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Joseph Tabak is the Chairman and Co-Managing Partner of Princeton and serves as a member of the firm’s investment committee. He has structured and executed countless large and complex transactions involving a host of iconic properties in NYC. Over the past 30+ years, Joseph has worked on more than $13bn of deals representing every commercial real estate asset class. He is renowned for his transactional sophistication, creativity, and expertise in forging long term deals structured to withstand the most volatile real estate market cycles. He is often sought out by owners of real estate for his advice and assistance in navigating and solving the most intricate and difficult real estate challenges including major loan workouts. During his career, Joseph has raised funds from private, public, and institutional capital providers, developing an extensive network of major owners, operators, lenders, and financial institutions. These valuable relationships have enabled him to consistently devise unique deal structures and close complex transactions. Joseph is also a prominent philanthropist and sits on the board of numerous charitable organizations.
Asher Abittan is a Co-Managing Partner of Princeton and serves as a member of the firm’s investment committee. Previously, Asher served as the Head of Acquisitions & Originations of a NYC-based boutique real estate private equity firm with a portfolio of $2bn. Aside from working on new acquisitions, financings of properties, and overseeing development projects, he was instrumental in the establishment and management of the firm’s debt platform. In his time there, he oversaw the execution of >$150m of debt origination to various borrowers in New York City. He was also a principal at a NYC single family office where he oversaw the placement and portfolio management of the family’s investment capital into various real estate, credit, and venture strategies across the US. Previously, Asher worked at his family’s real estate business after spending two years at PwC as a senior associate focusing on real estate private equity funds and public REITS. He graduated with honors from Yeshiva University with a B.S. in Accounting and a degree in Jewish Law.
Dror Segal is a Co-Managing partner of Princeton and serves as a member of the firm’s investment committee. He previously served as the Chief Investment Officer of a NYC-based boutique private equity firm with a portfolio of $2bn. As CIO, he led the firm’s investment activities across equity and debt and was instrumental in the acquisition of more than 1.5m sq ft of office and senior living assets in Manhattan. Prior to that, Dror worked in an acquisitions role at the Kushner Companies, and in Skala Ltd., a real estate private equity firm, where he led transactions across multiple major European cities. Dror is a reserve captain in the Israeli Navy where he spent 7+ years as the head of the electronic infrastructure supporting the IDF’s missile interception systems. He received his B.A. in Finance from the Israel Naval Academy and his MBA at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where he founded the Ross Real Estate Fund, a student-led investment group backed by the school’s endowment.
Mitch Kuflik is a Limited Partner in Princeton and serves as a member of the firm’s Advisory Board. Mitch is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Brahman Capital Corp. (f. 1989), a multi-billion dollar hedge-fund that focuses on identifying exceptional CEOs in the public equities market who are uniquely shareholder driven. He oversees all aspects of Brahman’s fundamental research, focusing primarily on generating new investment ideas, portfolio construction, and risk management. He was a guest finance lecturer at Yale University and was a featured speaker at the annual J.P. Morgan Chase Alternative Investment Conference. Among his numerous philanthropic activities, Mitch sits on the advisory board of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and is the founder of the Sallie Foundation for teen suicide prevention. Mitch brings diverse investment processes and thought to Princeton in addition to his relationships with the most prestigious institutional clients and business associates at the highest levels of global finance. He received a B.A. in economics from Harvard University.
Rafael Terrones brings over 20 years of professional experience in the real estate industry to Princeton. He is currently responsible for all aspects of accounting and finance including treasury management, financial reporting, and tax compliance. Before joining Princeton, Rafael was a Controller at Atlas Capital Group, overseeing portfolios in New York and California including one of the company’s prominent assets, ROW DTLA in downtown Los Angeles. Prior to Atlas, he was a Group Controller at RFR Realty, responsible for a NYC portfolio containing signature office towers which included the Seagram Building and Lever House in midtown, and 17 State Street in the financial district. His career began as an auditor at Berdon LLP, a top accounting and advisory firm, where he performed audit and tax engagements for real estate clients and was involved in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for SEC clients working on internal control requirements. Rafael graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting and is a licensed CPA in the State of New York.
Benjamin is responsible for leading the due diligence, underwriting, and execution of new transactions. He also assists with asset management, helping ensure value accretion through realization of the deal. He joined Princeton from the Northwind Group, where he was a key member of the investment team, focusing on both debt and equity real estate transactions. He has significant deal execution and asset management experience including the closing and management of a $200m portfolio that involved the negotiation of a new 15-year lease as well as the acquisition and disposition of over 1m SF of properties in NYC. Prior to that, Ben was an investment banker in the global consumer products & retail group at UBS where he was involved in over $1bn of transactions including the restructuring of a specialty retailer. He graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, concentrating in Finance & Accounting.
Michelle Sysak is responsible for managing all personal and administrative duties at Princeton. She is a seasoned Personal Assistant with over 13 years in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Princeton, Michelle was a Senior Executive Assistant for Rosen Partners LLC, where she was the CEO’s right hand, managing employees for both business and personal and took on bookkeeping for various entities. In this role, she was honored to manage political and private events for U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senators, and Congressman. Prior to Rosen Partners, Michelle was a Real Estate Salesperson for Keller Williams. As a holder of her New York State Real Estate Brokers License, Michelle started her own brokerage, providing residential brokerage in the Bronx & Westchester and is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.
Robert is an Investment Analyst specializing in executing new transactions and maximizing current asset performance. His primary duties include due diligence, market research, underwriting, and asset management across Princeton's debt and equity platforms. Prior to joining Princeton, Robert was a member of JBG Smith's Commercial Asset Management team, where he oversaw a $700m portfolio of Office and Retail assets across the Washington DC Metro area. At JBG Smith, he was responsible for carrying out each property’s unique investment thesis by implementing business plans, aiding leasing activity, and facilitating capital events. Robert graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, earning a degree in Economics.