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Team

JEN uniquely integrates on-the-ground expertise with institutional fiduciary experience

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Team

JEN uniquely integrates on-the-ground expertise with institutional fiduciary experience

Brief History

JEN Partners was formed in 2005 by Reuben Leibowitz.  Prior to JEN, he led real estate at Warburg Pincus for over 20 years. In 2007, Reuben was joined by the firm’s other Partners: Allen Anderson and Ethan Leibowitz.  They are supported by a multi-region team with deep expertise and longstanding relationships in homebuilding and lot development.

Reuben Leibowitz


Reuben Leibowitz


Reuben Leibowitz

Managing Director

Mr. Leibowitz founded JEN Partners in 2005. He is a Managing Director and is responsible for overall management of the firm.  Prior to founding JEN Partners, Mr. Leibowitz was responsible for Warburg Pincus’s real estate practice for 20 years. He also helped set and implement Warburg Pincus’ long term strategy, and structure the firm’s operating entities and private equity funds, including finance, legal and tax.  Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 1984, Mr. Leibowitz spent 15 years in public accounting.

Mr. Leibowitz received a B.S. from Brooklyn College, an M.B.A. from the Stern School at New York University (NYU), a J.D. from the Brooklyn Law School, and an LLM from NYU School of Law.  He is a director of Simon Property Group, the largest U.S. REIT, and was previously a director of four other NYSE listed companies, Chelsea Property, Grubb & Ellis, Lennar and Pacific Greystone. He is an overseer of NYU’s Stern School and a member of Hillel’s International Board of Governors.


Allen Anderson


Allen Anderson


Allen Anderson

Managing Director

Mr. Anderson joined JEN Partners as a Managing Director in 2008, after having served as Senior Advisor since 2006 and is involved in all aspects of JEN’s investment process.  Prior to joining JEN, Mr. Anderson served as CEO of AV Homes Inc., a publicly traded active-adult homebuilder. From 1996 until its sale to Pro Logis in 1999, Mr. Anderson was Chairman and CEO of Meridian Industrial Trust, a NYSE listed REIT. Prior to Meridian, Mr. Anderson was CEO of a bank holding company’s real estate subsidiary, a Partner in Arthur Andersen’s institutional real estate services practice, and a director of Lend Lease Global Properties Fund.

Mr. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having received degrees in Finance and Real Estate. He is a founding member of the Research Committee of the Pension Real Estate Association. 


Ethan Leibowitz


Ethan Leibowitz


Ethan Leibowitz

Managing Director

Mr. Leibowitz is a Managing Director at JEN.  He joined JEN in 2007, and is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investment opportunities, as well as overseeing day to day operations.  Prior to joining JEN, Mr. Leibowitz was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on various strategic, operational and commercial real estate initiatives in the financial services, retail and healthcare sectors.  He previously worked as a summer analyst in the real estate groups of Lazard Frères and Madison Capital Management.

Mr. Leibowitz graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S.E in electrical engineering.


Adam Peterson


Adam Peterson


Adam Peterson

Director

Mr. Peterson joined JEN Partners in 2011, and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing investment opportunities.  Before joining JEN, Mr. Peterson was a Senior Project Manager with Matthews Southwest, a Texas-based real estate developer where he managed a 1,500-acre master planned community in North Dallas.  He previously worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman in New York City. 

Mr. Peterson graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Political Science.


Caroline Weng


Caroline Weng


Caroline Weng

Chief Accounting Officer

Ms. Weng joined JEN Partners in 2013 and is responsible for the firm's finance, tax administration, and financial management of investments. Prior to joining JEN, Ms. Weng was the Accounting Manager for SharedBook, Inc., where she established the accounting systems and procedures for the startup firm and was responsible for the financial reporting for management and investor decision making. Prior to SharedBook, Ms. Weng started her career in public accounting.

Ms. Weng graduated from CUNY Queens College with a B.A. in Accounting.


