The Federation’s Commercial Real Estate Society is a networking and philanthropic group of Jewish professionals in the commercial real estate and affiliated industries.  Our goal is to create networking and business development opportunities and to raise money to support the Federation and the Jewish community.

Join Us for the CRES Fall Breakfast

Tuesday, October 16

Westin Galleria
24th Floor Monarch Room | 5060 W. Alabama
7:15 a.m. — Networking & Breakfast
7:45 a.m. — Program Commences
Breakfast Registration: $45


Edward M. Emmett
Harris County Judge

Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
Judge Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, manages the nation's third largest county. He also is director of Harris County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.
Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
Judge Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
Judge Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 43 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.

Online registration is now closed.

Breakfast Sponsors


Society Sponsor




To join CRES,
contact Samantha Wallace at
or 713.729.7000 x328.

For sponsorship opportunities,
contact Dora Klaff at
or 713.729.7000 x314.


Our group includes employees of multifamily complexes, tenant representatives, developers and industries like insurance, brokers, appraisers, suppliers, developers, financial lenders, attorneys, and more.  The CRES meets three times annually featuring two breakfasts with local speakers and a fundraising dinner with a national speaker. 


We strive to bring members informative and interesting speakers and potential mentorship opportunities with each event. Attendance at our breakfasts is usually around 150 people and the dinner hosts about 375. 


Past speakers include former Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Ric Campo, Chairman and CEO of Camden Properties and the Super Bowl LI Host Committee; Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO of the Medical Center; Phyllis Saathoff of the Port Authority of Houston; Ed Wulfe, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Wulfe & Co Inc.; Gerald Hines, Founder and Chairman of Hines; Ron Ratner, EVP of Development of Forest City Realty Trust, Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston and Adam Braun, CEO Promise of Pencils.


Society membership requires each person to make an annual donation of $1000 to our Annual Campaign. Members 35 and under are required to make an annual donation of only $500.

Honorary Chairs

Stanford Alexander
Ted Dinerstein z"l
Ed Wulfe

Society Chairs

Ed Schreiber
Aaron Swerdlin

Founding Chairs

Kenneth Katz
Jack Polatsek

Steering Committee

David Aaronson
Kevin Alexander
Josh Aruh
Denis Braham
Martin Bronstein
Jared Dubin
David Ebro
Tom Fish

Shawn Golan
Uri Ghelman
Elliott Hirshfeld
David Husid
Sue Jacobson
Kenneth Katz
Noah Kruger
David Littwitz

Alex Messing
Lolly Friedman Miller
David Mincberg
Yakov Polatsek
Matthew Putterman
Steve Radom
Jonathan Saikin
Ed Schreiber

Rima Soroka
Aaron Swerdlin
Sandy Weiner
Randy Wile
Marni Zarin

Society Members

Martin Aaron
David Aaronson
Drew Alexander
Kevin Alexander
Stanford Alexander
Sam Amber
Mark Arnold
Don Aron
Sandy Aron
Josh Aruh
Gilbert Baker
Reuben Bar Yadin
Eric Barvin
Josh Benporat
Nelson Block
Stephen Block
Gary Blumberg
Denis Braham
Melissa Brams
Dan Braun
Gabriel Braun
Stephen Brochstein
Tyler Brochstein
Martin Bronstein
Barry Brown
Bruce Coane
Eric Cohen
Brad Cross
David David
Lance Davis
Noah Davis
Ross Davis
Scott Davis
Jack Dinerstein
Melvin Dow
Jared Dubin
David Ebro
Robert Elberger
Jordan Emmott
Jonathan Enav
Ellen Estes
Daniel Fein
Martin Fein
Stewart Feldman
Tom Fish
Ronnie Fleischer
James Frankel
Buster Freedman
Doug Freedman
Ken Freedman
Seth Freedman
Thomas Friedlander
Kenny Friedman
Leonard Friedman
Reid Friedman
Joni Gaylor
Daniel Gerber
David Gerber
David Gerger

Elliot Gerstenhaber
Uri Ghelman
Jeffrey Gilbert
John Gilbert
Gary Glesby
Shawn Golan
Neal Golden
Adam Goldman
Daniel Gordon
Scott Gordon
Noel Graubart
Gary Greenberg
Harry Greenblatt
Marc Grossberg
Rick Guttman
Read Hammond
Jay Harberg, Jr.
Ronald Hecht
Albert Hiller
Elliott Hirshfeld
Ralph Howard
David Husid
Charles Hurwitz
Peter Jacob
Sue Jacobson
Patti Joiner
Jonathan Kagan
Lawrence Kagan
Barry Kahn
Brian Kapiloff
Hannah Kaplan
Jay Kaplan
Michael Kaplan
Richard Kaplan
Jaime Karakowsky
Lewis Kasner
Marc Kasner
Kenneth Katz
Marvin Katz
Mark Kaufman
Jenna Klein
Joseph Kornfeld
Gary Landson
Jack Lapin
Robert Lapin
Daniel Lavin
Joshua Lebar
Jack Lee
Steven Lerner
Justin Levine
Lawrence Levinson
Bruce Levy
Mitch Levy
Stanley Levy
Barry Lewis
Gary Lewis
Gregory Lewis
Kenneth Lewis

Larry Lewis
Justin Lim
Arnold Lipp
John Littman
David Littwitz
Glenn R. Lowenstein
Paul Lynn
Kenneth Margolis
Clarence Mayer
Binyomin Medetsky
Bruce Merwin
Alex Messing
Alfred Meyerson
Benjamin Miller
Scott Miller
David Mincberg
Ira Mitzner
Michael Morgan
William Morgan
Zev Munk
Dennis Murland
Yaakov Nagel
Jonah Nathan
Rick Oshman
Peter Oxman
Stephen Paine
Laura Mitzner Paletz
Steven Paletz
Aaron Polatsek
David Polatsek
Jack Polatsek
Irving Pozmantier
Jason Presley
Joe Pryzant
Barry Putterman
Matthew Putterman
Perry Radoff
Steve Radom
Brad Rauch
Adam Raffle
Robin Reed
Stephen Rocher
Aaron Roffwarg
Louis Rosenthal
Scott Rubenstein
Jon Saikin
Eric Samet
Jason Schlanger
Kimberly Schlanger
Lee Schlanger
Edward Schreiber
Peter Selber
Emily Durham Sewell
Marc Shapiro
Ronny Shoss
Joseph Siff
Louis Silver
Sanford Slobin

Jake Slosburg
Larry Smith
Brad Sondock
Deborah Sondock
Rima Soroka
Rick Stein
Irving Stern
Aaron Swerdlin
Avi Tessler
Daniel Trachtenberg
Jeffrey Tucker
Stephen Uzick
Scott Van Nostrad
Richard Vane
Paul Wallace
Jonathan Wasserberg
Conrad Weil
Andy Weiner
David Weiner
Sanford Weiner
Randolph Wile
Tom Wilkinson
Joe Williams
Jerry Winograd
Marc Winograd
Scott Wizig
David Wolff
Hunter Wright
Ed Wulfe
Shira Yoshor
Segev Zadok
Marni Zarin
Marvin Zindler
Eleanor Zuber

This list is current as of September 2018.