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 Managers and Site Teams

Rob Kilroy
Director, Southeast Region
Rob Kilroy
Director, Southeast Region
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
Asset Management
Jane Cohen
Asset Manager

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
Vice President
Asset Management and Capital Markets
Julie Cochran
Vice President
Asset Management and Capital Markets
John Calcaterra
Investment Manager
Capital Projects
John Calcaterra
Investment Manager
Capital Projects

Mr. Calcaterra joined Dermot in June, 2011 where he was responsible for a portfolio of approximately 1,500 apartment units. In 2014 Mr. Calcaterra supervised the construction program at The Colorado on the upper East Side. Currently, he is overseeing construction at 250 East Houston Street. Mr. Calcaterra’s prior work includes Broadway Bushwick Builders, 2007-2011 and The Kinsey Corporation, 2000-2006.


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

Ms. Aurora joined Dermot in March 2013 where she acts as Executive Assistant to the Dermot Partners and the Corporate Office Manager. Prior to joining Dermot Ms. Aurora was a graphic designer for 20 years focusing on editorial & package design.


Eliza Lipton
Accounting Portfolio Manager
Eliza Lipton
Accounting Portfolio Manager

Ms. Lipton joined Dermot in 2016 as a Senior Accountant responsible for overseeing Dermot’s portfolio and reporting. Prior to joining Dermot, Ms. Lipton’s work experience includes Portfolio Manager at Related Management Company for 10 years, where she was responsible for 23 mixed used properties, and as an accounting manager at Garden Homes Properties, a New Jersey based apartment owner with a portfolio of over 9,000 apartments.


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

Ms. Lampkin joined Dermot in July of 2011, and has lead the property management teams at two Dermot properties--- Moda and 66 Rockwell (where she is currently the General Manager). Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lampkin worked with Progressive Management from 2008 to 2011.


Ken Ludwig
General Manager
101 Est End Avenue
Ken Ludwig
General Manager
101 West End Avenue

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.


Stephanie Diaz
General Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Stephanie Diaz
General Manager
66 Rockwell Place

Ms. Ortiz joined Dermot in 2014 and since 2015 has been the General Manager at MODA, in Jamaica, Queens. Since joining Dermot, she has been a part of the property management teams at three Dermot properties. Ms. Ortiz was previously employed with Rosedale Management Co. from 2011 to 2014.


Charlie Albor
General Manager
The Helux
Charlie Albor
General Manager
The Helux

Mr. Albor joined Dermot in September of 2016 as the General Manager at 250 East Houston, one of Dermot's newest assets. Prior to joining Dermot, Charlie was the Property Manager at 175 Kent in Williamsburg for Equity Residential. Mr. Albor was at Equity from 2012 to 2016. Prior to Equity he was a Leasing Agent with The Laramar Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL from 2011-2012.


Erika Halburian
General Manager
The Colorado
Erika Halburian
General Manager
The Colorado
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

Ms. Vega-Perez joined Dermot in November 2013 as Assistant Property Manager of Moda. She brings 10 years of experience from The Bluestone Organization where she managed 23 buildings in Queens and Long Island.


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General Manager
535 West 43rd Street
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General Manager
535 West 43rd Street
Iryna Burmagin
General Manager
The Kestrel
Iryna Burmagin
General Manager
The Kestrel

Prior to joining the Dermot team Ms. Burmagin worked with Halstead Property as the leasing coordinator and Icer Real Estate Services as an executive assistant. She joined the Dermot Team in October 2014 as Assistant Property Manager of The Colorado and was promoted to 66 Rockwell. Ms. Burmagin brings with her extensive expertise in leasing and property management.


