Mr. Halpern is a visionary leader and driving force behind Halpern Real Estate Ventures (HREV), serving as Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Executive Officer. With a remarkable career spanning over 30 years in Real Estate investing, Mr. Halpern has amassed a wealth of expertise and accomplishments that have shaped the industry.
Mr. Halpern’s journey commenced in 1985 when he took the helm of Halpern Enterprises, a distinguished regional player in New York’s commercial and residential property landscape. During the challenging real estate correction in the 1990s, his adept leadership steered the franchise to success. In 1994, he masterfully orchestrated the partial exit of Halpern Enterprises’ commercial office portfolio through a UPREIT merger with Reckson Associates Realty, a leading commercial office owner in New York, joining the company as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors upon Reckson’s public listing on the NYSE.
Not just content with management and corporate governance, Mr. Halpern’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found the Reckson Opportunity Partners fund. Through this venture, he acquired and supported the development of multiple real estate operating companies, including HQ Global Workplaces, the world’s largest serviced office company, and American Campus Communities, the top US student housing provider.
A testament to his astute business acumen, the successful exit of the HQ Global investment in 2000 set the stage for Mr. Halpern to take the reins of the company as CEO in late 2001, skillfully navigating through the technology-driven economic downturn by successfully restructuring the business.
In 2003, Mr. Halpern was entrusted with launching the Real Estate Private Equity business at Marathon Asset Management, a globally renowned $11 billion investment management firm. Under his guidance, the firm’s real estate business flourished, solidifying his position as Partner and Executive Management Committee member.
Recognizing the potential of a hybrid investor/operator model, Mr. Halpern’s entrepreneurial vision culminated in the establishment of HREV in 2011. With a focus on developing a scalable real estate investment, operating, and advisory platform, HREV assembled a core team of seasoned professionals committed to excellence in all aspects of their work.
Mr. Halpern’s educational foundation is grounded in a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Colorado. With his vast experience, remarkable achievements, and commitment to making a positive impact, Mr. Halpern remains at the forefront of the real estate industry, driving growth and innovation at Halpern.
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.