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Being a successful developer takes vision, seeing opportunity that others can’t. That’s why we invite you to put our unique combination of market & zoning knowledge, insight and a commitment to service to work for you. Property owners benefit, too. Our exceptional ability to help developers see the opportunity and value of your site translates into faster sales and better prices for you.
Rubin Isak is a Managing Principal and Co-Founder of development site advisors®, identifying and filling a niche expertise that has been non-existent in the commercial real estate brokerage industry. The principals of development site advisors® have been involved with the sale of over $1bn and involved in projects of various sizes and manners of complexity, representing private landowners, institutional and not-for-profit organizations. Rubin’s expertise lies particularly in the borough of Queens, NY where he has been involved in the sale of over 100 properties during his time in the industry. In recognition of his success Costar has recognized Mr. Isak as a Powerbroker. development site advisors® focuses solely on development sites and conversion opportunities in the five boroughs. This specialization leads to more positive client experiences due to the superior knowledge the firm offers. Prior to co-founding development site advisors®, Rubin was a Senior Director at Eastern Consolidated, Cushman & Wakefield Massey Knakal Realty Services and most recently Founding Partner of investment sales firm, Goldenwood Property Advisors Group. Rubin earned a BBA degree in International Marketing from Baruch College. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and now resides in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife, daughter and son.
Lev is one of the Managing Principals and Co-Founders of development site advisors®, identifying and filling niche expertise that has been non-existent in the commercial real estate brokerage industry. The principals of DSA have been involved with the sale of over $1bn and engaged in projects of various sizes and manners of complexity, with non-profit clients including religious organizations, schools, and supportive housing developers. His expertise lies mainly in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, where he has been involved in the sale of over 100 properties during his time in the industry. DSA focuses solely on development sites and conversion opportunities in the five boroughs. This specialization leads to more positive client experiences due to the superior knowledge the firm offers. Before co-founding DSA, he was a Senior Director at Eastern Consolidated, Cushman & Wakefield, and Massey Knakal Realty Services, where he was recognized for his outstanding performance. Aside from his professional achievements, Mr. Kimyagarov is a soccer player and Judo expert and is active in charitable organizations such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Ezer Mizion. Additionally, he is fluent in Russian and is a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), a designation he earned at the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.
Michael was born in Massapequa, New York where he attended Massapequa High School before studying politics, economics, and law at SUNY Old Westbury. Michael’s interest in Real Estate was formed at a young age, as he started his career selling and appraising houses in Long Island. He then transitioned from residential to commercial real estate by joining American Investment Properties, where he was involved in over $30 million of transactions. Michael worked at Eastern Consolidated for over a year before joining development site advisors® (previously Goldenwood Property Advisors) as a Director in August 2018. Michael is a Development Site Advisor focusing on his Neighborhood Focused Area™ of Upper Manhattan.
Andrew was born and raised in Indonesia, where he formed his interest in architecture and real estate development. Andrew arrived in NY as an aspiring developer-architect. His aspirations led him to study at Pratt Institute where he received an Architecture and Sustainability degree. He then received his Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. Andrew is an Associate at development site advisors®, where his expertise in Architecture, Real Estate and Zoning analysis provides a tremendous value to our client’s needs.
Lily Luo was born in China and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lily’s bi-cultural background helps her connect and conduct business with domestic and international clients. Prior to joining development site advisors®, Lily worked as an Investment Sales Associate at Longines Realty, where she cultivated considerable relationships with mid-market and institutional investors. Lily graduated with a BA in Media Studies from University at Buffalo and has experience in Digital Marketing and Design. Lily’s Neighborhood Focused Area™ is Lower Manhattan and she is an active member of The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA).
Elana has been a NY and NJ Real Estate broker for over 10 years and is experienced in all aspects of the real estate industry. Throughout her career she has closed over 100 commercial and high-end transactions, valued well above $80 million. Elana holds a master's degree from New York University and multiple professional designations like Certified International Property Specialist and Graduate Realtor Institute. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. Additionally, Elana has been trained as a classical pianist and enjoys playing the piano in her spare time. Elana resides in Staten Island with her Husband and Daughter. Elana’s Neighborhood Focused Area™ is Brooklyn South.
Scott has 20 years of experience in financial markets and commercial real estate, including foreign exchange, commercial real estate leasing, investment sales, and debt origination, as well as sales and business development for commercial real estate research, data, and analytics providers. He has held positions at CB Richard Ellis, CoStar Group, NewOak Capital, DroneBase, and is on the Board of Advisors for proptech startup DealStart. Scott holds a BA from Pace University and a MS from the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate. He is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Scott is from Long Island and currently resides in the Upper West Side, where he is raising his 13-year-old daughter. Scott’s Neighborhood Focused Area™ is Manhattan West.
John Penaloza is a Director at development site advisors®, where he specializes in the sale of development properties in Astoria and Long Island City. Prior to joining development site advisors®, John worked as a Sales Consultant in the automotive industry working for Lamborghini and Mercedes-Benz Manhattan for 10 years. Outside of the professional realm, John is an active wish grantor for Make-a-Wish Foundation. John was raised in Manhattan and currently resides in his Neighborhood Focused Area™ of Astoria.
Greg is from Montreal where he attended McGill University, graduating with a BA in Political Science. Upon moving to New York, he began his Real Estate career at MGNY Consulting Corp., where he was involved in creating property tax analyses and attending administrative hearings at the NYC Tax Commission in order to challenge the Assessed Value of highly taxed commercial and multi-family residential properties. He was also tasked with ensuring that each client’s properties were in compliance with City and State regulations and oversaw Inclusionary Housing applications with HPD. Greg is an Associate at development site advisors® and hopes to continually improve his understanding of Real Estate Development and Zoning while completing a Master of Urban Planning at Hunter College.