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Jul 08, 2020

NextGens to Watch 2020

Family Business Magazine
July 7, 2020


We spotlight exceptional successor-generation family members, age 35 and under, who are making a difference in their family business or family governance.


Whether they aspire to work in the family company or take a leading role in governance, NextGen members of business families often struggle to find their niche. In addition to acquiring the experience and education they need to fulfill their roles, NextGens must establish credibility with family members, employees and other stakeholders.


The 26 members of our NextGens to Watch Class of 2020 are an exceptional group of accomplished young people who represent the second through the sixth generations of family ownership. We think you will enjoy meeting them and learning about their achievements.


Matthew Gottesdiener, 33
Northland Investment Corporation, Newton, Mass.


Matthew is the chief investment officer for Northland, a real estate private equity firm. He directs all aspects of the firm’s investment activity, including acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He plays a leading role in setting and monitoring the company’s vision and strategy. In his role as CIO, Matthew also oversees fund-level risk management and pursues new business development, including capital formation and strategic partnerships. Since joining Northland, Matthew has been responsible for the acquisition of 7,400 units, the disposition of 5,250 units and the financing of over 65 properties, totaling more than $3.3 billion in capital events.


Matthew holds a B.A. from Yale University, magna cum laude. Before joining Northland, he worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment professional across a variety of roles, including managing the corporate derivatives trading book, executing and hedging over $40 billion in transactions with more than 20 Fortune 100 companies.


“Matthew stepped into the family business and filled a key role at a key time. His father had just bought out his partner and made Northland a true family business,” says Bryan Bloom, a partner at the law firm of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. “I have personally witnessed how Matthew was able to integrate himself with senior management and proved to be an asset, gaining the respect of all.”


“At Northland, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to advance our mission of providing homes, building community and creating joy for our tens of thousands of residents across the country,” Matthew says. “I joined a firm with a 25-year track record of consistent outperformance and an unwavering dedication to our investors, employees and residents. I am humbled by the responsibility to help chart the next 25 years for Northland.“


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