Larry A. SilversteinChairman
Larry A. Silverstein is the Chairman of Silverstein Properties, a Manhattan-based real estate development and investment firm that has developed, owned and managed 40 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space. The firm currently has $10 billion worth of development activity underway, and has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in New York City” by Crain’s New York Business for eight years in a row.
In July 2001, Mr. Silverstein completed the largest real estate transaction in New York history when he signed a 99-year lease on the 10.6 million square feet World Trade Center for $3.25 billion, only to see it destroyed in terrorist attacks six weeks later on September 11, 2001. He has spent the last 20 years rebuilding the office component of the World Trade Center site, a $30 billion project that will consume the balance of his working life.
In May 2006, Silverstein Properties opened 7 World Trade Center, the first office tower to be rebuilt at the site, and the first LEED-certified office building in New York City. The 52-story, 1.7 million square foot office tower is fully leased to an eclectic group of tenants. In November 2013, the company opened 4 World Trade Center, a 72-story 2.3 million square foot building designed by Fumihiko Maki. In June 2018, the company opened 3 World Trade Center, an 80-story, 2.5 million square foot building designed by Richard Rogers. The company is developing one other office tower on the WTC site – 2 World Trade Center, and a residential tower – 5 World Trade Center.
Silverstein Properties recently completed and opened a Four Seasons hotel and private residences designed by Robert A. M. Stern in Lower Manhattan which, at 82-stories, is one of the tallest residential towers in New York. The company also completed and opened the largest Four Seasons resort in the world at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Silverstein owns and manages many successful and high-profile commercial and residential properties in New York City, including 120 Broadway, 120 Wall Street, 529 Fifth Avenue and 1177 Avenue of the Americas. Mr. Silverstein completed and opened Silver Towers, two 60-story residential towers at 600 West 42nd Street, the companion to 1River Place, a 40-story, 921-unit tower which opened in 2000. The square block development houses over 2,200 families.
Mr. Silverstein is a member of the New York Bar and a Governor of the Real Estate Board of New York, having served as its Chairman. He has served as Chairman of the Realty Foundation of New York.
A 1952 graduate of New York University, Mr. Silverstein served as Vice Chairman of the NYU Board of Trustees, where he continues to serve as member of the Board of Trustees of the New York University Langone Medical Center. He is the Founder and Chairman emeritus of the advisory board of the NYU Real Estate Institute. As a Professor of Real Estate, his “Silverstein Workshop” became one of the most attended and informative educational sources for learning real estate development and investment analysis.
Mr. Silverstein donates his time and resources to support many philanthropic endeavors. He has served as Chairman of the Board of UJA-Federation. He is a founding trustee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and has served as treasurer of National Jewish Health in Denver.
Mr. Silverstein contributes his time and resources to organizations that are dedicated to higher education and medical research, meeting humanitarian needs and supporting the arts. Mr. Silverstein currently serves as a board member of the New York Philharmonic. He is a classical music enthusiast, a passionate yachtsman and a dedicated New Yorker. Larry and Klara Silverstein have been married for 65 years and have three children and one son-in-law, three of whom are executives at Silverstein Properties, and they also have eight grandchildren.
Lisa SilversteinVice Chairman
Lisa Silverstein is Vice Chairman of Silverstein Properties, and oversees the firm’s capital, existing assets, new initiatives and corporate strategy. From acquisitions to new development, she has worked beside her father, the founder and Chairman for over 25 years. A graduate of NYU, with two degrees, Lisa sits on the Board of Trustees of New York University, UJA and Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, as well as several other philanthropic and financial organizations and institutions from the United States to Israel. She lives with her husband in Tribeca and has three children.
Marty BurgerChief Executive Officer
Marty Burger is chief executive officer of Silverstein Properties. He leads the company’s acquisitions, development and fund management efforts in the US and abroad.
