Real Estate Investment Forum
Mr. Katz is a co-founder and principal of The Prusik Group. Prior to founding The Prusik Group, Mr. Katz spent nine years as a partner and Director of Development at Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd., a full-service real estate development firm with core strengths in big-box retail and office development. During his tenure at Blumenfeld Development Group, Mr. Katz was an integral part of the company’s development, acquisition, and leasing teams. Mr. Katz has secured and executed leasing transactions valued at over $500 million dollars and for ground-up retail development projects with a cumulative investment of over $1 billion. Mr. Katz is well versed in all phases of development including site acquisition, construction, leasing, and financing.
Mr. Katz is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Sociology, Business, and Economics. He is a member of the South Orange, NJ development committee where he resides with his wife and three children.
Abraham Abadie is a Managing Principal of AMS Acquisitions, and has over 11 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to founding AMS, Mr. Abadie worked at Crown Acquisitions, a premier New York City investment firm. At Crown, Abraham worked closely with the firm’s principals in sourcing acquisition opportunities on major retail corridors throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Prior to joining Crown Acquisitions, Mr. Abadie worked at Peter Ash Real Estate, a boutique residential leasing firm, followed by a successful stint at Besen and Associates focusing on investment sales. After gaining valuable experience and vital connections at Crown Acquisitions, Abraham formed AMS Acquisitions, where he has led the acquisition of office, retail, residential, and ground-up development projects since 2012.
Bruno is the founder and CEO of Roam. He grew up in hospitality, in a tiny Austrian village, built a couple of startups and led large-scale projects for corporates like McKinsey, BMW or Swarovski. Seeing Roam as intricate organizational development challenge, he writes something about housing and hospitality on Medium approximately every decade but wants to get better at it. His perfect Roam location is directly bordering a Canadian mountain range, a beach in Central America and the New York MTA system.
David Amirian is the Founder of The Amirian Group, one of New York City’s premier residential and commercial developers. The firm is committed to every project, ensuring attention to design and construction, while maximizing returns and profitability on their investors. The Amirian Group focuses on projects that are unique in design and location.
Amirian began his career in 2001 at HRH Construction where he worked on projects such as The Gateway Plaza Mall in East New York, and The Marc at 900 8th Avenue, the Moinian Group’s first ground up project in New York City. In 2006, David was named the Director of Construction at 40 Broad Street and helped convert the Office Building in The Setai in NYC, a multi-million dollar mixed-used project.
After 15 years of work in the real estate and construction industry, including HRH Construction and Zamir Equities, David started his own firm and partnered with Wonder Works Construction and The Brody Group in 2012 to build 316 East 3rd Street, a ground-up rental project in the Lower East Side and 540 West 49th Street, which broke the record for the highest price per square foot ever achieved in Hell’s Kitchen. In late 2015, after purchasing 16 East 10th Street, a 10,500 square foot home, David sold the property, breaking records as the most expensive single-family townhouse ever sold in Greenwich Village. The Amirian Group’s most recent projects include Thirteen East-West in the East Village and The Twenty One in Flatiron.
Eric Bass is a 36 year veteran of Hospitality development. He is the EVP of Hospitality Development for GFI Capital Resources for the past 6 years. Prior to that, he was VP of Development for 14 years for Morgans Hotel Group. He has developed all types of hospitality assets all over the US and in Europe. Eric holds a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.
Gregory Kalikow, Vice President, is the fourth generation in his family’s real estate business. Mr. Kalikow graduated Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, graduated Hofstra Law School in 2010, and was admitted to the New York state bar in 2011. Mr. Kalikow has been working with The Kalikow Group since 2003 on the overseeing and management of his families’ real estate holdings. Additionally, Mr. Kalikow has helped provide his company with legal expertise in order to develop rental, single family, and condominium units as well as shopping centers in various projects both in and outside of New York. Mr. Kalikow is an active member of the Real Estate Division of the United Jewish Association (UJA) and serves on several committees within the organization.
