Craig Kaufman has 30 years of experience in real estate investment/development and management. He founded the real estate investment company Kaufman Realty Group, now Kaufman Capital Partners, in 1994. Since then, Kaufman has been a principal in the acquisition, development or financing of approximately 40 projects of various property types. Kaufman primarily focused on the development and management of office properties for the company’s first decade. During 2006 to 2007, Kaufman was a net seller of assets as it harvested returns during the peak of the commercial real estate cycle. In the current cycle, Kaufman has focused on apartments and strategic land holdings.
Prior to 1994, Kaufman worked as a financial analyst and real estate consultant in New York City and St. Louis, Missouri for Olympia & York, Colliers Turley Martin and Dinan Real Estate Advisors. From 2012-2015, Kaufman chaired the Urban Land Institute’s Small Scale Development Gold Council, and served a three-year term on the board of Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District.
He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently serves as regional chair for Washington University’s Capital Campaign and is an active alumni supporter in Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Kaufman’s community service is focused on children and education, having served on the executive committee and board of directors of Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit organization offering year-round programs and camps for children with cancer. He also currently serves on the executive committees and boards of JELF (Jewish Education Loan Fund) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). In 2012, the American Diabetes Association honored Kaufman with the Father of the Year award.
Garry Sobel joined Kaufman Capital Partners in 2013 as a Senior Vice President focused on investment strategy, asset management and sourcing co-investment capital. Sobel’s unique experience, derived from more than 30 years of investment experience in real estate, private client wealth management, and finance, has taught him to successfully manage the real estate investment life cycle.
Sobel’s vast experience includes redeveloping and repositioning underperforming projects and managing real estate investments through multiple market cycles. His ability to work closely with municipalities through lengthy rezoning and entitlement processes, as well as solving complicated environmental challenges have been instrumental in unlocking a property’s tremendous value. Sobel focuses on mitigating risk at inception and active asset management throughout the project life cycle with the goal of creating and maximizing value and returns for all partners and stakeholders in the process.
Sobel began at KPMG as a consultant and auditor and moved to The Portman Companies in 1989. Sobel co-founded Avondale Capital/Scout Properties in 1994 and then gained valuable experience working for private client investment firms, Bernstein Global Wealth Management and Deutsche Bank’s Asset & Wealth Management.
He has had his real estate license since 1990, after earning his CPA license (currently inactive) while working for KPMG.
Originally from New York, Sobel graduated from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business where he double-majored in Accounting and Marketing, while also playing varsity soccer. Sobel is heavily involved in Atlanta’s Jewish community and sits on the National Board of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces’ (FIDF) since 2014.