The Vanguard Team

Jordan S. Mandel is President and Founder of Vanguard Global Realty “VGR”. After eighteen years in the real estate business, Jordan launched VGR along with advisor, long time friend and investment partner Jim Kaplan of the Chasella Group. Mandel has spent his career representing the interests of office space users; relationships that were the base of the foundation for a differentiated and sustainable real estate brokerage-consultancy. As a proven advisor and negotiator, Jordan is responsible for local and global clients’ commercial real estate requirements. VGR was created to provide dedicated focus for those who are true tenant advocates.

As detailed in the Vanguard Blueprint; VGR implements an engaging process to secure the most effective options available to clients. Navigating through the noise created by excess data and information, in an effective, unbiased and transparent manner is the operating style which is consistent with the core VGR principles.

Prior to launching VGR, Jordan was a Principal at The Vortex Group, Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield and served as a Senior Director of CBRE’s New York office. Jordan has secured over 3.5 million square feet of office space and worked on transactions totaling $1 billion. He was a finalist for Real Estate Board of New York Most Promising Broker Award and named as a Commercial Broker All Star by Real Estate New York magazine.  Before embarking on his real estate career, Jordan worked at Bloomberg L.P., under the direction of New York’s past mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

In 2009, Jordan founded Jam Brothers, an independent music source developed to promote artists and music events on a global platform, at the creative intersection of business and culture. Jordan remains active in various organizations including the Childrens Hearing Institute, Central Park Conservancy, Israel Bonds and Lincoln Center.  A proud and active alumni of the Babson College Alumni Association, Jordan now serves as the President of the New York Alumni Association.  Jordan was recognized for his philanthropic service by the renowned Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation and serves as a Board member for The Lower Westside Housing Corporation in New York City.

The team consists of not only the VGR professionals based in New York and Florida but also independent partners across the globe. Most recently, VGR was engaged by T3 Advisors out of Boston, MA, a respected tenant representative firm, to identify a New York office for Starry; a growing TAMI tenant that recently completed its latest round of funding.  Starry is now positioned to scale effectively and achieve their mission of “aiming to make the internet better for everyone”. The team successfully negotiated a long term lease in midtown; providing a full floor presence that was an ideal fit for the firm’s operations. We wish Starry continued success.

VGR is actively engaged with partners across international markets working together to best represent their clients. VGR looks to develop a strong global alliance – a true approach to providing the best local market experts regardless of company affiliation.

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Jim Kaplan is a well-known super-angel on the New York startup scene and a founding member of CHASELLA, a multi-generational real estate investment and development firm. Over the past two decades, Jim has cultivated a powerful network of brokers, developers and innovators across the region with whom he regularly collaborates. In addition, he currently serves as an advisor to various early-stage venture-backed companies, including residential powerhouse, TripleMint. Jim is a member of the advisory board for Kids Need More Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on caring for children and families affected by cancer. At Vanguard, in strategic partnership with CHASELLA, Jim serves as advisor and Executive Director.