Craig Kaufman has 30+ years of experience in real estate investing, financing, development and management. In 1994, he founded the real estate investment company Kaufman Realty Group, now Kaufman Capital Partners, and has been a principal in property acquisitions, developments, various joint venture structures and financings. He has experience from sourcing to underwriting to structuring, from execution on acquisition and development to active property and asset management.
Kaufman is deliberate in his approach to studying macro trends, markets and property types to develop disciplined investment strategies that leverage his real estate knowledge and collaborative professional relationships. The results are rational, analytical decisions, which may dictate passing on deals that others may pursue. In addition, he has expertise doing workouts as both consultant and principal.
From 1994 to 2004, Kaufman focused on the development and management of office properties. During 2006 to 2007, Kaufman was a net seller of assets as it harvested returns during the peak of the commercial real estate cycle. Since the Great Recession, Kaufman has focused on value creation in the multi-family sector, land and niche lending opportunities.
Prior to 1994, Kaufman worked as a financial analyst and real estate consultant in New York City and St. Louis, Missouri. He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Kaufman’s community involvement includes numerous volunteer and leadership positions. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and previously served as Chair for the Small-Scale Development Gold Council. He was regional chair for Washington University’s recent Capital Campaign and currently serves on Alumni Board of Governors. He also currently serves on Sig Ep National Housing Board and is currently First Vice President for American Jewish Committee in Atlanta. He is a longtime volunteer and past officer/board member of Camp Sunshine and past Treasurer for JELF (Jewish Education Loan Fund). In 2012, the American Diabetes Association honored Kaufman with their 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.