Member Spotlight

ULI Pittsburgh would like to express appreciation for those members who have gone above and beyond by recognizing their career accomplishments, as well as their involvement with our local council.

Member Spotlight


Sidney Sokoloff joined ULI Pittsburgh in April 2017 and currently serves as Managing Director of Specialty Group, a group of third-generation family owned companies that have been assisting entrepreneurs interested in acquiring or financing a bar or restaurant. Since 1986, Specialty Group, has been a ‘one-stop-shop’ of services for new and existing operators’ in our industry.

Specialty Group has the largest liquor license brokerage in Pennsylvania, a real estate division dedicated to selling bars and restaurants, an in-house financing division exclusively for liquor licensee’s and in-house liquor license transfer services.

Sidney has been employed with Specialty Group since 2014. He has over 13 years’ experience in the in all- aspects of the hospitality industry. His responsibilities ranged from preparing and filing of liquor license applications, assisting the brokerage division to locate buyers and sellers, interviewing loan clients, processing loan paperwork and maintaining relationships with current customers.

Sidney graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He’s a licensed real estate sales agent for Specialty Bar & Restaurant Brokers and Broker for Specialty Liquor License Brokers. He is currently a contributing writer to the most widely-circulated industry periodical where he writes a monthly column related-to the bar and restaurant industry.

Outside of work, Sidney volunteers at Animal Friends, travels, is pursuing his insurance license, eating out at restaurants, painting and graphic/web design.