Founder & CEO
David formed Hightop Real Estate and Development (Hightop) in 2014. With 10 plus years of experience in finance and real estate development, David leads Hightop’s acquisitions, development, property management and other strategic initiatives. David works closely with brokers, architects, general contractors, zoning attorneys, engineers, interior designers, bankers, investors and local registered community organizations to identify, entitle, and close on development opportunities.
David has successfully acquired, developed and entitled over $150 million in property value located in Philadelphia neighborhoods such as Graduate Hospital, Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, Fairmount, Northern Liberties, and University City.
In 2017, David launched a brokerage and property management subsidiary, Hightop Real Estate Brokerage LLC and Hightop Property Management LLC, respectively.
Prior to forming Hightop, David worked at Stoltz Real Estate Partners, a real estate development firm located in Bala Cynwyd in their Acquisitions and Development group. Prior to that, David was an Investment Banker at Boenning and Scattergood in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
David is a graduate of the University of Delaware with degrees in both Economics and Finance. He currently resides with his wife, twin daughters and son in Gladwyne, PA.
Chelsea Stair is the Leasing Director for Hightop Real Estate and Development where she focuses on new construction lease-up projects and maintaining tenancy in established communities. Prior to joining Hightop, Chelsea was a superstar Community Manager with Greystar Residential. Although a powerhouse in Pennsylvania’s residential rental industry, her stardom kicked off in the Pacific Northwest, namely the greater Seattle area, where she lead her first team to rank in the top 1% nationwide for Online Reputation (MFE.com). And she didn’t stop there.
She easily became a well-respected professional in the industry, known for her genuine personality, laid back attitude, and determination to do right by both her clients and her residents. In her time with Greystar, Chelsea increased annual revenue by 15% through restructuring programs, increased retention without sacrificing the bottom line, and even took on a role as an Events Manager, being the go-to individual to help facilitate resident and corporate events in the Seattle market.
In her off time, Chelsea is a coffee enthusiast who enjoys a myriad of music in her past time, jamming out to the likes of Taylor Swift, 21 Pilots and her all-time favorite, Stevie Nicks. She’s also a guitarist who not only enjoys playing the occasional cover, but also writing her own tunes.
Chelsea minimizes the ego, often being the calm amongst a storm and proudly brings that essence to Hightop. She is a professional, and most importantly, a friend.
Marketing & Operations Director
Jennifer Govberg joined Hightop Real Estate and Development in 2021. She brings over 10 years of marketing and project management experience, focused in the luxury multi-family and student housing sectors. Jennifer is responsible for managing the overall marketing strategy for all residential portfolios and product launches, as well as implementing innovative and streamlined management solutions for the leasing and property management departments. Jennifer brings to Hightop a deep understanding of real estate marketing, asset management and team development, and she looks forward to helping grow our organization. Jennifer is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.