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.
Zion Perets joined CGI+ in 2012 and currently serves as 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 the CGI+ 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, the culture, mission, brand, vision, and values of CGI+. 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.
Sterling Gutting, a Georgia native, joined CGI+ Strategies in the Fall of 2020 as an Acquisitions Associate. Gutting specializes in Multifamily assets throughout the Southeast and is responsible for finding, valuing, and analyzing the surrounding market conditions of a property. Prior to his role with CGI+, Gutting worked with a brokerage firm underwriting properties and assisting brokers in building compelling stories to assist in selling assets. His ability to think outside the box and look for the strongest aspects of a property allows him to excel in his role. Gutting holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Florida State University.
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.
Haig Nazarian is the Director of Development for CGI+. He has 12+ years of experience in real estate investments and development. He is primarily focused on overseeing ground-up developments through the entire life cycle of the investment, from acquisition through disposition. Previously, Haig was at CIM Group where he worked on the acquisition and development of over 1,100 apartment units and several mixed-use projects totaling over 1.4 million square feet with total development budgets exceeding $400 million in Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout Mexico. He was a triple major at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where he received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics, History, and Russian Studies. In 2016 he graduated with a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Justin Ruder joined CGI+ strategies in 2020 as an Acquisitions and Development Associate. Ruder specializes in ground-up development projects and is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and underwriting while working with the Director of Acquisitions to oversee the entitlement process. Prior to his role with CGI+, Ruder worked as a commercial land broker specializing in the sales and acquisition of commercial properties. His experience in the commercial development space, work ethic, and thirst for knowledge makes Ruder a true powerhouse member of the team. He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Wisconsin. In his free time, you’ll find him exploring the great outdoors or cheering on the Dodgers and Lakers.
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 the CGI+ 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
Jonathan Shapiro joined CGI+ in Spring 2021 as the Director of Business Development and Investor Relations. Ahead of joining the CGI+ team, Shapiro was the Managing Director for a capital management group in West Hollywood. Shapiro’s background in project, team and capital management brings efficiency, fluency and wisdom to the CGI+ landscape. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin – Madison and is the Vice President of Member Retention at The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home.
A senior real estate executive, Salim brings to CGI+ over 20 years’ experience in sales, leasing, marketing and customer relations for top tier real estate development companies in the United States and Middle East. He oversees Capital Markets in the Middle East for CGI+, putting to use his exemplary skill set in market analysis and sales strategies coupled with strong leadership and interpersonal skills. An excellent communicator, fluent in English, Arabic and French, Salim expertly handles client liaison, establishing profitable and sustainable relationships with stakeholders enhancing the company’s reputation.
Kelly Herman joined CGI+ in Spring 2021 to serve as an Investor Relations Associate. As the first touchpoint in investor relations, Herman specializes in relationship building and will play a key role in maintaining existing relationships and introducing new capital relationships at CGI+. Before joining the CGI+ team, Herman served as a project manager for an institutional apartment brokerage firm. Herman’s multifamily sales experience directly influences her ability to develop relationships throughout the commercial real estate industry. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Auburn University, followed by a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Georgetown University.
Aryn Thomez is Vice President of Property Management for CGI+ overseeing the entire portfolio of hospitality and commercial assets. She brings to the team her expertise in the areas of renovations, pre-leasing, valuation, property management, capital improvements and operations. From previous experience, Thomez has more than 15 years in the hospitality and multifamily industries. In her spare time, she volunteers on several philanthropic boards and enjoys spending time with her 3 adorable dogs, friends, and family. Aryn Thomez has her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Northwestern College.
Chris Furman is Vice President of Asset Management 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.
Hiyasmin Harper is the Senior Vice President of Accounting for CGI+, managing the financial affairs and day to day accounting operations of the company. With over 15 years of experience in various industries, she has a strong backgrounding in budgeting, cash management and financial analysis- as well as experience with property management and construction, making her the perfect fit for the CGI+ family. She was previously the Director of Finance and Accounting for CIM group, where she oversaw 50 assets from various industries. She attended California State University, Northridge for her Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
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 of 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 Director of Operations for Bread and Salt Hospitality and assists Kasia Mays with day-to-day operations, marketing, and community outreach. Prior to her time at CGI+, Rayas worked for Congressman Tony Cardenas, working on multiple campaigns. Her motivated mentality, passion, and time management skills brings exceptional value to the office and CGI+ team.
Adrian Goldstein is one of the forces behind CGI+ Strategies. His experience includes 35 years in commercial real estate, specifically institutional finance, and operations. 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, and later held many successful positions with the Greenwich Group International LLC and Weston Communities. 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.