By Jennifer S. Zwiebel
Over 300 professionals from all different aspects of the real-estate industry filled 26 Bridge: The Brooklyn Venue this past Tuesday night to support JEP/Nageela at its fouth annual real-estate networking event, “Building a Bridge from Generation to Generation.”
“I’m really having a good time,” said David Shteierman, RA of DJ Associates Architect, PC, one of the event sponsors, who remarked that this was the most diverse audience he’s seen since he’s attended JEP/Nageela’s previous real-estate networking events.
The evening began with a lively panel discussion moderated by Meyer Mintz, JEP REN event co-chair and tax partner at Berdon LLP, who kept the conversation flowing about how to evaluate and capitalize on different real-estate opportunities in the market. This was the first year for the panel, as presented by the Riverside Experience with panelists Michal Baum, associate at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and formerly from Somerset Development; Jeffrey Garibaldi, president of The Garibaldi Group, LLC; and David Schechtman, senior executive managing director of Meridian Investment Sales, discussing “Capitalizing on Opportunities in Every Deal.”
“It’s incredible to have a collection of owners, brokers, and lenders who dispense with the puffery and focus on brass tacks,” said Schectman. “This market isn’t linear. Seichel and moxie will rule the day. New York is not a market for the faint of heart. And only JEP/Nageela puts together such hard-hitting, deal-closing real-estate professionals.”
Event attendees enjoyed delicacies of Catering by Michael Schick, which included a diverse array of foods paired with a specific matching Kedem wine. Food ranging from a sushi station to chicken and waffles, a pulled meat station, a gnocchi bar, and a charcuterie display were part of the impressive spread.
“It’s always gratifying to look around and watch clusters of people introducing friends and colleagues to each other, and listen to the enthusiasm when discussing the latest deal or project,” said Mintz. “Now in its fourth year, the event has almost tripled since its first year—a credit to the organization and the committee, and having food by Michael Schick probably doesn’t hurt! The money raised goes a long way to provide a summer experience for kids interested in understanding more about Judaism and the overall programing of JEP throughout the year.”
Sam Berry, a new JEP REN event co-chair this year and associate broker at Douglas Elliman, remarked, “Working with the JEP family has been a true honor. The selfless dedication of Rabbi Shenker and his staff to every Jewish soul is remarkable.”
“It’s an investment of a lifetime,” said JEP REN event co-chair Michael Ryback, vice president at Meridian Capital Group, about why he’s involved in the organization. “JEP helps ensure that our Jewish legacy continues.”
On behalf of the hundreds of children helped each year, we thank all those who participated and look forward to next year. For more information about JEP REN and to get involved, visit jepren.org or call 516-374-1528, ext. 240.