CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
John Altieri is an Associate in the Stamford, CT office. John is currently focused on tenant and landlord representation services in the office leasing market in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Over the last few years, John has represented some of the largest landlords in the market including Kensico Properties and Tishman Speyer Properties. John is also an active member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Tenant Advisory Group.
Along with his work in brokerage, John was nominated as the local chair member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Future Leader’s Program (CWFL), a network of rising professionals within the firm committed to continuing education, collaboration, and community service.
John has a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Osayamen recently launched a highly successful REAP program in Kansas City, Missouri, making it the ninth metropolitan market to feature a program. The media cheered the launch as a “new diversity program literally aimed at changing the face of Kansas City’s commercial real estate (CRE) and development industry.” The KC program has already helped its graduates find employment in CRE.
In Osayamen Bartholomew’s five years with Project REAP, and one year as associate program director, she has been responsible for launching successful new programs in Kansas City, Dallas, and Columbus, Ohio, as well as running, in conjunction with local committees, fall and spring 10-week courses in many of the nation’s major urban centers including New York City; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta and LA.
Each year, she helps locate distinguished faculty members and, together with the executive director, oversees programs and monitors the progress of 75 to 100 new students.
Her work with REAP takes her nationwide to meet with local administrators, aid them in setting up and managing programs and recruiting students, all highly distinguished college graduates with 1 -5 years of professional work in varied disciplines; many with graduate and/or professional degrees.
Osayamen holds a joint BS degree in English/Communications from Lincoln and Temple University, PA, and an MA in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology.
REAP Chair Lamont Blackstone says: “Osa Bartholomew has played a pivotal role in REAP’s growth as the leading diversity initiative exclusively focused on serving the commercial real estate industry. For many of REAP’s alumni, she has served as the face of a program that has helped to connect them to seasoned industry professionals in the classroom and at CRE organizations.”
For information on REAP classes, visit www.projectreap.org
FORCHELLI, DEEGAN & TERRANA, LLP
Douglas W. Atkins concentrates his practice in the specialty area of property tax refund and reduction, commonly known as tax certiorari. He has extensive experience in property tax reduction proceedings for all types of commercial real estate throughout New York State. Mr. Atkins also regularly advises property owners and municipalities on the negotiation and tax impact of Industrial Development Agency PILOT agreements.
He is a frequent lecturer and writer on the topics of commercial property tax and valuation. He has been published in the New York Real Estate Journal, the New York Law Journal, the Suffolk County Lawyer, and various local publications.
For his accomplishments and achievements in the business community, Doug was selected as one of Long Island’s top 30 young professionals by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Since 2011, Doug has been annually selected as a Rising Star by New York SuperLawyers. The Long Island Business News awarded him with both the Leadership in Law award and the prestigious Long Island 40-Under-40 award.
Mr. Atkins has successfully completed both commercial and residential real estate appraisal courses through the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He is a 2005 graduate of Brooklyn Law School.
AKAM SALES & BROKERAGE
A native New Yorker, Patti came to real estate after a long and successful career on Wall Street. Having lived in just about every neighborhood in the city, she can give expert advice and direction to her agents. She spent her first few years in real estate as an agent, which gives her a unique prospective when relating to her agents. Patti spent 10+ as a sales manager at one of the city’s largest firms. While there, she became involved in training and agent education. She is passionate about creating and developing professional agents.
Knowledgeable about all aspects of residential real estate, renting, buying, and selling, Patti is excited to be a part of the AKAM Sales and Brokerage team.
NYC HOUSING AUTHORITY
Polina currently serves as the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Deputy Director for Real Estate Development where she leads the Preservation Team in repositioning 20,000 distressed public housing units via subsidy conversion to Section 8; this allows NYCHA and its development partners to raise financing to address $4 billion in unmet capital needs, equaling 15% of the national public housing
maintenance backlog and the largest residential preservation pipeline in the U.S.
Prior to joining NYCHA in 2016, Polina served on the economic development team for the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Her previous professional experience includes leading redevelopment and community asset building and organizing projects in Lawrence, MA and New Orleans, LA. Polina earned bachelor of science degrees in urban planning and civil engineering, as well as a master’s degree in city planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
BELKIN BURDEN WENIG
& GOLDMAN, LLP
William E. Baney joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2015 as an Associate in the Litigation Department.
