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How Financial Professional Russell Gimelstob Excelled As A Tennis Player

Russell Gimelstob is an executive at Dune Real Estate Partners. He is a managing director, partner, head of acquisitions, and on the investment committee. He joined the company the year it was founded. He manages real estate transactions.

He has been a developer, owner, operator, borrower, lender, and joint venture partner. He has invested in retailers, multi-family homes, condos, data centers, and hotels. While he has invested in properties across the nation, his focus is on real estate on the west coast.

He started his career at Goldman Sachs in 2002. Russell Gimelstob was in their Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities division from 2002 to 2003. In this position, he handled commercial mortgage-backed securities. From 2003 to 2005, he was in their Real Estate Investment Banking Division. During this time he was a financial analyst.

He volunteers at The Valerie Fund. This nonprofit helps kids who have a blood disorder or cancer. At the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Russell Gimelstob is on the Fisher Center Policy Advisory Board. He was honored by the Hebrew Academy for Special Children in 2012.

During high school and college, he was a high-performing tennis player. He is in his high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the first sophomore at this high school, Newark Academy, to be named captain of the tennis team. In all three years, he was on this tennis team, it competed in the state championships.

He enrolled at Cornell University where he continued his tennis career. Russell Gimelstob played in both singles and doubles play. In his senior year, he was named as the tennis team’s captain. Among his accomplishments was earning the Academic All-Ivy Award each year he was at Cornell.

He grew up in New Vernon, NJ. He played in many sports but especially enjoyed tennis. He learned to play when he was six years old. When he was older, he stayed with a tennis coach, Robert Lanandorp, who lives in Palos Verdes, CA. This coach has worked with many famous tennis players including Pete Sampras.