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Comprehensive range of market-leading expertise
HREV is an entrepreneurial real estate platform that has a track record of creating value for investors, partners, and the communities in which we work and live.

Our History

HREV was founded in 2011 by a core team of experienced professionals bringing together substantial track record as real estate owners, institutional investors, and capital markets professionals. The HREV team has a long legacy of owning, operating and financing properties, and is adept in converting the challenges of each project into scalable objectives.

HREV Today

Today, HREV is actively engaged as a sponsor and operating partner in development, equity, and structured investments in major metropolitan centers and urban lifestyles cores in the Northeast and other high growth markets, with a key focus on Opportunity Zone investments.

Our Team

Greg Simon
Greg Simon
General Counsel & COO

Mr. Simon joined HREV in 2019.  Prior to joining HREV, Mr. Simon served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of ACRE Realty Investors, Inc., a commercial real estate investment and operating company which was publicly traded on the NYSE MKT, and as a Senior Vice President of Avenue Capital Group’s Real Estate Strategy. Avenue is a global investment firm focusing on distressed securities and private equity. Before joining Avenue, Mr. Simon was a Senior Vice President at Glenmont Capital Management LLC, an institutionally backed manager of closed-end opportunistic real estate funds, where he was responsible for overseeing Glenmont’s asset management and legal activities. Prior to that, he was Counsel in the real estate department of Herrick Feinstein LLP and, prior to that,  Counsel in the real estate department of Hogan & Hartson LLP and an associate at a predecessor firm.

Mr. Simon received a B.A. from Emory University (1988) and a J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law (1992).

Jon Halpern
Jon Halpern
Founder, Managing Partner & CEO

Halpern has over 30 years of professional experience in Real Estate investing. Mr. Halpern began his career in 1985, stepping in to lead Halpern Enterprises, one of New York’s leading regional commercial and residential property owners and operators. In 1994, he partially exited Halpern Enterprises’ commercial office portfolio through an UPREIT merger with Reckson Associates Realty (RA:NYSE), New York’s leading commercial office owner, and joined the company as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors upon Reckson’s public listing on the NYSE. In addition to his management and corporate governance roles,

Mr. Halpern founded the Reckson Opportunity Partners fund, through which he acquired and supported management to develop multiple real estate operating companies including HQ Global Workplaces, the world’s largest serviced office company and American Campus Communities, the US leader in student housing (ACC:NYSE). After exiting the HQ Global investment in 2000, Mr. Halpern was asked to take leadership of the company in late 2001. Between late 2001 and 2003, he served as CEO of HQ Global investment, which resulted in a successful restructure in the business. In 2003, he launched the Real Estate Private Equity business at Marathon Asset Management, an $11 billion global investment management firm.

Between 2003 and 2010, Mr. Halpern was responsible for the firm’s multi-billion-dollar real estate platform, and was also invited to join the leadership team of the firm as both Partner and Executive Management Committee member. In 2011 Mr. Halpern launched HREV, consequently assembling and mobilizing a core team of senior professionals, whose objectives include, but are not limited to building a best-in-class real estate investment, operating, and advisory platform. Mr. Halpern received a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance, from the University of Colorado.

Mr. Halpern lives in Tribeca, New York City, were he and his family are actively involved with the New York community, serving on the Westchester Medical Center Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the Hudson River Park Trust.

Joel Halpern
Joel Halpern
Development Manager

Joel joined Halpern Real Estate Ventures in 2016 as a Development Manager. Prior to joining Halpern Real Estate Ventures, Joel spent two years at JMH Development, a Brooklyn based developer focused on high quality residential and hospitality projects throughout the New York Metro and South Florida markets.

At JMH Development, Joel worked as a Project Manager, responsible for the day-to-day project management, upkeep of financial underwriting and budget management of active projects in the pre-development and construction phase. At JMH, Joel was also responsible for sourcing and underwriting new prospective acquisition deals, all while also staying actively involved in the marketing and sales process from conception to delivery.

Joel was involved in the acquisition and pre-development of a $150MM luxury condominium project in South Florida, as well as a $75MM development of a Starwood Hotel in Miami Beach. Joel received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with concentrations in Finance and International Affairs from the George Washington University.

Andreas Michaels
Andreas Michaels
Vice President, Investor Relations

Andreas A. Michaels, is a Vice President on the Investor Relations Team at Halpern Real Estate Ventures. Prior to joining HREV, Andreas was engaged as a Director of Acquisitions at Hudson Capital Properties where he managed sourcing, underwriting and raising capital for the platform.

