Our Team

Management

Ishay Grinberg
Ishay Grinberg
Founder and President

Ishay [pronounced ee-shy] is the Founder and President of Rental Beast. After spending 13 years working in the real estate industry, Ishay saw the need for a comprehensive online platform that would help tenants and landlords navigate the rental experience. Starting in Boston, Ishay spent over seven years perfecting the Rental Beast database, gathering over 300,000 listings and developing influential industry relationships to create a unique and tailored user experience for landlords, property managers, tenants and brokers. Today, Ishay guides the strategic direction of the organization, leading its expansion throughout the U.S.

Prior to launching Rental Beast, Ishay worked as a real estate agent and then a sales manager for a boutique real estate firm in New York City. Ishay has experienced every facet of the residential real estate transaction firsthand and is all too familiar with the challenges faced by landlords and tenants at various stages of the rental experience. Ishay made his first real estate investment in South Boston, and later became a developer and a landlord in the area.

Ishay served as a Combat Officer for the Israeli Defense Force, and it was there that he learned the importance of good decision making and developed his skills at formulating and executing great strategies. He spent the last 10 years involved in building and helping the Jewish community in Wellesley and Weston, Mass. as the president of the Wellesley Weston Chabad. He is also currently a member of the RHA, NAA, CAA, PAA, Greater Boston Real Estate Boston, Boston University Coalition and other associations.

Ishay spent too much time over the past six years perfecting his golf game but it’s still far from perfect! He is an avid runner and to offset that habit, his drink of choice is good whiskey or scotch along with a great cigar. Ishay grew up in Haifa, Israel and currently resides in Natick, Mass.

Shmuel Freeman
Shmuel Freeman
VP of Business Development

Shmuel Freeman is the Vice President of Business Development for Rental Beast. Shmuel has over 10 years of business development experience from across the pond and from coast to coast. Today, Shmuel helps accelerate the development of the Rental Beast database across Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, D.C. and beyond. He provides support for newly formed teams and local managers, and has played a pivotal role in the expansion of Rental Beast’s vision nationally. As the company grows, Shmuel is responsible for identifying new opportunities and maintaining the quality and transparency of Rental Beasts’ services across all areas of operation.

Shmuel has developed a proven track record in revenue generation and business development in various industries. One might say that Shmuel has learned a thing or two about how to negotiate a deal and provide unparalleled client service.

Prior to taking on his current role at Rental Beast, Shmuel worked as a Senior Business Development expert in the technology industry and shortly thereafter, he worked as Vice President for a financial services company in California, where he provided expert financial advice to clients for nearly 10 years. Shmuel grew up in London, England and graduated from the Rabbinical College of America in 1992. He currently resides in Sudbury, Mass. where, as an avid snowboarder, he roams the slopes of New England.

Josh Tayloe
Josh Tayloe
VP of Operations

Josh is the Vice President of Operations at Rental Beast. He brings a broad range of experience in operations, finance and technology to help implement the company's strategic vision and manage its national expansion, while ensuring the continued quality of the customer experience.

Prior to Rental Beast, Josh worked at FastCloud, holding senior management roles in operations, finance and client service. During this period, Josh worked closely with FastCloud customer Rental Beast, witnessing its impressive growth and transformation into the go-to provider of apartment search data and tools. Before FastCloud, Josh oversaw product and operations at Back9Links (acquired by ClubSoft NA), which provided software to the Private Club industry. Josh began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he helped start and grow a multi-billion dollar asset management business.

Josh received a BA from Rhodes College, where he studied abroad at Oxford and was on the golf team. He earned his MBA from MIT.

Josh has been engaged in varied pursuits, including: helping students prep for standardized tests, collaborating on dynamic pricing algorithms for Broadway and a brief stint writing trivia questions. Josh grew up in North Carolina and enjoys cooking and golfing.

Harald Skardal
Harald Skardal
VP of Technology

Harald has 30 years of experience spanning most of the high tech industry. Throughout his career he has spent most of the time being a trailblazer and entrepreneur, leading companies into new products and markets by ways of identifying needs, specifying new products, and leading the engineering teams.

Today Harald is creating a future oriented IT platform for the Rental Beast application by taking advantage of the cloud, and adding the required business continuity configuration and scaling capabilities. Add to this the streamlining required to simpler interaction and data exchange with Rental Beast partners, and setting the platform and application up for strategic future capabilities.

Before Rental Beast Harald wrote the product specification and lead a team developing integrated disaster recovery for a fault tolerant computer platform at Stratus Technologies. While at Acopia Harald identified the need for, wrote the new product specification, and added the infrastructure required to do data protection for a file system virtualization appliance. At Network Appliance Harald represented the company for three years on the SNIA Technology Council, lead the development of the NDMP v4 specification together with collaborators from more than 10 other companies, lead the company into a deeper strategic involvement in SNIA, and designed and implemented several new product features.

When not thinking about Rental Beast Harald spends his time playing competitive tennis, exercising his mountain bike in the woods around Nashua NH, telemark skiing, preferably together with his two sons, and cooking good food! Harald was a good soccer player once, has coached his sons soccer teams, and would like at some point to coach soccer again!

Peter Clay Jr.
Peter Clay Jr.
Director of Client & Partner Services

PJ is the Director of Client & Partner Services. In this role, PJ works with our broker and agent clients to ensure their success. PJ and his team handle client onboarding, ongoing client success and all aspects of client service. PJ also oversees ongoing support for Rental Beast’s strategic partners.

Prior to this role, PJ served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director at Rental Beast. Before that, PJ was the General Manager of Rental Beast’s Philadelphia operation. During this time, PJ gained hands-on experience working with some of Rental Beast’s largest clients, helping these brokers and agents successfully leverage Rental Beast to build and grow profitable leasing businesses. Prior to joining the Rental Beast team, PJ worked as a consultant at Grindstone Advisory.

PJ graduated from Bentley University with a degree in Economics and Finance. In his free time, PJ enjoys walking down the right side of golf courses and mastering the art of grilling. PJ is a passionate Boston sports fan.

Emily Trainor
Emily Trainor
Director, Training & Education

Emily is the Director of Training and Education. She brings her extensive experience as a curriculum developer and educator to develop and oversee all Rental Beast training and education initiatives. She is excited to connect the worlds of real estate and education to make Rental Beast agents the best prepared agents in the industry.

Prior to working at Rental Beast, Emily has a long history of working in education as a teacher, curriculum developer and coach. Most recently, Emily was Dean of Instruction at KIPP Academy. In this role, she was responsible for teacher performance, including curriculum development, coaching and evaluation. Before KIPP, Emily was Deputy Director for Education Inc. In this position, she trained teachers who were working with students in hospital settings by creating observation protocol, professional development and curriculum programs. Emily was a founding English teacher at the Academy for Software Engineering, a public high school in NYC. During this period, she was a mentor teacher through the Urban Teacher Residency program, a curriculum writer with New Visions and a model teacher through the NYC DOE.

Emily received her BA in English and MS in Education from Fordham University. In her spare time, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She has dual citizenship with Ireland and travels there frequently. After years of city living, she loves to get away to Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME for some peace and quiet on the weekends.

Ashleigh G. Davenport
Ashleigh G. Davenport
Leasing Director

Ashleigh, the Director of Leasing for Rental Beast, has been with the company since 2008. His Real Estate experience covers the last 15 years, with expertise in many areas of the Real Estate Rentals and Sales as well as Property Management. His Management and Sales experience give him a unique perspective on the needs of both the renters looking for properties and the inner workings of building a successful transaction through solid methodology and support of a company such as Rental Beast. Ashleigh’s responsibilities include continuing the education process of Brokers working with Rental Beast Broker platform and developing strategies to help optimize the use of the tools provided by Rental Beast to its Broker partners.

Prior to starting at Rental Beast, Ashleigh was the Sales Manager of Corcoran Brokerage in Milton Mass and the Leasing Director at Trammell Crow residential in Brookline, Ma. Both of these experiences gave Ashleigh great exposure to different markets and a unique understanding of a vastly different clientele. Ashleigh Started his Real Estate career with Realty Executives of West Suburban Boston in Watertown Ma, where he was the Rental Manager of one of the most productive offices in the State of Mass. It is through these experiences that give Ashleigh a well-rounded view from an agent’s perspective and that of the needs of many types of renters.

