GAIA’s founders are investment professionals with almost a century of combined real estate experience. They have assembled an accomplished and reputable senior management team that has helped turn GAIA into the success that it is today.

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Ken Woolley
Managing Partner

Ken has over 40 years of experience owning, managing, and developing billions of dollars of real estate investments throughout the United States in both the private and public sectors. He served as CEO and is currently Chairman and Founder of Extra Space Storage Inc., (NYSE: EXR), the second largest REIT in the U.S. for self-storage. He is also the former Chairman of Nevada West Development (and its subsidiary WestCorp Management Group ("WestCorp")), which he founded.

Mr. Woolley earned a B.A. in Physics from Brigham Young University, an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Ph.D. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Between 1978 and 1998, Mr. Woolley served as an Associate Professor of Business at Brigham Young University.

Danny Fishman
Managing Partner

Danny has more than 25 years of extensive international experience in Real Estate investment & management, private equity and venture capital, investment banking and asset management. Danny co-founded GAIA at 2009. Previously he founded and was CO-CEO of Tamir Fishman, an Investment bank and asset management company with $ billions assets under management.  He has held board positions with numerous government housing, development, and real estate companies and is the former co-head of the Israeli government’s privatization unit.

Mr. Fishman earned a B.Sc. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Amir Yerushalmi
Co-Founder

Amir has over 18 years real estate experience and transacted over $3 billion worth of real estate transactions in the U.S. He co-founded GAIA at the end of 2008.  Prior to founding GAIA, Amir founded Vision Real Estate Group, a New York based real estate investment and property managementcompany. Mr. Yerushalmi served as its President and CEO until merging its property management arm with GAIA.  He is also the Co-Founder and a board member of Vision India Real Estate.

Mr. Yerushalmi earned a B.A. with distinction from Pace University and an M.B.A. from both Columbia University and London Business School.

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David Kusy
Partner & Managing Director, Acquisitions

David oversees the firm’s acquisition efforts by sourcing, evaluating, and closing new investment opportunities for the firm. He is also responsible for GAIA’s due diligence and transactional execution on new assets, as well as managing the firm’s dispositions.

Mr. Kusy holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Connecticut College, a M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Manan Shukla
Partner & Chief Financial Officer

With over 20 years of finance and accounting experience, Manan is credentialed to ensure that GAIA’s accounting, financial reporting, financial planning, and tax and treasury functions comply to and exceed industry best practices. Mr. Shukla received his M.B.A in Financial Management from Pace University.

Yvonne Sun
Senior Vice President of Asset Management

Yvonne is responsible for managing the commercial real estate within GAIA portfolio. She brings over 10 years of asset management experience with diverse asset types including office, retail, industrial and multifamily. Yvonne started her career in Prologis as an asset manager and acquisition associate. Prior to joining GAIA, Yvonne was Head of Asset Management with Cofinance, a European real estate company with a diverse value-added portfolio, and worked for Tritec Real Estate, a regional developer.

Yvonne has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Toronto and M.S. in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Grace Lam, CPA
Controller

With over 10 years experience as a Controller at Citipost and having worked for over 7 years as Senior Finance Manager at Urban American LLC, Grace is well credentialed to be GAIA’s Controller.

Grace is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Bernard M Baruch College.

Elena Smirnova
CEO of Park-River Properties & Vision Property Management

Elena is Principal Broker, Director of Residential Sales & Leasing, and CEO of Gaia Property Management in New York. Acting as direct report to the Managing Partner, Elena provides senior management to a department of 10 staff members and manages over 300 individual condo units, while liasing with other company departments, vendors, consultants, and the brokerage community domestically and internationally. She is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and overseeing the sales and marketing team, and providing strategic thought, innovation, and solutions for marketing and sales initiatives while maintaining all daily operations of the in-house efforts of the company. She is well versed in contract review, execution, negotiation, planning, forecasting, and budgeting. Additionally, Elena remains the Founder/Chairman of Little Chopins, a successful in-house music lessons company based in NY that launched in 2012.

