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Next Generation Honoree: ArborCrowd’s Kaufman Champions Transparency

As the real estate crowdfunding industry started to take shape following the passage of the JOBS Act of 2012, Adam Kaufman recognized the potential to create a crowdfunding real estate platform by leveraging the reputation and network of relationships the Arbor family of companies — including the publicly traded Arbor Realty Trust — has cultivated for more than 30 years. He co-founded ArborCrowd, an online platform that enables individuals to make equity investments in institutional-quality commercial real estate, in January 2016, just three years after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania.

That’s just one of the reasons we chose Kaufman to be one of the New York 2018 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s second annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

To date, the carefully curated investment opportunities Kaufman has presented on ArborCrowd’s platform have collectively raised more than $18 million of equity in transactions valued at nearly $200 million. Yet, he understands that the real estate crowdfunding industry could be susceptible to bad actors who might try to take advantage of this relatively new concept. Therefore, in addition to his stewardship of ArborCrowd, he is an outspoken leader who advocates for responsibility in the space and promotes transparency in the industry.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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