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About Us: Team

DRA is headquartered in New York and with regional offices in Miami and San Francisco. DRA's management team is made up of 15 partners. The partners are highly experienced real estate professionals, with over 20 years average experience in the real estate industry, and have expertise beyond the real estate sector, in capital markets, work-outs, accounting, finance and law.

Executive Biographies:

David Luski
President, and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Luski co-founded DRA in 1994 and its predecessor company, Dreyfus Realtor Advisors, in 1986.
Mr. Luski is responsible for all aspects of DRA's business, including acquisitions, asset management, and the coordination of key business functions across the company. Prior to DRA, Mr. Luski worked for 6 years at General Electric, where he started in GE's financial management program and was subsequently involved in the acquisition and management of GE Pension Trust's investments.

Mr. Luski graduated from Boston University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

Paul McEvoy
Senior Managing Director

Mr. McEvoy has been with DRA since its inception and its predecessor company, Dreyfus Realty Advisors, since 1989. He oversees DRA's Investor Services Group, which is responsible for capital raising, investor relations, and marketing. Prior to DRA, Mr. McEvoy worked 4 years at Sentinel Real Estate where he was responsible for fund raising and investor relations in the Eastern United States. Prior to Sentinel, Mr. McEvoy worked at Smith Barney in institutional sales and brokerage and as a corporate lender at Manufacturers Hanover (J.P. Morgan Chase).

Mr. McEvoy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and from New York University with an MBA.

Jean Marie Apruzzese
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director

Ms. Apruzzese joined DRA in 1994. She oversees the overall business, financial, and administrative operations of DRA as well as the Asset Management Group. Ms. Apruzzese initially joined DRA as a property analyst and eventually served as Controller. Prior to DRA, Ms. Apruzzese worked at the Clifford Companies, an affiliated group of real estate companies, where she was involved in real estate financial analysis. Prior to Clifford, she was an auditor at Eisner & Lubin CPAs.

Ms. Apruzzese graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Accounting and Management.

Brian T. Summers
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Summers joined DRA in 1993. He is involved in the acquisitions, financing and portfolio management of the company, principally portfolio joint ventures and corporate transactions with public REITs. He initially served as Controller of the company. Prior to joining DRA, Mr. Summers served for 7 years as Assistant Controller of the Clifford Companies, an affiliated group of real estate companies. Prior to Clifford, he was responsible for the financial reporting and tax departments at Newvest Securities and was a principal in an accounting firm.

Mr. Summers graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting from St. John’s University.

Andrew E. Peltz
Managing Director

Mr. Peltz joined DRA in 1987. He is involved in the acquisitions and asset management of the company and has served as the lead principal involved in the firm’s retail property acquisitions. Prior to DRA, Mr. Peltz served as an acquisitions analyst for Tishman Speyer Properties.

Mr. Peltz graduated from Clark University with a BA degree. He also has a law degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from New York University.

David P. Gray
Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Gray joined DRA in 1997. He oversees the Compliance Department, Financing, and Portfolio Management. Mr. Gray initially joined DRA as a Property Analyst. Prior to DRA, Mr. Gray spent 12 years in public accounting, principally with Friedman, Alpern & Green, where he supervised audits of large real estate companies.

Mr. Gray graduated from Geneva College with a B.S. degree in Accounting and Business Administration and is a CPA (inactive).

Janine Roberts
Managing Director

Ms. Roberts joined DRA in 1994. She is responsible for the investment sales of DRA’s managed assets. Ms. Roberts initially joined DRA as an analyst was involved in both asset management and the management of fund operations. Prior to DRA, Ms. Roberts served as an auditor with Kenneth Leventhal & Company.

Ms. Roberts graduated from New York State University of Buffalo with a B.S. degree in Accounting and is a CPA (inactive).

