16 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
017 Ira Zlotowitz
Ira Zlotowitz, the youngest president of any top 10 mortgage brokerage, took the commercial real estate industry by storm at the age of 21. From then on he has continued to establish himself as an innovator who has defined the industry, earning numerous accolades such as Crain’s “Forty Under 40.” His story starts at Meridian Capital, where he integrated mastery of the cold call into the company’s business model, trained several large teams of callers and was responsible for the launch of new offices nationwide. This campaign, the success of which would repeat itself, accomplished unprecedented growth for the company. In the year prior to his first at Meridian, the company closed $300 million in loans. Just four years later, in his final year there, the firm had closed over $3 billion. In 2001, Mr. Zlotowitz formed Eastern Union, together with Abraham Bergman, and continued to establish a track record for innovation, grit, and industry-wide disruption. He has aggressively integrated technology and market data into the company’s business model, sped up the loan submission process by a factor of 10, and developed relationships between the company and over 85 lenders. In the process, Eastern has grown from a four-person Brooklyn office into a 100-person firm closing roughly $5 billion in national loan volume this year.
20 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
016 Ian Grusd
Ian Grusd is a Senior Business Development Executive in the Technology and Commercial Real Estate sectors. Ian represents a broad range of clients including Institutions, Private Equity, Family Offices and numerous Not for Profits and has facilitated in excess of 10,000,000 SF of CRE transactions. Ian holds the SIOR and CCIM commercial real estate designations. As President of SIOR NJ, he led the Chapter to a National Service Award and is Past President of CCIM New York City and Vice Chair of the CCIM Institute National Marketing committee. Professional Achievements include awards for "Largest Industrial Sale", "Challenging Deal of the Year" and "Largest Co-Broker Transaction". Ian is an approved instructor by the Board of Continuing Legal Education for the Supreme Court of New Jersey and has provided expert testimony for landlord/tenant disputes, real estate tax appeals and property valuations. He has had articles published in various trade journals and been a quotable source numerous times.
13 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
015 Norman Bobrow
Norman Bobrow’s career in real estate began in 1971 when he was an executive at the Centex Corporation. He was a project manager for this large publicly held real estate development firm and was primarily responsible for construction and marketing activities. As a member of the Muss family and third generation actively involved in the real estate industry, Norman has a vast knowledge of the New York marketplace. After leaving Centex, Norman was named Director of Leasing at IEC Properties, and later Vice President of R.B. Schlessinger, a commercial real estate company in Manhattan, where he remained for seven years. Norman has represented and individually participated in the negotiation and consulting of over 3,000 leases and acquisitions of over 300 properties throughout the country. His company stresses accuracy, professionalism, and the ability to enable the customer to comprehend all financial and business ramifications of every transaction. His strengths lie in providing his customers with the best space available and negotiating the best lease possible. Norman is a well-known philanthropist with involvement in over 100 charities annually. He sits on the board and advisory committee of numerous organizations including Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl, Solomon Schechter School of Queens, State of Israel Bonds, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and Young Israel of Jamaica Estates.
14 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
014 Samuel Zand
Samuel Zand is the Principal at Zand Law, a New York boutique real estate law firm, handling all of your real estate transaction and foreclosure defense related needs. Their real estate practice focuses on, among other areas: commercial refinance transactions, contract negotiations, commercial and residential closings, private lender representation, and commercial and residential lease drafting and negotiations. Recently, they closed tens of millions of dollars in real estate refinance transactions alone. While some of their “refi clients” may have other attorneys for their sales or purchases, they nevertheless prefer Zand Law for their commercial mortgage refinances, as they offer white glove service from loan commitment through closing, which includes professionalism, efficiency, attentiveness and responsiveness. At Zand Law, they consistently provide real, authentic representation and explore every possible avenue to get the deal closed and save clients’ homes. In both real estate transaction practice and foreclosure defense practice, he and his team care about each and every one of their clients and fight hard to protect their interests and preserve their rights.
12 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
013 Neil Greenbaum
Neil Greenbaum is a transactional attorney with over 25 years experience in corporate and commercial real estate transactions. In addition to practicing law, he has been a principal on numerous commercial real estate projects, including multifamily, office and retail assets.
18 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
012 Scott Lewis
Scott Lewis is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Investment Group, LLC (SIG) and has led several successful real estate projects ranging from single family flips to ground up development of self-storage. To date SIG has completed $11M in development projects, has $85M more underway, and raised over $18M in private equity. As the Chief Executive Officer, Scott is responsible for developing business strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term objectives. He leads the Spartan team by overseeing all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission In addition to Spartan, Scott is also a Major in the US Army Reserves and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. Scott graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Chemistry and Marketing, from Catholic University with a MS in Management, and from Georgetown University with a Certificate in Project Management. In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindsay, mountain biking, skiing, and chasing their two Jack Russell Terriers around the yard.