Mr. Baney handles a wide array of real estate and commercial litigation in both the Civil Court and Supreme Court, specializing in complex landlord & tenant disputes involving non-primary residence, rent overcharge claims, breach of lease, 421(g) and DHCR issues.
Mr. Baney earned his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 2011 and graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
Robert’s mission is to work hard and take care of every real estate client as if they are family. He is always engaged and hands-on throughout the entire process, making himself available at all times – even for matters beyond the scope of the transaction. Specializing in sales and
rentals in Manhattan, Robert is a member of the Berkin Team headed by Stefani Berkin, Rutenberg’s president. He has worked in real estate since graduating from college, inspired by a deep passion for the business. “My approach to real estate involves listening to and educating clients each step of the way. This job goes way beyond merely showing homes; it involves being a market navigator, solutions provider, skilled negotiator, and advisor on the best deal and investment for a client’s needs. Whether you’re seeking a home or selling a special property, quality service and personal attention come first when you hire me.”
Outside of real estate, he is an avid fitness enthusiast and Licensed Personal Trainer who has competed at high levels in both MMA and weight-lifting. Dearest to his heart is working with the Special Olympics, giving time as a volunteer.
Louis Baugier, 28, is a rising star in the real estate industry where he recently launched Surecave, surecave.com, a NYC-based real estate technology company that has developed an app that allows landlords/ property owners to better manage their business — everything from finding tenants to managing multiple properties and even allows renters to pay rent in cryptocurrencies.
Under his leadership, the company has raised over one million dollars from real estate companies that include First Midwest Group, TransUnion, Remax and Silverback Development, an active New York City development company and other venture capital firms.
Surecave’s proprietary software enables property owners/managers to better communicate in real-time with tenants. “Today’s renters demand a better rental experience,” said Baugier. ”Today there are one-click purchases on Amazon. We need a one-click rent, or at least a seamless way for managers and tenants to communicate with one another.”
Baugier grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut before graduating from Tulane University with a dual bachelor’s degree in finance and French literature where he was an All-American rugby player.
An avid marathon runner, he has completed three races (NYC ‘15, La Havana ‘15, NYC’ 16). Louis currently lives in Flatiron. He is a member of the New York Private Equity Network Real Estate Group, the Lumen Institute, YPONextGen and the Urban Land Institute.
MERIDIAN INVESTMENT SALES
David Benharouch joined Meridian Investment Sales in September of 2017 as a Vice President. A native of Paris, France, David graduated from law school at the University of Paris XII and economic school at the University of Paris IX Dauphine before working as a corporate lawyer at a major law firm. He subsequently spearheaded a major reorganization and automation of a prominent family business to optimize profitability and efficiency.
David married and moved to New York, where he became a leading expert in the EB-5 financing industry, and further pursued his interest in real estate. Prior to joining Meridian, David served as a real estate salesperson at The
NEWMARK KNIGHT FRANK
Josh Berg joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2014 as an associate in the New Yon: headquarters. Mr. Berg specializes in corporate tenant representation. Including relocation, expansion, disposition and lease renegotiations. His client roster includes private equity, hedge funds and fmancial services firms throughout New York City.
Mr. Berg earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University.
BEKIN BURDEN WENIG & GOLDMAN
Damien Bernache joined Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP in 2016 as an Associate in the Administrative Department.
Mr. Bernache specializes in administrative law and litigation before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the New York State and City Commissions on Human Rights, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). In addition, Mr. Bernache has extensive experience with Project Based Section 8, Housing Choice Vouchers, and “Sticky” Vouchers. Mr. Bernache also has extensive litigation experience in Housing Court, Supreme Court and appellate courts.
Mr. Bernache earned his Juris Doctor from University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2005 and graduated cum laude. Mr. Bernache earned his Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University in 2001.
In early 2016 Jonathan Bichoupan made the transition from finance into real estate and took a salesperson position at Highcap Group. In hindsight it was a rather tumultuous time to enter into the business. It was the end of a very high cycle amongst legislative changes – the 421A had just expired, the rent stabilization laws changed, and there was uncertainty in both the finance and retail markets. It was an incredibly tough environment, but a great time to learn and earn your stripes as a broker.
Although Jonathan had no real estate experience at the time, he had spent 4 years working for a financier in the emerging growth markets, which helped set the stage for putting deals together. He stated “You have to make sure there’s motivation on both sides. No matter what, things are always going to come up throughout the life cycle of the deal, so it has to be structured in a way where everyone will do everything in their power to move things forward and get it done.”
