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Emerging Leaders &
Markets Conference 2023

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Launching Your Development Company


West Room

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Corey Galloway- Moderator

Founder & CEO

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Corey has 16 years of finance, operations and marketing experience. Corey brought his vision of Urban Renaissance to life at 3000 N. Broad Street, removing blight and producing high quality town homes. He led the team through land acquisition, deal negotiation, zoning, and coordination with local government officials. He also functioned as the project’s General Contractor. Additionally, Mr. Galloway founded Legacy Growth Partners, LLC, a private equity firm with investments in entertainment, manufacturing and real estate. Legacy was documented in a case study by Harvard Business School for its real estate development work in Philadelphia. "Corey was a Director for Studio Operations of MTV animation for eight years, and held a similar position with Sesame Street for three years."


Dr. Malik Yoba



Although this Hollywood veteran offers over three decades of commitment to the arts with over fifty film credits and more than a dozen lead roles in network/cable television series, Malik Yoba considers himself a community and youth advocate first, with over four decades of experience working with young people globally, in schools, prisons and community-based organizations.  Born in the South Bronx and raised in Harlem, it was his debut in the Disney classic Cool Runnings and his performance as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams in the groundbreaking police drama, New York Undercover, that catapulted Malik into the fabric of mainstream culture.  A writer, director, producer, musician, serial entrepreneur, and emerging real estate developer,Malik founded Yoba Development in 2017 as a way to educate and empower communities of color, and increase diversity in commercial real estate. He has projects in NYC , Baltimore and Georgia and is currently touring the country screening and hosting workshops in conjunction with his educational docu-series, The Real Estate Mixtape, Volume 1: I Build NY. The series was created for high schools, colleges and community-based organizations and follows Malik and a cohort of youth as he navigates his first development deal in NYC.

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Vanessa Cole


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Prior to Cole Klein Builders, Cole was an office manager for Winhill Advisors where she led a team of forty agents as well as represented small investors, builders, private equity funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and City organizations in their land and property acquisitions. In 2014 Cole had the opportunity to partner in the acquisition of 580 homes over a period of 10 months strengthening her skills in negotiations, systems and procedures, market analysis, investment analysis, software solutions and field management. In 2015 Cole recognized and personally invested in an opportunity to build affordable housing in the greater third ward community and has been actively pursuing this opportunity ever since.

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Randall Powell 


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Randall graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Urban Planning and Urban Affairs with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from CUNY, Hunter College. He is a licensed New York State Real Estate Broker, a Certified Property Manager (CPM) with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and a Real Property Administrator (RPA) with Builders Owner and Managers International (BOMI). He is the President of the Greater IREM NYC Chapter and is the chair of the chapter's Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Subcommittee. He also sits on the Fund for Public Housing Advisory Council that helps support NYHCA through various programming and fundraising initiatives.  Randall's noteworthy accomplishments as CEO of Infinite Horizons include being an initial awardee New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development MWBE Capacity Building RFP. The site is vacant land located at 784 Cortlandt Avenue/ 359 E.157th street in the Bronx. Cortlandt Manor Views will be a 6 story 23-unit mixed use, mixed income building closing in 2023. In 2021 Infinite Horizons was awarded the Enterprise Community Partners Equitable Path Forward Grant and honored at Enterprise New York Gala as a Community Development Honoree.  Additionally, Infinite Horizons was also in the inaugural class of the 2021 LISC NYC Developers of Color Training Program. ​ Under Randall’s leadership Infinite Horizons, has been awarded several projects through NYC. These projects include awards from HPD New Construction Program (NCP), New Infill Homeownership Program (NIHOP) and the Third-Party Transfer Program (TPT). The NCP sites in Southeast Jamaica Queens called Guy R. Brewer Renaissance and Redevelopment will be developed into a multifamily building with community facility and commercial spaces with approximately 150 units. The homeownership (NIHOP) sites will consist of two and three family homes in East New York and Brownsville sections of Brooklyn for a total 20 affordable homes with 40 units. The Third-Party Transfer (TPT) sites are existing building located in Harlem across 5 buildings with a total of 122 units with commercial spaces that will be redeveloped into affordable housing.

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Manuel Tavarez



Manny is a true visionary in real estate development, as the Founder and Managing Partner of Agallas Equities. He believes in early community engagement, reflected in Agallas’ development process that ensures their projects have maximum positive impacts on the neighborhood. Under Manny’s leadership, Agallas is distinguished by its commitment to diverse and inclusive job sites and a robust M/WBE and local hiring plan for every project. In addition, Manny is a master strategist with a keen understanding of the financial landscape, honed through years of management roles at ING and UBS. Recently, he has set his sights on leveraging his real estate and financial expertise to expand into the competitive New York market. ​ Manny’s impressive achievements extend far beyond his professional accomplishments. He holds a B.S. in Sports Management from Barry University and a M.S. in Business Management from Pace University. And as the Chair and Co-Founder of the International Salsa Museum, he has played a pivotal role in preserving the rich cultural history of Salsa music while increasing public awareness through education.

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