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John G. Udell, president, announced that senior vice president, Ronald M. Mahr celebrates this year 35 years as a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).
Being a SIOR member is a prestigious professional designation representing the highest level of knowledge, production and ethics in the industry.
Mahr joined SIOR in 1978; and in 2009 was inducted into SIOR’s “Legacy Circle” in Toronto, Canada. He served a five-year term as a national director of SIOR and as chairman of the Public Relations and Advertising Committee. In 1990, he was the president of the New Jersey Chapter of SIOR.
Mahr has had a long and successful career in real estate personally selling and leasing over 10 million square feet of commercial buildings.
He specializes in the sale and lease of industrial, retail and office properties throughout Northern New Jersey.
“We could not be more proud of Ron’s accomplishments and to have him as part of our team”, stated Udell, “His dedication and continued contributions to this industry are deeply admired.”


Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. announced that Joshua Kopelowitz, Dani Schwartz and Brett B. Theis have been promoted to partners at the law firm.
Joshua Kopelowitz joined Rosenberg & Estis in 2007. He represents developers, landlords, co-ops and condominiums, and tenants of commercial and residential properties.
Kopelowitz provides legal services in all aspects of real estate including leasing, rent regulatory issues, alternative dispute resolution and litigation.
Kopelowitz received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his juris doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. He is licensed to practice law in New York.
Dani Schwartz joined Rosenberg & Estis in 2008. His practice focuses on real estate litigation and appeals, including foreclosures, breach of contract, commercial and residential landlord/tenant and co-op/condo disputes, class actions, development rights, and collection actions.
Schwartz received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his juris doctorate from The George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in New York.
Brett Theis joined Rosenberg & Estis in 2008 after serving with the New York City Law Department, where he was awarded for his outstanding achievement in commercial and real estate litigation as a first year attorney by the Corporation Counsel.
Theis received a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and his juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in New York.
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced that the firm has promoted Bill Chimos to partner and Jaimee Nardiello to principal.
Bill P. Chimos joined Zetlin & De Chiara in 2002. He represents architects, engineers, design professionals, contractors, construction managers, owners, developers, and others in the construction industry.
He has lectured on construction issues and has conducted seminars for various industry organizations. He received his J.D. from the St. John’s University, School of Law and his B.S. from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Jaimee Nardiello joined Zetlin & De Chiara in 2008 as an associate, and has represented design professionals, contractors and construction managers in both litigation and non-litigation construction-related matters.
She manages complex, multi-million dollar construction cases from inception to trial and prepares contracts for high-profile construction projects throughout the New York City area.
Nardiello was recently awarded a Fellowship by the American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, where she serves as a member of the Design Division Steering Committee.
L&L Holding Company LLC, has hired three new vice presidents of development.
Jonathan Ninnis, who most recently served as senior project manager at VVA Project Managers and Consultants, will be responsible for managing several of L&L’s major new initiatives, including the repositioning of 222 Broadway and the retail redevelopment of 195 Broadway.
Ninnis, who started his career at Cushman & Wakefield, graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ with a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree.
Scott Lakow, who previously served as project executive for Atlantic Development Group, will be responsible for the repositioning of 114 Fifth Avenue.
Prior to L&L, he managed and directed several revitalization, retail, corporate interiors, and both residential and commercial ground-up projects throughout the metropolitan New York area.
Lakow received his MSCE in Construction Management & Real Estate Development from the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his Bachelors of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute.
Jeffrey Davis has successfully managed over $4 billion worth of large-scale projects internationally and domestically.
Prior to L&L, he served as director of project management for Gardiner & Theobald, Inc., where he completed core and shell development projects for such prominent Manhattan buildings as 100 Park Avenue.
He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and attended graduate level studies at New York University’s Shack Institute of Real Estate. Davis is leading the redevelopment of 380 Madison Avenue.
RXR Realty announced three new additions to its leasing teams.
Seth Leiderman joins the Long Island leasing team as a vice president.
He joins RXR after 11 years at Colliers International LI Inc. Leiderman began his career in the securities industry as a retail broker and eventually an over-the-counter trader for Merrill Lynch.
He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Lauren Ferrentino joins RXR’s Manhattan Division as an assistant vice president.
Ferrentino comes from RXR’s New Jersey Division, which she joined three years ago. She began her real estate career as a leasing analyst and marketing specialist.
A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science.
Axel Andersonhas joined the New Jersey Division as a leasing associate.


