Senior Management

Managing Principal

Paul Salib

As a co-founder and Managing Principal of Castellan Real Estate Partners, Mr. Salib directs the acquisition and asset management of Castellan’s investment holdings.

Previously, Mr. Salib was a Senior Vice President at Red Stone Partners, where he was involved in the acquisition and financing of over $1 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Salib was primarily responsible for performing valuation analysis, due diligence and transaction execution.

Mr. Salib received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Syracuse University and received his Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University. Mr. Salib is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Schack Real Estate Institute and on the Board of Directors of New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH).

Managing Principal

John Salib

As a co-founder and Managing Principal of Castellan Real Estate Partners, Mr. Salib is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s investments and operations.

Mr. Salib began his career at Salomon Smith Barney in New York, where he focused on fixed income finance, real estate acquisition finance and mortgage securitization. Mr. Salib was a member of transaction teams that originated and / or securitized approximately $3 billion of debt financing for a variety of commercial and residential real estate clients.

Mr. Salib was subsequently a member of the Salomon Smith Barney team in Tokyo, focusing on debt origination / securitization and distressed debt acquisitions from Japanese financial institutions. Mr. Salib was primarily responsible for performing valuation analysis and due diligence on potential acquisition / financing candidates. Mr. Salib is also a founder of Landmark Advisors LLC, a value oriented alternative investment management firm.

Mr. Salib received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Chief Operating Officer

Rick Serrapica

Mr. Serrapica is Castellan’s Chief Operating Officer and brings more than 30 years of experience managing various asset classes including commercial, residential, retail and industrial properties.

Prior to joining Castellan, Mr. Serrapica was a Partner at Broadway Partners, a real estate owner/operator with overall responsibility of managing a national portfolio comprised of twenty eight assets. Prior to Broadway, Mr. Serrapica was Regional Director of Construction and Property Management at Shorenstein Realty Services, one of the country’s largest real estate owner/operators. Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice President as well as Director of Construction and Property Management for SL Green Realty Corp. He has held similar positions at the Swig, Weiler and Arnow Management Co., Cross and Brown and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mr. Serrapica received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University. He is a Registered Property Administrator and a Certified EPA Project Designer.

Chief Financial Officer

Joel Hammer

As Chief Financial Officer of Castellan Real Estate Partners, Mr. Hammer is responsible for leading and directing the Finance and Accounting functions.

Mr. Hammer has more than 25 years of experience in leading the financial, accounting, operational and administrative aspects of real estate investment and management companies. He has deep experience with investor administration and reporting, the creation of tax efficient investment vehicles, in addition to involvement with acquisition and disposition transactions.

Mr. Hammer spent the early part of his career at KPMG, specializing in private and publicly registered companies in a broad range of industries, including real estate and emerging businesses. Subsequently, Mr. Hammer spent 17 years as the Chief Financial Officer at AIG’s Global Real Estate group, playing a significant role in the group’s expansion from startup to a company whose global portfolio had more than $25 billion of assets under management, with upward of 53 million square feet in more than 50 countries.

Mr. Hammer, a CPA, graduated magna cum laude from the University at Albany, SUNY with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Mr. Hammer is also an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College teaching Real Estate Finance and Investments.

Director of Investor Communications

Michele Romano

As Director of Investor Communications for Castellan Real Estate Partners, Ms. Romano is responsible for investor communication and marketing.

Prior to joining Castellan, Ms. Romano was at Citigroup Global Markets Inc for nearly six years on the securitized lending team. She served as a Portfolio Manager specializing in credit card and unsecured consumer receivables managing the daily lending, reporting, and risk functions of a multi-billion dollar portfolio.

Ms. Romano graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.