Ashleigh’s experience prior to entering the Real Estate field include the hospitality field, where Ashleigh held positions such as Food and Beverage controller, Regional Audit Manager and Assistant General Manager for companies such as The Omni Parker House, Beacon Hotel Company, and Hyatt Regency. Ashleigh Also spent time in the High Tech field as a Corporate Account Executive servicing fortune 500 firms throughout Massachusetts.

Ashleigh Graduated from Boston University with a concentration in Hotel and Food Administration. Ashleigh’s hobbies include coaching, where he spent 13 years as an assistant Football coach at Tufts University. Ashleigh also was an assistant Football coach at UMass Boston and Mt. Ida College. Ashleigh spent time coaching College Baseball as well where he was the Head Coach at MassBay Community College for 6 years and an assistant at Watertown high School.

Ashleigh grew up in Rye Brook New York, attended Hackley Prep in Tarrytown NY and currently resides in Watertown Mass.

Won Chai
Won Chai
Regional Director & General Manager - Boston

Won is the Regional Director and General Manager of Rental Beast in Boston. He started in an entry-level position and quickly moved up the ranks until he was promoted into a management role. In this role, he is committed to improving workflow and maximizing profits.

Prior to joining the Rental Beast family, Won co-founded True Blue Ads LLC, an affiliate marketing firm, which he started after being employed as an Advertising Executive at Tatto Media until it was sold. Before that, he played a key role in creating and maintaining two separate rental databases for local establishments.

With an educational background in Architectural Design and Fine Arts and his experience "on the ground" at Rental Beast, Won is excited to bring a unique perspective to the table.

Richard Demma
Richard Demma
Regional Director & General Manager - Mid-Atlantic

Richard is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and General Manager.

Prior to joining Rental Beast, Richard worked for CoStar Group/Apartments.com for twelve years. He began managing a local research team and eventually took over his department, becoming the Senior Director of a large, multi-national team of researchers that serviced both commercial and residential real estate markets.

Prior to CoStar, Richard served in the United States Army as an Infantry Squad Leader. It was this experience that gave him the tools required to lead by example, make decisions based on all data available and formulate actionable plans.

Jose Angeles
Jose Angeles
Regional Director and General Manager - Miami

Prior to joining the Rental Beast team, Jose worked for the high-rise division of FirstService Residential, one of the largest property management companies in North America. Starting in a frontline role as a front desk manager at a luxury high-rise Jose sharpened his community association and hospitality skills. Within a year he was promoted to the corporate coordinator role for the downtown Miami region. In this role, Jose wore many hats and attended to a portfolio of over 36 high-rise properties throughout Miami. He spearheaded the launching of a Service Culture for the area, which included creating property specific training initiatives for each of the properties, quality assurance visits and standardization and reporting back to regional senior management. Jose also led a team of eight Area Specialists that supported the staffing of properties for FMLA purposes. A net promoter score (NPS) survey of community boards revealed that Jose’s largest business unit had the highest score in the country. He also maintained the lowest employee turnover in his department with all employees leaving his team to promotions within the company.

Jose is a Miami native and graduated from Miami Dade College with a degree in management, and earned his MBA from Florida International University. He is a member of NSHMBA and is a huge Florida State fan. In his free time Jose enjoys offshore fishing, free diving, working out or relaxing with his Dachshund by the pool.

Spencer Allison
Spencer Allison
Regional Director & General Manager – Dallas

Spencer is the Regional Director and General Manager for Rental Beast in Dallas, Texas. In this role he is focused on developing the Rental Beast brand and providing the most up to date and complete information on rental properties for the entire DFW market.

Before joining the Rental Beast team, Spencer was an integral part of the leadership team and launch of the US Operations and Content groups for a global food discovery app and website. He also spent many years in Operations as a Senior Manager and Director with a global contact center outsourcing company that delivers innovative, quality-driven, customer service solutions, across multiple industries. Upon relocating to the Dallas area from Denver and opening a new office he built an award winning team from the ground up working with a global streaming service.

