Russell Gimelstob
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding Ascendant Capital Partners, Russell Gimelstob was Head of Acquisitions, Partner, Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee of Dune Real Estate Partners, a manager of real estate private equity funds. Russell sits on the board of Watermark Lodging Trust.

Alex Halpern
Co-Founder, Co-President, and Chief Investment Officer

Alex Halpern is responsible for the oversight of the Firm’s investment activities, as well as the day-to-day management of the Firm’s hospitality investments. Alex sits on the boards of Watermark Lodging Trust and Sentral.

Eric Calder
Partner, Co-President, and Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Ascendant Capital Partners, Eric Calder was the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Dune Real Estate Partners, a New York City-based real estate investment firm. At Dune, he was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and led over $6 billion in transactions across the residential, retail, industrial, office and hospitality sectors.

Colby Cyburt

Colby Cyburt joined Ascendant Capital Partners as an associate soon after the Firm’s founding. Mr. Cyburt is responsible for underwriting the Firm’s acquisition activities, as well as assisting in the asset management of existing investments.

Prior to joining Ascendant Capital Partners, Mr. Cyburt worked as an Associate at Eastdil Secured, a real estate investment banking firm.

Mr. Cyburt joined Eastdil Secured in 2016 and worked in the Company’s Santa Monica headquarters. While at Eastdil Secured, he was actively involved in the underwriting and investment sale processes, with closed transactions in excess of $60 billion of total sales volume comprised of over 620 million square feet of real estate. These transactions included various asset classes including industrial, office, retail, hospitality, and multifamily investments across North American and European countries. Most notably, Mr. Cyburt was actively involved in the $19 billion sale of Global Logistics Properties, $14 billion sale of Logicor, $8 billion sale of Gramercy Property Trust, $6 billion sale of Colony Industrial, $4 billion sale of IDI Logistics, and $4 billion sale of Industrial Property Trust.

Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Mr. Cyburt was awarded an athletic scholarship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he received a B.A. and graduated with academic honors. Mr. Cyburt was a four-year scholar athlete on one of the highest ranking division one collegiate football teams in the United States. During his college career, Mr. Cyburt’s experiences included internships at Oppenheimer & Co. Private Wealth Management Group and the real estate private equity firm of Laurus Corporation.