About Rental Beast
Founder and President
Ishay [pronounced ee-shy] is the Founder and President of Rental Beast. After spending 13 years working in the real estate industry, Ishay saw the need for a comprehensive online platform that would help tenants and landlords navigate the rental experience. Starting in Boston, Ishay spent over seven years perfecting the Rental Beast database, gathering over 300,000 listings and developing influential industry relationships to create a unique and tailored user experience for landlords, property managers, tenants and brokers. Today, Ishay guides the strategic direction of the organization, leading its expansion throughout the U.S.
Prior to launching Rental Beast, Ishay worked as a real estate agent and then a sales manager for a boutique real estate firm in New York City. Ishay has experienced every facet of the residential real estate transaction firsthand and is all too familiar with the challenges faced by landlords and tenants at various stages of the rental experience. Ishay made his first real estate investment in South Boston, and later became a developer and a landlord in the area.
Ishay served as a Combat Officer for the Israeli Defense Force, and it was there that he learned the importance of good decision making and developed his skills at formulating and executing great strategies. He spent the last 10 years involved in building and helping the Jewish community in Wellesley and Weston, Mass. as the president of the Wellesley Weston Chabad. He is also currently a member of the RHA, NAA, CAA, PAA, Greater Boston Real Estate Boston, Boston University Coalition and other associations.
Ishay spent too much time over the past six years perfecting his golf game but it’s still far from perfect! He is an avid runner and to offset that habit, his drink of choice is good whiskey or scotch along with a great cigar. Ishay grew up in Haifa, Israel and currently resides in Natick, Mass.
VP of Business Development
Shmuel Freeman is the Vice President of Business Development for Rental Beast. Shmuel has over 10 years of business development experience from across the pond and from coast to coast. Today, Shmuel helps accelerate the development of the Rental Beast database across Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, D.C. and beyond. He provides support for newly formed teams and local managers, and has played a pivotal role in the expansion of Rental Beast’s vision nationally. As the company grows, Shmuel is responsible for identifying new opportunities and maintaining the quality and transparency of Rental Beasts’ services across all areas of operation.
Shmuel has developed a proven track record in revenue generation and business development in various industries. One might say that Shmuel has learned a thing or two about how to negotiate a deal and provide unparalleled client service.
Prior to taking on his current role at Rental Beast, Shmuel worked as a Senior Business Development expert in the technology industry and shortly thereafter, he worked as Vice President for a financial services company in California, where he provided expert financial advice to clients for nearly 10 years. Shmuel grew up in London, England and graduated from the Rabbinical College of America in 1992. He currently resides in Sudbury, Mass. where, as an avid snowboarder, he roams the slopes of New England.
VP of Operations
Josh is the Vice President of Operations at Rental Beast. He brings a broad range of experience in operations, finance and technology to help implement the company's strategic vision and manage its national expansion, while ensuring the continued quality of the customer experience.
Prior to Rental Beast, Josh worked at FastCloud, holding senior management roles in operations, finance and client service. During this period, Josh worked closely with FastCloud customer Rental Beast, witnessing its impressive growth and transformation into the go-to provider of apartment search data and tools. Before FastCloud, Josh oversaw product and operations at Back9Links (acquired by ClubSoft NA), which provided software to the Private Club industry. Josh began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he helped start and grow a multi-billion dollar asset management business.
Josh received a BA from Rhodes College, where he studied abroad at Oxford and was on the golf team. He earned his MBA from MIT.
Josh has been engaged in varied pursuits, including: helping students prep for standardized tests, collaborating on dynamic pricing algorithms for Broadway and a brief stint writing trivia questions. Josh grew up in North Carolina and enjoys cooking, golfing and throwing sticks in hopes his golden retriever will one day decide to fetch.
VP of Technology
Harald has 30 years of experience spanning most of the high tech industry. Throughout his career he has spent most of the time being a trailblazer and entrepreneur, leading companies into new products and markets by ways of identifying needs, specifying new products, and leading the engineering teams.
Today Harald is creating a future oriented IT platform for the Rental Beast application by taking advantage of the cloud, and adding the required business continuity configuration and scaling capabilities. Add to this the streamlining required to simpler interaction and data exchange with Rental Beast partners, and setting the platform and application up for strategic future capabilities.
