Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Officers

Bruce J. Schanzer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Schanzer has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Cedar Realty Trust since June 2011. Prior thereto and since 2007, Mr. Schanzer was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co., with his last position being a managing director in their real estate investment banking group. From 2001 to 2007, he was employed by Merrill Lynch, with his last position being vice president in their real estate investment banking group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schanzer practiced real estate law for six years in New York. Mr. Schanzer received a B.A. from Yeshiva College, where he is now a member of its board of trustees, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Philip Mays
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Philip Mays joined Cedar Realty Trust in June 2011 after six years with Federal Realty Investment Trust, where he initially served as the Controller beginning in May 2005 and was subsequently promoted to Chief Accounting Officer in September 2006 and Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer in February 2007. Prior to Federal Realty, Mr. Mays was Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller for CRIIMI MAE, Inc. for a period of one year. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mays held various accounting and finance positions, including seven years as an accountant at Ernst & Young, LLP, achieving senior manager status at its office in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. At Ernst & Young, LLP, he supervised audits and assisted clients in real estate, construction and hospitality, including public REITs. Mr. Mays has been a C.P.A. since 1993 and has a B.S. degree with a double major in accounting and finance from Jacksonville University in Florida.
Robin McBride Zeigler
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Robin Zeigler joined Cedar Realty Trust in March 2016 after serving as Executive Vice President and Head of Operations at Penzance, a Washington, D.C.-based commercial real estate investment company since January 2015. From 2005 to 2015, Ms. Zeigler worked at Federal Realty Investment Trust, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In that capacity she was responsible for the operations of a portfolio of over 40 shopping centers and 5 mixed-use projects representing approximately 7.3 million square feet. Additionally, Ms. Zeigler provided oversight and strategic direction on mixed-use development and redevelopment projects. Ms. Zeigler holds a B.S. in Accounting from Florida A&M University and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University.
Adina G. Storch
Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Adina G. Storch joined Cedar Realty Trust in April 2014 as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Cedar, Ms. Storch practiced law at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP for 11 years, the last five of which she was a partner, where she developed a practice in complex real estate litigation. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Ms. Storch practiced in the Paris office of Shearman & Sterling LLP from 1999 to 2003, where she advised corporate clients and financial institutions on international capital markets transactions and regulatory compliance matters. Ms. Storch received her B.A. from Yale College, summa cum laude, and served as President of Phi Beta Kappa for her class. Ms. Storch received her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of The Yale Law Journal.
Michael Winters
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Michael Winters serves as Chief Investment Officer of Cedar Realty Trust, where he oversees and directs all acquisition and disposition activity since the company went on the New York Stock Exchange as a Real Estate Investment Trust in 2003. Mr. Winters is a highly accomplished real estate leader with more than 25 years of experience in high-profile real estate deals totaling over $4 billion and 18 million square feet. Renowned for a number of large-scale off market transactions, Mr. Winters brings extensive public and private real estate experience. He led the acquisition effort for the Cedar/Rio Can joint venture. Mr. Winters holds M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from Long Island University.
Charles Burkert
Senior Vice President of Development & Construction
Charles Burkert joined Cedar Realty Trust in June of 2013 as Vice President of Design & Construction and currently serves as Senior Vice President. Charles has more than 30 years of diversified construction and real estate experience. Before joining Cedar, Charles was Senior Vice President of Construction for Brixmor and its legacy companies, Centro Properties and New Plan Excel Realty Trust, a position he held for 12 years. Prior to joining New Plan, Charles served as Director of Construction for Rosen Associates in Jericho, NY. Charles is active in ICSC and served on the Centerbuild Planning Committee for many years. He was also a member of the retail industry steering group that developed the Certified Development, Design & Construction Professional (“CDP”) certification exam. Charles received his B.A. from Harvard University and a Masters in Real Estate from MIT.
Tim Havener
Senior Vice President of Leasing
Tim Havener joined Cedar Realty Trust as its Senior Vice President of Leasing in 2017. Having spent over 20 years in corporate real estate, Tim comes to Cedar with an extensive skillset that includes expertise in lease negotiations and property management. Tim’s prior experience includes spending 3 years at Equity One in North Miami Beach as Senior Vice President of Leasing, and 8 years as Vice President of Leasing at Pennsylvania Real Estate Development Trust.
