Seth Pinsky is an Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, where he is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in the New York region. He focuses on areas with significant growth potential, particularly in the Outer Boroughs and suburban downtowns.
Prior to RXR, Pinsky was Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to protect the City from climate change impacts. Pinsky also served at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he was President from 2008 to 2013.
While at NYCEDC, Pinsky was lead negotiator for projects such as Yankee Stadium, Citifield, the World Trade Center, and the acquisition of Hunters Point South in Queens. Other initiatives advanced under Pinsky’s leadership were developments in Willets Point, Coney Island, Homeport in Staten Island, Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, and the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences. Under Pinsky, NYCEDC also managed the construction of the High Line, launched the East River Ferry and announced plans for the world’s largest observation wheel in Staten Island.
In the area of economic modernization, under Pinsky, NYCEDC launched business incubators across the City and oversaw the international Applied Sciences NYC competition, which will result in a new Carnegie-Mellon program in the Navy Yard, a significant expansion of Columbia’s engineering school, and the creation of a new engineering institute in Downtown Brooklyn led by NYU. It will also result in a $2 billion engineering campus on Roosevelt Island launched by Cornell and the Technion of Israel.
Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, R. Donahue Peebles is Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few national privately held real estate investment and development companies with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of projects in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Miami Beach.
In addition to his role as CEO of The Peebles Corporation, Mr. Peebles is a top-selling author (The Peebles Principles and The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth), a regular guest on CNN, CNBC and FOX, and a highly sought-after speaker who has addressed educational, business and professional audiences across the United States.
Mr. Peebles is an avid supporter of mentoring to expose youth to the value of entrepreneurship, as well as an active political supporter and fundraiser for local, state and federal campaigns of both major parties. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus, serves on the Board of Directors of YMCA of Greater New York, Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez’s Business Roundtable, is a two-time former member of President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, and is former Chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Toby Moskovits is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region. The company’s fast-growing portfolio is comprised of unique, contextualized buildings in some of New York’s outer borough neighborhoods.In addition to the two-million square feet of commercial and residential properties the firm and its partners already completed.
Anthony Rinaldi, is the Founder & Managing Principal of Saxum, he oversees all aspects of the firm’s operations, including investment strategy, acquisitions, capital raising, and the execution of the firm’s portfolio. Since launching Saxum, Anthony has led the company through significant growth, to be one of the few vertically integrated, Tri-State focused private equity firms. He has spearheaded the firm’s transition from initial individual projects to launching recent funds, including its flagship Saxum Adamas Fund and its most recent Saxum Opportunity Zone Fund. Over the last 24 months Saxum has successfully acquired over a dozen new investments with total project capitalizations upwards of $200MM.
Sasha Bernier is a Senior Vice-President and Investment Committee member of Cheltenham Investments, a single family office focused on investing in both debt and equity primarily in real estate opportunities and lower middle market companies. Mr. Bernier formerly served as a Vice President of Revere Capital, a real estate debt fund with the responsibility for underwriting and structuring new investment opportunities in the real estate debt space. Sasha has also worked at investment firm GSC Group, a credit focused hedge fund. Sasha graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Business Administration and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
As a globally recognized entrepreneur, author, and family office investor, Arthur Bavelas is a pioneer in developing one of the first private opportunity review networks, Family Office Insights, for investors within the family office community.
Fostering a collaborative method of evaluation and delivering a more efficient potential investment pipeline, Family Office Insights initiates timely peer-to-peer review of limited access investment opportunities.
Driven by dissatisfaction at lack of choices for private capital allocation, he founded Family Office Insights in 1998 to provide meaningful access and engagement opportunities for active, socially conscious entrepreneurs and wealth managers.
Steve Nson is the CEO and Founder of AnySizeDeals a New York based events and media company with a global reach that provides the most transformative events in the real estate space. AnySizeDeals puts on 3 flagship events each year that focus on different aspects of the real estate industry; Blockchain, PropTech and Opportunity Zones. #BitcoinCRE (http://getbitcoincre.com), #InnovateCRE (https://innovatecre.com), and the #ASDSummit aka The Dealmaker Summit (http://asdsummit.com).
Craig Bernstein is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of OPZ Capital, a real estate private equity fund focused exclusively on making Opportunity Zone Fund investments. Mr. Bernstein has more than 20 years of experience in real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, construction, development, financing, asset management & leasing. Mr. Bernstein is responsible for establishing OPZ Capital’s strategic initiatives & overseeing the Fund’s investor relations. Prior to founding OPZ Capital, Mr. Bernstein was the Chief Investment Officer of White Star Investments, a prominent single family investment office in Bethesda, MD, where he oversaw a diversified portfolio of privately held real estate, private equity & alternative investments.
Alfonso Costa Jr. currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Ben Carson at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to joining HUD, Alfonso served as the Director of Policy and Social Capital for the U.S.A. First PAC (political action committee) founded by Dr. Carson, an analyst for a private real estate investment & development firm, as well as a TFA (Teach For America) corps member in Brooklyn, New York. Alfonso earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School (’18), a M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford (’12), and a B.A. in Political Science with Distinction from Yale University (’11).
Demetrios is a Tax principal in KPMG’s New York Real Estate practice. He has more than 10 years of diversified tax and financial consulting experience with real estate and private equity clients.
Demetrios was an attorney adviser in Washington, DC at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries). While at the IRS, he was primarily responsible for guidance involving partnerships, S corporations, and trusts. Demetrios was involved in numerous guidance projects and was a principal author of proposed regulations relating to partnership equity for services.
Currently, Demetrios advises asset managers, private equity funds, and real estate investors including opportunistic funds, infrastructure funds, private REITs, and real estate owner operators/developers.
Bryan Woo is an Executive Vice President at Youngwoo & Associates (YWA) a real estate development company based in New York and leads the company’s acquisition strategy. The company has developed more than 8 million square feet of property in niche markets and property types. Previously, Bryan lived in Seoul and worked in the Principal Investment Division at Mirae Asset Securities. Bryan received his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Amherst College.
Phil is National Audit Leader for KPMG’s Building, Construction and Real Estate Practice in the US. Over 25 years of real estate sector experience. Deep knowledge of providing audit, accounting, due diligence, and advisory services to real estate, finance, parking,and hospitality clients. Experience covers a wide range of client types, including public companies, owners, developers, managers of office, retail and residential properties, real estate opportunity funds, real estate investment trusts, private equity, government agencies, not-for-profit enterprises, lenders, foreign investors, real estate advisors, asset managers, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. Specialties:Real Estate, Hospitality, Funds, Audit,Due Diligence,& Advisory.
Karen Turk is a partner in the firm’s Tax group. Ms. Turk’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of structuring commercial transactions, including real estate and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and structures to mitigate unrelated business taxable income for tax-exempt and pension investors. Ms. Turk has extensive experience in structuring collective investment vehicles with tax-exempt, domestic and non-US investors, and she routinely advises clients in connection with the formation and operation of investment funds, public and private REITs, and complex joint ventures. She is currently working with clients on their efforts related to opportunity zones. Ms. Turk joined Goodwin in 1999 and serves on the firm’s Partnership Committee.