Atlantic|Pacific Companies Joins Center for Real Estate Finance as an Industry Fellow

Mar 16, 2011

Contact:  Jane Henion, 607.255.9780,

The Center for Real Estate Finance (CREF) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration announced that Atlantic|Pacific Companies (A|P) has joined the CREF Industry Fellows program. A|P has purchased, developed, leased, and managed residential and commercial properties throughout the United States since the mid-1970s.

"We're excited to welcome Atlantic|Pacific Companies to the Industry Fellows program, and President and CEO Howard Cohen will be a valuable addition to the center's advisory board," said Jan deRoos, HVS Professor of Hotel Finance and Real Estate and executive director of CREF.

Cohen, who will represent the company at meetings of the CREF Industry Fellows, oversees all A|P-affiliated companies, managing investments and creating strategic partnerships that further enhance the firm's systematic approach to delivering better results and a richer experience. He has more than 15 years of real estate investment, real estate law, and management experience.

"This is a fantastic partnership, and we are looking forward to working with CREF to increase real estate research and education. As an alumnus of the school, I am excited to work with students and faculty interested in investment real estate," said Cohen.

The CREF Industry Fellows program is the cornerstone of the center's outreach efforts. The program helps fund the annual Cornell Real Estate Case Competition, seminars on current industry topics, student travel to real estate investment conferences, as well as faculty research. The third meeting of the Industry Fellows was held in January during the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in San Diego.

About Atlantic|Pacific Companies
Atlantic|Pacific Companies is a fourth generation real estate company operating three distinct platforms: development, property leasing & management, and real estate advisory & asset management. Since the mid-1970s, A|P has purchased, developed, leased, and managed residential & commercial properties throughout the United States. Currently, the company owns and/or manages more than 20,000 residential units and more than 200,000 square feet of commercial space with more than 500 highly-trained and skilled professionals dedicated to providing its clients with the finest level of support and satisfaction found within the industry. A|P is best-recognized by some of the country's largest lending institutions for providing advisory and consulting work on highly-complex affairs.

 About the Center for Real Estate Finance
Established in 2009, the Center for Real Estate Finance provides a platform for educating students, creating new knowledge through research activities, and exchanging information about real estate with a broad set of audiences. CREF is at the forefront of research in all areas of commercial real estate, from the study of the behavior of real estate assets in investment portfolios to an understanding of real estate capital markets to the science of hedging real estate risk. To learn more about CREF, visit or contact the center at 607.255.6025 or at

CREF Industry Fellows: Abacus Lodging Advisors, Archon Hospitality, Atlantic|Pacific Companies, the Chartres Lodging Group, Hersha Hospitality Trust, Hilton Worldwide, HVS, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, LaSalle Hotel Properties, Marquette Real Estate Group, Marriott International, National Realty & Development Corp., Prudential Real Estate Investors, Real Capital Analytics, Sawyer Realty Holdings, Spring Bay Property Company, Starwood Capital Group, Sunstone Hotel Investors, W Holdings, Watermark Capital Partners, and Westbrook Partners