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.

Jason Goldberg
Chief Financial Officer

Jason Goldberg is Ascendant’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s financial, accounting, tax operations, treasury, and compliance functions.

Prior to joining Ascendant, Mr. Goldberg was the Principal in the tax finance department at Apollo Global Management, Inc. in 2019 where he was responsible for Real Assets, Infrastructure, and the European Principal Finance Funds. Prior to his time at Apollo Mr. Goldberg was the Director of Tax at Dune Real Estate Partners LP, the predecessor of Dune Capital Management LP from 2007 to 2019 where he was responsible for the tax department and all reporting for the funds and management company.

Before joining Dune, Mr. Goldberg worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 2006 to 2007 in the Investment Management practice where he was responsible for providing tax advisory and compliance services to private equity and hedge fund clients. Mr. Goldberg started his career in the Financial Services practices at Ernst and Young LLP in 2003.

Mr. Goldberg received a M.Acc. in 2002 and a B.Acc. in 2001 from New Mexico State University.