KPG is a value-add owner and operator that purchases architecturally significant but aging Class B and C properties and converts them to modern Class A.
KPG’s design-forward brand attracts and retains the modern-day workforce.
With over 50 years combined experience based in NYC, KPG manages fully discretionary institutional vehicles that are privately held and management-owned.
KPG maintains an unwavering commitment to put its clients’ needs first.
We constantly analyze the market looking for relevant investment strategies and special situations and what makes us structurally different is that we return all deal-level promotes back to our fund investors, so our LPs receive higher returns for the same level of risk.
We are firmly dedicated to capitalizing on trends as soon as we identify them, often before they are recognized by the market. We source acquisitions predominantly through direct contact with owners or through relationships that were made years in advance developing a robust pipeline. Our current base of institutional investors enjoy the combination of working directly with an operator to execute a unique strategy, while also investing through an enhanced risk/reward structure.
Rod Kritsberg is the co-founder and CIO of KPG. He leads the development of the firm’s investment strategy; sources and structures acquisition and credit-related opportunities; and maintains and develops new client and capital partner relationships.
KPG was founded in 2014 with the goal of melding a quality approach and in-depth analysis typically found at larger companies with the individual attention to transactions and street-level real estate knowledge that characterize boutique firms. To date, Mr. Kritsberg and his partners have established KPG as a competitive real estate firm in New York by leveraging relationships with institutional and private investors, and local brokers, and by generating above-market returns on transactions.
Prior to forming KPG, Mr. Kritsberg was Director of Acquisitions at Midtown Equities, where he focused on urban and high street retail development and acquisitions. Before that, he headed the real estate division of Hays Ventures LLC—Hays Realty Services, where he presided over value-oriented investment sales in different asset classes and regions. Mr. Kritsberg started his career in transactional real estate and capital markets, and operated his own brokerage firm as an investment sales broker
Greg Kraut is the CEO of KPG Funds. KPG invests on behalf of public and private pensions targeting undermanaged and underfunded office properties in NYC. Mr. Kraut oversees the strategic direction of the company, asset management, development and operations. Through his company, Mr. Kraut established the KPG Success Mentoring Program which is a two-month summer mentoring and professional development program that matches high school and/or college students with employees based on professional goals and interests. The success program emphasizes mentorship, leadership capabilities and learning about different markets or lines of business. Through deep personal relationships with executives and senior management, mentees also get the chance to develop advanced leadership skill.
Before KPG, Mr. Kraut was the Founding Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young’s New York office. Working with senior management, he established the Canadian-based firm’s local corporate infrastructure and grew its footprint in the Tri-State region through business acquisitions and high-level recruiting. During this time, he was named one of Commercial Observer’s Power 100 in New York City real estate for three consecutive years. Prior to Avison Young, Mr. Kraut was a Senior Executive at CBRE, the world’s largest real estate services company. Throughout his 20-year career, he has represented owners and occupiers in transactions totaling more than 10 million square feet.
Mr. Kraut served on the Westport RTM (City Council) from 2018-2020; Finance, Planning and Zoning and Employee Compensation Committee. Before moving to Westport, Mr. Kraut started the Greenwich Newcomers Society when he was living in Greenwich, Connecticut. Through his company, KPG Funds, he sponsors Earth Celebrations Ecological City Climate Solutions workshops. Mr. Kraut was also the founder and facilitator of EMC Course-Establishing and Maintaining a Career and served as an ex-Trustee of The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services whose purpose is to provide health and human services for all New Yorkers of all backgrounds, helping individuals realize their potential and live as independently as possible. Mr. Kraut has received for his public service, he is especially proud of the Aish Center Executive Leadership Award which recognizes those who are invested in maintaining a high standard of Jewish values and ethics in their professional lives, and who nurture spirituality in the workplace.
Mr. Kraut graduated from George Washington University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of International Relations and Affairs. He worked as an intern during college on capitol hill for Rodney Procter Frelinghuysen who served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 11th congressional district from 1995 to 2019.
