MEET THE TEAM
Co-Founder and Managing Principal of RockFarmer Properties
George Michelis has been in the real estate industry for over a decade, directing RockFarmer Properties’ business development, financial performance, and strategic planning. As the Managing Principal of the company’s development, funding, financing properties, and management services, George ensures that the success of our partners, investors, and clients remain a top priority. Today, the company’s investment and management portfolio includes over 2,200 residential and commercial units worth over $650 million. George Michelis is also a Managing Principal of Douglaston Realty Management Corp. (“DRMC”), the company’s property management affiliate.
George is a member of eight co-op and condominium boards in New York City, affording him special insight into the inner workings and complexities associated with both the ownership and management of this unique type of real estate, and the strategies that provide for their long-term growth and sustainability.
George is also the Managing Principal of MP Property Group II and III and Douglaston Equities Opportunity Fund II and III, entities that own numerous residential, commercial, and mixed use properties.
An active community philanthropist, George is the founder of the Hellenic American Educational Foundation, which sponsors and funds educational and athletic programs for children. He is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Finance. Prior to his involvement in real estate, George worked on Wall Street for eight years and became a partner at Schonfeld Securities.
“New York represents a constantly changing landscape of opportunity. But I think when you understand lifestyle and can anticipate people’s desires, sometimes even before they do, you’re headed in a good direction.”
Co-Founder and Managing Principal of RockFarmer Properties
Since the inception of RockFarmer Properties in 2006, Petras has been directly responsible for the acquisition, financing, strategic development, construction and renovation of more than 2 million square feet of multifamily, office and retail properties representing a total value of more than $2 billion.
With a focus on creating truly transformative properties, Petras is a firm believer in forming strategic, longstanding, and collaborative relationships with key market participants, including lenders, owners, operators and investors. To date, RockFarmer has raised more than $500 million through its various investment funds and developments.
A Queens native, Petras began his career in fashion and merchandising. In 1986, he founded Alexis & Gianni Retail, a highly successful retailer and manufacturer of luxury outerwear. From the onset, Petras had his eye on real estate, purchasing a number/variety of investment properties throughout the 90s and early 2000s before selling his business in 2006 to pursue real estate full time.
Petras serves as Managing Principal of Douglaston Realty Management Corp., RockFarmer Properties’ property management affiliate. Petras is a graduate of Long Island University/CW Post and NYU, where he holds a BS in Accounting and an MS in Finance, respectively.
“Relationships are key, whether between landlord and tenant or investor and developer. It’s about outlining expectations and managing them proactively.”
Founder, Douglaston Realty Management Corp and Special Investment Advisor to RockFarmer Properties
Gregory founded Douglaston Realty Management in 1977, a property management firm and established a team to capitalize on the many underutilized, undervalued properties he encountered as a licensed real estate broker in New York City.
Through savvy investments, excellent banking relationships, and strategic investment partnerships, Gregory grew Douglaston into the real estate leader it is today, with over 2,000 units under management.
Gregory oversees strategic direction, property acquisitions, investment partnerships, and building inspections. Gregory also sits on RockFarmer’s Investment Committee and provides keen insight utilizing his vast experience.
Gregory was one of the initial founders of Marathon Bank and served on its Board of Directors since 1990 up until December 2012 when the bank was acquired by Investors Bank.
His foresight and insight have yielded exceptional returns for RockFarmer’s investment clients. He credits the company’s success to a unique vision, seizing opportunities in the market, providing an enhanced living experience for tenants and owners, and uplifting neighborhoods and communities along the way.
“I’ve been doing this for over 40 years, and I’ve seen a lot. The fundamentals don’t change. Identifying minimally distressed portfolios in great locations presents a tremendous upside to us.”
Chief Operating Officer & Controller of RockFarmer Properties and affiliates
Kostas Koutsothanasis is the Chief Operating Officer & Controller at RockFarmer Properties, Douglaston Realty Management Corp and its affiliates.
He joined the team in 2016 and is responsible for strategic business policies, financial reporting, human resources, all phases of building management, investor relations and administration support of all operations of the companies.
Prior to joining RockFarmer/Douglaston he was at Blackstone and George Comfort & Sons. He graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
“’We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ – Aristotle”
Executive Vice President and Head of Acquisitions at RockFarmer Properties
Brian Getzler serves as the Executive Vice President and Head of Acquisitions at RockFarmer Properties. Mr. Getzler joined in 2020 and is responsible for the sourcing and underwriting of new multifamily opportunities, as well as coordinating due diligence and closing efforts for RockFarmer’s acquisitions. His primary focus is on New York and secondary markets in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.
Prior to joining RockFarmer, Mr. Getzler operated a real estate investment and management firm focusing on the acquisition of multifamily properties. Earlier, he worked at Treetop Development where he was responsible for evaluating multifamily and mixed-use properties in New York and HUD properties throughout the United States. Prior to Treetop, he worked at JP Morgan Chase’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Group focused on sourcing debt opportunities for multifamily and mixed-use properties in the NYC-Metro area and as an Associate at KPMG’s Real Estate Advisory Group performing real estate analyses for many national retailers.
In addition to his work experience, Mr. Getzler holds an MS in Finance & Investment from NYU and a BBA in Business & Finance from Queens College, The City University of New York.
Asset Manager of RockFarmer Properties and affiliates
Steve Boudourakis serves to carryout investment objectives for the Greater New York region. Steve’s experience managing, Multifamily, and Commercial asset classes spans over 18 years. As a manager, he’s executed numerous multi-million dollar repositioning projects, including CAP EX investment projects within opportunistic and value-add investment property. Steve’s intimate knowledge of the New York real estate market, leasing, building systems, and regulatory agencies, enables him to further enhance the results of the portfolios he oversees.
Prior to joining RockFarmer’s affiliate Douglaston Realty Management Corp, Steve was Broker and Owner of a Weichert Realtors franchise which sold and managed properties in Brooklyn from 2006 until 2013.
Steve was awarded his CPM designation by the Institute of Realty Management in 2015. He received his B.B.A. and M.S. in Marketing Management from the Zicklin School of Business at Bernard Baruch College.