Asher Abehsera, Founder, LIVWRK
Prior to founding LIVWRK, Asher was the General Manager of Two Trees Management Company where, for 8 years, he oversaw residential asset management, acquisitions, sales and rentals, as well as marketing for more than $2 billion in class A, mixed use real estate. Previously, he served as the west coast director of sales & marketing for Crescent Heights, overseeing more Than $1 billion in trophy residential developments.
Asher’s tenure with Two Trees Management was also marked by high-level wins including The 1.1 million square foot mixed-use project Mercedes House and he orchestrated the acquisition of the Domino Sugar Refinery, a historic game-changer that will emerge a 3.2 million square foot, mixed-use, waterfront development. Asher’s first acquisition on behalf of LIVWRK is known as the WATCHTOWER Portfolio, comprised of 1.3mm square in 6 buildings located in DUMBO Brooklyn and destined to be redeveloped as an unrivaled creative work campus and retail destination.
Brendan Aguayo, Managing Director, Halstead Property Development Marketing
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Halstead Property Development Marketing (HPDM), Brendan oversees the development process from inception to completion. He is consistently ahead of the curve on market trends and sought out for maximizing value in all areas of new development. Brendan has successfully worked on over 250 projects throughout the New York metropolitan area, encompassing over 2,500 units with a gross valuation in excess of $2 billion. With this wealth of experience, he brings enormous insightto the development process which in turn guides him in each client interaction. He understands both the complexities and risks with each site and believes that consulting and development are both an art and a science.
Andrew Barrocas, Chief Executive Officer, MNS
Andrew currently oversees more than a billion dollars in real estate. He has managed, trained, recruited and worked with New York’s top agents and brokers. A graduate of the WP Carey School of Business at ASU, he was one of the Top 30 Brokers Under 30 featured in the Real Deal. Andrew brings a stellar track record to MNS, which he has grown to over 125 people in 5 years. He also serves as a licensed teacher of real estate brokers and sales.
Dan Bodner, VP – Leasing, Kushner Companies
Daniel Bodner currently serves as Vice President of Leasing at Kushner Companies. Mr. Bodner joined the company in November 2013 to lead the leasing efforts at DUMBO Heights, a 1.2 million sf campus in DUMBO purchased by Kushner Companies, RFR Realty and LIVWRK. Bodner brings over 11 years of real estate experience to Kushner Companies repositioning assets, including the Empire State Building, and working with digital, technology and media companies. He previously spent 7 years at CBRE in Brokerage as a landlord and tenant advisor. Bodner earned an MBA from Baruch College and a B.S. in Financial Economics from Binghamton University.
Jonathan Butler, Founder, Brownstoner.com & The Brooklyn Flea
Jonathan is a Brooklyn-based entrepreneur. He is the founder and publisher of Brownstoner.com as well as the co-founder of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg markets. In 2012, Jonathan bought the former Studebaker Service Station in Crown Heights with BFC Partners and Goldman Sachs and is in the process of turning into a hub of creative commercial activity, including a beer hall and food court featuring Smorgasburg vendors. Jonathan received his BA from Princeton University in 1992 and an MBA from NYU in 1998. He resides with his wife and two children in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Jack Cayre, Principal, Midtown Equities
Jack Cayre is one of the founders of CORE, a full-service real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in the purchase, sale, rental and marketing of select residential new developments and premier properties based in New York City. Jack is also a principal at Midtown Equities, a privately-held real estate investment and development company that serves as the investment platform of the Cayre family. With a focus on prime retail properties, Midtown Equities actively acquires, develops and leases properties ranging from urban redevelopment projects to commercial centers.
David Ennis, Founder & Principal, The Daten Group
David T. Ennis began his real estate career in the early 90′s as a residential leasing broker and property manager in Miami, Florida. Following his New York roots, he moved back in 1993 and joined a local fast-growing development company, Blumenfeld Development Group as a financial analyst. As a key member of the acquisitions team he became a Director of Acquisitions, overseeing one million square feet of commercial office and retail acquisitions and development during his eight-year tenure. In 2001, David formed the Daten Group LLC to capitalize on what he saw as tremendous buying opportunities. To-date, all deals that Daten has bought or consulted on, have met or exceeded the original financial expectations. David has worked on a wide-range of real estate projects including portfolio office acquisition; retail development; office redevelopment and residential ground-up development. He is involved in several notable charities and real estate organizations and is a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) NY Chapter. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Miami’s Business School with a BA in Finance and a minor in Real Estate. David resides in the New York area with his wife and two children.
