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.

Mark Okrent
Head of Asset Management

Mark’s primary responsibility is to maximize the value of GAIA’s national multifamily investment platform. He began his real estate career as an investment analyst with JPMorgan Real Estate and transitioned to asset management. Prior to GAIA, Mark oversaw the Eastern Division of LivCor, LLC (a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group) multifamily assets, which included 81 investment properties and represented approximately $3.5 billion in assets under management.

Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University and his Masters of Science in Real Estate with a concentration in strategic real estate management from New York 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.

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

Sherzod Ibragimov
Associate, 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
Associate, Acquisitions

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.

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

Neer Sachar
Assistant Property Manager

Neer is responsible for the daily operations and performance of Gaia’s New York and New Jersey properties. Neer’s role includes directing and overseeing Gaia’s onsite staff, facilitating rental procedures, customer care services and coordinating with building managements. Neer serves as our point of contact for condo owners as well as residing tenants in our rental portfolio with regards to daily maintenance, repairs, and upkeep of all ground operations. Neer began his career in Brookland Capital where he was an acquisitions associate focused on locating potential condo conversion projects for the firm. Prior to joining GAIA, Neer was managing multifamily rentals throughout the greater New York City area with Premium Builders LLC.

Jared Ingerman
Associate, Asset Management

Jared’s primary responsibilities with GAIA include preparing detailed investor reports, analyzing market trends and property metrics, assisting in budget and business plan creation, and analyzing various value-add initiatives for the firm’s northeast portfolio. He began his career at First Capital Real Estate Advisors, where he was responsible for underwriting and due diligence of potential multifamily, hospitality, office, and industrial acquisitions, in addition to asset management and dispositions of the company’s non-traded REIT portfolio.

Jared has a B.S. in Finance, with a concentration in Real Estate Finance, from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Daniel Maccabee
Senior Analyst

Dan’s responsibilities at GAIA include the creation of complex financial investment models, project management, investor reporting, and property valuation analysis. He began his career as an Associate in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield, where he focused on Investment Sales in Brooklyn NY. Prior to joining GAIA, Dan was a Financial Analyst at Investors Bank where he participated in the underwriting and origination of over $1.25 billion worth of commercial real estate mortgages.

 

Dan holds a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Lafayette College

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.

Kate Cyganovich
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.

Elena Smirnova
CEO of Park-River Properties

Elena is responsible for managing condo projects, developing the brokerage division of the company and collaborating with Gaia and ICM on new investments and developments. She has received several awards including Top Sales Agent and Biggest Deal at her previous firm LG Fairmont. Elena has been featured on Bravo TV’s hit series Million Dollar Listing NY, interviewed for The Real Deal Magazine and selected to be part of the Forbes Real Estate Council.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado in 2008 with her B.M. and received her Master's Degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2010.

Elena remains the Chairman of Little Chopins LLC, a music lessons agency based in NY that she founded in 2012.