Mr. Lewis is Chairman and Founder of Wharton Equity, a diversified real estate sponsor headquartered in New York City with an office in Miami. Since founding of the company in 1987, he has overseen the expansion of the firm’s investment reach across different asset classes and strategies. As Chairman of the Real Estate Investment Committee, Mr. Lewis drives the direction of the firm as it executes its disciplined strategy of recognizing and capitalizing on emerging trends. With Wharton Equity’s proven success of being on the forefront of foreseeing change, Mr. Lewis has become a thought leader on the “future of real estate,” including lecturing at Columbia Business School on this topic.
Among other initiatives over the course of his leadership of Wharton Equity, Mr. Lewis established the firm’s industrial, multifamily, self-storage, homebuilding and hospitality platforms resulting in over $1.5 billion of transactions.
Mr. Lewis has had a diverse career having been employed in investment banking, commercial banking and tax accounting prior to forming Wharton Equity. Besides his real estate activities, he is an active venture capital and private equity investor. Mr. Lewis received his BS degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He is a frequent guest lecturer in real estate and is involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors.