President and CEO
Mr. Erik Ekstein is a developer, owner and manager of real estate as well as an entrepreneur. He has significant interests in over 3 million square feet of residential, industrial, office and storage facilities in the tri-state area.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Ekstein Development Group, Mr. Ekstein oversees other real estate related businesses including Mini Storage To Go (Pick-up and Delivery Self Storage), City Closet Self Storage (Self Storage Management Company), CCCS Corporate Storage (Records Management and Corporate Asset Management Company) TyJor Construction LLC (Commercial Construction Company), City Ice Pavilion and World Ice Arena (two NHL Ice skating facilities in Queens New York) and Empire Rehearsal Studios (music rehearsal studios).
Executive vice president - Business Development and Marketing
Joel Arberman serves as Executive Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing. Prior to joining Ekstein Development, Joel was an analyst for two money management firms, partner of an investment banking firm and subsequently founded several businesses in finance, advertising and real estate. Joel has extensive experience in business development, marketing, finance and real estate. Joel graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.S. in Business Administration and concentrations in finance and marketing.
Chief Financial Officer- commercial & entertainment
Anthony is a CPA who joined the Company with five years of real estate financial reporting experience and fifteen years of public accounting experience specializing in the real estate industry. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Accounting from St. John’s University, and later received an MS in Taxation from Baruch College. He is responsible for financial reporting across all business lines.
Vice president - Controller
Thelma Alano serves as Controller with responsibilities including accounting, bookkeeping, benefits administration, sales tax management and collections. Prior to joining Ekstein Development, Thelma worked for Trust Company Bank. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of the East in Manila, Philippines.
Vice President - Sports Business Development
Ron Kraut serves as Vice President of Sports Business Development. Prior to joining Ekstein Development, Ron spent more than twenty years in national and regional advertising with Backer Spielvogel and Bates where he worked with major corporations including The Miller Brewing Company, Campell's Soup, Nabisco Foods, Philip Morris, Wendy's Restaurants and others.
In addition, Ron was the first member hired to the Development Team for the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex that created a Golf Club, Sports Center, Field House, Sky Rink Twin Ice Rinks and The Roller Rinks at Chelsea Piers. He also worked with Cappelli Enterprises to reposition and relaunch New Roc City, a New Rochelle Development that included Twin Ice Rinks, Catering Facility, Sports Bar and Bowling Alley. Soon after the successful sale of New Roc, Ron joined Ice Rink Events and developed the very successful “The Pond at Bryant Park” now in it’s fifth year.
Ron joined Ekstein-Development in 2007 as Project Manager for the development of The City Ice Pavilion in Long Island City and currently manages the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows.
Vice president - Leasing and Business Development
Eric Rabinowitz serves as the leasing agent for Ekstein Development's commercial properties, the manager of City Closet's Van Dam branch and Empire Rehearsal Studios and sales manager. His responsibilities include marketing to obtain potential customers, selling space to tenants, creating leases and managing tenants. Prior to joining Ekstein Development, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Conservation.
Vice president - CONSTRUCTION
Vice president - STORAGE