A Family Tradition

Founded in 1975, Friedman Realty Group is an Accredited Management Organization® by the Institute of Real Estate Management, and real estate investment firm specializing in the acquisition and management of apartment communities, retail shopping centers, and professional office buildings. We operate all of our properties with a keen focus on local market conditions and employ full-time staff to provide intensive, hands-on site management with a service-first attitude.
But, most importantly, we are a team of individuals that love what we do.
Accredited Management Organization - Institute of Real Estate Management

Our Vision

A company that feels like family, creating beautiful residential communities that feel like home.

Our Mission

As a family-owned and operated firm, we go the extra mile by creating long-term value in our communities. Our employees are committed to the highest standards of customer service, professionalism, and integrity so that our communities become a place to call home for our residents.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Family is where all are included and welcomed. Home is where people feel safe and secure. These core values drive our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome all into our employee and resident communities, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, ethnicity, or disability.

Meet Our Team

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Brian K. Friedman, CPM

Chairman & CEO

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Friedman Realty Group was established in 1975 by Brian K. Friedman to provide property and asset management services, as well as brokerage services, to a host of investment and consulting clients. Mr. Friedman created FRG to specialize in the investment analysis and management of an income-producing real estate with a specific focus on apartment communities, professional office buildings, and retail shopping centers within New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Over the years, Mr. Friedman has worked with financial institutions, investment partners and other clients to provide property valuations, management plans, rent control support, tax appeals, investment analysis, workout of troubled properties and facilitation of foreclosure proceedings.

Today, Mr. Friedman continues to invest in income-producing real estate and to oversee the management and direction of all properties within the FRG portfolio.

He is also the author of The Real Estate Recipe: Make Millions by Buying Small Apartment Properties in Your Spare Time. The book is available through Amazon.

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David B. Friedman, CPM


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David received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Upon graduation, David joined his father at Friedman Realty Group to pursue his career in real estate investment and property management.

Since joining FRG, David has been involved in all aspects of property acquisition and disposition, due diligence, investment analysis, and financing. He is responsible for the oversight of all property and financial operations at the company. In his role, he strives for continuous improvement, focusing on progressive policies and procedures, company culture, and aligning the FRG team for success.

When not at the office or working, you’ll find David golfing or spending time with his wife, Jenny, and sons, Noah & Zachary. They enjoy running, being outside in nature, exploring new places, and travel. He’s a self-proclaimed decent cook, too.

Melinda Hartrum

Director of Operations

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Melinda joined Friedman Realty Group in 2022, and brings a proven track-record of driving financial results, championing employee development, and successfully implementing corporate strategies. She has received several awards, accreditation during the course of her career – including, 2019 NJAA Regional Manager of the Year.

As the Director of Operations, Melinda strives to exemplify her philosophy that all humans harness personal power to attract and achieve anything when we put our minds to it. She holds a B.S from Chestnut Hill College, and an MBA from the DeSales University, in addition to certificates from the Dale Carnegie Course and the National Apartment Association. Melinda is also a Member of BW Nice Executive Board, volunteers as a Financial Wellness advocate for Norwescap, and serves as a Development Committee Member for the Career and Life Transition Center division of Norwescap.

Melinda and her husband Michael have a blended family of three young adults, and their energetic black-lab mix, Luna. They enjoy trying new things, going to new places, relaxing chats around the fire pit, listening to live music, and long drives in their convertible.

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Lou DeStefano

Regional Maintenance Manager

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Lou is an FRG veteran who started on property as a multi-site Maintenance Supervisor. He eagerly jumped on any opportunity to help FRG, and traveled site to site renovating newly acquired properties. Through these experiences, he saw firsthand the attention to detail and pride of ownership that FRG stood for. In his role as Regional Maintenance Supervisor, Lou is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day maintenance operations of all FRG communities, such as curb appeal, quality apartment turns, and high-level resident service. Lou is also responsible for providing technical knowledge to on-site personnel and for guiding our maintenance technicians with regards to company policies, procedures, and workplace safety.

Prior to FRG, Lou worked as both an electrician and a maintenance technician for a well-respected regional apartment owner and manager. When Lou is not with his Friedman family, you can find him enjoying family activities or on vacation with this wife and two children.

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Gina Gatti

Operations & Systems Administrator

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Gina Gatti has been in the Property Management field for nearly 20 years, 7 of them with FRG. In her role she assumes responsibility for the company’s property management software and programs, implementations, and rollouts. She also provides training and support to the site staff, updates and assists with the company’s standard operations and procedures and manages all site inspections, risk management and contracts. In her personal life, Gina is a big animal advocate and in her free time, she enjoys operating her 501c3 cat and kitten rescue which helps to foster, rehabilitate, and adopt out homeless animal populations. She lives in Washington Township, NJ with her husband Al and their four fur-babies.