Gabriel Sasson joined KPG Funds in 2019 as a Managing Director. He is involved in strategic management initiatives and the fund’s day-to-day operations. Mr. Sasson additionally oversees ongoing communications with KPG’s institutional investor base.
Before KPG, Mr. Sasson was with the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund where he was responsible for oversight of approximately $3.0 billion dollars of capital committed to global real estate investments. Prior to the United Nations, Mr. Sasson held Portfolio Manager positions at both APG Asset Management and General Motors Asset Management . Mr. Sasson earned a MBA in Finance and Economics from the NYU Stern Business School.
Strauss Zelnick founded ZMC (originally known as ZelnickMedia) in 2001. Mr. Zelnick is responsible for originating, structuring and monitoring investments. Mr. Zelnick currently represents ZMC as a director of Education Networks of America, Inc. and on the board of Alloy, L.L.C. He serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Previously, Mr. Zelnick was on the boards of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, L.L.C. and Naylor L.L.C. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Columbia Music Entertainment, Chairman of ITN Networks, Chairman of Direct Holdings Worldwide and OTX.
Prior to forming ZMC, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, at that time one of the world’s largest music and entertainment companies with more than 200 record labels and operations in 54 countries.
Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a producer and distributor of interactive entertainment software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of Fox Inc.’s worldwide motion picture production and distribution business.
Previously, Mr. Zelnick spent three years at Vestron Inc., two as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Zelnick also served as Vice President of International Television Sales at Columbia Pictures.
Mr. Zelnick holds a BA from Wesleyan University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Larissa Herczeg is a Managing Partner of Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Ms. Herczeg is responsible for all aspects of Oak Street’s Seeding & Strategic Capital business, including investment sourcing, due diligence, selection and portfolio management and reporting.
Ms. Herczeg focuses on sourcing, due diligence, investment monitoring and serving on advisory boards for Oak Street’s SASC business. Select activities include co-founding Women in Real Estate, serving as a Trustee of Roosevelt University and a mentor for the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leader’s In Real Estate Initiative, a mentor for the Toigo Foundation and has served as a guest speaker at the University of California-Berkeley, Kellogg School of Management and the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to Oak Street, Ms. Herczeg was responsible for global real estate investing at Morgan Creek Capital Management, Franklin Templeton Real Estate Advisors and the Credit Suisse Customized Fund Investment Group (now known as GCM Grosvenor). Ms. Herczeg received a B.A. with honors in Government and Economics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s degree with honors in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Columbia University Law School.
Howard Stern is the founder and principal of Stern & Associates, LLC a full service real estate advisory and consulting firm. Current and past clients include a commercial real estate investment trust (REIT) with a $2.5 billion market capitalization; an ultra-high net worth/family office landlord with real estate holdings in excess of $1 billion and private/institutional real estate owners. Advisory services include all aspects of asset disposition strategy and execution; project redevelopment/repositioning; value enhancement/leasing activities; and media and entertainment production studio and creative office operations. Notable transactions and assignments include a $100+ million, 1 million square foot biomed/office campus and development in Valencia, CA; a $200+ million media & entertainment/creative office campus in Hollywood, CA; a $20 million medical office building/development project in Florida; a 300-acre single-family residential and commercial development in Montana; and a $16 million Class A state-of-the-art biomedical facility in Valencia, CA.
Prior to forming his own firm in July 2014, Mr. Stern served as President and director of Hudson Pacific Properties, a premier California-based office REIT from June 2010 to January 2014. Mr. Stern co-founded the predecessor Company Hudson Capital, LLC in 2006 and successfully took the Company public in 2010. In his role as President and Member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Stern oversaw such aspects as operations, leasing, development and acquisitions; and was instrumental in the Company’s operating and geographic growth which at the time of his departure encompassed approximately 6.5 million square feet in Northern and Southern California as well as the Pacific Northwest. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Stern also acted as President of the Company’s Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson media and entertainment properties in Hollywood where he lead the daily operations of 23 production sound stages and over approximately 650,000 square feet of office production and support space catering to media content providers. Mr. Stern can also be credited for the successful consummation of the Company’s key lease transactions such as the 284,000 square foot Riot Games transaction ($370 million) at Element LA as well as the 320,000 square foot and 230,000 square foot Square and Salesforce lease transactions respectively, in San Francisco.
