Omer Mir Ahmed, Partner, Seagis Property Group LP
Seagis Property Group LP is a leading owner of industrial real estate in South Florida, New Jersey, and the New York Metropolitan area. Seagis owns approximately 10 million square feet of space with a particular focus on the Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Central/Northern New Jersey, and JFK Airport markets.
Ignatius Armenia, Senior Research Analyst - Industrial, JLL
Douglas A Armbruster, Senior Vice President and Regional Director - East Region, IDI Gazeley
Matthew D. Ascher, Director, Northwestern Mutual
Matthew Ascher graduated with his MBA from Carnegie Mellon in 1989 and entered the corporate credit training program at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Upon completing credit training in 1990, Mr. Ascher held several positions in the Commercial Real Estate Department including loan production and workouts. After moving to Washington, D.C. in 1993, Mr. Ascher took a Senior Regional Manager position at The Union Labor Life Insurance Company in real estate loan production. While at Union Labor Life, Mr. Ascher completed over $300 million in new construction/permanent loans including investments in office buildings, multi-family, retail and hotels. Mr. Ascher joined Northwestern Mutual in 1997 to build upon his career as an institutional quality real estate investor. As a production officer of the company, Mr. Ascher is responsible for originating, underwriting, and closing both debt and equity investments in commercial real estate. Since joining Northwestern, Mr. Ascher has originated over $2 billion in real estate equities and over $3 billion in mortgage loans. Mr. Ascher’s most recent deal was the $305 million acquisition of Two Constitution, a 589,000 sf office building leased to the Department of Justice.
Steven I. Beyda, First Vice President, CBRE, Inc.
Steven I. Beyda is a Vice President Salesperson at CBRE, Inc. With 10 years of experience in the New Jersey Industrial Markets, Steven has represented owner/landlords and user/tenants. His thoughtful approach has resulted in more than six million square feet or more than $200 million in total transaction value in combined leases and sales over that short span of time. Steven brings his hard work and perseverance as strategic partner to global corporations and entrepreneurial clients alike. Offering in-depth analysis for a global or national perspective and consistently delivering regional results led Real Estate New Jersey to recognize him in 2009 as “Tomorrow’s Leaders (30 Under 30)”. Awarded NJ-NAIOP’s Industrial Deal of the Year 2012 for leasing +345,000 square feet to Peapod at ProLogis Pulaski Distribution Center in Jersey City. The build-to-suit transaction was notable for obtaining more than $30MM in state incentives for Peapod and brought 400+ new jobs to New Jersey.
Jose Cruz, Senior Managing Director, HFF
Mr. Cruz is a Senior Managing Director in the New Jersey office of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler) with over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. He specializes in investment sales in New Jersey, New York State and Connecticut. Over the course of his career, Mr. Cruz has been involved in over $17 billion of office, industrial, retail, multihousing and land sales. Mr. Cruz joined the firm in March 2010. Prior to HFF, he was the Executive Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s New York Area Investment Sales Group where he spent more than 17 years. Cruz began his real estate career as a Real Estate Analyst at PaineWebber, UBS, Inc.
Brian P. DiPinto, Supply Chain Solutions, Logistics, and Rail Specialist, The Blau & Berg Company
Brian began his venture into the world of business as a Teamster truck driver in 1991 working in New York City and Northern New Jersey, visiting virtually every warehouse and port in the area. Five years later, and with only one truck, Brian started his own transportation company. By 2007, he had over 60 units in several markets and was the Executive Vice President of a multimillion dollar, award-winning transportation, warehousing, and international shipping company comprised of both a national and global client base. Soon after selling the company, he went to work for a large multinational 3PL where he held the position of Senior Vice President for 4 years before joining The Blau & Berg Company. Brian’s comprehensive background of experience in warehousing and all modes of transportation including trucking, ocean freight, air freight, and extensive work in the rail road sector, coupled with his unique understanding of business needs and budgets, makes Brian well-suited to find the ideal site selection of your next investment or lease.
