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Ivan Kaufman | Arbor Realty Trust

Ivan Kaufman

Arbor Realty Trust

Chairman and CEO

New York City, NY

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Ivan Kaufman has extensive experience operating a diverse array of real estate finance companies that spans four decades and numerous real estate cycles. He is currently the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ABR), a leading multifamily and commercial real estate lender and real estate investment trust that became publicly traded in April 2004. With more than three decades of real estate financing experience, Mr. Kaufman earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Boston University and a J.D. from Hofstra School of Law before founding Arbor National Holdings and its lending subsidiary, Arbor National Mortgage, in 1983. Over the next several years, Mr. Kaufman turned Arbor National Mortgage into the leading provider of residential mortgage loans in the greater New York area, expanding the company to 25 branches and taking the company public in 1992 on the New York Stock Exchange. As a testament to his leadership during this period, Mr. Kaufman was named one of Inc.’s Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1990. The company was sold to Bank of America in 1995. In conjunction with the sale, Arbor Commercial Mortgage was formed, creating the eventual platform for Arbor Realty Trust. In 2016, the two companies merged, creating one comprehensive real estate finance franchise. Mr. Kaufman also serves as a Principal for Arbor Multifamily Acquisition Company (AMAC) and as CEO of ArborCrowd. Widely recognized for his expertise in the commercial and residential mortgage sectors, Mr. Kaufman has lectured on these topics at the Wharton School, Harvard Business School and Columbia University. Ivan Kaufman is a dedicated community leader, serving as Founder of the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, a state-of-the-art, 11-acre academy now regarded as one of the premier college preparatory schools in the Northeast. In addition, he has served on the Board of Trustees of The Birthright Israel Foundation.

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Arbor Realty Trust

For over 20 years, Uniondale, NY-based Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ABR) has helped multifamily and commercial real estate clients achieve their financial goals by focusing on growing long-term relationships and conducting business as not simply another real estate lender, but as a partner. We value our clients to such an extent that we’re more comfortable calling them partners, and their relationships with Arbor are the foundation of our business. Arbor Realty Trust is a leading provider of direct financing for multifamily and other commercial real estate properties. Arbor is a Top 10 Fannie Mae DUS® Multifamily Lender by volume; a Top Fannie Mae Small Loan Lender; a Freddie Mac Multifamily Lender; a Top Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan Lender; a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seniors Housing Lender; an FHA Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/LEAN Lender; a HUD-approved LIHTC Lender as well as a CMBS, Bridge, Mezzanine and Preferred Equity Lender. With a multibillion-dollar servicing portfolio, Arbor is a primary commercial loan servicer and a special servicer rated by Standard & Poor’s with an Above Average rating. Arbor is also on the Standard & Poor’s Select Servicer List and is a primary commercial loan servicer and loan level special servicer rated by Fitch Ratings.

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Area of Focus

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment