Starting at age six, Russel Gimelstob began playing tennis but he had no idea what a huge impact the sport would have on his life. He followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a star athlete and enrolling in his alma mater, Newark Academy. During his high school career, he was named captain of the tennis team, the first sophomore ever to receive this honor and ended up leading them to three consecutive state championships where they emerged victorious each time. Additionally, he was first team all-state every single year o high school and most of his summer break was spent training with Robert Lanadorp, one of the great tennis coaches of our generation who trained such legends as Pete Sampras and Tracy Austin.
Of course, despite his success on the court, he never lost sight of his academic pursuits as he received multiple scholarship offers. However, it wasn’t until he visited Cornell that he decided to turn them all down so he could play for their team. He met their head coach, Barry Shoemaker, and explained that he was one of the main reasons why he decided to play for their team. His success on the court continued throughout his college career as he was undefeated throughout his sophomore career and even represented the university in the NCAA National Doubles Tournament. He even became team captain during his senior year and graduated in the spring of 2001.
He later received his master’s in public administration just a year later and was then offered the chance to be an analyst for Goldman Sachs. He accepted the position and served in the role for about three years before joining Dune Real Estate Partners as an associate. He now serves as one of their partners, and member of the investment committee.