Before joining Hudson Capital, LLC, Mr. Stern served as Chief Investment Officer for Arden Realty, Inc., a twenty million square foot Southern California REIT that was sold to GE Capital in 2006. In the role as CIO, Howard was responsible for all facets of the Company’s acquisition, disposition and structured finance activities. Other roles at Arden Realty included First Vice President of Operations and Leasing and Vice President of Strategic Planning where he was responsible for spearheading all Asset Management functions. Prior to his tenure at Arden Realty, Inc., Mr. Stern spent five years as Vice President of the Archon Group, a subsidiary of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was responsible for leading all Western Region mezzanine financing and real estate asset management activities.
Mr. Stern is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy and he has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California. Mr. Stern is an active member of the Office Development Council at the Urban Land Institute as well as a regular speaker at numerous real estate industry organizations such as NAIOP, RealShare and Bisnow and Family Office events.
Simon Ziff serves as president of Ackman-Ziff, a position he assumed in 1995. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Simon has overseen the firms arranging of over $50 billion of debt, mezzanine and equity financings for some of the nation’s foremost real estate developers and owners while solidifying the firm’s relationships with key capital sources. Simon has engineered the firm’s collaborative culture which functions as a magnet for financial talent. He has directed its evolution as an industry thought-leader with over 30 professionals on the team.
Simon received a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University. In May 2002, New York University awarded Simon its second ever distinguished Real Estate Alumni Recognition Award. He has also been recognized on multiple occasions by the Real Estate Board of New York, including as the first recipient of its Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award” and six times as the recipient of its “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award. Simon has also been active in leadership of many not-for-profit organizations.
In January 2012, Simon received the prestigious Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award from the Real Estate Board of New York in recognition of his positive influence on the real estate brokerage industry over the past 17 years.
Eric is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Grandview Partners, LLC. Prior to Grandview, Eric served as a Managing Director in the Acquisitions Group at Greenfield Partners, LLC where he joined in 2004. Eric’s responsibilities included underwriting and analysis of potential real estate investments as well as management of new and existing operating partner relationships. Eric was a member of Greenfield’s investment committee. Prior to joining Greenfield, Eric was an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup, Inc. in both the Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Estate and Lodging groups. At Citigroup, Eric’s responsibilities included providing financial advisory and merger analysis for office, industrial, lodging, and multi-family real estate investment trusts (REITs).
Eric earned a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert (“Bob”) Sessa is the Head of Real Estate for the Employees Retirement System of Texas (“ERS”), a $28 billion public pension plan serving over 300,000 state employees. Mr. Sessa is responsible for formulating and directing the investment strategy and portfolio construction of the Trust’s 12% allocation to real estate. In his role, Mr. Sessa oversees all investment selection, due diligence, underwriting, and legal negotiations of the private real estate portfolio. Mr. Sessa is also an active advisory board member on most of the program’s underlying funds. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Mr. Sessa and team have created an internally managed global listed real estate securities portfolio valued at over $750 million and in 2009, began implementing the private real estate global portfolio which now has over $4.0 billion in commitments to over 60 funds/club deals and co-investments with a current value of approximately $2.0 billion.
