About Us

We are all-around real estate experts who specialize in property management and Affordable Housing in New York with extensive experience, skill sets, and partnerships.

Cornell Pace Inc. was originally the result of an affiliation between Joel Gendels and Len Shendell. They then were joined by Bill Stanley, Mike Rogers and Nicholas Lindsay-Jones. Between them there are some 100 years of experience in the acquisition, syndication, financing, rehabilitation and management of various types of real estate properties. The purpose of this affiliation was to create an efficient management organization with state of the art accounting and back office management systems as well as a highly trained staff.



Joel M. Gendels

Joel M. Gendels

Chief Executive Officer

Joel M. Gendels is a graduate of Cornell University and is a second generation property manager. He has over 40 years of hands on experience in the management of multi-family and commercial real estate in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. Mr. Gendels was a Federal Receiver for the United States Southern District of New York and New Jersey and worked with such judges as the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor (who is now currently serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States), the Honorable Kimba M. Wood, John F. Keenan, Robert W. Sweet and Joel Pisano. He is a member of the Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New York State.

William R. Stanley

William R. Stanley

Chief Operating Officer

William R. Stanley has over 25 years of real estate experience in the acquisition, management and ownership of multifamily, office, industrial and retail properties. Previously he worked for U.S. Realty Advisors, Inc., an institutional real estate advisor where he participated in acquiring over $100 million in real estate properties. He also served as an investment banker at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. where he worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Stanley has an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from Columbia Business School.

Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

Chief Financial Officer

Michael Rogers brings to the team a strong corporate financial background developed through varied experience as an auditor, financial business manager and as a Controller. He received his Masters Degree from Iona College in Financial Management. In addition Mr. Rogers is certified by The National Center for Housing Management as a Certified Occupancy Specialist "COS", a Certified Manager of Maintenance "CMM", a Certified Financial Manager "CFM" and a Certified Manager of Housing "CMH".

Celeste Vasquez

Celeste Vasquez

Senior Vice President Operations

Celeste Vasquez began her career at Cornell Pace, Inc. as a receptionist. Her extraordinary work ethic combined with extensive training and education resulted in numerous promotions within our organization and her accreditation as a Certified Apartment Manager "CAM" and as a Certified Occupancy Specialist "COS". She is currently our Vice President of Operations. In addition Celeste is licensed with New York State as a Real Estate Sales Person.

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Nicholas P. Lindsay-Jones

Chief Commercial Officer

Nicholas joined the Cornell Pace team in 2007. Prior to working with Cornell Pace Inc. Nicholas was a special education math teacher in Spanish Harlem. Nicholas’ undergraduate education was in Economics and Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received a Master’s Degree from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education. While at Bank Street, Nicholas was the recipient of the Jill Iscol Scholarship which he earned through his dedication and hard work in the field of Urban Education.Nicholas continues to practice that dedication to helping better underserved neighborhoods through his work in CPI’s Affordable Housing department.

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Cornell Pace Inc. does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, age (18 and older), sexual orientation, marital status, military status, lawful source of income (including housing voucher programs), gender identity or expression, arrest records, veteran status, and domestic violence victim status.

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