The JG Team
As an award-winning real estate brokerage, our team is eager to provide you with the outstanding sales, leasing, and management services that our clients have come to expect. Based in Fishtown, our expertise comes from a variety of backgrounds and stretches across our vast portfolio of premier Philadelphia properties.
The JG Team
Managing Partner | Broker of Record
office: 215-467-4100 ext. 2
Jared Gruber is the Broker of Record and Founder of JG Real Estate. With a diverse transactional and professional background Jared helps his clients navigate the complexities of real estate transactions – sales, leasing, & property management.
When founding JGRE, Jared recognized a void in the marketplace – the need for a truly full service real estate brokerage. Having emerged as the leader in the Philadelphia Property Management space his vision has come true. Bringing a deal together is the most satisfying thing to him. Whether the deal is a complex purchase transaction or a new property management account, his goal is the same – to conduct business in a responsible and ethical way which ultimately benefits all parties involved. When Jared isn’t working he’s enjoying time with his family. If you live in Fishtown you might see him at Penn Treaty park pushing his daughter at the swing sets or walking his dogs.
Director of Operations | Partner & Associate Broker
Gwen, a licensed broker, is the Director of Operations for JG Real Estate and oversees all aspects of the business. A lover of photography, art and architecture, she enjoys the variety that homes in different Philly neighborhoods can offer and seeks to highlight each property’s unique details and features. In the past, she has moved about 8 different times within 3 years (including 3 different states) before finally settling down for good in Philadelphia, so she knows first hand how stressful the housing search process can be and tries to ensure that every one of our clients has the smoothest experience possible.
She has successfully closed multiple sales in the Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Point Breeze and South Philly neighborhoods, specializing in buyer representation for first time home buyers.
Ariel Morgenstein, ABR®, ePro®, SRS®
Director of Sales | Associate Broker
office: 215-467-4100 ext. 103
With a professional career spanning both education and business, Ariel has always been propelled towards working with people and satisfying their specific needs. As Director of Sales, Ariel utilizes her vast knowledge of Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods to fulfill her client’s short term and long term goals. She aims to identify & establish ways in which the JG Real Estate sales team can continue to evolve in an ever-changing marketplace. Her experience and natural intuition contribute to her success in seeing deals to the end and nurturing relationships far beyond the closing table.
Director of Property Management | Licensed Agent
direct: 215-642-8814 office: 215-467-4100
Pat, the Director of Property Management, has been working in the real estate and property management business since 2008. Prior to joining JG Real Estate, he had been with a management company in the Main Line doing everything from property management to maintenance, leasing and accounting. Shortly after graduating college with a degree in Accounting, he realized that he was not meant to sit in an office all day. Pat has a knack for figuring things out. Whether its a large scale project like finding a leak in a newly constructed condo’s green roof, or smaller scale tinkering with garbage disposal malfunctions, Pat is a problem solver while simultaneously maintaining professionalism and courtesy with owners, tenants and vendors. Responsive, reliable and hardworking, Pat loves seeing new properties and has no fear about facing new challenges – he welcomes them.
Director of Accounts | Licensed Agent
office: 215-467-4100 ext 1
Claire, our Director of Accounts, moved to Philadelphia after receiving her BA in Communication from the University of Scranton. Before joining the JG team, she worked in a number of different fields. She was a bookseller, a restaurant event planner/manager and an ad sales and distribution manager for local publications. She became interested in real estate after purchasing her first home in Fishtown. She’s known for her follow through and attention to detail. She enjoys walking management clients through our process and making sure owners and tenants are set up with all the information they need. She recently got her real estate license and looks forward to showing homes and helping people with their search. She loves cooking and taking road trips outside of the city to visit wineries and breweries. When she’s not at work, she’s either playing drums at a local club, checking out the newest Philly dining scene additions or grilling at Penn Treaty Park.
Assistant Director | Licensed Agent
Kristen has worked in various aspects of the Real Estate industry over the past 7 years helping buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants with their needs. She studied at Temple University earning her B.A. in Communications & certification in Real Estate. She holds several additional certifications from The National Association of Realtors including the Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), and the Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (C-RETS) certifications.
