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Next Generation Honoree: RedSky’s Bernstein Brings Grit and Foresight to Investment

In his early 20s, Ben Bernstein began assembling what is now a $1-billion portfolio in Brooklyn before Millennials thought about leaving Manhattan. The RedSky Capital founder, who started buying up properties on the heels of the Great Financial Crisis, has demonstrated an abundance of both New York-style grit and foresight, along with the ability to execute on deals. He launched his strategy of long-term holds, primarily in multifamily and retail, at a challenging time in the market, when investing in commercial real estate looked like a dicey proposition.

Those are just some of the reasons we chose Bernstein 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.

Having established a track record of success across Brooklyn, Bernstein then turned his attention to Miami’s now-trendy Wynwood/Arts District, before it went by that name. Along with homegrown tenacity, he also has demonstrated an ability in both markets to bring on significant institutional investors and sell even the most sophisticated outsider on RedSky’s ability to execute. This persistence, coupled with Bernstein’s ability to connect with many different kinds of people—whether they’re partners, investors, city officials or otherwise—has been a major contributor to his and RedSky’s success.

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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).