Meet the Team
Ellen Muskin, President and Designated Broker, opened Muskin Commercial in February 2011, after having spent more than 25 years actively involved in the sales, brokerage and analyses of multifamily properties in Austin area markets. Prior experience includes 12 years with Hendricks-Berkadia (fka Hendricks & Partners), a national Multifamily Investment Banking Firm where Ellen became a valued Partner, and she served for more than a decade as head of Commercial Industrial Properties Company multifamily brokerage division (now known as NAI/REOC – Austin). Ellen started her career in commercial real estate as co-owner of EquiNomics, a local start-up brokerage firm specializing in apartment communities creating one of the first apartment databases in Austin. She is currently involved in various real estate and charitable organizations. She sits on the Board of Directors of Austin Commercial Real Estate Society (ACRES). (Texas Real Estate License #334236)
Ellen attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Communications (1980). She has resided in Austin since 1976, is married to a custom homebuilder and has two daughters. Her interests include gardening, entertaining, live music and practicing random acts of kindness.
Daniel Elam, Senior Associate, has a diverse background in working with multifamily properties. Prior to joining Muskin Commercial, Daniel worked with Campus Advantage, a student housing company based in Austin, Texas and The Medve Group, an Investment firm specializing in multifamily assets headquartered in Dallas, Texas. During Daniel’s tenure, his responsibilities included acquisitions, asset management, business development, financial analyses and general management. Daniel’s professional and community involvement include the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, JCAA Leadership Development Program and Hill Country Conservancy. (Texas Real Estate License #616676)
Daniel graduated from Colorado State University with a double major in Finance and Real Estate (2006). He enjoys the outdoors, music, travel and exploring various local restaurants throughout Austin. His dog Snoop has a pretty active lifestyle as well and when he’s not swimming, he likes to do therapy work to make people smile.
Curtis E. Gardner, Marketing Manager, joined Muskin Commercial in 2017 and is responsible for all marketing design, production, and distribution. He directs marketing campaigns, website content management/maintenance, handles transaction coordination and operations for the company. Prior to joining Muskin Commercial, Curtis owned and operated a website and graphic design consulting firm. Also, having worked with AT&T Mobility as a project manager, Curtis has experience with both the waterfall and SCRUM project management methodologies. He graduated from ACC in 2014 with an Associate's degree in Web and Interactive Design. When not working on design projects, Curtis can be found cooking, gardening, hiking the greenbelt, or watching and discussing films.
We are so grateful for our clients and have donated to the following wonderful charities, universities and noble causes on their behalf:
American Cancer Society, HAMM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), SIMS (Sims Ellison) Foundation, Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Referrals for Ministry, Communities in Education, Austin Children’s Shelter, Safe Alliance, Schreiner College, Doctors without Borders, Sunshine Camps, Foundation Communities, Texas 5000, Wounded Warrior Project, Meals on Wheels, Artist’s Trust, Texas Democracy Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Gateway to Hope, Safe Place, MD Anderson, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Audubon Society, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, American Heart Association, One Acre Fund, ECHO, Austin Symphony League, The University of Texas, Octopus Club, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Wheelchair Foundation, University of Rochester, Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Planet Hope, 10,000 Degrees, The Thinkery Children’s Museum, American Red Cross, The First Tee of Monterrey Bay, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Goodwill, Trust for Public Land, Breakthrough Austin, Council on Aging, Feeding America, Ronald McDonald House, Planned Parenthood of Central Texas, The Nature Conservancy, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Siempre Unidos, Alzheimer’s Association, Dell Children’s Hospital, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation, Hospice Austin, Salvation Army, Friends of Sheba Medical Center (Tel Hashomer), San Antonio Food Bank, Ohio State University, Caritas of Austin, LiveStrong, Mission Hospice, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, Make a Wish Foundation, Swim with Mike (USC), AIDS Services of Austin, Give Directly, Eastman School of Music, Storybook Project, and the University of California - Berkley