Managing Principals

Yaniv
Blumenfeld

Managing Partner

Yaniv is the founder of Glacier and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and oversees the company’s investments and day-to-day management functions.  Yaniv has 27 years of real estate experience; 12 years at Glacier building the firm’s equity investment and debt platforms, and 14 years in real estate investment banking with leading Wall Street firms where he was responsible for structuring, underwriting, pricing, securitizing and syndicating over $16 billion of commercial real estate loans and equity transactions. 

Prior to Glacier, Yaniv was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns / JP Morgan Chase, responsible for structuring and closing over $2 billion real estate debt and equity transactions for institutional clientele.  Prior to Bear Stearns, Yaniv was a Managing Director and Head of the CMBS Capital Markets Group for North America at EuroHypo AG.  In that capacity, Yaniv built a large loan CMBS group and oversaw the structuring, pricing, securitization and syndication functions and served on the bank’s investment committee. Yaniv designed and implemented risk-control measures, standardized underwriting and pricing models and structured over $4 billion of real estate loans.

Other positions held by Yaniv included Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, PaineWebber/UBS, and Daiwa Securities.  Prior to his banking career, Yaniv worked as a real estate consultant at Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal real estate consulting group, advising real estate owners, operators, and investment banks.

Yaniv is a member of the CRE Finance Council, was a guest lecturer at Columbia University, a speaker at the Mezzanine Debt industry conference, authored an article on Urban Time Sharing, and was a recipient of the YJP NYC Real Estate Entrepreneur & Achievement Award in 2013.  Yaniv is YPO board member and serves on the board of directors of the Cornell University Pillsbury Institute, SG Blocks, Nuchas, and non-for-profit organizations including ArtsWestchester, and the White Plains BID.  Yaniv is also involved with other philanthropic organizations  including AIPAC, White Plains Hospital, and American Friends of Rabin Medical Center (AFRMC), among others.

Yaniv received a BS degree in real estate finance from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Jonathan
Ghitis

Co-Managing Partner
Glacier Credit Strategies LLC

Jonathan is a real estate investment professional with over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate equity investments and bridge lending. He is the managing partner of his family investment firm, GPC Partners. GPC Partners is a distinguished, multi-generational holding company that controls a substantial portfolio of assets and benefits from a 40-year track record of integrity and business success.

Glacier Global Partners and GPC Partners have formed Glacier Credit Strategies to capitalize on compelling investment opportunities in CRE-backed loan originations and acquisitions. The venture leverages the expertise and best practices of Managing Principal Yaniv Blumenfeld who has a ~30 year track record of CRE credit investment success.

Earlier in his career, Jonathan was a Vice President at Glacier Global Partners responsible for deal origination, structuring and underwriting. He began his career at Paulson & Co, Inc., one of the country’s largest hedge funds with over $35 billion of assets under management during Jonathan’s tenure. At Paulson, Jonathan helped manage a multi-billion-dollar portfolio.

Jonathan received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, earning bachelors degree in Economics and History from the College of Arts and Sciences, and an MBA degree in Real Estate Finance from the Wharton School of Business.