About the Company

Our Story

Our People

Trusted by the best.

We take great care to ensure a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Our team is plugged in to the latest trends and constantly thinking how to apply them to the benefit of our clients. Our team is bolstered by a dedicated board and advisory committee. Their experience spans multiple disciplines, benefitting our product, operations, and the value we deliver our clients.

“Urban Umbrella allowed us to keep our outdoor restaurant seating open during construction, otherwise who is eating dinner under traditional scaffolding?”

Ignacio Mattos
Chef and Owner of Café Altro Paradiso

“Without the use of Urban Umbrella at my Soho ground retail space, I would not have filled the vacant tenant as quickly as I did. Urban Umbrella saved me six figures. All my tenants appreciated the exposure it gave to their brand.”

Global Property Holdings LLC

237 Lafayette Street, NYC

“Ben and the Urban team were professional, efficient and gave us the white glove service we expected. The Urban team responds to emails within 20 minutes, always puts the client first and went above and beyond to make the installation a great experience for the Board, the tenants and most importantly, the ground-floor retailers. We would not be happier with the product and will fully support the use of Urban Umbrella throughout the Soho neighborhood.” 

Brian Vickers
Board Member, 92 Greene Street 

Board & Advisors

Guided by the best. 

Our team is bolstered by a dedicated board and advisory committee. Their experience spans multiple disciplines, benefitting our product, operations, and the value we deliver our clients.

Ben Krall

Founder & CEO

Melissa Schwartz

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew Grainer

Director of Finance

Aram Muradyan, Esq

General Counsel

Ethan Montero

Business Development

Grahm Barnard

Product & Design

Paul DeFeo

Engineering & Product

Leanne Iverson

Senior Project Manager

John Joyce

Project Manager & Field Supervisor

Nicole Jodoin

Project Manager

Spencer Beattie

Product & Field

Maggie Lineberger

Project Administrator

Erin Leonard

Controller, CPA

Luis Reyes

Field Ops & Quality Control

David Dick

Head of Fabrication

Jason Singleton

Field Ops & Quality Control

Robert Velazquez

Field Ops & Quality Control

Jeff Parker

Board Chairman

John Livingston

Board Member

Michael Vellano

Board Member

Lance Shaner

Advisor

Susan Silberberg

Advisor

Christina Gachot

Advisor

Ed Cettina

Advisor

Stephen Martiros

Advisor