Before Rental Beast Harald wrote the product specification and lead a team developing integrated disaster recovery for a fault tolerant computer platform at Stratus Technologies. While at Acopia Harald identified the need for, wrote the new product specification, and added the infrastructure required to do data protection for a file system virtualization appliance. At Network Appliance Harald represented the company for three years on the SNIA Technology Council, lead the development of the NDMP v4 specification together with collaborators from more than 10 other companies, lead the company into a deeper strategic involvement in SNIA, and designed and implemented several new product features.
When not thinking about Rental Beast Harald spends his time playing competitive tennis, exercising his mountain bike in the woods around Nashua NH, telemark skiing, preferably together with his two sons, and cooking good food! Harald was a good soccer player once, has coached his sons soccer teams, and would like at some point to coach soccer again!
Ashleigh, the Director of Leasing for Rental Beast, has been with the company since 2008. His Real Estate experience covers the last 15 years, with expertise in many areas of the Real Estate Rentals and Sales as well as Property Management. His Management and Sales experience give him a unique perspective on the needs of both the renters looking for properties and the inner workings of building a successful transaction through solid methodology and support of a company such as Rental Beast. Ashleigh’s responsibilities include continuing the education process of Brokers working with Rental Beast Broker platform and developing strategies to help optimize the use of the tools provided by Rental Beast to its Broker partners.
Prior to starting at Rental Beast, Ashleigh was the Sales Manager of Corcoran Brokerage in Milton Mass and the Leasing Director at Trammell Crow residential in Brookline, Ma. Both of these experiences gave Ashleigh great exposure to different markets and a unique understanding of a vastly different clientele. Ashleigh Started his Real Estate career with Realty Executives of West Suburban Boston in Watertown Ma, where he was the Rental Manager of one of the most productive offices in the State of Mass. It is through these experiences that give Ashleigh a well-rounded view from an agent’s perspective and that of the needs of many types of renters.
Ashleigh’s experience prior to entering the Real Estate field include the hospitality field, where Ashleigh held positions such as Food and Beverage controller, Regional Audit Manager and Assistant General Manager for companies such as The Omni Parker House, Beacon Hotel Company, and Hyatt Regency. Ashleigh Also spent time in the High Tech field as a Corporate Account Executive servicing fortune 500 firms throughout Massachusetts.
Ashleigh Graduated from Boston University with a concentration in Hotel and Food Administration. Ashleigh’s hobbies include coaching, where he spent 13 years as an assistant Football coach at Tufts University. Ashleigh also was an assistant Football coach at UMass Boston and Mt. Ida College. Ashleigh spent time coaching College Baseball as well where he was the Head Coach at MassBay Community College for 6 years and an assistant at Watertown high School.
Ashleigh grew up in Rye Brook New York, attended Hackley Prep in Tarrytown NY and currently resides in Watertown Mass.
Josh is the Regional Director and General Manager of Rental Beast in Chicago. In this role, Josh works to establish relationships and the Rental Beast brand with Chicago property managers and landlords.
After graduating from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Josh spent nearly 10 years at the FPL Advisory Group, a leading global real estate consulting and executive search company. Starting his career at FPL as an analyst, working mainly with the online survey process and proprietary database, Josh was responsible for overseeing all surveys and corresponding reports big and small in 2011. While managing the survey department, Josh pioneered the sale of customized reports, resulting in a staggering increase in revenue for that product, while also working closely with real estate trade associations such as The National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), The Real Estate Roundtable (RER) and The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), amongst others.
Josh is a member of the Chicago Apartment Association, Chicago JUF Real Estate and Building Trades Division, and volunteers at the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society. Josh is very proud of the fact that Chicago’s “Team Beast” is a fun, tight-knit, high-energy unit with a strong desire to exceed goals and continue to build on past success.
Josh is a native of Toledo Ohio (The ‘Do), and has lived in Chicago for the past ten years.In his free time Josh enjoys striving to beat his brother on the golf course, running around town with his sidekick mutt Sampson and seeing, writing, and performing stand-up comedy to get his creative juices flowing.
Peter is the Regional Director and General Manager of Rental Beast in Philadelphia. Starting as the company’s first intern in the summer of 2012, Peter continues to play an essential role in the startups’business and database development, in addition to leading the customer services team. He is enthusiastic about Rental Beast’s expansion yet is determined to maintain the hyper-local quality of service that has distinguished the company from the outset.
Prior to joining the Rental Beast team, Peter worked as a consultant for Grindstone Advisory, a small consulting firm focused on new product development and market research. Concentrating on market analysis to identify new business opportunities, Peter learned the skills to nurture growing companies which he brings to the Rental Beast team.
