Meet the Team
Ralph HerzkaCHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Aaron BirnbaumEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Avi WeinstockEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Jeff WeinbergEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Mr. Goodman serves as President of Meridian Capital Group, overseeing the company across all divisions and markets nationally. In this role he is responsible for managing Meridian’s day-to-day business activities in the mortgage, sales, and leasing divisions including overseeing its existing brokerage force, overall personnel, and many client and lender relationships. Mr. Goodman, working in tandem with Mr. Herzka and Meridian’s senior leadership, works to chart the strategic direction of the firm, expand Meridian’s service lines and geographic reach, recruit talent, and create and foster new corporate level relationships between Meridian and its partners.
Prior to assuming the role of President of Meridian in January of 2019, Mr. Goodman served as President of its Investment Sales division, which was launched in 2015. Additionally, he played a critical role in building Meridian’s retail leasing division, launched in 2018, and retains an active management role in these businesses.
From 2010 through 2014, Mr. Goodman was a senior member of the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs. During his tenure at Goldman, he originated and structured more than $5 billion of CMBS and balance sheet lending activity and strategically advised and financed clients including REITs, investment managers, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and private investors. Mr. Goodman also served in various leadership roles within his group at Goldman, including helping to manage the group’s business selection, recruitment and staffing processes. From 2008 through 2010, Mr. Goodman worked in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at the Reznick Group. From 2004 through 2008, Mr. Goodman worked in the Real Estate Finance Group at Credit Suisse First Boston, in both origination and disposition capacities.
Institutional Investment Sales
Helen HwangSenior Executive Managing Director
Karen WiedenmannManaging Director
Brian SzczapaSenior Director
Ernie NicholsProject Manager
Middle-Market Investment Sales
Amit DoshiSenior Executive Managing Director
His experience consists of selling more than 55 million square feet comprising of 63,500 apartments, 2,850 retail and commercial spaces as well as several land development properties in NYC and its boroughs. Mr. Doshi has achieved an average of 40 deals per year throughout his career, including 57 deals in 2005. In 2007, he set the mark even higher, by selling a multifamily portfolio for a single family comprising of 108 buildings for a record price of $295,000,000. From multifamily properties to land assemblages, he has gained a strong foothold by mastering the vagaries associated with rent stabilization, regulatory agreements, complex leaseholds, ground leases and zoning laws. Mr. Doshi was recruited to dispose Real Estate Owned and non-performing loans during the 1990’s banking and real estate crisis for quasi government institutions such as Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) as well as many leading Commercial banks, S & L’s and private lenders.
He has been named a “Power Broker” for multiple years by CoStar Research and other industry experts, in recognition of being one of top 10 Brokers in sales transactions. Mr. Doshi received his B.S in Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is an ardent supporter of numerous charitable causes as well as is a member of many professional organizations.
David SchechtmanSenior Executive Managing Director
Adam HessSenior Managing Director
As a veteran focusing on the Brooklyn market, Adam is often quoted in publications such as Commercial Observer, Wall Street Journal, The Real Deal, Bisnow and Crain’s. Adam graduated with a BA from the University of Rochester in 1997 and received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2000. Adam practiced as a litigation attorney for 5 years before beginning his career as an investment sales broker at Massey Knakal Realty Services for 6 years and as a partner at TerraCRG for 7 years. Adam serves as a Board of Trustee for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 4 children.
Mr. Hess will leverage Meridian’s market-leading debt capital markets platform and retail leasing division to further enhance the suite of services he provides to clients and build upon his achievements to date. Specialties: Brooklyn Commercial Real Estate, Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Investment Building Sales and Owner-Financed Building Sale Transactions.
Lipa LiebermanManaging Director
Shallini MehraManaging Director
Mark SteinmetzManaging Director
Richard VelottaManaging Director
Mr. Velotta graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy. He is an avid runner, golfer, and currently resides in Brooklyn Heights.
Jonathan ShainbergVice President
Adan Elias KornfeldVice President
Mr. Elias Kornfeld holds a B.B.A. from Florida International University where he attended the Honors College. He is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and sits on the events committee for American Friends of Rabin Medical Center. He enjoys coaching youth basketball and has a passion for the art of barbering.
Seth LevineVice President
Prior to joining Meridian Investment Sales, Mr. Levine practiced real estate law at Capital One Financial Corp., with an emphasis on Agency, CMBS, and mezzanine financing. Mr. Levine started his real estate career as an Analyst for RXR Realty, where he worked on the formation of RexCorp Opportunity Fund II (estimated raise $850 million), the development of The Ritz-Carlton Residences in North Hills, NY, and Baltimore, MD, and the acquisition of the Starrett-Lehigh Building.
Mr. Levine received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, his M.B.A. from Long Island University, and his B.A. from Yeshiva University.
Edward SettonVice President
Jason GoldyVice President
Mr. Goldy holds a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, a B.A. from the University of Rochester and is a licensed real estate salesperson in New York.
David BenharouchVice President
David married and moved to New York, where he became a leading expert in the EB-5 financing industry, and further pursued his interest in real estate. Prior to joining Meridian, David served as a real estate salesperson at The Corcoran Group and is an active member of REBNY.
Paul PatafioVice President
Prior to joining Meridian, Brian was an Associate Director at Eastern Consolidated, where he arranged the sale of various Manhattan and Brooklyn based properties.
Brian graduated from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University with a degree in Finance and Real Estate Finance.
Prior to joining Meridian Investment Sales, Mr. Toddy worked as an analyst at Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research, and advisory services. Before that, he graduated from Fordham University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration.
Prior to joining Meridian Investment Sales, Mr. Kepes worked as an appraisal analyst at BBG, a nationally acclaimed appraisal and valuation firm. In his three plus years, he was responsible for the underwriting and research of all asset types throughout the tri-state area with a concentration on the five boroughs of New York. Before that, he graduated from the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a concentration on Business Policy and Economic Development with a minor in Entrepreneurship.