Who We Are

Cali Kader is a boutique wealth preservation company that combines technology, finance and real estate investment expertise to maximize available capital, monetize land, and uncover tax incentives that are most often missed.

We buy and sell Ground Leases, arrange Leasehold Financing, and secure Preferred Equity. Made up of experienced professionals in their respective fields, our team is able to maximize the capital stack and increase leverage without diluting equity.

We specialize in making sure you're utilizing the pieces to your puzzle in the most efficient, wealth-conscious way possible, so you get the most out of your resources and are headed for success from the moment we do business together.

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What We Do

Ground Lease / Sale / Leaseback

We buy, sell, trade and consult on Ground Leases with Mission Critical locations and BBB or better Credit Tenants. Corporations, Developers and Owners of Office, Multi-family, Mixed-Use, Industrial and Hospitality with properties in Mission Critical locations and Credit Tenants can benefit from this service by monetizing that land through long term Ground Sale / Leaseback arrangements. Once an arrangement is made, we can:

  • Dramatically reduce equity cash requirement for purchases and construction
  • Lower overall Debt Coverage Service Ratio (more money for Sponsor)
  • Unlock unrealized Equity for additional development
  • Maximize capital stack by mitigating risk in the short term and uncovering beneficial tax incentives the long term
  • Increase leverage which yields a greater ROE and IRR.

Leasehold Financing

Through years of successful business and networking, we are able to source the Leasehold / Building Financing sometimes necessary during Ground Lease financing. We have relationships with Banks as well as domestic and international Insurance companies that enable us to provide leasehold / building financing consistent with rates of conventional banks. Combining a Ground Lease with Leasehold Financing is the most efficient way to unlock the full potential of the arrangement which is outlined in our Ground Lease section.

Preferred Equity / Debt

Cali Kader provides preferred equity to owners and developers in the real estate and hospitality industries. Our Principles and Team have been providing JV equity for over two decades. We are a boutique company, so we only take on a limited number of assignments and we take our credibility and reputation very seriously. That considered, we are willing and able to obtain the first piece of the Capital stack (“Debt”).

Our Valuations team will find the “right fit” for all debt / equity scenarios by utilizing our long-standing relationships with opportunity funds, family office and private investors throughout the World. We often participate in the equity and/or provide substantive consultation and advisory services as well so we always have skin in the game.

Leadership Team

John R. Cali

Chief Executive Officer


Ralph Kader

Managing Director


Anthony Palazzo

General Counsel


Dr. Joseph Nicholson

Chief Investment Officer


Ian Cali

Director of Business Development,
North America

Kirill Ivanov

Senior Associate


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John Cali

Chief Executive Officer

John R. Cali began his real estate career in 1977 and was the building partner for three housing developments totaling over 160 single-family homes. As the opportunities in the real estate market shifted to the commercial sector, John took on development of office buildings for Cali Associates. Between 1980 and 1990 he had direct responsibility for all aspects of project management for three buildings totaling 550,000 SF including, governmental approvals, financing, construction without the use of general contractors, fine tuning mechanical systems, tenant fit up, leasing coordination, property management, and operations. He guided the construction of an additional 450,000 SF as director of development. 

In 1987, John took on responsibility for restructuring the Cali Associates office systems and management of office personnel. As the company grew, he also developed and organized the leasing and property management departments to cope with the increasing size of the portfolio. John also was a member of the Executive and Long-Range Planning Committees for Cali Associates from 1981 to 1994. 

In 1995, the Cali family formed one of the country's first publicly traded real estate investment companies (NYSE: CLI) which boasted one of the highest returns of any REIT in the country. John served as Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Acquisitions for the public company until 1997. During that time, under John's direction, the company portfolio increased in size from 2.2 million to 10 million SF through acquisitions. In 1997 the Cali family merged with the Mack group and created Mack Cali Realty, a $1.2 billion REIT powerhouse with over 22 million square feet of office space throughout the country. With the merged Mack-Cali Realty, John took on duties as Executive Vice President-Head of Development until June 2000, at which time he left to pursue opportunities in non-commercial sectors as Cali Futures.

