Anthony A. Pugliese, Managing Member of TAP
Tony Pugliese founded TAP Capital, LLC, after spending
over 20 years in the Commercial Real Estate Industry -- where he gained
expertise in the financing, construction and acquisition of office, retail
and apartment properties throughout the United States. To date, he has closed $2 billion in CRE transactions.
His career began in 1979 with the Pyramid Companies in
Syracuse New York -- the largest developers of regional shopping malls in
the northeast -- and one of the largest in the entire United States.
During his eight years at Pyramid, Tony advanced from an entry level
position to Director of Finance, responsible for the origination,
negotiation, and placement of all the permanent financing of the regional
malls developed by Pyramid.
In 1988, he resigned from Pyramid to accept a position
as a principal with the Widewaters Group, headquartered in Dewitt, New York.
Widewaters is a real estate development, management, and construction
company that has developed several million square feet of first class office
parks and retail projects. During his six year tenure with the
Widewaters Group, Tony was the Partner responsible for the overall placement
of all construction and permanent financing of the commercial properties
Tony's extensive background in financing, plus his
knowledge of the Upstate New York region, brought an offer in 1994 from
Dorman & Wilson, Inc. to open a regional office in Syracuse, New York.
Dorman & Wilson, Inc. was one of the premiere mortgage banking firms in the
northeastern United States. (D& W later merged with Legg Mason Real
Estate Services.) After three years of originating commercial
mortgages for D&W, Tony decided to resign and utilize his 17 years of
commercial real estate finance experience and industry contacts to begin his
own real estate ventures.
Since 1997, Tony has been involved in various real
estate transactions as a principal, real estate broker, or consultant.
He is a licensed New York State Real Estate Broker, has an MBA from Chapman
College (Orange County California), a B.S. with honors from the University
of Albany (Albany, New York) with dual majors in Finance & Economics, and he
graduated from Christian Brothers Academy High School, Syracuse, New York.
Peter C. Steingraber, Member / Director of
An attorney by training, Mr. Steingraber has been
personally responsible for negotiating and completing more than a
one million square feet of specialty shop business deals in the course of
his career. He has built especially strong relationships with major
fashion retailers and purveyors of upscale goods and merchandise, a key
factor in the creation and execution of upscale tenant mix leasing plans.
He also began his career with The Pyramid Companies in
1980. From 1984 to 1994 he was their Director of Leasing and a Partner
in several of their projects. As Director of Leasing, Peter was in
charge of eighteen regional and super regional centers located throughout
the northeast encompassing some twenty million square feet. He oversaw
a staff of up to twenty-five leasing professionals as well as the leasing
legal departments and tenant design services.
Peter was admitted to the Bar in 1985 in the State of
Massachusetts. He has a JD from Western New England College, and a BA
from the State University of New York at Albany.