For Russell Gimelstob, success just seems to come naturally. As he grew up in New Vernon, New Jersey, he discovered his proficiency with a tennis racket and became the first sophomore at Newark Academy to ever become captain of the tennis team. Much like his father, he proved to be a star athlete and ended up training with Robert Lanadorp, one of the most notorious tennis coaches in the nation. He even coached such tennis legends as Pete Sampras and Tracy Austin. His father had even coached at his school for a time where he led them to the state championship three times. Of course, during this time, he never lost sight of his academic responsibilities and event went on five different recruitment trips to decide where he wanted to matriculate.
During one of the trips, he met Barry Shoemaker, the head coach of the men’s varsity team over at Cornell and liked what he saw. As such, he accepted an offer to play for their team and later graduated from their program with distinction in 2001. However, he stayed on campus so he could earn a master’s of public health which he received a year later. Once his academic career had concluded, he was offered a position at Goldman Sachs as one of their analysts and decided to accept it. He served in this role for over three years before joining Dune Real Estate Partners where he still works to this day. He first began as an associate before working his way up the corporate ladder.
Throughout his nearly fifteen-year tenure with them, he has bought and sold various lots of real estate and he now currently serves as the head of acquisitions and a member of the investment committee. He is also currently active in the philanthropy business.