Mr. Sacks and co-founder Mr. Wiseman started CCM with their first small multi-family rental building purchase in Brooklyn, NY in 2004. After leveraging that purchase into several more properties, they began full time operations in 2007 and have grown into a firm with over $800 million of real estate in Brooklyn and Queens. From June 2001 to April 2007, Mr. Sacks was a Vice President of U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC, a private real estate investment firm with $3 billion of real estate under management. Mr. Sacks has over five years of experience in real estate financial modeling, credit analysis, transaction execution and asset management. Prior to joining USRA, Mr. Sacks worked as an investment banker, most recently in the Transportation & Logistics Corporate Finance Group of ING Barings. While at ING, Mr. Sacks worked on a variety of transactions including debt and equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, and private placements. Mr. Sacks holds NASD series 7 and 63 licenses. Mr. Sacks earned a B.A. in Economics and a Master of Engineering in Operations Research/Financial Engineering from Cornell University.
Founded in 2017, JAM Real Estate Partners is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment firm with extensive experience in identifying, sourcing and executing value-add real estate investment opportunities in Manhattan. Led by father and son, Steven and Jared Pinchasick, JAM leverages proven expertise, a fully integrated platform, extensive relationships, detailed financial analysis and due diligence, and a regimented and planned approach to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns to its investors.
Prior to founding JAM Real Estate Partners, Jared Pinchasick was the vice president at Stone Street Properties and Springhouse Partners where he led and oversaw more than $500 million in acquisitions throughout New York City. Jared is graduate of the University of Maryland and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of law and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Jeff Mooallem serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gazit Horizons, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary and the United States investment division of Gazit Globe, Ltd. (NYSE; TSX; TASE: GZT). A 20 year veteran of the real estate industry, Mr. Mooallem most recently held executive positions at Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), Equity One, Inc., and privately held Turnberry Associates in Miami, FL. Gazit Horizons was formed in May 2017 to acquire commercial and mixed-use assets in major metro markets throughout the United States. The company has offices in Miami and New York and has acquired $130 million worth of properties since its inception.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to starting his real estate career, Jeff practiced law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York and Greenberg Traurig in Florida.
Jonathan Goldberg is Chief Operating Officer and a founding member of Knotel, a global real estate technology platform. Knotel operates over 1 million square feet of office across NY, SF, London, and Berlin for high-growth and enterprise companies. Earlier he was Managing Director at Teach For America and a Vice President at The D. E. Shaw Group, a global alternative investment fund. He holds a BA from Columbia, phi beta kappa, and an MPhil, with distinction, from Cambridge, both in history. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin.
Mr. Ashner has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Winthrop Realty Trust, a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, since 2004. Winthrop Realty Trust currently owns/controls/manages a portfolio of approximately $2.4 billion of real estate and real estate related assets. In addition, Mr. Ashner has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Winthrop Realty Partners, L.P., a vertically integrated property management firm, since 1996. Mr. Ashner has acquired over $12 billion of real estate, including 85,000 apartment units, 50 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial assets and 1,000 hotel rooms. Winthrop Realty Partners has managed more than 500 limited partnerships, of which in excess of 50 were publicly reporting with over 100,000 investors, as well as five publicly traded REITS.
Mr. Ashner served as Director and Chief Executive Officer of Shelbourne Properties a group of three publically traded real estate investment trusts, from 2002 until their liquidation in 2004. In addition, he was the Chairman and CEO of Newkirk Realty Trust, a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, from its formation through its merger with Lexington Realty Trust in January 2007. Thereafter, he served as Executive Chairman of Lexington Realty Trust following its merger with Newkirk Realty Trust from 2007 through 2008. Prior to 1996, Mr. Ashner was President and Chief Executive Officer of National Property Investors.