After only 2 years in the business, he’s gained a deep understanding of many submarkets throughout New York City. He originally focused on mixed-use and multifamily assets throughout the boroughs, but also became well versed in development.
MARCUS & MILLICHAP
John Brennan specializes in the sale of investment real estate assets in Brooklyn, focusing on multifamily (rent-regulated & free market), mixed use, retail, land, and redevelopment properties in Southern & Central Brooklyn. On a day to day level, John is valuing single assets or portfolios, advising property owners, and executing sales transactions on an exclusive basis. Building long-term relationships and putting client’s goals & needs ahead of anything else is the underlying focus of his business model. At every step of a client relationship, John takes an advisory approach to assist in making informed and lucrative decisions. With a proven track record of closing deals, John has continually established himself as a skilled negotiator with connections to the industries largest network of buyers & sellers for commercial real estate in Brooklyn.
John graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Psychology. He was raised and currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. In his spare time, he enjoys attending Giants, Knicks, and Yankee games, going out to restaurants, and spending time with family & friends.
Ms. Brennan is based in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey, office and is a member of the Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law and the Employee Benefits Practice Groups.
Ms. Brennan previously served as a summer associate at Genova Burns, conducting research and analysis in the areas of environmental law, employment law, land use law, and campaign finance law.
During law school, Ms. Brennan received the Philip J. Levin Scholarship. Ms. Brennan also participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court, presented at the Financial Literacy Pro Bono Program, and served as Alumni Relations Editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion.
She served as judicial extern in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Complex Litigation Center, Philadelphia’s mass tort program as well as a judicial intern to the Honorable Dennis M. Cavanaugh of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
PROCIDA FUNDING & ADVISORS
Mike Coen joined Procida Funding and Advisors in June of 2015. Mike co-leads the asset management team and helps facilitate the firm’s efforts in underwriting analysis. Mike along Derek Weissman will be handling the day-to-day operations of the 100 Mile Fund loan portfolio.
Prior to joining Procida, Mike help manage a portfolio of distressed commercial real estate assets at NRT REO Experts. Mr. Coen worked closely with other nationwide asset management companies servicing clients including JP Morgan Chase, Capital One and Bank of America. Mike served as a key member of the division with $100 million in assets under management generating a liquidation value of more than $670 million.
Mr. Coen completed his Masters in Real Estate Development (MSRED) at Nova Southeastern University and recently completed NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate Professional Certification in Real Estate Finance.
Most Recent Achievement: Mike facilitated and oversaw the environmental remediation cleanup for a 19 acre redevelopment site located in Ridgefield New Jersey. The site plan approvals and repositioning continues to attract purchasers and users to the site. Widely considered the final greenfield remaining in Bergen County, the land possess tremendous development value.”
LOEB & LOEB
An attorney at Loeb & Loeb since 2008, Nichole’s talent and drive have made her a tremendous asset to her clients and to the firm which led to her promotion to partner in 2014.
Nichole concentrates her practice on office and retail leasing and subleasing for both landlords and tenants. In addition, she has broad experience in related real estate matters, including commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, real estate brokerage and agency agreements and the assessment of the real estate aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Nichole is both a talented attorney and a shrewd real estate professional who possesses a unique blend of legal intellect, market knowledge and nimble negotiation skills to deliver the highest quality service to each and every client she works with. She understands the economics and complexities of each matter, and she works tirelessly to conclude each one rapidly, often exceeding the expectations of both her clients and colleagues.
In one of Manhattan’s largest lease transactions from 2017, Nichole and her team represented Ivanhoé Cambridge and its partner Callahan Capital Properties, as landlord, in two separate leases to 21st Century Fox and News Corp totaling more than 1.2 million square feet of office space at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. Nicole also has recently represented Joseph P. Day, RFR Realty, Brookfield Properties, Trinity Real Estate, and played a key role in the representation of 120 Park Avenue Associates LLC and
MERIDIAN CAPITAL GROUP
Steve Edelstein joined Meridian Capital Group as a Vice President in 2014, where his responsibilities include arranging financing across all asset types both locally and nationally. Since closing his first deal in Philadelphia for $84 million, Steve has since facilitated the sale and financing of a mostly vacant office building in Newark, NJ, closed a $21 million office deal in Syracuse, NY, and in 2017, he closed more than $140 million in transaction volume after just three years in the industry. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and is intimately involved with various Jewish causes, including with the largest Yeshiva in the world.
