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Join us as we induct the newest members to our JFRE Hall of Fame and honor the impact they have had in our community and on our industry. The program will include a panel discussion with our honorees and a networking breakfast with the best and brightest minds in real estate. 

JFRE Legends and Leaders Honorees 2023

speaker bios

Dean Adler
CEO and Co-Founder of Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P. and JFRE Member

With over 35 years of real estate experience, Dean Adler is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P., a real estate equity firm with over $7 billion in equity and $17 billion of assets under management. Dean is the Head of the Investment Committee and is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the Firm Lubert-Adler invests on behalf of, among others, 30 major university endowments, state pension funds, and major foundations. Mr. Adler is associated with the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney, the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, and CMS.

He is an Executive Committee Member and Research Sponsor for the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center of The Wharton School, where he taught for three years, and formerly served on the board of directors of Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY). He represents the Lubert-Adler Funds on the board of directors of Albertsons, LLC and Safehold, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFE). He has been a keynote speaker for national real estate organizations such as the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Dean has served on numerous community boards and has served on the City of Philadelphia’s Economic Development Summit.

Mr. Adler graduated magna cum laude from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1979; earned CPA in 1980; and earned a J.D. degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1983.

Leonard Klehr
Vice Chairman of Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P. and JFRE Member

Leonard Klehr is Vice Chairman of Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P. He focuses his efforts on acquiring and investing in distressed real estate, distressed debt, working out solutions and problem loans. Mr. Klehr is also a member of the Investment Committee.

Mr. Klehr was a founding partner of the Philadelphia law firm, Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg, & Ellers, where he practiced law for thirty years. He concentrated his practice in bankruptcy, insolvency, and loan workouts on behalf of banks and financial institutions throughout the U.S. He actively practiced mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Mr. Klehr graduated from Franklin & Marshall College where he received a B.A. degree. He holds a J.D. degree from Temple University Law School, where he presently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors.

He has been married to Susan Kline for over 50 years. They have three sons. They also have two grandsons, so far.

Ira Lubert
Chairman and Co-Founder of Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P. and JFRE Member

Ira Lubert is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P. He is also the co-founder of LLR Walnut, Quaker Partners, LEM Capital, LBC Credit Partners, Patriot Financial Partners and Independence Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Lubert is also a member of Lubert-Adler’s Investment Committee.

Mr. Lubert has more than 40 years of private equity and real estate investing experience and co-founded the following private fund advisory firms: Lubert-Adler Management Co, L.P., LLR Management, L.P., Quaker Partners Management, L.P., LEM Capital, L.P., LBC Credit Management, L.P. and Patriot Financial Partners, LP.

Mr. Lubert began his private equity career with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. In 1986, Mr. Lubert founded Radnor Venture Partners, Safeguard’s first venture fund. From 1986 to 1997, he was a Managing Director and Co-Founder of TL Ventures; the subsequent Safeguard-affiliated family of early-stage venture funds. Mr. Lubert provided the funds with a combination of venture capital management, marketing and transactional expertise.

Prior to founding Radnor Venture Partners and the TL Funds, Mr. Lubert served as Chairman of the Board and President of CompuCom Systems, a microcomputer reseller with more than $2 billion in annual revenues. In 1973, after graduating from college, Mr. Lubert joined IBM in mid-range computer sales. From 1973 to 1982, he earned numerous designations and awards for superb salesmanship and marketing management, including his selections as President of IBM’s prestigious “100% Club.”

Mr. Lubert serves on the Board of the National Constitution Center. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania State University (retired as Chairman of the Board), as well as Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Franklin Institute and several other non-profit organizations.  Mr. Lubert is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a B.S. degree.  

Malina Robbins
Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending at WSFS Bank and JFRE Executive Committee Member

Malina Robbins is a Senior Vice President at WSFS Bank who is heading the Bank’s Commercial Real Estate efforts in the Philadelphia Region. She holds her MBA with Honors from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, which she completed while working full time and welcoming her firstborn daughter. She has overseen over $1 billion in loan volume over her career and enjoys balancing the rigors of professional life with time spent with family. A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Malina started her career up North and is fluent in English and French, having transacted in both languages over her real estate career which has spanned both the US and Canada. She started her career in Commercial Real Estate Finance for the largest private real estate lender in Canada and transitioned to bank lending when she moved to Philadelphia in 2012. To support her community involvement, Malina Robbins is part of JFRE’s Executive Committee and Allocations Committee, is on the Board of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids as Treasurer and is on the Board of The WSFS CARES Foundation. 


Date & Time:
Friday, October 20, 2023
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


  • Complimentary for JFRE members
  • $150 for non-members

This event is complimentary for JFRE members. If you want to become a JFRE member, please click here. For more information, email jfre@jewishphilly.org or call 215.832.0532.

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JFRE Executive committee

Jonathan Morgan – Chair
Morgan Properties

David Adelman
Campus Apartments

Dan Berger
Berger Rental Communities

Jeremy B. Fogel
Ironwood Property Group

Bill Glazer

Adam Goodman
Goodman Properties

Bradley J. Korman
Korman Communities

Bradley A. Krouse
Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg LLP

Matt Pestronk – Immediate Past Chair
Post Brothers

Michael Markman
BET Investments

Jessica Morgan
Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds

Jake Reiter
Verde Capital

Malina Robbins

David Waxman

Spencer Yablon

Robert A. Zuritsky
Parkway Corporation


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