Founder & CEO
Gidi Cohen is the man with a dream; he is the vision guy whose focus, inspiration and hard work have co-created CGI Strategies. He brings more than 25 years of commercial and residential real estate experience, including acquisitions, syndication, development and dispositions across a variety of asset classes. Gidi’s ability to get the tough deals done is only surpassed by his unique vision for turning distressed assets into prominent lifestyle communities that generate altitudinous investor returns.
Before partnering with Adrian Goldstein to form CGI Strategies in 2013, Gidi was the founder and President of Cohen & Associates, LLC, a boutique real estate investment and management firm. Under Gidi’s direction, Cohen & Associates, LLC became known as “the guys who get the deal done.” He set a reliable track record by purchasing immovable, distressed assets in the post-recession market. His seamless execution of stabilizing, renovating and developing these properties yielded in livable homes and jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. His beginning was in construction. After a couple years working for SOS Enterprises, an LA-based construction company, he negotiated to buy the company and took over as President. When he acquired it in the 90’s, SOS Enterprises was a struggling company with sporadic successful bids and in the years to follow Gidi built it into an upscale construction and development firm.
At the heart of Gidi’s work ethic is his genuine love for humanity. This passion is what drives him to create sought-after communities and motivates him to give back. Gidi has an active voice in several philanthropic, civic and professional organizations. He is a Board of Director for several organizations.
Born in Israel, Gidi served four and a half years in the Israeli Navy Seals. He currently lives in Ojai, CA with his wife Noga and their four children.