David Ehrenberg, President & CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
David Ehrenberg serves as the President & CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), overseeing its 330 tenants and 1.8 million SF expansion. Prior to joining BNYDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was an Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transaction Services group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). While at NYCEDC, Mr. Ehrenberg was a senior manager on many of the City’s priority economic development projects including: the Applied Sciences initiative that resulted in Cornell’s new campus on Roosevelt Island; the redevelopment of six acres of vacant land on the Lower East Side known as Seward Park; the Atlantic Yards project; as well as the creation and implementation of hundreds of millions of dollars of programs to support small businesses after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to marquee projects, he supervised dozens of industrial and manufacturing projects across the City and supervised the operations of the City’s Industrial Development Agency.
Roger Fortune, Vice President, Stahl Organization
Roger Fortune is Vice President at The Stahl Organization developing the ‘Tallest Building in Brooklyn,’ 388 Bridge Street, a 53-story, 378-unit condo/rental hybrid. In addition, Stahl is also developing The Brooklyn Trust Company Building, a 12-unit historic conversion of a Brooklyn Heights Landmark. The Stahl Organization was founded in 1949 by the late Stanley Stahl. Today the Stahl Organization owns in excess of five million square feet of commercial space and three thousand residential units. Recent condominium developments include The Apple Bank Condominium and The Laureate in Manhattan and L Haus in Queens. In addition to its real estate interests, The Stahl Organization owns Cauldwell Wingate Company and Apple Bank for Savings.
Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor, Housing & Economic Development
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen leads the administration’s efforts to invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, successfully target public subsidies, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family. Glen served as the Assistant Commissioner for Housing Finance at the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation and Development from 1998 to 2002, where she was responsible for financing the rehabilitation and construction of thousands of units of market, moderate and low-income units as well as overseeing the City’s supportive housing, tax credit and tax incentive programs.
MaryAnne Gilmartin, President & CEO, Forest City Ratner
MaryAnne Gilmartin is in charge of Forest City’s Commercial & Residential Development in New York. Throughout her 17 years at Forest City, Ms. Gilmartin has played a key role in the creation of civic public/private development projects in the city. Ms. Gilmartin oversees the company’s most visible and prestigious projects: The Barclays Center — the future home of the NBA Nets franchise — the feature component of the 8 million square foot Frank Gehry-master plan for the Atlantic Yards redevelopment project. Ms. Gilmartin also manages the MetroTech office portfolio in Brooklyn, which consists of 6.7 million square feet of Class A office space.
Chris Havens, Managing Director, aptsandlofts.com
Chris brings 31 years of real estate, housing and land-use experience to his role at aptsandlofts.com. He began his career in the public sector, first managing legislative and land-use affairs for a prominent City Council member and later renovating 1,000 units in Brooklyn with the City of New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the non-profit BEC. After five years selling apartments in Manhattan, Chris joined Insignia/ESG in 1998, which is now part of CBRE, the largest commercial real state firm in the world. In 2002, Chris joined Two Trees Management in DUMBO and, as Director of Leasing for their 2-million square-feet commercial portfolio, he played a key role in launching the area as a creative commerce hub. In 2007, he started the Creative Real Estate Group. He also was a consultant to Industry City Associates. Chris is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Board Member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Real Estate and Development Committee and co-chair of the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable. He’s also an Advisory Board Member of the Association of African-American Real Estate Professionals and a member of REBNY.
David Heiden, Managing Partner & Director of Loan Origination, W Financial
David has more than 25 years of experience appraising, analyzing and underwriting real property including multifamily, office, retail, hospitality and land. Prior to joining W Financial, for nearly a decade he was a Senior Vice President of BRT Realty Trust, a publicly-traded real estate bridge lender. Prior to BRT he was a Senior Loan Officer with GMAC Commercial Mortgage, a Vice President at Bankers Federal Savings Bank and an Assistant Vice President at Sterling National Bank. Mr. Heiden received a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from New York University in 1997 and a BA in Finance from Baruch College in 1989. David leads W Financial’s loan originations, valuations and analysis. He is a New York State Certified General Appraiser and is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Karen Brooks-Hopkins, President, BAM
Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979. As President, Hopkins oversees the Academy’s 230 full-time employees and facilities, including the 2100-seat Howard Gilman Opera House and 833-seat BAM Harvey Theater, the four-theater BAM Rose Cinemas, the BAMcafé, and the BAM Fisher building which houses the 250-seat flexible Fishman Space.
Andrew Kimball, Chief Executive Officer, Industry City
In July 2013, Andrew Kimball joined Jamestown Properties, a national developer focused on the revitalization of underutilized urban assets, as National Director of Innovation Economy Initiatives. Shortly thereafter, Jamestown tapped Mr. Kimball to also serve as CEO of Industry City directing the redevelopment of this six million square foot facility in Sunset Park.From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Kimball served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) overseeing the transformation of this 300-acre former Naval ship-building facility.
Kyle Kimball, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Kyle Kimball has served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) under Mayor Bill de Blasio since January 2014. As President, Kyle leads NYCEDC’s continued efforts to position New York City as the global center for innovation and to increase economic empowerment and mobility for all New Yorkers. Kyle was first appointed NYCEDC President by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2013. Since joining NYCEDC in 2008, Kyle has helped to develop and implement NYCEDC’s strategy to strengthen the City’s economy.
Stephen Kliegerman, President, Halstead Property Development Marketing
Stephen G. Kliegerman’s long-standing career in real estate has earned him an esteemed reputation from colleagues and clients alike. As president of Halstead Property Development Marketing (HPDM), Kliegerman oversees the firm’s operations, direction and management of new business, client relations, pre-development planning, marketing, and sales. Along with his unmatched team of sales and marketing professionals, Stephen has built HPDM into a market leader through record-setting sales, unparalleled client service and creative marketing. Stephen has overseen more than $6 billion in sales representing over 5,000 units in the New York City area over the last five years and currently has more than $1.7 billion in the pipeline for 2014. Frequently sought out by the city’s top residential developers to consult on projects in every stage of development – from pre-development planning to designing turnaround strategies – Stephen has worked with prominent developers such as Toll Brothers City Living, The Stahl Organization, L+M Development Partners, BFC Partners and The Gotham Organization.
Robert Knakal, Chairman, Massey Knakal
Mr. Knakal is Chairman and Founding Partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services, a full service property sales firm. He was 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 Massey. They both left CB in 1988 to form Massey Knakal. To date, Massey Knakal has closed over 4,500 transactions having a market value in excess of $14 billion. Mr. Knakal has been personally responsible for the sale of more than 1,250 buildings worth over $8.5 billion.
Jonathan Landau, Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Property
Mr. Landau is a member and the Chief Executive Officer of Fortis. He is responsible for sourcing and negotiating real estate transactions and overseeing Fortis’ myriad operating, development and leasing activities. Prior to joining Fortis, Mr. Landau practiced corporate / transactional and tax law with DLA Piper LLP for six years, primarily advising real estate companies on acquisitions, dispositions, syndications, joint ventures, entity-level investments and tax-structured transactions. As Fortis’ CEO, Mr. Landau has been successful in developing important real estate opportunities based on the significant real estate relationships and network which he first generated while practicing law and expanded at Fortis. Mr. Landau holds a JD from the University of Maryland.
Daniel Levy, President, CityRealty.com & East River Skyway
Dan is the founder of CityRealty.com, one of the largest and most popular websites for New York City real estate. Established in 1994, CityRealty provides a free, end-to-end service for home buyers, renters and sellers, matching each customer to an agent with the precise expertise needed to find his or her perfect home, and offering the most comprehensive data, analysis, and ratings available on the NYC real estate market. CityRealty provides a targeting advertising environment for rental building owners and condo developers seeking to reach qualified renters and buyers. Dan is also the president of REOL Services, which provides specialized website and mobile development services for commercial real estate owners and developers. At the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, Dan will present his latest project, a much-needed additional transportation link between Brooklyn and Manhattan, while also connecting high growth areas along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront.
William Macklowe, Chief Executive Officer, William Macklowe Company
William S. (Billy) Macklowe is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of William Macklowe Company (WMC), a private equity-backed, fully-integrated real estate development, investment and operating company based in New York City. As a manager and investor of institutional capital, WMC employs discipline, as well as investment and risk management strategies, to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns. While WMC’s primary focus is on the acquisition and redevelopment of prime commercial and residential assets in New York City, the company also engages in strategic lending, real estate correlated investments, portfolio acquisitions, and pursues select third-party management assignments for which it employs the level of service and operations, long-recognized as exemplifying the highest standards in its industry. After successfully concluding the redevelopment of both 636 Avenue of the Americas and 386 Park Avenue South, WMC recently acquired 156 William Street, which it is repositioning as Downtown Manhattan’s premier medical office building, and has commenced development of a ground-up luxury residential building at 110 University Place, in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Paul Massey, CEO & Founding Partner, Massey Knakal
Mr. Massey began his career at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services in Midtown Manhattan as head of the market research department, then as an investment sales broker. Together with Partner Robert A. Knakal, whom he met at Coldwell, he founded what has become New York City’s largest investment property sales brokerage firm. In 2007, Mr. Massey was honored with the Real Estate Board of New York’s prestigious Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award which honors a broker whose career distinctions include personal and professional integrity, long term leadership and prominence in the brokerage community, and participation on Real Estate Board committees.
