Board of Directors

Board Officers

DAVID J. ADELMAN

Chairman

As CEO of Campus Apartments, David J. Adelman is one of the nation’s leading experts on university-affiliated real estate development. Under his leadership, Campus Apartments has grown into one of the nation’s largest providers of on- and off-campus student housing with more than $2 billion in assets under management across 24 states.

Mr. Adelman is an active private investor, entrepreneur, and member of his community.  He has served in leadership positions at Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading manager of alternative investment, as well as FS Investment Corporation and FS Energy and Power Fund, both publicly registered business development companies focused on investing in the debt securities of private U.S. companies.

Mr. Adelman also serves on the Actua Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTA) Board of Directors; Penn Medicine Board of Trustees; Wheels Up Board of Directors; Board of Councilors of the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education; Vice Chair of University City District Board of Directors; and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).


STEVEN J. KESSLER

Treasurer

Steven J. Kessler has enjoyed a 50-plus year career in accounting, finance, and real estate, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Resource Capital Corp. (trading under the symbol RSO). He has been a member of the board since 2009 and served as Chairman from November of 2009 to September of 2016.

Prior to becoming Chairman of Resource Capital Corp., Mr. Kessler served in a variety of leadership roles, including: Chief Financial Officer of Resource America, Inc. (trading under the symbol REXI); the Chief Financial Officer of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P., (trading under the symbol APL on the NYSE). Vice President of finance and acquisitions at Kravco Company; trustee and chairman of the audit committee of GMH Communities Trust; and Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer of Strouse Greenberg & Co.

Mr. Kessler also gives back to the community, previously serving as Chairman and presently serving as Treasurer of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and is a trustee of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.


MATTHEW PESTRONK

Vice Chair

Mr. Matthew Pestronk is the President and Co-Founder of Post Brothers.  Following his early-career success as a commercial real estate finance executive, Mr. Pestronk co-founded Post Brothers at the age of 29, and has grown the company into one of the most prolific real estate development and investment firms on the East Coast. Mr. Pestronk and his wife, Carrie, reside in Gladwyne, Pa., with their two children: Max, 8, and Zac, 5. Mr. Pestronk is a recognized leader both in his industry and his community, volunteering as a passionate youth sports coach and serving on the executive board of several charitable organizations, including Beat the Streets Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and Jewish Federation Real Estate of Greater Philadelphia.


Jacob Reiter

Vice Chair

Jacob Reiter is the founder of Verde Capital and founder and CEO of Gramercy Capital Partners, a leading real estate private equity firm. In addition to working as Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Board, Mr. Reiter serves on the executive board of Jewish Federation Real Estate, (JFRE), the executive board of the Philadelphia Real Estate Council, is a past trustee of Jewish Federation of Philadelphia and works extensively with at-risk families. Mr. Reiter is the proud father of two beautiful children, Kristin Elise and Matthew Theodore, (Teddy), Reiter.


JAKE SZTEJMAN

Vice Chair

Jake Sztejman was born in Lodz, Poland in 1947 to Holocaust survivors, Itzak and Faina Sztejman, who met at a work camp in Siberia after Itzak’s escape from the Lodz ghetto. Mr. Sztejman’s paternal grandmother did not survive the Majdanek death camp and left behind four surviving children. After emigrating to the US in 1962 and graduating from the Northeast High School of Philadelphia,Mr. Sztejman went on to serve in the Army from 1967-1970 and then graduate from Temple University.

In 1987, Mr. Sztejman and his wife Paula, also the daughter of Holocaust survivors, established Pro Medical Supplies, Inc. which they operate to this day. The Sztejmans have two children and five grandchildren. Very active in non-profit circles, Mr. Sztejman has served on the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Executive Board since its inception in 2006.


DEBORAH FEITH TYE

Vice Chair

Ms. Deborah Feith Tye is the daughter of Dalck Feith, a survivor from Austria who became a well-known philanthropist and community leader in Philadelphia. In 1964, as Chairman of the Committee for the Monument to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs, Dalck led the effort to create and dedicate the Nathan Rapoport sculpture – the first Holocaust Memorial in North America. Debbie and her late husband Cary are founding members of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.  Ms. Feith Tye is an active board member with several secular and Jewish-related causes and organizations.

Board of Directors

 

Susanna Lachs Adler, Esq.

Ben Appel

Marc L. Felgoise

Jean Greenspan

Jerry Greenspan

 

Honorary Marcel Groen, Esq.

Madeleine Kessler

Bradley Korman

Bernie Krik

Mim H. Krik

 

Jay B. Minkoff

Constance Smukler

Spencer Yablon

Robert A. Zuritsky