Mr. Ashner currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, and the Advisory Board of the Cornell University Program in Real Estate. He is also a Trustee of the Jaffa Institute a charitable institution that develops day and boarding schools in the State of Israel. In addition, he is a Trustee of the National World War II Museum located in New Orleans.
Mr. Ashner holds an AB from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Miami. He resides in Cove Neck, New York.
Robert Lobel has over 30 years experience in New York and International Real Estate, including acquisitions of land and buildings, ground up-development and rehabilitation of residential & mixed use projects, commercial office building and hotels. Robert received an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business and spent over 15 years learning the craft of real estate, including acquisitions, development and finance at Hartz Mountain Industries, Rockrose Development and Bear Stearns. Robert is the founder and Managing Partner of Bellrock Development Group, LLC and Bellrock Realty Services, LLC.
Ms. Rubenstein has more than 17 years in the Real Estate and Construction industries, where she has achieved a broad range of legal and business knowledge regarding real estate finance, real estate development, sales and acquisitions, leasing, construction and operations of hotel, commercial, retail and mixed-use properties.
In her role as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Continental Ventures, Ms. Rubenstein advises the company in complex real estate and financing transactions, the lending platform and strategic business decisions.
Prior to joining Continental Ventures, Ms. Rubenstein was Counsel at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, where she advised prominent owners, lenders and developers, including Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and private equity funds, in their real estate acquisitions, dispositions, developments, financings, workouts, restructurings and joint ventures.
Ms. Rubenstein was also previously General Counsel for another development company and Associate Counsel for Lend Lease, where she advised senior officers and directors concerning the legal and business impact and implications of transactions, project issues and disputes. Ms. Rubenstein was also Head of Acquisitions for Lend Lease for the New York Development business.
Ms. Rubenstein earned her BBA with Honors from the University of Miami in 1998, with a double major in Accounting and Finance, and a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2004.
She was recently honored by ENR New York Magazine as one of the “Top 20 Under 40”, by Sokol Media, Inc. as a “Top 14 Women to Watch” in Real Estate; recognized as one of Women Builder’s Council’s “Outstanding Women in Real Estate”; selected by Real Estate Forum as a “Woman of Influence in Real Estate”; by St. Francis Food Pantries with the Woman of Valor Humanitarian Award; and by Crain’s as one of the “Leading Female Lawyers in NYC”.
Founded in 2017, JAM Real Estate Partners is a full-service, vertically
integrated real estate investment firm with extensive experience in
identifying, sourcing and executing value-add real estate investment
opportunities in Manhattan. Led by father and son, Steven and Jared
Pinchasick, JAM leverages proven expertise, a fully integrated platform,
extensive relationships, detailed financial analysis and due diligence, and
a regimented and planned approach to deliver superior risk-adjusted
returns to its investors.
Steven Pinchasick has been actively involved in the real estate industry
since 1980 and is now a principal of EBMG, LLC, a real estate
management company that currently oversees over 6,500 units across 80
buildings in the metropolitan area. Steven currently also serves as the
President of AMJ Equities, a property management and investment firm
based on Long Island.
For well over a decade, Alen Gershkovich has personally brought success to countless construction projects in the greater New York City area. Alen began his career in construction management as a project manager, where he gained the hands on knowledge needed to grow a successful company. After his experience as a project executive, Alen founded his company, Inspiron Construction Management. Alen was personally in charge of overseeing the construction of Luna Park, an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn as well as, Luna Park – Site B, Scream Zone which were Inspiron’s first projects. Now complete, They both stand as a symbols of great success, both for Inspiron Construction Management and the City of New York.
Alen has led Inspiron Construction Management to the completion of numerous renowned projects throughout the city and outer boroughs. Some of Inspiron’s most notable projects include the 80,000 square foot interior renovation for Fashion company Eileen Fisher’s corporate offices. Phase I of the Brooklyn Mirage, an 80,000 square-foot night club and event space in East Williamsburg where Alen has been personally responsible for leading the team to an extremely fast pace successful opening which was covered by the New York Times. An interior gut renovation on behalf of the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations. And Inspiron’s first Passive House certified residential project in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem.