Mor Regensburger
Senior Project Manager

Mor is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction within GAIA portfolio. Mor brings construction management knowledge and experience along with project cost estimation expertise of mixed-use residential developments in NYC. Her role with GAIA involves the preparation and management of CAPEX projects, development of comprehensive financial analysis of project’s hard and soft cost, supervision of projects execution, and collaboration with the project team and consultants.

Mor holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Ben-Gurion University and M.Sc. in Business Operations, Management and Entrepreneurship from Brown University

Kate McMurray
Marketing Manager

Kate is providing Gaia assets across the country with the skills necessary to implement a community driven living experience through wellness classes, social events and connecting the residents to each other in an authentic way. Kate’s primary responsibilities include the implementation and execution of Finch Living for all Gaia assets. With over a decade of customer service experience Kate has developed the skill set to change and adapt to each unique role, believing firmly in creating meaningful connections with those around her.

Sherzod Ibragimov
Vice President, Acquisitions

Sherzod is responsible for implementation of the firm's acquisitions efforts through evaluation, due diligence and closing of new investments. He began his career as a part of Cushman & Wakefield's Investment Banking group assisting corporations and institutions in maximizing real estate value through the use of structured financial products.

Sherzod holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University.

Adam Romanov
Vice President, Asset Management

Adam is responsible for evaluating, conducting due diligence, and closing new investment opportunities. His prior experience is with Oxford Properties Group in Toronto, Canada, where he was an Analyst in the Development division, responsible for investigating, underwriting, and analyzing development projects that included multi-family residential, hotel, office, retail, industrial, and mixed use.

He has a B.S. degree from Trinity College of the University of Toronto and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University.

Joseph Stein
Associate Asset Manager

Joey’s primary responsibilities will be assisting with the asset management and investor/lender reporting of Gaia’s national (non-NYC) multifamily portfolio. His prior experience is with MD Sass Investor Services in NYC, where he was an Analyst in the Equities division, responsible for trading and analyzing new potential equity investments.  He also has experience in mixed-use and multifamily investments and operations.

 

He has a B.S. degree from Binghamton University and will be graduating with a M.S. in Real Estate Development from New York University in 2019.

Lynn Qin, CPA
Senior Accountant & Analyst

Lynn joined Gaia in April 2015 as an junior accountant. Prior to Gaia, Lynn worked as an accountant in a property management and investment company in NY.
Ms. Lynn holds a B.A in Accounting from Winthrop University, a M.S in Finance from Purdue University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Noam Nathaniel
Regional Manager of New York

Noam is responsible for overseeing Gaia’s New York & New Jersey condo as well as office portfolios and its staff. Noam’s role include overseeing all Gaia’s onsite staff, rent optimization, all aspects of maintenance, coordination with the sale & leasing teams, supervising construction projects onsite properties, serving on the condo’s HOA boards and reporting to asset management and investors.

Noam holds a B.S in Business Administration and Marketing from Montclair State University

Pat Wong
AP Coordinator

As the Accounts Payable Coordinator at GAIA Real Estate, Pat plays a crucial role in the Accounting Department of the company. Her primary responsibilities include completing requisitions for satisfactory payment approval, reviewing invoices, and processing payments to clients in a timely manner. Pat has had over 7 years of experience in Accounts Payable at a property management company, prior to joining GAIA. Moreover, she is adept in systems such as Nexus and Payscan.

Nannette Cabalda
AP Coordinator For ICM

As the Account Payable/Receivable for Individual Condo Unit, Nannette plays a critical role in the accounting department for the ICM portfolio. Nannette’s primary responsibilities include handling rent collection and ensuring accounts payable/receivable is met in a timely manner.  Nannette is fluent is systems such as Nexus, Yardi and Payscan.

Prior to her years at Gaia Real Estate Nannette worked for six years at Douglas Elliman as accounts payable/receivable specialist and two years at Compass Rock Real Estate. Nanette holds a Bachelors in Business Management as well as an associate’s degree.