Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
With over 30 years of experience as a real estate investor across multiple asset classes and investment strategies, Meir has a well earned reputation as one of the most entrepreneurial private real estate investors in the United States. Starting with only a few thousand dollars in 1984, Meir has successfully acquired and enhanced the value of over 10 million square feet of real estate nationally through his various investment platforms. Whether through location (he was early to Manhattan’s Hudson River waterfront and Penn Station submarkets), asset class (he aggressively acquired and exited large scale Class-A office buildings between 2003 and 2005) or property interest (he made astute investments in CMBS securities in 2009), Meir has proven himself to be a unique identifier of opportunistic investments that focus on unrealized potential.
Chief Investment Officer
Matt oversees all of Cohen Equities’ investment and transactional activities, together with fundraising and investor relations with its institutional capital partners. Matt also exercises a key executive management role, working closely with each of Cohen Equities departments to ensure that investment returns align with investor objectives. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, he oversaw investment and development matters for a prominent Canadian family office focused in retail and mixed-use assets in Canada and Europe. He also managed its portfolio of operating companies and working with its affiliate in Zurich, Switzerland in establishing and raising its real estate and infrastructure funds. Matt graduated with a J.D. from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Real Estate from Cornell University.
Director of Acquisitions
Leonard oversees Cohen Equities’ acquisitions activities, leading a team of Analysts and Associates in selecting, underwriting and executing a variety of different investment opportunities. Leonard has played a key role in developing Cohen Equities’ investment criteria and building relationships throughout the real estate industry, including Cohen Equities’ capital relationships. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Leonard was an Acquisitions Associate with Gibraltar Capital and Asset Management, acquiring non-performing loan portfolios. Leonard graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Real Estate from Cornell University.
Director of Operations
Teddy oversees Cohen Equities’ operations and plays a key role in management. He steers the firm’s leasing and asset management activities for its retail portfolios and oversees a variety of transactional, deal-making and other matters. Teddy was Cohen Equities’ first employee and has played an integral role in building the company with Meir to what it is today. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Teddy worked with Baruch Management managing a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential property throughout the greater New York Metro area. Teddy graduated from City University of New York, Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Business Management & Finance and a B.B.A. in International Business/Business Law.
Jonathan A. Cohen
Executive Vice President
Jonathan works on acquisition, disposition, refinancing, and capital raising activities for Cohen Equities. Prior to joining Cohen Equities in 2015, Jonathan worked for J.P. Morgan in its Real Estate Investment Banking team in NY, as well as Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investment Banking team in London. Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Jonathan is currently an MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School.
Director of Office Asset Management & Leasing
Jane oversees Cohen Equities’ asset management and leasing activities for its institutional portfolios. Jane plays a vital role in ensuring that business plans for the firm’s assets are scientifically devised and diligently executed. With broad experience in everything from construction/renovation projects, operational and capital budgeting and large-scale leasing, Jane provides a crucial institutional approach to all management activities. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Jane acted as an Asset Manager for George Comfort & Sons, managing over 4.2M square feet of Class-A office assets in the New York Metro area. Jane graduated from Boston University with a B.A. and holds an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Elliot leads Cohen Equities accounting and controls activities. Working with a team of internal and external accounting professionals, Elliot manages the firm’s day-to-day accounting, together with its financial reporting, audit and tax matters. A CPA himself, Elliot provides a crucial source of institutional-grade controls and checks & balances and is actively involved in all transactional matters. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Elliot worked as an auditor at Daszkel Bolton LLP, a leading regional public accounting firm in Florida, where he assisted in conducting audits and reviews for public, private and not-for-profit companies. Elliot graduated from Western Governors University with a B.S. in Accounting and is a CPA in the State of New York.
Michael oversees accounting and financial reporting for Cohen Equities’ retail/office portfolios. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Michael worked with Gramercy Property Trust where he prepared financial reporting for industrial/office portfolios, and Gibraltar Capital and Asset Management where he handled the accounting and financial reporting for their portfolios and joint ventures. Michael graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Holy Family University(2010) and with an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from LaSalle University in 2015.
Director of Retail Asset Management
Travis acts as Director of Retail Asset Management for Cohen Equities and oversees specialty leasing for its various portfolios. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Travis worked with Pyramid Management Group as Operations Manager, Business Development and Specialty Leasing Representative, Regional Field Director as well as a Permanent Leasing Representative through 2011. He followed that with three years with Taubman, where he focused on specialty leasing.
Director of Dispositions and Refinancing
Joshua oversees disposition and refinancing activities for Cohen Equities’ portfolios of assets. Working closely with numerous lenders, Joshua structures the appropriate cost of capital for each deal in order to maximize the asset’s performance and rapidly return capital to investors. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Joshua worked for Barclays in its Global Markets division. Joshua graduated with a BSc from The New York University Stern School of Business.
Manager-Leasing and Asset Managment
Richard works directly with the Director of Retail Asset Management and the Director of Office Asset Management to oversee the operational and leasing pipeline of the entire Cohen Equities retail and office portfolio. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Richard worked as a Lease Analyst for Kimco Realty Corporation where he handled the accounting, tenant audits, and legal for the company’s northeast portfolio. Richard graduated with a B.S. from the City University of New York, Queens College. Richard is currently an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
Director of Fundraising & Investor Relations
Noor plays a key role managing Cohen Equities’ capital raising and investor relations activities, and serves as primary liaison with the firm’s existing and prospective capital sources. Noor develops both fund and programmatic co-investment relationships and ensures that investor objectives are thoughtfully accomplished. Prior to joining Cohen Equities, Noor was a member of JLL’s New York Capital Markets Group, focusing on investment sales in Manhattan since her graduation from Georgetown University in 2014.