As a well versed Philly native and an active member of the community, Kristen uses her knowledge and expertise to help determine your specific needs when looking for the right home. Kristen is also a professionally trained cook & is always happy to offer recipes & tips!
Executive Assistant | Licensed Agent
Allura moved to Philadelphia after receiving her BA in Communications from The College of New Jersey. During her time in college, she spent every weekend visiting her boyfriend who attended Temple University, where her love of Philadelphia began. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the restaurant industry, starting as a host and quickly working her way to becoming a manager at several restaurants on 13th Street in Midtown Village, as well as a Private Events Manager for Barbuzzo Restaurant. Her strong ability to multi-task and always keep a smile on her face makes her a great addition to the JG Family. Allura currently lives in the Fairmount area, where she spends her spare time cooking for friends and family, going to the beach on the weekends, and taking her dog for walks through the Art Museum with her fiancé.
A Philadelphia native with a vibrant personality, Caroline is a Licensed Real Estate Professional who is passionate about the city’s booming market. Her enthusiasm for helping others, as well as her honest representation, allows her to connect with clients in order to provide them with the best service possible. She enjoys helping buyers find their dream home or their next investment property, in addition to facilitating the listing process for potential sellers. She recognizes and values the trust her clients place in her, and she strives to exceed their expectations each and every day.
Lead Property Manager | Licensed Agent
215-467-4100 ext 110
Chris, one of our property managers, has the perfect combination of customer service administration and hands-on repair skills. Originally from the Jersey shore, he came to Philadelphia to attend La Salle University and loved the city so much he decided to make it his permanent home after graduating. He himself is a landlord of a couple of properties in North Philly so he came to us with first-hand knowledge on how to best deal with property maintenance issues and tenant expectations from a landlord’s point of view. He is knowledgeable in the Philadelphia maintenance code requirements as well as many aspects surrounding basic carpentry, HVAC, plumbing and electrical, so he can often diagnose issues right away, an invaluable trait in this business. Before coming to JG Real Estate, he worked as an analyst at a supply chain consulting firm and when he is not working, he spends his time doing home improvement projects, working on his old car and finding new places to eat.
Paul brings 10 years of experience in property management to JG Real Estate, and a diverse background in many different areas of the industry, including sales. His passion for people is what motivates him– Whether it’s finding a client the right place to call home, or helping to solve a difficult maintenance issue, his focus is on customer service. Although a South Jersey native, Paul loves Philadelphia, and is excited to work in the many neighborhoods throughout the city. On his days off, he enjoys time at home with his wife, dog and cats and loves to sit back and listen to music to decompress. He is excited to expand his knowledge of property management and ready to explore a new focus with JG Real Estate.
Tanner has been a resident of Philadelphia for six years now. He grew up just 45 minutes north of the city in Souderton, PA and currently lives in Passyunk Square. After graduating from Temple University, he jumped right into the property management industry and gained hands-on experience learning how to meet resident’s needs. He is currently studying for his real estate license and is planning on buying his first home this upcoming spring! Tanner’s excellent communication and problem solving skills contribute to keeping both owners and tenants happy as they work towards their goals. In his free time he enjoys kayaking, playing basketball and cheering on all the professional sports teams in the city.
Property Management Coordinator
Nick was born and raised in South Philly and has been residing in the Fairmount section of the city for the past seven years. Before becoming a part of the JGRE family, he spent several years as an operations manager in the hospitality industry. As the Property Management Coordinator, he handles all organization and communication within the team, understanding the needs of our landlords, tenants, and vendors and committing to bridging those gaps. In his free time, Nick enjoys live music, learning to play the guitar, and spending time with his family.