Jeffrey Furey, Managing Director, Transwestern
As a managing director based in Transwestern’s New Jersey office, Jeffrey focuses on industrial and office services, representing both landlord and tenants. His range of experience includes sales and leasing for public and private corporations, developers and investors throughout the Northeast region. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Jeffrey joined Transwestern with over 36 years of experience as a real estate professional. He previously served as associate vice president in Cassidy Turley’s New Jersey office where he focused on office and industrial sales, leasing and advisory services for clients on both a local and national level. Jeffrey’s prominent transactions include the sale of a 545,000-square-foot, multi-story industrial building in Jersey City and the sale of a 300,000-square-foot industrial building in East Brunswick. Prior to his position at Cassidy Turley, Jeffrey was the vice president of leasing for DKM Properties Corp., where he developed and implemented the marketing and leasing program for Tinicum Industrial Park, former Westinghouse plant, a 2.5 million-square-foot industrial, office and research complex covering 300 acres. During his four-year span with TIP, Jeffrey leased 1.79 million square feet in 105 transactions with companies like Boeing, Marmon Keystone, GSA/US Navy and Union Pacific. He also served as the vice president of leasing for American Enterprise Park, a 500,000-square-foot flex complex in Morris Plains, New Jersey owned by Baker Properties. Jeffrey has represented many notable clients throughout his career including Allstate International, Mack Construction, Rheem, Pirelli Cable, CPC International, ICON International, BOC and Computer Science Corp.
John F. Hanlon, Senior Investment/Development Officer, First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc
With more than 25 years of real estate experience focusing on commercial investment for public and private companies, as Senior Investment/Development Officer, Mr. Hanlon leads First Industrial’s investment strategy and initiatives in the region. Most recently, Mr. Hanlon served as principal for the Hayden Maguire Real Estate Fund and senior acquisitions officer for Hayden Real Estate Investments, where he led the acquisition and development activities for the firm. Earlier, Mr. Hanlon worked in a senior capacity with several leading real estate firms. By example, he was Managing Director at Cornerstone Real Estate Funds, where he led all aspects of U.S. real estate investments and operations. Previously, he was First Vice President and Market Officer at Prologis, where he led all development and acquisitions in the region and oversaw the New Jersey and Pennsylvania portfolios and regional operations for the REIT. Mr. Hanlon received his MBA in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Virginia Tech.
William C. Hanson, President, NAI James E. Hanson
Responsibilities include managing a staff of 70 employees in two offices and the day-to-day company business, as well as, continued activity in investment sales. During his tenure as President, the firm revenues have grown five-fold and the number of agents has tripled. Bill is also very active within the community and real estate industry. He serves on numerous boards, often in a leadership capacity. He sits on the Executive Board of NAI Global. Background & Experience: Over twenty-eight years of in-depth experience in commercial real estate, including sales, leasing, investment and management of industrial, office, retail portfolio properties. After graduating Colgate University in 1986, Bill worked with great success as a Sales Associate for seven years, gaining experience through a diverse background in industrial, office, retail, investment and development transactions. This, as well as ownership interest in real estate, gives him a unique depth of knowledge and creativity in problem solving. In 1993, he assumed the role of President of the firm.
Alexander Heil, Chief Economist, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Alexander Heil: Dr. Alexander Heil is the chief economist of the planning and regional development department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, providing strategic leadership on regional economic issues to the agency. He is responsible for developing and managing the agency’s economic research and analysis agenda; helping to ensure that the agency’s major investment and policy decisions are informed by sound economic principles; and increasing awareness of the region as a unified economic entity by regional governmental, business and civic leaders. Dr. Heil’s experience includes analyzing regional economic conditions; conducting regional cost benefits analysis; assessing the regional economic impacts of transportation and investments; and undertaking economic and financial project evaluations. Prior to his appointment at the Port Authority, he was an economist at Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc., where he conducted management consulting for government entities and private industry clients. He also worked at Cambridge Systematics Inc., Commonwealth Research Group Inc. and Arthur Anderson Business Consulting. His extensive teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University and Emmanuel College. Dr. Heil earned a Ph.D. in transportation economics from the University of Glamorgan in The United Kingdom. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University and his master’s degree in economics from Golden Gate University.
