CGI was founded by Gidi Cohen and Adrian Goldstein with a vision to create a collective of freethinkers and innovators that deliver boutique-living solutions that are beautiful, functional and inspiring to the people that live in them and enrich the communities they serve.
Gidi Cohen has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, with skills and expertise in the acquisition, disposition, syndication, and development in a variety of industries. Launching his career, Cohen founded Cohen & Associates in 2006, growing the small firm into a prominent real estate investment and management firm. Betting on his innovative spirit and passion for real estate, Cohen formed CGI Strategies in Real Estate in 2013, a development and investment management company with a national perspective in commercial and multi-family properties. Now, with the current CGI portfolio mix, Cohen prioritizes exciting and unique living environments for the communities CGI serves and generates with exceptional investor returns.
Adrian Goldstein is one of the forces behind CGI Strategies. He harnesses our company’s vision and oversees its growth with detailed strategic forethought and planning. His experience includes 35 years in commercial real estate, specifically institutional finance and operations. His unique experience allows him to understand the perspective of the institutional lender and he is adept at structuring deals to leverage outstanding returns for institutions, funds and private individuals who invest in our projects. Prior to 2013 when Adrian and Gidi Cohen partnered to form CGI Strategies, Adrian was a managing partner at Gelt, Inc, a private real estate investment company. There he designed and implemented a business plan to acquire multi-family properties resulting in the acquisition and management of approximately 1,500 units in less than 3 years, valued at approximately $130 million USD. Adrian has enjoyed many successes in his career. In the ’90s, he was a founding member of the Greenwich Group International, LLC, an investment advisory/banking firm, specializing in debt and equity financings, investments and institutional lending for real estate transactions. He quickly earned a reputation as a reliably effective deal-closer after his completion of the $225 million USD recapitalization of an office building portfolio and a hotel in San Diego for Southwest Realty Partners with iStar Capital. Adrian left Greenwich to assist in the operation and liquidation of his family’s real estate developments at Weston Communities. There he managed the disposition of assets valued at $200 million USD, including an apartment portfolio of 500 rental units that were sold to Archstone Smith, a public REIT for $125 million USD. The start of Adrian’s career takes us back to 1982 with Cushman & Wakefield, a leading international commercial brokerage firm. In the late 80’s he co-founded a new investment group at Cushman & Wakefield specializing in institutional finance and sales. Adrian and his wife Deborah are bi-coastal living in Calabasas, CA and Lawrence, NY. They have raised five children who are now adults living successful lives with careers in accounting, law, banking and health care.
Roni is a founding member of CGI. He oversees international investor relations and has an important voice in all aspects of deal execution. His 25 years of experience as a manufacturing business owner and manager coupled with his natural ability to draw people in and grow relationships makes him a great asset to our team. Roni’s experience in real estate investments exceeds 15 years and has gained him an innate understanding of what investors want and how to deliver it. Prior to joining CGI, Roni founded Big Baby Inc., an innovative accessory designer and manufacturer. Under Roni’s leadership, the company experienced a massive increase in sales and had many big wins, such as the successful negotiation of a licensed Disney collection. In both the US and internationally, the company surpassed revenue and performance goals year-over-year. Roni was born in Israel and served in the Israeli army for three years. He now resides in Studio City with his wife Deborah and their three children, with whom he enjoys spending time and traveling. Roni is an avid fútbol aficionado, always follows the World Cup and enjoys watching and playing year-round.
Zion Perets joined CGI in 2012 and currently serves as CGI’s Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner. Perets oversees the financial, accounting and portfolio affairs of CGI and contributes to the development of the company’s strategic goals. Prior to joining CGI, Perets served as the Director of Finance at one of Israel’s largest insurance companies. Perets received his bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics from Tel Aviv University, a Master of Law degree from UCLA School of Law, and an MBA from the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. He is also a lawyer in Israel.
Michael Wilson, raised in Los Angeles, is General Counsel for CGI handling all transaction processes, tenant issues, entity and deal structures, risk management, insurance, lawsuit and claims and general support to all departments. Prior to his time at CGI, Wilson was real estate defense attorney and utilized his real estate broker’s license, allowing for him to build practical experience in risk management and real estate transactions. Michael Wilson has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management along with his Juris Doctor degree.
An accomplished hospitality expert with nearly 20 years of experience, Kasia Mays ensures customer satisfaction for all clients and is focused on luxury and elevated design to shape CGI’s community and make it a best-in-class residential experience. As COO, Mays oversees marketing and public relations, human resources, information technology and most importantly, CGI’s culture, mission, brand, vision and values. Driven by a strong sense of purpose, Mays’s unconditional passion, creative palette and drive brings extraordinary value to the CGI leadership team.
Mark Cohen, from Milton, GA, has been with Gidi Cohen and CGI from the start. Originally the Director of Acquisitions and Financing for Cohen & Associates, Cohen has brought his talent and skills for sourcing, underwriting, and managing construction and commercial real estate loans to CGI. With his unparalleled ability to find and analyze real estate investment opportunities, Cohen leads the Southeast Region for CGI as Managing Partner. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
Andre Soroudi oversees acquisitions for the West Coast. He is primarily focused on sourcing, analyzing, underwriting, negotiating and executing transactions. Previously, Andre was with G.H. Palmer Associates where he worked on the acquisition and development of over 3,000 apartment units in Southern California with total development budgets exceeding $750 million. He is a triple graduate of the University of Southern California with an MBA, MRED and BA in Business Administration.
Mario Lopez, raised in Los Angeles, hails from a top general contracting firm in the nation and Southern California, and with experience from real estate investment and development firms with in-house construction management, Lopez builds value for CGI in the Los Angeles multifamily market with his expertise. Growing CGI’s professional network, Lopez is focused on bringing new partners to quality, sustainable real estate design and construction. Lopez received his Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning with a Minor in Real Property Development from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA
Greg was born in Venezuela and raised in New York by French parents. He has spent nearly 15 years in investment banking, hedge funds and wealth management. He oversees investment policies and procedures, capital markets, financial reporting and performance analytics for the partnerships. His career path has taken him to New York, London, Vienna, Milan and Los Angeles where he now lives with his wife and 2 sons. Greg holds Masters’ degrees from Columbia University in Real Estate and Bocconi University in Economics and speaks French, Italian and German
Chris Furman is Vice President of Operations for CGI managing profitable conventional, hospitality and commercial assets. He focuses on lease-up properties, specifically on the rate of marketing and leasing. From previous experience, Furman has more than 15 years in the hospitality and multifamily industries and has consulted for several luxury brands, specializing in operations and finance. In his spare time, Furman volunteers on several philanthropic boards and enjoys spending time with his two adorable dogs, friends, and family. Chris Furman has his bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations from Northern Illinois University.
Alla Krumer, born in Ukraine, is Vice President of Accounting, Construction for CGI overseeing all construction accounting and preparation of tax returns and compliance matters. With more than 25 years’ experience, Krumer has worked in construction and accounting starting as an accounts payable clerk before quickly advancing. Prior to her time at CGI, Krumer was a Controller at Griffin Real Estate Management, helping to prepare audit and project reports and implement and maintain all software systems. Alla Krumer has her Bachelor’s in Science in Accounting from California State University of Northridge. As a teenager, Krumer wanted to become a violinist and music teacher.
Jenny Rayas, a Los Angeles native, is the Office Manager for the West Hollywood office and assists Gregory Khodara as Investor Relations Coordinator. Prior to her time at CGI, Rayas worked for Congressman Tony Cardenas, working on multiple campaigns. Her motivated mentality and time management skills brings exceptional value to the office and CGI team.