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In 1997, Eugene Gorab opened the doors to Greenfield Partners, LLC, a real estate private equity firm. Since then, he has grown the business from 2 employees to 52, and the firm takes responsibility for real estate and operating companies worth more than $7 billion. Each of Greenfield Partners’ principals personally invests in the firm’s holdings, instilling confidence in clients by putting their own money on the line for their recommendations. Eugene Gorab believes much of his firm’s success lies in his group of professional investors, and he strives to create an open, team-oriented environment, as well as retain employees long-term. Eugene Gorab also attributes Greenfield’s healthy business to his commitment to building strong industry relationships and investing with operating partners to reach company objectives. 

Prior to opening Greenfield Partners, Eugene Gorab helped found Starwood Capital Group, where he served as a Founding Partner and Managing Director from 1991 to 1997. There, along with three partners, he specialized in real estate and headed the company’s development and land groups. In addition, Eugene Gorab participated on Starwood Financial Trust’s Board of Trustees, oversaw Starwood Asset Management, and acted as a senior member of the Investment Committee. Eugene Gorab successfully invested more than $2 billion at Starwood, much of which included RTC distressed mortgages. 

Before he founded Starwood Capital Group, Eugene Gorab served as Acquisitions Officer for JMB Realty Corporation, where he oversaw the JMB Apartment Funds I and II. Prior to that position, he functioned as Project Engineer for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., where he took responsibility for three plants in California, Ohio, and Ontario, which processed liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen. 

Eugene Gorab holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University. While he earned his degree, he served as the President for a local chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He later enrolled in The University of Chicago, a top U.S. business school, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. Eugene Gorab maintains membership in various professional societies, including the Pension Real Estate Association, the Urban Land Institute, and The Real Estate Roundtable. In addition, he remains a Trustee of Bucknell University.

Work experience

19891991

Acquisitions Officer

JMB Realty Corporation
19911997

Founding Partner and Managing Director

Starwood Capital Group, LLC
1997

President and CEO

Greenfield Partners, LLC, Private Equity Real Estate

Education

1985

BS in Chemical Engineering

Bucknell University

Received BS in 1985 from Buckell University, served as President of the local chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Sep 1987May 1989

MBA

University of Chicago

Received MBA form the University of Chicago, widely regarded as one of the top 5 Graduate Business Schools in the world

Eugene Gorab

Eugene Gorab is founder, President and CEO of the real estate and private equity investment firm Greenfield Partners, LLC. Over the past 15 years, Eugene Gorab has developed the company from a two-employee operation to an enterprise spanning three offices and 45 employees, and controlling in excess of $7 billion in assets. He personally supervises every aspect of the firm, from strategic planning to investor relations.

Prior to establishing his current firm, Mr. Gorab held responsibilities as Managing Director and Founding Partner of Starwood Capital Group, LLC, a leading private equity company with diverse real estate investment holdings. He served on the Board of Trustees of Starwood Financial Trust (now organized as iStar Financial, Inc.), and he also headed Starwood Capital Group’s Development and Land Groups. Eugene Gorab additionally assisted the Investment Committee in senior capacities, heading Starwood Asset Management. During his six years with the firm, he was responsible for the completion of $2 billion in investments, guiding the acquisition of significant distressed mortgage assets.

Eugene Gorab earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, he accepted a role as President of the local chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Mr. Gorab spent two years as a Project Engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., overseeing the development of liquid nitrogen/liquid oxygen production facilities in Ohio, California, and Canada. After obtaining an MBA at the University of Chicago, he gained initial financial experience as Acquisitions Officer with JMB Realty Corporation. Eugene Gorab is an active member of the Pension Real Estate Association, serves as a Trustee for Bucknell University, and is a Board Member of the Appalachia Service Project.