David Maundrell, President & Founder, aptsandlofts.com
David Maundrell is President and founder of aptsandlofts.com. Prior to starting here, David worked for a Queens based family owned Real Estate brokerage firm but quickly realized that Real Estate in Brooklyn was his calling. Since 2002 aptsandlofts.com has marketed over 90 New Developments and in June of 2009 was ranked the 3rd Largest New Development Marketing Firm in NYC in terms of developments represented between 2007 and 2009 by the Real Deal trade publication. A native of Williamsburg Brooklyn and a lifelong Brooklyn resident, David cares deeply about not only real estate in Brooklyn but also the neighborhoods as a whole and is involved with multiple neighborhood charities.
Gina Mavica, Partner, BakerHostetler
Gina Mavica is a partner in BakerHostetler’s NY Real Estate group. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, representing sellers, buyers, lenders, developers, and investors in acquisitions, dispositions, development deals, and financings. In addition, a large part of Gina’s practice includes representing buyers and sellers of development rights (so called “air rights”). Gina strives to understand her clients’ business concerns to foster solutions and add value to complicated transactions.
Rao Mulpuri, Chief Executive Officer, View Dynamic Glass
Dr. Mulpuri is the Chief Executive Officer of View Inc. He is responsible for the strategic direction and the financial and operational performance of the company. Prior to View Inc., Dr. Mulpuri held several executive positions at Novellus Systems, most recently as President of Novellus Systems Japan and Vice President and General Manager of the Integrated Metals Business Unit.
Jason Muss, Principal, Muss Development
Jason Muss joined Muss Development LLC in 1996 and is Principal in charge of development, construction and marketing for the company. He is involved in all aspects of real estate development for MDL, including existing, under construction and planned Mr. Muss oversaw the development of Oceana Condominium and Club, a 1.5 million sf, 865-unit condominium project and is currently overseeing a 16 development, a 125,000 sf mixed use tower. He has also recently completed the development of a 100,000 sf rental building with a retail component in upper Manhattan and 35,000 sf of retail at 345 Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn, as well as the redevelopment of a 200,000 sf office building in Queens and the acquisition of two office buildings in Manhattan, retenanting over 30,000 sf of retail in those two properties.
Stephen Palmese, Senior Executive VP, Massey Knakal
Mr. Palmese, a Brooklyn native, joined Massey Knakal in August 2004 after graduating from Georgetown University, where he pursued a double major in International Finance and New and Small Business Management. Since joining the firm, Stephen has sold over 100 properties with an aggregate consideration of nearly $700,000,000. In 2012, he was named a Top Investment Sales Broker in New York by Real Estate Forum and was profiled on the front cover of the NY Observer for having sold 8% of all Brooklyn sales in 1H12. Stephen was, also, awarded Second Place Salesperson company-wide at Massey Knakal Realty Services. In 2010 and 2012, Stephen was awarded the Annual Stephen B. Siegel Brooklyn Salesperson of the Year Award for his success at Massey Knakal and as a CoStar Powerbroker.
Tim Oberweger, Vice President & Counsel, Fidelity National Title
Timothy D. Oberweger, Esq. is Vice President and Counsel for Fidelity National TitleInsurance Company in their New York City commercial office. Timothy focuses on generating title insurance from commercial, retail, energy, industrial, hotel, office, multi-family and residential real estate transactions in New York and nationally. He has closed over $5 Billion worth of transactions from the title side over the past 10 years in the industry. Timothy is a director of the Alumni Association and a member of the Recent Alumni Council at Brooklyn Law School where he was graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2005. He is a board member and program chair of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association (YMBA). Timothy is on the steering committee of the UJA – REX in New York City and is a voting member on the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting in Connecticut where he resides.
