Astral Weeks is a privately held real estate development and management company founded in 2001, focusing on uniquely positioned assets and dynamic neighborhoods. Astral Weeks develops and invests in residential, commercial, hospitality, student housing and mixed use projects. As owner, operator and manager of its properties, the company’s approach to development is distinguished by strategic purpose and professional execution.
Started as a family business, Astral Weeks has grown into an integrated team of professionals with backgrounds in architecture, private equity, real estate finance, construction management, branding, marketing, property and asset management. Our diversity of experiences, specialized skill sets and collaborative spirit infuse our projects with unique perspectives.
principal & co-founder
Raymond’s purview includes strategic planning, sourcing of new investment and development opportunities, creative and design direction, and relationship management. Raymond became interested in the business through involvement in his family’s real estate ventures, which span over six decades. He credits his understanding of the cyclical nature of real estate, and the importance of long-term planning and market timing, to exposure in the family’s business lines. Prior to founding Astral Weeks, Raymond gained experience in real estate development both in the United States and internationally. He also founded and ran an interactive branding agency that was acquired by a publicly traded company.
PRINCIPAL & CO-FOUNDER
Joseph is involved in all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations. From acquisition to construction, through to leasing and asset management, Joseph’s management experience is instrumental in guiding the project’s multiple stakeholders toward their defined goals. Together with his brother Raymond, Joseph has overseen the development of residential and commercial buildings both in New York City and nationally. Prior to founding Astral Weeks, Joseph worked in digital strategy and brand management.
Tim F. Holderbaum
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Tim serves as Director of Operations, responsible for the operational and financial aspects of all entities and projects. Previously he served as Chief Financial Officer of Algodon Group, a New York-based public company focused on creating, developing and managing luxury life-style related real estate assets. He also served as the Financial & Operational Principal for Algodon’s broker-dealer subsidiary. His career began at London based Impact Media, Ltd. and Burmah Oil Germany. Tim is a NY State licensed Real Estate Broker.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN
As Director of Development & Design, Adam oversees planning, design, and construction for all Astral Weeks development projects. Before joining Astral Weeks, Adam worked for an owner’s representative firm as the lead project manager of a ground up luxury condo tower development designed by Isay Weinfeld, the conversion of a Brooklyn warehouse into the headquarters for Kickstarter, and a Philippe Starck restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Previously, he worked for DBI, where he managed several successful real estate consulting and repositioning assignments for St. John’s University, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Eastern Province of the Vincentian Order. Adam began his career in the architectural field at Richard Meier and Partners. He is a NY Licensed Real Estate Broker and a LEED Accredited Professional.
DIRECTOR OF CAPITAL INVESTMENTS
Brian’s responsibilities include equity and debt syndication, investor relations and communications, and deal sourcing. He also currently serves as Senior Managing Director, Venture Capital of the Gaucho Group, a NASDAQ listed entity. Brian spearheaded Gaucho’s investment activity and growth for over 18 years around the development and sales of Algodon Properties’ luxury brand, hotel properties, wine operations, vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate. He is also a founding member of InvestProperty Group, which invests in undervalued real estate assets. Previously, Brian was a founding partner of Diversified Biotech Holdings Corporation, successfully launching two venture capital funds with capital in excess of $300 million
SENIOR PROPERTY MANAGER
Shantay joined the Astral Weeks Development team to lead the in-house property management division. With over 15 years of experience in residential real estate management in the New York metropolitan area, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of leasing, property management, and building maintenance. A native New Yorker, Shantay has held a number of positions within the real estate industry, developing extensive experience overseeing many communities, including new developments, condominiums, co-ops, tax credit, conventional, and Section 8 properties. Her former employers included Douglas Elliman Property Management, FirstService Residential and most recently Midboro Management Inc. as General Manager. Shantay has also orchestrated multi- million-dollar capital improvement projects.
Afsoun has been with Astral Weeks for over a decade. Her responsibilities include bookkeeping, office management, human resources, and property management.