Founder & CEO

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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.


Marketing & Operations Director

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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.


Development Associate

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Khan Shibly joined Hightop Real Estate and Development in 2021. He is licensed architect in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York with extensive experience in building design and real estate development, spanning from acquisition through the stabilization of a property. At a number of different architectural firms, he has managed and worked on projects at the forefront of architecture, including high-rise commercial towers, train stations, and airports. He applies a unique design perspective that draws from minimalist influences with creative leadership skills and expert proficiency in the design programs of an architect's toolbox. Khan holds a bachelor of architecture degree from City College of New York and a masters of science from Columbia University.