Our People


The Dermot senior management team, led by Steve Benjamin, has diverse experience in real estate finance, investment, property management and redevelopment.

Our People

The Dermot senior management team, led by Steve Benjamin, has diverse experience in real estate finance, investment, property management and redevelopment.

Stephen Benjamin
President & CEO
Steven N. Benjamin
President & CEO

Mr. Benjamin has been active in multi-family investment and development for nearly his entire career. He joined Dermot in 2001, acting as a Principal with primary responsibility for Dermot’s development work. In 2007 he was promoted to the firm's Chief Operating Officer under the firm's founder, William Dickey. In 2015 Mr. Dickey retired and Steve became Dermot’s Managing Partner, and CEO, and is active on all of Dermot’s activities.

Previous Experience

  • Founder and President of Meridian Realty Partners, 1999-2001
  • Vice President of Development, Security Capital Group Incorporated, 1993-1999
  • Associate, Commercial Leasing and Valuation Group, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., 1991-1993

M.S., Real Estate Investment and Development,
New York University 1993
B.A., Haverford College 1991

Mr. Benjamin is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Affordable Housing at the Furman Center of New York University.

Drew Spitler
Principal
Director of Development
Drew Spitler
Principal Director of Development

Mr. Spitler joined Dermot in 2002 and currently oversees Dermot’s development activity. He has been involved with the planning, financing and construction of approximately $2 billion worth of development in New York City including 21 West End, 66 Rockwell, Hudson Crossing, The Opal and Clinton Green. Mr. Spitler handled and completed multiple real estate and financial transactions including tax-exempt bond offerings with the New York State Housing Finance Agency, Bank of America, and Fannie Mae.

Previous Experience

  • Smith Barney, 2000-2002
  • Merrill Lynch, 2000

MBA, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business 2008 BSBA, University of Arizona, Eller College of Management 2002

Mr. Spitler is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and is a board member of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Downtown Alliance.

Andrew Levison
Principal
Director of Acquisitions
Andrew Levinson
Principal Director of Acquisitions

Mr. Levison started his real estate career as an entrepreneur investing in multi-family value-add properties in New Haven, Connecticut. He then spent four years working in investment and development in Harlem. He joined Dermot in 2011 and is currently responsible for overseeing new acquisitions, asset management activities and property operations. He has over a decade of asset management, property management and development experience in both commercial and residential real estate. He has handled over $1 billion in transactions since joining Dermot.

Previous Experience

  • The Janus Property Company, 2007-2011
  • Analysis Group, 2005-2007
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 2004

Mr. Levison is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the Associate Board of Gilda's Club New York City.

Our Senior Team

Rob Kilroy
Partner, Director of Southeast Region
Rob Kilroy
Partner, Director of Southeast Region

Rob Kilroy joined Dermot in July of 2018 as Partner and SE Director. He is currently responsible for Dermot’s Southeast US investment and asset management activities. Prior to joining the company, Rob held positions as CIO at CampusWorks Development, SVP at NorthMarq Capital, Managing Director and Chief Portfolio Manager at Grosvenor Fund Management (US), Senior VP at LCOR, Inc., Senior Investment Officer at Fidelity Real Estate Group, EVP and Head of Development at Summit Properties, and Managing Director at Prudential Financial (PGIM). Mr. Kilroy has a BA from Bowdoin College, a masters degree in International Relations from The London School of Economics, and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a CFA charter holder.


Alissa Hazan
Director of Portfolio Operations & General Counsel
Alissa Hazan
Director of Portfolio Operations & General Counsel

Alissa Hazan joined Dermot in March 2019 as Director of Portfolio Operations and General Counsel. She is responsible for overseeing the operations of Dermot and its assets, as well as managing legal affairs for the company. Prior to joining Dermot, Ms. Hazan held positions with Olshan Properties and Thor Equities with a focus on both operational and legal matters. She graduated with a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.


Blake Duncan
Controller
Blake Duncan
Controller

As Controller, Mr. Duncan oversees the accounting and treasury functions for Dermot. Mr. Duncan joined Dermot in February 2012 after three years of self-employment and after earning his Masters in Accounting from Missouri State University.


Jane Cohen
Vice President
Property Operations
Jane Cohen
Property Operations

Ms. Cohen joined Dermot in 2010 as an Assistant Property Manager of MODA in Jamaica, Queens. She was promoted to Property Manager within a year and then went on to lead the opening of 66 Rockwell in Downtown Brooklyn where she served as the General Manager from 2013 to 2015. Ms. Cohen is currently an Asset Manager at Dermot, focusing on portfolio-wide operational strategy. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cohen worked with Sky Management from 2007 - 2010.

 

Spencer Hodes
Vice President, Investments
Spencer Hodes
Vice President, Investments

Mr. Hodes joined Dermot in 2014 and is currently an investment associate working in both asset management and acquisitions. His responsibilities include underwriting new acquisition opportunities, performing property due diligence, managing ongoing developments, investor relations and sourcing property financing. Prior to joining Dermot, he worked at Hodes Weill & Associates focusing on raising capital for private real estate funds. He graduated with a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.


