FirstService Residential New York, formerly known as Cooper Square Realty, has announced that David Kuperberg, its founder and chief executive, will become the company’s chairman and transition from his role as president effective December 31, 2013.
At that time, Dan Wurtzel, an associate and partner of Kuperberg’s since the company’s earliest days, will succeed him as President and oversee day-to-day operations.
Kuperberg, who founded Cooper Square Realty nearly 28 years ago, has driven the company from managing a single property with one employee (himself) to become the largest residential management firm in New York overseeing a portfolio of more than 500 condominiums, cooperatives, and rental properties across the five boroughs with an aggregate value of over $6 billion.
FirstService Residential New York’s 400-plus associates today serve more than 70,000 residences that are home to over 200,000 people. Its signature properties include The Plaza Condominiums, The San Remo, Carnegie Hill Tower and Frank Gehry’s luxury rental tower 8 Spruce Street.
In 2003 Kuperberg partnered with FirstService Residential — the leading residential management company in North America — to leverage the service platform, technology and proprietary programs of a national public company. This helped to propel the company’s growth even further.
Kuperberg has been a driving force in professionalizing previously archaic services to meet clients’ evolving needs.
Among his innovations include FS Energy, the energy services affiliate of FirstService Residential and a Customer Care Center that provides 24/7 service to building residents. In 2003 Kuperberg authored “Residential Property Management Principles and Practices,” the textbook selected as required reading for the nationwide RAM Certification Program.