John holds a Bachelor's degree from Hobart College and a M.Ed. degree in counseling, organizational development, and personnel from the University of Missouri.  Cali Family History

The Cali family heralds a tradition of construction and development excellence with over a half century of experience, knowledge and vision. Having developed over 4 million square feet of commercial properties, including 3 million square feet of Class A office buildings, many of which are now Landmark properties; See more at [http://www.califutures.com/history.html] - DM Please make this link work.

Ralph Kader

Managing Director

Mr. Kader is a Principle and Managing of Cali Kader and is responsible for International affairs.

Simply put, Mr. Kader was the Ambassador of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations reporting directly to Secretary General Kofi Annon for over 20 years,. When then Secretary of State Robert McNamara needed to negotiate with Libya, he reached out to Mr. Kader who escorted United States Senator Bob Dole to a face to face meeting with Momar Khadafi. His tenure has included serving on diplomatic missions around the world as well as working on various peace initiatives with Nations throughout the World.

Anthony Palazzo

General Counsel

Anthony Palazzo is a Principle and the General Counsel for Cali Kader. His personal and business relationship with both Mr. Cali and Mr. Kader spans over eighteen years. Anthony has over 30 years of unique experience as an attorney, builder and developer, resulting in the rare ability to cross-over to the business side of institutional debt and equity placement with national REITS. Moreover, he is an established expert in real estate finance and project valuations, having served as an expert witness and consultant in real estate development project valuations for banks and municipal governments such as Toms River, Nj and Fairview, NJ where in 2015 he was designated by the Borough as Special Counsel Redevelopment Coordinator.

Anthony started his career his career "in-house' as an Associate General Counsel with Statewide Bancorp, N.A., a New Jersey $4 billion dollar federally chartered Bank Holding Company; which was the most active commercial real estate construction lender in southern New Jersey. Over the course of four years, Anthony was trained in most all areas of commercial banking, including commercial and residential construction and development real estate lending. After five years with Statewide Bancorp, Anthony formed First Fidelity Land Company, a family operated real estate development and construction business specializing in the acquisition, construction, and renovation of distressed and value creative residential and commercial properties. First Fidelity Land Company is active today as a family owned and operated management company.

Prior to co-forming Cali Kader, Anthony was the General Counsel for Eli Global, LLC a multi-$billion Global Private Holding Company operating numerous business lines with 4,000 people employed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. In the span of 4 years he was active in assisting Eli Global grow from $300M to over $2 Billion in assets.

Anthony's institutional business experience includes working with JR Cali and Phillip Cali as a Director of Acquisitions with Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE-CLI); a $4 billion REIT. Anthony was directly responsible for the acquisition and disposition of over $150M in Cass A Office buildings and Office complexes throughout the United States as well as working with joint venture development partners. Prior to Mack-Cali, he was a legal counsel and Director of Acquisitions with Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE-OCN); a $2.5 billion equity and financing Holding Company which formed the first hybrid equity and financing National REIT – Ocwen Asset Investment Corporation – (NASDAC: OAIC). Ocwen operated various business lines throughout the United States. As a Director, Anthony was directly responsible for sourcing over $100M in preferred debt and equity arrangements.

Academics & Publications

Anthony is also a Professor and Clinical Specialist of Real Estate, with the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, Accounting and Finance Department. Anthony is also Special Counsel, Pro Bono, to Pristine Sustainable Affordable Homes, Inc. Working with legendary developer and builder Philip Cali, Jr., and Dr. Joseph Nicholson, Head of the Real Estate Department at MSU-FSOB, Mr. Palazzo developed the first of its kind Public Private Academic Cooperation ("PPAC"). His teaching activities began with New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate; where from 2005 to 2010 and 2015, he taught courses in the Master of Science Program and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies as well as courses including a unique Fall 2015 Guest Speaker Symposium: Opportunities & Deal Structures in the Post Crisis Capital Market. His 2015 NYU Guest Speaker Symposium featured industry leaders from major Banks and Corporations such as Deutche Bank and Canyon Capital Corporation. Anthony has published numerous articles with The New Jersey Law Journal, the Association of Corporate Counsel and The MANN Report, Real Estate Management Section.

