Blue Surface



Jonathan A. Schein

CEO and Executive Director

About Jonathan

​Globally known as a master connector, he is also highly regarded as a forward thinking and progressive executive with an exceptional ability to adjust to new global dynamics and apply them to underlying structures of business, governmental and social trends.

Jonathan's humorous nature led him at a young age to test and hone stand-up comedy skills and, apart from enjoying himself extremely, he also discovered he has the ability to easily sense emotions and feelings within the room. This trait became extremely important in his career path since it offered a deep understanding of emerging markets, excellent presentation skills and adaptability to new market dynamics.

Most recently, served as Global Head Business Development and Managing Director, INSTITUTIONAL REAL ESTATE, INC., an internationally respected media platform dedicated to the LP/GP relationship.
In this capacity, he established and maintained relationships with institutional investors, pension funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds and HNW family offices as well as fund managers and private equity firms in the Americas, Europe & APAC as well as hosted, moderated and facilitated over 100 of the company’s meetings, and conferences, roundtables and video gatherings.

Has been acting as Special Advisor, Real Estate & Infrastructure for the ROBERT F KENNEDY COMPASS CONFERENCE by connecting and recruiting private equity firms and institutional investors to attend the foundation’s annual event in Hyannis Port, MA.

Prior to this, Jonathan was the PRESIDENT & CEO of REAL ESTATE MEDIA, INC., a Wasserstein & Co. Portfolio Company where he is best known for the founding of, the commercial real estate industry’s most successful online news and information website and created RealShare Conferences, one of the industry’s largest events/conferences groups.

At the forefront of ESG in the commercial real estate industry, he was also PRESIDENT & CEO of SCHEINMEDIA, a media outfit where he launched a national green real estate news, information and website and events platform as well as acquired a regional residential green real estate magazine.

Along these lines, he was also the CO-LEADER, SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE, PENTON MEDIA, INC., and developed a platform and strategy encompassing Penton’s 16 vertical b2b markets, managed relationships with companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 to small businesses.

Jonathan is currently a member of the prestigious industry organization, Counselors of Real Estate as well as the Pension Real Estate Association and the Urban Land Institute and is a graduate of The George Washington University with a BBA in Finance.

Jonathan currently lives in New York City with his wife Cynthia, a licensed acupuncturist and their two dogs, Bella and Penny who are decidedly unlicensed to cause trouble at any moment.