David Pfeffer, Chair – Construction Practice, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
David Pfeffer works with clients in the commercial real estate and construction industry, and represents commercial, institutional and residential real estate owners, operators and developers. He has advised on construction and development for a number of high-profile mixed-use residential/commercial properties in Brooklyn. As a business partner to his clients, David not only provides sound legal advice, but also has a keen understanding of the business climate. He handles matters such as contract preparation, development, continuing operation, leasing and dispute resolution, and also maintains an active practice in business negotiation. Providing business solutions from a legal perspective, David’s practice focuses on project delivery strategies and the preparation and negotiation of design, construction and related contracts for private and public real estate development projects. David has been recognized by Chambers and Partners as a leading construction lawyer in New York for eight consecutive years (2006-13).
Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President, RXR Realty
Pinsky serves as an executive Vice President of RXR and as Investment Manager of the newly created RXR Metropolitan Emerging Market Strategy. RXR will allocate substantial capital for investment in New York City and surrounding Tri-State markets that have access to infrastructure and transit and offer opportunities for growth.
Gregg Popkin, Chief Operating Officer, RFR Holding
Mr. Popkin oversees leasing, management, accounting, construction and hotel operations for RFR’s entire portfolio. Mr. Popkin was previously managing director with Beacon Capital Partners and managing director with CB Richard Ellis. He’s currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Real Estate Development program at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.
Tucker Reed, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Tucker Reed is the President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination. He previously was the Director of Special Projects for Two Trees Management Company, a real estate development firm based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where he assisted in the execution of development projects with an aggregate budget of nearly $200 million, while directing communications and community development efforts for the firm.
William Robertson, Director of Commercial Projects, NBBJ
William Robertson is director of commercial projects in New York for architecture firm NBBJ, named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company. Leading some of the firm’s most dynamic domestic and international work, his strength as a designer is rooted in a passion for investigation and collaboration. His projects include the Sail @ Marina Bay in Singapore, the design concept for the Silvercup Studios Mixed-Use Development in New York City and the Keppel Saigon Centre in Vietnam.
Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically resilient world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm which has successfully completed more than $1.5 billion of work. In 2005, the firm launched the nation’s first green transit oriented acquisition and redevelopment fund, followed by green affordable housing and office transformation funds.
Joshua Schuster, Principal, DHA Capital
Joshua Schuster has more than nine years of experience in the construction and development of real estate in New York City. He has developed roughly one million square feet of best-in-class mixed-use residential, retail, affordable, and hospitality properties. Notably, Josh acted as Director of Development for the groundbreaking luxury renovation of 184 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
David Shorenstein, Co-Founder, Silvershore Properties
David brings over ten years of real estate experience to his position of Principal at Silvershore Properties. Silvershore Properties was founded in 2010 and currently owns and manages a New York City real estate portfolio with a value in excess of $200,000,000. Silvershore’s portfolio currently consists of fifty properties throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, with a focus on acquiring and improving multi-family, industrial and mixed-use properties. Silvershore is considered to be one of the most active buyers of investment properties in New York City, having acquired twenty properties in separate transactions in 2013. The March 2014 “Real Deal” featured David as one of “Real Estate’s Rising Stars under 35. Prior to joining Silvershore Properties, David was the Chief Investment Officer of Forrest Shorenstein Capital Partners, a real estate investment company that purchased six properties on the Lower East Side with a value of over $25 million.
Douglas Steiner, Chairman, Steiner Studios
Douglas C. Steiner is Chairman of Steiner Studios, New York’s first Hollywood-style film and television production facility, comprised of 355,000 square feet on 20 acres inside the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard and currently being expanded by an additional 225,000 square feet of space. Douglas has led the fight to re-establish New York’s position as a world-class entertainment production center; he spearheaded the creation of the New York State Film Production Credit and each of its four renewals and expansions.
Paul Travis, Managing Partner, Washington Square Partners
Paul Travis is Managing Partner of Washington Square Partners, a realestate development advisory firm in New York City which he founded in 1994. Over the years he has worked with corporations, non-profit institutions and government entities to reconfigure real estate assets and solve land use issues. He is also a partner in Kingsbridge Development Partners, a real estate development firm that developed the River Plaza center with Target Stores, at the time the first major private commercial development in the Bronx in twenty years.
Elise Wagner, Partner, Kramer Levin
Elise Wagner is a partner in the Land Use Department at Kramer Levin, where she concentrates her practice in land use, zoning, environmental and historic preservation law. She has substantial experience counseling for-profit and non-profit property owners on the planning and development of new buildings and the reuse of existing buildings. She has coordinated the public approval processes for major public-private development projects involving cooperation between private developers and agencies of New York City and State. She has negotiated numerous multi-party transactions for the transfer of development rights, and has performed due diligence on the purchase and financing of major properties.