Brent Goldstein is a 1989 graduate of Colgate University and a 1993 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Brent spent 6+ years in private law practice with the Paley, Rothman law firm in Bethesda where he specialized in corporate, general business, private securities and real estate law. In late 1999, he took a position as a Vice President-Senior Counsel for the healthcare finance division of Heller Financial. When Heller Financial was acquired by GE Capital in 2001, Brent remained with GE Capital’s healthcare lending division, but switched from a legal function to a business/underwriting/risk management function. From 1993 through 2002, Brent was also actively involved with Mark Goldstein (through an entity known as Apollo Investments, LLC) in the organizing, structuring and capitalizing of multiple real estate partnerships as well as private business start-ups.
In February, 2003, Brent left GE Capital to devote his full attention to a growing real estate portfolio, an expanding group of investors and the sourcing and structuring of new real estate transactions and several “one-off” non-real estate green-technology venture capital transactions. Brent and Mark formed Avanti Capital LLC in February, 2003 to succeed Apollo Investments, LLC as their investment conduit. At the time, Brent also formed Goldstein Legal PC to handle the legal work for the various Avanti and Apollo transactions as well as to perform contract transactional work for clients (business formation and structuring, business and real estate acquisitions, leases, buy-sell agreements, contract review, estate planning, etc.) Since its formation in early 2003, Avanti Capital LLC has organized or been affiliated with real estate acquisitions (office, multi-family, mini-storage, hotel, office and residential condominium, industrial, industrial-flex, etc.), real estate developments and private companies with fair market values aggregating in excess of $850 million. While most acquisitions occur in the greater Metropolitan Washington D.C./Baltimore area, Avanti has also spearheaded and closed deals in Levittown, PA, Coral Gables, FL, Cherry Hill, NJ, Valley Forge, PA, Greensboro, NC, Richmond, VA, Harrisonburg, VA, Huntington, WV, Meadville, PA, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Greenville, SC, Wilmongton, NC, Jackson, TN and Canton, MI.
Over the course of his adult life, Brent has been very active in philanthropic endeavors. He served on the National Board of Directors of Maccabi USA from 2000 to 2007 and was Chair of the Washington DC Maccabi USA annual golf fundraiser from 1994 to 2013. In November, 2013, Brent was among a group of individuals honored by Maccabi USA as a “Legend of the Maccabiah.” Brent also served as Vice President of the Washington DC Chapter of American ORT from 2004 to 2007, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Washington DC Chapter of American ORT from 2002 to 2012 and Chair of the Washington DC American ORT annual golf fundraiser from 1999 through 2012. He has served on event committees for Capital Camps, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, and the US Olympic Committee. Finally, Brent served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the First Descents cancer organization (www.firstdescents.org), a national organization that provides outdoor adventure programs (kayaking, rock-climbing, surfing, etc.) for young-adult (ages 18-40) cancer survivors and fighters. Over the past twelve years, Brent has spearheaded a fundraising campaign that has raised over $1.5Million for First Descents through his annual participation as a competitor in the ultra-endurance Leadville 100 mountain bike race held every August in Leadville, Colorado and his participation and successful completion of the Tour Divide in the summer of 2018, a 2,700+ mile unsupported mountain-bike race down the Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta, Canada to the US/Mexico border in Antelope Wells, NM. The Leadville100 is known is one of the most grueling one day mountain bike races in America and the Tour Divide was hailed by Outside Magazine as the “Toughest Bike Race in the World.” Following the Tour Divide, Brent wrote a book about the experience called “Divide and Conquer: 2,731 Miles Out Living It on Two Wheels.” All proceeds from the sale of the book are for the benefit of First Descents.