OUR TEAM

Akiva J. Kurland
Founder and 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 BS 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 cycling, closing deals, basketball and skiing when he is not closing deals.

Sheila Arjomandi
Assistant Vice President
& Associate Attorney

Sheila Arjomandi, Esq. is an Assistant Vice President and Associate Attorney at Yellow Jacket Ventures and is responsible for the legal, operations & compliance functions at the firm.

 

Sheila earned a J.D. from Pace University School of Law and a BA in Sociology from University of South Florida. 

 

Originally from Florida, Sheila identifies as a native New Yorker, and we let her, because we're open minded like that. She also enjoys doing yoga and eating cookies during her spare time.

Polina Kolyshkina
Senior Accountant

Polina is an Accounting Associate at Yellow Jacket Ventures and works on the firms day to day accounting and tax matters. She previously worked as a staff accountant at Levine & Associates LLC, a CPA firm, and also interned at the IRS. 

Polina has a masters in Financial Management from Moscow Humanitarian 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.

Savannah Wu
Real Estate Associate

Savannah Wu is a Real Estate Associate at Yellow Jacket Ventures and is responsible for the administration and day to day operations of the Firm's real estate portfolio.

 

Savannah has a Masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a B.S. in Business from Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.

 

Savannah races red, topless, sports cars during her free time.

Joe Grossman
Property Manager

Joe is a Property Manager at Yellow Jacket Ventures and oversees the construction, management and maintenance functions at the firm. Joe previously worked at Starock Capital where he oversaw the property management and maintenance of over 300 units.

 

Joe loves shoveling snow and hauling trash during his free time, especially on weekends.

Danielle Sharon
Administrative Assistant

Danielle is an administrative assistant at Yellow Jacket Ventures and is responsible for secretarial work and office management.

Danielle ensures that our snack bin is always full and goes on vacation whenever we need to diet.