Jason Borreo
Managing Director, Head of Structuring and Due Diligence

Mr. Borreo joined DRA in 1998. He oversees DRA’s deal structuring, tax, acquisition due diligence and joint venture on-boarding. Mr. Borreo initially joined DRA where he was involved in the portfolio management of one of DRA’s managed funds. Prior to DRA, Mr. Borreo served as a financial analyst for Helmsley Enterprises. Prior to Helmsley, he was an auditor in the real estate group of Mazars USA LLP.

Mr. Borreo graduated from Rutgers University with a BS degree in Accounting and Business Administration and is a CPA (inactive).

Adam Breen
Managing Director

Mr. Breen joined DRA in 1999.  He is involved in the acquisition, disposition and asset management of DRA’s investments with a focus on the multi-family sector.   He is also involved with DRA’s Investor Services Group, which is responsible for capital raising, investor relations, and marketing.  He initially joined DRA as a financial analyst supporting acquisition efforts across all sectors.  Prior to DRA, Mr. Breen served as a financial analyst for La Salle Partners and performed annual internal appraisals across the company’s portfolio.

Mr. Breen graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Business Administration. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Valla Brown
Director of Asset Management

Ms. Brown joined DRA in 2002. She oversees the asset management of DRA’s office and industrial property portfolio. Ms. Brown originally joined DRA as an office asset manager. Prior to DRA, Ms. Brown spent 7 years with the Shorenstein Company where she was primarily responsible for property management and leasing of the firm’s office properties. Prior to Shorenstein, she spent 3 years with Willis Corroon Corporation, where she was responsible for leasing and facilities management for the North American headquarters.

Ms. Brown graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas with a BA degree.

Matthew Shore
Managing Director

Mr. Shore joined DRA in 2002. He is involved in the acquisition and asset management of DRA’s southeastern property portfolio and is based in DRA’s Miami office. He originally joined DRA as an acquisitions analyst in New York. Prior to DRA, Mr. Shore worked for Wachovia Securities, where he was responsible for the valuation and analysis of public REITs. He originally joined Wachovia’s predecessor, First Union, as an analyst in its private equity coverage group.

Mr. Shore graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree.

Dean Sickles
Managing Director

Mr. Sickles joined the company in 2002. He is responsible for Investment Sales of DRA’s portfolio as well as acquisitions. Prior to DRA, Mr. Sickles worked for Arthur Andersen in their real estate services group, where he was responsible for valuations, CMBS underwriting and due diligence, and systems and process consulting.

Mr. Sickles graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. degree in accounting, and he is a CPA (inactive).

Daniel Goldman
Managing Director

Mr. Goldman joined DRA in 2004. He is involved in the acquisition and asset management of DRA’s West Coast, Texas, NY and Mid Atlantic property portfolio. Prior to DRA, he worked at Citizens Bank as a Vice President where he was responsible for originating construction and permanent loans for the bank. Mr. Goldman began his career at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments where he was an acquisitions and asset management analyst working on all property types in NY and the Mid Atlantic.

Mr. Goldman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree.

Glen Besser
Managing Director of Investor Services

Mr. Besser joined DRA in 2002. Previously to working the Investor Services Group he was a Senior Portfolio Manager charged with overseeing DRA Growth & Income Fund VI. Initially, Mr. Besser joined DRA as an analyst in the Portfolio Management group. Prior to DRA, Mr. Besser worked for Wereldhave N.V where he was responsible for financial reporting and property management across the company’s United States real estate and development portfolio.

Mr. Besser graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S degree in Business Administration and from New York University with a Master’s degree in Real Estate.

Robert Hyman
Managing Director of Asset Management

Mr. Hyman joined DRA in 2000 as an Asset Manager overseeing all property types and currently serves as a senior member of the Asset Management Group. Prior to DRA, Mr Hyman was a principal of a retail franchise where he was responsible for site selection. In addition, Mr. Hyman owned and operated three franchise locations. Mr. Hyman also worked for Triangle Construction, a New York City based construction firm where he was a field supervisor of commercial real estate development projects.