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 Staging

Andrew Bowen leads the company's staging division. He oversees operations, staffing, investment and growth, client interaction, new business development, and web systems.

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.

Josh Elstein+

Director of Asset Management

Joshua Elstein is responsible for overseeing the management of all properties owned or controlled by ASH NYC. He manages 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.

Senior Associates

Aarin B. Clemons+

General Manager, The Dean Hotel

Aarin Clemons manages day-to-day operations at The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, the first property in our hotel portfolio.

Aarin was raised in Queens, New York and comes to the company with a background in restaurant, small business & nonprofit management. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Entrepreneurship.

Ben Cooley+

Project Manager, Development

Ben Cooley 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.

Erik Hern+

Senior Associate, Warehouse

Erik Hern oversees logistics, transportation, 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.

Noah Ponte+

General Manager, The Siren Hotel

Noah Ponte helms daily operations of The Siren Hotel. Before joining the team, Noah served as the Senior Director of Resort Hospitality with Vail Resorts in Colorado.

Noah was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After both undergraduate and graduate studies focused on accounting, he found his way into the hospitality industry where he specializes in luxury hotel operations and revenue management.

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 Vogelsang manages internal architecture and oversees FF&E design for the company's hotel division. She oversees the execution of the design vision with fabricators and vendors. She is also responsible for sourcing and logistics within project budget. Katie was previously an architectural designer at Rockwell Group, Handel Architects, and Stephanie Goto working on projects ranging from art galleries and private homes to restaurants and hotels. She is also a licensed architect in New York State.

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.

Associates

Samantha Atlas+

Associate, Staging, Los Angeles

Samantha Atlas is an associate on the company's staging team in Los Angeles. She is responsible for business development, growth operations, marketing, and coordination on the west coast.

Samantha was raised in Silver Lake, Los Angeles and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a degree in Art History.

Tracy Brooks+

Bookkeeper

Tracy Brooks 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.

Joshua Da Silva+

Associate, Staging

Joshua Da Silva is a designer and project manager on the company's staging team. He manages space planning, furniture selection, concepting, buying, and coordination.

Joshua was raised in Rhode Island and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Liam Dublin+

Associate, Hospitality

Liam Dublin is an interior designer for the company's hotel projects.

Liam was raised in New Hampshire and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute.

Megan Hershman+

Associate, Private Residential Design

Megan Hershman manages the company's private residential design projects.

Megan was raised in Miami, Florida, and holds a Masters in Architecture degree from Parsons, The New School for Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Darren Jett+

Associate, Concept Design

Darren Jett is a cross-disciplinary designer focusing on concept design. He works directly with the company's Chief Creative Officer.

Darren was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and holds a Master of Architecture degree specializing in Middle Eastern/European Arts at the Politechnika Krakowska in Krakow, Poland.

Silvia Landinez+

Associate, Staging

Silvia Landinez is a designer and project manager 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.

JinYeop Lee+

Associate, Private Residential Project Designer

Jin Lee is an interior designer on the company's private residential design team and is responsible for drawings, renderings, and detailing.

Jin was raised in Seoul, South Korea, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute.

Chelsea Mattoon+

Associate, Asset Management

Chelsea Mattoon assists in managing the implementation of ASH NYC's development projects from acquisition, to construction, to operations. In addition, Chelsea works with the asset management team to ensure smooth transitions from development to operations.

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.

Julie Son+

Associate, Staging

Julie Son is a designer and project manager 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 Stilin is a designer and project manager on the company's staging team. He manages space planning, furniture selection, concepting, buying, and coordination. He also manages business development operations.

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+

Associate, Warehousing and Project Coordinator

Andrew Willard serves as an associate at the company's warehouse. He manages the company's project and inventory integration, executes the preparation of outgoing shipments, and is also responsible for properly accounting for the inflow of incoming deliveries. He serves as the liaison between the warehouse and the company's various design teams.

Andrew was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.

Leah Wu+

Associate, Staging

Leah Wu is a designer and project manager on the company's staging team. She also assists the Director of Staging with business development activities and daily operations.

Leah was raised in Beijing, China, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design degree from Pratt Institute.

Junior Associates

David Brown+

Junior Associate, Warehouse

David Brown serves as an assistant at the company's warehouse. He assists with the daily operations and inventory management of the company's warehouse.

David was born and raised in New York City.

Anthony Morton+

Junior Associate, Installation

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

Anthony was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Bud Nitaya+

Junior Associate, Hotel Design

Bud Nitaya assists in the design of the company's hotel 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 +

Junior Associate, Installation

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

Nigel was raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Troy Riedel+

Junior Associate, Installation

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

Troy was raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Stockton University.

Matthew Robenson+

Junior Associate, Installation

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

Matthew was raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Nika Sakhanberidze+

Junior 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.

Maria Vargas+

Junior Associate, Bookkeeping

Maria assists the company's bookkeeping team for accounts payable and receivable.

Maria was raised in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Queens College.

Interns

Stephanie Crockett+

Intern, Hotels

Stephanie Crockett assists the design for the company's hotel projects.

Stephanie was raised in Massachusetts. She is currently a student at Pratt Institute in the MFA Interior Design program. She holds a BA in Art History & Psychology from Georgetown University.

Tiffany Lee+

Intern, Staging

Tiffany Lee assists the staging division's design team. She participates in the production of drawings, project site coordination, styling, and daily operations.

Tiffany was raised in South Korea and hold as Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design degree from Pratt Institute.