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.

Society Presenting 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 z"l, 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, Founder of Pencils of Promise.


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.

Join us for the CRES Fall Breakfast
Thursday, October 24
Westin Galleria
24th Floor Monarch Room | 5060 W. Alabama
7:15 a.m. — Networking & Breakfast
7:45 a.m. — Program Commences
Breakfast Registration: $45



Andy Icken Bio:

Andy Icken currently serves as Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Chief Development Officer.  He has oversight of the Houston Airport System, Convention & Entertainment Facilities, Planning Department, Office of Business Opportunities, Housing and Community Development Department, Emergency Medical Services, Economic Development, International Affairs and Homeless Initiatives.

Prior to his appointment to Chief Development Officer, he served as Deputy Director of Public Works & Engineering for the City of Houston – Planning & Development Services Division.  This Division facilitates responsible development for the City of Houston. The development processes the Division manages include the analysis  of the availability and adequacy of the public utilities to serve proposed development, the issuance of building permits and inspection of construction, the proposed acquisition and abandonment of public easements and/or rights of way, the construction of new water, wastewater, and storm drainage, and the securing of Life Safety/Occupancy Certificates for new and existing commercial buildings.  The Division also oversees and enforces stormwater drainage and stormwater quality control regulations.

Prior to joining the City of Houston, Mr. Icken served for 6 years as Executive Vice President of the Texas Medical Center.  His responsibilities for Texas Medical Center included business enterprises, support services, government affairs and public affairs.

Preceding his employment with Texas Medical Center, Mr. Icken had an extensive career of over 30 years with ExxonMobil.  From 1990 to 2000 he was Executive-in-Charge of Exxon’s (ExxonMobil) Materials and Service Department.  This department provided shared business services to Exxon’s domestic and international affiliates – services which included corporate procurement, real estate and facilities operations and management and other shared business services.  Mr. Icken’s career with Exxon included other executive positions in business line management in both the United States and foreign Exxon affiliates.

Mr. Icken is past president of the Houston Minority Business Council and continues to serve on their Board of Directors.  He is past Chairman and continues to serve on the Board of the Santa Maria Hostel – a United Way agency with a mission to provide residential drug and alcohol treatment to women and their dependent children. 

He is past Chairman of the South Main Center Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Main Street Coalition; he also served on the Board of Directors for the Business Consortium Fund. 

Mr. Icken holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s of Science in Industrial Administration also from Carnegie Mellon.

David Mincberg Bio:

David Mincberg serves as chief executive officer of Flagship Properties Corporation and chairman of Houston First Corporation.

Since 1977, Mr. Mincberg has been directly involved in the development and construction of more than 30,000 multi-family units in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Georgia. Additionally, as managing partner of Flagship Capital Partners he has provided capital throughout the United States for middle market real estate transactions.

A longtime public servant, Mr. Mincberg has been involved in numerous civic initiatives. He is considered a leading authority on the housing industry and real estate lending. He served as the Mayor’s Special Assistant for Multi-Family Housing Policy in 2006-2007, coordinating policy and implementation for the three housing agencies of the City of Houston. From 2009-2012, he chaired the board of commissioners for the Houston Housing Authority. From 1994-1998, he was chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party.  Mr. Mincberg currently serves or has previously served in board and leadership capacities for many local organizations, including Houston Museum of Natural Science, University of Texas Health Science Center, Jewish Family Service Foundation, Houston Child Guidance Center, DePelchin Children's Center, Jewish Community Center, American Jewish Committee, Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, and Southwest Houston 2000 (founder).

He has been honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston's Young Leadership Award in 1991, NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award in 1994, University of Texas Tejas Club Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, American Jewish Committee (Houston) Max H. Nathan Human Relations Award in 2003 and Planned Parenthood Award for Outstanding Service in 2006.

In 2015-2016, he was selected to chair newly elected Mayor Sylvester Turner’s transition team, an endeavor that engaged the participation of 300 community members.

Mr. Mincberg is a graduate of the University of Texas (BA, 1971; JD, 1975).

