MAC’s team members offer multidisciplinary backgrounds with a common passion for real estate. Each team member places each and every type of transaction. We are results driven, insightful, and creative.
Bruce Levin, Executive Director
Bruce Levin, Executive Director, co-founded MAC Realty Advisors with Andrew McAllister in 2010.
Prior to MAC, Mr. Levin was a Principal and Executive Vice President at CIG International LLC, a national mezzanine debt and equity investment company. CIG’s investment partners included: Fannie Mae’s American Community Funds, Lehman Brothers, IHP, and an Sanyo Electric Company. CIG International funded residential projects including ground-up construction, apartment-to-condo conversions, and land developments throughout the nation.
While at CIG International, Mr. Levin and his team invested $182 million into 97 residential transactions representing 18,581 units and lots. In total, the firm deployed over $400 million into high yield residential investments projects in the Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions. In addition to being a key principal, Mr. Levin ran the firm’s national production and oversaw regional offices in Orlando, Chicago, and New York. In July 2004, CIG International was sold to Capital Source (NYSE: CSE), a Maryland based publicly traded specialty finance firm.
Before joining CIG International in 1994, Mr. Levin was an asset manager in the Multifamily Division of Freddie Mac.
Mr. Levin received his MBA with a concentration in Real Estate and his undergraduate degree in Finance from The George Washington University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.
Member of DCBIA, Urban Land Institute and is a member of the Old Takoma Business Association.
Andrew McAllister, Executive Director
Andrew McAllister, Executive Director, co-founded MAC Realty Advisors with Bruce Levin after a successful career at Cushman & Wakefield where he was a senior leader within the Capital Markets Group from 2001 to 2010. During this time he focused on placing debt and equity for residential developments, acquisitions, and permanent financings. His frequent and noted success at advocating large “imputed land equity capital accounts” on behalf of his development clients helped to spawn his team's foray into land sales where he brokered many of the region's top sales.
At Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. McAllister was recognized with numerous service honors. His performance placed him in the top ten producers regionally and the top 15 percent nationally. His team also won the Client Service Award in 2004 and 2006. The Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors ranked Mr. McAllister as a Top 5 Finance Producer for multiple years.
Mr. McAllister worked in Cushman & Wakefield's Loan Sale Group (2006 to 2008) where he was part of an advisory team responsible for the sale of more than $3 billion in mortgage loans. Locally, his past professional experience includes working as a commercial real estate loan officer at ITT Real Estate and General American Life and a mortgage broker at Walker & Dunlop. In those capacities he closed more than $500 million in commercial and residential transactions. Mr. McAllister started his Washington, DC-based real estate career in 1986 as an analyst with Jones Lang Wootton (now JLL).
Mr. McAllister received his MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and his undergraduate business degree in finance from Georgetown University. He has been a speaker at numerous industry events including Crittenden, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Urban Land Institute, the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA), and RealShare. Mr. McAllister is a member of the DCBIA, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the Real Estate Group, the ICSC, and the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New York, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.
Caren Garfield, Vice President
Caren Garfield, having joined in 2010, is Vice President at MAC Realty Advisors. Ms. Garfield brings over 16 years of experience in the real estate industry that includes roles in development, investment, and capital markets. Prior to joining MAC, Ms. Garfield held the senior acquisitions role for an institutional private equity fund investing in multifamily assets nationwide. Prior to that role, Ms. Garfield was a Development Project Executive for Kettler where she managed acquisition, entitlement, and development activities. Prior to Kettler, Ms. Garfield was a Development Manager at Bozzuto where she oversaw all aspects of both rental and for-sale multifamily development projects. Ms. Garfield began her real estate career as a Vice President with Bank of America in the Community Development Corporation Real Estate Group where she managed the development of the group’s largest mixed-use redevelopment project.
Ms. Garfield earned a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.
Ben Lazarus, Senior Director
Ben Lazarus, having joined MAC in 2010, currently serves as a Senior Director focusing on debt and equity placement as well as apartment investment and land sales.
Mr. Lazarus's background includes more than twelve years of working in diverse capacities in the real estate industry, as a manager, analyst, broker, investor, and a consultant. He holds a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He serves on the Young Leaders Programs Committee of the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Lazarus is a member of the Washington, DC Real Estate Group. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Nick Rubenstein, Senior Associate
Nick Rubenstein is a Senior Associate with over ten years of experience in the real estate industry. He has worked in multifamily development as well as real estate brokerage. Mr.Rubenstein joined MAC in 2012.
With over a decade of professional experience, Mr. Rubenstein has become an expert in financial modeling. Over the years he has honed his skills at discounted cash flow analyses, equity waterfall structuring, sensitivity analyses, and the many varied aspects of development budgeting, including income analysis, construction budgeting, as well as monthly cash flow analysis from pre-development through construction, lease-up, and stabilization. Mr. Rubenstein's experience in project oversight gives him a valuable perspective on the many facets of development.
Mr. Rubenstein attended American University where he received a BA in Political Science. Awarded an academic scholarship, he later returned to American University's Kogod School of Business where he received his MBA with a concentration in Management Consulting. Mr. Rubenstein is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.
Ed Crocker, Real Estate Analyst
Ed Crocker is a Real Estate Analyst for MAC Realty Advisors. He develops pro forma financials, gathers and evaluates economic, demographic, and real estate market data, and prepares offering memoranda and financial reports. Mr. Crocker joined MAC Realty Advisors in 2013.
Mr. Crocker received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia where he was a four-year member of the Men's Rowing Team. Mr. Crocker is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Cliff Ayers, Real Estate Analyst
Cliff Ayers is a Real Estate Analyst for MAC Realty Advisors. He develops pro forma financials, gathers and evaluates economic, demographic, and real estate market data, and prepares offering memoranda and financial reports. Mr. Ayers joined MAC Realty Advisors in 2015.
Prior to MAC, Mr. Ayers was a Development Analyst at EDENS, where he worked on the 2 million SF Mosaic project in Fairfax, VA preparing various financial analyses/reports, assisting in construction administration and supporting the development team. Mr. Ayers received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in History from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
Jessica Peters, Marketing Director
Jessica Peters is a Marketing Director for MAC Realty Advisors. She produces high quality marketing materials while maintaining MAC’s brand consistency. Ms. Peters joined MAC Realty Advisors in 2015.
Ms. Peters received her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from George Mason University. Ms. Peters brings over five years marketing experience from both small and large corporations to MAC Realty Advisors.