Alumni Notes: November 2011
Ephram Lustgarten writes: As some of you may have heard, Robert Simon WG'06 recently passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was a friend, colleague and classmate of mine from Wharton MBA and an important contributor to our Wharton Real Estate community as a Vice President within Morgan Stanley's Real Estate Funds (MSREF) based in London. Robert is now resting peacefully in his hometown of Dusseldorf, Germany. A memorial service was held at the Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford on January 29. Robert asked for donations to be made to Pembroke College, Oxford, in support of their new building project, Bridging Centuries. Robert felt very attached to Pembroke College having spent many happy years there as a student. He was supportive of this transformational project--especially given his keen interest in real estate. To make a donation, please click here, and tick the box marked "Robert Simon Appeal" in the Additional Information section. If you have moments or experiences with Robert that you would like to share, please let me know directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll make sure your thoughts are received by his wife, Katherine Wen WG'06, and his family. (2-12)
Steven Klaiman A&S 06 has a new job with RFR Holding, 390 Park Avenue, New York. During the past 25 years, RFR has assembled a world-class portfolio of commercial and residential real estate including many of New York's signature office towers, ultra-luxury condominiums/hotels and high-end retail developments. The RFR team expertise leads the industry in operating, developing, leasing and managing of world-class properties. Contact Steven at 212-245-6956.
Jake Levin WG 05 is CFO at Lake Point Restoration LLC in Miami. The Lake Point Project is an innovative public-private partnership to promote Everglades conservation and improve water quality for various natural habitats, while providing essential raw materials for infrastructure and restoration projects. The most important news is that, as of Thanksgiving, Jake and his wife were expecting a baby "any day now." Contact them at 1800 Purdy Ave., Apt. 2111, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Sean Ludwick WG 99 and Ashwin Verma WG 99 hosted about 30 alumni on October 5 at their newly opened hotel, Hotel Americano, an Enrique Norten-designed boutique hotel in the emerging area around the Highline in the Gallery district of Manhattan. Ludwick and Verma discussed their career progression from graduating from Wharton to the particular development/operational challenges of a boutique hotel.
Nick Sinatra WG 10 of Sinatra & Company Real Estate in Tonawanda, N.Y. has been making headlines. In September, Sinatra was highlighted in "$16M student housing project planned near ECC South." Read about the deal here: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2011/09/28/student-housing-planned-near-ecc-south.html. And, in July, he made "first big local realty splash; Bid of $1.5 million gets 15 duplexes at auction." Read about it here: http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article474480.ece. Contact Nick at 716-220-8468.
Alumni Notes: June 2011Sara Nasuti Doelger (WG'09) and Matthew Doelger (WG'09) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Claire Anne Doelger, on April 9 2011 at 6:34am. Claire weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and was born at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.