Prior to joining Silverstein, Mr. Burger was president and chief executive officer of Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a company he founded in 2006. Prior to Artisan, Mr. Burger spent 15 years at Related. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Burger was a vice president at The Blackstone Group. From 1993 to 1994, he worked for Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall RE funds.
Mr. Burger received a BS degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute, and is on the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School, the Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate and Finance at Cornell University, the Advisory Board of the NYU Schack Institute of RE, and the Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for RE at Haas, UC Berkeley. He is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC, and is on the Directors’ Advisory Council and the NYC Mortgage Committee of the M&T Bank.
Mr. Burger was a member of NYC Mayor Eric Adam’s Transition Team, is a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a Board Member of the Partnership for NYC, and on the Real Estate Life Science Advisory Board for New York. He is a Board Member or Trustee of SparkYouth, the Lincoln Center RE Council, National Jewish Health, and the FIDF, and is active in UJA and the Battery Conservancy.
Tal Kerret is the President of Silverstein Properties. He is responsible for managing and monitoring the company’s portfolio of assets and devising strategies for growth. Mr. Kerret oversees day-to-day operations at the company.
Mr. Kerret joined Silverstein Properties in 2011, as Executive Vice President, was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in 2013 and to President in 2015.
Prior to joining SPI, he was Chairman and Co-Founder of Oberon Media, Inc., the leading casual games platform and solution provider established in 2003.
Prior to co-founding Oberon Media, Mr. Kerret was CEO and co-founder of RichFX, an e-commerce technology infrastructure company, for seven years. Prior to RichFX Mr. Kerret served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces for six years.
Mr. Kerret holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Tel Aviv University.
Dino FuscoChief Operating Officer
Dino Fusco is Chief Operating Officer of Silverstein Properties. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operating activities of the company.
Prior to joining Silverstein, Dino was a Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he spent over 25 years working in a variety of real estate roles. From 2012 until early-2020, Dino was the Global Head of Goldman Sachs’ Corporate Services and Real Estate organization; from 2005 - 2011, he was Global Head of Goldman Sachs’ Real Estate Strategy group; and from 1994 - 2005, he was a Managing Director in Goldman Sachs’ Real Estate Investment Banking group. Also, from 1998 - 2000, Dino helped initiate and lead Goldman Sachs’ real estate private equity efforts in Italy. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 1994, Dino was an Associate Attorney at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in New York City.
Dino received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale College, and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from Georgetown University Law School. He is a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows program sponsored by the Partnership for New York City.
Dino and his family are supporters of the arts and Dino is an active member of the Partnership Fund for New York City. Dino is married to his college sweetheart and, together with their two daughters, resides in Lower Manhattan.
Mickey KuppermanVice Chairman Emeritus
Mickey Kupperman is Vice Chairman Emeritus of Silverstein Properties. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company as well as developing a corporate strategy for the future. He still maintains his previous responsibilities as Director of Design for Towers 2, 3 and 4 at the World Trade Center.
Prior to joining Silverstein, Mr. Kupperman was with A. Epstein and Sons, International, Inc., a major international architectural/engineering firm. For the past 20 years he served as CEO of that firm. For the last few decades his special focus was organizational strategy and development as well as the management and organization of complex mega-projects such as the expansion of McCormick Place in Chicago and the United Airlines Terminal at O'Hare.
Mr. Kupperman is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Structural Engineering. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago where he earned an MBA. He lives in New York City with his wife.
Lisa BevacquaEVP, Asset Management
Lisa Bevacqua joined Silverstein Properties in 2010 and is an Executive Vice President and Head of Asset Management, where she oversees the company’s 16 million square foot portfolio of office, multifamily, and life science properties. Lisa is responsible for overseeing execution of the investment strategy for all properties in the portfolio and managing investor relationships. She oversees three business lines at the company, including Asset Management, Commercial Leasing and Residential Leasing, with the common goal of maximizing investment value. Lisa serves on the company’s management team and is a member of the company’s diversity and inclusion committee, as well as the sustainability committee.
