Our Leadership Team
Kay Finance and its leadership team collectively have over 25yrs + of Real Estate experience. From top to bottom our leadership and employees hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and best business practices. We think of our clients and partners as family and pride ourselves on our history of maintaining long term relationships.
Our team is highly focused on the details, always thinking creatively on behalf of our clients and appreciate the significance of being able to get deals done regardless of the inevitable challenges we may face.
Founder & CEO at Kay Finance
Yair Tilson is the Founder & CEO of Kay Finance, the firm was founded in 2013 and had since grown at a rapid pace with offices currently in New York, Tel- Aviv and South Africa.
Over his career, Mr. Tilson has had the privilege to work with high quality sponsor's all across the United States, and has successfully transacted in over $2.5B of debt and equity placement.
Yair started his career as a loan originator at Greystone, one of the top three largest US financial lending institutions for Multifamily and Healthcare in the US. Prior to that he was an onsite manager for the Ramot group, one of the largest property management companies in Israel.
Yair holds a B. A. in Communications and an M.B.A. in International Business and Diplomacy from the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya.
Partner at Kay Finance, South Africa
Rikki started out working for a Cape Town based firm selling direct turnkey buy-to-rent single family residential properties across the USA. He swiftly grew with that group into a partnership position as they started a new division doing syndications into Medical Office buildings in the Georgia, USA market. From there he branched out into Multifamily apartment syndications falling in love with the sector's many avenues to add value to an asset, it’s massive liquidity and various debt options.
He was responsible for sourcing deal flow and facilitating due diligence on multiple projects for a variety of multifamily investment companies, totaling more than $300MM. He then formed his own business Creative Real Estate in 2019, which acts as an acquisition and asset management advisory firm in the multifamily and medical-office sector.
Vice President of Origination
Alex launched his real estate career as a residential broker in Tel Aviv after a three-year stint serving in the Israeli military. After several years of renting and selling properties, Alex discovered a wider world of real estate and found his next opportunity in commercial real estate financing. In 2018, Alex joined Pancho Finance (later rebranded to Kay Finance) as a loan originator, where he continues to provide his clients with debt and equity solutions.
Today, Alex serves as the company's vice president of origination, where he oversees day-to-day deal flow and is responsible for maintaining Kay's clientele and lender relations.
Alex has had success in closing deals of all sizes with various asset classes. Alex has originated over $150M for Kay Finance since joining just 3 years ago.
Senior Underwriter & Originator
Mr. Rawson is a Senior Underwriter & Originator at Kay Finance. Daniel oversees the activities in the New York Office. Daniel has experience in structuring and underwriting complex capital stacks for real estate owners and developers. Daniel's role is to originate new business for Kay Finance in addition to reviewing incoming loan requests and strategize the optimal way in structuring the debt and equity.
Daniel is a seasoned real estate professional with a 10+ year track record of success. His experience includes underwriting over $2 billion of transactions and assessing their viability for credit committee review. Preparing credit memos for committee approval. Sourcing, negotiating and structuring the financing for commercial real estate projects. Mr. Rawson received his BBA from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.
Head of Business Developement
Hartley Schwartz is a seasoned business development and marketing professional. Having spent the beginning of his career in Israel’s fast-paced and growing tech industry, he helps bring a new outlook and go-to-market strategy to the Commercial Real Estate industry.
Prior to his career in tech and real estate, Hartley served as an infantry platoon sergeant in the Israeli Defence Forces and served in multiple leadership roles during combat operations. Hartley Schwartz is a seasoned business development and marketing professional.
Harley is what we call in the industry as "client obsessed" and is highly focused day in and day out on how Kay Finance can bring maximum value to our clients.
Zeke (Eliezer) Rosenblatt
Lender Relationship Manager
Mr. Rosenblatt is the Lender Relationship Manager for Kay Finance and spends his time between the Tel- Aviv and NYC offices, day to day Zeke is responsible for both maintaining the firms vast network of existing current Lending Partners as which includes checking in regularly with our point of contacts at the various lending institutions, and make sure we have up to the minute updates on lending parameters and over lending appetite. Additionally, on a daily basis Zeke and the team are focused on continue the grow out the lending platform by on boarding new lending partners.
Mr. Rosenblatt has been deeply immersed in the commercial real estate industry for a little less than decade. With a vast network of relationships in both the Credit and Equity sectors. Zeke started his career structuring and arranging debt for primarily large scale Healthcare focused Operators and Investors Nationwide, in addition to working for a PE firm in which he played an integral role of assisting in building out the investor base infrastructure.
Zeke's particular focus on detail and ability to "connect the dots" has been some of his strongest qualities in which he continues to leverage throughout his career.