Jennifer Bitterman
Vice President of Asset Management
Jennifer L. Bitterman joined Cedar Realty Trust in October 2011 and serves as the Company’s Vice President of Asset Management. Prior thereto, Ms. Bitterman worked at Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing in the asset management group and at Credit Suisse performing equity research on the REIT sector. She received her B.B.A. degree with high distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Lars Kerstein
Vice President of Development Leasing
Lars Kerstein joined Cedar Realty Trust in March 2017 as Vice President of Development Leasing. Lars is actively engaged in the Company’s leasing efforts for redevelopment projects, primarily in dense urban markets along the Acela corridor. Prior to joining Cedar, Lars was Vice President, Brokerage at Metro Commercial Real Estate, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA. While at Metro, Lars spearheaded leasing efforts on behalf of many of Philadelphia’s premier Landlords, successfully leasing some of the cities iconic retail projects. Separately, Lars provided tenant representation services to a several of national retailers including Target, PetSmart, Ruth’s Chris, Fox Restaurant Concepts and Regis Corp. throughout the Philadelphia region. Lars is an active member of ICSC, The Rittenhouse Row Association and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. Lars graduated with a B.A. in English from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Ehud Kupperman
Vice President of Development
Ehud Kupperman joined Cedar Realty Trust in 2016 and currently serves as Vice President of Development where he oversees the company’s development and redevelopment projects. Prior thereto, Ehud served as Vice President of Development at Equity One where he oversaw ground up development and large scale redevelopment projects throughout the country. Prior to this role, Mr. Kupperman worked at Blumenfeld Development Group managing various urban development projects in New York. Ehud attended SUNY Stony Brook where he pursued a B.S. in Business Management & Policy and is also an active ICSC member currently serving on the Committee for the New York National Deal Making event.
Ann Maneri
Vice President and Property Controller
Ann Maneri joined the Company in May 1991 as Controller. Prior thereto, Ms. Maneri worked in public accounting, specializing in the areas of real estate and management information services. She is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from New York Institute of Technology.
Gaspare J. Saitta, II
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Gaspare J. Saitta, II joined the Company in April 2004 and serves as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer. Prior thereto, Mr. Saitta spent ten years, last as audit senior-manager, with Ernst & Young. Mr. Saitta is a Certified Public Accountant and received his B.B.A. degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Joshua Stein
Vice President of Acquisitions
Joshua I. Stein joined Cedar Realty Trust in January 2014 and serves as the Company’s Vice President of Acquisitions. Prior thereto, Mr. Stein worked at Blackstone Real Estate Partners in the asset management group where he was a key member in all facets of asset management, financing, recapitalization, and disposition of properties across various property types. Prior to this role, Mr. Stein held positions at Loeb Partners Realty and Ernst & Young. He received his B.A. degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Bruce J. Schanzer
Bruce Schanzer has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Cedar Realty Trust since June 2011. Prior thereto and since 2007, Mr. Schanzer was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co., with his last position being a managing director in their real estate investment banking group. From 2001 to 2007, he was employed by Merrill Lynch, with his last position being vice president in their real estate investment banking group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schanzer practiced real estate law for six years in New York. Mr. Schanzer received a B.A. from Yeshiva College, where he is now a member of its board of trustees, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Roger M. Widmann
Chairman
Roger M. Widmann, a director since October 2003 and a member of the Compensation and Nominating/Corporate Governance committees, is an investment banker. He was a principal of the investment banking firm of Tanner & Co., Inc. from 1997 to 2004. From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Widmann was a senior managing director of Chemical Securities, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemical Banking Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase Corporation). Prior to joining Chemical Securities, Inc., Mr. Widmann was a founder and managing director of First Reserve Corporation, the largest independent energy investing firm in the U.S. Previously, he was senior vice president with the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, responsible for the firm’s domestic and international investment banking business. He had also been a vice president with New Court Securities (now Rothschild, Inc.). He was a director of Lydall, Inc. (NYSE), a manufacturer of thermal, acoustical and filtration materials, from 1974 to 2004, and its chairman from 1998 to 2004. He is a director of Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE), a manufacturer of automobile replacement parts. Mr. Widmann is Chairman of Keystone National Group, a fund of private equity funds. He is also a senior moderator of the Aspen Seminar at The Aspen Institute, and is a board member of the March of Dimes of Greater New York and Vice Chairman of Oxfam America. Mr. Widmann received an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Abe Eisenstat
Mr. Eisenstat joined the Board in July 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Eisenstat is a co-founder of Eisenstat Capital Partners LP, formerly Dabroes Management LP, a European long/short equity fund founded in 2008. Prior to starting the firm, Mr. Eisenstat was a Managing Director at Caxton International where for five years, he co-ran a European long/short equity fund and prior thereto a similar fund at S.A.C. Capital.  Mr. Eisenstat covered European equities as a generalist analyst for over six years at Noble Partners, Chestnut Hill Management and Teton Partners. Prior to joining the investment management industry, Mr. Eisenstat acted as research assistant to historian Sir Martin Gilbert and studied international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University. He graduated with honors from Baruch College, City University of New York.