When Spencer has free time he's an avid backyard BBQ enthusiast and is constantly inviting friends over to try something new he's thought up and wants to try out. Some of his other hobbies include classic car shows, watching as many movies as time will permit, finding the next “hole in the wall” restaurant before it becomes too popular, and attending live music events and concerts. Spencer now considers Dallas his home.

Charlie Wham
Charlie Wham
Regional Director and General Manager - Denver.

Charlie is the Regional Director and General Manager of Rental Beast in Denver. In this role, he works diligently to establish the Rental Beast brand, and is committed to providing the most comprehensive and accurate information on rental properties in the Denver market. Prior to joining the Rental Beast team, Charlie worked for Inspirato, a luxury travel company, where he helped create the company’s global pricing strategy and maintained a variable pricing model for over $1B in leased assets. Charlie attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and majored in Operations and Information Management. He hopes to leverage that expertise within Rental Beast’s data-driven platform. He is a Denver native and enjoys all things Colorado including skiing, golfing and hiking with his dog Remington.

Advisory Board

Duncan Niederauer
Duncan Niederauer

Duncan L. Niederauer is Chief Executive Officer of NYSE. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Niederauer is proud to have overseen the transformation of the company into an innovative, globally integrated organization with a high-tech, high-touch focus. Prior to his current position, Mr. Niederauer was President and co-Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Euronext with responsibility for U.S. cash equities.

Before joining NYSE Euronext in April 2007, Mr. Niederauer was Managing Director and co-Head of the Equities Division Execution Services franchise at Goldman, Sachs & Co. His career at Goldman Sachs spanned 22 years.

Mr. Niederauer has served on the board of Archipelago Holdings, LLC and Colgate University, and now serves on the board of Operation Hope, The American Ireland Fund and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. His current affiliations include G100, Chief Executive 50, British-American Business Council International Advisory Committee, Partnership for New York City, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Shanghai International Financial Advisory Committee, Museum of American Finance, Pace University President’s Council and Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

He earned an MBA from Emory University and a BA from Colgate University. He and his wife, Alison, led the Newmark School’s “Destination of Promise” campaign, which built a state of the art school for children with autism and related disabilities in Scotch Plains, NJ. They have three children and reside in New Jersey.

Roberta Sydney
Roberta Sydney

Ms. Sydney is Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Associates, Inc. She is also an Independent Director, investor, and business builder experienced in diverse real estate development, property management, and financial services ranging from large, traditional organizations to young, entrepreneurial companies.

Ms. Sydney has extensive and varied board experience in the for profit and philanthropic sectors. Currently, she chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Board of Plaxall, Inc., and serves on the Advisory Boards of several private real estate technology companies, including Rental Beast, Embue, and Doorbell. Ms. Sydney also sits on the Neuroscience Advisory Committee and Overseers Executive Council at Beth Israel Medical Center, and is the Treasurer of C200, an executive women’s organization.

In 1999, Ms. Sydney launched Sydney Associates, Inc., where she serves as CEO. Sydney Associates is a mid-size real estate developer, asset and property manager. Ms. Sydney’s infectious drive and perseverance have resulted in major real estate transactions, with representative clients such as Bank of America, Trader Joe’s, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, AT&T, and CVS.

Earlier, as a Principal at State Street Advisory Strategies, Ms. Sydney pioneered a new division to market institutional grade investment management services to Registered Investment Advisors for their high net worth clients, garnering $175M in new assets in its first year.

As a Senior Vice President at BayBank, Ms. Sydney spearheaded the Mortgage Division’s leap to number 1 in the market by rejuvenating real estate broker calling efforts. As a result, purchase mortgage volume increased by 50% and broker-referred business increased over 100%. She also expanded market research and subsequently launched new image campaigns.

Ms. Sydney holds an MS in Real Estate Development from MIT, an MBA from Harvard, and an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She maintains an active real estate brokerage license, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Steven Bock
Steven Bock

Steven has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, private equity investor and corporate lawyer.