Previously, Andreas spent two years as Vice President of Originations at Maxim Capital Group, a real estate private equity investment firm in New York City. Mr. Michaels focused on mortgage originations, transaction structuring and underwriting, as well as business development for the firm.

Prior to joining Maxim, Mr. Michaels was an analyst in the Real Estate Advisory Group at Duff and Phelps, a corporate valuation services and advisory firm, where he worked with institutional investors and financial institutions on engagements for all major real estate asset types and classes.

Mr. Michaels has over $3 billion in valuation experience spanning both primary and secondary U.S. markets, in addition to international markets.  Mr. Michaels holds a B.B.A with a concentration in Finance from the George Washington University School of Business.

Marc Kramer
Marc Kramer
Senior Associate, Acquisitions

Marc Kramer is a Senior Associate on the Acquisitions Team with roles primarily related to sourcing, underwriting, structuring, and closing real estate transactions.

Prior to Halpern Real Estate Ventures, Mr. Kramer began his career in the Wheel Program at CBRE where he received great exposure to Global Corporate Services, Loan Sales, Tenant/Landlord Representation, and Investment Sales in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

He transitioned from this rotational program into a more permanent role on the CBRE Office Investment Sales Team. Over the past the 3 years, Mr. Kramer has made the transition to the principal side working for Akridge, a local D.C. developer along with the Peebles Corporation, a New York based national developer.

Mr. Kramer earned an MS in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University and a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland.

Vin Chetram
Vin Chetram
Vice President, Finance

Vin Chetram joined the HREV Team in 2017. As the VP of Finance, he manages the day to day accounting and internal/external financial reporting functions. He has over a decade of financial reporting experience in the Investment, Construction, and Building Operation phases of Real Estate Development.

Prior to joining HREV, Vin started his career in 2007 with the Development Team at Related Companies where he was responsible for the development accounting for High-End Luxury Hotel projects.  Two years later, he then joined the Corporate Team where he handled financial reporting for Related’s Investments and Operations companies.

In 2011, Vin joined the Property Management Team at Forest City Ratner Companies where he handled the financials for Building Operations for the two largest assets in Forest City’s NY Portfolio.

He then joined the Design and Construction Team at Tishman Speyer in 2014 as a Financial Controller handling the Joint Ventures and Development financials for Class A REIT Commercial projects in the Hudson Yards District, Atlanta, and in Washington DC.

Vin holds a BBA Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting from Lehman College.

Charlie Chong
Charlie Chong
Controller

Charlie Chong is a Controller on the Finance team at Halpern Real Estate Ventures.  As the Controller, he is responsible for internal and external aspects of the firm’s financial management.  Prior to joining HREV, he was a Fund Controller at Brevet Capital Management, a government-focused specialty lender. Mr. Chong was responsible for the day to day accounting as well as financial reporting for the hedge fund, private equity fund and managed account products. Mr. Chong has over 12 years of finance experience having held accounting positions in both the public and private space.

From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Chong was a Senior Associate on the accounting team at Medley Management Inc. (NYSE: MDLY), an alternative asset management firm, offering yield solutions to retail and institutional investors and focusing on credit-related investment strategies. He was responsible for financial reporting for the private equity fund and the business development company, Medley Capital Corporation (NYSE: MCC).

Prior to Medley, Mr. Chong held various accounting positions at public accounting firms providing accounting, audit and tax services to various industry clients.

Mr. Chong received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from York University in Canada and he is a licensed CPA in the State of New York and a member of AICPA.

Sarah Currie-Halpern
Sarah Currie-Halpern
Sustainability Consultant

Sarah has had a lifelong passion for environmental preservation. Earlier in her career she worked in marketing primarily for real estate and environmentally focused companies. She then ran the Solid Waste and Zero Waste Programs for the NYC Mayor’s Office. Her work there focused on implementing the Zero Waste Plan by increasing commercial, school, and NYCHA composting and recycling, encouraging waste reduction, reuse, and donation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from waste, and developing/improving waste policy. She is responsible for helping create the Zero Waste section of OneNYC and leading the development of the Waste section of Mayor de Blasio’s 80×50 plan. Sarah also ran the multi-agency Zero Waste Steering Committee, co-lead the OneNYC Water Fountain and Bottle Refiller Task Force, developed and lead the Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge, and pushed forward groundbreaking work around light pollution, before co-founding Think Zero LLC.

Sarah is Chair of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB), a Board Member of Earth Day New York and a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Atlantic, one of the leading sustainability colleges in the US.

Sarah holds a B.S. from Boston University School of Management and a certificate from New York University. She is certified as a TRUE Zero Waste Business Associate by GBCI.