19 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
011 Ola Dantis
Ola Dantis is a successful Real Estate Entrepreneur focussing on helping others on their journey to financial freedom and passive income. Ola, the Founder/CEO at Dwellynn.com, a multifamily investment syndication firm, has successfully sourced deals of over 40 million dollars by working closely with Sellers and with other Apartment Syndicators across the country. Though Ola has only lived in the US for a few years, he has successfully completed rehab projects in excess of 1M dollars. Ola continues to exceed investors returns, building upon his success on the real estate investing space. Ola likes to post his progress and encourages his community of 50,000 strong on Instagram. Recently, Ola, via Dwellynn, closed on an $11,500,00 deal, a 160-unit apartment building in Houston, TX and currently has a 100+ deal under contract in Texas. Ola continues to meet or exceed investors’ returns by investing in Value add deals in strong metropolitan cities across the United States. Ola enjoys working with new investors both here and abroad to help them become successful real estate investors.
16 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
010 Josh Cooper
Josh Cooper is president of Nashville-area based Kirk Capital Development Group and has been a full-time entrepreneur since 2013. He started Josh Cooper Fundraising LLC in 2013 to help schools and groups raise needed funds for operations, growing a territory from $27K in sales to over $500K. Mr. Cooper is also on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Short Mountain Encampment Assoc., serving as Secretary, Treasurer and on the Executive Board. Short Mountain serves 1500 children every summer in a safe and positive atmosphere where they learn to emulate Christ. Prior to that, Mr. Cooper was the Director of Operations- Nashville for a global food conglomerate. Mr. Cooper has also served as Camp Director, Summer Youth Series Director, Youth Minister and deacon of College and Youth programs. Kirk Capital Development Group was founded in July of 2017 and is focused on developing value in underperforming assets in the Southeast. Strictly focused on multi-family, Kirk Capital seeks value add plays in the 40-90 unit range in Nashville, Huntsville, Birmingham, Chattanooga and Atlanta.
15 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
009 Adam J. Carswell
Adam Joseph Carswell was born at Lake East Hospital in Painesville, OH on March 18, 1991 to Michael and Diane Carswell. Adam grew up in Painesville, and attended Painesville City Schools until grade six when he transferred to Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Carswell attended Notre Dame - Cathedral Latin High School where he played varsity basketball and track and field. He continued the same athletics as a two-sport athlete at Westminster College (PA) where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, and in his final season competed alongside his younger brother, Paul (2012-2013). Carswell earned his MBA at Galen University in San Ignacio, Belize where he played for, and coached, two national championship basketball teams (2013-2014, 2014-2015). After graduating from Galen in December 2014, Adam moved back to the US where he began his career with the Sherwin-Williams Paint Company in Washington, D.C.. He managed stores for Sherwin-Williams for two years before making a full-time career transition into Real Estate in 2017 as a Realtor with RE/MAX Distinctive in McLean, VA. Currently, Carswell is a Director at Concordia Realty Corporation and Business Development Manager at Asym Capital, two privately-held commercial real estate firms. Adam is an avid vlogger, and podcaster. He launched his podcast Dream Chasers, and Vlog Untitled in 2017. Adam enjoys traveling the world, spending time with his family, and spending time with his friend group known as Taad Squad. Carswell currently resides in the first city the sun rises on in North America: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
18 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
008 Karen Behfar
When it comes to Residential Brooklyn Real Estate Karen is #1. In less than a decade she became one of the prominent leaders in the industry. Having dealt with thousands of people in the business Karen's time tested strategies and advice is what makes the Behfar Team different.
15 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
007 Ben Lapidus
As the Director of Finance & Acquisitions for Spartan Investment Group LLC, Ben Lapidus brings his skills in investment & corporate finance to build Spartan's commercial real estate portfolio from $0 to over $100M raising. With over 2 dozen successful real estate deals under his belt prior to Spartan, Ben is also the founder and host of the national Best Ever Real Estate Investing Conference and managing partner of Indigo Ownerships LLC. Before Spartan, Ben started and sold a multi-million dollar study abroad company and worked with several start-ups through IPO or acquisition. He graduated Rutgers University with dual degrees in Finance and Economics where he was a founder of the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.