Prior to joining Silverstein Properties, Lisa worked in acquisitions and asset management at Citi Property Investors (CPI), a real estate opportunity fund with over $600 million of assets under management. At CPI, Lisa was responsible for underwriting and conducting due diligence on $1.8 billion of real estate transactions. In addition, Lisa oversaw a portfolio of office, condo and land assets. Prior to CPI, Lisa was a leasing broker at CB Richard Ellis/Whittier Partners, with a focus on the downtown Boston office market.
Lisa began her career as a consultant at Accenture, where she worked on assignments aimed at identifying and implementing process and operational improvements at financial services companies.
Lisa is a partner at Win (Women in Need), Inc., an organization that provides safe housing and critical services to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness. Lisa is also an active member of Chief, a private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders, Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Zell Lurie Real Estate Center. Lisa is an alumni mentor for undergraduate and graduate students at The Wharton School and is involved with the Boston College real estate club. Lisa has been recognized by Commercial Observer for “Workplace Innovation” (2021), by Crain’s New York as “Notable in Real Estate” (2021), by Paradigm for Parity as a “Women on the Rise” (2020), by Crain’s New York Business as a “Notable Women in Real Estate” (2018), and by Commercial Property Executive’s “40 and Under Leaders” (2016).
Lisa earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Boston College. Lisa, her husband, and their four children, live in Westport, CT.
Brian CollinsEVP and Director of Development
Brian Collins is Executive Vice President and Director of Development where he oversees the development projects across the firm’s portfolio.
Previously, Mr. Collins was the Head of Acquisitions and Development at Fisher Brothers. Most recently, he oversaw over $1.5 billion in development of residential properties in New York City and Washington, DC, including 111 Murray, 225 East 39th Street, 101 West 87th Street, 37 Warren Street and 701 2nd Street NE on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining Fisher Brothers, Brian was President of Intrawest, one of the largest resort owner/operators and real estate development companies in North America. As President, Brian oversaw all real estate activities worldwide. Before Intrawest, Brian was the founder of Colgate Development, a development company which specialized in the development of luxury hotels and condominiums. Under Brian’s leadership, Colgate developed several hotels and residential properties including The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, NC and the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.
Brian started his career in real estate development as a principal and COO of Millennium Partners. Overseeing the commercial components of Millennium’s projects, Brian was responsible for the development of The Ritz-Carlton hotels in New York, Boston and Washington and the Four Seasons hotels in San Francisco and Miami as well as five Sport Club/LA facilities, office space, movies theatres and parking garages. Brian is an active member of the Urban Land Institute where he serves as vice chairman for ULI New York. He is also active in numerous New York real estate groups and councils.
Mr. Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Colgate University and a Masters in Accounting from NYU. He and his wife have two children and live in Fairfield CT.
William DacuntoExecutive Vice President
As Executive Vice President of Operations, Bill Dacunto is responsible for managing all the properties in the company's portfolio. Mr. Dacunto joined Silverstein Properties in 1987.
Mr. Dacunto serves as a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Management Board of Directors, and was a recipient of REBNY's Corporate Management Executive of the Year Award in 2005, the John M. Griffin Community Service Award in 2015 and, most recently, REBNY’s Brooker Management Executive Award in 2017.
He is a founding board member of Donate Eight (a project of, and associated with, LiveOnNY), an organization formed to raise awareness of the immediate need to increase organ donation registration, as well as a member of the LiveOnNY Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Dacunto is also involved in many other charitable activities, including the establishment of blood drive (New York Blood Center) and food collection (City Harvest) programs throughout the Silverstein Properties’ portfolio. He was a recipient of the Special Award for All Around Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility from City & State Reports in 2015. Mr. Dacunto was named a 2016 Lifeline Honoree at the Covenant House New York, where he actively serves as a board member.
