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Josh Klimkiewicz
President & Founder

Josh has been in the real estate transaction business for nearly a decade. He started Acquire Real Estate to solve the inefficiencies he saw in how capital is currently raised for real estate transactions. “The capital flow into real estate has always rested in the hands of a very small population and the industry as a whole has been reluctant to change.”

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“There are millions of accredited investors with no direct exposure to commercial real estate and even the most successful real estate owners wonder where the equity for their next deal will come from. We are trying to fix that.” Prior to starting Acquire Real Estate, Josh worked as a Vice President of Capital Markets at CBRE/New England in Boston, MA. He was a senior member of a 25 person team responsible for underwriting, structuring, and advising on capital raising efforts for real estate transactions. During his time at CBRE Josh performed underwriting for more than $9.0 billion of retail, office, industrial hotel and multifamily properties and facilitated in closing 150+ capital market transactions in excess of $5.0 billion.

Prior to joining CBRE Josh played professional baseball for the El Paso Diablos.


Josh is a graduate of Harvard University.

Gerry Polucci
Chief Technology Officer & Founder

Gerry is an entrepreneur, software architect, and accomplished engineer with 30 years of experience. In 1996 Gerry founded Mindstorm Technologies, a boutique software consultancy that innovates core technology for other companies. Mindstorm has developed many successful products including a medical imaging platform for cardiologists, one of the first Windows Mobile applications on the Stinger phone for Orange Wireless, and a storage management tool.

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Gerry co-founded SwiftTouch Corporation in 1998, which was based on his idea for a virtual business card that attached to email correspondence. The product grew into a complete personal organizer that synchronized its data with Outlook, Lotus Notes, Act! and GoldMine. Later a wireless website and interactive voice interface was added so users could interact with their organizer by voice. He helped raised its initial $5 million investment, built the development team, and released the product to favorable reviews in the August 2000 edition of PC Magazine. SwiftTouch was later acquired by PumaTech in November of 2000. Mr. Polucci is listed as an inventor on its patents.

Gerry founded Smartparents, a social media monitoring company that monitors kid's activities on social media sites and alerts their parents to potential threats. He built the entire cloud based architecture himself.

He started his career at age 12 programming games on the Atari 800 home computer. By the age of 17 he was being flown over to England by the game company Psygnosis to discuss purchasing his games.


Gerry is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts where he earned a bachelors degree in Computer Science.

Richard Ellenbogen
General Counsel

Richard Ellenbogen is a securities law attorney with more than 25 years of top-tier law firm and in-house general counsel experience advising clients on a broad range of corporate, securities, regulatory and operations matters, including in the organization, operations and regulatory compliance of investments management firms and private equity, venture capital and hedge funds. Richard is also Special Counsel to the law firm of Richardson & Patel LLP.

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Richard spent a combined 20 years at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. After nine years at Weil, Richard joined a client, EnTrust Capital Inc., as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. At EnTrust , Richard had key roles in the formations and operations of the firm's hedge funds and venture capital fund, including in venture capital transctions. Richard later returned to Weil as a consulting counsel in the private equity/fund formation practice group, but was often known to be "multi-groupal" assisting in capital markets, securitization and even litigation involving regulatory matters. Prior to Weil, Richard was an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Richard was also involved in the management and operations of a small family business and apprenticed at major law firms while attending law school at night.


Richard earned a J.D. from New York Law School and an MBA in Finance from Pace University, in both cases attending night school. Richard received his MBA With Distinction and honorary lifetime membership in Delta Mu Delta, a national honors society for graduate business studies, based upon high academic achievement.

Shannon Falvey
Director of Communications

Shannon Falvey had led marketing and communications strategy for numerous startup organizations, using data to help new products and technologies reach their ideal client base. An expert at applying data to conversion optimization, marketing strategy and development, Shannon has worked across multiple platforms to build analytics programs that drive client satisfaction and business growth. Prior to joining Acquire, Shannon led marketing efforts on behalf of Origami Risk, and previously oversaw corporate communications and public relations for the New England region of CB Richard Ellis.

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Shannon holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Trinity College and a Master's degree in Communication from Northwestern University.

Lindsay Alberico
Director of Investor Relations

Prior to joining Acquire Real Estate Lindsay worked as a Vice President, Client Services for CBRE/Grossman Retail Advisors in Boston, MA. She supported a team of 15 commercial retail leasing brokers and managed the strategy, creation, production and coordination of all marketing campaigns and collateral for both internal and external clients. Lindsay interfaced with existing and prospective clients from the beginning of every project to effectively assess the scope/requirements to determine the appropriate methodology and timeframe for all deliverables. Along with client services, she was responsible for content development, market research and database management.

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Lindsay is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration.

Daniel Katz

When Dan started Katz Properties he had to make the strategic decision whether to target institutional capital sources or accredited individual investors to invest in his deals. “We realized very quickly that, while it may be easier to raise large sums of money from a single institution or pension fund, the goals of institutional capital don't always align with the goals of a real estate operator. Institutional investment decisions are driven by macroeconomic fundamentals and overall allocation needs, not necessarily the quality or strength of an individual property. We have been very successful raising money from accredited investors and I believe Acquire Real Estate will offer the same single-stop convenience of institutional capital with goals better aligned for the successful operator. Our goal is to offer the same transparency to the real estate capital markets as we have all come to expect with every other facet of our lives.”

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Daniel Katz founded Katz Properties in Boston in 2003 and subsequently opened offices in New York and Philadelphia. Aside from guiding overall corporate strategy Daniel is primarily responsible for sourcing acquisition opportunities and developing strategic venture partnerships for Katz Properties. Through his leadership Katz Properties has built a premium portfolio of grocery anchored shopping centers in the high density markets of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. Since the 2008 economic downturn Katz Properties has acquired over 3 Million square feet of grocery anchored retail properties with market value in excess of $500 Million. Prior to founding Katz Properties, Daniel was part of a team at RHS Realty Associates that leased and managed numerous office and retail properties in New York City. While at RHS, Mr. Katz also independently syndicated and managed the acquisition, redevelopment and disposition of several multi-family residential properties.


Dan is a graduate of the University of Hartford.

Daniel Kaufthal

Throughout his career in real estate acquisition and development Daniel has witnessed first-hand the lack of access that most individuals have to invest in real estate. He has seen that people tend to feel "left out" when it comes to finding direct real estate investment opportunities and he is motivated to change that through Acquire Real Estate. “Time and time again my friends and family members have approached me to ask if I might be able to include a friend, family member or colleague of theirs, who is seeking exposure to real estate investments, in my next deal. It's clear to me that there's a need to create a platform that will enable individuals to invest in real estate without having to maneuver for access through friends of friends.”

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In addition to Acquire Real Estate Daniel is a Principal of Katz Properties, which is a real estate investment, development and management company primarily focused on the acquisition, operation and repositioning of grocery-anchored shopping centers, with approximately 3,000,000 square feet under management. He oversees the entire execution process for all of the company's acquisitions as well as all financial activity for the company and its existing portfolio of properties.

Prior to joining Katz Properties in 2008, Daniel was Vice President of Celestial Capital Group, where he focused primarily on acquisitions of value-add office and retail properties in the New York metropolitan area and was involved in the management of Celestial's existing portfolio of office and retail properties.

Daniel started his career in the real estate industry at Roseland Property Company as an Assistant Development Manager. He was part of a team that was responsible for the oversight of all aspects of a $1.7 Billion mixed-use development.


Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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