Testimonials & Recommendations
I recently had the pleasure to work with DJ van Keuren as the moderator for a panel at the The NYU Stern Center for Real Estate Finance Research 8th Annual Spring Symposium. DJ organized and moderated a panel focused on Opportunity Zones to present the views of family office allocators in this timely arena.
DJ set the stage with his own insights and experience that led to an impactful session. He was able to make the discussion flow from relevant technical to anecdotal information that the kept the attention of the audience. His preparation allowed him to leverage the knowledge of each panelist in a way that covered the subject matter comprehensively. The panel culminated with lively Q&A that he handled deftly.
I received universal positive feedback from the audience and the academics who sponsored the event at NYU. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate again with DJ.
Acting Director, Center for Real Estate Finance Research
New York University Stern School of Business
"DJ Van Keuren is an expert in real estate investing for family offices. We were thrilled to have Van Keuren lead our Family Office Panel during our “Impact Investing in Opportunity Zones: Real Estate & Beyond” full-day conference at NYU Stern School of Business. As moderator, he structured the panel and discussion topics brilliantly. He asked terrific questions that initiated meaningful conversations between panelists. He was insightful, engaging, and was able integrate themes from throughout the day and relate them back to family offices. Due to his direction, our Family Office Panel was a great success and one of our most popular panels of the day!"
"DJ Van Keuren has spoken at several PERE events and provides an in-depth perspective into the world of family offices. His anecdotal evidence, combined with his own survey data, allows both journalists such as myself and managers in the private real estate market to better understand the priorities of this elusive investor group. He is both passionate and knowledgeable, offering anecdotes from his many years of experience in the industry to illustrate his points. He is a responsive and often quotable source that will take the time to explain more nuanced or complicated subjects."
"It was an honor to have DJ Van Keuren of the Hayman Family Office speak about “What Family Offices look for in potential Investments” at the ELITE RIA & Family Office Conference in Mexico City. DJ’s passion for working for a prominent family office and the insight that he was able to deliver to the esteemed audience of RIA’s and Family Offices from around the World was valuable and powerful. We are excited about having DJ at future ELITE RIA and Family Office conferences in the future"
Family Office Specialist-Ultra Affluent Private Investors & Families
Institute for Private Investors
I have met DJ a number of times at conferences and then in person. I have found him to be an insightful speaker, collaborative family office professional, emotionally intelligent networker and a very thoughtful friend. Dj is an asset for any family office looking for a resourceful, talented and entrepreneurial profit center head.
CTCmyCFO - Multifamiliy Office
DJ is very knowledgeable with regard to real estate offerings that fit well with family offices. He understands the complexities that come with investing for a family office, which typically have different needs than an institution. Families may have liquidity constraints, geographical boundaries, and property type biases which manifest themselves during the investment process. DJ is exceptional at working through these issues to ensure that families invest with confidence in properties that meet their unique requirements. I'm completely confident introducing DJ to my most sophisticated clients as well as those that are new to the asset class.
Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Esq.
I worked with DJ in developing both the Harvard Student Real Estate Consortium (HREC) and the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization. In both organizations, DJ demonstrated inspiring and effective leadership. He has a positive attitude, is flexible and always willing to go the extra mile. It is an honor to know him both personally and professionally.
I have had the pleasure to work with DJ through Harvard alumni network and ULI Boston. DJ is one of the most entrepreneurial and persuasive professionals I have met in my career. I have always been impressed by his creative ideas in real estate projects and his ability to structure/raise capital to develop new ventures. DJ’s perseverance and entrepreneurial skills are keys to his success and I am delighted to recommend DJ.
Holley Chant, LEED AP, GSAS CGP
Senior Executive / Sustainability & Environment
KEO International Consultants
I had the pleasure of working with DJ while we were officers in the Harvard Real Estate Consortium. A founding member of HREC, DJ was a highly committed participant, always diligent and focused. He brought innovative thinking and excellent organizational skills to our processes. DJ consistently followed through on tasks to develop the organization regardless of how busy he was with studies and exams. Lastly, he has a great sense of humor and was always fun to collaborate with and always was very kind and encouraging to all of us within HREC- something that I appreciated very much.