Steven is currently Co-Founder and Chairman of Swaponz, Inc. Swaponz, a company who developed a patented technology platform for incorporating Infinite Swap Technology and Augmented Reality Technology into new everyday consumer products, transforming those products into a platform for the delivery and sharing of experiences and content. He is also a Founding Partner and Director of Healthier Cleaning Innovations, LLC. HCI has launched a new product: a device that produces an all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant and odor-killer that doesn't contain toxic chemicals. The patent-pending product is called Force of Nature (forceofnatureclean.com) and its technology is based on the science of electrolyzed water, where salt, vinegar and water are processed at a low level of electricity.

Previously, he was the CEO and a Director of Rotobrush International LLC, Chairman and CEO of Unger Software Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of Specialty Catalog Corp.

Mr. Bock has served as an independent director on public and private for profit Boards; and as a member of several nonprofit boards, including 2020 Women on Boards, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and The Boston Children’s Museum.

He holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in Economics/Accounting, summa cum laude, from S.U.N.Y. at Albany.

Gad Liwerant
Gad Liwerant

Gad Liwerant is the President of VideoShare, LLC.

Mr.Liwerant was the founder, President and CEO of VideoShare. Inc. the first platform for sharing streaming video. As President and CEO, Liwerant strategically guided the company through impressive growth since its inception.

Mr.Liwerant Co-founded eBricks (1999 Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest Finalist) which became Citadon, the leading platform worldwide for collaboration in the engineering and building industry.

Mr.Liwerant graduated with Distinction from Harvard University, prior to that he was a partner at Liwerant-Serrano Architects. As an architect he designed and managed over 100 projects with an estimated value of over $500 million.

Mr. Liwerant is on the board of several companies and non for profit organizations.

Eric S. Silverman
Eric S. Silverman

Mr. Silverman is an active entrepreneur and investor in a number of businesses. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of Eastham Capital, a private real estate investment business based in Needham, MA. Eastham Capital will raise its fourth private equity fund in 2014. Mr. Silverman was also a Founder of St. James Capital, LLC, a Bloomfield Hills, MI based FHA-approved lender specializing in multifamily residential housing financial services. As of December 2012, St. James Capital is a division of Pillar Multifamily, LLC, an affiliate of Guggenheim Partners, LLC.

From 1995 through 2010, Mr. Silverman was the President and then non-executive Chairman of RentGrow, Inc. Before joining RentGrow, Mr. Silverman was a Founder and Principal in St. James Mortgage Company, a Fannie Mae-approved residential mortgage banker. From 1991 to 1994, he directed and implemented the company’s retail expansion into Massachusetts and New Hampshire and managed operations in those states. Mr. Silverman is also a Vice President of Holtzman and Silverman Construction and Realty, based in Southfield, MI, which is an asset manager of apartment and retail properties. In 2002, he became a founding non-executive director of Leader Bank.

Mr. Silverman graduated from Bowdoin College in 1985 with an AB in Mathematics. In 1991, he earned the degree of Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Finance, from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an active alumnus of MIT, where he served as a judge in the $100K entrepreneurship competition for seven years. Mr. Silverman is also on the Board of the Jewish Venture Mentoring Service, and he is a Friend of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.

Scott Baker
Scott Baker
Vice President at New England Development

Scott is a Vice President at New England Development, with a primarily role of overseeing investing actives that fall outside the firms core real estate business. Prior to joining New England Development, Scott spent almost 10 years at Athena Capital Advisors serving a variety of functions, most recently as a Vice President working directly with families and institutions with a primary focus on designing and implementing customized strategic and tactical asset allocations, as well as evaluating and monitoring direct investments into early stage businesses . Prior to this role, Scott was an Analyst in Athena’s research group with responsibilities including private equity, private real estate, and hedge fund due diligence. Prior to Athena, Scott was with the State Board of Administration of Florida (Pension Board) where he was a Transaction Analyst within their Alternative Investments group. In addition to his responsibilities at New England Development, Scott currently serves as a board member and advisor to several private companies. Scott has a B.S. in Finance and Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management from Florida State University. Scott received the CharteredAlternative Investment Analyst designation in 2008 and currently holds the Series 65 license.