Stablewood Properties – Domestic Abuse and Shady Leadership
Stablewood Properties is a real estate analytics firm. It claims to combine institutional knowledge of real estate with technological expertise and analytics.
Also, the company claims to offer optimized collections of net-lease retail properties. The leadership of this firm includes:
- Glenn Lowenstein (Founder & CEO)
- Gret Stahl (Chief Technology Officer)
- Sven Varkel (Chief Engineer)
- Pam Harper (Chief Financial Officer)
- Spencer Burton (Head of Investments)
And most notably,
- Brandon Taubman (Chief Information Officer)
Why did I highlight the name of Brandon Taubman out of all the other members of Stablewood Properties’ leaders? Because he has a terrible history:
Who is Brandon Taubman? The CIO of Stablewood Properties:
According to his Biography on the website of Stablewood Properties, Brandon Taubman is a data scientist and a financial engineer with 15 years of professional experience.
Before he joined Stablewood Properties, he was an Assitant General Manager forthe Houston Astros.
When he was working for the Houston Astros, Brandon was making headlines. But not for the right reasons.
Supporting Domestic Violence, Thrashing Female Reporters…
In 2019, around an hour after Jose Altuve had won the Astros the pennant, the team’s partying still raged.
While the players were busy crushing vodka Red Bulls and smoking cigars, the assistant general manager Brandon Taubman started yelling from the center of the room “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—– glad we got Osuna!”
Taubman repeated this phrase 6 times, yelling each time.
He did so, after turning to a group of 3 female reporters. One of them was wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet.
No one expected such an outburst. Also, it was so offensive that another staffer apologized on Brandon’s behalf.
The Astros declined to comment on the situation. Furthermore, the team didn’t make Brandon available for an interview.
Later, the outburst made headlines:
That night, Closer Roberto Osuna allowed a 2-run home run to tie the game in the top of the ninth. He was obviously the least valuable Astro that night.
Which is why the sudden threatening outburst from Taubman seemed odd. FUrthermore, why did he turn to the female journalists to shout such obscenities?
Why Brandon Yelled in Support of Osuna That Night:
According to media reports, Osuna had allegedly assaulted the mother of his then-3-year-old child in May 2018, as a member of the Blue Jays.
Prosecutors had dropped the charges when the victim returned to Mexico, declining to testify. In exchange, Osuna agreed not to have any contact with her for a year.
MLB suspended him 75 games which didn’t include the postseason.
For the Astros, this made Osuna a distressed asset as he was among the best closers in the game.
They traded for him as the price was low.
The Astros gave up their 2 middling pitching prospects and a struggling closer for Osuna.
Why was Osuna’s price so low? Because most teams didn’t want to deal with the public backlash that came with him.
The Astros enjoyed good results with him. But they didn’t want to face the backlash either, which is just not possible.
This brings us back to the incident.
None of the female reporters were talking to Taubman. In fact, they weren’t even talking about Osuna.
Taubman brought him up himself and started yelling at the reporters who weren’t even bothering him.
When the Stablewood Properties CIO was Suspended from MLB:
Sports Illustrated covered Taubman’s thrashing of the reports immediately.
Initially, the Astros claimed that the report was fabricated and the journalist was exaggerating.
They claimed that Taubman’s “inappropriate comments” were not directed towards any reporter according to their initial investigation. However, they discovered that they were wrong.
But after a while, Brandon Taubman received a suspension.
He applied for reinstatement right after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. And the MLB silently reinstated him after saying that Taubman had met the criteria for reinstatement from the ineligible list.
Although reinstated, it was unclear whether Brandon had any plans to return to MLB.
It seems he didn’t return to MLB but joined Stablewood Properties instead.
Conclusion – Avoid Stablewood Properties
Maybe Glen Lowenstein never looked up the background of his Chief Information Officer before assigning him to that post. Or, maybe he doesn’t care about the fact that Brandon thrashed 3 female reporters and hurled obscenities at them in a public setting.
In any case, the leadership of Stablewood Properties needs to be held accountable.
As long as companies keep ignoring sensitive issues like domestic violence for their profits, we won’t make any progress.
Stablewood Properties might not be as ethical as it claims to be.
Stablewood Properties might make some big claims about its services and how it operates but we can’t ignore the fact that it’s CIO has a history of thrashing women and hurling abuses at them in public. If someone doesn’t view domestic violence as a problem, there is something wrong in appointing him as your Chief Information Officer.
- Experienced team of professionals
- Controversial leadership
- CIO has a history of abuse
- Questionable ethics