DOUGLASTON DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman
Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman of Douglaston Development LLC, Levine Builders, and Clinton Management LLC, has directed the new construction and/or rehabilitation of thousands of residential units, including both affordable and luxury housing, student housing, hotels, senior living, health care facilities and millions of square feet of commercial retail, office and institutional space since founding the companies in 1979. He most recently developed the Edge along the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, a 1.5 million square feet mixed use project, which includes approximately 2,000 residential units, over 60,000 square feet of retail, structured parking, a water taxi pier and a pedestrian esplanade. 2 North 6th Place, which is the last phase of the development, is currently underway and is expected to be completed in mid-2017. MORE >
Michael Kaye, Chief Executive Officer
Michael Kaye is Douglaston Development's Chief Executive Officer. He joined the organization as General Counsel and Director of Development of Levine Builders and, upon creation of Douglaston Development, served as its first President. As CEO, Mr. Kaye oversees a wide variety of development projects both in the New York metropolitan area and in Arizona, where Douglaston Development is an active senior housing and commercial property developer. Mr. Kaye also oversees the company's investments and developments internationally and is the company's chief strategist in development projects. Mr. Kaye is a co-leader of the Executive Management team and is a key advisor in the company's investment strategy and growth.
Before joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Kaye worked as an attorney in private practice specializing in transactional real estate. Early in his career, Mr. Kaye was an Assistant Attorney General on the executive staff of New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams. Mr. Kaye currently serves as a Director on the board of directors of Urban Pathways, a not for profit organization that provides housing and service to the homeless. He is a board member of New York State Association for Affordable Housing and is also the former Chair of the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Kaye holds his B.A. from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from SUNY Buffalo.
Steven Charno, President
Steven Charno has served as President of Douglaston Development since joining the company in 2003. Mr. Charno has overseen the company's various market rate residential development projects. During his tenure, Mr. Charno has directly run the development of over 2,000 units of residential housing in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including luxury condominium development projects, as well as market rate rental and affordable housing projects. Recently completed projects include the 509-unit market rate rental One North 4th Place, the 370 unit 80-20 rental OHM at 316 11th Avenue, the 335 unit Chelsea condominium, 555 West 23rd Street, and the 250-unit condominium, 325 Fifth Avenue. As a co-leader of the Executive Management team, Mr. Charno shares responsibility in the company's investments strategy, retail leasing, asset management, personnel evaluation and compensation, and company policies.
Before joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Charno worked at the Related Companies and was Vice President and General Counsel for the development of the AOL Time Warner Center Project at Columbus Circle. Mr. Charno began his career as a transactional real estate attorney and was a partner and Executive Committee member of the San Francisco-based real estate firm of Landels Ripley and Diamond, LLP. Mr. Charno currently serves on the Housing and Land Use Committees of the Real Estate Board of New York. Mr. Charno holds his B.A. from Brandeis University with Honors in English Literature and holds his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Michael Kessler, CPA, Executive Vice President of Financial Operations
Michael Kessler, CPA, is the Executive Vice President of Financial Operations of Douglaston Development LLC, Levine Builders, and Clinton Management. Mr. Kessler has been with the organization for over 25 years, and oversees and manages the three companies' financial teams. Mr. Kessler focuses on securing financing for projects and oversees the financing and accounting aspects of each project's full life cycle from inception through disposition. Mr. Kessler is also a key advisor and member of the Executive Management team and shares responsibility in overseeing the organization's insurance and risk management departments, personnel assessment and allocation of financial resources.
Mr. Kessler was an officer of the Queens Bronx Builders Association for many years and more recently served as a director on the New York/New Jersey Commercial Client Advisory Board for Capital One Banking group representing tristate real estate construction companies. Mr. Kessler currently serves as the President of Jewish National Fund's Long Island Board, a co-chair of JNF's corporate campaign for its National Conference in NYC in September 2016, and is a member of the JNF's Go North and Israel Heritage Task Forces. Mr. Kessler served as the immediate past President of the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Vice Chairman of Parker Jewish Geriatric's Associate Board, and a Vice President of the Long Island Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Mr. Kessler graduated Cum Laude from SUNY-Albany's Business School with a B.S. in Accounting, and is a member of the NYS Society of Certified Public Accounts, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Jonathan Fair, Executive Vice President
Jonathan Fair joined Douglaston Development as the Executive Vice President in 2005. Mr. Fair oversees various market rate rental, hotel, and condominium developments locally and nationally. During his tenure, Mr. Fair has overseen and managed projects totaling approximately $2 billion and has produced more than 2,000 residential market rate rental, condominium and affordable housing units. He is a key advisor and member of the Executive Management committee in the company's strategic planning, site selection, financing, retail leasing, personnel assessments, and asset management.
