Level One Holdings
A Vice President with Level One Holdings, Krystyn Gatto oversees leasing, acquisitions, and development within the company’s existing and growing portfolio. In this leadership role, Krystyn is involved throughout the entire development/asset life cycle of each project working closely with the organization’s CEO. Prior to joining Level One Holdings, Krystyn was with SL Green Realty Corp. At SL Green, she was a member of a team responsible for leasing a portfolio of 15 office properties totaling over ten million square feet. Preceding SL Green, Krystyn was a Senior Leasing Associate with Colliers International in Calgary, Alberta for seven years. During that time, Krystyn co-founded the Alberta District Council for the Urban Land Institute. She leverages her experience with ULI to elevate the operations and impact of our Young Leaders Group here in New York. Krystyn graduated from the University of Mount Royal with a Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship, and is currently in the process of obtaining her Masters in Real Estate Development from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
As an Associate Director of Real Estate, Jeff is responsible for underwriting new acquisitions, evaluating and managing development projects, and asset management of the firm’s portfolio. He also works closely with the CFO on the execution of property acquisition financings/ refinancing, management of legal entities, and loan compliance. Prior to joining The Bromley Companies, Jeff worked at Denham Wolf, a boutique real estate consulting and brokerage company where he focused on development consulting, financial analysis, and strategic planning. Jeff has also worked at the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and for a retail site development company in the Western U.S. Jeff received a B.A. in Environmental Design (Urban Planning) and Minor in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Programming Committee Co-Chairs
Jackie Manzer is the Tenant Experience Manager at Silverstein Properties, a privately-held, full-service real estate development, investment and management firm based in New York. In her role, Jackie helps foster a class A experience for all tenants that occupy Silverstein’s buildings. She is responsible for tenant outreach and events, which involves establishing programs and amenities that differentiate the company’s portfolio from any other. Prior to joining Silverstein, Jackie was in a similar role as the Tenant Relations Manager at Hines in the Hudson Square office building portfolio. Before that, she served as was the Director of Marketing & Communications at Vidaris, where she held responsibility for communications and marketing planning/strategy, corporate identity and branding, client relations, media relations, corporate philanthropy and internal communications. Additionally, she helped evaluate and implement Vidaris’ processes and organizational structures to make the company more productive in its corporate operations. She also previously worked as an Event Producer for Bisnow Media, a nationally recognized commercial real estate media and events firm, where she produced large-scale industry conferences across the country. Jackie graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Sociology. While attending Yale University, Ms. Manzer was a pitcher for the varsity softball team.
Nina works for Jamestown Properties on the asset management team based in Industry City, Brooklyn. Here she supports the management, leasing, and development teams to evaluate the financial viability of capital improvement projects and new lines of business. Additionally, she assists in underwriting and negotiating lease transactions, producing reports for various business lines, and assisting in the annual budgeting / business planning process. Prior to her current role, Nina was part of the Real Estate Analyst program at Wells Fargo where she assisted in underwriting deals such as Related’s 50 Hudson Yards and Brookfield’s 5 Manhattan West Recap. Nina graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Business. While attending the University of Virginia, Nina was a member of the varsity crew team.
Social Committee Members
Bo Diamond, Arc Real Estate
Laura Schultz Rog, L+M Development Partners
Gabriel Seidel, Street-Works Studio
Laura J. Patel, DIRTT
Peer to Peer Committee Members
Harold Lander, The Related Companies
Jordanna Lacoste, Urban Builders Collaborative
Caesar Nguyen, Common Living
Dominic Ruiz, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)
Out & About Committee Members
Madison Pollock, Wells Fargo
Christina Maio, Wells Fargo – Hospitality Finance Group
Kalin Bracken, NYCEDC
Sam Usdan, Midwood
Mobile Workshop Committee Members
Jennifer Grosso, AIA, Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Matt Boker, ODA Architects
Samuel McQuillan, HFF
Yi Li, Brookfield
Secrets of Success Committee Members
Daniel Cohen, Meridian Capital Group
Gabriella Aguirre, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Smita Garg, J.P. Morgan Chase
Tyler Blazer, CallisonRTKL
Katie is the Senior Demand Generation Manager for VTS, the leading end-to-end leasing management platform for the commercial real estate industry. She manages the firm’s external marketing efforts, focusing on PR, social media, events and roundtables, and Hightower’s annual customer summit. Prior to Hightower, Katie led marketing efforts at VOA’s New York office, focusing on corporate interior design and ground-up residential and hospitality projects. She completed similar work at Perkins Eastman for their large-scale, mixed-use design studio. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government, focusing in international relations and comparative politics, from Dartmouth College.
