REAL ESTATE TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES DINNER
Michael joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing transactions in the Northeastern United States on behalf of Morgan Stanley's real estate funds.
Previously, Michael worked at Credit Suisse DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners.
Michael received an M.B.A. fro the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in History from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Miki Naftali, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Naftali Group, established in 2011. With over 30 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 30 projects, of which 18 are 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 restoration 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.
Ross Cooper is President and Chief Investment Officer of Kimco Realty Corporation. In this role, Mr. Cooper works closely with Kimco’s Investment Committee, risk team, and regional leadership in overseeing the development and implementation of Kimco’s acquisition and disposition strategy. Mr. Cooper is also a voting member of the Company’s Investment Committee which approves all new investments, development projects and property dispositions. Mr. Cooper joined Kimco in 2006, and prior to his current role served as an Executive Vice President of the company and as Vice President of Acquisitions, Dispositions and Asset Management in Kimco’s Southern Region.
Mr. Cooper holds a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from New York University.
Mr. Craig is a senior managing director and has been the regional officer and partner responsible for Hines' New York Tri-State office since 1996. His responsibilities as senior project officer include managing the development, redevelopment, acquisition, construction, modification and/or interior fit-out on projects. Since joining Hines in 1982, Mr. Craig has been involved in a variety of development projects and transactions aggregating approximately 16 million square feet.
Craig received his BA in History/Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Craig served as an adjunct professor of Real Estate Development at the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School from 2010 to 2015. And, is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board at Phipps Houses, New York City’s oldest and largest non-for-profit developer for affordable housing. He was also a recipient of the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) Award in 2012 and 2007 and the Police Athletic League Award in 2009.
David Scharf is one of the country’s leading trial and appellate lawyers and serves as a senior counselor to CEOs and multi-national companies. He has more than 25 years of experience representing and advising clients in securities, M&A, complex commercial and real estate transactions, corporate restructurings and other high-stakes business matters. David leads a vibrant litigation and counseling practice that services some of the country’s foremost companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and family offices.
In the financial arena, he has broad national experience representing private equity funds, hedge funds, public companies, financial institutions and other stakeholders in all facets of financial and business litigation. During the financial crisis, he focused on significant restructuring, counseling, advisory work and related litigation matters, representing investors, lenders and borrowers across the country. He has successfully litigated multi-million-dollar corporate takeovers, shareholder disputes and securities-related matters.
In the real estate sector, David’s experience encompasses all aspects of real estate and business litigation. He has represented sponsors, developers, hospitality companies, lenders, purchasers, brokers and other stakeholders. Mr. Scharf has obtained successful outcomes for parties linked to iconic properties in New York, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.
A native of New York, David organizes and heads various pro-bono projects. Among his philanthropic activities, he serves as vice president and member of the board of directors of the U.S. Tennis Association Foundation, and as a trustee and board member of the Lifetime Care Foundation for the Disabled, Inc.
Join us for an exciting evening with gourmet bites, signature cocktails, and strategic networking as we convene the New York's top movers and shakers in the real estate industry. Our signature panel format was specifically designed to foster organic discussions about the future of real estate investing, develop new long-term professional relationships, and allow our members to explore potential partnerships and professional opportunities. The panel will be comprised of speakers' insights on current trends/opportunities in the real estate market and tried-and-true advice on how to operate a successful real estate investment firm.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting young professionals; active real estate developers, owners, investors and deal-makers with the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
6:00 - 7:00 Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 8:00 Panel & Dinner
8:00 - 9:00 Dessert Buffet
This event starts on December 4th at 6:00 PM.