Stephanie Errico


Stephanie Errico


Stephanie Errico

Vice President of Administration

Ms. Errico is the Vice President of Administration at JEN.  Stephanie has been a valued team member right from the inception of the firm.  Prior to joining JEN Partners, Stephanie’s first job was at CPA firm Cornick, Garber & Sandler. In 1984, she joined Warburg Pincus where she met Reuben Leibowitz, and worked closely with him for over 20 years before helping him establish JEN.  Stephanie has the great honor of being JEN’s first employee.  

Beyond her finance role at the firm, Stephanie is beloved amongst JEN limited partners and makes sure everyone feels welcome when they visit us.  Come visit!


Myles Hernandez


Myles Hernandez


Myles Hernandez

Senior Accountant

Mr. Hernandez joined the firm in 2015 and has responsibilities for the firm’s finance and management of investments. Prior to joining JEN Partners, Myles was a Senior Tax Associate in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction Practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where he provided tax and advisory services to various clients in the real estate investment industry.

Myles is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State. He graduated with honors from University at Albany with a B.S. in Accountancy, and Bernard M. Baruch College with a M.S. in Taxation.    


Anna Hui


Anna Hui


Anna Hui

Senior Accountant

Ms. Hui joined the firm in 2017 and has responsibilities for the firm’s finance and management of investments. Prior to joining JEN Partners, Anna was a Senior Operations Analyst in the Real Estate Private Equity strategy of Angelo Gordon & Co., where she supported opportunistic and core plus funds investing in the U.S and parts of Europe and Asia.

Anna holds a  B.B.A. degree in Finance, and an M.S. in Accountancy from Bernard M. Baruch College.    


Richard Jerman


Richard Jerman


Richard Jerman

Florida Regional Partner

Mr. Jerman co-leads JEN’s Florida residential land efforts.  He has 30 years of experience in real estate, specializing in acquisition, finance, governmental entitlements, planning, land sales and land development of residential communities.  Mr. Jerman has been involved in the planning, entitlement and development of numerous projects exceeding a total of 13,000 acres planned for over 25,000 residential units in Florida.  From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Jerman was the Regional Land Vice President for Tousa Homes, responsible for land acquisition, land sales and overall development in Florida. Prior to Tousa Homes, Mr. Jerman was a General Partner in various partnerships involved in residential development and large master planned communities. He has been responsible for conceptual planning, management of governmental approval processes, land development and construction. 

Mr. Jerman received his B.S. in Accounting and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant at the beginning of his career.


John Kraynick


John Kraynick


John Kraynick

Florida Regional Partner

Mr. Kraynick co-leads JEN’s Florida residential land efforts.  He has over 30 years of experience in residential real estate development and homebuilding. Mr. Kraynick most recently held two positions with Tousa Homes: first as Senior Vice President for Land, having responsibilities for land acquisitions on a nationwide basis, and second as Executive Vice President for Florida with P&L responsibility for the entire state.  Previously, Mr. Kraynick was Executive Vice President of Engle Homes until its merger into Tousa Homes in June 2002. Mr. Kraynick joined Engle Homes in March 1986 as a Vice President, was promoted to Senior Vice President in July 1991 and played a major role in the company’s initial public offering in 1992 and subsequent public financings in 1994 and 1997.

Mr. Kraynick received a B.A. and M.A. from Florida Atlantic University. He holds both Florida real estate and mortgage broker licenses.


Mike Jesberger


Mike Jesberger


Mike Jesberger

Arizona Regional Partner

Mr. Jesberger leads JEN’s Arizona residential land efforts.  He is a 25-year veteran in developing residential master planned communities.  Mr. Jesberger started with JEN in 2009 after 6 years at Element Homes, a Phoenix builder he co-founded.  He was an Executive Vice President at Element Homes, which built and sold over 1,600 homes.  Prior to starting Element, Mr. Jesberger was with the Del Webb Corporation and later Pulte Homes for 11 years. Mr. Jesberger was the Arizona Vice President of Land Acquisitions for Pulte and also served as Del Webb’s general manager at Sun City Grand, overseeing the day-to-day operations of this 4,000-acre master planned community. 