Tim brings 5 years of property management experience to JG Real Estate. A native and current resident of Abington, Tim spent 10 years living in Los Angeles exploring a career in the entertainment industry. Managing a 900 unit portfolio, Tim learned the management industry top to bottom while in LA. All while having clients investments flourish and succeed beyond their wildest dreams. While not working, Tim enjoys time with his wife and step daughter, exploring all the city has to offer!
Leasing Coordinator | Licensed Agent
A longtime resident of Philadelphia with a passion for the city’s distinctive architecture and history, Kathleen brings more than 8 years of experience to JG Real Estate. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree from State University of New York: Purchase College in Journalism. She has a passion for adventure and travel, and an abiding appreciation for art, antiques and design of all kinds. When she’s not hard at work with clients, you’ll find her spending time on Passyunk Ave, taking a class at Fleisher Art Memorial or at home in Dickinson Narrows with her two cats.
Senior Leasing Agent | Licensed Agent
Charles comes to the JG Real Estate team with an education in both Real Estate and Business at Temple University, and has lived in Philadelphia for over seven years. Charles has a vast knowledge of the city and its unique and distinct neighborhoods. He is specializing in sales, leasing, and investment opportunities. As a Licensed Real Estate Agent specializing in these areas, Charles strives to ensure each client a stress-free and positive experience. Please feel free to contact Charles to discuss business and take the stress out of your real estate search.
Evan has worked full time as a successful and assertive independent Real Estate Agent here in the Philadelphia Market since 2014. He specializes in single & multi-family residential investment properties in every corner of the city from Fishtown to South Philly. Evan is a proud citizen of Philadelphia and an active member of many volunteer associations in his community. Evan received his B.A. in Geography & Urban Studies from Temple University in 2011 with a concentration in Environmental Policy. He completed his Real Estate education at the Schlicher-Kratz Real Estate School in 2014 and actively maintains his license with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. Evan is your Philly neighborhood expert! Contact him today if you’re looking to buy, sell, or lease!
Megan joins the JG family hailing from southern Delaware and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Having spent five years in the education sector as an elementary school teacher, she transitioned into the real estate industry two years ago as both an agent and social media coordinator and is now excited to bring her skills to our in-house team. Megan currently lives in Olde Kensington and, in her spare time, invests in properties with her husband.
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Danielle knows the ins and outs of the city very well! As the Leasing Coordinator, she is the first contact for leasing questions & rental application processes. She works extremely hard to make sure everyone’s needs are met & questions are answered. Her past experience in marketing and sales, and as the prior Maintenance Coordinator has greatly contributed to her customer service abilities in communicating directly with all clients. Compassionate, friendly and trustworthy, she’s ready & eager to help with your leasing needs! When she is not at work, Danielle is usually out and about exploring the outdoors, enjoying live music events, cooking and traveling with her family.
Account Executive & Licensed Agent
Having relocated to Philadelphia after graduating from Penn State, Alex got his start in the real estate industry as an investment property sales agent in 2018 and has been passionate about the business ever since. As our Account Executive, he is responsible for walking owners through JGRE’s unique property management service and enjoys working with all different types of landlords and their properties. Alex currently lives in the Olde Kensington neighborhood and, in his free time, enjoys playing the guitar, being outside, and supporting Philadelphia sports teams.
Originally from the area, Jen relocated back to the East Coast in early 2020, having spent the past six years in the Pacific Northwest working as a home stager and consultant and helping homeowners get top dollar for their properties. She has a background in art and design and graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2011. She is excited to be back in Philadelphia and use her skills to help the JGRE team flourish. When not working, Jen enjoys going on road trips to new places, visiting the ocean, taking her dog on hikes, and cooking meals with friends and family.
Jake entered the JG Real Estate world after graduating from Drexel University in 2019. Educated in Marketing, Communications, and Photography, he brings a plethora of knowledge to the team. He assists in managing all of the individual listing advertisements, outbound marketing campaigns and JG’s social media. With his charisma and humorous personality, Jake makes you feel like you’ve known him for years after only knowing him for five minutes. Outside of work, he loves exploring happy hours throughout Center City, as well as being with his family and friends.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Cheltenham, Tenekia comes to JG while currently living in the Oak Lane area of the city. After a career in the event planning, hotel, and hospitality industries, she pivoted her attention to detail, time management skills, and bright personality into the real estate space. With over 10+ years of direct customer service experience, she plans to bring a smile to every face that walks into JG. In her free time, Tenekia loves spending time with her large Jamaican family, traveling with her boyfriend, doing freelance makeup jobs, and doing arts and craft projects around my home.
