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Columbia University Business School Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate

May 2020
Alumni in the Media

Real Estate Alumni in the Media  

Here is what your fellow Columbia Business School Real Estate Alumni have been doing recently. If you don’t see your news mentioned, please let us know.

Susannah Shaw ’18

REBNY Makes Big Push to Increase Diversity Within Industry

The REBNY Fellows Program taps 20 rising real estate leaders from diverse backgrounds for a high-impact, 6-month training program focused on further developing the leadership skills needed to solve complex challenges, assess multiple perspectives and collaborate effectively. The program will provide networking opportunities along with advocacy and civic leadership training. Participants will walk away with additional knowledge and skills and a lifelong professional network that will provide a roadmap to continued success in the real estate industry. The inaugural class of the REBNY Fellows Program includes...Susannah Shaw, senior project manager—development, Boston Properties.

Real Estate Weekly

Gideon Gil ’00

Valyrian Secures $26M Astoria Multifamily Refi

“AIG recognized the strength of this brand new, Class A multifamily property with great amenities and a premier location in Astoria,” said Gideon Gil. “We were pleased to connect our client with AIG and congratulate both parties on a seamless execution during unprecedented times in the capital markets.”

Real Estate Weekly

Clelia Peters ’09

Clelia Warburg Peters Joins Bain to Boost Proptech Platform

Clelia Warburg Peters has joined Bain Capital as a venture partner. Peters will work in partnership with the Bain Capital Ventures team to expand the firm’s proptech platform. In this capacity, Peters will support investing efforts by developing proptech investment themes and identifying new companies at the forefront of innovation in real estate. She will also serve as a thought partner for founders in the existing portfolio. “Now more than ever, we will need innovation in the real estate space, and I believe that Bain Capital Ventures will be a leader in funding and growing the best companies in proptech,” said Peters.

Connect New York

Allison Chiaramonte ’09

4 Things Real Estate Agents Think You Should Know About Homebuying in 2020

Agents spoke to a change now reflected in most of our lives: Everything has moved online. Client meetings are happening by phone and FaceTime, open houses are replaced by video tours, parts of the closing process now happen virtually. Expect some version of this to last through the year. “How we take clients to see properties will change—whether those are permanent or for the next six months, I don’t know,” says Allison Chiaramonte, an agent with NYC firm Warburg Realty.

Apartment Therapy

Verity Sylvester ’19

New and Growing Startups Use Branch to Furnish Their Ideal Workspace

From open office designs to closed-off cubicles, office furniture plays a more significant role than having surfaces to sit on or conference rooms for large gathers. The furniture in an office space often reflects the culture and aesthetic that a company wants to project at large. However, the process of acquiring office furniture has not changed for a long time. Greg Hayes, Sib Mahapatra, and Verity Sylvester have made it easier to obtain office furniture to design a workplace to one's liking through Branch. Branch is a direct-to-business office furniture startup, selling premium equipment to other growing companies. The startup is based in New York City.


Rémy Raisner ’08

How Will the Pandemic Impact the Way We Live? (byline)

The coronavirus pandemic has upended our lives—and that is an understatement, indeed. While it is too early to think of the days without confinement, we can nevertheless use our newly available time to think of what its lasting effect on urbanism and real estate will be, when all is said and done.


Gregg Delany ’94

CFO in the Know: Tapping Working Capital Lines to Refinance Modular Construction

Gregg Delany, managing director at real estate capital advisory firm Eyzenberg & Co., said his company has facilitated the financing of $150 million of modular housing projects in the Southeast, stepping in where balance-sheet depository institutions would not. “What's been hard for regional banks to understand, or at least to structure around,” he said, “is how [to] collateralize and finance when the units are in the factory, before they get to the real property and become attached to that property.”


Jonathan Wasserstrum ’12

TCOVID-19 is Accelerating Change and Building a Better Future of Work (byline)

“We aren’t even out of quarantine yet here in NYC but we’ve already begun to see a sizable shift in how people are thinking about the future of commercial real estate. Some of these changes were already in order, or in action, and have merely been accelerated by a pandemic that’s left so much uncertainty and devastating economic impact.”


Roman Kogan ’04

PIMCO Adds Two Portfolio Managers to Senior Positions in Leveraged Finance and Private Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Kogan has joined PIMCO’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) team in Europe as an Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager. He will focus on private CRE strategies and play an important role in the transition of oversight of Allianz Real Estate to PIMCO, which was announced in March. Mr. Kogan joins PIMCO from Deutsche Bank and brings with him more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate markets. He will be based in London and report to John Murray, Managing Director and Head of Commercial Real Estate.

Yahoo! Finance

Robert Reffkin ’03

COVID-19 Changes Business: From Selling Homes to Counseling Clients

Agents at real estate company Compass’ Fort Worth office have started using a recently launched company-wide virtual platform to temporarily serve clients during the social distancing period. “Because each community is different, the offerings in the Virtual Agent Services suite will vary slightly between markets,” Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said in an email to all agents. “But the philosophy remains the same: providing you with everything you need to operate 100% virtually during this extraordinary time.”

Fort Worth Business Press

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