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.
Marty BurgerChief Executive Officer
Marty Burger is Chief Executive Officer of Silverstein Properties, Inc. He leads the company’s day to day activities, and focuses on its acquisition, development and financing efforts in the United States 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, including serving as President of Related Las Vegas and Executive Vice President of The Related Companies, L.P.
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Burger was a Vice President at The Blackstone Group working on acquisitions for its first three real estate opportunity funds. From 1993 to 1994, he worked for Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Real Estate funds, also on the acquisition side. Prior to that, Mr. Burger spent five years at The Related Companies where he was a Vice President of Development and Acquisitions.
Mr. Burger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Trustee and a Governor of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Global Board, and formerly a member of the America’s Executive Committee, the Chairman of the New York District Council, and Chairman of his Urban Development Mixed-Use Council. Mr. Burger is on the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Real Estate and Finance at Cornell University, the Advisory Board of the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC, and is on the Directors’ Advisory Council and the New York City Mortgage Committee of the M&T Bank.
Mr. Burger is involved with Habitat for Humanity in Westchester with his sons, helping to create quality housing for those in need. He is a board member of The Catalog for Giving, a charitable organization providing funds to multiple programs benefitting underprivileged inner city children. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Battery Conservancy, is on the Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council, and is a board member of the Partnership for New York City. In addition, Mr. Burger helps oversee the activities of the Downtown Division of the UJA Federation.
Jason KaufmanSenior Vice President
Jason Kaufman is Senior Vice President of Investments & Development at Silverstein Properties, Inc., member of the Investment Committee, co-founder of Silverstein Capital Partners and head of the Opportunity Zone Fund. He is responsible for acquisitions, capital markets and real estate development activities totaling over $10 billion across product types globally. Prior to joining Silverstein, Mr. Kaufman was the Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management at Jadam Equities Ltd, a family office with $3 billion under management and also worked for Newmark Knight Frank in Financial Services underwriting leasing and investment sales transactions. He started his career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a real estate consultant for REITs and lenders of single-asset CMBS securitizations.
Mr. Kaufman attended the Ross School at the University of Michigan and earned a BBA with a concentration in Real Estate Finance. He subsequently earned a Certificate in Building Construction Technology from the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and an Advanced Certificate in Housing, Urban Policy & Planning from the Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
Mr. Kaufman is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute as a leadership chairperson of the national Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council (Blue Flight), member of the New York development council, and a member of the Urban Land Institute NEXT steering committee nationally. He keeps close ties with his alma matter as an Advisory Board Member of the Ross Business School Real Estate Investment Fund and is the founding member of the University of Michigan Real Estate Group in New York. Mr. Kaufman is also a Greater NY advisor to the President of the Prospect Park Alliance, and a member of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he is active in the Center’s Career Mentor Program.