Robert Friedland: Chairman
In 1971, Robert Friedland established Friedland Realty Inc. as an industrial real estate brokerage firm servicing the Bronx and Lower Westchester. The company started as a one-man operation in the basement of an office building, with a focus on industrial real estate. Thirty-two years later, Friedland Realty Inc is the largest privately owned commercial real estate firm in the Bronx and Westchester area, with more than twenty brokers specializing in Industrial, Retail and Office leasing and sales.
While running Friedland Realty, Mr. Friedland began a side-practice of investing in commercial real estate, often putting together syndications and other joint venture deals. For the most part, these deals were value added investments, where some level of development was done in order to make a property realize its intrinsic value. These investments proved to be extremely lucrative for both Mr. Friedland and his investors. It was a natural progression to look for value-added investment opportunities on a full time basis. In the spring of 2001, Westrock Development was created, and Mr. Friedland now serves as chairman of Westrock, and also Sensible Auto Finance, Shleppers Moving & Storage, and Kia of Old Saybrook.
Mr. Friedland earned his bachelor degree from Bard College, and received an MBA from Adelphi University. Prior to this, he did graduate work in Physics at the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Friedland is a member of the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Westchester Chamber of Commerce, SIOR (the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), IOREBA (Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association, ICSC (International Conference of Shopping Centers). In addition, Mr. Friedland is involved with UJA, the ADL, the Masorti Movement, and is an owner of the Westchester Jewish Chronicle.
Jason Friedland: President
President and owner of Westrock Development, a privately held real estate development company which owns and manages approximately one million square feet of primarily commercial space in the NY Tri-State area. In addition, Mr. Friedland is President and co-owner of Shleppers Moving & Storage, one of the largest moving companies in the NY Tri-State area.
Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Friedland was an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. where he worked for five years. Mr. Friedland holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated with honors from Tufts University with degrees in international relations and economics. He also studied finance at the London School of Economics. Mr. Friedland is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and is involved in several philanthropic organizations. He lives in Mamaroneck with his wife Jackie and their four children.
Allison Friedland: Vice President of Acquisitions
Specializing in investor acquisitions, Allison is adept at implementing strategic real estate strategies on behalf of her clients. Allison has particular expertise in addressing the real estate needs of 1031 exchange buyers including assessing client’s return requirements, sourcing deals with specific risk parameters, analyzing the market place and due diligence materials and working collectively with both sides to come to an equitable agreement. She is equally skilled at finding local Tri-state area properties and national opportunities.
Prior to joining Westrock Development, Allison held marketing and business development positions at both Viacom and American Express and successfully built and sold a boutique clothing company. Allison holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business and NYC and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany.