Russell Gimbelstob: Tennis Court to Board Room

New Vernon, New Jersey’s Russell Gimelstob has always been athletic and was good in several sports. Russell’s father was a star athlete and the head couch of three state championship teams for Newark’s South Side High School. Russell started learning to play tennis at the age of six when his mother told him she would like him to be more well-rounded.

Newark Academy

Russell Gimelstob’s family tradition was to attend Newark Academy, and he played at the second singles position for most of his attendance. He was the first tennis player to become captain in their sophomore year in the history of Newark Academy and was first team all-state all four years of attendance. As captain he led the tennis team to three state championships in a row. He eventually graduated with an B.A. in 2001 and earned an M.P.A. in 2002 from Cornell University.

Tennis at Cornell

Gimbelstob was a starter for doubles on the men’s tennis team and a four-year singles player. His senior year he was made captain of the team. Gimbelstob’s sophomore year went undefeated in the Ivy League competition for doubles. He was also Cornell’s representative at the NCAA National Doubles Tournament. All four years of attendance at Cornell he received Academic All-Ivy and Academic All-American awards.

Dune Real Estate Partners

Russell Gimelstob serves as a member of the Investment Committee of Dune Real Estate Partners as well and managing director, and head of acquisitions. Gimelstob became a part of Dune’s team during the first year it was in operations and has become a partner as a result of being ambitious, dedicated and performing well. Prior to joining Dune Gimelstob worked for Goldman Sachs in several positions.


Russell Gimelstob is a philanthropist, actively supporting The Valerie fund which supports children with blood disorders and cancer and the families of these children. In 2012 he was the annual honoree for the Hebrew Academy for Special Children (HASC).

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