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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial hires and promotions

James Sousa has been promoted to president of Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc., and he will assume responsibility for delivering the company’s overall strategy to serve the needs of commercial real estate clients and customers.

Sousa has more than 28 years of real estate experience, specializing in corporate services, landlord, institutional and tenant representation, and investment sales.

He joined Weichert Commercial Brokerage in 2005 as senior vice president, and was most recently manager of Weichert Commercial’s Morris Plains office, where he oversaw the office, industrial, land, retail and investment divisions.


Adding an experienced tax and private wealth counsel to its Personal Client Services Group, Stroock announced the arrival of Kevin Matz as a partner in the firm’s New York office.

Matz is one of the New York area’s leading tax and estate lawyers for high net-worth individuals and families and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

He comes to Stroock after maintaining his own independent practice for eight years and is joined by associate Kadeen Wong.

Matz concentrates on domestic and international estate and tax planning, estate administration and related litigation.

A certified public accountant in addition to a lawyer, Matz is currently co-chair of the Tax Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Matz received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Notes and Articles Editor on the Fordham Law Review, and his B.S. from City University of New York – Herbert Lehman College.


Faithful+Gould announced that operations director Carlos Nazario has joined the firm’s New York office.

Nazario is relocating to the U.S. after serving as managing director for Faithful+Gould’s Brazil operations for the past five years.

In his new role, he will work to support the strategic growth of the company’s plans in the Corporate Real Estate (CRE) and Manufacturing sectors in New York, while remaining a focal point for the Brazil operations.

Nazario joined Faithful+Gould in 2010 and was originally based in the company’s Chicago office before relocating to lead operations in Brazil.

He has more than 17 years of experience in project and construction management. He is a registered Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) and Project Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP), as well as a Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Construction Documents Technician (CDT).


DLA Piper announced that Thomas G. Maira has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice as a partner in New York.

Maira will be involved in a broad range of real estate matters, including cross-border joint venture and investment transactions, areas in which Maira has substantial experience and with which DLA Piper is uniquely positioned because of its global real estate platform.

Maira represents a large range of clients in all asset classes across the US.

Prominent representations include advising on the sale and leaseback of the World Trade Center; the financings of 7 World Trade Center, 120 and 40 Wall Street, 340 and 400 Madison Avenue, and Trump Tower; the sale of the Carlyle Hotel; and the acquisition and development of Aladdin Hotel and Casino.
Maira joins DLA Piper from Reed Smith, where he was a partner. Previously he was with Babcock & Brown and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

He received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and his B.B.A. in Real Estate from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.


Carmelo Milio, CPM, has been named president of the Building and Realty Institute (BRI) for the second year running.

Milio is president of Trion Real Estate Management, a full-service property management and investment company with a portfolio that exceeds more than 2,000 co-op, condo and rental units throughout New York City and the Tri-State area.

In his second year as President of BRI, Milio will be looking to take the association to new heights by promoting new initiatives with the goal of expanding the brand’s reputation.

The BRI is now in its 71st year and it is expected that all of these efforts will amount to more accolades to the association’s history as one of the biggest and most honored real estate, development and construction-related industry trade associations in the State of New York.


Habitat for Humanity New York City announced that Anthony M. Montalto, an associate partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles, has joined the Habitat NYC Board of Directors.

Montalto, a longtime supporter and volunteer with Habitat NYC, has drawn on close relationships to provide exceptional assistance to the organization.

Since joining the board of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) NY chapter in 2013 and chairing ASHRAE’s committee on Community Sustainability Projects, he has spearheaded organizational partnerships with Habitat NYC, including supervising volunteers, fundraising, and providing advisors on projects, including design reviews, building surveys and energy audits.

In 2014, he led his firm in a joint venture with Habitat NYC to bring their expertise to the Sydney House project, a 57-unit multi-family development in the Bronx that will be the largest development ever built by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

They have also provided peer review for project design documents and been involved with the design team and Habitat NYC staff to vet projects and provide counsel on potential enhancements.


