CPE Presents the 2019 Stars to Watch

This year’s class of outstanding young real estate professionals distinguish themselves in development, investment, and brokerage in markets nationwide.

The Next Generation Of CRE Leaders

In today’s ultra-competitive market, it takes special qualities to stand out. CPE’s newest set of Stars to Watch surpass expectations, differentiating themselves and carving niches in areas ranging from senior housing to net lease to investment through crowdfunding in markets stretching from Los Angeles to Chicago to Birmingham, Ala.


Whether they discovered real estate at an early age or left fields like cooking, insurance or medical sales, these 20 individuals and teams, all age 40 and under, are pursuing a range of clients and deals, working for themselves or companies large or small.

The following pages detail the paths they’ve taken and their latest accomplishments, including insights from clients or managers and the secrets to their success.

Tale of Two Aris
Ari Adlestein and Ari Dobkin
Managing Directors, Meridian Capital Group

Servicing Clients, Not Numbers
Nicole Brickhouse
Vice President, Walker & Dunlop

Assisted Living Leader
David Burman
Partner, The Engel Burman Group

Chicago’s Tower Powerhouse
Nooshin Felsenthal
Managing Director, JLL

Never Bored With Real Estate
Sarah Harmeling
Director of Portfolio Management/ North Region, Phillips Edison & Co.

Trusted Adviser
Casey Howard
Vice President, Harbert Realty Services Inc.

Senior Housing Strategist
Brady Johnson
Director, Hunt Real Estate Capital

Ahead of the Crowd
Adam Kaufman
Co-Founder & Managing Director, ArborCrowd

Hands-On Experience
Nati Kiferbaum
Senior Vice President & Head of Investment Product Strategy,
Inland Private Capital Corp.

The Recipe for CRE Gains
Jeff Lefko
Vice President, Hanley Investment Group

Found His Niche in Industrial
Cody Lerner
Vice President, Avison Young

Advocate for Affordability
Jennifer Litwak
Executive Director, Housing on Merit

The Perfect Net Lease Partnership
Patrick Luther & Matt Mousavi
Managing Principals, SRS Real Estate Partners

From Advertising to Property Management
Brianna McHenry
Portfolio Manager, RiverRock

Challenging the Norms
Shivam Patel
Senior Manager, Real Estate and Business Development, Knotel

Frontman for Responsible Investments
Brett Phillips
Vice President, Sustainable & Responsible Investments, Unico Properties

Chicago Is His Kind of Town
Joe Smazal
Senior Managing Partner, Interra Realty

High IQ for Corporate HQs
Aaron Sommer
Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Legal Mind With a Flair for Funding
Zachary Streit
Senior Vice President, George Smith Partners

Silicon Slopes Strategist
Molly Westbrook
Managing Director, Asset Services, Cushman & Wakefield Utah