The AEP Team


David Elkouby

David Elkouby has over two decades experience in the real estate business. Since founding the company in 2000 Mr. Elkouby has purchased, managed and sold over $2 billion of residential and commercial assets. As well, Mr. Elkouby has developed over 2 million square feet of retail space. Mr. Elkouby has established a reputation for excellence by consistently delivering sound investments secured by premier real estate properties and consistently met investment goals that outperform the market. Throughout his career Mr. Elkouby has demonstrated the highest levels of integrity and honesty and has built a robust network of relationships throughout the industry based on his stellar reputation. Over the past decade Mr. Elkouby was designated by several retailers the “preferred developer” status leading AEP to complete many successful development projects.

Prior to founding American Equity Partners, Mr. Elkouby led Global Equities, a $5 billion real estate fund as the Senior Vice President of REO. Mr. Elkouby’s controlled approach to completing a successful project, together with his talent for finding value-add opportunities, has been a driving force at American Equity Partners. Mr. Elkouby received his degree from the College Marie Victorin (Canada).

Ephraim Steinberg’s commercial real estate experience dates back to 2008 when he started in the distressed note marketplace. He has since successfully purchased distressed and non performing notes, collateralized by Multi-Family properties in NY. Those properties were then stabilized and monetized through disposition or refinance. Ephraim has demonstrated his adeptness in identifying opportunities and developing the appropriate business plan for each individual asset. His disciplined approach to underwriting and deal structure has been instrumental in bringing the company to where it stands today and to cultivate the remarkable growth being experienced. 


Ephraim Steinberg


Benzy Fishbane

Benzy Fishbane is a real estate professional with commercial real estate management experience since 2010. Prior to founding AEP, Benzy was a senior member at Nightingale Properties in New York City, where he managed over 20 properties ranging in size from 2,500 to over 1,000,000 square feet. He successfully manages a professional team that handles tenant relations with single-tenant occupants in both office and retail properties. Benzy currently manages over $3 billion dollars of real estate, and has successfully increased the value of these properties by 10-30%.  He brings a strong understanding of value-added features to the team, as well as the skills necessary to analyze the specific demographics of each property. His team has the unique ability to quickly and accurately perform due diligence for potential investments. Benzy has a strong track record of increasing occupancy rates and rents while reducing expenses through excellent negotiation and analytical abilities. His strong interpersonal skills allow him to develop productive and successful relationships with tenants, government officials, construction teams and financial and legal professionals. 

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