Alen’s Accomplishments Include:
— BA in Industrial Economics from Union College
— MBA in Construction Management from New York University
— MA in Business Administration from Union College
— Wexner Fellowship member
— R.A.J.E. Board member
— New York Real Estate Journal Executive of the month
— Recipient of the Russian American Jewish Experience Leadership Award
— Adjunct Lecturer at Union College Graduate School
Ari Davis is an associate in Tannenbaum Helpern's Real Estate, Construction and Environmental Law practice. He concentrates in enabling commercial real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, leasing and financing. Ari has counseled a diverse set of clients, from family-owned businesses and single member limited liability companies to Fortune 500 companies. He negotiates retail and office leases and subleases on behalf of landlords and tenants for spaces ranging from small offices to entire industrial buildings. Ari frequently works with developer clients that sell and purchase multifamily developments, shopping centers and office buildings throughout the U.S., and he represents lenders and borrowers in various loan structures.
Some of Ari’s work has included the following:
representing a developer that acquired a controlling interest in a joint venture with a church, which was formed to acquire and develop the church property and multifamily units above it and
representing a car dealership client on a construction loan that it obtained from its national franchisor
Prior to joining the firm, Ari was an associate in the Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group of Chiesa, Shahinian and Giantomasi PC (formerly known as Wolff & Samson PC), one of the largest and most respected New Jersey law firms.
Outside of work, Ari enjoys spending quality time with his family and is an ever-suffering Cleveland sports fan.
Charles Agus has been a Senior Vice President at BRG for eight years. BRG owns and manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of multifamily, commercial and medical office buildings in New York City and along the East Coast. Charles started his career in Goldman Sachs’ Real Estate Investment Banking group where he advised many clients on strategic situations and raised capital for them. He was VP of Acquisitions at Kushner Companies prior to its sale of close to 17,000 units in 2007 for approximately $2 billion. Charles holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and JD/MBA degrees from Columbia University.
David Lubin is a co-founder and managing partner at the Clairmont Group. He has closed over 50 transactions valued in excess of $2.0 billion in his career and has acquired over $600 million in commercial real estate over the past 5 years . Prior to joining Clairmont, Mr. Lubin has worked at large institutional investment companies such as MetLife, Allianz, AREA Property Partners (formally Apollo Management) and C-III Capital Partners. His experience includes investments in core, value-add, opportunistic,distressed real estate, note purchases, development, fund investments, and coinvestments across all major asset classes including: multifamily, hospitality, office, industrial, retail, senior living and real estate operating companies.
Additionally, Mr. Lubin has worked as a real estate investment banker at BMO Capital Markets. At BMO, he was involved in over $3.6 billion in capital raising and advisory engagements. Mr. Lubin started his career at Accenture in the Corporate Strategy and M&A group. At Accenture he advised large fortune 500 companies on new market entry strategies, shareholder value analysis, and operational efficiencies.
David Lubin holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University. David also has a New York state real estate broker license and series 7 & 63.
Ori Foger is a shareholder with Kensington Vanguard National Land Services. Ori is a veteran of the title insurance business since 2007 with a diverse national client base focusing on all asset classes.
Outside of his career in title Ori owns a portfolio of properties in Jersey City including a 122 unit journal sq development site set to break ground this fall. Ori lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 2 kids.
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This event starts on Thursday July 19th at 6:00 PM.
The Young Jewish Professional's Real Estate Investment Forum will be taking place July 19th, 2018. The largest organization of its kind; YJP has built an exclusive community dedicated to connecting and nurturing early to mid-stage career professionals, through meaningful networking events, innovative programming, and leading educational content.
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• Access to World Class Mentors and Investment Experts
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