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Who’s News: Davis in as CEO at Steinbridge, Besen adds Cohen as new chief sales officer

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP has announced the appointment of Jared Feldman to Co-Practice Leader of Anchin Private Client, a specialty group within the firm devoted to working with affluent clients. Mr. Feldman specializes in providing a wide array of accounting tax, advisory and family office services for high net worth individuals including financial services and corporate executives, owners of privately held companies and established family offices. Feldman joins Ehud (Udi) Sadan as Co-Practice Leader of Anchin Private Client, one of the largest practice groups at the firm.

Anchin Private Client is committed to expanding its resources as the needs of affluent clients grow in scope and complexity. The Private Client Group plans to increase the current space, doubling the area occupied by practice at the Firm’s headquarters at 1375 Broadway in New York.

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Colliers International has announced that 30-year industry veteran Harry Seherr-Thoss has re-joined its New York operations as an Executive Managing Director of Brokerage Services. He will focus on tenant and landlord representation, strategic planning, financial analysis, and lease negotiation.

Throughout his career, Seherr-Thoss has directed the successful repositioning of more than a dozen prominent Manhattan Class-A buildings, and negotiated the relocation of more than 60 international corporations, financial institutions, and law firms in New York City.

Among his notable career transactions, Seherr-Thoss arranged the 49.9 percent sale of the Olympic Tower portfolio that included 645 Fifth Avenue, The Cartier Mansion, The Versace Townhouse, and 10 East 52nd Street where he was the exclusive leasing agent for 20 years. He has also led agency assignments for several other important New Yok office towers including the International Plaza at 750 Lexington Avenue, Tower 49 at 12 East 49 Street, 650 Madison Avenue and 712 Fifth Avenue.
Seherr-Thoss first joined Colliers International in 2007 when the firm operated as GVA Williams. Most recently he served as a Partner at Transwestern.

Seherr-Thoss is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a BA from Syracuse University and holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Graduate School of Business.

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Steinbridge Group announced that former Wall Street and NYCEDC executive Tawan Davis has joined the firm as its Chief Executive Officer. In this leadership role, Mr. Davis will oversee Steinbridge’s day-to-day operations and transaction pipeline.

Formed by a group of private family and international investors, Steinbridge employs a multi-tiered investment strategy: acquiring income-producing real estate assets in U.S. gateway cities and pivoting submarkets; providing foreign investors with access to U.S. real estate assets; and targeting high-quality, mid-sized assets for acquisition. Steinbridge co-invests with various global partners, taking a long-term hold position.

Having already closed on $200 million in U.S. real estate acquisitions so far this year, Steinbridge is currently focused on acquiring income-generating assets in the Washington, DC, Boston, and New York City markets. They are finalizing the acquisition of an additional $500 million in assets, with another $1 billion worth of acquisitions in the pipeline.

Throughout his career Mr. Davis has held several high-level positions both in the private and public sectors. He previously held a senior position with a private developer and before that led public-private partnerships with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in the Michael R. Bloomberg administration, where he analyzed, structured, and executed nearly $1 billion in transactions.

Prior to NYCEDC, Mr. Davis was an investment manager with Prudential Real Estate Investors, where he managed several billion dollars of real estate investments, joint ventures, developments, and operating assets throughout the U.S. and Europe. He was also an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, where he concentrated on mergers, acquisitions, and financing of publicly traded companies.
Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree in Sociology & Economics from Oxford University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Business School.

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Colliers International announced that Samuel Hamlin has joined its New York operations as an Associate Director in the Capital Markets & Investment Services Group.

Hamlin, who has performed nearly 200 asset valuations spanning across all property types, including multi-family, development, and retail, will focus on the sale of investment properties in Lower Manhattan. He will immediately support Executive Director Peter DeCheser.
Throughout his career, Hamlin has also been directly involved in the marketing and sale of roughly 30 investment properties with an aggregate value of more than $150 million.

Prior to joining Colliers, Hamlin served as an Investment Sales Associate with Massey Knakal Realty Services (acquired by Cushman & Wakefield in 2014). Previously, Hamlin was a Media Sales Associate at Felix, a Manhattan-based internet advertising platform for local businesses.

Hamlin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. Lawrence University. While at St. Lawrence, he was a Senator in the student government organization, an active member of the Budget and Finance Committee, and an intern for the Development and Alumni offices.