Before coming to RXR, Anderson was a client services specialist for CBRE Group, Inc. Before that, he was an office leasing broker with CBRE Group.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Real Estate Business from the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University.
Grassi & Co. announced that Thomas Butler CPA, J.D., has the firm as the partner-in-charge of Tax Services.
Butler advises corporations and partnerships on the tax aspects of transactions, among them mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; consolidations; reorganizations; and dispositions of real estate.
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Accounting & Taxation at the Frank G. Zarb Graduate School of Business at Hofstra University.Butler completed his undergraduate degree at St. John Fisher College and Juris Doctor degree at Albany Law School of Union University. He earned an APC in Accounting from New York University Stern Graduate School of Business.
Tom is licensed as a CPA and attorney in New York State.


HelmsleySpear announced the appointment of David Silva as senior director within the investment sales department.
Silva brings more than 15 years of high-end marketing and sales within the New York investment-grade commercial real estate market, working with firms such as Halstead Property, LLC, and Corcoran, as well as Metropolitan Property.
Previous to HelmsleySpear, Silva was an agent with Halstead Property.
He is a graduate of Chartwell Manor Military Academy, a former semi-professional baseball star, Red Cross volunteer, successful entrepreneur, and father of a son serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Cushman & Wakefield announced David Kline has joined the firm as Global Property Tax Head in the company’s Valuation & Advisory practice.
He joins the firm having most recently spent the last two years as a director at Grant Thornton LLP.
Kline spent 10 years in public accounting with a Big 4 firm where he had similar duties.
He is also an attorney licensed in Texas and Illinois. He has nearly 20 years of experience in representing clients on real estate, property tax, credit & incentives and real estate structuring issues.
Kline received his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University, studied Jurisprudence at Oriel College, Oxford University and received a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation (MMCC) has hired Brian McCabe as a director in the firm’s New Jersey office.
McCabe will arrange debt financing for all types of commercial real estate assets, including multifamily, retail, office and industrial properties.
Prior to joining MMCC, McCabe was the commercial lending division manager for Wall Street Financial Corporation.
He was also vice president and commercial loan officer for Coastal Commercial Group, and vice president and financial analyst for RRML, all in New Jersey.
McCabe graduated from Saint Peter’s College with a degree in business management.
Situs announced the growth of its Forensic Accounting Group with the appointment of Joseph L. Ottaiano as the unit’s director.
A Certified Public Accountant, Ottaiano brings more than 30 years of experience in real estate financial analysis, accounting and property acquisitions.
During his career, he led numerous project teams in underwriting and analyzing portfolio and one-off transactions of diverse property types.
Prior to joining Situs, he served as managing director for Wiss. He holds a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.


Sinvin Real Estate announced that Kirstie Fortescue has joined the firm as an associate broker to work exclusively with Steve Rappaport.
Fortescue was previously at Halstead, where she transitioned from residential to commercial property sales and leases.
rawing upon her experience from a prior career in fashion, the pair intends to broaden the scope of Rappaport’s retail business.
In addition, they plan to concentrate on developing a strong position in the Williamsburg /Greenpoint/Bushwick markets.
Castellano, Korenberg & Company has welcomed new partner Lisa M. Ricciardi,CPA, CCA.


Ricciardi has over 20 years of experience providing auditing, accounting, consulting and tax return services to individuals and businesses.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as a founding partner at Armao, Costa and Ricciardi, CPAs, P.C.
As a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the American College of Forensics Examiners, she is uniquely qualified to respond to clients’ needs regarding forensic engagements and uncovering unauthorized activity.
Ricciardi is a Certified Construction Auditor and was named Member of the Year by the National Association of Women in Construction after serving on the Loan Executive Assistance Program Committee of the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors.



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