The Catalyst Team

The Catalyst Team

About The Catalyst Team


The Catalyst Team at Compass has over 3 decades of combined real estate experience in NYC. Dedicated to bringing integral people and services together for every client, the Catalyst Team is known for tremendous knowledge and insight into the multi-faceted dimensions of NYC real estate, and will be the catalyst for your success.

Founded by Beth Gittleman, Emily Ackerman, and Daoud Heidami, The Catalyst Team is a diverse group of talented real estate professionals with a wide variety of specialties including ground up development, residential sales, investment acquisitions and landlord portfolio management. The Catalyst Team also has agents who specialize in rentals throughout New York with a particular specialty in Upper Manhattan.

Beth Gittleman - Founder
Beth began her New York City real estate career in 2003. Since then she has worked as an associate broker and recently spent six years building the sales and development division of a boutique brokerage in Manhattan. A resident of the Upper West Side and native New Yorker, she is known for her work with sellers, developers, and buyers. Beth serves as co-chair to the Upper Manhattan REBNY committee and is an executive committee member for NYRS. Currently she is developing a women's initiative for women in business in association with REBNY. She holds a Certified Negotiation Expert designation and is a volunteer committee member for Broadway in Bloom through the Broadway Mall Association.

Emily Ackerman - Founder
Emily has over a decade of experience in the Manhattan residential market. Before joining Compass she was a principal with the Ackerman-Heidami Team, a top-grossing team at a boutique brokerage in Upper Manhattan. She also has two years experience as a sales manager for her previous firm where she developed and taught sales education and provided transactional support and mentorship for 125+ agents. Emily holds both Certified Buyer Representative and Certified Negotiation Expert license designations. Emily has a background in the arts and education.

Daoud Heidami - Founder
Daoud is a native Texan living and working in New York for almost two decades. Real estate began for him in alignment with his successful acting career and spans the entire NYC landscape. His successful mentorship and coaching of a firm of agents dovetails into his work with developers and investors whereby he is able to communicate effectively the steps to each goal and inspire confidence in getting there. Known for his savvy business sense when it comes to negotiation and his ability to dissect the objective data of the marketplace, his value to his clients is unparalleled. Prior to joining Compass, Daoud was a principal with the Ackerman-Heidami team, and served as a sales manager for a boutique Manhattan brokerage for two years. Daoud is a Certified Buyer Representative and fluent in both English and Arabic.

Team Agents

The Catalyst Team’s Listings

Listed By Compass
Open: 5/29 12:30pm - 2:00pm - By Appt
$1,275,000
2 BD
2 BA
1,080 SF
Listed By Compass
VIRTUAL TOUR
$1,265,000
3 BD
2 BA
1,057 SF
Listed By Compass
Contract Signed
VIRTUAL TOUR
$999,950
2 BD
1.5 BA
1,099 SF
Listed By Compass
Contract Signed
VIRTUAL TOUR
$979,000
2 BD
1.5 BA
Listed By Compass
Contract Signed
VIRTUAL TOUR
$949,000
2 BD
1.5 BA
Listed By Compass
VIRTUAL TOUR
$789,000
1 BD
1 BA
800 SF
Listed By Compass
VIRTUAL TOUR
Open: 5/29 10:30am - 11:30am - By Appt
$599,000
1 BD
1 BA
Listed By Compass
VIRTUAL TOUR
Open: 5/29 10:30am - 12:00pm - By Appt
$495,000
2 BD
1 BA
Listed By Compass
Open: 5/29 1:00pm - 3:00pm - By Appt
$365,000
1 BD
1 BA
750 SF