The Mandrake team is made up of highly experienced investment professionals possessing an average of 25 years of industry experience through various economic, industry and financial cycles. The deep expertise of the investment team in sourcing, evaluating, managing and monetizing an array of commercial real estate investments across a variety of ownership structures and capital sources provides multiple perspectives, which Mandrake believes results in better decision-making capability.

Benjamin Haefele Managing Partner

Benjamin co-founded Mandrake in 2019. Benjamin is a Managing Partner of Mandrake and a member of the Investment Committee. For six years prior to founding Mandrake, Benjamin was Co-Head, Real Estate Investments at York Capital Management, which also included responsibility for managing the investment activities of Gerard Alexander Holdings. Previously, Benjamin held various commercial real estate investment positions at Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, Lone Star Funds, Gramercy Capital Corp., and RBS Greenwich Capital. Benjamin received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Real Estate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph O’Connor Managing Partner

Joseph co-founded Mandrake in 2019. Joseph is a Managing Partner of Mandrake and a member of the Investment Committee. For six years prior to founding Mandrake, Joseph was Co-Head, Real Estate Investments at York Capital Management, which also included responsibility for managing the investment activities of Gerard Alexander Holdings. Joseph worked for over twelve years at Leucadia National Corporation (including two years at its portfolio company Berkadia Commercial Mortgage), where he participated in acquisition and asset management of a diverse array of real estate assets, real estate-related companies, and private equity investments. Prior to Leucadia, Joseph was an analyst at Goldman Sachs in their Financial Institutions investment banking group. Joseph received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Columbia College.

Michael Kavourias Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Michael co-founded Mandrake in 2019. Michael is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Mandrake. For six years prior to founding Mandrake, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer, Real Estate Investments at York Capital Management, which also included participating in the investment activities of Gerrard Alexander Holdings. Michael worked for eight years at Gramercy Capital Corp., a publicly-traded mortgage REIT, as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. In this role, he became responsible for asset management of the firm’s loan portfolio, including special servicing, restructuring, and workouts. Prior to joining Gramercy, he worked in various major NYC law firms for 15 years as a real estate transaction attorney. Michael received a B.S. in Accounting from New York University and a J.D. from St. John’s University. Michael is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired).

Edward Oprindick Managing Director, Investments

Edward is a Managing Director, Investments at Mandrake. Prior to joining Mandrake, Edward was an Investment Director at Sherman Capital Markets, where he focused on the areas of residential land development and distressed commercial real estate assets. Prior to Sherman, Edward spent 16 years with Hunt Investment Management (as successor to Capmark Financial Inc.) as Executive Vice President, Portfolio Management which included extensive institutional real estate investment experience for both co-mingled funds and separate accounts. Edward received a B.A. from Wilkes University and an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University.

Kevin Morgenroth Managing Director, Investments

Kevin is a Managing Director at Mandrake and focuses on investments. Prior to joining Mandrake, Kevin was responsible for the sourcing, structuring and management of opportunistic real estate investments across property types and throughout the U.S. at PIMCO. Prior to PIMCO, Kevin worked at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, where he was responsible for the evaluation and execution of real estate investments for the firm’s opportunistic, value-add and debt funds. Previously, he held positions in the real estate investment banking and private equity groups at Morgan Stanley. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, where he graduated with honors.

Scott Hupe Senior Vice President, Asset Management

Scott is a Senior Vice President at Mandrake. For six years prior to joining Mandrake, Scott was a Managing Director at Forum Absolute Capital Partners overseeing its investments in several New York City based condominium development projects. Previously, Scott spent twelve years working in real estate acquisitions, development and asset management roles at both Tavros Holdings and ELK Investors on various product types throughout the U.S. Scott received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.

Chris Peters Senior Vice President, Asset Management

Chris is a Senior Vice President, Asset Management at Mandrake. Chris brings nearly 30 years of hands-on asset management experience with performing, opportunistic and value add real estate properties throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Mandrake, Chris led the US investment debt and equity portfolio for German investment bank Hypo Real Estate Capital Corporation and held senior positions at both GE Capital Real Estate and H/2 Capital Partners. Chris received an MBA from the SMU Cox School of Business and his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.

Edward Brnich Vice President, Development Management

Edward is a Vice President, Development Management at Mandrake. Prior to joining Mandrake, Edward was a Project Manager at Hill Construction responsible for constructing commercial ground-up and renovation projects. Prior to Hill, Edward spent 24 years with Waverly Construction and Management as a Vice President, primarily involved in managing construction projects for commercial and institutional clients, from early concept phases through development and turn-key deliveries. Prior to Waverly, Edward spent 11 years with Norwood Industrial Construction as a Project Manager constructing and managing commercial projects for a national developer.

Ian Crowley Senior Associate, Development Management

Ian is a Senior Associate at Mandrake. Prior to joining Mandrake, Ian worked as an asset manager at Morgan Properties, overseeing value-add business plans at 50 properties across multiple markets. Previously, Ian worked on the asset management team at LEM Capital where he focused on implementation of value-add business plans and ran the quarterly valuation process. Ian is a CFA Charterholder and received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Dillon O'Connor Senior Associate, Development Management

Dillon is a Senior Associate at Mandrake. Prior to joining Mandrake, Dillon worked as a Project Manager for General Contracting firms Structor Group and Structure Tone, as well as for the Development firm Mayfair Street Partners, overseeing projects in the Atlanta and Boston areas. Dillon is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force having served as a Structural Journeyman in the United States and United Arab Emirates. Dillon received his B.S. in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and is currently enrolled at the University of Georgia in the MBA program.

Kerry Winters Controller

Kerry is the Controller at Mandrake. For five years prior to joining Mandrake, Kerry was an assistant controller at York Capital Management, primarily responsible for Gerard Alexander Holding’s accounting, tax, and reporting functions. Prior to York, Kerry worked as a senior auditor in the real estate division of Marks Paneth LLP. Kerry received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Richmond and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Sisilyn Hutchinson Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Sisilyn is the Executive Assistant & Office Manager where she focuses on assisting in the day-to-day operations of Mandrake Capital Partners. Additionally, Sisilyn provides support to all the Partners and other staff members as needed. Prior to joining Mandrake, Sisilyn worked as the Facilities & Office Manager at York Capital Management for 14 years. Before that, she was the Office Manager at Apax Partners, a leading global private equity firm.