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Ron Cohen has been named Chief Sales Officer of The Besen Group. In this newly created role, Ron will oversee the investment sales team and will be responsible for revenue, business development, and talent management. He will continue to report to Michael Besen.

After eleven years in the advertising business working in account management serving a number of Fortune 500 clients, Ron Joined Besen in 2003 as an Investment Sales associate. In 2008, he was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer and was also charged with growing the number of exclusive assignments.

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Day Pitney LLP announced that Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use counsel Marie C. Bertrand has been selected as Vice-President of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) for the year of 2016 -2017. TheCHBA works to enhance the visibility of Hispanic lawyers throughout the state.

Bertrand has been involved with the CHBA, either as a board member or an officer, for over three years serving in various positions, including secretary of the CHBA

Bertrand’s practice involves the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of commercial real estate. She also serves in a leadership role with the Day Pitney Attorneys of Color Network.

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Savanna, the New York-based real estate private equity and asset management firm, announced that it has hired Ian Hunter, CFA, as Director of Valuations and Operations. Mr. Hunter’s responsibilities at Savanna will include valuations, operations and finance.

Prior to joining Savanna, Mr. Hunter worked in lending as a Vice President at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, underwriting and originating corporate and mortgage-secured loans. Previously, he was an Associate Analyst in Equity Research covering REIT stocks at Oppenheimer & Co. and Bank of America. Prior to this, Mr. Hunter was responsible for rating securities backed by commercial real estate assets as an Associate Director in the CMBS group at Fitch Ratings.

Mr. Hunter received an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Mr. Hunter is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder and regular member of the CFA Institute.

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Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC has named industry veteran Fred Harris Managing Director of Development for the firm.

In this capacity, he will direct the expansion and diversification of the Jonathan Rose Companies’ nationwide development portfolio. The announcement was made by Michael Daly, Chief Operating Officer of Jonathan Rose Companies

Harris served for over a decade as Senior Vice President at AvalonBay Communities, Inc., where he was the lead executive for the New York development team, which developed over 5,000 apartments during his tenure.

Most recently, as owner of the eponymous Fred Harris Real Estate Development, he served as consultant to some of the tri-state area’s leading developers, including AvalonBay, Hartz Mountain, L+M Development Partners, CIM Group and Kaufman New Ventures. In November, he traveled to Beijing to address the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce

Harris has also served in prominent real estate roles in the not-for-profit and government worlds, including Executive Vice President for Real Estate Development at the New York City Housing Authority, Deputy General Counsel for Real Estate and Finance and Director of Real Estate at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and as a founding director of NURCHA, the National Urban

Reconstruction and Housing Agency in South Africa.
Harris is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Community Builder Award, from Phipps Houses, and the Spirit of the City Award from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

He is a published author and has served as adjunct professor at the MS in Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy at NYU.

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Skyline Properties has hired Daniel Shirazi to spearhead firm’s expansion into the outer boroughs.

As senior director of sales, Shirazi will be leverage his experience as a practicing real estate attorney with his knowledge of commercial real estate to present a distinct level of service to clients, presenting solutions for challenges that any real estate transaction entails.

Previously, Shirazi ran his own real estate firm Shirazi Law, PLLC, representing landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, investors, developers, lenders, and borrowers in a variety of real estate transactions.

Before that, he was an Associate in AGMB’s Commercial Real Estate Department.
Shirazi received his J.D. from the Touro Law Center and received his B.S. in Marketing from St. John’s University.

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NAI James E. Hanson has announced the promotion of Russell J. Verducci to Associate Vice President. Verducci specializes in industrial assets in the northern New Jersey marketplace with a focus on logistics and site selection.

Verducci joined NAI Hanson in 2005 and has had a significant impact at the company since that time. Over the past year, he has broker a number of newsworthy sales and leases, including a 352,000 square-foot industrial lease in Newark, N.J., a 19.5-acre land sale on Johnson Street in Staten Island, N.Y., a 145,000 square-foot industrial lease on 17 acres in Piscataway, N.J., and most recently the sale of a 30,000-square-foot professional building in downtown Jersey City, N.J.

Verducci represents local and corporate tenants and landlords throughout northern New Jersey with a primary focus on port-related industrial properties along the Turnpike Corridor. He serves as a Commissioner on the Jersey City Board of Redevelopment, the largest and oldest redevelopment agency in New Jersey. He is also an active member of the Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association (IOREBA), the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the

National Association of Realtors (NAR), and is involved with the Newark Regional Business Partnership, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

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