Andrew started with JPMorgan Chase in 2014 and has been in the Real Estate Industry since 2009, previously working as an Investment Sales Broker at Massey Knakal Realty Services (now Cushman & Wakefield). During his time at Massey Knakal, he was involved in the disposition of over $517MM in aggregate transaction volume and evaluated over $1.2B in commercial properties using various evaluation techniques.
Andrew graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate in 2014 and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Pace University in 2010.
An active member of the NYU Alumni Community, Real Estate Services Alliance (RESA) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Andrew has also volunteered for numerous charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Hope Soup Kitchen, Arts Connection, Carry the Load, Catalog for Giving, Khal Bnei Torah and Street Soccer USA.
MERDIAN INVESTMENT SALES
Michael Feldman joined Meridian Investment Sales in August of 2015 with four years of commercial real estate experience, having represented owners and operators and executed transactions across retail, mixed-use, multifamily, and hotel assets in New York. Over the course of his tenure at Meridian, Michael has closed more than $100 million in real estate transactions.
Prior to joining Meridian Investment Sales, Michael served as an associate at Grubb Knight Frank in New York. Working alongside top executives in the firm, he aided in achieving the company’s top calendar year, completing dozens of transactions as a representative for New York University, Empire State Realty Trust, and MGM Real Estate. Michael graduated from the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of New York and an active member of REBNY.
Stephen Ferreri is a recent graduate from St. Johns University with a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance. While attending SJU, he was a practice player for the collegiate basketball team.
Prior to working at Procida, Stephen worked in the finance department at Allianz Global Investors in which he gained valuable experience in both the corporate finance and asset management fields.
Stephen recently completed additional coursework needed to become CPA eligible, as he looks to sit for the CPA in the next coming months. Billy and Stephen’s father, who is a financial service CFO from Norwood, have known each other for over a decade.
Stephen recently became head of servicing and portfolio management for the 100 Mile Fund’s $150 mm portfolio. He is in charge of positioning all 100 Mile Fund investments to generate the safest and highest yield attainable. Stephen is also in charge of generating new capital for the Fund and finding new participants to partner with on current and future projects.
Caroline Finger is a Commercial Banker in the Chase Community Development Banking Group’s Real Estate Lending division, a leader in providing financing solutions that benefit communities across the nation. The Community Development Real Estate Group originates over $1 billion annually in construction and permanent debt products to develop and revitalize affordable housing properties throughout the Chase retail footprint.
Caroline is a member of the Northeast team and is responsible for originating debt throughout the region with a specific focus on Upstate New York and New England. Caroline joined the Group as a Commercial Banker in 2013 and has closed 36 transactions totaling over $450MM in debt that has resulted in the new construction or preservation of nearly 3,500 units of affordable housing.
Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in real estate finance from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. She is also a participant in the J.P. Morgan Chase Ambassador program, has sat on the conference committees for the New York State Association for Affordable Housing’s annual New York City and Upstate New York conferences, and serves on the executive board for the Enterprise Community Partners Gotham Society.
MERIDIAN INVESTMENT SALES
Zach joined Meridian Investment Sales in November of 2016 as an associate on the Middle Market team, focusing on multifamily properties in New York City. Prior to joining Meridian, he acted as a startup consultant to Charidy Inc., Gigameet Inc., and MeVee LLC, and was a co-founder of Welzoo LLC. Zach holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and is a licensed real estate salesperson in New York.
Zach has been hired as an exclusive broker on a number of multifamily, mixed-use, and development site listings, including 263 W 34th Street, a shovel-ready, 50,000-square-foot development site located directly across from Pennsylvania Station. There are fully approved plans to develop a four story commercial building with 80 feet of linear frontage along West 34th Street, which will be highly sought after by retailers to serve as a global flagship store. Few development sites exist that offer immediate proximity to an international transit hub and one of the most heavily trafficked locations in the world.
In addition to a monumental first year in real estate, Zach also married his amazing wife Ilana in 2016. He speaks several languages, is a Kosher restaurant connoisseur, and specializes in networking and maintaining relationships.
Mark Fischer is an account manager at Lane Office. He graduated from UNC – at Chapel Hill, and started with Lane Office September 8th, 2014. He is responsible for developing client relationships and ensuring that all services are completed on time and within the designated budget. Mark has made a major impact at Lane Office not only with his thoroughly developed skill set, but also his dedication and drive.
