Aviv's long tenured management team comprises of an exceptional group of professionals with relevant expertise in every discipline of the business, including healthcare real estate investing, skilled nursing and senior housing operations, finance and capital markets, asset management, accounting, credit and information systems. Many in Aviv's management team have been with Aviv for over 10 years, providing both consistency in customer services as well as significant depth of knowledge of both operators and properties.
Craig M. Bernfield
Mr. Bernfield is the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of directors. Mr. Bernfield co-founded Aviv Healthcare Properties Limited Partnership in 2005. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of Karell Capital Ventures, Inc., or KCV, which he joined in 1990. KCV managed the entities that were combined in 2005 in connection with the formation of the predecessor partnership. Mr. Bernfield has been an investor in the nursing home industry for approximately 20 years and was the co-founder of some of the entities that were combined in 2005. Mr. Bernfield received a J.D. degree from The University of Chicago Law School and a B.S. degree in Finance from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Steven J. Insoft
Mr. Insoft is the President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the company in 2005, Mr. Insoft spent eight years as a Vice President and Senior Investment Officer of Nationwide Health Properties, Inc., a publicly-traded REIT. Before that, he was President and Chief Financial Officer of CMI Senior Housing & Healthcare, Inc., a privately-held nursing home and assisted living facility operations and development company, for seven years. Mr. Insoft received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark L. Wetzel
Mr. Wetzel is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Wetzel served five years as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a publicly-traded REIT, where he was responsible for all matters relating to accounting, corporate finance, capital markets and investor relations. Before that he was the Chief Financial Officer of Vornado Realty Trust's Merchandise Mart division. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Wetzel served in various senior executive financial positions with Equity Residential, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Wetzel received a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Gannon University. Mr. Wetzel is also a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant.
Samuel H. Kovitz
Mr. Kovitz is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining the company in 2005, Mr. Kovitz was Vice President and General Counsel of KCV, the predecessor entity to Aviv, which he joined in 1996. From 1988 to 1996, he practiced law at Rudnick & Wolfe. Mr. Kovitz received a J.D. degree from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Accounting from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ms. Chavez is the Executive Vice President, Administration. Ms. Chavez was present at the formation of Aviv in 2005. Prior to that she was with Karell Capital Ventures, the predecessor entity to Aviv, which she joined in 1988. Ms Chavez is responsible for administration, human resources and business management. She also has extensive involvement with operator and asset management matters.
Donna M. O'Neill
Ms. O'Neill is the Chief Information & Accounting Officer. She is responsible for the oversight of Information technology & infrastructure, accounting and financial reporting functions. Prior to joining Aviv in 2008, she served as Vice President Finance and Principal Accounting Officer at Northfield Laboratories, Inc. from January 2006 and as the Controller from 2004. Ms. O'Neill received a B.S. degree in Finance and M.B.A degree in Management Information Systems from DePaul University.
Joshua J. Kochek
Mr. Kochek is the Vice President, Investment. He is responsible for overseeing Aviv's asset management activities and coordinating new investment opportunities. Prior to joining Aviv in 2008, he served as Vice President of healthcare lending at Bank of America, where he specialized in senior housing and long-term care. Before that, he served in various healthcare lending capacities at LaSalle Bank and GE Healthcare Financial Services. Mr. Kochek received a Bachelor's in Finance from the University of Kentucky.
Steven R. Levin
Mr. Levin is the Vice President, Real Estate and joined Aviv in 2011. He has been involved in real estate development, design, and construction for over 32 years. Mr. Levin previously served as the President of Continental Wingate Development Company where he focused on development and construction activities, concentrating on healthcare and senior housing. Mr. Levin attended the Boston Architectural Center.