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.




Presented by

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Westin Galleria - Monarch Room (24th floor)

7:15 am -  Networking & Breakfast

​7:45 am Program Commences


Because of our condensed schedule of events due to Hurricane Harvey,
you will have the opportunity to make your 2018 Annual Campaign gift at this breakfast.

Breakfast Sponsors


​The implications of the changes in the tax law on commercial real estate.

Seth Abrams
Tax Partner
Deloitte Tax LLP

Seth has over 17 years of experience advising clients in areas of U.S. taxation, including cross border mergers and acquisitions, tax efficient financing, foreign tax credit planning (including expense apportionment and overall foreign lossplanning), initial structuring for new country investments, and repatriation strategies. He has significant experience advising private equity clients in cross border acquisitions and tax efficient financing. Seth also has experience advisingclients in certain aspects of inbound international taxation including FIRPTA, earnings stripping, internal restructurings and disposition planning. Further, Seth has significant experience serving MLPs including advising on Initial Public Offering legal entity structuring, IPO transaction modeling and support, qualifying income analysis, and mergers and acquisition services for MLPs.

Trey Cornelius


Deloitte Tax LLP


Trey is an experienced manager in Deloitte’s Business Tax Services practice based in Houston, Texas. He currently serves clients in a variety of different industries, including real estate, oil and gas, construction and telecom, foodservice, hedge fund and professional sports industries; both in the private and public sectors. While at Deloitte, he has assisted with the development and deployment of tax technology tools, has been published in Taxes: The Tax Magazine, and has twice been a speaker at tax conferences. His experience includes assisting clients in various areas including tax compliance, restructuring, ASC 740, tax basis balance sheet assistance and Sub-K and Sub-C transaction consulting.


Trey holds a BBA in Accounting and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston. He is a licensed CPA in Texas and a member of the Texas Bar.

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

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

Commercial Real Estate Society Sponsor





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

Elliott Hirshfeld
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
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
Brad Cross
David David
Lance Davis
Noah Davis
Ross Davis
Scott Davis
Jack Dinerstein
Ted Dinerstein z'l
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
David Kapiloff
Hannah Kaplan
Jay 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
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
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
David Wolff
Hunter Wright
Ed Wulfe
Shira Yoshor
Segev Zadok
Marni Zarin
Marvin Zindler
Eleanor Zuber

This list is current as of September 2017.