Mr. Galin joined The Handler Real Estate Organization as a Principal in March of 2009. Prior to joining HREO, Mr. Galin was involved in commercial real estate for roughly 30 years. In addition to his ownership interests in the portfolio properties, and limited partnerships, Mr. Galin also oversees the brokerage division (including HREO properties, aggregating over 500,000 square feet) and heads up the financing/acquisition team for the property ownership entity as well. Under Mr. Galin’s leadership, HREO has purchased/invested in over 20 new properties over the past two years.
Mr. Galin began his career at G&G shops, a small family retail business located in New York. As President and CEO he was instrumental in G&G’s growth from 30 locations throughout the New York City metropolitan area to a national chain of over 600 stores located in 45 states plus an expansion into the Caribbean. In 1982, Mr. Galin was involved in the merger between G&G shops and Petrie Stores Corporation, a NYSE company with over 1,400 stores. Mr. Galin also served in the capacity of Senior Vice President of Petrie, in addition to his roles at G&G.
Mr. Galin has been involved in well over 1,000 commercial leases valued in excess of $2BB that have been located across all sectors, including office and industrial properties, major regional malls, power/strip centers, and downtown retail locations. In addition to his experience as a real estate executive and corporate CEO, Mr. Galin has been involved in several commercial real estate investments throughout the years. Mr. Galin obtained a B.S. in finance from New York University. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fashion District BID since 2000 and is a licensed real estate broker and member of REBNY. Mr. Galin also serves on the New York Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.