12 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
006 Yonah Weiss
Yonah is a powerhouse with property owners' tax savings. As Business Director at Madison SPECS, a national Cost Segregation leader, he has assisted clients in saving tens of millions of dollars on taxes through cost segregation. He has a background in teaching and a passion for real estate and helping others. You can view more of his profile in LinkedIn.
17 minutes | Sep 20, 2019
005 Drew Kniffin
Drew Kniffin has a corporate finance and real estate investing career that spans a decade. After finishing graduate school (JD/MBA), Andrew was an investment banker providing valuation analysis and preparing small companies for refinancing or sale events. From there Andrew worked at a Fortune 500 company, where he negotiated and implemented Joint Ventures in Asia, Central America, and South America. Andrew began his full-time real estate career in 2008, focusing on acquiring cash-flowing properties that maintain value throughout the economic cycle. In addition to being an investor, Drew has been featured on multiple podcasts and also coaches aspiring multifamily real estate investors. Today, Drew controls 1,250 units across the United States with a collective valuation in excess of $65 million. Drew lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and four tax credits.
19 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
004- Self Storage with Ryan Gibson
Ryan Gibson is CIO and co-founder of Spartan Investment Group, LLC. Ryan has experience in real estate development to include ground-up development of luxury condos, single-family homes, and full renovation projects located in challenging high-density urban markets. Ryan owns and manages rentals properties in multiple states and has invested in apartment buildings, self-storage, and land development projects. For SIG, Ryan is responsible for investor relations and capital raises for projects. Ryan graduated from Mercyhurst University with a bachelor's degree in Business, with concentrations in Marketing, Management, and Advertising. https://spartan-investors.com/
17 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
003 Bernard Reisz CPA
Bernard Reisz CPA is the founder of 401kCheckbook.com, which gives investors direct control of their tax-sheltered funds for real estate equity and debt opportunities using Checkbook Control IRAs, QRPs, Solo 401(k)s, and Checkbook Life Insurance. He is also the founder of AgentFinancial.com, which provides tax strategy, entity, and financial services to real estate professionals, including real estate agents, real estate investors, and mortgage brokers. Bernard empowers individuals to optimize their finances, using proactive and innovative strategies. He provides an integrated approach to tax and financial planning for real estate pros, focusing on their unique profiles and opportunities. Prior to founding ReSure, Bernard served as Director of CoMetrics Partners, managing an array of engagements involving financial consulting and due diligence. Bernard advised owners of closely-held middle-market companies on advanced tax mitigation strategies. Website URLs: https://www.401kcheckbook.com/ https://www.agentfinancial.com/
16 minutes | Mar 24, 2019
002 Mo Bloorian - GreyHill Capital
Mo Bloorian is the founder and current partner of GreyHill Capital Holdings based in NYC. Among many responsibilities Mo is primarily on top of acquisitions, in house management and raising capital. Over the past year his company has acquired just under 100 units. His companies website is www.GreyhillCapitalHoldings.com and email is email@example.com.
18 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
001 Jon Paul Molfetta - The Molfetta Team
Jon Paul Molfetta, a licensed real estate broker in NY and NJ, transitioned into real estate in 2005 because of his talents for working with people and his eye for aesthetics and design. His organizational skills and strong attention to detail have proven to be an asset to his clients as he continues to be among the top producers in the area. He has assembled a great team of photographers, home stagers and mastered skills in technology knowing that in today's market a strong internet presence is essential to making a good impression with potential buyers. Whether servicing the luxury or condo markets, Jon Paul approaches each property with great care and has consistently been able to sell his listings. His years in the business and knowledge of construction provides great insight into the home buying process. With the understanding that buying a home is a huge decision, Jon Paul takes a step by step approach which creates comfort and confidence for his clients. Returning calls promptly, providing honest answers and setting the proper expectations are all skills that create lasting relationships for years to come. "Real Estate, although a business transaction, is personal and should be handled with great care." Awards and Honors: - 2017 NJ Circle of Excellence Platinum - 2017 Platinum (#2 individual agent for KWHVR) - 2016 NJ Circle of Excellence Platinum - 2016 Platinum (#1 individual agent for KWHVR) - 2015 Platinum (#1 individual agent for KWHVR) - 2014 Gold Award - 2013 Platinum Award - 2012 Platinum Award - 2010 Performance Award - 2009 Achievement Award - 2008 Rockland's 40 under 40 - 2007 Honor Society Award - Sales Associate of the Month - (several times) Designations include: Associate Broker, Certified REO Agent, Short Sale Specialist, Certified Relocation Expert and Commercial Specialist.