Ken Weiner

IPIRG is co-owned and operated by Mr. Weiner. He has been involved with real estate in the southwest for over 30 years.  During his career Ken has specialized in the multitude of tasks that are required for success in the real estate industry.  Starting in the 1980s, he has performed both property management and acquisitions/dispositions. He has been key in structuring the formation of LLCs, rising capital and long range strategic planning.  He has also been a member of the development team that has designed, built, and retrofitted self storage facilities in California, Las Vegas and Spain.

  • Co-Founded IPIRG in 2011 – showing profit every year
  • Co-Founded JK Investment Properties, Inc. – Principal in a real estate investment firm specializing in self storage, manufactured housing and medical office buildings. The company had approximately $50 million of equity under management and purchased/developed twenty different properties in the Western US and Europe – 2002 – 2009
  • Founded Ken Weiner Associates, Inc. – Property management and brokerage of manufactured housing communities – 1996 – 2002
  • Formed Royal Palms Management for property and asset management of commercial properties – 1988-1996
  • Co-Founded Southwestern Equities Groups, formed eight limited partnerships with 12 manufactured housing communities. – 1984 – 1988
  • Worked as Vice President at United Investment Groups specializing in investor relations and asset management – 1983 – 1984
  • Received California  real estate Broker’s license – 1983
  • Received real estate agent’s license and sold homes in San Diego – 1979

Richard Gelmetti

Rick Gelmetti is co-owner and founder of IPIRG. Rick’s business career spans forty years and he currently serves as a top producer and Executive Vice President in the commercial real estate brokerage profession for Lee & Associates. Prior to joining Lee & Associates, Rick was the owner and broker of record for International Realty Group for twenty years. His formal education includes a Masters degree in Finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Connecticut.

Before starting IPIRG, Rick,as President of International Realty Group, specialized in commercial leasing and sales of buildings with geographic coverage including the suburban counties of New Jersey with an affiliation to a national firm. Rick has an ongoing concentrated effort to acquire and rehabilitate apartment complexes throughout the Phoenix/Scottsdale market.  Rick has real estate investment and development experience in California, Arizona, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, investing condos, small apartment buildings and multi-family buildings. 

The other aspect of International Realty Group was the purchase and renovation of apartments, which include:

  • Styertown Garden Apartments & Shopping Center – 344 apartments, 200,000 sq. ft. retail and office redevelopment, Clifton, NJ
  • Aspen Basement Lehigh Associates – 100,000 sq. ft. multi-building approval and development, Allentown, PA
  • 6-8-10 Maple, Morristown, NJ – rehab of broken condo to apartments
  • 848 Elizabeth – 16 apartments/retail redevelopment, Elizabeth, NJ

Meaningful developmental and partnership efforts in the Midwest include:

  • Kmart North Redevelopment
  • Circle Drive North , Irwin and Richard, Burr Oak Apartment Building renovations
  • Furlow Apartments & Furlow West – 27 units
  • Hamilton Apartment Building – new 24 units over garage
  • Richard Apartment Building – new 24 units over garage
  • 5th on 5th Apartment Building – new 39 units over parking garage
  • Uptown Apartments – assembled property and built 29 European Style apartment units
  • Vine Street Apartments, Owatonna, MN – 54 unit midrise under construction

Rick holds memberships in the Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area (IOREBA), and previously with the National Association of Industrial and Office properties (NAIOP) and the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE). He serves as Trustee to Middlesex County College Foundation, MCCC, Edison, New Jersey, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Rutgers Business Center for Real Estate, Newark, New Jersey.


  • Co-Founder IRIRG 2011 – Present  –  Showing profit every year
  • Executive Vice President, Lee & Associates, North and Central NJ
  • International Realty Group II, LLC – 1997 – Present
  • Weichert Realtors – 1991 – 1996
  • Helmsley- Spear Real Estate – 1983-1990 NYC
  • NASH Engineering Company – 1977-1983


  • B.S. Civil Engineering – Transportation & Structure 1977
  • M.S. Real Estate – Finance 1983