Leslie Kaminoff, RAM, NYARM, CMCA, CAM
Founder and Chief Executive Officer — AKAM Living Services, Inc.
Recently named by SmartCEO magazine as a Chief Executive Officers operating one of the 50 fastest-growing companies with headquarters in New York, Leslie Kaminoff is a recognized industry leader dedicated to the highest standard of client service.
Before founding AKAM in 1983, Mr. Kaminoff was Director of Property Management and Assistant Director of Real Estate for Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. There, he oversaw the development of housing for hospital staff as well as acquisition of property for use by the hospital. Since establishing AKAM Living Services, he has cultivated a reputation for himself and the AKAM name as one of the nation’s premier providers of exceptional real estate services.
A management industry leader, Mr. Kaminoff has studied the principles of gold star service and hospitality through the Ritz-Carlton Executive Leadership Program, and he has instilled those principles into each of his companies. He is actively committed to the professionalization of the real estate service industry, and has served as a Governor of the New York Chapter of Registered Apartment Managers (RAM) and an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Real Estate Institute. He is a frequent speaker at industry seminars, the author of numerous articles, author of the book, What to Expect From Your Property Manager, and co-author of the book, How To Choose The Right Management Company For Your Residential Property: A Decision-Maker's Guide.
In his more than three decades of contribution to the real estate service sector, Mr. Kaminoff has been an active participant in, and has been consistently celebrated by, various industry associations, including Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, the Rent Stabilization Association, the Real Estate Board of New York, and the New York Association of Realty Managers (NYARM), which has recognized him with the coveted Dedicated to the Industry Award.
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Michael Berenson, NYARM
President — AKAM Living Services, Inc. and AKAM Associates, Inc.
ALSI and AKAM Associates President Michael Berenson is responsible for overseeing all of AKAM's day-to-day operations, and works closely with Chief Executive Officer Mr. Kaminoff on client retention and new business development. He assists in the strategy and implementation of management issues, works with all ALSI executives to navigate our companies' corporate management issues, and serves as liaison between all ALSI companies and our clients to ensure superior service delivery. Mr. Berenson is an elected Director of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RAB), serves as an advisor to the RAB Negotiating Committee, and has received numerous industry awards, including having twice received the Management Achievement Award for Finance from Habitat magazine.
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Val Steinberg, CTP
Chief Financial Officer — AKAM Living Services, Inc.
ALSI Chief Financial Officer Val Steinberg is responsible for all corporate-related finance and accounting matters of AKAM Living Services, Inc. and its constituent entities. Ms. Steinberg's responsibilities include financial forecasting, strategic planning, deal analysis and negotiations, and legal compliance for ALSI corporate and all companies. A certified financial professional, Ms. Steinberg participates in corporate policy development as a member of the ALSI Executive team, performing all tasks necessary to achieve the ALSI mission and help execute corporate growth and succession plans.
Barbara Dershowitz, CAGS
Vice President — AKAM Living Services, Inc.
ALSI Vice President Barbara Dershowitz is responsible for the development of ALSI and all ALSI companies, and for the cultivation of ALSI personnel through in-house training and continuing education. A past contributing editor of Cooperator, Habitat, and Manager's Report magazines, Ms. Dershowitz is also editor of Residential Property Management Principles and Practice (the textbook of the National Association of Home Builders). She was head researcher of the NAHB's report, Licensing of Resident Property Managers: A Study of State Licensing Requirements, and co-authored How to Choose The Right Management Company with ALSI CEO Leslie Kaminoff.