John Holub, President, New Jersey Retail Merchants Association
The New Jersey Retail Merchants Association (NJRMA) was founded in 1967 by a group of retailers who were extremely concerned with the thousands of bills and regulations developed by the Legislature and state agencies every year that directly impacted their business operations.
Andrew Houston, Founding Partner, Talos Capital
Andrew Houston is a best in class industrial real estate acquisitions and operating professional. Andrew is a Founding Partner of Talos Capital. Talos is a industrial real estate platform focused on value add and core plus opportunities in gateway industrial markets. Andrew is responsible for Talos’ east coast operations. Specialties: Capital Markets: Investment Sales / Acquisitions, Landlord Representation
Tony Ianuale, Chief Operating Officer/CFO, Dresdner Robin Environmental Managment, Inc.
Tony joined Dresdner Robin in 2009 and is responsible for the general management and administration of the firm. Prior to joining Dresdner Robin, Tony managed teams responsible for real estate development. Tony was a Senior Vice President of Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) where he ran AIMCO’s real estate development and redevelopment operations in the NE region, comprising Philadelphia, New York metro, and the Boston markets. Prior to that he ran similar groups that sourced and developed investment-grade large-scale multifamily, office, retail, hotel, mixed-use and transit-oriented projects in positions he held at AvalonBay Communities, Inc., Lincoln Property Company, and The Druker Company of Boston. He started his career in real estate at Jones Lang LaSalle first as an asset manager of retail and office properties in Chicago and later as a development manager in New York. Tony started his business career as a financial analyst for Exxon Corporation. Tony has a BS (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.
Sonny Jumani, Principal, Tulfra Realty
Mr. Jumani, has spent his entire real estate career with Tulfra, he has BS in Accounting from IIMC Hyderabad, India. Mr. Jumani specializes in complex value add real estate investments. Mr. Jumani is a member of the Advisory Board of The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School and an active member of the Foundation for Free Enterprise, an educational foundation committed to teaching school age children about free markets.
Tom Krueger, President, National Fulfillment Services
Tom Krueger is President and CEO of National Fulfillment Services with 30 years’ experience in direct to consumer fulfillment. Tom has extensive experience in designing and implementing complex solutions for eCommerce distribution, order management and customer service. With experience in site selections and design, Tom manages multiple distribution sites in the U.S., generating millions of shipments annually.
Alan Lambiase, Director of Sales and Leasing, River Terminal Development Co.
A 27 year veteran of the New Jersey Industrial Real Estate industry, I have been Director of Sales and Marketing for River Terminal Development Co, a privately held development and property management company located in Kearny ,NJ, since 1991. During that time RTD has developed over 10 million square feet of multi tenanted industrial properties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. RTD currently owns and manages a portfolio consisting of 3 million sf of industrial buildings on 175 acres in Kearny, NJ with approvals to build another 400,000 sf. RTD, with a partner, also owns and manages the 900,000 sf office complex, Watt Tower, located in Century City, CA.
Other accomplishments include:
- Licensed RE broker since 1989
- Commissioner and Secretary of the Hudson County Economic Development Corp.
- Chairman of the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone Development Corp.
- Chairman of the South Kearny Industrial Association
- Advisory Board member of Valley National Bank
- Diploma in RE from NYU (2/90)
- Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. (6/84)
- CCIM designation since 6/96 (Certified Commercial Investment Member).
