Peter Hekemian Senior Managing Director

Peter Hekemian

Senior Managing Director

Peter’s role within The Hekemian Group includes the oversight and ultimate responsibility for the firm’s $1 billion development portfolio. Included within this oversight is the management of all elements of the development process, including project feasibility analysis, project design, entitlement obtainment, project financing, construction execution, marketing, lease-up, stabilization, and ongoing asset management. He is also responsible for all lender relationships, as well as the financial management of The Hekemian Group’s in-house construction practice and its full requirements.

With a historic focus in finance, Peter requires the firm and its projects to be grounded in economic reality and diligent feasibility. He also has a personal interest in the natural environment, and seeks to bring many green practices to The Hekemian Group’s newest projects, in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of our efforts.

Peter graduated from the University of Vermont with Honors.

Douglas Cohen VP, Business & Legal Affairs
General Counsel

Douglas Cohen

VP, Business & Legal Affairs
General Counsel

As VP and General Counsel of The Hekemian Group, Doug is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s legal affairs, including property acquisitions, development and regulatory approvals, environmental compliance, financing, construction, leasing, sales, and litigation. He also interfaces with outside counsel on legal matters requiring special expertise. Doug is also actively involved in the execution of the company’s development projects, including overseeing the entitlement process as well as environmental remediation and compliance matters.

Prior to joining The Hekemian Group in 2002, Doug was a partner in the law firm of Wolff & Samson PC, practicing primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and complex commercial real estate transactions. Outside of the firm, he puts his energy to a number of causes, including serving on the Board of Trustees of New Eyes for the Needy, an organization that assists needy individuals throughout the world in obtaining eyeglasses at no cost.

Doug graduated from Duke University, and received his J.D., cum laude, from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the States of New Jersey, New York, and Colorado, and in the federal courts of the State of New Jersey.

Edwin Maldonado Chief Financial Officer

Edwin Maldonado

Chief Financial Officer

With over 20 years of experience in real estate accounting and finance, Edwin is responsible for directing The Hekemian Group’s financial and business operations. Prior to joining The Hekemian Group, Edwin spent eight years at Roseland/Mack-Cali, where as controller he managed the company’s accounting division and was responsible for all financial reporting.

Edwin earned his B.S. in Accounting from Kean University.

John Driesse Director of Construction

John Driesse

Director of Construction

John has over 20 years of experience in construction — including project management, consulting, and contracting. Prior to joining The Hekemian Group, John was a principal with Construction Consulting Group for Systems and Development, a firm providing construction management services to owners and developers. He also served as Project Manager with March Associates, a major construction management and general contracting firm located in New Jersey, which focuses on commercial and multi-family residential projects.

As The Hekemian Group’s Director of Construction, John’s responsibilities include overseeing all facets of construction, design professional coordination, estimating, scope preparation, field operations, and subcontractor relations.