Administrative Assistant | Licensed Agent
Alexis moved to Philadelphia three years ago from San Francisco. After spending 11 years in the restaurant industry she is excited to bring her customer service skills to Philly’s real estate market! With an attention to detail and strong communication skills, Alexis will go the extra mile to help her clients. She enjoys spending her free time at Philly’s outdoor street festivals, exploring new restaurants and spending time with family.
Settlement Closing Agent
David Zuy is the closing agent for our in-house title agency Philadelphia Closing Company. He coordinates the settlement process for our clients when purchasing a home. He has been a resident of Philadelphia for thirty years and has witnessed “first-hand” the growth and vitalization of the downtown area and the transformation of Philadelphia to truly a “world-class” destination. He is also an ardent sports fan and supports all teams Philly. He is thrilled to part of the JG Real Estate team.
Anna Zonios Mathew
Anna is a licensed real estate agent with a primary focus on Philadelphia’s trendiest neighborhoods. A Philly native herself, Anna works closely with her husband who develops real estate in some of the most up and coming areas of the city. Anna gained an entrepreneurial quality growing up by helping out with her family’s business, and later obtaining her B.S. in marketing. She enjoys utilizing her business-minded background, along with her marketing experience, when researching current trends of the real estate industry. Anna loves the city life and can usually be found exploring local events and restaurants, and discovering fun things to do around Philadelphia.
Licensed Agent - Builder Sales
Mike was exposed to real estate at an early age by his grandfather who owned and operated a chain of auto parts stores throughout Philadelphia – his grandfather instilled in him the excitement and potential in owning the ‘bricks’.
Mike is a developer and investor who has completed many real estate projects throughout the Philadelphia region in addition to representing other developers and builders in acquiring, formulating strategy, and ultimately marketing their projects.
Mike got his start in real estate finance and eventually pivoted to his true love which is being hands on in development and rehab projects. He maintains an expertise in marketing, sales, leasing, construction and finance and imparts these skills in every transaction he represents.
Ron comes to JG Real Estate with 10 years of experience as a licensed agent in Philadelphia. As a native lifetime resident, Ron is very well acquainted with the neighborhoods, geography and unique culture of each section of the City. Ron has earned his nickname the “Real Estate Matchmaker” by utilizing his spot on neighborhood pricing and comps while providing first class service to all of his clients. He looks forward to using his skills to find the perfect home for your needs and budget.
Jason Luber has five years of experience as a licensed realtor within the city. Having previously lived in Northeast Philly, South Jersey, Bucks County and Center City, he is truly an expert on the Greater Philadelphia area and specifically on the differences among the various Center City neighborhoods. Although he has experience with sales, Jason is a rental expert and loves turning the stress of moving into an easy experience for everyone. He is a rental matchmaker for clients ranging from college roommates looking for an off campus experience to company CEOs in search of their glass apartment in the sky. He is also a talented musician/producer/songwriter and when he is not working, he enjoys seeing live music at one of the many city venues.
Jesse has ten years of experience in real estate acquisitions, development, sales and distressed debt trades. His focus is on larger commercial real estate, land entitlement work and ground up development – he assists clients with investment review and analysis, performing due diligence, negotiating the terms of sale, in addition to advising on the zoning, entitlement and permitting process.
Over his career in real estate development he has developed and sold properties in various asset classes in excess of 50M in value, his notable highlights include: zoning approval for 20 homes in South Kensington, 53 unit zoning approval in Northern Liberties, and a 20,000 SF mixed use commercial property portfolio in Center City which had CMX-3 and CMX-5 zoning use. He was an early pioneer and player in neighborhoods that have dramatically increased in value such as Fishtown, Point Breeze, South Kensington since 2010 and has a knack for identifying value in up and coming neighborhoods.
