Jacob Rad co-founded Radson Development in 2012. Jacob’s commitment to improving the quality of life for local communities is evidenced through state-of-the-art design and quality as well as innovation in construction engineering and materials for the projects he undertakes. His real estate development experience spans nearly four decades, where he has overseen projects from conception to completion, working at every step to ensure project goals are met. Jacob began his career real estate career in NYC, building two family homes in the Bronx in the late-1980s. A true visionary, Jacob was a first mover investing and redeveloping in the Bronx, focusing on creating opportunities for residents and providing access to good quality housing.
Prior to launching Radson Development, Jacob held several positions in real estate development, engineering, and construction management. He spent 11 years as a developer in New York City, where he oversaw the design and construction of thousands of units of affordable and market-rate rental units. Jacob primarily focused on mixed-income, multi-family buildings, including developments that had commercial and community facility components and sought to serve the existing neighborhood citizens in which the projects were located.
His background also includes the design and supervision of mixed-use, office and hotel development in Chicago and Los Angeles, including the 16-story Hughes Aircraft Office Tower and an 80-story office tower for O’Malviny and Meyers Law Firm while working for Brandow & Johnson, a structural engineering firm. Jacob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural and Material Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Soil Mechanics from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Principal, Real Builders Inc.
Sandy Rad brings an expertise in engineering coupled with extensive business skills to Radson Development. Career driven and ambitious, she received her B.S. in Structural Engineering University of Illinois – Chicago in 1980 as the only woman out of 500 men in her class. Upon graduation Mrs. Rad was recruited as an Engineer for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, where she worked on bridge design.
She went on to become a Design Engineer at Western Concrete Structures, Inc. in California, where she was the first female engineer at the time to work with pre-stress concrete for bridges, an innovative material that changed the course of the industry. Sandy went on to excel in Real Estate Sales and Development at Century 21 from 1985-1987 and utilized her interdisciplinary experience as Business Manager for MJJ Associates from 1989-2000, a business she co-founded. Mrs. Rad’s enthusiasm for the intersection of business and innovate development fueled her passion as a Business Manager for Jackson Development, a Principal for Amber Consulting LLC, and Principal for Real Builders since 2001. Sandy continues to be a force in the real estate industry as an Asset Manager for the recent Home 2 Suites in Long Island City.
Daniel Rad founded the General Contracting company Real Builders is 2012, followed by the development company Radson Development is 2013. As principal for both companies, he oversees the design, development and construction of affordable, market, educational and hotel projects. Over the last decade, Daniel has managed the construction of 635 affordable residential units throughout the boroughs.
Prior to founding Real Builders and Radson Development, Daniel has served as Owner’s representative for approximately 700 affordable residential units. In addition to affordable housing development, Daniel has overseen the development and construction of two market rate projects, a mixed-use building at 4469 Broadway in Manhattan, with 87 residential units, a childcare center and ground floor retail and a Hilton’s Home 2 Suites in Long Island City, which consists of 115 suites. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree from Queens College in Computer Engineering and Philosophy, with a minor in Biology and has earned numerous certifications from the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration and New York City Department of Buildings.
Senior Vice President of Development
Jonathan Beuttler is the Senior Vice President of Development at Radson Development and has been with the company since 2019. Mr. Beuttler leads, oversees, and manages all of the company’s affordable housing developments, from initial RFP applications or acquisition through construction and stabilization. Prior to joining Radson, Mr. Beuttler served as the Director of Development at RiseBoro Community Partnership where he lead the acquisition of 9 sites totaling 2,828 units to be developed as mixed use, affordable housing. 6 of these sites were awarded through Requests For Proposals. Mr. Beuttler previously work for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development for the City of New York as the Director of Mixed-Income Programs, where he designed affordable housing programs adopted by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2014 Housing New York Plan. Under his leadership, the programs created over 4,000 affordable rental units each year through annual loan originations of over $604 million. Mr. Beuttler has an MS in Urban Policy from The New School, an MA in Geography from Clark University, is a member of the New York Housing Conference Young Leadership Council, and is a returned United States Peace Corps volunteer.
Vice President of Development
Hannah Burdei joined Radson in September 2019 and is responsible for overseeing new development projects from site acquisition through financing, construction, initial leasing, and permanent loan conversion. Hannah manages working relationships with government entities, elected officials, lenders, and project consultants, coordinating with Radson’s affiliates, Real Builders and Spring Management, to ensure efficient project development from inception through stabilization. Prior to joining Radson, Hannah worked at Blumenfeld Development Group as Assistant Director of Community and Government affairs. At BDG, in addition to overseeing entitlement, public relations, and marketing, she started the first outer-borough pop-up market at Bulova Corporate Center, providing a retail outpost for small local businesses. Hannah also worked at New York City Economic Development Corporation redeveloping underutilized City-owned assets through land sales, leases, and project entitlement, one notable project included a 1,000-unit mixed-use affordable housing development in the South Bronx. Hannah began her work in Real Estate with a focus on placemaking and public space planning in NYC. Hannah holds a degree in International Relations and Economics from Wellesley College and a Master in Urban Planning degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Chief Financial Officer
Meredith Brake is the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. Meredith brings almost 30 years of accounting and finance related experience from development, construction, management, and hospitality industries.
Prior to joining Radson Development, Ms. Brake led the finance and accounting for Jonathan Rose Companies, a national affordable housing portfolio with over 10,000 units across the country. She was also the Director of Finance for a local affordable housing developer and construction company in New York City.
Prior to the affordable housing business, Meredith was the Co-President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Sterling Glen Senior Living, a luxury senior housing portfolio that was a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises. Meredith was with the company from 2000 until 2008. Her responsibilities included oversight of the operations, financial, legal, and administrative functions for SGSL. She was also very involved with all development and construction aspects of the company.