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WHEN EXPERIENCE MATTERS

MORE THAN EVER

 

OUR TEAM

Aurora was founded by the principals of The Allure Group (“Allure”) and Citadel Care Centers (“Citadel”), with a combined 6,000+ beds in facilities throughout the US. Drawing off a proven track record of successful and sustainable growth in the industry, the founders of Aurora offer unmatched insight, direction, leadership and vision.

Our executive team boasts ample years of hands-on involvement in SNF management and development. Our dedication and passion for the healthcare industry enables us to always ensure best practices with each investment.

 

In addition, our support team contributes to developing and sustaining the healthcare industry. This team includes experienced analysts, underwriters, and leaders in clinical and operations management. Throughout their years of experience, they’ve developed the insights and ability to predict performance, and identify and monitor early affliction indicators. This ensures rapid response and cautious decision-making in order to effectively and efficiently grow and increase portfolio function and benefits.

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Executive Leadership

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Joel Landau

Co-founder, Managing Director

Joel Landau has a proven, decade-long success record in building companies that improve both healthcare delivery and insurance processes for health plans and their members. Joel co-founded Pinta Capital Partners in 2012, an equity firm that provides lasting value to its network of investors and affiliated healthcare establishments. This firm seeks ventures that serve New York City’s neediest populations, including the chronically ill, the elderly, and the disabled.

 

Joel Landau is also the founder and Chairman of The Allure Group, a rapidly expanding provider of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services throughout the New York downstate area. Joel was inspired by a vision of providing post-acute services that meet the needs of residents when it comes to their health, comfort, culture, and quality of life.  Joel Landau’s experience building successful companies that serve the healthcare industry has honed his investment strategy, an approach he successfully carried over and implemented at Aurora.

Leo Friedman

Co-founder, Managing Director

Since 2007, Mr. Friedman has been shaping the landscape of the healthcare industry. He began his career with the establishment of Advanced Care, a premier healthcare staffing company, before expanding into licensed home care with the launch of Ultimate Care just one year later.


Under Mr. Friedman’s leadership, the companies have grown an average of 40% annually and yield a combined revenue of $35M. In 2011, he began acquiring underperforming healthcare facilities to improve the quality of care and patient experience. Currently, Mr. Friedman operates over 3,500 beds across the country.

Due to his experience managing, operating, and investing in healthcare facilities for over 10 years, Mr. Friedman is uniquely positioned to bring this breadth of industry knowledge to Aurora Health Network where he can successfully identify and acquire undervalued opportunities and transform them into high quality, efficient health care operations.

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Stephen Apfel

Director of Acquisitions

Mr. Apfel is responsible for Aurora’s acquisitions pipeline as well as portfolio management.  Mr. Apfel has a background in real estate acquisitions and asset management beginning with JMF Development (“JMF”), a boutique development firm in downtown Los Angeles (“DTLA”). While at JMF, Mr. Apfel managed Class A creative office space in the competitive DTLA market and maintained a 95% occupancy. Additionally, he coordinated the acquisition of luxury investment properties throughout Southern California. Following his tenure at JMF, Mr. Apfel joined a dynamic team of investment sales advisors with Pegasus Investments where he successfully closed over $500mm of NNN investment transactions.

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Elliot Schwab

General Counsel

Mr. Schwab is responsible for all legal matters at Aurora. Prior to joining Aurora, Mr. Schwab was Associate General Counsel at Annaly Capital Management (NYSE:NLY), a diversified capital manager with over $100 billion in assets, where he handled legal matters relating to transactions and asset management for the firm’s commercial real estate portfolio and the creation and growth of credit facilities for its direct lending platform. He previously worked in the real estate group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP on a broad range of corporate and commercial real estate transactions for Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, and other private equity clients. Mr. Schwab received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Dean's Scholar Prize recipient, an Editor of the Harvard Business Law Review, and a class speaker at commencement exercises. He has served as a foreign law clerk on Israel’s Supreme Court and has composed songs for dozens of popular Jewish music artists. Mr. Schwab is currently Class Agent of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association and has previously served as Alumni Chairman of Yeshiva Darchei Torah.

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Acquisitions & Asset Management

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Arnold Kimmel

Senior Vice President of Acquisitions

Mr. Kimmel is responsible for sourcing opportunistic portfolio acquisitions at Aurora. Most recently, Arnie served as CEO for Pipeline Health in their Chicago area market. Prior to that he was Senior VP for Corporate Services for Franciscan Health and was the CEO of their Illinois hospitals in south suburban Chicago. In his career, Mr. Kimmel has held CEO and COO positions in community, religious sponsored, for-profit and university teaching hospitals and has generated substantial improvement in each.  For the last 15 years, his focus has been on strategic and operational turnarounds. He has consulted on bankruptcy workouts and has also headed the corporate Supply Chain Initiative for Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit system in the country. Mr. Kimmel has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University, St. Louis and a master’s in Hospital Administration from The University of Michigan.

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Michael Hagney

Vice President of Finance

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Daniel Schwartzman

Senior Analyst

Mr. Schwartzman is key component of both the asset management and acquisitions team at Aurora. As an experienced healthcare underwriter, Daniel provides valuable insight into both prospective deals and assets under management within the portfolio. Prior to joining Aurora Health Network, Daniel worked at the Israel Discount Bank of New York as an Underwriter in the Healthcare Group. During Daniel’s tenure, the group managed a portfolio of skilled nursing facilities with a book value north of $600MM. Daniel graduated from the University of Massachusetts: Amherst and is a currently a CFA level III candidate. 

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Ben Tordjman

Strategic Acquisitions

Mr. Tordjman is responsible for origination, diligence and structuring of strategically placed assets throughout North America. During his tenure as an operation executive at Penn South Capital, a New York based private equity firm, Mr. Tordjman strategically acquired and repositioned multifamily and mixed-use assets throughout Manhattan. Following that venture, Mr. Tordjman oversaw a financial services firm that secured over $26MM in funding for growing and established businesses. His knowledge and experience within various industries creates rare opportunities for capitalizing on symbiotic relationships and opportunistic joint ventures.