Starfield is not a “traditional developer”– not in its approach, its projects or its commitment to delivering on a long-term vision to communities.
Founded by Brian Cheripka and David Furgal, Starfield prides itself on its willingness to take on complex projects, fearlessly imagining creative solutions for development services and property management that are interesting and enduring. We carefully craft and curate residential and urban spaces, hotels and businesses that inspire and seamlessly integrate into their respective communities, drawing in like-minded people. Starfield creates structures that, while wholly unique on their own, are united by a contemporary aesthetic through considered design.
We understand that each project brings its own personality.
Where other developers see impossibilities, Starfield sees opportunities. Our leadership facilitates discussions with key stakeholders that lead to successful redevelopment. It’s one thing to have a vision, but it's another to have discipline to implement a strategic plan that factors in the nuances within each community – whether it be differing opinions and competing interests – and still be successful.
Starfield looks at each project holistically
We are diligent about delivering on the vision, creating powerful inertia and momentum with each of its projects that ultimately serves as a magnet for residents, businesses and investors.
An energy is born and a vision takes shape. A shared sense of pride in one’s community is restored. A sense of belonging and a sense of connection is reborn.
Starfield - delivering vision.
Prior to the creation of Starfield Companies, Brian Cheripka served as Senior Vice President of Land & Development at iStar for over a decade, responsible for oversight and strategic direction for one of the most ambitious urban-revival initiatives in the United States: transforming the struggling Asbury Park waterfront in Asbury Park, New Jersey into a burgeoning destination to live, work, visit, and invest. Under Cheripka’s leadership, the billion-dollar redevelopment effort, which grew to span more than 35 acres, includes notable hotel and residential projects such as the City’s namesake hotel The Asbury and the redevelopment’s crown jewel, Asbury Ocean Club Surfside Resort and Residences.
Over the past 23 years, Mr. Cheripka’s experience has spanned all aspects of the development process, from entitlement and site acquisition to financing, vertical development and asset management. Prior to joining iStar, Cheripka worked at Trammell Crow Residential, Hovnanian Enterprises, and UBS Investment Bank in various roles directly related to the financing and development of residential for‐sale housing and multifamily rental projects. Cheripka holds a B.A. from Villanova University. Upon graduation, he served four years as an infantry officer in the United States Army.
Prior to the creation of Starfield Companies, David Furgal served as Vice President of Land & Development at iStar working directly with Cheripka on the Asbury Park redevelopment project, with direct oversight of the individual development projects, honing a depth of experience that includes all facets of redevelopment, from land acquisition to asset disposition.
Mr. Furgal has over 20 years of real estate development and has overseen more than $400M worth of development. Prior to joining iStar, Mr. Furgal served as a Development Associate for Wood Partners where he oversaw the development of ground‐up multifamily projects in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Mr. Furgal holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and a M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Tom Page serves as Senior Vice President Starfield Companies and General Manager of Magnolia Green. Prior to Joining Starfield, Tom was a Senior Vice President for iStar. For the past 12 years, he and his development team have orchestrated the turn-around of failed, foreclosed projects into successful, master planned communities. The 2,000 acre project in Richmond, MSA, features world-class amenities and a Nicklaus golf course, and will be home to over 4,000 families at buildout. Prior to joining iStar, Page served as the General Manager of Stonehouse, a 4,600 acre mixed-use project located in James City County, Virginia. Page holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering/construction from N.C. State University and an MBA degree from Kennesaw State University.