In 1904 Kalmon Dolgin, an immigrant from Russia, decided to start a real estate brokerage business in the back of his small Brooklyn grocery store. He probably never imagined that over a century later, his grandsons and great-children would be building off of those efforts and continuing to expand their reach beyond the borders of Brooklyn with an investment portfolio that spans from Maine to Florida to Colorado with a brokerage and sales staff that is among the top producing firms in the entire country.
Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc., as the company became known continued to grow with firm’s investment wing launched in 1943 when the founder’s sons, Morris and Israel Dolgin, bought their first building on Hope and Roebling streets in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Israel Dolgin’s two sons, Kalmon and Neil, joined in the late ’60s and ’70s respectively. Their investments expanded into development and construction of office buildings and shopping centers, medical plazas and industrial conversions in the greater New York/New Jersey markets. Divisions were soon added within the firm for third-party management appraisal services.
Four generations have now managed the company, working diligently in a consistent manner that has established our continued reputation for creativity, resourcefulness and hard work. Our hundred plus years as developers, brokers, and property managers has enabled Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates Inc. to grow from the outer boroughs of NYC, to Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey and beyond. “While we prefer keeping a low profile, we have managed to amass an impressive portfolio of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the country” said Dolgin’s grandson, also named Kalmon Dolgin, “the key to the business’s success has rested on organizational and people skills and a highly developed knowledge of the local markets we play in. Most family concerns never make it past the second generation,” Dolgin said. “It requires a very unique balance of interpersonal relationships, professional respect and planning in order to integrate the different skills that are necessary for each succeeding generation.” Dolgin said the firm’s longevity rested on a firm’s commitment to organization and expansion.
Neil Dolgin adds “the goal of the firm has always been to build on our solid foundation, get to know each area we service with unparalleled expertise, and allow for an expansion in new directions that create a whole that’s greater than a sum of its parts.” The company’s workforce has grown from just two to sixty men and women, including individuals specializing in marketing, accounting, management and professional support.
Josh Dolgin, part of the fourth generation of Dolgins to be active in firm now handles Kalmon Dolgin’s acquisitions, asset management, and financing. He joined the firm in 1994, received his master’s in real estate from NYU, and has been involved in the company’s expansion from a regional NYC firm to a national player. Josh has also been instrumental in creating a network of management, leasing, and support personnel spanning from Florida to Maine to Colorado to handle the firm’s out of state investments.
Grant Dolgin joined the family business as a 4th generation in late 2007. Grant has been involved in all aspects of the Real Estate Business but has focused mainly on Brokerage and Property Management, representing both in-house properties and 3rd party landlords. He has been involved in sales and leases throughout Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx totaling close to half a million square feet. Grant has also been involved in construction projects and the repurposing of properties to their highest and best use. This includes meeting with contractors, architects, engineers, city agencies and everyone else involved in transforming a property from an industrial use to a commercial use…a niche that Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates has focused on and mastered for over 100 years. Grant graduated from Brandies University in 2004 with a BA in Economics and International Business.
With strict attention to these fundamental attributes we have been able to thoroughly satisfy the needs of our clients, who range from institutional firms and banks to local owners and tenants, time and time again. Through our consistent and continued reputation for creativity, resourcefulness and hard work we have been able to thoroughly satisfy the needs of our clients, who range from institutional funds and fortune 500 companies to local owners and tenants, time and time again.