Cantor Companies prides itself on building a team as solid as our construction. Each member is dedicated, loyal and has invested extended time and energy in the company, creating a portfolio of properties and projects that make us proud and eager to share our enthusiasm and passion for your work.
Michael Cantor began his career working in his father’s construction company office after school and during his high school years, worked summers in construction, doing carpentry, plumbing, masonry, and steel erection. In his twenties and thirties, Michael formed numerous companies, many of them involved in building and leasing industrial and commercial buildings. During one such venture, he became the youngest in General Motors history to solely own a dealership, a Chevrolet franchise in New Jersey. Michael also purchased and turned around a number of existing shopping malls and other distressed properties, trading them at significant profit.
The core business of Cantor Companies and Michael’s own professional focus is identifying real estate potential. Tremendous work and time are involved in researching, evaluating, planning, and working with the participants in any deal. However, analysis is only the beginning of any successful project. The ability to lead a development from an initial sketch to its timely completion is a skill honed over decades and evidenced best by the number of successful projects and their returns.
Michael Cantor believes there are tremendous possibilities even in today’s tumultuous market. The company’s focus is identifying the long-term financial potential of industrial and select residential projects in niche sectors.. Michael’s vision now includes the remarkable growth opportunities that continuing trends and current legislative changes are going to create. Having spent the past several decades developing, building, and managing millions of square feet of real estate, Michael Cantor and Cantor Companies are on the quiet – and most profitable – cutting edge of metropolitan change.
Bob Fair obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the Newark College of Engineering.
Bob has over 70 years of construction and building experience, beginning at 12 years old in his family’s general contracting business. He assumed management of the business in 1964 and became responsible for onsite building and construction as well as administrative and construction management. He has supervised the construction of over 100 single family homes, 500 units of high-rise construction and millions of square feet of industrial and commercial space.
Since 1978, Bob has been the President of Construction at Cantor Companies. His responsibilities include construction and maintenance of a large portfolio of industrial and commercial properties with over 200 tenants. Bob has served on the planning board and zoning board for over 20 years and also served as construction advisor to the Board of Education in the town of Metuchen, New Jersey. His vast knowledge and experience have made him a strong member of Cantor Companies’ executive management team.
Ronald L. Cantor obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a Juris Doctor degree from the St. John’s University School of Law. Ron is admitted to the bar in the State of New Jersey and the State of New York.
A practicing attorney since 1985, primarily involved in real estate, commercial transactions and financing, Ron has represented major institutional clients and lenders.
As General Counsel and senior management to Cantor Companies for over three decades, Ron has been responsible for a broad range of investment and business activities. His areas of expertise include real estate, publicly traded securities, initial public offerings, private placements, bridge loans, venture capital, private transactions, foreclosures, tax sale certificates, motor vehicle and watercraft dealerships, viatical settlements and collectibles. He has served as a director, officer and general counsel for numerous privately held investment and management entities.
Ron’s passion for real estate keeps him deeply involved in all aspects of Cantor Companies’ operations. His knowledge, experience and attention to detail, combined with a very practical approach has been key to the company’s success.
James G. Gyllenborg obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the New York Institute of Technology, subsequently holding various accounting positions at both public accounting firms and private sector companies.
Jim’s experience includes highly responsible real estate and construction-related roles at Prudential Insurance Co., Bloomingdales, Marine Midland Bank and Toys-R-Us. He has also performed auditing services for governmental agencies.
Jim has been Controller at Cantor Companies for over 17 years, working closely with senior management, CPAs, accounting and insurance departments and coordinating tax preparation and filing for all Cantor Companies entities. His dedication to Cantor Companies and the accounting profession has made him a valuable asset in all aspects of the business.
George T. Kelly, IV earned his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. He is a licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida. He began his career in construction building custom homes for corporate leaders in Palm Beach and adjacent South Florida counties.
The next stage of his career led George to large-scale project management, including public developments such as Palm Beach County Fire Stations and the State of Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeals. In private projects, George has handled all phases of development from land purchase through zoning approvals, design, construction, leasing, and property management. George has built and managed over 1 million square feet of commercial property, with a specialty in self-storage and mixed use properties.
Over the past 20 years, George’s focus has been on the acquisition of developable land tracts and their entitlements, either developing or selling them to companies like Centex, Bridgewater Development and Taylor Woodrow. He has also developed flex space and warehouse properties, which remain in the Cantor Companies’ portfolio.
Patrick Kelly brings 20 years of professional experience in both the real estate and development markets. He has overseen the building of over 200,000 square feet of commercial and industrial flex space and closed more than $30 million in real estate sales.
An expert in various construction techniques, Pat is especially proficient at the detailed management of job sites, skilled trades, and general labor. Pat is adept at coordinating the myriad of simultaneous activities on a project while ensuring schedule and quality control.
Pat graduated from the University of Central Florida and is an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Association. He also dedicates his time to various charitable organizations, including The Children’s Tumor Foundation and Cure NF with Jack.