Team

Executives

ARI S. HECKMAN+

Founding Partner/Chief Executive Officer

Ari Heckman oversees the various components that make up ASH NYC. He is responsible for directing company strategy, as well as sourcing acquisitions and new business. Ari was previously the development manager at Cayuga Capital Management in Brooklyn, New York and a development associate at Cornish Associates in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ari was raised in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.

JONATHAN MINKOFF+

Founding Partner/Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Minkoff leads financial and business operations at ASH NYC. He is responsible for directing the analytics and underwriting team, as well as liaising with lenders, investors and outside counsel. He was previously at Cayuga Capital Management.

Jonathan was raised in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Economics. His family is active in the real estate and construction industries in the Washington, DC area.

Will Cooper+

Partner/Chief Creative Officer

Will Cooper leads the design team and directs brand strategy. He oversees all design projects, including company-held real estate, private clients and the ASH Market furniture collection. Will was previously on the Global Retail Brand Development Team at Ralph Lauren in New York.

Will was raised in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Jenna Goldman+

Partner/Director of Development

Jenna Goldman manages internal development projects from inception through completion. She oversees and coordinates architecture, engineering and construction consultants and participates in equity raising and new acquisition. Jenna was previously an associate at the Continuum Company in New York.

Jenna was raised in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. She received a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University 2007.

ANDREW BOWEN+

Director of Operations

Andrew Bowen oversees the entirety of the staging division including staffing, investment and growth, client interaction, new business development, inventory, and web systems. He also ensures that the office runs efficiently and participates in organizational decisions. Additionally, he serves as the liaison between all divisions of ASH NYC.

Andrew was raised on Long Island, New York and graduated from New York University with a degree in Urban Design and Architecture.

Anthony Pellegrino+

Director of Hotel Operations

Anthony Pellegrino participates in all activities related to the company’s existing hotel portfolio and new hotel acquisitions and developments. Anthony was previously a Director of Operations at Starwood Hotels, and most recently opened four W Hotels in Atlanta and Boston, Massachusetts.

Anthony was raised in Providence, Rhode Island and prior to beginning his career in hotel management, was classically trained as a chef in the Escoffier Brigade System.

Senior Associates

Paul Chan+

Senior Associate, Architectural Design

Paul oversees the internal architecture team for the company. He is also responsible for liaising with external architects and contractors to execute the integration of the company's design work.

Paul was raised in Hong Kong and graduated with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

Ben Cooley+

Project Manager, Development

Ben manages various projects in the company's development portfolio and represents ownership in overseeing day-to-day construction activities.

Ben was raised in Lyme, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Art History.

Josh Elstein+

Asset Manager

Joshua Elstein is responsible for the management of all properties owned or controlled by ASH NYC. He oversees daily property operations and liaises with tenants, brokers and service providers in the field. Josh is also a New York licensed real estate broker. Josh was previously the owner and operator of two successful restaurants and a catering company.

Josh was raised in Westchester County, New York and was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and the New York Real Estate Institute.

Erik Hern+

Senior Associate, Warehouse

Erik Hern oversees logistics and manages the internal furniture, art, and accessories inventory at the company's warehouse.

Erik was raised in Florida, and graduated with a degree in Transportation and Logistics from the University of North Florida.

Steve Maun+

Project Manager, Hotels

Steve Maun manages the local development processes in Detroit related to the Wurlitzer Hotel development, bringing extensive experience in master planning, financing and development of urban renewal projects. Steve previously ran his development firm, LeylandAlliance LLC, which focuses on neighborhood revitalization in cities and towns, often in partnership with the public sector.

Steve, a Detroit native, graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Kevin Sievers+

Senior Associate, Development

Kevin Sievers leads the company's acquisitions department. He is responsible for sourcing and analyzing the company's new and potential development projects.

Kevin was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and holds a Master of Design Studies degree in Real Estate & the Built Environment from Harvard University, a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri.

KATIE VOGELSANG, RA+

Senior Associate, Interior Architecture and FF&E Design

Katie manages internal architecture and oversees FF&E design for the company's hotel division.

Katie was raised in Syracuse, New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. She is a licensed architect in New York State.

Associates

Leah Brisby+

Associate, Interior Design

Leah manages design, production and procurement for hospitality and commercial projects.

Leah was raised in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute.

Tracy Brooks+

Bookkeeper

Tracy serves as the company's internal bookkeeper and assists in managing all accounts payable and receivable.

Tracy was raised in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Silvia Landinez+

Associate, Staging

Silvia Landinez is a designer on the company's staging team. She manages space planning, furniture selection, concepting, buying, and coordination.

Silvia was raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a Master of Interior Design degree from the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy, a Master of Professional Studies degree in Sustainable Interior Environments from the New York School of Interior Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

Chelsea Mattoon+

Associate, Asset Management

Chelsea assists in the operations of the company's development projects as well as the day-to-day management of our residential and mixed-use portfolio. She also participates in the financial analysis of ongoing projects.

Chelsea was raised in San Francisco, California, and graduated with a degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of San Diego.

Creighton Morris+

Manager, Installation

Creighton Morris oversees the installation of the company's design and staging projects and executes delivery operations. He is responsible for ensuring quality control and maintaining brand standards.

Creighton was raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Bud Nitaya+

Associate, Commercial Design

Bud Nitaya assists in the design of external commercial projects.

Bud was raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Assumption University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Nigel Nyarko +

Assistant, Installation

Nigel serves on the company's installation team. He is responsible for transportation, furniture placement, and art handling.

Nigel was raised in Brooklyn, New York.

EMILY OPPENHEIM+

Associate, Architectural Design

Emily manages the design of both internal and external residential projects.

Emily was raised in Toronto, Canada, and graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.

Nick Ozemba+

Associate, Commercial Design

Nick Ozemba manages the design of external commercial projects.

Nick was raised in Westchester, New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Nika Sakhanberidze+

Associate, Staging

Nika Sakhanberidze creates various site-specific artworks and murals for the company's staging division.

Nika was raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, and studied Art Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Julie Son+

Associate, Staging

Julie Son is a designer on the company's staging team. She manages space planning, furniture selection, concepting, buying, and coordination.

Julie was raised in Daegu, South Korea, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Pratt Institute.

Dylan Stilin+

Associate, Staging

Dylan participates in the sourcing, installation, business development, and daily operations of staging and design projects for the company.

Dylan was raised in East Hampton, New York and graduated from New York University.

Griffin Whitehead+

Associate, Production

Griffin Whitehead manages the company's custom design, fabrication, and installation operations. He also manages ASH NYC's 1stdibs and web-based collections.

Griffin was raised in Carmel, California, and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from New York University.

Andrew Willard+

Assistant, Warehouse

Andrew serves as an assistant at the company's warehouse. He executes the preparation of outgoing shipments, and the inflow of incoming deliveries.

Andrew was born and raised In Omaha, NE.

Timothy Zarras+

Junior Associate, Furniture Design

Timothy assists in the design of external commercial projects.

Tim was raised in Pound Ridge, New York, and is a graduate of the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Interns

Kayla Shaw+

Intern, Staging

Kayla assists with the design and implementation of the company's staging projects. She participates in sourcing, buying, installations, and daily operation activities.

Kayla was raised in Lower Manhattan and graduated from Emory University with a degree in Art History.