Mr. Sigoura is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Legion Investment Group. Having over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Mr. Sigoura has acquired and developed over $6 billion in residential and mixed-use properties in the United States and Asia during his career.
Prior to founding Legion, Mr. Sigoura was the co-founder and chief investment officer of the Naftali Group, where he led the company in the acquisition and execution of over 1.5 million square feet of development in Manhattan and Brooklyn over a five-year period, consisting primarily of luxury residential condominiums, multifamily developments and student housing.
Mr. Sigoura began his career in real estate development in 2005 at The El-Ad Group, where he eventually became the Executive Vice President of Development, playing an integral role in the execution of the firm’s projects, including the redevelopment of the Plaza Hotel, as well as the conversion of several other notable large-scale landmark buildings in Manhattan to luxury condominiums.
Mr. Sigoura is a graduate of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, where he served on the Cardozo Law Review as a Supervising Editor, after which he practiced as an attorney in the real estate group at Greenberg Traurig.
Development & Marketing
Mr. Zalka is the Executive Vice President of Development and Marketing at Legion Investment Group, where he is responsible for leading the development and marketing for all of the firm’s projects, as well as sourcing new acquisition opportunities for the firm. A native New Yorker, Mr. Zalka is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the development and marketing of luxury residential real estate in New York City.
Mr. Zalka was previously a principal at Matrix Development, where he developed the highly successful project 7 Harrison Street in Tribeca, the conversion of an historic warehouse to luxury condominiums designed by AD100 architect Steven Harris. More recently, Mr. Zalka was Director of Development at Cape Advisors, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of 110 Charlton Street, a 280,000 square foot, 170-unit ground-up luxury condominium in West Soho.
Mr. Zalka has a B.A. in english literature from Vassar College and an M.S. in real estate finance from New York University.
Dory Telem Goudsmit, PhD
Mr. Telem Goudsmit is the Executive Vice President of Construction at Legion Investment Group, where he is responsible for leading the construction and project execution activities for all the firm’s developments. Mr. Telem Goudsmit is a senior executive with over 20 years of military, academic, and industry leadership experience, successfully leading complex, large-scale, fast-track construction development projects and operations in both the US and Europe.
Prior to joining Legion, Mr. Telem Goudsmit was the Vice President of Construction at the Naftali Group, where he oversaw the construction for several of the firm’s luxury condominium projects in Manhattan. Projects included the condominium conversion of the landmark Shephard House, a 150,000 square-foot luxury gut-rehabilitation in the West Village of Manhattan, and the ground-up construction of 234 east 23rd street, a 20-story luxury condominium tower construction project in the Gramercy area of Manhattan.
Mr. Telem Goudsmit was also previously the Executive Vice President of Construction of Plaza Centers, Co. in Europe, where he managed the construction of over 3 million square feet. His projects included the award-winning Torun Plaza, a 760,000 square foot high-end shopping and entertainment center in Poland, the luxurious Plzen Plaza, a 420,000 square foot shopping and entertainment center in Plzen, Czech Republic and Sosnowiec Plaza, a 330,000 square foot shopping and entertainment center in the south of Poland.
Mr. Telem Goudsmit has a PhD in construction management from the Technion in Haifa, Israel.
Acquisitions & Development
Mert Aktas joined Legion Investment Group in 2017, where he is responsible for identifying, sourcing and analyzing new investment and development opportunities. In addition, Mr. Aktas also oversees asset management activities for Legion’s existing investments.
Prior to joining Legion, Mr. Aktas served as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he engaged in various auditing and consulting projects in real estate and technology.
Mr. Aktas holds M.S. degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and he received his B.A. in Economics from Koc University, Istanbul.
Shaya Chabot joined Legion Investment Group in 2017, where he is responsible for identifying, sourcing and analyzing new investment and development opportunities. In addition, Mr. Chabot contributes to various aspects of the design and development process.
Prior to joining Legion, Mr. Chabot had valuable internships at Douglas Elliman and The Elad Group where he learned the fundamentals of the Real Estate business.
Mr Chabot holds a B.B.A from Baruch College in Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude with College Honors.
Ms. Tsoy joined Legion Investment Group in early 2019 as the Project Accountant for the firm, where she is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects, financial reporting, and debt compliance.
Ms. Tsoy has over 5 years of accounting and analytical experience, specializing in residential real estate development and property management. Before joining Legion, she served as an accounting supervisor where she maintained the company’s general ledger and prepared quarterly consolidated statements. Prior to her supervisory position, Ms. Tsoy spent several years working for a public accounting firm, where she focused predominately on the payroll.
Ms. Tsoy grew up practicing martial arts and enjoys riding her bike, acrylic painting, and snowboarding in her free time. She was born in Kazakhstan, Almaty and speaks fluent Russian.