Stefan serves as Deputy Director at the Real Estate Board of New York, spearheading major
innovation initiatives and technology development on behalf of the most prominent brokerages, developers,
and operators in New York City, the real estate capital of the world.
He is responsible for advancing modernization of the City’s real estate listing systems through REBNY’s
Residential Listing Service (RLS), building trailblazing products that facilitate real estate leasing and sale
transactions, and ensuring that New York City remains the leading edge for the global real estate technology
ecosystem by fostering innovation and collaboration.
Prior to REBNY, Stefan was Founder & CEO of Create.io, a pioneering 3D mapping and real estate data
software company which he started in his living room and grew to serve over 10,000 users from across the
real estate, AEC, and government sectors in Washington DC. Stefan built Create.io to 12 employees after
raising $4 million in venture capital, graduated from the prestigious Techstars Fintech accelerator program,
and was a finalist for ABC’s Shark Tank.
In addition to technology, Stefan has deep domain expertise in real estate and economic development,
contributing to over four million square feet of real estate investments including hotels, office, retail, and
institutional uses, as well as hundreds of units of affordable housing, multifamily, and condo projects. He has
worked on behalf of Fortune 100 corporations and private developers in structuring millions of EB-5, LIHTC,
CDBG, and tax abatement capital.
Stefan was the visionary behind the proposed development of 500 modular homes in the Park Heights
community of Baltimore, the largest Frank Lloyd Wright prefabricated revival project in the country. He holds
a pending patent on the application of geospatial technologies for modeling qualitative and quantitative
analysis of real estate development projects, and is a noted lecturer at industry conferences and major
research universities including Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins. He is an active member of
various industry organizations and committees including the Urban Land Institute, the US Green Building
Council, NAIOP, the International Economic Development Council, the National Building Museum, and
CoreNet Global. He is a LEED Green Associate, a former board member of DC’s Dupont Underground, and
volunteers his time at Habitat for Humanity as an advocate for affordable housing.
Stefan earned an MBA in Finance from the College of William & Mary in 2009, and got his start in real estate
after beginning his career at the Pentagon, as well as several quantitative hedge funds and private equity
funds. He has served as a board member and advisor to multiple real estate and urban technology startups,
including Haven, a home remodeling investment company, and REVMAX, an autonomous vehicle routing
platform. Stefan is a news and documentary junkie that spends his free time traveling, boating, fly fishing,
building Legos, and exploring all that urban life has to offer. He lives in the West Village with his fiancée
Ariella, a corporate attorney, and their rescue dog Gatsby, a very lazy black lab mix.
Real Estate Board of New York
Deputy Director, Residential Listing Service