Mr. Sessa has 17 years of real estate experience and been a true leader and innovator in the institutional real estate community. Bob is an active member of PREA, ULI and NAREIT and sits on the Executive Council of the University of Texas Real Estate Center and the University of Texas REIT advisory board. Bob has co-led PREA’s LP only event and co-chaired PREA’s main conference and has spoken at several conferences both domestically and internationally. Moreover, ERS’ Real Estate program has outperformed its industry benchmark since inception and was recognized in 2014 and 2015 for best Indirect Strategy and in 2016 for the best Listed Strategy and shortlisted in 2015 for the Best Large Institutional Investor categories at the IP Real Estate Global Awards.
Prior to joining ERS in 1999 as an equities analyst, Mr. Sessa spent five years at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in New York in the personal financial services and business assurance groups. Mr. Sessa received an MBA at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in business administration from Fordham University where he earned a swimming scholarship. Bob is a CFA charter holder and a former CPA.
KPG seeks to optimize value of its properties through detailed transaction and management execution and utilizes superior performance measurement and cash-flow forecasting to inform investors.
KPG adds value through cutting-edge design, cost-conscious renovation, and timely development. KPG utilizes integrated partner led construction and project management expertise with direct partner level oversight to execute projects.
KPG leverages its strong industry relationships to discover “first look” and off-market opportunities. This successful acquisitions strategy maintains and rewards KPG’s partnerships.
Providing an institutional style approach to off-market deal-making
KPG’s strategy and focus on relationships has continually… …provided outsized returns to its partners and investors, both institutional and private
KPG has partnerships with some of the world’s preeminent institutions and institutional advisers typically with AUM in excess of $1B. We enjoy long term relationships and look for repeat business. Our approach is to partner with the appropriate investor, lender and service provider for each acquisition. Integrity, excellence and out performance are the core pillars of KPG.
KPG Funds has closed on the purchase of a fully occupied, 3,086-square-foot retail condo in TriBeCa at 102 Chambers Street for $12 million, Commercial Observer has learned. The ground-floor unit is leased to Spectrum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter Communications. The company recently signed a 10-year lease, with an option to renew.Read more>
KPG Funds has closed on the purchase of a fully occupied, 3,086-square-foot retail condo in TriBeCa at 102 Chambers Street for $12 million, Commercial Observer has learned.
The ground-floor unit is leased to Spectrum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter Communications. The company recently signed a 10-year lease, with an option to renew.
Manhattan office developer KPG Funds is trying to put its money where its mouth is. The owner and operator, formerly known as K Property Group, is raising a $200 million fund, according to paperwork filed March 31 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The minimum investment for outside investors is $5 million. KPG CEO Greg Kraut said the fund had been in the works before the pandemic but the firm decided to press on. “We’re New Yorkers through and through and we’ve...Read more>
Manhattan office developer KPG Funds is trying to put its money where its mouth is. The owner and operator, formerly known as K Property Group, is raising a $200 million fund, according to paperwork filed March 31 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The minimum investment for outside investors is $5 million.
KPG CEO Greg Kraut said the fund had been in the works before the pandemic but the firm decided to press on. “We’re New Yorkers through and through and we’ve all been through a lot,” he said, “and we just have a lot of confidence in New York coming out of this.”
NEW YORK CITY- Landlords are closely tracking their rent losses in the current volatile market environment. Many will have to endure “short term pain, for long term gain” to help tenants out financially — whether that means delayed rent, free rent or rental adjustments, Greg Kraut, CEO and co-founder of KPG Funds, tells GlobeSt.com.Read more>
NEW YORK CITY- Landlords are closely tracking their rent losses in the current volatile market environment. Many will have to endure “short term pain, for long term gain” to help tenants out financially — whether that means delayed rent, free rent or rental adjustments, Greg Kraut, CEO and co-founder of KPG Funds, tells GlobeSt.com.
KPG is Leading the Way in Sustainable and Environmental Stewardship by Sponsoring Climate Solutions Workshops and Initiatives for NYC community gardens, neighborhood and the waterfrontRead more>
KPG is Leading the Way in Sustainable and Environmental Stewardship by Sponsoring Climate Solutions Workshops and Initiatives for NYC community gardens, neighborhood and the waterfront
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