Real Estate Investment & Development Forum
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.
Board of Directors – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Board of Directors – Children’s Medical Fund of New York
Board of Trustees – Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Foundation
Member – Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Foundation Property Committee
Member – Suffolk County Wastewater Treatment Task Force
Member – Nassau County Executive’s Tax Force for Real Estate Assessment & Real Estate Tax Reform
Member – Association for a Better Long Island
Daren is the Managing Partner of HCP and has over 25 years of real estate experience and a diverse background as a real estate broker, internet entrepreneur, and real estate developer. He is responsible for the development of over 1.5 million square feet, including the redevelopment of the old Schlitz Brewery at 95 Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick, the Bruckner Building in Mott Haven, The Box Factory @ 1519 Decatur Street in Ridgewood, a joint venture with St Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, and Golden Gate Shopping Center in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Prior to HCP, he was the Senior Vice President and Principal of Metropolitan Realty Associates where he was responsible for acquisitions and development projects. Prior to MRA, Mr. Hornig managed all investment and development activities in the Northeastern United States for SAXA. He was also previously the President and CEO of The Quest Group, a New York-based real estate services firm. Mr. Hornig is a 1989 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing. He is married with twins and resides in Roslyn, New York.
Melissa Farrell is a Principal with PGIM Real Estate Finance. In this role, she oversees the company's Manhattan office and is responsible for the origination of a broad range of commercial mortgage products throughout the Northeast region and Washington D.C. Melissa is located in New York City.
Melissa has more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience. Since rejoining the company in 1997, she has held a series of management roles. Before assuming her current responsibilities, she was charged with managing the Origination teams in regional offices located in the eastern half of the United States, namely in New York City, Atlanta and McLean, Virginia. She previously oversaw originations in the Midwest region and managed the company's Chicago office for 12 years. Earlier, she had worked on the equity side as an analyst working in several different areas, including acquisitions and dispositions, and the capital markets group with Prudential Realty Group. Prior to rejoining the company, Melissa served a short tenure as an associate in the derivatives marketing branch at Scotia Bank in New York. She began her career as a valuations analyst for a hotel valuation and consulting firm.
Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, and earned her Master of Business Administration degree from New York University Stern School of Business. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation.
Mr. Knakal is Chairman, New York Investment Sales of Cushman & Wakefield. Previously, he was Chairman and Founding Partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services, New York’s #1 building sales firm. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1984.
He started his real estate career at CB Richard Ellis where he met Paul J. Massey Jr. They both left CB in 1988 to form Massey Knakal.
From 1988 through 2014, Massey Knakal closed over 6,000 transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $23 billion. To date, Mr. Knakal has been personally responsible for the sale of more than 1,753 buildings (generally considered to be the highest total ever for a single broker in New York) and over $16.5 billion in sales.
On December 31, 2014, Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal.
Mr. Knakal was ranked the number 1 investment sales broker at Cushman & Wakefield in 2014 and 2015.
In 1999, at the age of 36, Mr. Knakal was named to Crain’s New York Business’s Forty Under Forty/New York Rising Stars list for his outstanding achievement in the New York City business community. He is a two time winner of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Robert T. Lawrence Award in the Most Ingenious Deal of the Year contest.
Mr. Knakal writes a weekly column on the New York City Real Estate Market called Concrete Thoughts for the Commercial Observer.
Mr. Knakal’s personal civic involvements are numerous and are highlighted by his presidency of the 152-year-old Prescott Foundation for Children and Youth, which makes grants to disadvantaged children for educational purposes. He also serves on the boards of several New York City Charitable organizations.
Ms. Sorid co-founded G4 with partners Louis Silverman and Jason Behfarin. Ms. Sorid has been involved in all aspects of G4’s management and investment activities, including originating, structuring, and managing real estate transactions in excess of $1 billion. Ms. Sorid is currently spearheading the launch of G4’s latest fund vehicle, G4 Capital Partners III, LP.
Prior to G4, Ms. Sorid was an associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP from 1998 until 2005 where she was a member of the commercial litigation group and subsequently the firm’s real estate transactional practice. Ms. Sorid represented Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and real estate developers in complex litigation’s and has counseled investors on all aspects of commercial real estate investments including acquisitions, joint ventures, financing’s, and repositioning of fund portfolios.
Ms. Sorid was included in Fortune Magazine’s 2014 list of the Most Powerful Women in Real Estate, was recently honored by BisNow as one of the top female leaders in NYC’s commercial real estate market, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and continued her post juris doctorate education at New York University’s Institute of Real Estate.
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.
Julia Maksimova specializes in landlord and tenant representation in the New York City Metro area. She started her career as a research intern with Cushman & Wakefield in Moscow, Russia which transitioned into a full time Market Research position in New York where she was responsible for supporting company's retail brokerage with statistical market analysis. She became a retail leasing broker in 2009. Today, Julia is focusing her efforts on both landlord and tenant representation throughout New York City. She has worked with high profile landlords such as: Stellar Management, Columbia University, Clinton Housing Development Company, SAS Management and several other and many retailers, including Aveda (Estee Lauder Companies), Tartinery, Tommy Hilfiger, Elie Tahari, Fox Group (Israel) and others. Julia's perspective and extensive leadership experience make her a trusted advisor for clients, which has resulted in countless deals. Julia holds a Bachelors of Science degree i n Economics and Management from Moscow State University, Russia. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). Julia is currently in the process of attaining her CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. Julia in serving on the Agent Leadership Council at Keller Williams NYC as well as the Commercial Leadership Council for the second year, representing the Manhattan region. Her role is to help develop a strong commercial division at the firm by providing agents with necessary leadership, training, and tools.
Michael Stoler is the President of New York Real Estate TV, LLC a management consulting firm and Managing Director at Madison Realty Capital, a private equity firm.
Mr. Stoler is the host and executive producer of “The Stoler Report-New York’s Business Report”, now in its fifteen season. He is also the host of “Building New York-New York Life Stories”, which is in its eleventh season. Both broadcasts are produced and distributed by CUNY TV, owned and operated by the City University of New York. These shows are on more than twenty university, educational, community and public access television stations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
He previous served as a senior principal at Apollo Real Estate Advisors (AREA Property Partners) as well as SVP with First American Title Insurance Company . For more than twenty five years he served as president and CEO of Princeton Commercial Corporation, a consulting and financing firm whose clients have included financial institutions, public and private companies, Taft Hartley Unions and Health Funds, and health care organizations, health care and business professionals.
Michael serves as the real estate commentator at 1010 WINS, and the Michael Stoler Real Estate Report airs on the weekends. He also serves as contributor to a number of real estate and business publications and served as the Contributing Editor and real estate columnist to “New York Sun”.
Mr. Stoler is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the NYU Schack Real Estate Institute and is a member of the Board of Advisors of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College, and a member of the Advisory Board of the William Newman Department of Real Estate of Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business of the City University.
This event starts on January 24th at 6:00 PM.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting active real estate developers, owners, investors and deal-makers with the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Signature roundtables 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 dinner, drinks, and strategic networking, as we convene the city's top movers and shakers. Breakout sessions will be comprised of unique case studies, analysis of present and future markets, and tips on how to operate a successful real estate investment firm.
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner & Cocktail Reception
7:00-8:15 PM Intimate Roundtable Panels
8:15-8:45 PM Networking & Dessert