Mr. Jesberger is a native of Arizona and holds a B.S. in Construction from Arizona State University.   He has served on a number of non-profit boards, most recently completing a term on the Maricopa Water District Board of Directors.


Mike Brady


Mike Brady


Mike Brady

Texas Regional Partner

Mr. Brady leads JEN’s Texas residential land efforts. He has over 30 years of experience in homebuilding and land development across the Texas market. Prior to JEN, Mr. Brady worked at Contrast Development, a residential land investment and development firm based in Dallas. Prior to joining Contrast, he spent 28 years working for publicly traded homebuilders, including Pulte Homes and Standard Pacific Homes. As the Dallas Division President for Standard Pacific Homes for 19 years, he held overall market responsibility for strategic positioning, land and lot acquisition, product development, sales and marketing, construction and customer satisfaction.

Mr. Brady holds a BBA in accounting from Texas Tech University – Rawls College of Business. He is a CPA and spent four years in the public accounting industry prior to entering the homebuilding business.


Lawrence Jacobson


Lawrence Jacobson


Lawrence Jacobson

Colorado Regional Partner

Mr. Jacobson co-leads JEN’s Colorado efforts. Mr. Jacobson has held numerous positions with homebuilders including land acquisitions manager, land lawyer, division present, and general counsel.  In his previous roles, Mr. Jacobson has personally managed the entitlement of more than 2,000 acres and the horizontal development of 1,500 acres totaling more than 5,000 commercial and residential lots. In addition to residential development, Mr. Jacobson has also overseen the vertical development of more than 1,000 multifamily rental units, 2,500 single family residences and 1,500 multifamily for-sale units. 

Mr. Jacobson received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the University of California at Los Angeles Law School. Mr. Jacobson is a member of the Colorado bar and serves as a Director of several Colorado Title 32 Metropolitan Districts.   


Matt Osborn


Matt Osborn


Matt Osborn

Colorado Regional Partner

Mr. Osborn co-leads JEN’s Colorado efforts. He has 25 years of experience in residential real estate development and homebuilding in the Denver and Northern Colorado Front Range markets.  Most recently, Mr. Osborn was the Colorado Division President for TRI Pointe Homes.  He led the Colorado market entry for the company starting in 2012.  Prior to joining TRI Pointe Homes, Mr. Osborn held various positions over a 20-year career with Village Homes, a Colorado-based private home building company, which built over 10,000 homes in the Colorado market.  His positions included, Planning Director, Vice President of Marketing, Senior Vice President of Homebuilding and President.

Mr. Osborn holds B.A. degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Boston College and a M.B.A. from the University of Denver.  Mr. Osborn is an active member of the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Denver, serving on the Board of Directors from 2004 through 2009 and 2014 through 2017.  He was President of the Association in 2008.


Steve Check


Steve Check


Steve Check

Georgia Regional Partner

Mr. Check leads JEN’s Georgia land efforts focused on the Atlanta market. Mr. Check started his land acquisition career with Ryan Homes in 1987 and brings over 25 years of significant experience and expertise as a land acquisition and development executive.  Mr. Check has held senior management roles with regional and national home builders, including 12 years with McCar Homes as President of Land Acquisition and Development where he was responsible for all Southeastern land purchases and was a major factor in growing McCar into one of the largest private builder in the nation.      

Mr. Check is an alumnus of Western Michigan University and sits on the Design Review Board of the City of Milton (greater Atlanta).


