OUR TEAM

Akiva J. Kurland
Founder & CEO

Akiva J. Kurland, CPA is the founding partner and CEO of Yellow Jacket Ventures.

 

Akiva is responsible for the management, investment and property development functions at YJV.  

Before founding YJV, Akiva was the CFO of KG Funds Management, an event driven/special situations hedge fund. Akiva also was a manager at Blackstone in their credit group and was the CFO at Palladium Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank. Akiva began his career as a CPA in Ernst & Young’s asset management practice.

Throughout his years on Wall Street, Akiva maintained a passion for real estate, and he actively invested in the NYC real estate market for more than a decade until he formally launched Yellow Jacket Ventures in 2012. 

Akiva graduated with honors with a B.S. in accounting from Brooklyn College, CUNY, is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York and is a member of the AICPA. He holds a Series 7, Series 27 and Series 63 license with FINRA and is a licensed real estate broker with the state of NY. 

Akiva enjoys traveling, closing deals, cycling and skiing when he is not closing deals.

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Polina Kolyshkina
Controller

Polina Kolyshkina is the Controller at Yellow Jacket Ventures and is responsible for the management of the accounting, tax and finance functions at the firm.

Polina was previously an accountant at Raines & Fischer LLP and Levine & Associates and also held an internship at the IRS prior to joining YJV.

Polina earned a masters in financial management from Moscow Humantarian Technical Academy and is in the process of obtaining her CPA license.

Polina ensures that we all get paid so we have to be nice to her.

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Skyla D'silva
Lawyer

Skyla D'silva is a Lawyer at Yellow Jacket Ventures and is responsible for loan compliance, legal review and underwriting assistance.

Skyla graduated with an LL.M. from Pace University School of Law and a Bachelors of Law from Rizvi Law College in Mumbai. She passed the bar exam and is in the final stages of admission to the state of New York. Skyla is also currently pursuing an MBA in international business from Monroe College. 

In her free time, she loves to work and study (and cook & bake when she’s hungry).

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Devendra Durham
Accounting Associate

Devendra Durham is an Accounting Associate at Yellow Jacket Ventures and assists with the accounting, finance and operations of the Firm's real estate portfolio and lending fund.

 

Devendra graduated with a B.A. in accounting from Queens College, CUNY.

 

Dev keeps our office running smoothly so we can have fun while he works. He enjoys swishing 3's and praying for the Knicks during his spare time.

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Rosanne Villanueva 
Property Manager

Rosanne Villanueva is a Property Manager at Yellow Jacket Ventures and oversees the property management, maintenance and construction functions at the firm.

Rosanne works when she's not dating and enjoys baking and (road) tripping during her spare time. 

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Frances Hercules
Associate

Frances Hercules is an Associate at Yellow Jacket Ventures and is responsible to do just about everything in our office since no one else really does much. 

 

Frances graduated with a B.A. in Marketing and Business Management from Long Island University. Frances loves lemons (the cars, not the fruits) and hydrates on moscato. 

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Albert Falcon
Maintenance Engineer 

Albert is a Maintenance Engineer at Yellow Jacket Ventures and is and is responsible for the repair and servicing of the Firm's real estate assets. Albert fixes cars and munches on chips and soda whenever he is not drinking beer.