The Real Deal Los Angeles

Movers & Shakers: New recruits for Gelt, Nourmand and Polaris

Josh Satin joins Gelt after baseball career with the Mets
By Cathaleen Chen | December 15, 2016 02:00PM

From left: Mike Akerly and Josh Satin (Credit: LinkedIn, Mets Minors)

It may be eggnog season, but Los Angeles real estate remains active as ever.

Gelt, an L.A.-based multifamily investment firm, recently recruited a new asset and acquisitions coordinator. Unlike other recent industry poaches, Josh Satin hails from major-league baseball, a former infielder for the New York Mets.

Satin joins Gelt after making some real estate investments of his own while he was with the Mets. He will be working to identify and acquire properties for Gelt. The company is on track to reach $1 billion of investment activity in 2017, according to a recent company announcement.

Satin retired from baseball in June after an injury. He also played first base, second base, and third base with the Mets.

Nourmand & Associates has another new hire: Mercedes Alonso, formerly of Century Hill Realty. Alonso will join the team of Jill Epstein and they will partner on all business in Century City, according to the firm’s president Michael Nourmand.

At Century Hill, Alonso worked alongside her late brother Richard, who founded the firm.

Real estate marketing firm Polaris Pacific has a new hire fresh out of New York City: Mike Akerly, a former project manager for Halstead Property Development Marketing. At Polaris, Akerly will be a vice president and regional manager, spearheading the company’s operations in Southern California, Arizona, and Hawaii.

Also a licensed attorney, Akerly joins the firm with experience in consulting, project management and sales, according to Polaris.