Mr. Dacunto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the State University of New York at Brockport, and a Real Property Administrator designation from the Building Owners and Managers Association.
Jeffrey DeitrichSVP, Fund Management
Jeffrey Deitrich is Senior Vice President of Fund Management. He leads opportunistic equity funds, investing nationally across asset classes. He is a member of the company’s Management Committee and Investment Committee.
Mr. Deitrich rejoined Silverstein Properties in 2022 after founding both a real estate advisory firm that provides asset management and capital markets services and a design-build integrator offering technology and automation solutions for commercial buildings. Previously, he spent a decade at Silverstein Properties in Acquisitions and Capital Markets, and was involved with the origination and capitalization of over $7 billion across different product types.
Mr. Deitrich started his career at Prudential Real Estate Investors, where he was an asset manager for a $2 billion fund.
Mr. Deitrich is a Board Member of Fundrise’s Interval Fund, where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and the New York State Society of CPAs Real Estate & Family Office Committees.
He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from The College of William & Mary.
He lives with his wife and two children in Westchester County, New York.
Debra HudnellChief Human Resources Officer
Debra Hudnell is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Silverstein Properties. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing talent, performance management, recruitment, culture design and management, professional development, employee engagement, legal compliance, as well as compensation and health/benefits initiatives. Debra is co-chair of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Debra joined Silverstein Properties in 1981. Since that time, she has played an integral part in the exponential growth of the company. She develops, implements, and oversees Human Resources practices that ensure a balanced program throughout all the company's departments and properties, while maintaining its core values (integrity, respect, and collegiality). Debra’s efforts continue to make Silverstein Properties a career destination for qualified applicants and a sound investment for employees. Under Debra’s leadership, Silverstein Properties has been named one of the "Best Places to Work in New York City" by Crain's New York Business for eight consecutive years.
Debra is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Diversity Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). A native of Brooklyn, Debra and her husband have two adult children. She has been named among the 25 Influential Black Women in Business in 2016 by The Network Journal, a New York-based monthly African-American business magazine aimed at professionals and business owners. In 2020, Debra was featured on Crain’s New York Business list of Notable Women in Talent Resources.
Katie P. KurtzChief Financial Officer
Katie P. Kurtz is the Chief Financial Officer of Silverstein Properties, and is responsible for the management and oversight of the company’s finance organization.
Prior to joining Silverstein, Katie was an Executive Vice President at AR Global (ARG). During her time at ARG, Katie served as the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer for multiple Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) and Business Development Companies (BDC). Katie most recently served as Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer for three REITs: American Finance Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFIN), Healthcare Trust, Inc. and New York City REIT, Inc. (NYSE: NYC).
Prior to joining ARG in 2013, Katie was employed as a Vice President at The Carlyle Group, where she served as Chief Accounting Officer for Carlyle GMS Finance, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, Katie served as Director of Finance and Controller for New Mountain Finance Corporation, an exchange-traded BDC. Prior to that position, Katie served as Controller at Solar Capital Ltd., an exchange-traded BDC. She also served in various accounting and financial reporting roles at GFI Group, Inc. Katie began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Katie is a certified public accountant in New York State. She holds a BS in Accountancy, a BA in German Studies and a Master of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University.
Katie and her husband live in Hoboken, NJ with their two daughters.
Michael L. LevyExecutive Vice President
Michael Levy joined Silverstein Properties as Chief Financial Officer in 1997 and currently serves as Executive Vice President. He has vast experience in finance, acquisitions and sales and has closed in excess of $10 billion in transactions.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Levy was a senior tax partner at the accounting firm of Friedman Alpren & Green LLP, where he worked for over 20 years.
He is a member of both the American Institute and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the finance committee of a not-for-profit organization, and has served on various tax committees.
