For over 30 years, Richard Friedman has been involved with the financial and management side of real estate investments in the commercial and residential markets.
Always one to spot a good investment, Richie brought Charles Rutenberg LLC to Manhattan in 2006. That vision proved to be priceless to Richie and his cofounders of CRR as it is the fastest growing independent residential real estate firm in NYC to date.
Richie is no stranger to bringing new companies to the public eye. As President of A.P. Montgomery and Co. Inc., an over the counter Nasdaq market maker from 1961-1974, he specialized in trading every initial public offering and secondary that came to the market.
During the 1960s and ‘70s he wrote The New Issues column for Financial World Magazine and The Richie Report for the Daily Mirror. He was a weekly contributor to articles for the financial section of the N.Y. Times and N.Y. Post where his insight into the state of the initial public offering and secondary markets were highly valued.
After A.P. Montgomery and Co. Inc, Richie founded APMC Associates followed by RFJM Partners LLC which he disbanded to create RFMF Partners LLC. His new partnership focuses on the public equity markets as well as private placements, bridge loans, PIPEs and a variety of other private investments.
Richie’s honesty and integrity along with his outstanding reputation in the new issue market have made him a legend on Wall Street. His decades of financial and investment experience in equities and real estate add an unparalleled value to Charles Rutenberg LLC.
Stefani Berkin is President of Charles Rutenberg LLC, one of New York City’s largest real estate brokerage companies, where she leads an experienced management team responsible for more than 700 licensed agents. The company’s 100% commission model favors entrepreneurs, rewarding independent operators with the highest payout in the industry. In 2015, Mrs. Berkin introduced a full real estate education curriculum, built around seminars from industry leaders and specialists to support agent needs. She facilitates team building and encourages collaborative work amongst agents. Stefani also formed a partnership with Wounded Warriors to fast-track veterans into second careers with Rutenberg.
Prior to joining Rutenberg, Mrs. Berkin worked on a myriad of high profile deals at The Heddings Property Group, Douglas Elliman and The Modlin Group. She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, as well as the Real Estate Divisions of YJP, UJA, AIPAC, and FIDF. Stefani is also a member of The Harmonie Club of New York City.
Mrs. Berkin combines her fortified background with a far-reaching market influence, and has spearheaded Rutenberg to close over $1.8 billion worth of sales. Additionally, she has worked vigorously to lift the company to the top five largest residential brokerages in New York City. Mrs. Berkin is a forward-thinking, passionate and attentive leader who aims to continuously disrupt the real estate industry. Her reputation for marketing luxury properties to elite foreign buyers was built on complete discretion and offering personalized client services to close transactions effectively. In her current management role, Stefani interviews every new agent and seals top-level partnerships with developers to secure exclusive listings for the firm.
Mrs. Berkin is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan, an avid tennis player, and also enjoys dance, theater, fitness and fashion. She is an active supporter of Dress for Success, The New York City Rescue Mission, City Harvest and Race for the Cure.
Jennifer Breu has enjoyed success in the New York real estate industry for over 15 years. She previously worked alongside a top producer handling every aspect of a deal, and then independently, helping clients buy and sell homes throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
Jennifer was asked by her longtime colleague Stefani Berkin, President of Rutenerg NYC, to join the firm as Executive Director of Sales and Communications, a post she gladly accepted as she believes in the Rutenberg model and its future in the real estate industry. Part of her job involves helping newer agents learn the ropes and grow their business, teaching classes in sales and rentals that cover everything from board package assembly to negotiations, and making herself available any time for questions regarding all pieces of a transaction.
In addition to her management role, Jennifer also is still very active doing residential sales around the city. She brings the same impressive drive to support her peers and please her clients, and is always touted for going above and beyond. “Real estate is very emotional and involves people’s lives. I am extremely empathetic, highly attentive and focused on building relationships, which is crucial to ensuring the best results for all parties.”
Born in Manhattan and raised in Rockland County, Jennifer held various positions in the worlds of photo studio management, ad and dot com sales, and as head of interiors in construction management. She has a keen eye and a natural flair for detail. What she has taken away through it all, is that “when you’re in a service industry and you want to succeed, regardless of it being your livelihood, your clients’ needs better come first!”Jennifer served on her co-op board for 10 years, mainly as president, and has been featured on NY1's real estate segment as well as Barbara Corcoran's Price Fix.
As a respected, proven leader and seasoned residential real estate broker, Chris Lipman brings 15 years of Real Estate experience and 20 years of Management experience to his role as Residential Sales Manager. Well-known for his affable personality and keen understanding of the Manhattan market, he is now responsible for managing the sales force of the fastest growing brokerage in NYC.
Prior to joining Rutenberg, Chris was Director of Sales with both Harlem Lofts Inc. and Tungsten Property. Before that, he was a partner with Carol E. Levy Real Estate, one of Manhattan’s top independent residential real estate firms.
Chris has been an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York since 2001 and served as co-chair in a leadership position from 2008 - 2012.
Previous to entering the real estate business Chris was partner and National Director of Operations in the international digital imagining firm, C2 Media.
Born and raised in NYC he graduated from The Cooper Union with a BFA in Photography and a special interest in Architecture.
While Chris is an accomplished professional who is always available to support his team, outside of work he enjoys quality time with friends and family on the Upper West Side.
Ephraim Setton joined Rutenberg NYC in 2016 as Executive Director of their Commercial Division. His primary responsibilities include developing and implementing new products, business activities, and talent acquisition.
Rutenberg NYC’s unmatched commission model favors driven and motivated entrepreneurs, rewarding independent operators with the highest payout in the industry. Agents are supported with the tools and resources to earn more and keep more.
Working with institutional, corporate and private clients, Ephraim has successfully completed transactions for millions of sf of space on their behalf. His expertise includes landlord and tenant representation and investment sales that spans all asset classes: multifamily, retail, and office.
Ephraim graduated from Brooklyn College and Bank Street College with an MS in Leadership. He volunteers in a local Big Brother Big Sister program and is an active committee member at the Magen David Community Center of Manhattan.
Prior to joining Rutenberg, Mr. Setton worked at JTRE Holdings as Leasing and Acquisitions Director. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and Young Real Estate Professionals of New York.
Tak Cheung is a real estate broker and investor who is focused on the Manhattan marketplace. He is currently Director of Research at Rutenberg NYC. Tak holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a JD from UCLA. Tak worked as a banker on Wall Street and as an investor for hedge funds for several years before redirecting his investment knowledge and energy to the world of real estate. He spent 18 years researching and analyzing public and private companies in the consumer, media and Internet space. By applying his strong research and analytical skills to the field of residential real estate market, Tak is able to offer insightful value added analysis about the local property market. His strong background in finance and investing will help owners and investors identify attractive real estate opportunities in Manhattan. Tak is focused on offering unparalleled expertise, service and guidance to his clients.
Jing (Jane) Yu is Director of International Relations of Charles Rutenberg LLC, New York City’s fifth largest real estate brokerage company with over 700 agents. Originally from China, Jing is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, which has created a unique platform to fuse together her Asian-American networks.
As a real estate professional, Jing has a keen mind for business and eye for value. With consummate work ethic and impeccable professionalism, Jing provides in-depth market knowledge, sound advice and attentive service. She constantly delivers the best results possible to her clientele of all cultural backgrounds, investment budgets and professions. Her experience in property management and connection with professionals in various real estate related fields have also proven invaluable to her clients.
Whether clients are looking for residential, commercial, investment property or vacant land development, Jing makes the whole process professional, enjoyable and rewarding.