Riverwood Properties was originally formed as Chanin & Dyer Properties, LLC in 1995. In 1999 Chanin & Dyer Properties merged with Leeds Properties to form Riverwood Properties. Riverwood Properties is a full service commercial real estate firm. Its activities include real estate brokerage, development, management, investment, and finance. The partners together have in excess of 80 years of development and real estate experience and have closed more than $150 million in development transactions in the last sixteen years, as well as over $200 million in real estate sales, leasing and investment. The partners have developed approximately 60 commercial projects within the last twenty years, and currently lease and manage over 60 properties.
The principals of Riverwood Properties are Ron Chanin and Ben Lefkowitz.
Ron’s responsibilities at Riverwood Properties include project acquisitions, development and leasing management, as well as coordination of the management of Riverwood Properties. He began his career in real estate at Arthur Anderson and then as a controller for Wilma, a Dutch investment and development company. He later held the position of President at Kern Realty Services, a local real estate development and management company. In 1994, Ron along with Bill Dyer formed Chanin & Dyer Properties which developed, leased and managed strategically located, distinctive retail centers ranging in size from 5,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet.
Ben’s role at Riverwood Properties incorporates asset management and property management. Asset management responsibilities include property acquisition and disposition, raising of equity and debt capital and investor relations. Property management responsibilities include property maintenance, budgeting, financial reporting and tenant relations. Ben began his career in real estate finance at NCNB (now Bank of America) and Westinghouse Credit Corporation. He began investing in and developing his own projects in 1993. These projects have included retail centers, apartment complexes and single family developments. Ben co-founded Riverwood Properties with Ron Chanin and Bill Dyer in 1999.