he was a Vice President and worked on the redevelopment of City-owned properties.
David holds an MBA from Columbia University; an MUP from Hunter College where he won the Robert C. Weinberg Award for Academic Excellence in Urban Planning; and a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. David is a Trustee of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, a Committee Member of the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable, and a former Co-Chair of the Land Use and Landmarks Committee of Brooklyn Community Board #2.
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 was also an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies where he taught a course on Real Estate Development. He has been, and continues to be, invited to speak at many industry conferences including Bisnow, iGlobal, Massey Knakal's Summits, and IMN. He has also been quoted in various publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Real Deal, Real Estate Weekly, and USA Today.
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.
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.
Sean Dalfen is the President of Dalfen America Corp (DAC) and its Canadian arm Dalfen’s Ltd. Based out of the Dallas office, he sits on the Executive Advisory Committee, which oversees all of the Dalfen Group’s investment programs. Under Mr. Dalfen’s leadership, the companies’ investment platforms have been strategically restructured and expanded significantly. Having transacted on over 30 million square feet of real estate in 13 US states and 2 Canadian provinces, Mr. Dalfen has transitioned the company into one of the largest buyers of industrial real estate. Mr. Dalfen heads the firm’s investment strategies which have included: Property investment funds in multiple asset classes, convertible debentures, preferred equity placements, distressed debt opportunity funds, and strategic land assemblies. Previously, Mr. Dalfen worked at NAI Commercial, as an investment sales broker, where he was one of the company’s top 10 performers in Canada. Mr. Dalfen is involved in a variety of philanthropic activities and is a frequent speaker and panelist at private equity industry events in both Canada and the US. Mr. Dalfen attended Tel Aviv University’s Lowy School and McGill University, where he studied Psychology and Finance.
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.
Will Kluczkowski is currently a partner and Senior Vice President of Investments at DDG, managing day-to-day acquisitions and capital markets efforts. Will joined the firm in 2010 as a Senior Associate focused on acquisitions and capital markets. Prior to DDG, Will was an Associate at Madison Realty Capital, a New York City based real estate private equity firm focusing on the acquisition and origination of debt secured by real estate across the United States. Prior to Madison Realty Capital, Will was an Associate in Morgan Stanley & Co.'s Fixed Income Division trading high yield and asset-backed debt. Will has a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from Columbia Business School, a BS in Operations Research from Columbia University’s (Fu Foundation) School of Engineering and Applied Science and a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.
As co-founder of nAscent Art New York, Jennifer Wallace helps clients acquire fine art by emerging artists for building lobbies, companies' offices, and leading hotels.
An art expert who cares, Jen hosts of her own web series called Art Seen, and often speaks on panels to discuss art & emerging artists. Jen also consults galleries, individuals and organizations on artists trending in the marketplace.
A curator, art director, art collector, and business owner, Jen has produced dozens of exhibitions and events viewed by hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, serving as guest curator at venues as varied as the Fountain Gallery, Chelsea Market, Soho House, The Hammerstein Ballroom, and Cipriani's Club 55. She co-produced THE(UN)FAIR, a guerrilla-style art event covered by international major media.
Jen also spearheaded a not-for-profit conference that brought together the leaders of over 20 major NYC art organizations and companies to explore solutions to NYC artist’s problems.
When not shaking up the art world, Jen also serves as an executive producer (& sometimes craft services) at Mastodon Films.