Tom Scott


Tom Scott


Tom Scott

North Carolina Regional Partner

Mr. Scott leads JEN’s North Carolina residential land efforts based out of Charlotte.  He brings over 35 years of experience developing residential communities throughout the Carolinas and the Southeast.  Mr. Scott is a fixture in the Charlotte real estate development community with a storied career as an entrepreneur and executive including high level positions at GS Carolina, Arvida, and Crosland/Centex Homes.  Mr. Scott has developed over 25 master planned communities in the southeast ranging in size from 100 acres up to 1,000 acres with the majority of these developments approximately 500 acres in size.

Tom graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Urban Affairs/Planning. 


Clifton Taylor


Clifton Taylor


Clifton Taylor

Sacramento & NorCal Regional Partner

Mr. Taylor leads JEN's Northern California land efforts, based out of Roseville, CA  (greater Sacramento).  Mr. Taylor has two decades of real estate and asset management experience in Northern California with a primary focus on entitlement and regulatory permitting of master-planned communities.  He formerly led Richland Communities real estate division located in Roseville, where he was responsible for the company’s Northern California assets in the Sacramento Region, Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley.

Mr. Taylor has worked successfully with federal, state and local agencies on numerous complex regulatory permitting matters in Sacramento, West Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove, Lincoln, Dixon, Lathrop, Antioch and Brentwood.  He also played a leading role on the development of the Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan, serving most recently as a member of the Finance Committee.  In 2005, Clifton led a team that received a California Department of Conservation Director’s Award and San Joaquin Council of Governments Regional Excellence Award for his work on the largest Williamson Act easement exchange in California’s history.

Mr. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is active in the community, previously serving on the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation Board and is also a founding member of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group in Sacramento.  Additionally, he is President & CEO of the Lincoln Potters Baseball Club, LLC, a collegiate wood bat baseball organization based in Lincoln, CA.  


Conor Gilligan


Conor Gilligan


Conor Gilligan

Maryland Regional Partner

Mr. Gilligan co-leads JEN’s Maryland land efforts with nearly two decades of experience in real estate, specializing in land feasibilities, acquisition, entitlements, environmental impacts, community planning and land development.  In 2007, he co-founded Craftsmen Developers, LLC a Maryland-based real estate development and consulting firm.  Craftsmen focuses on creating new residential communities and assisting institutional partners with their land transactions.  He is the past Director of Land Development for Technical Olympic USA (2004-2007) and Gilligan Development Inc. (2002-2004), where he oversaw development of over 45 communities in the Mid-Atlantic Region. 

Mr. Gilligan is an active member of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, the United States Green Building Council and Urban Land Institute. He is the proud recipient of ULI Baltimore’s 2014 Leadership Award. He is also an active board member with The Providence Center, and the Foundation Board at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.


Bob Schultz


Bob Schultz


Bob Schultz

Maryland Regional Partner

Mr. Schultz co-leads JEN’s Maryland land efforts.  He has devoted the past 18 years of his career as a corporate accountant to the home building and development industries. As the former Chief Financial Officer of Gilligan Development, he directed and oversaw the companies accounting and financial requirements.  In September 2004, he facilitated the multimillion-dollar sale of Gilligan Development to Technical Olympic USA.  Following the closing, he held the position of Vice President of Finance and Operations for Technical Olympic USA, Baltimore Division.  Three years later, he became one of the founding partners of Craftsmen Developers where he has served since the company’s inception as the Vice President of Finance and Operations. 

Mr. Schultz received a B.A. in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University.


Kris Thompson


Kris Thompson


Kris Thompson

Maryland Regional Partner

Mr. Thompson co-leads JEN’s Maryland land efforts.  As a second-generation builder, he has more than three decades of commercial and residential experience in the Mid-Atlantic region.  In 1996, he joined Gilligan Development as Vice President of Construction overseeing commercial construction and land development operations. He was part of the senior management team that organized Gilligan Development’s sale to Technical Olympic USA, and became VP of Land Development for the Baltimore Division. In 2009 he rejoined Craftsmen Developers as the Vice President of Construction and Development.

Mr. Thompson received his B.A. in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of USGBC.