Joshua Benaim is a founding principal of Aria Development Group and is a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Benaim shares responsibility for all acquisitions, development and asset management. At Aria, Mr. Benaim has led the acquisition and development of projects totaling 1,000 units and over $1 billion in total asset capitalization.
Prior to founding Aria, Mr. Benaim was a managing principal at Square Mile Capital Management LLC, where he focused on distressed debt, loan origination and complex joint ventures in the New York, Washington, DC, South Florida and San Francisco markets. At Square Mile, Mr. Benaim was responsible for structuring a $650 million joint venture build-to-suit development fully leased to the City of New York.
Mr. Benaim is also a partner in various multifamily holdings in Manhattan through his association with Manocherian Brothers, which operates his family’s real estate investments. Mr. Benaim has undertaken multifamily renovation, development and asset management on behalf of family partnerships with the benefit of direct mentorship and guidance. In assembling and developing a portfolio of over 3,000 luxury residential apartments in New York City, Manocherian Brothers has built a legacy of successful operation spanning over 60 years which Mr. Benaim is honored to carry forward.
Mr. Benaim began his career as at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Mergers & Acquisitions group and subsequently Principal Transactions. He also served as an advisor to REIT hedge fund High Rise Capital Management at the time of its inception.
Mr. Benaim recently served as Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association during the initial development of that organization. Outside of the real estate industry, Mr. Benaim is an operatic baritone who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the father of three young children.
Mr. Benaim received a B.A. from Harvard University graduating magna cum laude and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.