Ardit Hysaj
Assistant Property Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Ardit Hysaj
Assistant Property Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Lyle Levine
Assistant Property Manager
101 West End Avenue
Lyle Levine
Assistant Property Manager
101 West End Avenue
Stephen Keebler
General Manager
250 East Houston
Stephen Keebler
General Manager
250 East Houston

Mr. Keebler joined Dermot in October 2016 and is responsible for leasing at 250 East Houston. Prior to joining Dermot, Mr. Keebler was a leasing associate at Equity Residential from 2015 to 2016. Prior to that he earned his bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Gabrielle Gayagoy-Gonzalez
Assistant Property Manager
The Helux
Gabrielle Gayagoy-Gonzalez
Assistant Property Manager
The Helux
Christiana Coleman
Assistant Property Manager
The Colorado
Christiana Coleman
Assistant Property Manager
The Colorado
Jeannette Vargas
Assistant Property Manager
21 West End Avenue
Jeannette Vargas
Assistant Property Manager and Leasing Manager
21 West End Avenue
Andre Green
Assistant Property Manager
Moda
Andre Green
Assistant Property Manager
Moda
Alexander Nunner
Leasing and Marketing Manager
The Helux
Alexander Nunner
Leasing and Marketing Manager
The Helux

Mr. Nunner joined Dermot in March 2017 as Leasing Associate at 66 Rockwell. Prior to joining Dermot, Alex managed start-up and early-stage companies in the renewable energy sector since 2012. Alex earned his Bachelor of Science in Management at Monmouth University, NJ in 2009.


Tina Roa
Leasing Director
21 West End Avenue
Tina Roa
Leasing Director
21 West End Avenue

Ms. Roa joined Dermot May 2016 as Director of Leasing for 21 West End Avenue overseeing all leasing and marketing efforts. Ms. Roa has worked in the residential real estate industry for over 10 years including The Brodsky Organization, Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village (Leasing Manager - 11,000+ rental property), and The Irvine Company in Southern California (Sr. Sales Manager - 998 unit Lease Up).


Jon Epstein
Leasing Director
101 West End Avenue
Jon Epstein
Leasing 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

Ms. Mahone joined Dermot in October 2016 as a part-time Marketing and Leasing Agent and was promoted to her current full-time position in February 2018. Prior to joining Dermot, Ms. Mahone earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from University of Bologna, Italy.


Alexandra Johnson
Leasing & Marketing Manager
Moda
Alexandra Johnson
Leasing & Marketing Manager
Moda
Colin Sullivan
Leasing & Marketing Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Colin Sullivan
Leasing & Marketing Manager
66 Rockwell Place
Nelson Rivera
Resident Manager
Moda
Nelson Rivera
Resident Manager
Moda

Mr. Rivera joined Dermot in 2012 as Resident Manager at our properties in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Since August of 2016, Mr. Rivera has been Resident Manager of MODA where he manages the maintenance staff and the day to day maintenance operations of the building.


David Potter
Resident Manager
21 West End Avenue
David Potter
Resident Manager
21 West End Avenue

Mr. Potter joined Dermot in 2016, as the Resident Manager at 21 West End Avenue. Prior to joining Dermot he was the Resident Manager for Riverwalk Point for Related Management since 2015. Prior to that he was the Chief Engineer for the Town Center of Virginia Beach, a 3 million square foot mixed use commercial, residential complex consisting of 11 buildings from 2004 to 2015.


Enis Mehani
Resident Manager
The Helux
Enis Mehani
Resident Manager
The Helux

Mr. Mehani joined Dermot in September 2014 as a Handyman at The Colorado and was promoted to Maintenance Manager of 66 Rockwell in October 2015. Prior to joining Dermot, Mr. Mehani worked as a Handyman at The Cole in Manhattan for Planned Companies from 2012 to 2014 and has a background in low voltage electricity.


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
Kenneth Munz
Executive Chef
21 West End Avenue, Café 21
Kenneth Munz
Executive Chef
21 West End Avenue, Café 21
Conor Shrago
Bar & Restaurant Manager
21 West End Avenue, Café 21
Conor Shrago
Bar & Restaurant Manager
21 West End Avenue, Café 21