Before crossing over into real estate, he previously worked as Certified Public Accountant. He has a degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. His professional experience prior to real estate includes tax compliance and consulting services for alternative investment clients at KPMG, PwC and BDO USA, LLP. His responsibilities during his time as a public accountant included tax planning for high net worth individuals, hedge funds, real estate and private equity funds ranging in sizes from $50 million to $5 billion in net assets. During his time at BDO, he was an instructor of Continuing Professional Education programs for investment partnership and high net worth tax planning.
His hobbies include yoga, martial arts and hiking the outdoors with his dog Swayze.
Licensed Agent | Investment Sales
office: 215-467-4100 | cell: 215-776-2176
Ori comes to JG Real Estate with an extensive retail track record of over 25 years of creating & building Junior & Young Men’s apparel & footwear stores. As a longtime investor of commercial and multi-family properties, Ori has hands-on management experience in a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods. He brings his creative vision and investment background to his commercial clients. Ori lives in suburban Montgomery County with his wife, three kids and a Shih Tzu. In addition to his family, kayaking & factory tours make him smile.
A longtime resident of Philadelphia, Jim is a licensed REALTOR® and member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors. His passion for real estate began nearly 20 years ago managing a duplex in the Bella Vista neighborhood and has since evolved into helping buyers and sellers fulfill their specific needs.
He understands that every client and property is unique and is here to listen, simplify the process, and use cutting-edge tools and technology to help clients make well-informed decisions that will meet their goals.
Jim received a B.A. in Communications from Temple University.
James is a DC area native who discovered a love for Philly five years ago, after 20 years in Boston working within an assortment of real estate disciplines: architecture, construction management, marketing & sales, property acquisition, zoning and permitting, property management, financing and investment.
He currently manages some of his own local development projects, and works with clients as a development consultant, construction manager, and salesperson. His project work has always shown a passion for architecture and building in urban environments, and his favorite work involves adaptive reuse of formerly industrial buildings with a focus on sustainability.
Chris moved to South Philly from New Jersey and has become well acquainted with the neighborhoods and unique aspects of each section of the City. He specializes in single-family, multi-family, and commercial investment properties across Philadelphia. He is experienced running financial models and ensuring the numbers check out to make each investment property buy & sell a success. Chris is very detail-oriented, attentive, and responsive. Contact him today to help you achieve your real estate goals.
Born and raised in the Fishtown area, Ashley has seen first hand the growth and potential of Philadelphia neighborhoods. Her interest in real estate and interior design was sparked by watching her mother practice as a licensed agent and deepened during her own property purchasing experience. Today she works closely with real estate developers, gaining experience behind the scenes in the rehabilitation, construction and sale aspects of the field. Excited to be part of the JG Real Estate Team, Ashley is looking forward to using her knowledge to help others find their perfect housing fit.
Max comes to JG from a real estate family. Having grown up with landlords for parents, you could say he got into the game early. Max studied history at Rutgers University, and, after graduating, moved to Philadelphia to teach high school math and pursue his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. Once in the city, Max caught the real estate bug and started buying rental properties in Fishtown and Port Richmond. Now Max is a licensed agent, and also coaches wrestling at Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School and the Philadelphia PAL Rizzo Center. He’s ready to use his experience and expertise to help you buy or sell your home!
Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Matt moved to Philadelphia after high school to attend Philadelphia University studying fashion merchandising. At 21, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Fashion and instead discovered his passion for Real Estate, where he worked for one of the top brokers in the area, gaining immense knowledge and insight into the industry. Matt has now been living in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia for over 3 years and considers himself an expert in not just his area but everywhere from Fairmount to Old City to Rittenhouse and beyond. In his spare time, he can be found at the beach in the summer, trying out new restaurants in the city, or hitting up City Fitness.