Ivan Kaufman

CEO in New York

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An accomplished entrepreneur, Ivan Kaufman has served as a real estate investor and lender in the industry for over three decades. Before founding Arbor National Holdings and Arbor National Mortgage in 1983, Kaufman attended both Boston University and Hofstra School of Law.

Upon graduating, Kaufman built Arbor National Mortgage to be one of the top companies in the industry. The company grew to include 25 branches and went public in 1992. Early in his career, Kaufman demonstrated his expertise as an entrepreneur, earning Inc’s award for one of its Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1990.

Once Arbor National Mortgage was sold to Bank of America in 1995, Ivan Kaufman opened Arbor Commercial Mortgage which was a national direct multifamily lender. By 2004, Kaufman’s real estate investment trust known as Arbor Realty Trust went public.

More recently, Ivan Kaufman re-entered the single-family residential loan marketplace with the acquisition of AMS Servicing and the formation of Arbor Residential Mortgage.

In 2013, he participated in a joint venture to acquire AMS Servicing from Arbor Commercial Mortgage and establish Seneca Mortgage Investments.

Throughout his career, Ivan Kaufman has guest lectured on the commercial and residential mortgage sectors. He is a guest speaker at the Wharton School, Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

  • Work
    • Arbor Commercial Mortgage
  • Education
    • Boston University
    • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University