David MarksSVP, Acquisitions
David Marks is a Senior Vice President and Head of Acquisitions at Silverstein Properties. He is a member of the company’s Management Committee and Investment Committee. He is responsible for creating and executing investment strategies across the firm’s various platforms. This experience spans acquisition, development, project finance, and capital markets expertise in excess of $3 billion throughout the capital stack across all property types in the United States and Europe.
Prior to joining Silverstein, David managed the overseas real estate investments portfolio for Israel’s largest insurance company, Migdal. He was responsible for the acquisition of over $1 billion of commercial real estate across Europe and the United States.
David received a B.A. from The Ben-Gurion University. He is an advisory board member of the Pre-Business program at Hunter College.
Michael MayPresident, Silverstein Capital Partners
Michael May is the President of Silverstein Capital Partners (“SCP”). Mr. May is focused on providing senior loans, bridge loans, subordinate loans, and rescue capital to borrowers on shovel-ready ground-up construction, heavy value-add repositioning, lease-up projects, land, and inventory loans on completed condominium projects. SCP is targeting office, industrial, residential and retail properties with a minimum $25 million investment. SCP is capitalized by two global institutional investors with established track records in the U.S. real estate market, and Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Previously, Mr. May was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cantor Commercial Real Estate (“CCRE”), where he led the origination of than $50+ billion of commercial real estate loans. Mr. May was responsible for raising institutional and private capital, sourcing corporate financing, high-yield bond raises, loan origination, loan distribution, and securitization for the venture. From its creation in 2010, CCRE closed 2,000+ financings on all property types in 50 US states, 3 US territories, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Mr. May oversaw conduit, transitional, large-loan, small-balance, single borrower, Agency, and net-lease lending as well as a $58 billion servicing book.
Prior to CCRE, Mr. May was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse (“CS”) where he was a senior member of the Real Estate Finance Group. Mr. May joined CS in 1997 and oversaw West Coast and Latin American operations including the origination and distribution of CMBS, whole loans, and subordinate debt. Mr. May originated $20+ billion in financings and innovated numerous CMBS products including securitization structures for condominiums, construction, ski mountains, and casinos.
Before CS, Mr. May worked at General Electric Capital Corporation where he focused on the acquisition of subordinated CMBS and the structured distribution of whole loans, asset backed securities, and real estate equity. Mr. May also spent seven years at Arthur Andersen LLP in the Real Estate Consulting Group, working in the US, Western Europe, Russia, and Latin America providing advice on project feasibility, loan valuations, securitization structuring, and workout strategies.
Mr. May holds a BS in Finance and a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dara McQuillanChief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Silverstein Properties, Dara oversees the firm’s public relations, media, advertising, documentary, branding, events, and digital and social media activities. He is a member of the company’s management committee, and works with the leadership team and top executives on a wide range of corporate matters, with direct responsibility for the company’s marketing and communications initiatives.
Highlights of Dara’s work include building a team of some of the industry’s leading marketing professionals; developing a long-term World Trade Center repositioning and branding strategy; the construction, opening and marketing of 3 WTC, 4 WTC and 7 WTC – for which his group was awarded a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA); unveiling designs for the iconic One WTC and the subsequent buildings at the WTC site; Silverstein’s successful “two occurrence” insurance litigation; launching several commercial and residential websites and dozens of social media channels; and overseeing a program to document the historic rebuilding project through feature films, TV documentaries, books, photographs, art, and interactive media.
Dara is the editor of A Century Downtown, a visual history of Lower Manhattan, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Downtown magazine. He works with dozens of artists, photographers, and filmmakers to document the company’s rebuilding projects. For the past several years, Dara has invited a group of international street artists into raw, unoccupied floors to use them as a canvas and gallery installation, in the words of Forbes, “flipping the corporate office script Silicon Valley style.”
Previously, Dara was the Communications & Media Manager of Shearman & Sterling LLP, a corporate law firm of 850 lawyers in 20 cities around the world. Based in New York, he was responsible for devising and managing strategies to maintain and build the firm’s reputation, image, and visibility. In June 2003, Dara’s group was awarded a Silver Anvil from the PRSA for its work on behalf of a Sept. 11 pro bono client of the firm.
