CPA, Chief Executive Officer - Elect, Managing Partner - Real Estate Industry
David Kessler currently serves as Managing Partner of CohnReznick's Real Estate Industry practice and will be the next CEO of CohnReznick beginning February 1, 2020. He has over 33 years of experience providing audit, tax, and management advisory services to the real estate and financial services industries, representing clients nationally.
David represents developers, private equity funds, institutional investors such as life insurance companies and pension funds, lenders, asset management companies, property management companies, REITs, and loan funds. His clients operate and develop hotels, office, multifamily, industrial, retail, nursing and assisted living, land projects, military housing, and student housing units.
David's services for commercial real estate clients involve audit and management advisory services including assisting new and existing private equity funds with structures, compliance, and asset or portfolio due diligence. He works with RIA’s, fund managers, and is proficient with real estate accounting and reporting as well as real estate operations. David frequently works with the Firm’s Advisory Practice.
David assists clients with a variety of tax incentives and credit programs including LIHTC, NMTC, HTC, Energy, Opportunity Zones. David is active with EIG.org and RER and is a frequent speaker on the topic of Opportunity Zones. He works with fund managers, QOF’s, developers and investors involved with Opportunity Zone investment funds and real estate developments.
David designed and has taught a real estate accounting graduate-level course at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation as part of each university’s graduate degree program in real estate development. He speaks frequently at real estate industry conferences throughout the country. David is a Board Member of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and Barker Adoption Foundation.
University of Maryland: Bachelor of Science, Accounting
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Maryland Society of Certified Public Accountants
Urban Land Institute
Pension Real Estate Association
The Real Estate Roundtable