Leaders & Advisors
One of our greatest assets is the commitment and passion of our Leaders which is passed along to our entire team, whose collective wisdom and specific talents as dedicated seasoned real estate professionals add value to every step of the investment process while sharing a common vision.
While Cohen Asset Management has produced extraordinary results with our greatest asset – our team members- our investors also have access to our long-standing relationships with our many talented advisors considered to be at the top of their field in the commercial real estate industry.
To supplement our own in-house capabilities, when appropriate, we utilize the experience, strengths and the resources of these relationships that have been fostered and nourished over decades. These advisors are selected for their wide range of complementary skills and specific experience in areas such as capital markets, negotiating, structuring and closing real estate transactions, executing complex strategies, research analysis, leasing, legal, tax, accounting, brokerage, architecture, insurance, construction, engineering and environmental, among others.
Our predominant focus, extensive experience and long-standing market relationships in the industrial and logistics sector is made available to our investors with the expectation that our familiarity in the acquisition, development, operation, and disposition of industrial and logistics real estate assets will provide a competitive advantage over many other investors in terms of market knowledge, deal flow and our ability to successfully execute.
Our Team Leaders
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cohen oversees all business activities and the strategic direction of Cohen Asset Management. The company is guided by Mr. Cohen’s approximately 45 years of real estate experience as a hands-on investor/operator. Mr. Cohen previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) and was a past member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and is an active participant with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Mr. Cohen was born and raised in Los Angeles where he currently resides. As an active member of the Los Angeles area community, Mr. Cohen is involved with several philanthropic organizations.
PRINCIPAL & C0-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
As Co-Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Delf oversees the investment activities of Cohen Asset Management and its affiliated entities. With more than 25 years of real estate experience during his career, Mr. Delf has participated in over $4B of property transactions. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management in 1997, Mr. Delf earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Loyola Marymount University and a graduate degree in Real Estate Development (MRED) from the University of Southern California. Mr. Delf has been a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and is often an active participant with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Mr. Delf was raised in Calgary, Canada and as an active member of the Los Angeles area community has served as a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in addition to his involvement in several other philanthropic organizations.
PRINCIPAL & C0-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
As Co-Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Haas oversees the investment activities of Cohen Asset Management and its affiliated entities with primary responsibilities including sourcing and executing the investment strategies of Cohen Asset Management and its affiliated entities along with oversight of the firm’s institutional client relationships. With more than 25 years of institutional and entrepreneurial real estate experience during his career, Mr. Haas has participated in property transactions valued in excess of $4B. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management in 2006, Mr. Haas spent 8 years with INVESCO Real Estate as an Acquisition Officer focusing on joint venture investments with operating partners across the country. Mr. Haas resides in Los Angeles and earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Mr. Haas has been a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he served on an Industrial and Office Property Council. Mr. Haas was raised in Washington DC and as an active member of the Los Angeles area community, he is involved with numerous philanthropic organizations including the Tiger Woods Foundation and Los Angeles area public school charities.
PRINCIPAL, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
As Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. McGinness is responsible for overseeing Cohen Asset Management’s corporate and real estate financial operations. With more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting through various management positions, Mr. McGinness has overall operational oversight for investment accounting and reporting, valuation, information technology, risk management and regulatory compliance. Born and raised in Southern California, Mr. McGinness earned his acceptance as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California following his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a degree in business economics. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management in 2010, Mr. McGinness was a member of the finance teams at both Macerich® (NYSE: MAC) and Bentley Forbes Holdings, LLC; managing the financial and regulatory reporting as well as systems and compliance areas for each company. Mr. McGinness was raised in San Diego and started his career in Los Angeles with the Business Assurance practice of Coopers & Lybrand, LLP. As an active member of the Los Angeles area community, Mr. McGinness is involved in the non-profit, Friends of Playa Vista Elementary School as well as a participant in numerous other philanthropic organizations.
PRINCIPAL & DIRECTOR OF ACQUISITIONS
As Director of Acquisitions, Mr. Cohen’s primary responsibilities include executing the acquisition strategy for Cohen Asset Management and its affiliated entities along with overseeing the firm’s California portfolio. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management in 2016, Mr. Cohen was an investment sales broker at CBRE, where he received the firm’s Rookie of the Year award in the company’s Downtown Los Angeles office. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Cohen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree from the University’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. In addition to his involvement in organizations such as ULI and NAIOP, Mr. Cohen is an active member of the Los Angeles community where he is a participant in several philanthropic organizations.
DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT, EAST
As Director of Asset Management, Ms. Palumbo brings over 20 years of leadership and experience to the asset management department with oversight of the asset management operations for the company’s East Region. Ms. Palumbo is responsible for implementing the investment strategy and business plan adopted for each investment by overseeing the strategic, operational, and financial management of each property to maximize investor returns. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management, Ms. Palumbo served as the Senior Real Estate and Customer Experience Manager at Prologis Inc. (NYSE:PLD), overseeing the day-to-day operations and financial management of industrial and logistics portfolios in several markets along the East Coast including Florida, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. Ms. Palumbo graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor’s degree in political science. In addition, Ms. Palumbo’s professional affiliations include organizations such as the Building Owners Manager Association International (BOMA) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Ms. Palumbo was raised in Rhode Island and resides with her family in New Jersey and is an active member of her community while enjoying creating pottery, playing golf, and spending time outdoors.
DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT, ARIZONA
As Director of Asset Management, Ms. Srinarayana is responsible for the oversight of the asset management operations for the company’s Arizona portfolio. Her leadership responsibilities include implementing the investment strategy and the business plan adopted for each investment including the strategic, operational, and financial management of each property with the goal of maximizing investor returns. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management, Ms. Srinarayana held asset management and operations positions at BIG RED Asset Management and VEREIT (NYSE:VER). Born and raised in Phoenix, Ms. Srinarayana graduated from Arizona State University and is passionate about supporting local philanthropic organizations that aim to empower children and women.
DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT, TEXAS
As Director of Asset Management, Ms. Lutz oversees the asset management operations for the company’s Texas Holdings. Ms. Lutz is responsible for implementing the investment strategy and the business plan adopted for each investment by overseeing the strategic, operational, and financial management of each property to maximize investor returns. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management, Ms. Lutz worked at Prologis, Cushman & Wakefield, and Digital Realty. Ms. Lutz is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and the Oakland Builders Alliance (OBA). Ms. Lutz is originally from Pennsylvania and relocated to Dallas, Texas to oversee the asset management operations for the company’s Texas Holdings. Ms. Lutz attended the University of Pittsburgh for her bachelor’s degree in law and then went onto complete her MBA at Argosy University in Tampa, Florida.
DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT, EAST
As Director of Asset Management, Mr. Sargis oversees the asset management operations for the company’s Eastern Region. Based out of Short Hills, New Jersey, Mr. Sargis is responsible for the day-to-day operations which include leasing, marketing, and property management. In addition, Mr. Sargis participates in the sourcing and underwriting of new investment opportunities for the company’s Eastern Region. Prior to joining Cohen Asset Management, Mr. Sargis served as the Regional Vice President of Asset Management for Industrial Income Trust/Industrial Property Trust, a publicly traded REIT located in Denver, Colorado where he managed the day-to-day operations, leasing and marketing of more than 26 million square feet along the Eastern Seaboard. With more than twenty-five years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Sargis has completed several hundred industrial real estate transactions totaling over $4 billion. Mr. Sargis was elected as one of Real Estate NJ’s 40 Under 40 in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Communications from The University of Tampa.