SHARK TANK: Real Estate Edition
Benjamin Sandel is the Co-Founder and Co-Managing Member of HiCap Management, LLC. Mr. Sandel plays a key role in the day-to-day operations and management of the HiCap portfolio.
Prior to founding HiCap, Mr. Sandel was an Associate Director in the Retail Leasing Division at Eastern Consolidated. While at Eastern, Mr. Sandel brokered office, industrial, and retail lease transactions through tenant and landlord representation in New York City and the outer boroughs.
Mr. Sandel also previously worked at Central Park Group, LLC, an alternative Investment firm, where he was a Research Analyst. At CPG, Mr. Sandel covered a variety of alternative asset classes, including real estate, hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, and liquid alternatives.
Mr. Sandel is a graduate of Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business with a B.S. in Finance, and is active in the university’s Real Estate Alumni Association. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), and holds his New York State Salesperson, Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Greg Fournier is Managing Principal of Greenbrook Partners, a real estate operating company he founded in 2014. Greenbrook targets investments in commercial and residential properties in New York City, and Mr. Fournier leads the overall management of the firm including, oversight of acquisitions, deal execution, new business and financing activities. Prior to forming Greenbrook, he was Managing Director at East End Capital, an operating company with 2.5 million square feet of office, retail and residential real estate in New York City. In this position, he directed all capital markets activities for the firm. Prior to East End, Mr. Fournier co-managed real estate investments at The Olayan Group, a private investment company based in New York City with $1.5 billion of invested equity in real estate. In this role, he oversaw direct real estate transactions and was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing investments in public and private real estate companies, single asset and portfolio acquisitions, and development joint ventures. Mr. Fournier earned a B.A. in Economics from Boston University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
President of JC Property Group Inc., John has been investing in real estate since 2010. Having started with purchasing tax deeds and tax liens. In 2013, he did $3,247,000 in real estate transactions. In 2014, he switched his focus to the multifamily asset class and became a member of a group that closed $70 million worth of transactions. Before leaving Marcus & Millichap to focus 100% of his time on the growth of his company, he was a team member of a group that sold over 26 multifamily properties in the Brooklyn and Queens market. Prior to his involvement in real estate, John was a licensed (series 7 and 63) stockbroker, but decided that brick and mortar investments were far less speculative than the stock market. John played baseball at Queens College where he graduated with a degree in Economics.
Joseph Baum is the Co-Founder and Co-Managing Member of HiCap Management, LLC. Mr. Baum plays a key role in seeking new acquisitions and financing for the HiCap Portfolio.
Prior to founding HiCap, Mr. Baum was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Bank at their New York Headquarters. At Barclays, Mr. Baum worked on Market Analysis and Client Profitability.
Mr. Baum is a graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A. from its Business Program and is an active member of its alumni association. Joseph is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and holds his FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Ms. Shea joined Harbor Group in 2000. She focuses on all aspects of capital transactions at Harbor Group and is specifically involved in mortgage loan financing and property dispositions. Ms. Shea was named Managing Director in 2009 and participates in all Investment Committee meetings. Prior to joining HGI, Ms. Shea spent four years working for CB Richard Ellis performing property valuation and underwriting for various asset types. Ms. Shea graduated magna cum laude from The American University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics.
Rishi is a Managing Director of Eagle Rock Advisors, responsible for investment management. He plays an active role in acquisitions and asset management, primarily in sourcing, negotiating, financing and developing asset management plans for portfolio assets.
Since helping launch UOB Eagle Rock Multifamily Property Fund LP in 2011, Rishi has led the acquisition and financing of all Fund assets. Additionally, Rishi helped refinance several loans with aggregate value over $275 million. Rishi also liaisons with the fund auditors and accountants.
Prior to joining Eagle Rock, Rishi helped launch a value-oriented hedge fund, where he focused on underwriting investments across asset classes. Previously, he was in consulting, during which time he advised clients on business strategy. Rishi has spent time in Mumbai, India, negotiating and restructuring purchase agreements for high-end multifamily residential properties. He has also worked with a New York-based real estate owner-operator identifying acquisitions and refinancing a portion of the portfolio.
Rishi is a CFA charterholder. He earned an MBA with a concentration in real estate from Columbia Business School, where he graduated with Distinction. Rishi also graduated cum laude with a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park. He is a member of National Multifamily Housing Council and sits on the Board of NYPEN Real Estate.
Tom Ortinau is Head of Acquisitions at GFP Real Estate (“GFP”) where he handles the acquisition and development of real estate properties in New York. At GFP, Tom has sourced and closed 10 transactions comprising over $1 billion. Sponsored by the Gural family, the firm currently owns and manages 72 properties comprising over 16 million square feet in New York City. Tom has since been instrumental in making over 10 investments comprising over $1 billion. Tom also handles leasing, asset management and development activities for GFP’s projects.
Prior to joining GFP, Tom was a member of the US Transactions team at PGIM Real Estate where he handled Northeast Acquisitions and Development activities for the firm’s private equity funds. At PREI, Tom handled 34 investments comprising over $5.5 billion. These property and entity level investments were made via common equity, preferred equity and mezzanine debt positions both on a direct basis and through joint ventures.
Tom began his career at WSP Group, a leading design and construction firm in New York. At WSP, Tom worked on the design and construction of over 50 public and private development projects in New York including The Hearst Building, The New York Times Building and The Plaza Hotel.
Tom holds a BSE from the University of Kansas, an MS from New York University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Tom is on the board of NYPEN Real Estate and a member of the Real Estate Circle at Columbia Business School. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches real estate investing to graduate students.
Mr. Kore is a Founding Principal at Avenue Realty Capital (ARC), an investment fund focused on providing equity for middle market multifamily properties in NY, NJ & CT.
Prior to forming ARC, Mr. Kore served as Senior Vice President of Investments for the NY Tristate area at Phoenix Realty Group, an institutional private equity real estate fund manager in New York City that manages more than $1.35 billion in assets and nearly 10,000 apartment units across the U.S. Mr. Kore was responsible for the origination, acquisitions and joint venture structuring of urban and suburban residential investments.
Previously, Mr. Kore was responsible for acquisitions and development at Colgate Development, a prominent mixed use development company, where he led site evaluation, acquisition and the initial design phase of residential, hotel and mixed use projects.
Additionally, Mr. Kore served as Manager at Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Private Equity group in the New York office.
Mr. Kore earned his Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Finance from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from Baruch College at the City University of New York. Further, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State.
Mark M. Mindick is a longstanding partner and has been a substantial part of the growth of the firm for the past 16 years, consulting on a wide range of value-added tax, consulting, and assurance matters, with a specialized focus in the real estate sector. His clients include the greater real estate and financial services community, both domestic and international.
A leader in the firm’s Real Estate Practice, Mark serves as a specialist and go-to consultant for the real estate community, from entrepreneurs all the way through some of the largest national brands in U.S. real estate. He is involved in all verticals of the industry and is highly skilled in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other various areas of business counsel and analysis. He also negotiates with a wide range of capital sources from private investors, family offices, real estate funds, hedge funds, and other institutional grade investors.
On the pulse of the marketplace, Mark brings value to clients with his proactive approach and deep understanding of his clients’ issues and goals, helping to scale and diversify businesses to grow them to the next level.
Mark maintains an extensive network of equity sources and has expansive knowledge in structuring deals from every aspect, ranging from all tiers of the capital stack to sophisticated multi-tier joint venture structures. An expert in benchmarking against the marketplace, he also advises on initiating, structuring, and analyzing real estate funds and syndication vehicles.
Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Mark served at a regional NYC firm focusing on high-level consulting and assurance projects.
Please join us for SHARK TANK: The Real Estate Edition for an evening of meaningful networking, meeting like-minded real estate professionals, and exploring new avenues for collaboration.
Real estate entrepreneurs who are seeking capital, will present investment proposals to a panel of real estate Sharks. Sharks will critique the presentations and ask hard hitting questions, leveraging their years of real estate experience.
Let's see if the entrepreneurs have what it takes to hook one of our Sharks!
Partial Attendee List
Union Sq / Irvin Pl area
This event starts on June 7th at 6:00 PM.