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Melissa Jamieson

Executive Assistant

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Melissa joined Friedman Realty Group in 2022, but has been in the real estate industry since 2004 managing properties and assets throughout all 50 states and supporting executives in the industry. She is also a NJ licensed real estate agent, and owns several of rental properties too!

When she is not working, Melissa likes spending time with her dog, Chuck, and volunteering at a local animal shelter. She enjoys traveling, and exploring new places with friends and family as well as fishing, working out, and renovating her new house in Carneys Point, NJ.

Kevin Lynch


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Kevin joined FRG in 2019 with over 25 years of experience within the accounting field, including long, successful tenures within the multifamily apartment industry. Kevin is responsible for overseeing all accounting and payroll activities at FRG. Previously, Kevin worked as a senior accountant for 10 years, where he oversaw the daily accounting activities for a portfolio of properties located throughout the country. Just before joining FRG, Kevin was the Assistant Controller for 4 years for a luxury multifamily apartment developer and operator in the Philadelphia region. Kevin earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from Temple University and he resides in Washington Township, NJ with his two children.

Luis Maldonado

Human Resources

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Luis joined Friedman Realty Group in 2021 as the company’s Human Resources Generalist and is responsible for daily HR functions including hiring and recruiting, benefits program administration, and policy and procedure reviews and development. Luis attended Camden High School and shortly after graduation he enlisted in the Navy where he served for 7 years before being honorably discharged as a Storekeeper 2nd Class Petty Officer at the Naval Station in Philadelphia.

Luis brings 25 years of experience as an HR professional working in warehouse and food manufacturing facilities throughout New Jersey. In previous roles Luis has been instrumental in setting up and establishing the HR Department and drafting and implementing company policies and procedures.

Luis lives in Deptford, NJ with his wife Denise, their 2 dogs Piper and Shelby, and their 2 birds Eddie and Penny. He has 2 children, 2 stepchildren, and 1 grandchild with another on the way. In his spare time he enjoys music, movies, and fishkeeping.

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Alisha Neville

Capital Projects Coordinator

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Alisha was hired in the summer of 2022 as our Capital Project Coordinator, where she will be assisting with coordinating all of the capital work that is needed to keep our properties in tip-top shape. Alisha has a diverse background in construction, farming, and carpentry which helps her to effectively navigate these projects. While the real-estate industry is a new venture, Alisha has worked as a team coordinator for various sized companies, industries, projects, and clientele.

Alisha relocated to New Jersey from New York years ago, but she still considers the Empire State her hometown. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything active, including running, Olympic lifting, kettlebell training, aerial yoga and kali stick fighting, as well as interior design, mixology and listening to country music. 

Kathleen Nolan

Staff Accountant

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Kathy is the Staff Accountant at Friedman Realty Group and has been a part of the team since 2006. In her role she completes lender reserve requests and reports, analyzes property financials, assists with preparing financial statements and oversees resident ledgers.

A graduate from Sterling High School and The SJ School of Muscle Therapy, Kathy brings 28 years of accounting experience to her role. In her career she has held various accounting positions in education, the legal field, and the entertainment industry.

Kathy lives in Blackwood, NJ with her husband and son. In her free time she enjoys the beach, paddle boarding, gardening, island vacations, and exploring new wineries.

Elizabeth Pizzo

Marketing Director

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Liz is an integral member of the Friedman Realty Group team in her role as Marketing Director. Liz has been at FRG for a total of 9 years and in the Property Management field for over 12. Liz attended Temple’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and received a BA in Graphic Design.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking and challenging herself to create recipes from items she already has around the kitchen.  Liz lives in Hainesport, NJ with her husband Rich and dog Ollie.

Roselys Reyes

Accounts Payable Specialist

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Roselys attended Berkeley College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She has been a member of Friedman Realty Group’s accounting team since 2020. In her role, she oversees all activities relating to accounts payable. Prior to joining the team Roselys spent 5 years in the legal field doing billing and accounts payable.

Roselys lives in Maple Shade, NJ and enjoys painting, being outside, and traveling. She can frequently be found visiting her family in North Jersey or spending time with her mom in Florida. She also has her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Eastwick College and likes to put it to use while cooking and baking in her spare time.

Ed Koch

Project Manager

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Ed joined FRG as our Project Manager in 2023, leveraging his 20 years of experience in property management. In this role, he will be responsible for creating scopes of work, identifying suitable vendors, and ensuring that projects are completed within the given timeframe and budget.

In addition to his professional expertise, Ed is also a skilled carpenter who enjoys working on woodworking projects. He recently embarked on a new project with his son – restoring a 1970 Mustang.

Ed and his family reside in Freehold Borough, NJ, where they share their home with their furry friend, a dog that was rescued from Egypt. When he’s not managing projects or working on his woodworking projects, Ed can often be found practicing his bass guitar or actively involved with his son’s Boy Scout Troop.


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