Mr. Halpern is a Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Executive Officer of HREV. Mr. Halpern manages the firm and its investment strategies and has oversight of the Fund portfolio, investment origination, and transaction management.
Mr. Halpern has over 30 years of professional experience in Real Estate investing. Mr. Halpern began his career in 1985, stepping in to lead Halpern Enterprises, one of New York’s leading regional commercial and residential property owners & operators. Mr. Halpern successfully navigated the franchise through the real estate correction in the 1990’s. In 1994, he partially exited Halpern Enterprises’ commercial office portfolio through an UPREIT merger with Reckson Associates Realty (RA:NYSE), New York’s leading commercial office owner, and joined the company as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors upon Reckson’s public listing on the NYSE. In addition to his management and corporate governance roles, Mr. Halpern co-founded the Reckson Opportunity Partners fund, through which he acquired and supported management to develop multiple real estate operating companies including HQ Global Workplaces, the world’s largest serviced office company and American Campus Communities, the US leader in student housing (ACC:NYSE). After the successful exit of the HQ Global investment in 2000, Mr. Halpern was asked to take leadership of the company in late 2001, as it faltered in the technology driven economic downturn. Between late 2001 and 2003, he served as CEO of HQ Global investment, successfully restructuring the business.
In 2003, Mr. Halpern was charged with launching the Real Estate Private Equity business at Marathon Asset Management, an $11 billion global investment management firm. Between 2003 and 2010, Mr. Halpern was responsible for the firm’s multi-billion-dollar real estate business. Mr. Halpern was invited to join Marathon’s leadership team as both Partner and Executive Management Committee member.
In 2011, Mr. Halpern recognized the opportunity and value in a hybrid investor/operator model and founded HREV to develop a scalable real estate investment, operating, and advisory platform. HREV brought together a core team of senior professionals to build a best-in-class real estate investment, operating, and advisory platform.
Mr. Halpern recently moved to Boulder, Colorado from Tribeca, New York where he and his family were actively involved in the New York Community. Mr. Halpern continues to serve on the Westchester Medical Center Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and previously served on the Hudson River Park Trust. Mr. Halpern received a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance, from the University of Colorado.