Before joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Fair was Senior Vice President of Development of Forest City Ratner, and prior to this position, Mr. Fair was the Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and an Officer of the New York City Industrial Development Agency. Mr. Fair is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Housing, Economic Development, and Zoning Committees, Baruch Alumni Association, Syracuse University Alumni Association, a regular guest lecturer at NYU, Columbia and Hunter College specializing in public-private partnerships, and was a member of the DiBlasio Administration Transition Committee. Mr. Fair holds his MBA from Baruch University, CUNY, and a B.A. from Syracuse University.
Neda B. Levy, Chief Administrative Officer
Neda B. Levy joined Douglaston Development in January 2016 as Chief Administrative Officer. Ms. Levy is responsible for the company's daily administrative, corporate, and business operations while overseeing and managing the company policies and systems. Ms. Levy is also responsible for refining, creating and implementing new procedures and systems where necessary to attain operational efficiencies. In this leadership role, Ms. Levy supports her co-executives and their teams in the successful execution of the company's development and corporate projects. As a member of the Executive Management team, Ms. Levy identifies and executes on priorities that impact company's acquisitions, ongoing projects, overall company transactions, strategy, risk management, marketing and public relations, and human capital and resource allocation.
Before joining Douglaston Development, Ms. Levy served as Vice President and General Counsel of Tahl Propp Equities LLC. Earlier in her career, Ms. Levy was an associate attorney at Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP (n/k/a Cooley LLP) in the real estate group and represented major national and international lending institutions on retail, commercial, residential and mixed-use properties. Ms. Levy is a member of Women in Housing and Finance, New York City Bar Association and served as Vice President of American Business Women's Association, a national non-profit association helping entrepreneurs and professionals to advance their careers, from 2008-2015. Ms. Levy graduated cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law and graduated cum laude with B.A. from the University of Rochester with High Honor in Political Science.
Benjamin Levine, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance
Benjamin Levine is Douglaston Development's Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance. Mr. Levine is responsible for all acquisition and development underwriting and feasibility. Mr. Levine has been responsible for securing over $1 Billion in project underwriting since joining the company in 2008. Mr. Levine joined the company as a Project Manager in 2008 and quickly rose through the ranks of the company and oversaw several projects throughout the boroughs.
Before joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Levine worked as an analyst at Credit Suisse in both New York City and London for their real estate finance and securitization group. Mr. Levine is a board member of Haymakers for Hope as well as a member and former Chair of the Jewish National Fund Future in New York. Mr. Levine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies and a minor in Urban Real Estate and Development.
Russell Lang, Vice President of Affordable Housing
Russell Lang is Douglaston Development's Vice President of Affordable Housing. He joined the company in 2014 as a Project Manager and was promoted to his current position after one year. Mr. Lang leads, oversees and manages all of the company's affordable housing developments, from initial RFP applications and/or project inception through construction and stabilization. Since joining the company, Mr. Lang has developed 805 units of affordable housing and 60,000 SF of retail in New York City
Before joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Lang was a Senior Project Manager at CPC Resources Inc. Mr. Lang holds his B.A. from Amherst College and received his Master's in Urban Planning from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Scott Davis, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Scott Davis joined the organization in 2003 as a Controller for both Douglaston Development and Clinton Management and was promoted to Douglaston Development's CFO in 2009. He is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for the entire portfolio of projects in development and all affiliated entities as well as managing the company's accounting team. Mr. Davis designed and managed the accounting systems, financial filings, and reporting, as well as the controls which are presently in place, and also oversees and manages outside auditors, accountants and financial consultants.
Before joining Douglaston Development, Mr. Davis was a Controller for BDG and previously an Assistant Controller for Colliers ABR, handling the financial reporting for a portfolio of Class A office properties located in Manhattan. Earlier in his career, he was an Audit Manager in the Real Estate Group at Deloitte. Mr. Davis holds his BBA from Pace University, is a CPA and has earned his CGMA designation.