Julie Cochran
Capital Markets Advisor
Julie Cochran
Capital Markets Advisor
Ken Ludwig
Vice President
Property Operations
Ken Ludwig
Vice President
Property Operations

Mr. Ludwig joined Dermot in 2014, working as the General Manager of The Colorado on East 86th Street. In 2016 Mr. Ludwig became the General Manager of 21 West End Avenue, Dermot’s largest and newest development. Prior to joining Dermot, Mr Ludwig spent 3 years at The Related Companies as a site manager for an 814 unit luxury rental called MIMA on West 42nd Street, and 13 years at Orsid Realty Corp. as the Executive Vice President in charge of operations.


Sara Getlin
Vice President
Property Operations
Sara Getlin
Vice President
Property Operations

Our Managers and Onsite Teams

John Calcaterra
Investment Manager
Capital Projects
John Calcaterra
Investment Manager
Capital Projects
Justin Farenga
Investment Manager
Capital Markets
Justin Farenga
Investment Manager
Capital Markets
Luke Pierce
Investment Associate
Luke Pierce
Investment Associate
Rachel Teo
Analyst
Rachel Teo
Analyst
Michele Aurora
Executive Office Manager
Michele Aurora
Executive Office Manager
Eliza Lipton
Accounting Portfolio Manager
Eliza Lipton
Accounting Portfolio Manager
Connie Han
Accounting Portfolio Manager
Connie Han
Accounting Portfolio Manager
Ed Dor
Accounts Payable/Receivable
Ed Dor
Accounts Payable/Receivable
Orisha Re' Lampkin
General Manager
The Buchanan
Orisha Re' Lampkin
General Manager
The Buchanan
Lyle Levine
General Manager
101 West End Avenue
Lyle Levine
General Manager
101 West End Avenue
Stephanie Diaz
General Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Stephanie Diaz
General Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Charlie Albor
General Manager
The Landon
Charlie Albor
General Manager
The Landon
Erika Halburian
General Manager
220 East 72nd Street
Erika Halburian
General Manager
220 East 72nd Street
Drew Kanter
General Manager
21 West End Avenue
Drew Kanter
General Manager
21 West End Avenue
Evelyn Vega-Perez
General Manager
Moda
Evelyn Vega-Perez
General Manager
Moda
Monique Bakoss
General Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Monique Bakoss
General Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Iryna Burmagin
General Manager
The Kestrel
Iryna Burmagin
General Manager
The Kestrel
Stephen Keebler
General Manager
250 East Houston
Stephen Keebler
General Manager
250 East Houston
Jennifer Brocato
General Manager
The Colorado
Ardit Hysaj
Assistant Property Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Ardit Hysaj
Assistant Property Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Sarah Montelibano
Assistant Property Manager
101 West End Avenue
Sarah Montelibano
Assistant Property Manager
101 West End Avenue
Gabrielle Gayagoy-Gonzalez
Assistant Property Manager
The Landon
Gabrielle Gayagoy-Gonzalez
Assistant Property Manager
The Landon
Ayisha Harris
Assistant Property Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Ayisha Harris
Assistant Property Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Melissa Vega
Assistant Property Manager
21 West End Avenue
Melissa Vega
Assistant Property Manager and Leasing Manager
21 West End Avenue
Andre Green
Assistant Property Manager
Moda
Andre Green
Assistant Property Manager
Moda
Nicole Canuelas
Associate Property Manager
21 West End Avenue
Nicole Canuelas
Associate Property Manager
21 West End Avenue
Nathalie Forest
Associate Property Manager
21 West End Avenue
Nathalie Forest
Associate Property Manager
21 West End Avenue
Alexander Nunner
Leasing & Marketing Director
The Landon
Alexander Nunner
Leasing & Marketing Director
The Landon
Alexandra Johnson
Leasing & Marketing Manager
Moda
Alexandra Johnson
Leasing & Marketing Manager
Moda
Jon Epstein
Leasing & Marketing Director
101 West End Avenue
Jon Epstein
Leasing & Marketing Director
101 West End Avenue
Joshua Smith
Leasing & Marketing Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Joshua Smith
Leasing & Marketing Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Arianna Mahone
Leasing & Marketing Manager
The Colorado
Arianna Mahone
Leasing & Marketing Manager
The Colorado
Raquel Lugo
Leasing & Marketing Manager
220 East 72nd Street
Raquel Lugo
Leasing & Marketing Manager
220 East 72nd Street
Christiana Coleman
Leasing & Marketing Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Christiana Coleman
Leasing & Marketing Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Manuel Garay Jr.
Resident Manager
Moda
Manuel Garay Jr.
Resident Manager
Moda
David Potter
Resident Manager
21 West End Avenue
David Potter
Resident Manager
21 West End Avenue
Enis Mehani
Resident Manager
The Landon
Enis Mehani
Resident Manager
The Landon
Benjamin Potter
Resident Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Benjamin Potter
Resident Manager
66 Rockwell Place
John Coyne
Resident Manager
101 West End Avenue
John Coyne
Resident Manager
101 West End Avenue
Luis Perez
Resident Manager
250 East Houston
Luis Perez
Resident Manager
250 East Houston
Hector Garcia
Resident Manager
The Colorado
Hector Garcia
Resident Manager
The Colorado
Leonidha Ruci
Resident Manager
The Kestrel
Leonidha Ruci
Resident Manager
The Kestrel
Frank Bianco
Resident Manager
Arabella at 101 Avenue D
Frank Bianco
Resident Manager
Arabella at 101 Avenue D
Daniel Juers
Resident Manager
250 East Houston Street
Daniel Juers
Resident Manager
250 East Houston Street
Gjon Uljic
Resident Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Gjon Uljic
Resident Manager
535 West 43rd Street