Martin Schiffman is a recognized leader and development professional in all facets of real estate investment. He has participated in over one billion dollars in transactions, many as a Managing Principal. He is a noted “value-added investor” with a specialty in strategies which position land for development, transactions with significant urban redevelopment considerations, active construction and development, renovation, and investing into situations driven by debt reorganizations. He has collaborated with government agencies in order to advance projects with, not only profitable prospects, but considerable public policy value. He has extensive knowledge of, and experience with, the real estate capital markets. He has extensive global contacts.
Martin is the primary manager in a series of current and recent assignments designed to achieve investment gains from value-added situations. He currently serves on several Boards and trade association councils, and is a member of important economic development organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey.
Martin was a Managing Director of Carl Marks & Co. Inc., one of the nation’s oldest investment firms, for over twenty five years. He founded the real estate division on a theme of “value-added” strategies. From 1980 to 1983 he was President and CEO of Lehman Realty Corporation, the first dedicated real estate investment company of Lehman Brothers. Earlier, Mr. Schiffman acted as Executive VP for the investment management affiliates of Sonnenblick-Goldman Corp., a leading international real estate finance specialist. S-G was the exclusive investment manager for MGI Properties and North American Mortgage Investors, two NYSE REITs.
Martin holds a PhD-equivalent Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University, with a concentration in urban economic development. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York.