MIT Center for Real Estate Alum Kazmierski ’08 Wins 2018 Rising Star Award


After opening remarks, Chad Tredway, J.P. Morgan Chase’s co-head of real estate banking, took the stage to announce CO’s 2018 Rising Star Award.

“To all of you who are clients, thank you. For those who are thinking about being clients, you can meet me at the martini bar,” Tredway joked before announcing the Kaufman Organization’s Michael Kazmierski as the Rising Star.

In 2016, Kazmierski, (then 33 years old) became the youngest principal employee in the Kaufman Organization’s century-long history to be elevated to principal and director of acquisitions of Kaufman New Ventures, working directly underneath industry veteran Fredric Leffel, who is the president of the new ventures division.

“I was very lucky at an early age to find a passion in real estate,” the MIT graduate told the crowd, with the company’s president, Steven Kaufman, proudly standing front and center, videoing the young principal’s speech. “I grew up outside of Detroit and I’m the son of a father who was in the automotive manufacturing business. But, I made my way to New York eight years ago, and it provided an arena for me to compete at the highest level, with and against some of the finest and most talented real estate professionals in the industry.” …[READ MORE]