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.

Russell Gimelstob
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Russell Gimelstob is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ascendant Capital Partners.

Prior to founding Ascendant Capital Partners, Russell 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 joined Dune in 2005 during its first year of operations. Russell executed over $10 billion in hospitality, multifamily, industrial, and office transactions for Dune across numerous geographies, with a focus on the West Coast. In recognition of his many contributions to the Firm, Russell became a Partner in 2013 as well as Head of Acquisitions.

Prior to joining Dune in 2005, Mr. Gimelstob was an Analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Real Estate Investment Banking Division from 2003 to 2005.

Prior to that, Russell traded commercial mortgage-backed securities in Goldman Sachs’ Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities Division from 2002 to 2003.

Russell is an active member of the Watermark Lodging Trust Board, as well as a member of the Fisher Center Policy Advisory Board at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In 2012, Russell was the Hebrew Academy for Special Children’s annual honouree.

Russell received an M.P.A. in 2002 and a B.A. (with Distinction) in 2001 from Cornell University.