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FOCUS Summit 2022

October 25, 2022



Focus Media, Inc. presents a by-invitation-only investor-focused event that brings together distinguished leaders in commercial real estate, data security, community enhancement, and social impact initiatives.

This mind-expansion summit will explore risk-adjusted investment opportunities and how multiple disciplines intersect to benefit all community stakeholders.




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Lynn Isenberg is an innovative creative and business professional at the intersection of real property and intellectual property. She has over 21 years of combined experience as an investor, co-GP, and managing partner in commercial real estate. She is a former studio executive turned writer/author/producer and founder of Hollywood LIT: Literature. Intelligence. Investing. Technology.

Jon Samsel is SVP, Global Marketing for Verimatrix, a leader in protecting digital content, applications and devices with intuitive, people-centered and frictionless security. Leading brands turn to Verimatrix to secure everything from premium movies and live streaming sports, to sensitive financial and healthcare data, to mission-critical mobile applications.
Gideon Pfeffer is CEO and Managing Partner of The GSH Group. Under Gideon’s leadership and direction, in the last five years The GSH Group raised and placed over $350 million of investor equity and assembled a portfolio of over 7,000 multifamily apartment units, in 5 states, worth over a billion dollars.
Randy Abeles is managing partner of RSM US Chicago office and member of the firm’s national family office team. He has 40 years of tax and personal financial planning experience. He is an MST, who advises family offices, owners of highly successful privately held businesses and other significantly high net worth investors. Randy uses his knowledge as an individual tax specialist combined with his background in all areas of alternative investments to help family offices with direct investing decisions. Randy’s expertise also includes working with family offices in the areas of creation, restructuring and governance. He is a frequent speaker at family office organizations and for the AICPA.
Drew is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of LEX where he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and developing external partnerships with both owners and investors to build the business. Drew has led the company from its earliest stages – building the team, developing the securitization structure and processes, and fundraising. Drew helped develop the idea for LEX while working at Tungsten Partners, a holding company and real estate private equity firm. At Tungsten, he sourced, evaluated, structured and facilitated real estate deals and gained the industry knowledge needed to see the potential for LEX. He graduated from Harvard University and has received numerous accolades for up-and-coming founders within the VC community.
John Messervey is a private advisor to America’s leading families. John is an internationally known family wealth consultant and keynote speaker. Drawing from decades of experience guiding 400+ clients, John addresses patterns of family/business behavior that enhance or inhibit wealth creation and continuity.
William B. Mack is a Partner and co-chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice at at Greenberg Traurig in New York. He is experienced in advising companies on regulatory and compliance matters relating to the Securities and Exchanges Commission regulations, the Exchange Act, Anti-Money Laundering law and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules.
Michael Poris, AIA, is founding principal of McIntosh Poris Associates, a full-service architecture, interior and urban design practice in Birmingham, MI. Since returning to Detroit in 1995, Michael has been working to implement change in his hometown preserving many of Detroit’s 20th-century landmark buildings, historic districts, and iconic neighborhoods. Michaels design leadership has helped transform Detroit with projects such as the Foundation Hotel, and the East Riverfront framework plan. His work has won over 130 design awards including 30 AIA Honor awards, 70 Detroit Design Awards and been published in over 100 publications worldwide including Dwell, Urban Land, Architectural Record, and Interior Design. Michael is currently working on an adaptive reuse of the 600,000sf Fisher Body plant in Detroit, and a 600 prefabricated home community in Colorado. Michael was recently awarded the AIA Detroit Charles Blessing award recognizing an individual who shows leadership in planning and civic issues and exemplifies the vision, commitment and the accomplishments of Charles A. Blessing, the visionary Detroit city planner, who committed himself to the pursuit of a higher quality of life for all.
Daniel Malka is the Vice President of Loan Originations at Dwight Capital LLC, one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. The firm’s range of services includes commercial lending across a variety of platforms such as FHA/HUD, Bridge, and Mezzanine Financing as well as Preferred Equity for both stabilized and new-construction properties. Daniel’s core responsibilities include the origination of commercial and multifamily mortgages across the U.S. While Daniel is closing loans and pursuing new business opportunities, he also devotes much of his time to mentoring and managing a team of dedicated loan originators.

Scott Goodman serves as the founding principal of Farpoint Development. With a lifetime of experience in real estate development focusing on investor relations, procurement of financing and equity and transaction structuring, he serves as the foundation for the company. Scott’s deep insight into projects comes from involvement at each step of the process. His practical and academic knowledge results in a track record of unending success across all asset classes and market cycles.