Kevin McGowan, President, McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors
Kevin McGowan is the founder of McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors. McGowan is a Broker of Record in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, West Virginia and Idaho (currently Inactive). Since 2004, McGowan has been an active industrial broker earning both the SIOR and CCIM designations. McGowan chose to work with users in the Lehigh Valley, Central PA, and NJ because he sees tremendous opportunities for corporations to leverage the logistics advantages of these key distribution locations. McGowan is a Fellow of IAMC (Industrial Asset Management Council), and the SIOR representative on the joint IAMC/SIOR Research Committee. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the NYU Stern School of Business.
Michael Mostoff, Senior Managing Director, Castellan Capital
Michael Mostoff is a commercial real estate professional and attorney with over 15 years experience in real estate investment, finance, asset management, capital markets, and law.
Mr. Mostoff is a Senior Managing Director of Castellan Capital, a privately held direct portfolio lender that provides commercial real estate bridge and construction financing. Mr. Mostoff was previously a Director at Streamline Realty Funding, a middle market lending company, where he was directly responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, structuring, underwriting, and closing commercial real estate bridge loans. Mr. Mostoff was formerly Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and InHouse Counsel at a real estate private equity company. He co-managed the acquisition of over 50 buildings, and the management of multiple real estate portfolios. Mr. Mostoff previously practiced commercial real estate litigation and transactional law at a boutique law firm, worked at a real estate advisory company, and managed real estate activities and legal affairs at an industrial equipment manufacturing company. Mr. Mostoff received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, a B.S. in Business and Economics, with a concentration in finance, from Lehigh University, and a Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Adam M. Pasternack, Senior Vice President, Russo Development
Adam Pasternack joined Russo Development in late 2009 and is responsible for the property management and leasing activities of the company’s three million square feet of existing properties and commercial and residential development sites in the NY Metro area. Adam has over 15 years of real estate management, leasing, sales and investment analysis experience. Mr. Pasternack oversees all day-day leasing activities for Russo Development’s existing tenant base, development projects and any vacancies within the existing portfolio. Adam has been integral part of the team in maintaining Russo Development’s current commercial portfolio of properties at nearly a 99% occupancy rate since coming to the company. Adam’s property management responsibilities include tenant relations, building condition inspections, negotiation of vendor contracts/services and management of tenant improvement projects. Finally, Adam maintains and initiates Russo Development’s environmental sustainability goals across the portfolio and development projects. Mr. Pasternack came to us from First Industrial Realty Trust where he was a Senior Investment Analyst in their Net Lease Investment group. Prior to joining First Industrial, Adam garnered extensive experience in the New Jersey commercial real estate market as a leasing and sales broker for CB Richard Ellis and Colliers Houston & Co. His expertise included lease negotiation, financial analysis, and the acquisition and disposition of space on behalf of landlords and tenants, with nearly 3.5 million square feet of leasing and sales transactions behind him.
Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President and Fund Manager - Metro Emerging Markets, RXR Realty
Seth Pinsky serves as Executive Vice President and Investment Manager of the RXR Metropolitan Emerging Market Strategy . In this role, Pinsky is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in New York City and the surrounding Tri-State region, focusing on asset classes and geographic regions that have historically been characterized by underinvestment, but that have significant growth potential due to planned or in-place infrastructure and other relevant characteristics. Prior to joining RXR, Pinsky served as Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to help neighborhoods stricken by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild smarter and stronger and to protect critical citywide systems and infrastructure from the likely impacts of climate change in coming decades. Pinsky also served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008, after joining the agency in 2003 as a vice president. During his tenure, NYCEDC became an international leader in the field of economic development, focusing both on transforming the city’s underlying economy and investing in its critical infrastructure. While at NYCEDC, Pinsky served as a lead negotiator on behalf of New York City for projects ranging from Yankee Stadium and Citifield, to the World Trade Center, to the acquisition of Hunters Point South in Queens, the largest middle-income housing development in the City since Starrett City. Among the initiatives advanced by NYCEDC under Pinsky’s leadership were the redevelopment of Willets Point in Queens, Coney Island in Brooklyn, the Homeport in Staten Island, and the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, as well as the creation of a major new bioscience research park on City-owned land, north of Bellevue Hospital. Under Pinsky, NYCEDC also managed the construction of the first two phases of the High Line in Manhattan, launched a new East River Ferry service connecting Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and announced and advanced plans for the world’s largest observation wheel in St. George in Staten Island. In the area of economic modernization, under Pinsky, NYCEDC created the Center for Economic Transformation (CET), which, in addition to launching a network of business incubators across the City that, at the time of Pinsky’s departure, housed more than 600 companies, developed and oversaw the Bloomberg Administration’s international Applied Sciences NYC competition. The Applied Sciences competition will result in a significant expansion of Columbia University’s engineering school, as well as the creation of a new engineering institute in Downtown Brooklyn led by NYU that will include CUNY, Carnegie Mellon University and others. It will also result in the creation of a $2 billion engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, being developed by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the NYCEDC, Pinsky was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in the Real Estate practice and a financial analyst at James D. Wolfensohn Inc. He is a graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in Ancient History, and of Harvard Law School, and is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Pinsky lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Angela and his son, Theo.
Pete Reinke, Vice President of Operations, ALTRealty, LLC
ALT Realty is a full service Real Estate brokerage company designed to accommodate magnitude of client requirements providing valuable real estate services and advisement for all aspects of the real estate business. ALT Realty has experience in commercial, office, residential, land development, retail, medical, warehouse, leasing and sales transactions and will assist clients with tenant and landlord representation, site analysis, construction management and development services. ALT was founded in 2011 by local Real Estate Developer Lou Pektor and his daughter Lisa, to initially service the needs of PennCap Properties. Since inception, the company has grown to become one of the premier boutique real estate brokerage companies in the Lehigh Valley. Clients are able to capitalize upon long standing relationships and market knowledge of the Lehigh Valley spanning from developers, retailers, local hospitals and other medical service providers, engineers, architects, attorneys, and other Brokers to meet and exceed our client’s expectations. To date, ALT Realty has represented clients in over $34 million in sales transactions and in lease transactions valued at $75.6 million in base rent.
Gregory Rogerson, Principal, J.G. Petrucci Co.
Greg Rogerson is a principal of J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc. (JGPCO). Greg oversees the negotiation of all contracts, leases and municipal approvals for each JGPCO project. As such, he effectively directs and manages all legal and financial transactions pertaining to acquisitions, leasing and commercial development, including complex zoning and land use approvals. Greg has also developed great insight into the unique issues involved in the re-development of brownfield sites in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which has become an important area of focus for the company. In all, Greg has overseen the acquisition and disposition of more than $850 million worth of real estate transactions. Greg received his law degree from Temple University School of Law and is a member of the New Jersey Bar. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Delaware, where he was a three-year letterman in football. Greg is based in the company’s headquarters in Asbury, New Jersey. He is married and has three children with his wife, Kristi. They reside in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Kyle B. Schmidt, Capital Markets Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Kyle B. Schmidt serves as Director of the Metropolitan Area Capital Markets Group in Cushman & Wakefield’s East Rutherford, New Jersey office. Fast tracked as a critical member of the investment sales team since joining in 2010, Kyle is responsible for managing, underwriting and marketing investment properties for sale in the suburban markets surrounding New York City. His clients include pension fund advisors, REITs and a range of domestic and foreign private investors. Kyle has transacted $11.4 billion of industrial, office, retail and multifamily sales in 284 transactions. Prior to joining C&W, Mr. Schmidt was an associate with PricewaterhouseCooper’s Real Estate Business Advisory Services (REBAS) group. During his tenure at Pricewaterhouse servicing the world’s largest institutional investors, he was a member of the highest performance rated team of associates in REBAS for productivity and profitability. While completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Schmidt worked with the Private Debt Placement Group at Hartford Investment Management Co. (HIMCO), and spent three years at XL Capital advising on corporate strategy.