Anthony has a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Joseph Nicholson

Chief Investment Officer

Dr. Nicholson is an expert in Real Estate Investment / Project Feasibility, Urban Planning and complex Valuations. He obtained his Ph.D. in Real Estate form the University of Georgia, one of the Top 5 Real Estate programs in the United States. He is a Tenured Professor and Director of the Commercial Real Estate Program at Montclair State University, Feliciano School of Business. His academic research focus is in the field of urban economics, specifically the location of households by varying income levels and its impact on gentrification.

Considered one of the Nations' foremost experts in complex Valuations and Time Value of Money, Dr. Joe's consulting work has been featured in USA Today, The Star Ledger and The Record along with multiple other national and regional publications. Recently he won a competitive award to value the Liberty State Park Marina in Jersey City by the State of New jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He has consulted Nationally for numerous mutual funds with respect to the feasibility of equity commercial real estate investments and is an expert legal witness specializing in market analysis and lease audits. His expert consulting projects include gentrification feasibility studies in Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Newark, Jersey City and Houston as well as various New Jersey State governmental entities. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Nicholson worked in both the financial and real estate industries; first, as a Wall Street Municipal Bond Analyst and then, as an Institutional Project Manager.

Dr. Joe acts as a pro-bono consultant for legendary builder Phil Cali Jr.'s Pristine Affordable Sustainable Homes, Public Private Academic Cooperation ("Pristine PPAC"). Featured in The Wall St Journal, Pristine PPAC, which builds affordable housing in New Jersey and trains University Graduate and Undergraduate students in project management.

Ian Cali

Director of Business Development,
North America

Ian Cali joins Cali Kader as Director of Client Services and Business Development North America. As a Director, he is responsible for proving exceptional service to Cali Kader's clients and the development of our business lines throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

As a third generation of the Cali family, Ian had the entrepreneurial spirit early. While still in College, he produced numerous music events and coordinated Web-site sponsorship agreements for UD's own GoodMusicAllDay.com; as well as promoting their website and hosting BBQ's and Greek Life events. He went on to become founder of a Cali family fund that organizes, promotes, funds, and hosts music concerts that raise money and awareness for a rare genetic disorder called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva ("FOP").

In 2013, Ian created new technology for Web-based geographical service providers that more specifically details location and other information about geographical regions and sites throughout the United States. He holds numerous patents and offers the service through his company as a computer and mobile application called "Yeah buddy".

Ian is an advocate for the "International FOP Association" having received numerous awards and honors including The Distinguished Service Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and chosen as a guest speaker for the 2008, 2009, and 2012 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Genetics Symposium and Lectures. His impressive lecture activities include a special guest appearance at the 4th International FOP Symposium in Orlando, Florida, hosting 27 leading scientists, researchers, and physicians from around the world and as being the Keynote speaker for the FOP Association's "Strategies for the Treatment of FOP" conference.

Ian has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware, School of Arts and Sciences, Newark, DE and holds a Certification in Programming from the University of Toronto, Toronto, CAN.

Rick Kader

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Kirill Ivanov

Senior Associate

As a Senior Associate, Kirill Ivanov is a valuable asset to Cali Kader. Kirill’s responsibilities extend from clerical operations to providing valuation services in collaboration with Chief Investment Officer Dr. Joseph Nicholson.

Kirill’s B.S. in Business Administration paired with his concentration in Commercial Real Estate from Montclair State University has given him the tools and knowledge to excel in his past positions with firms such as Cushman & Wakefield, Hartz Mountain Industries, and HFF, Inc. His New Jersey Salesperson License from the American School of Business is an added benefit when it comes to his expertise in office brokerage, real estate development, as well as debt and equity placement.

As a prominent member of Cali Kader, his efforts combined with the entire firm’s makes for an unstoppable team capable of providing invaluable services to any business or individual.

David Mladjenovic

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