Gregg A. Gonsalves
Mr. Gonsalves has been an Advisory Partner with Integrated Capital LLC, a leading, hotel-focused, private real estate advisory and investment firm since 2013. Prior to joining Integrated Capital LLC, Mr. Gonsalves was a Managing Director in Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Real Estate Merger & Acquisition Business, where he was the partner responsible for this business unit. In his 20-year career at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Gonsalves completed over 50 M&A transactions worth approximately $100 billion in deal value, working with a variety of companies in a wide range of industries. Mr. Gonsalves has served on the board of POP Tracker LLC, a private LLC based in the U.S., since 2013. He also worked at Mobil Oil Corporation as a sales engineer from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Gonsalves is presently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, where he has served as a board member for approximately the past ten years. Mr. Gonsalves received a B.S. from Columbia University and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Pamela N. Hootkin
Pamela Hootkin, a director since 2008 and a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees, has been senior vice president, treasurer and director of investor relations at Phillips Van Heusen Corporation since June 2007. She joined Phillips Van Heusen in 1988 as vice president, treasurer and corporate secretary and, in 1999, became vice president, treasurer and director of investor relations. From 1986 to 1988, Ms. Hootkin was vice president and chief financial officer of Yves Saint Laurent Parfums, Inc. From 1975 to 1986, she was employed by Squibb Corporation in various capacities, with her last position being vice president and treasurer of a division of Squibb. Ms. Hootkin is a board member of Safe Horizon, New York (a not for profit organization) where she also serves on the executive and finance committees. Ms. Hootkin received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a M.A. from Boston University.
Paul G. Kirk Jr.
Mr. Kirk has been a director since September 2005. Mr. Kirk is a retired partner of the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester, LLP of Boston, Massachusetts. He was a member of the firm from 1977 through 1990. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of Kirk & Associates, Inc., a business advisory and consulting firm. Mr. Kirk also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and Rayonier, Incorporated (a real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange). He has previously served on the Boards of Directors of ITT Corporation (1989-1997) and of Bradley Real Estate, Inc. (1991-2000), a real estate investment trust that was subsequently acquired by Heritage Property Investment Trust, Inc. Mr. Kirk also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and was a founder and continues to serves as co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Kirk served as Chairman of the Democratic Party of the U.S., and from 1983-1985 as its Treasurer. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Kirk is past-Chairman of the Harvard Board of Overseers’ Nominating Committee and currently serves as Chairman of the Harvard Board of Overseers’ Committee to visit the Department of Athletics. He has received many awards for civic leadership and public service, including honorary doctors of law degrees from Stonehill College, of which he is currently a Trustee, and the Southern New England School of Law.
Steven G. Rogers
Mr. Rogers joined the Board in March 2016 and is a member of the Company’s Audit Committee. Mr. Rogers is the managing member of Rogers & Associates, LLC, a firm he founded in 2011, which focuses on providing specialized solutions and board level advisory work for principals and institutional owners in the real estate industry. He currently serves as chairman of the board of RREEF America REIT III, independent director of RREEF America REIT II, chairman of the board of Net Lease Alliance, a founding director of First Commercial Bank and executive-in- residence for Millsaps College Else School of Management. Prior to founding Rogers & Associates, LLC, Mr. Rogers led Parkway Properties, Inc., a NYSE- listed REIT, for 25 years, most recently as its president and chief executive officer, and served on its board of directors. Mr. Rogers also served on the board of governors of NAREIT for six years, including two terms as audit chair. He graduated from the University of Mississippi magna cum laude, served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer ultimately earning the rank of captain, and completed his MBA from Harvard Business School.