2019 HW Vanguard: Stephen Rosenberg

Greystone Founder and CEO

Steve Rosenberg founded Greystone in 1988 and has since developed it into a leading national commercial real estate lending, investment and advisory company that has a reputation as one of the nation’s top FHA multifamily and healthcare lender.

As CEO, Rosenberg is responsible for the strategic vision of the firm, which is to be able to provide a solution to – and also anticipate – the needs of real estate investors in whatever phase they may be in, whether that be by helping them complete a capital stack, reformulate a portfolio, or optimize holdings for the current and future market. 

Under Rosenberg’s leadership, Greystone has become a top ten Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lender, as well as the only institutional EB-5 sponsor that is a full-service real estate lender, investor, advisor, loan securer and developer. 

The company has also expanded its capital markets activities, including the industry’s first CLO offering comprised solely of healthcare assets, and the $80 million acquisition of a publicly traded limited partnership to deepen its financing capabilities for affordable housing and market-rate multifamily properties. As a result, the company has developed more than $2 billion in multifamily and mixed-use properties nationwide, and now owns and manages more than 7,600 affordable multifamily units across the country.

In 2018, Greystone reported a total loan origination volume $10.3 billion, bolstering its loan servicing portfolio to $36 billion. The company now employs 8,000 employees in more than 30 offices nationwide. 

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