Peter graduated from Bentley University with a degree in economics and finance. During his time at Bentley, he spent two years as the Vice President of Finance for the Campus Activities Board, the University’s largest student run organization.
As described by his team, Peter is enthusiastic, competitive and motivated. He always brings a high level of energy to the office, and is “definitely a morning person.” Peter is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Apartment Association, New Jersey Apartment Association and the Delaware Apartment Association.
Peter grew up in Wenham, Mass. and currently resides in Philadelphia.
Prior to joining the Rental Beast team, Jose worked for the high-rise division of FirstService Residential, one of the largest property management companies in North America. Starting in a frontline role as a front desk manager at a luxury high-rise Jose sharpened his community association and hospitality skills. Within a year he was promoted to the corporate coordinator role for the downtown Miami region. In this role, Jose wore many hats and attended to a portfolio of over 36 high-rise properties throughout Miami. He spearheaded the launching of a Service Culture for the area, which included creating property specific training initiatives for each of the properties, quality assurance visits and standardization and reporting back to regional senior management. Jose also led a team of eight Area Specialists that supported the staffing of properties for FMLA purposes. A net promoter score (NPS) survey of community boards revealed that Jose’s largest business unit had the highest score in the country. He also maintained the lowest employee turnover in his department with all employees leaving his team to promotions within the company.
Jose is a Miami native and graduated from Miami Dade College with a degree in management, and earned his MBA from Florida International University. He is a member of NSHMBA and is a huge Florida State fan. In his free time Jose enjoys offshore fishing, free diving, working out or relaxing with his Dachshund by the pool.
Kristell has held positions in management and training with some of the most prominent real estate companies in Atlanta, where she has had a proven track record of success improving overall internal operations of her assigned portfolios. Prior to joining the Rental Beast team, she worked as a Portfolio Operations Director for one of a largest buyers and landlords of single-family homes in the nation.
Kristell was born and raised in South Florida before moving to Atlanta to pursue her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Real Estate with minors in Marketing and Psychology. Before graduating with honors, she obtained her Real Estate Salesperson license in 2004 and now holds her Broker’s License. Since 2004 she has worked in various realms of the real estate industry handling functions such as assisting individual investors and investment groups with the acquisitions, rehab, turnkey, leasing, management, and disposition of single-family homes, multi-family properties, and manufactured home communities. Having worked in the management of single-family and multi-family assets in Atlanta for the past 11 years, she recognizes and appreciates the need for a sophisticated rental database for both landlords and consumers alike and is excited to introduce Rental Beast to Atlanta landlords of every size!
During her free time, Kristell enjoys spending time with her family. They attend shows and exhibits as often as they can, go hiking, have picnics, and anything that involves enjoying the beautiful city and staying active! Kristell even participates in Taekwondo alongside her children, is currently a yellow belt, and hopes to become a black belt with them one day.
Jeff is the Regional Director and General Manager of Rental Beast in Houston. In this role, Jeff works hard to establish relationships and the Rental Beast brand with Houston property managers and landlords.
After graduating from Rice University with an MBA and Austin College with a double major in Business and Economics, Jeff began his real estate career in 2012 by co-founding P&G Homes, LLC, which is a premier single family real estate development firm in Houston. In 2014, Jeff also co-founded Fiind Properties, LLC, a boutique real estate brokerage intent on sourcing and selling properties to real estate developers and investors in the greater Houston area. With a focus on marketing, analysis, acquisitions and sales, Jeff has played a key role in over $36,000,000 of real estate transactions.
Jeff is now very excited to bring his local real estate and business development experience to the Rental Beast team in Houston.
Jeff is a Houston native and has lived there most of his life. In his free time Jeff enjoys running, cycling, watching football, playing golf, traveling with his family and competing in triathlons.
Regional Director & General Manager – Dallas
Spencer is the Regional Director and General Manager for Rental Beast in Dallas, Texas. In this role he is focused on developing the Rental Beast brand and providing the most up to date and complete information on rental properties for the entire DFW market.
Before joining the Rental Beast team, Spencer was an integral part of the leadership team and launch of the US Operations and Content groups for a global food discovery app and website. He also spent many years in Operations as a Senior Manager and Director with a global contact center outsourcing company that delivers innovative, quality-driven, customer service solutions, across multiple industries. Upon relocating to the Dallas area from Denver and opening a new office he built an award winning team from the ground up working with a global streaming service.