Dara began his career as a reporter at Variety and Daily Variety in Los Angeles. He has also worked at Academy Award-winning Merchant Ivory Productions, Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Center, and Universal Pictures.
Earlier in his career, Dara worked in the Department of Public Information of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and in New York, where he wrote an analytical and historical study of the United Nations library that became an official publication of the UN.
Born in Ireland and raised in Brussels, Belgium, Dara studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Philosophy. He spent a year as an Erasmus Scholar at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he studied Italian and philosophy under Umberto Eco. Upon graduation, Dara won a Bobby Jones Jr. Graduate Fellowship to UCLA.
Lior MorCEO, SPL
Lior Mor oversees Silverstein’s operations in Israel which includes analyzing various investment opportunities and managing relationships with Israeli institutional investors. He is the CEO of Silverstein Properties Limited, a bond issuer on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).
Prior to joining SP, for over six years Lior led the real estate division at Menora Mivtachim Group, one of Israel’s largest insurance and finance groups with $80 billion of assets under management.
Prior to Menora, Lior was a senior analyst at Giza Singer Even, Israel’s largest financial advisory and investment banking firm. Lior currently serves as a board member of Azorim, a publicly traded company on the TASE.
Lior holds an MBA with a major in financing from Tel Aviv University (TAU), and currently acts as a professor for real estate courses in the MBA program at TAU. Lior is a former Davis Cup member on the Israeli national team and was a professional tennis player until the age of 24. He was also the coach of the Israeli women’s national team. He lives in Even Yehuda, Israel, with his wife and three sons.
Jeremy MossExecutive Vice President
Jeremy Moss is an Executive Vice President at Silverstein Properties responsible for leasing new office developments and repositioning major office properties. Jeremy is also a leader in the company’s strategy to covert commercial office buildings to residential use. During his fifteen years at Silverstein Properties, Jeremy has overseen all aspects of leasing for the company’s entire 15 million square foot commercial portfolio, including the redeveloped World Trade Center which is presently 95% leased.
Prior to joining Silverstein Properties, Jeremy was a Vice President for Commercial Development and Leasing at Forest City Ratner Companies in New York City where he managed the leasing of Forest City's 6 million square foot office portfolio. During his eight years at Forest City, Jeremy worked on 2 million square feet of commercial office leasing transactions and was involved in the development and leasing of 4 office buildings including the New York Times Headquarters Building.
Jeremy sits on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Alliance and the Association for Downtown New York. Jeremy is also on the board of Brooklyn Boatworks, a not-for-profit that runs an educational boat building program for public schools. Jeremy is a graduate of the Rockefeller Fellowship, a 12-month program that prepares senior corporate executives for more active leadership in civic and public affairs. He has also been active in the Real Estate Board of NY, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Central Park Conservancy.
Jeremy received is BA in economics and political science from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Nick PazichEVP and General Counsel
Nick Pazich is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Silverstein Properties and is a member of the company’s Management Committee. He has led the negotiation of more than $5 billion of acquisitions, development, joint venture and financing transactions in the United States, Europe, China and the Middle East. He is a co-founder of Silverstein Properties Regional Center and was instrumental in the formation of Silverstein Capital Partners and Cantor Silverstein Opportunity Zone Trust.
Prior to joining Silverstein, Nick was a member of the real estate group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California School of Law, where he was a member of the Southern California Law Review.
Yael RonChief Hospitality Officer
Yael Ron is the Chief Hospitality Officer of Residential Properties for Silverstein Properties. She is responsible for managing the company’s hospitality and residential divisions.
