Our Team

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

Founder and CEO

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.

GADI KAUFMANN

Special Advisor

Gadi Kaufmann has over 40 years of experience working with developers, lenders, private and institutional investors, and non-real estate entities, conducting engagements in the U.S. and abroad. Gadi’s areas of expertise include economic consulting for real estate projects and portfolios; corporate strategy planning and management consulting at the enterprise level.  He accumulated vast experience in formulating and implementing successful investment and portfolio strategies, and in successfully concluding several large scale transactions involving the acquisition, disposition and capitalization of numerous individual properties, portfolios and operating companies with an aggregate transaction value of several billions.

AARON COHEN

Chief Operating Officer

Aaron Cohen is the Chief Operating Officer for CGI+ and oversees the firm’s operating departments, including property operations, asset management, all administrative functions, and the execution of all development, renovation, and construction activities. Most importantly, he provides strategic operational leadership ensuring the delivery of the goals and objectives defined by CGI+’s strategic growth plan. Aaron is originally from Orange County, CA and graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He has decades of real-estate experience with expertise in multifamily investments and management as he operated over $15B of multifamily assets in his previous role. Aaron is an expert on how to yield strong returns while maintaining the longevity and quality of the assets. He is passionate about spending time with family, playing and writing music, and high adrenaline sports including scuba diving, snowboarding, rock climbing, and skydiving.

ZION PERETS

Chief Financial Officer

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

Chief Legal Counsel

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 previous 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.

ANDRE SOROUDI

Executive Vice President Acquisitions & Development – West Coast

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.

BRIAN TOQE

Vice President, Asset Management

Brian Toqe is responsible for creating and implementing real estate strategies in operations, design, construction, and overall investment performance, and he currently oversees CGI+’s national portfolio of multifamily and commercial real estate investments. Mr. Toqe brings over 10 years of experience in institutional ownership, value-added repositioning, and ground-up design and preconstruction, as well as prior experience in land and commercial acquisitions. In recent years, he has been directly responsible for all aspects of asset management of portfolios valued at over $5B. Brian is a graduate of The Master’s University, a liberal arts college, where he studied finance, and he holds a post-graduate certificate in finance from the University of San Francisco. He is a California CPA, and he started his career with Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen in their real estate groups.

SAMUEL DICKINSON

Vice President, Marketing & Branding

Samuel Dickinson joined CGI+ in 2021 and currently serves as Vice President, Marketing & Branding. Dickinson spearheads the marketing efforts and develops strategic strategy for the company’s corporate brand and its portfolio of properties. Prior to joining CGI+ Samuel oversaw marketing and technology initiatives for the west coasts top REIT specializing in commercial office space and movie studios totaling over $10B in assets. He is a licensed California Real Estate Salesperson and has a Bachelor of Science in Television Radio Production from Ithaca College. When he is not in the office Samuel can be found, biking, surfing, snowboarding, or traveling the coast.

David Estrada

Vice President, Ground Up Construction

David Estrada is the Vice President of Ground-Up Construction for CGI+. He is primary focused on overseeing the CGI+ ground-up developments from pre-construction through construction and handover to the management team. He is responsible for project development, construction management, contractor relationships, project scheduling, budget management, and consultant coordination. He is a double graduate at the University of Southern California with a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering.

ALLA KRUMER

VP of Construction Accounting Yardi Admin

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.

HAIG NAZARIAN

Vice President of Development

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.

Sasa Jovic

Director of Capital Expenditures

Sasa Jovic is the Director of Capital Expenditures at CGI+. He oversees all capital expenditures, renovations, and maintenance for the multitude of CGI+ properties. Jovic has been with CGI+ since 2017, and has proudly worked on 13 properties with the company. Jovic has over 15 years of experience in upper management, company development, business consulting, financing and entrepreneurship working for the EU and various other private companies. He has a Bachelors in Management, and an MBA in Finance. When he’s not in the office, Jovic spends his free time with his kids playing basketball, hiking, and traveling.

MARK E. COHEN

EVP of Acquisitions & Development – South East

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.

Matthew Keenen

VP, Development

Matthew Keenen is the Director of Land Acquisitions for San Diego and Orange County. From Portland to Irvine to New York City, he has national expertise in land acquisitions and financial modeling. With more than 10 years of experience, he has managed a $500M pipeline of projects and has been involved in the acquisition, entitlement, and development of over 3,000 units across single family homes, townhomes and apartments. He received his bachelor’s degree in his hometown of Portland at Portland State University and earned his master’s degree in real estate development at USC. He is passionate about traveling the world and can often be found spending time outdoors and backpacking.

KELLY HERMAN

Director of Investor Relations

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.

JENNY RAYAS

Director of HR & Office Management

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.

SALIM ABBOUD

Director of Fundraising – Middle East

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.

JUSTIN RUDER

Sr. Acquisitions Associate (West Coast)

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.

STERLING GUTTING

Sr. Acquisitions Associate – Income Production (South East)

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.