Kantor to keynote tenth annual Whitman Day on April 3

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will host its tenth annual Whitman Day on April 3, 2013, in honor of the school’s namesake Martin J. Whitman ‘49. Steven L. Kantor ’79 will deliver the keynote address, “An Entrepreneur: Real Estate to American Idol” at 1 p.m. in the Marvin and Helaine Lender Auditorium. Jimmy Kuhn ’70 BS, ’72 MBA, president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, will moderate.

Kantor is chief executive officer of S2K Partners, an independent merchant banking firm focused on principal investment, advisory and capital markets opportunities with growth-oriented companies in the media, entertainment and leisure sectors. S2K Partners has an existing portfolio of investments including XIX Entertainment, Nuevo Mall, Goldrun and Tequila Avion. Kantor was an executive managing director and global head of investment banking at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., where he led principal equity investments into several media companies. Kantor is also chairman and co-founder of Cantor Commercial Real Estate, Cantor Fitzgerald’s affiliated commercial real estate lending platform.

Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Kantor was a managing director at Credit Suisse, where he served as head of global securities with senior management responsibilities in the asset management, fixed income, and investment banking departments. He also served as co-head of Credit Suisse’s illiquid alternatives business, head of credit products, head of commercial real estate and head of the private placements group, and sat on five company committees. Kantor joined Credit Suisse Boston in 2000 when the firm merged with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Kantor joined DLJ in 1995. He served as a managing director and head of DLJ’s investment banking, finance and origination groups within real estate. Prior to DLJ, Kantor was a managing director in the investment banking division with responsibility for the real estate business at Paine Webber. Previously, Kantor was with Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Corporate Finance division for five years. During his career, Kantor has raised over $40 billion for REITs and other real estate companies. He has overseen the origination of more than $300 billion in commercial mortgage loans.

Kantor is a 1979 graduate of Syracuse University, earning his BS in Finance from the Whitman School. He received a J.D. from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1982.

Whitman Day kicks off at 9 a.m. in the Milton Room, located on the 4th floor of the Whitman building, with a panel discussion, “Modern Security Analysis,” moderated by Kim Michalak ‘70 BA, ‘73 MBA, VP at Wells Fargo Advisors, and featuring panelists Martin J. Whitman ‘49, chairman of the board of Third Avenue Management, and Fernando Diz, Whitman Professor of Finance and director of the Ballentine Investment Institute.