An acclaimed hospitality executive, Yael has successfully led hotels across the globe from Tel Aviv to San Francisco and New York. Prior to joining Silverstein, she served as Managing Director of the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, where she was in charge of all operational aspects including recruiting of the core team, curating the brand culture and managing the business plan, budget and all marketing channels. Prior to that role, she was the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, where she became the property’s first female general manager, and one of only nine female general managers in the Ritz-Carlton portfolio.
Yael spent nearly a decade with The Ritz-Carlton company where she was the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland and Director of Sales and Marketing for the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya and facilitated the opening of The Ritz-Carlton in Macau, China. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton company in 2013, Yael worked at The Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, following a decade with Hilton Hotels where she began her hospitality career as a Senior Sales Manager.
Yael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel Management from Technion Israel & Nova University, Florida, and an MBA from City University of New York, Baruch College. She is fluent in several languages, having lived, studied and worked throughout the world, to include the United States, Central America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Roger A. SilversteinExecutive Vice President
As Executive Vice President of Leasing, Roger A. Silverstein is responsible for leasing and managing all of the firm's commercial properties, including 7 World Trade Center, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 120 Broadway, 120 Wall Street and 529 Fifth Avenue.
Mr. Silverstein is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, a director of the Realty Foundation of New York, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Executive Division of the UJA Federation. Mr. Silverstein serves and supports a variety of charitable organizations. He is a member of the Council of National Trustees of the National Jewish Medical Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, and an executive member of the Food Allergy Initiative of Mt. Sinai Hospital. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Achilles Track Club in New York, an organization established to encourage disabled people to participate in long-distance running.
Mr. Silverstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Economics from New York University. He is married and has three children. He is an accomplished triathlete and a lifelong New Yorker.
Yael UrmanChief Technology Officer
Yael Urman joined Silverstein Properties in 2018 and serves as Chief Technology Officer, a role in which she oversees the technology initiatives that support the company's financial, operations and development activities.
Ms. Urman has held various leadership roles in Energy, IT services, Biotech and Pharma. In her most recent role, she served as the Director of Applications at PBF Energy, a Fortune 135 independent petroleum-refiner company with five refineries in the US. She led system strategy, built an IT organization from the ground up, and drove technology innovation to support a rapidly growing company.
Prior to PBF, Ms. Urman was the Head of Information Technology at Ness Technology North America, a global Information Technology Services company, where she managed the entire IT spectrum. Prior to Ness, she was the Director of IT for Teva Pharmaceuticals Global Operations (the world’s largest manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals). She led the design and implementation of the company’s IT strategy for 36 manufacturing sites worldwide.
In her early career Ms. Urman held several positions with Serono (now Merck-Serono), a leading Swiss-based biotech company. Among them, she led the global implementation of Oracle Supply Chain and managed the production planning and industrial engineering teams.
Ms. Urman holds an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and a BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).
Guy VardiChief Innovation Officer
Guy Vardi is Chief Innovation Officer for Silverstein Properties. He joined the company in 2016 to oversee the firm’s process of innovation and change management.
Before joining Silverstein Properties, he co-founded Matific, a startup that empowers teachers and encourages students to discover and explore mathematical concepts through playful interaction. Matific is used by millions of students and translated into 11 languages. Matific was named the winner of the 2016 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution.
In 2003, Guy helped found Oberon Media, a company that expands and diversifies the demographics of computer gamers. He oversaw the development of the most popular platform for distribution of casual games at the time. Oberon's Game Center network reached over 40 million users.
Guy started his career as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. Later he spent several years developing innovative digital experiences and interaction models for the Israeli Defense Forces. Highlights of his work include creating the first commercial VR environment for e-commerce, pioneering production of interactive video using wearables cameras, co-producing software that explores the relationships between classical poetry and interactive media, implementing the TCP / IP protocol over can and wire telephone and conducting an experiment that demonstrated carriers pigeons are faster than ADSL.
Guy holds a degree in computer science from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzelia. He lives in the Upper West Side with his wife and children.