It may be hard to believe given that he’s now working in real estate but Russell Gimelstob is actually one of the most famous tennis players in his hometown of New Vernon, New Jersey. He received his first racket when he was just six and has been practicing ever since. In fact, he proved to be so adept at the sport that his parents sent him off to train with Robert Lansdorp during the summers. As one of the foremost authorities on the sport, he was more than happy to take him under his wing. He went on to become the first sophomore to be appointed captain of the tennis team at his high school, Newark Academy, and he made first team all-state every year. He also led his team to three consecutive state championships.
After graduating from high school, he received numerous scholarships offers from a wide variety of prestigious universities. However, he turned them all down so he could enroll at Cornell University. As one of their star players, he spent his entire sophomore year going undefeated and representing the team when he played in the NCAA doubles tournament. He eventually became an academic all American and was named team captain as a senior but all good things must come to an end. In 2002, he graduated with a master’s in public administration and accepted an offer to work for Goldman Sachs. He served as a financial analyst there for three years before moving on.
He then went on to work for Dune Real Estate Group as an associate for seven years. After that time period had elapsed, he was promoted to partner, a role in which he has served ever since. In 2013, he returned to his old high school to accept the honor of being inducted into their athletic hall of fame. Clearly, he had made quite the impact on Newark Academy and it showed. He now currently serves as the managing director and the head of acquisitions at Dune Real Estate Group and he has been with the company for almost fifteen years now.