Tom Dakich is an Indianapolis real estate attorney, owner of GEMCO Constructors LLC and Digital Crossroad managing member. Digital Crossroad owns and operates its own dark fiber network that extends from downtown Chicago to Uptown Hammond, IN, through which the company offers access to providers and services that include Lit Wave Solutions, Dark Fiber IRU, Peering & Internet Exchanges, Cloud On-Ramp and Ethernet. Tom specializes in Urban Renewal & Re-Purposing Coal Fired Power plants using Data Centers.
Milco Cipriani is the Managing Partner at Hyde Park Commercial, a privately owned real estate investment firm based in Houston, Texas. At Hyde Park, Milco focuses on the acquisition and development of industrial service facilities (a.k.a. Industrial outdoor storage) across Houston and other high-growth markets with proximity to ports and intermodal facilities.
Dr. SJ Murray is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning writer & producer and the founder of storyRstudios, a cutting-edge nonfiction and fiction IP studio based in Austin, TX, with strong presence in both NYC and LA. After earning her PhD at Princeton, she studied screenwriting at UCLA. Her work has played at international film festivals and has been distributed by PBS, LinkTV, Netflix and Amazon. Her latest film, Five Years North (2020, EP), an intimate portrait of U.S. immigration, won the Grand Jury Prizes at the 2020 Rhode Island International Film Festival and DocNYC and qualified three times for the Academy Awards. She is tenured faculty member at Baylor University.

Duncan Mendelsohn is the Founder and Managing Principal of Good Seed Capital, a commercial real estate investment and advisory company focused on the regulated cannabis real estate sector. Good Seed Capital has $5M AUM and is raising a $50M fund to make commercial real estate equity and debt investments in industrial and retail properties with cannabis operator tenants.

Previously, Duncan served as an executive in the mortgage banking industry, holding various roles since 2008. Duncan led the credit department for one of the largest HUD/FHA lenders in the country, overseeing a $1 billion annual loan pipeline and twenty-five person underwriting department. Duncan has personally underwritten $1.5 billion of consummated commercial real estate transactions nationwide.

Tom Wheelwright is a tax and wealth expert, renowned CPA, CEO of WealthAbility®, Rich Dad Advisor, entrepreneur, international speaker, author of The Win-Win Wealth Strategy: 7 Investments the Government Will Pay You to Make. Wheelwright is the CPA for Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) and has spoken on stage on every continent to over 100,000 entrepreneurs, small business owners and investors. Tom provides useful advice for people seeking to become wealthy, help the environment, and encourage the realization of governmental and social objectives.
Robert Mattler is the MI market leader for Green Portfolio Solutions, LLC (GPS), a leading PACE consulting company. Bob brings several years combined experience in real estate law, commercial real estate brokerage and green building consulting. Over the past 10 years, Bob has been a featured speaker at dozens of corporate, public and non-profit events advocating for greater use of PACE financing in ground up construction or updating obsolescent infrastructure. Most recently, Bob has been involved with the Detroit 2030 Districts’(D2D) initiative to reduce energy and water consumption to achieve Net Zero Energy status for Detroit’s commercial and non-profit building sectors.
Jaime Pfeffer is Head of Organizational Development and Chief Strategy Officer for The GSH Group, a multifamily real estate firm with a portfolio value of over $1 billion. She holds a Masters of Science in Administration with a concentration in organizational development. Prior to joining GSH, Jaime worked as a professional development coach, executive coach, and corporate trainer. She is a change manager in workplace processes, organizational infrastructure, and culture and holds the secret to cultivating fortitude in uncertain times.
Brian Dickerson is an American journalist and the Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Detroit Free Press. Prior to that, he served for 20 years as an editor and columnist for the Detroit Free Press. In addition he spent 9 years at the Miami Herald as a staff writer, editorial writer and also editor.
Laura Berman is an award-winning Detroit-based journalist and writer. She was a featured columnist at the Detroit News for almost 30 years, writing and reporting from Detroit and destinations as far-flung as war-ravaged Bosnia, Moscow and London. Laura’s perceptive insights highlight the people that make communities communities.
George Harabedian is Acquisitions Director for the GSH Group. Along with sourcing and vetting potential acquisitions, George is intimately involved in the evaluation, development, and execution of business plans for each asset.
Alex Goldfarb is the CFO of The GSH Group. A licensed CPA by trade, Alex joined the company as Director of Capital Markets in 2020. He has 7 years of experience serving as a tax and consulting advisor to multifamily residential clients with portfolios ranging from $50M to over several billions of dollars. Previously Alex worked for Deloitte in the real estate tax practice of the firm, focusing on tax and regulatory compliance. Alex also worked for a boutique tax firm representing multifamily residential and commercial clients, advising them on the financial and tax implications of transactional events, operations and general compliance.

Sue Marx is an Academy award and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker who started her career as an associate producer of Detroit’s Channel 4 series, Profiles in Black. Her subjects have ranged from portraits of local artists, the Detroit People Mover, business in Detroit, living in Detroit and the Detroit Jewish community. We honor her with a Lifetime of Changing the Story Achievement Award in storytelling and community building.

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