Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kaufman is the President and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:ABR), a commercial real estate finance company that became publicly traded in April 2004. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arbor Residential Mortgage, LLC.
Mr. Kaufman has extensive experience operating real estate finance companies. In 1983, he founded Arbor National Holdings, Inc. and its premier lending subsidiary Arbor Mortgage, Inc. Arbor Mortgage became the leading provider of residential mortgage loans in the tri-state region. Under Mr. Kaufman’s direction, Arbor Mortgage became a public company and grew to 25 branches in eight states before it was sold to Bank America Corporation in 1995. Mr. Kaufman sold Arbor National Holdings but retained the commercial side of the business, creating the platform for Arbor Commercial Mortgage and eventually, Arbor Realty Trust. In early 2008, he formed Arbor Residential Mortgage, LLC, which specializes in the acquisition of distressed and non-performing residential whole loans and real estate owned (REO) nationwide and acquired AMS Servicing, a special servicer focused on default management, loss mitigation, credit risk and REO management.