Leadership Team

Drew Kenning, Founder & CEO

Drew is the founder and CEO focused on product development alongside capital relationships. He has merged his experience at JDL, a top boutique multifamily developer in Chicago, with a background in strategy consulting to disrupt traditional real estate. Mr. Kenning has also successfully acquired and managed a private real estate investment fund to help pave the way for Manor Straits. He has Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance & Economics from the University of Denver and currently resides in Old Town, Chicago.

Michelle Berliner, Co-Founder & COO

Michelle is the cofounder and COO focused on executing Manor Straits’ growth and overseeing strategy, operations, and partnerships. She spent her career in real estate asset management and development primarily with Brookfield overseeing asset management for its vintage private equity funds. Michelle worked as a consultant for various clients and developed and launched a PropTech company before joining Manor Straits. She graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA in Real Estate Finance and New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture. Michelle is an Adjunct Professor at NJIT and a Guest Lecturer at NYU.


James Roberts, VP of Acquisitions

James focuses primarily on the acquisition of commercial properties, subscriber relations and new client outreach. He utilizes both his time as a debt underwriter at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler and over five years of experience in brokerage to bring the most value to the client. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Finance from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and a Masters in Finance from The Ohio State University.


Alon Frumer, Head of Product

Alon is the Head of Product for Manor Straits focused on strategy and development of the REIN platform and partnerships. He served as senior project manager for Citibank, most notably developing the technology and rolling out the Check Truncation Act 21 Compliance for the bank. Prior, Alon served as Head of Product for ITM developing and launching the platform. Alon’s experience include investment management and options trading for his own accounts. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in Organizational Management and E-Commerce.

Leslee Cohen, Legal Counsel

Leslee is a partner at Hershman & Cohen and has joined Manor Straits through a strategic partnership. She has over 20 years experience as a corporate and securities lawyer at major law firms. Trained at a Wall Street securities boutique firm, her specialties include private placements of securities in start-up technology companies, real estate and other businesses, venture capital and private equity transactions; mergers and acquisitions.

Advisory Board

Jeff Golding

Jeff brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial business experience. He co-founded Finansure, which funded over $1B in student loans annually. Subsequently, he co-founded Williampaid, the first direct-to-consumer rental payment platform that later partnered with Experian.

Steve Dolins

Steve is the co-founder and managing partner of The Dolins Group, an accounting firm based out of Northbrook, IL. In 2016, he was appointed to the Illinois Gaming Board by the State Senate. The Board administers a regulatory and tax collection system for casinos.