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Distinguished Speaker Series: Alex Klatskin, GP of Forsgate Industrial Partners and 2011 National Chairman of NAIOP

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Tiya Jain

Tiya Jain is a Baker Program in Real Estate graduate student. Prior to Baker she completed her chartered accountancy course in India (Equivalent to the CPA) and has 6 years of post-qualification experience with multinationals such as Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte etc. Her last position at Deloitte involved advising large developers and private equity funds on funding, structuring and cost saving transactions in line with the local laws and regulations. Prior to Deloitte, she helped Aldia Capital, a boutique investment advisor in India, set up base in Mumbai. She was responsible for creating trusting relationships with the local real estate developers for the firm to secure $100 mm mandates. Tiya also strengthened local banking and financial relationships to the firm to tie up both ends of the deal making process. She is also interested in sustainable energy solutions, solar technology and she implemented the same for 3 housing societies in her neighborhood in Mumbai to cut energy costs by 25%. At Cornell, Tiya is the VP of Events for the Cornell Real Estate Women’s club that looks at leveraging opportunities for professional growth for women and eliminating the gender differences in the real estate industry. Tiya is also a Junior editor for the Cornell Review. The assignment involves contributing high quality research articles for the Cornell yearly journal and also interviewing real estate industry leaders who speak at the Distinguished Speaker Series. She enjoys playing Sudoku and practicing eastern philosophies such as yoga and meditation in her free time. Post Baker she would like to work in real estate investments and finance.
Forsgate General Partner:       Alex Klatskin

This week, the Baker Program in Real Estate welcomes Alex Klatskin to the Distinguished Speaker Series. Mr. Klatskin is a General Partner at Forsgate Industrial Partners, a private industrial real estate firm based New Jersey. As one of the premier industrial firms in the Northeast, Forsgate holds a significant amount of A+ industrial space backed by high credit tenants like Audi, Coca-Cola, Fed Ex, Volkswagen and Pepsi.

Forsgate was founded in the 1960’s, and began by purchasing parcels of land in Meadowlands. In the 1970’s, Forsgate had the vision to purchase 500 acres of land on the exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike, halfway between Boston and Washington DC. The company typically looks to acquire assets in under-utilized areas that have excellent transportation access and requisite infrastructure in place.  Klatskin has been able to capitalize on this strategy to great effect.

Before joining Forsgate in 1992, Klatskin worked with the New York City architectural firm of Kohn, Pedersen, Fox and Associates. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the American Architectural Foundation, a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Roundtable in Wahington D.C., and was the 2011 National Chairman of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Klatskin holds a BS from the University of Illinois and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland. He is a Registered Architect in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and a licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

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