When Spencer has free time he's an avid backyard BBQ enthusiast and is constantly inviting friends over to try something new he's thought up and wants to try out. Some of his other hobbies include classic car shows, watching as many movies as time will permit, finding the next “hole in the wall” restaurant before it becomes too popular, and attending live music events and concerts. Spencer now considers Dallas his home.
Duncan L. Niederauer is Chief Executive Officer of NYSE. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Niederauer is proud to have overseen the transformation of the company into an innovative, globally integrated organization with a high-tech, high-touch focus. Prior to his current position, Mr. Niederauer was President and co-Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Euronext with responsibility for U.S. cash equities.
Before joining NYSE Euronext in April 2007, Mr. Niederauer was Managing Director and co-Head of the Equities Division Execution Services franchise at Goldman, Sachs & Co. His career at Goldman Sachs spanned 22 years.
Mr. Niederauer has served on the board of Archipelago Holdings, LLC and Colgate University, and now serves on the board of Operation Hope, The American Ireland Fund and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. His current affiliations include G100, Chief Executive 50, British-American Business Council International Advisory Committee, Partnership for New York City, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Shanghai International Financial Advisory Committee, Museum of American Finance, Pace University President’s Council and Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.
He earned an MBA from Emory University and a BA from Colgate University. He and his wife, Alison, led the Newmark School’s “Destination of Promise” campaign, which built a state of the art school for children with autism and related disabilities in Scotch Plains, NJ. They have three children and reside in New Jersey.
Steven has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, private equity investor and corporate lawyer.
In addition to Rental Beast, he is currently Co-Founder and Chairman of GloDesign, Inc., a proprietary printing platform focused on mass customization and personalization of a line of consumer products; Co-Founder and Chairman of VerticalHire LLC, an online recruiting platform; and Co-Founder and a Director of Healthier Cleaning Innovations LLC, which has developed a home cleaning device based on electrolyzed water (EW) technology, a revolutionary way to clean, sanitize and deodorize a home or office.
Previously, he was the CEO and a Director of Rotobrush International LLC, Chairman and CEO of Unger Software Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of Specialty Catalog Corp.
Mr. Bock has served as an independent director on public and private for profit Boards; and as a member of several nonprofit boards, including 2020 Women on Boards, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and The Boston Children’s Museum.
He holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in Economics/Accounting, summa cum laude, from S.U.N.Y. at Albany.
Gad Liwerant is the President of VideoShare, LLC.
Mr.Liwerant was the founder, President and CEO of VideoShare. Inc. the first platform for sharing streaming video. As President and CEO, Liwerant strategically guided the company through impressive growth since its inception.
Mr.Liwerant Co-founded eBricks (1999 Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest Finalist) which became Citadon, the leading platform worldwide for collaboration in the engineering and building industry.
Mr.Liwerant graduated with Distinction from Harvard University, prior to that he was a partner at Liwerant-Serrano Architects. As an architect he designed and managed over 100 projects with an estimated value of over $500 million.
Mr. Liwerant is on the board of several companies and non for profit organizations.
Mr. Silverman is an active entrepreneur and investor in a number of businesses. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of Eastham Capital, a private real estate investment business based in Needham, MA. Eastham Capital will raise its fourth private equity fund in 2014. Mr. Silverman was also a Founder of St. James Capital, LLC, a Bloomfield Hills, MI based FHA-approved lender specializing in multifamily residential housing financial services. As of December 2012, St. James Capital is a division of Pillar Multifamily, LLC, an affiliate of Guggenheim Partners, LLC.
From 1995 through 2010, Mr. Silverman was the President and then non-executive Chairman of RentGrow, Inc. Before joining RentGrow, Mr. Silverman was a Founder and Principal in St. James Mortgage Company, a Fannie Mae-approved residential mortgage banker. From 1991 to 1994, he directed and implemented the company’s retail expansion into Massachusetts and New Hampshire and managed operations in those states. Mr. Silverman is also a Vice President of Holtzman and Silverman Construction and Realty, based in Southfield, MI, which is an asset manager of apartment and retail properties. In 2002, he became a founding non-executive director of Leader Bank.
Mr. Silverman graduated from Bowdoin College in 1985 with an AB in Mathematics. In 1991, he earned the degree of Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Finance, from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an active alumnus of MIT, where he served as a judge in the $100K entrepreneurship competition for seven years. Mr. Silverman is also on the Board of the Jewish Venture Mentoring Service, and he is a Friend of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.