Montclair family real estate firm continues legacy with new managing director

The Bravitas Group of Montclair on Wednesday announced that Brian Silver joined the firm as managing director of acquisitions and strategic initiatives.

In his new role, Silver will bolster and grow the firm’s real estate acquisitions, oversee strategic asset management initiatives and manage investor relationships alongside his father, Bob Silver, co-founder and CEO of the firm.

Bravitas specializes in the adaptive reuse of architecturally interesting buildings, and currently owns and manages multiple commercial office properties in Montclair and Caldwell — including Montclair’s most prestigious LEED-certified office complex, Hillside Square, and four repurposed 1920s bank buildings that were meticulously converted into bespoke office suites.

The firm expanded its reach with Two Eleven Broad in Red Bank, formerly a 62-year-old First Church of Christ, Scientist building. Brian Silver has long-term goals to expand that reach further by acquiring more buildings in other target markets throughout the tri-state region.

Bob Silver.

“The business has grown substantially, and I have grown substantially older,” Bob Silver joked as he discussed the intergenerational shift. “I was looking for the ultimate partner, and, with Brian’s experience in commercial real estate, I knew he was well-suited to take the Bravitas Group to the next level.”

Brian Silver brings extensive experience in real estate development to the firm. Prior to the Bravitas Group, he worked on the private real estate team at Partners Group AG as a global investment manager, where he completed $3 billion in new real estate transactions throughout the U.S. Before that, he worked in acquisitions and asset management at Time Equities Inc., a vertically integrated owner and operator of real estate throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a master’s degree in real estate development from New York University.

“My father started the company in 2006 and built a brand we are all proud of. I’m excited that, by joining the Bravitas Group, I will be able to see and impact people in my day-to-day work. Everything we do as a company is service-oriented, which is very fulfilling. I love how our tenants love us and I’m proud of the impact we have on our community.”