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 and Chief Investment Officer

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

Eric Calder
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.

Eric Calder
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.

Prior to Dune, Eric was an Associate in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division where he originated commercial mortgage loans and advised clients on loan workouts and restructurings.

Eric is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Investment Roundtable and of the Urban Land Institute. Eric holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Cornell University.