Martin Kera has extensive experience in real estate including 25 years as the President of Bren Management Corp. and over thirty years practicing real estate, co-op, condominium and landlord-tenant law. He is currently a member of the Real Property Section (Co-op/Condo and Construction Law Committees) of the New York State Bar Association, Chair of the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association. He has written articles for and been quoted by Habitat Magazine, The Cooperator, Real Estate Weekly, New York Construction News and the New York Real Estate Journal. He received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
It is Martin Kera's dual expertise, as a real estate professional and as an attorney, applied day-to-day, that makes Bren Management so unique among building management firms.
Also see the Kera & Graubard law firm website at www.keragraubard.com.
As secretary/treasurer and co-founder of Bren Management, Brenda Kera administers the finances of both the firm and its clients. Her nearly twenty years of experience in finance include ten years with Bren Management and fourteen years of investment banking at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse). Ms. Kera received her B.S. and her M.B.A. from Pace University.
When one considers Brenda Kera's expertise in developing financial documents that are clear, concise and readily understood and her skill in establishing a tremendous rapport with board members and unit owners, it is easy to understand Bren Management's reputation for being exceptionally responsive to its clients' needs.
Over the years, experience has shown us that you need your managing agent the most in an emergency situation. It does you no good to leave a message on your agent's 24-hour voice mail if you do not receive a prompt response. Then, when you finally reach your agent, you have to wait for the agent to call someone. This is an especially acute problem with small buildings that don't have a live in super or have a super who only cleans or works 5 days per week. We solved this problem with John Stinton. John works as a part time super (6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. (Monday to Friday) in our Warren Street building. We placed him there and he has been there for many years. He is our roving super/handyman the rest of the time. He lives in Manhattan and is available by cell phone 7 days per week/24 hours per day. He has good knowledge of building mechanical systems and has been able to do emergency repairs on nights and weekends when it is difficult to get a contractor. For example, John can get a boiler working on a cold Sunday night, shut off valves when there is a water leak, repair a leaking pump and open a front door when a key breaks off in the lock. He also can supervise mechanical installations and repairs. He visits our buildings on a regular basis and accompanies contractors for pre-bid inspections.
The feedback from our buildings with regard to John has been very good. Our unit owners like John and trust John. We believe that John provides a valuable service to our unit owners that even large management companies do not provide.
Marissa is our controller. Marissa received her B.A. from City College and has over 25 years of experience as a controller. She is skilled at computer programming and graphic design. Marissa comes to the office as needed. She works for several other real estate firms. She reviews the data entry, reconciles the bank statements and helps Brenda prepare the monthly statements. She also covers the office when Brenda is on vacation.