Michael Seeve, President, Mountain Development Corp.
Michael Allen Seeve is the President and a principal of regional developer Mountain Development Corp. Founded in 1979, MDC was originally formed to manage the real estate portfolio of its Chairman, L. Robert Lieb. Since that time, MDC has steadily expanded by making opportunistic investments in various locations, urban and suburban, throughout the Northeast. Today, MDC manages a diverse collection of primarily commercial, retail and industrial assets totaling almost six million square feet and spanning five States.
David Wolfe, Managing Partner, Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.
Mr. Wolfe is the Managing Partner in the Property Tax Department at Skoloff & Wolfe, PC, where he focuses his practice on representing taxpayers in significant real estate tax matters. He has extensive experience in all types of property tax appeals, including multi-family, retail, hotel, office, and industrial properties. Mr. Wolfe also counsels clients with respect to property tax abatement and exemption issues, and performs property tax projections and due diligence in acquisitions. Mr. Wolfe serves as the Co-Chair of the Real Property Tax Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is on the Board of the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys. Mr. Wolfe has represented clients in several of the transformative projects in Newark, including the Hotel Indigo, the Hahne & Co. Luxury Apartments and Whole Foods, Dinosaur BBQ, and the New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building at 540 Broad Street.
Mr. Wolfe has obtained significant assessment reductions on behalf of his clients in Newark. Examples of those assessment reductions include:
• Reduced multifamily from $113M to $67.8M
• Reduced office building from $38.14M to $18.5M
• Reduced office building from $27.8M to $6.5M
• Reduced multifamily from $12.77M to $5.5M
Mr. Wolfe has been featured or quoted in a wide variety of local and national publications, including Forbes.com, GlobeSt.com, The Star-Ledger, NJBIZ, The Washington Post, WSJ.com, The Record, Law.com, NJ.com, and Marketwatch.com.
- Tom Krueger: President, National Fulfillment Services
- Brian P. DiPinto: Supply Chain Solutions, Logistics, and Rail Specialist, The Blau & Berg Company
- Alexander Heil: Chief Economist, Port Authority of NY & NJ
- Omer Mir Ahmed: Partner, Seagis Property Group LP
- Steven I. Beyda: First Vice President, CBRE, Inc.
- Ignatius Armenia: Senior Research Analyst - Industrial, JLL
- Douglas A Armbruster: Senior Vice President and Regional Director - East Region, IDI Gazeley
- Matthew D. Ascher: Director, Northwestern Mutual
- Jose Cruz: Senior Managing Director, HFF
- Jeffrey Furey: Managing Director, Transwestern
- John F. Hanlon: Senior Investment/Development Officer, First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc
- William C. Hanson: President, NAI James E. Hanson
- John Holub: President, New Jersey Retail Merchants Association
- Andrew Houston: Founding Partner, Talos Capital
- Tony Ianuale: Chief Operating Officer/CFO, Dresdner Robin Environmental Managment, Inc.
- Sonny Jumani: Principal, Tulfra Realty
- Alan Lambiase: Director of Sales and Leasing, River Terminal Development Co.
- Kevin McGowan: President, McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors
- Michael Mostoff: Senior Managing Director, Castellan Capital
- Adam M. Pasternack: Senior Vice President, Russo Development
- Seth Pinsky: Executive Vice President and Fund Manager - Metro Emerging Markets, RXR Realty
- Pete Reinke: Vice President of Operations, ALTRealty, LLC
- Gregory Rogerson: Principal, J.G. Petrucci Co.
- Kyle B. Schmidt: Capital Markets Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
- Michael Seeve: President, Mountain Development Corp.
- David Wolfe: Managing Partner, Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.