Since securing a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and a B.A. in Business Administration from Boston University, Ivan Kaufman has developed extensive experience operating a diverse array of multifamily, commercial and residential real estate finance companies.
As the current Chairman, President and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:ABR), a publicly-traded commercial real estate finance investment company, his credentials span over three decades and numerous real estate cycles. Mr. Kaufman is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, Managing Member of AMAC Manager, LLC, the external manager of AMAC Holdings LLC, a multifamily real estate investment company, and a member of the board of directors for Seneca Mortgage Investments, a residential mortgage servicing rights investor.
Following the 1995 sale of Arbor National Mortgage to Bank of America, Mr. Kaufman retained ownership of the Arbor name as well as the commercial operation of the business, which became Arbor Commercial Mortgage, a national direct multifamily lender. Under the stewardship of Kaufman, Arbor continued to grow. For his business acuity, Ivan Kaufman has been named regional “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc. Magazine for his exemplary achievements in financial services.
Recently, Mr. Kaufman re-entered the single-family residential loan marketplace with the acquisition of AMS Servicing and the formation of Arbor Residential Mortgage. Widely recognized for his expertise in the commercial and residential mortgage sectors, Mr. Kaufman has lectured on these topics at the Wharton School, Harvard Business School and Columbia University.
In addition to his acumen in business ventures, Ivan Kaufman is a stalwart community leader, serving as Founder and President of the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, a premier college preparatory schools in the Northeast, served on the Board of Trustees of The Birthright Israel Foundation, and sits as the Chairman of the Board of the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School. Mr. Kaufman also served as a regional spokesperson for Global ReLeaf, a program of the American Forestry Association, which led to his appointment as delegate of the International Arid Lands Consortium.