The John Hardy Group – NY Office
Anthony is a Project Director for The John Hardy Group, a strategic development services firm for investors and brands engaged in hospitality real estate. He helps manage the due diligence, consultation, design, and construction for hotel renovation projects on behalf of his clients, which include institutional investors, REITs, and sovereign wealth funds. In his years at JHG, he has helped manage a variety of hotel and resort projects, including the transformational renovation of the Newport Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island and the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida as part of a $80M repositioning of the property. Anthony graduated with a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and returned soon thereafter to complete the school’s Masters program in Land and Property Development.
Alliance for Downtown New York
Frank is a Research and Planning Manager at the Alliance for Downtown New York. He tracks the Lower Manhattan market and helps promote the nation’s largest business improvement district as a place to do business. Frank also manages different economic development and urban planning projects Downtown including an urban design study for Wall Street and the NYSE area and other placemaking initiatives in Lower Manhattan. Prior to his current role Frank worked as a Research Analyst and intern at the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. In addition to his outreach co-chair role at ULI, Frank has also co-chaired the YLG Social Initiative. Frank received a B.A. in Environmental Design and Minor in Architecture from the University at Buffalo and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He also is currently pursuing a Commercial Real Estate certificate program at Baruch College.
Mr. Rohleder serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Merit Holdings Group and is responsible for equity and debt investment underwriting, investor relations, and business development. Mr. Rohleder is also a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to this, Mr. Rohleder was a part of the underwriting team at Dwight Capital. Previous to Dwight Capital, Mr. Rohleder was part of the real estate investment banking unit at Sperry Van Ness focusing on institutional debt and equity raises across all asset classes as well as private placements. Mr. Rohleder is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Lenders Association, and the New York Private Equity Network. Mr. Rohleder received the Capital Markets & Trading Certificate from the New York Institute of Finance and completed the Executive Program in Algorithmic Trading at Quantinsti Quantitative Learning. Mr. Rohleder graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma.
Saba Carmel Meidany, is a Project Manager and Senior Designer at Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), where he is currently responsible for the planning and design of ground-up mixed-use multi-family residential developments in New York City as well working with the team responsible for the rehabilitation and upgrading of more than 1,300 of the New York City Housing Authority’s existing stock of apartments. Prior to joining MAP, Saba was an Associate at Handel Architects where he worked on the design and planning of the 200-unit Essex Crossing Site 2 development, which includes the new Essex Street Market, as well as 132 Madison Avenue, a 200-unit high-rise luxury development. Additionally, Saba has a range of international project experience having worked at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel where he focused on the project planning, design, development and construction of several Holy Sites associated with the World Center of the Baha’i Faith. Saba holds an Master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a Master of Architecture degree from The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In his spare time, Saba enjoys playing chess and teaching spiritual empowerment classes to children of various backgrounds in the New York City area.
Julia is the Business Development Coordinator at FXCollaborative and Founder and Editor of MadameArchitect.org where she has published to date more than 25 interviews with women in the field. With prior experience in design, Julia has worked on mixed-use and workspace projects including Frank 57 West in New York and the Canvas LA Headquarters in Los Angeles. She has been a contributor to ArchiteXX’s Sub_teXXt for the past four years, is the Co-Chair of ULI New York’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) Communications Committee, is on the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee, and is a Founding Member of The Wing. Julia received her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University, graduating with the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for exceptional merit in the thesis of architecture.
Professional Development Co-Chairs
Amar Brahmbhatt is a Transaction Manager at Kimco Realty Corporation in their Risk and Underwriting Group. He manages due diligence for new acquisitions and works with their development and regional offices to underwrite and model Kimco’s mixed used developments, with a current focus on the company’s West Coast developments. Amar received his BS in Finance and Accounting from Drexel University.
Eric Selbst is a Project Manager at Rockefeller Group, a leading national developer, owner and investor, known for pioneering large-scale urban mixed-use development. Eric has more than a decade of development experience in New York and Washington, D.C., including more than one million square feet of projects spanning commercial, academic and residential properties. He is currently working on the design and construction of an approximately 120-unit, 170,000-square-foot high-end condominium development in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. Previous projects at Rockefeller Group included managing the redesign of a privately-owned public plaza in Rockefeller Center, and its associated retail space, to create a new vibrant public space between Rockefeller Center and Times Square. Prior to joining Rockefeller Group, Eric was the Assistant Director of Campus Planning at the George Washington University where he oversaw the long-term development of the university’s three campuses. Eric received his BA and MBA from George Washington University and is proud to have played a key role in the growth of his alma mater.