Founder & CEO
Since its inception in 1999, Blesso Properties has been a unique real estate development company with a mission to generate outsized returns while having a positive social impact. He has proven that the two goals are not exclusive but complimentary.
Rather than just building a “product,” Matthew excels at developing an understanding of Blesso’s customers and markets while leveraging deep, long-term relationships.
A lifelong, committed volunteer and philanthropist, Matthew has raised or donated over $300,000 for charitable causes to date. He has served on a variety of executive boards, including:
– Worldwide Orphans Foundation
– Citizen Housing and Planning Counsel
– NYU Schack School of Real Estate Development
– Institute for Urban Design
– Fourth Arts Block (founding board member)
– Dixon Place
Matthew earned a MS in Real Estate Development from NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate and a BA in Economics (cum laude) from the University of Rochester. In 2010, he received the Bart Lawson Award for Humanitarianism from NYU.
David Kessler joined Blesso Properties in 2014, bringing 16 years of experience in managing mid- and large-scale development and redevelopment projects. Prior to joining Blesso, as director of acquisitions and asset management at Waterbridge Capital, David sourced, closed and developed over $1B of retail, office, multifamily and mixed-use properties.
The breadth of David’s real estate experience spans all major property types and in markets across the US. A catalyst for advancing the growth and diversification of the Blesso Properties’ portfolio, David oversees pre-development planning, contract negotiations, property acquisition, and asset management of development projects.
Prior to Waterbridge Capital, David served as assistant director of acquisitions at JSRE Acquisitions LLC, the real estate entity for the Safra family, where he sourced and underwrote all acquisitions and handled asset management for their existing portfolio. As an associate in the equity private placement group at Capmark Securities (formerly GMAC), he raised third-party institutional equity for realestate clients.
David earned a BBA in Real Estate and Marketing with a specialization in International Business from the University of WisconsinMadison. David serves on the leadership committees of UJA-REX and Young Real Estate Professionals of New York He has also been **involved in Streetwise Partners.
Jason joined Blesso Properties in early 2016 as Project Manager with 20 years of experience in architecture and project management. Over the course of his career, he has worked with clients ranging from universities and developers to museums and government agencies and organizations.
Previously, Jason served as Senior Project Architect at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, where he worked on the $400M expansion of MoMA. As a Project Architect at Garrison Architects, he played a key role in the design of a 70-unit, micro-housing project in Manhattan, a 220-room POD hotel project in Brooklyn, and a number of Housing Prototype projects for FEMA and OEM, among others.
Jason also worked at Ross Drulis Cusenbery as Project Architect on a $755M project for the GSA; at BOKA Powell as Senior Designer on a 150,000 SF office project and a 361,000 SF condo project; and at Polshek Partnership Architects. He began his career as a Staff Designer at Richard Meier and Partners.
Jason holds a BA in architecture from Penn State University, and an MA in Metropolitan Research and Design from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Real Estate Development Associate
Javier joined Blesso Properties in early 2016, bringing extensive experience in investment analysis and asset management to the firm. His responsibilities include acquisitions, asset management and investor relations.
Prior to joining Blesso Properties, Javier worked for two years as Associate at Investcorp in the Real Estate Asset Management Group, which oversaw over 10M SF of office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties.
Previous to Investcorp, Javier performed audit services for real estate clients as a senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche. Javier started his career in financial reporting at The Blackstone Group’s Alternative Asset Management division.
Javier is the fourth generation in his family to work in the real estate development and construction industry. He holds a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University.
Group Managing Director
A native of Venezuela, Lorenzo has worked for a number of well-respected hotel chains internationally, including Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn, Melia Hotels and Intercontinental Hotels.
After a move to Panama City in 2011, Lorenzo joined Blesso Properties as the General Manager of Tantalo, our boutique hotel, bar and restaurant. Lorenzo and his management team quickly positioned Tantalo as one of the country’s top hospitality brands and tourist destinations.
Previously, Lorenzo directed the opening of a new boutique hotel, restaurant and spa in Venezuela. Prior to that role, Lorenzo was deputy general manager of the 176-room Holiday Inn in Southampton, UK for over 4 years.
He began his career at the 996-room Hilton Caracas in 1996, training in several departments. Lorenzo studied Tourism Business Administration in Caracas, Venezuela, and earned a certificates in Liberal Arts in Des Moines Iowa, as well as a certificate in Hotel Revenue Management in Sao Paulo Brazil.
Director of Operations / Executive Assistant to the CEO
Joanne joined Blesso Properties in November 2015 to take on the dual roles of Director of Operations and Executive Assistant to the CEO. Her experience in financial consulting, strategic planning and construction management, combined with 30 years buying and selling real estate, has made her an indispensable resource for the entire Blesso team.
Joanne earned her BS in an industrial engineering from Polytechnic University, and worked as a licensed mortgage broker and licensed real estate agent for over 10 years.
Executive Assistant to the President