Eric Launer, an executive vice president in the Melville office of Jones Lang LaSalle, and Robert Stricoff an associate in the Melville office of Cushman & Wakefield Inc., have been appointed to the associate board of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (CIBS).

Prior to joining JLL in 2013, Eric Launer was a principal of the Long Island office of Newmark Knight Frank and previously was a senior executive director at Sutton & Edwards Inc. (now Colliers Long Island), where he was ranked as a top producer from 1999 through 2006.

Earlier, he served as a project manager for residential real estate development, and later as an associate director with another commercial real estate firm in New York City.

Launer, who leads the tenant representation team for JLL’s Long Island office specializing in office leasing, has been responsible for more than one million square feet of real estate transactions throughout the New York metropolitan market.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. He is a resident of Syosset.

Robert Stricoff, who was CEO of the Town of Babylon’s Industrial Development Agency for almost 12 years, is now a licensed real estate broker and a member of C&W’s economic incentives group.
Stricoff holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Queens College and a master of science in public administration, from Central Michigan University.


Breaking Ground, New York’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced the appointment of David Walsh, senior vice president of Community Development Banking at JP Morgan Chase, to their board of directors.

Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase, Walsh served for three years as senior vice president of Multifamily Programs for New York State Homes & Community Renewal where he oversaw the structuring and overall financing of approximately 10,000 units of affordable housing located throughout the State of New York.
He joined JP Morgan Chase in January of 2011 after previously serving as senior vice president of Multifamily Programs for New York State Homes and Community Renewal for three years.

Walsh received a Masters Degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and an undergraduate degree from Western New England College.


The CBRE Investment Properties team spearheaded by Charles Berger and Elli Klapper has added industry veteran, Jay Gelbtuch, to the six-member group that sold 39 properties valued at $221 million last year.

Gelbtuch, an experienced finance professional, will work closely with the entire team, and will be focused on expanding investment sales and opportunity sales in Long Island and in the outer boroughs.
Gelbtuch gained extensive experience in both finance and real estate during his tenure on Wall Street where he worked for 10 years at Deutsche Bank and three years at AIG.


Transwestern’s New Jersey office announced that Kevin Coleman has joined as vice president.
Coleman will provide leasing and sales services on behalf of both owners and occupiers of office and industrial properties.

Coleman brings 13 years of experience, having most recently served as director at Colliers International, where he represented a wide variety of both local and national companies.
Previously, he worked at Commercial Property Network, a Princeton, New Jersey-based boutique services firm. In addition to his real estate and sales experience, he gained political insight by serving as an intern and then a field services officer with the New Jersey State Senate.


Colliers International recently hired Michael Duckfield as a director with responsibility for business development for its Project Management division.

He has 20 years of business development experience in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, with specific expertise in the New York Tri-State market. He will be based in Colliers’ Manhattan office.

Most recently, Duckfield spent six years as a business development manager for a New York City-based consulting firm that provides specialized services to the A/E/C industry.

He also served 10 years as a sales professional with a leading regional environmental firm.
At Colliers, Duckfield will dedicate his time to growing the firm’s project management services with colleges and universities; private/independent schools; and corporate, cultural and non-profit organizations in the New York metropolitan area.

Duckfield earned a master of science from New York Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science from St. John’s University.


Noah Balanoff has joined Colliers International Group Inc. in Parsippany, NJ, as executive managing director, focusing on the industrial platform.

Balanoff was formerly senior vice president of CBRE, representing institutional property owners, as well as national and regional companies, in their industrial and supply chain/logistics-related requirements.

Prior to joining CBRE, he was an associate director with Cushman & Wakefield in New Jersey, where he was a member of the industrial transactions and Global Supply Chain Solutions practice groups.
His specialty is the sales and leasing of warehouse and distribution facilities with a focus on the New Jersey Turnpike corridor, primarily in the Interchange 8A/7A, Port Newark/Elizabeth and Meadowlands submarkets.

Balanoff is a graduate of the University of Albany. He is a Certified Commercial Real Estate Investment Member (CCIM).

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