Real Estate Development & Investment Breakfast Forum
With 14 years of real estate investment experience, Chris is responsible for all aspects of Taconic’s acquisition business. He has been with the company for over twelve years, and prior to taking his current role he was a Senior Vice President in the Acquisition group.
Chris has led or been directly involved in the acquisition of more than $3bn of real estate while at Taconic, all in New York City. Additionally, he oversees all of Taconic’s
financings and rezoning initiatives.
Prior to joining Taconic, Chris was a Banking Officer at M&T Bank where he was responsible for underwriting and sourcing commercial real estate loan opportunities in the New York City MSA.
Chris holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and currently serves on the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of New York City.
As Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for Acadia Realty Trust, Mr. Conlon is charged with establishing and executing critical growth strategies for Acadia. These strategies include acquisitions, development/redevelopment, leasing, asset management, construction and marketing.
Mr. Conlon joined Acadia in 2008 with over 20 years’ experience in the retail real estate and development industry. Prior to joining Acadia, Mr. Conlon was a Partner at Ripco Real Estate Corporation, responsible for the leasing and development of neighborhood centers, vertical urban retail centers, and mixed-use properties with retail components. Mr. Conlon received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.
Mr. Conlon is a past President of the Board of Trustees of East Woods School in Oyster Bay, New York. He is a current board member of the George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis. Mr. Conlon is a member of the Open Air Conference committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers and was the chair of the 2016 Open Air Summit. Chris was the co-chair on the 2017 ICSC NY Deal Marking Conference and will be the chairman of the 2018 conference. He regularly contributes to industry articles published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, N.Y. Post and many others and frequently appears in television interviews. Chris was named by the Commercial Observer as one of the 100 most powerful people in New York City real estate for 2016 and 2017.
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.
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, health care, 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 intercreditor 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.
Prior to co-founding Gamma, Jonathan Kalikow spent 18 years on Wall Street. There, he invested across industries and asset classes on behalf of institutions, family offices, and wealthy individuals as a proprietary trader at Morgan Stanley and then as a hedge fund portfolio manager and trader at various funds and firms.
Jonathan specializes in catalyst-driven markets with high barriers to entry, which he now applies to Gamma’s nationwide opportunistic real estate investment and hard money lending strategies.
Mr. Kalikow is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business with degrees in Real Estate and Finance. He also holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
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 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.
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.
Mr. Schiff joined Arel Capital in 2013. He is responsible for acquisitions and asset management for the Northeast markets, with a particular focus on New York City.
From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Schiff was the Managing Partner at Oyster Capital Group, a real estate development and investment partnership, which he founded in 2008. Until 2007, Mr. Schiff was part of the acquisitions group of Anbau Enterprise, a Manhattan based boutique condo developer.
From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Schiff worked for Lehman Brothers as a credit derivatives and corporate bond trader managing a balance sheet of over $500 million. Mr. Schiff graduated from Trinity College with a degree in economics and received his M.S. in Real Estate from Columbia University.
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.
Elliot Baum is dynamic executive and visionary entrepreneur with success creating and servicing corporations and products, developing marketing and business plans to diversify product lines and go-to market strategies to capture additional market share and extend brand reach. Experienced in identifying and researching current market strategies and the ability to design, direct and create branding, marketing and sales tools to increase awareness to support profit objectives.
Elliot’s business background is fueled by his creative passion as an award winning designer with over 25 years experience in the design, creative and marketing services industry providing strategic branding, identity solutions, corporate communications, digital solutions, advertising, PR and media campaigns.
E Solutions is his consulting practice providing marketing, strategy, creative services and tech advisory. We offer a full service creative and marketing agency developing branding and positioning, marketing strategy and execution for increased market awareness and value.
We engage in various technology solutions, including virtual and augmented reality during the development, and marketing process. Integrate technology solutions and develop custom automated marketing platform to optimize the businesses workflow and production process for efficiency and cost effectiveness. Consult and support marketing teams, operations and sales funnel to custom develop technology to automate marketing production creation process and workflow.
Previously, Elliot spent 20+ years as an executive in a marketing, business development, consultant and principal role for leading international commercial real estate firms. 30+ years career as a product, graphic and marketing designer — working on enterprise marketing, re-branding, creative solutions — providing growth strategies and market penetration
Mr. Baum has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was an Industrial Designers Society of America’s National Merit Scholar. He also studied art and design at Pratt University and holds a Real Estate Salesperson License.
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.
Joshua Brenner joined Eyzenberg & Company in 2017 as a Business Development Associate. His primary focus is identifying and interacting with potential clients who are seeking debt and equity solutions for their commercial real estate transactions.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brenner was an insurance and investment advisor with Fifth Avenue Financial in New York City. He also has experience in corporate middle-market investment banking and served in the U.S. Navy as a SONAR Technician.
Mr. Brenner holds a bachelor’s degree in Financial Economics from Columbia University.
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.
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
107 E 16th St
New York, NY, 10003
This event starts on February 21st at 9:00 AM.