He may be contacted at

Breakfast Sponsors

Honorary Chairs

Stanford Alexander
Ted Dinerstein z"l
Ed Wulfe z"l

Society Chairs

Tom Fish
Rina Soroka

Founding Chairs

Kenneth Katz
Jack Polatsek

Martin Aaron
David Aaronson
Drew Alexander
Kevin Alexander
Stanford Alexander
Mark Arnold
Don Aron
Sandy Aron
Josh Aruh
Gilbert Baker
Reuben Bar Yadin
Julie Barry
Eric Barvin
Josh Benporat
Scott Bernstein
Ido Blatt
Nelson Block
Stephen Block
Gary Blumberg
Denis Braham
Melissa Brams
Dan Braun
Gabriel Braun
Stephen Brochstein
Tyler Brochstein
Don Brodsky
Martin Bronstein
Matthew 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
Emily Durham
David Ebro
Robert Elberger
Jonathan Enav
Ryan Epstein
Ellen Estes
Daniel Fein
Martin Fein
Peter Feinberg
Stewart Feldman
Tom Fish
Ronnie Fleischer
Buster Freedman
Doug Freedman
Ken Freedman
Seth Freedman
Thomas Friedlander
Leonard Friedman

Reid Friedman
Jackie Furash
Daniel Gerber
David Gerber
David Gerger
Uri Ghelman
John Gilbert
Gary Glesby
Shawn Golan
Daniel Gordon
Scott Gordon
Noel Graubart
Gary Greenberg
Roger Greenberg
Marc Grossberg
Rick Guttman
John Hammond
Jay Harberg, Jr.
Ronald Hecht
Albert Hiller
Elliott Hirshfeld
Ralph Howard
Charles Hurwitz
David Husid
Peter Jacob
Josh Jacobs
Patti Joiner
Jonathan Kagan
Lawrence Kagan
Barry Kahn
Brian Kapiloff
Richard Kaplan
Jaime Karakowsky
Lewis Kasner
Marc Kasner
Kenneth Katz
Marvin Katz
Mark Kaufman
Steven Kaufman
Jenna Klein
Joseph Kornfeld
Gary Landson
Bobby Lapin
Joel Laser
Daniel Lavin
Joshua Lebar
Jack Lee
Natalie Lepow
Steven Lerner
Lawrence Levinson
Bruce Levy
Mitch Levy
Stanley Levy
Barry Lewis
Gregory Lewis
Kenneth Lewis
Justin Lim
Arnold Lipp

John Littman
David Littwitz
Paul Lynn
Kenneth Margolis
Clarence Mayer
Binyomin Medetsky
Bruce Merwin
Alex Messing
Alfred Meyerson
David Mincberg
Ira Mitzner
Steven Mitzner
Michael Morgan
William Morgan
Mark Mucasey
Yaakov Nagel
Jonathan Paine
Stephen Paine
Aaron Polatsek
Abraham Polatsek
David Polatsek
Jack Polatsek
Irving Pozmantier
Jason Presley
Joe Pryzant
Barry Putterman
Matthew Putterman
Perry Radoff
Steve Radom
Brad Rauch
Robin Reed
Joe Rice
Stephen Rocher
Zak Rosenberg
Gary Rosenthal
Louis Rosenthal
Michael Rubenstein
Scott Rubenstein
Jon Saikin
Eric Samet
Jason Schlanger
Kimberly Schlanger
Lee Schlanger
Edward Schreiber
Peter Selber
Emily Durham Sewell
Marc Shapiro
Bruce Shelby
Joseph Siff
Louis Silver
Sanford Slobin
Jake Slosburg
Larry Smith
Rima Soroka
Brandon Stein
Rick Stein
Irving Stern
Aaron Swerdlin

Jonathan Spindler
Josh Tillis
Daniel Trachtenberg
Jeffrey Tucker
Scott Van Nostrad
Richard Vane
Haya Varon
Paul Wallace
Jonathan Wasserberg
Conrad Weil
Andy Weiner
David Weiner
Sandy Weiner
Randy Wile
Tom Wilkinson
Joe Williams
Jerry Winograd
Marc Winograd
David Wolff
Hunter Wright
Shira Yoshor
Marni Zarin
Rafi Zitvar
Eleanor Zuber

This list is current as of September 2019.

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

For sponsorship opportunities,
contact Cindy Kaplan at
or 713.729.7000 x313.