PROCIDA FUNDING & ADVISORS
Brian Foley joined the team full time as an Associate in May of 2016 after graduating with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate. Brian was also member of Penn’s varsity swim and dive team, specializing in backstroke.
Before coming to Procida, Brian interned at Advantage Futures, one of the highest volume futures clearing firms in the industry, based out of Chicago. There Brian learned key values in sales and trading.
At Procida, Brian worked on R.E.O. assets and distressed deals. Now, Brian leads Procida Funding’s Originations department.
ISA REALTY GROUP
Louis Franco is a Director with Isa Realty Group, LLC a full service commercial real estate firm based in NYC. He concentrates on both landlord and tenant representation with a focus on retail leasing. Louis has been with IRG since 2014 and has worked on behalf of many property owners and management firms including Perlbinder Realty, Dermer Management, Hilson Management, Plaza 400, Eugene Ellis Real Estate, Paley Management and many other local real estate families, being instrumental to the successful leasing of many projects on their behalf.
Louis has also represented many retailers including Starr Restaurants, CV Restaurant Group, Roman & Williams, Gumption Coffee, Just Salad, Baked by Melissa, Francois Payard, Lush Cosmetics, Noodlelove, Mochidoki and Spa Belles, among others.
Louis received a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in finance, economics, and real estate from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of New York and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Louis has been active both in the real estate and local communities. He has worked as a volunteer for Sephardic Food Pantry and aided in construction for Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort.
Timothy Freydberg works as a Senior Associate in Transaction and Advisory Services in CBRE’s Midtown office, where he focuses on tenant representation across New York City.
Tim brings more than nine years of commercial real estate experience to his role at CBRE. Using his superior market knowledge and superb attention to detail, he specializes in representing a variety of tenants throughout the city. Some of Tim’s notable clients include Nagashima Ohno & Tsuenematsu NY, LLP, Gates Capital Management, Inc., Biom’Up and Concern Worldwide.
Prior to joining CBRE, Tim was a Director at the Vortex Group and a Vice President at NSNYRE, where he functioned in a similar role in a boutique setting. In addition to his commercial real estate experience, Tim also worked in finance at Merrill Lynch and Cuttone & Co.
Tim’s experience in real estate and finance—paired with his superior client service skills and ability to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues alike—makes him a strong asset to the CBRE team.
Tim graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance.
NKF CAPITAL MARKETS
Daniel Fromm works in NKF Capital Markets New York Debt and Structured Finance Group. Mr. Fromm specializes in structuring and raising capital across all asset classes. He has extensive relationships with a variety of capital sources including life insurance companies, domestic and off-shore commercial banking institutions, agencies, pension funds, investment banking institutions, real estate funds and foreign investors.
Before joining NKF Capital Markets, Mr. Fromm was a director at a real estate investment bank, where he focused on asset and portfolio financings. He previously worked as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he worked on complex assignments including mortgage-backed securities matters. He also advised real estate private equity funds, hedge funds and institutional owners on joint ventures, restructurings, acquisitions, dispositions and financings.
Mr. Fromm is active with the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Mr. Fromm holds a law degree from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Queens College.
NADJA M. GALLOWAY
Nadja M. Galloway is a licensed real estate broker with a focus on commercial sales and leasing in the New York City area. She is an exclusive agent for approximately 500,000 RSF in Manhattan and Long Island City. Over the past five years she has worked with the Time Equities team to market and successfully sell approximately 195,000 RSF and lease approximately 450,000 RSF. In addition to commercial sales and leasing she is currently the property manager for two residential properties in Brooklyn.
Nadja has worked at Time Equities Inc., a full service real estate agency, for over a decade. She started out as an assistant and when the opportunity presented itself, she propositioned the COO to consider her for Associate Broker position to represent the company’s New York City office portfolio. She was immediately given a title, new responsibility and joined the TEI brokerage team. In the same year, she was awarded Employee of the Year at the Time Equities Inc. annual company conference. Due to her longevity and success at Time Equities, most recently Nadja has been promoted to Director of Commercial Leasing and Sales.
Ms. Galloway was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Clinton Hill her entire life. She is an active Brooklyn Community Board member, Bedford Stuyvesant Real Estate Board member, REBNY member, and a member of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from Brooklyn College and holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer and Information Science.
MERIDIAN CAPITAL GROUP
Bryan Geffen is an Associate at Meridian Capital Group, where he is responsible for structuring debt and equity for clients across all asset types, including multifamily, mixed-use, commercial, office, and industrial. In his first three years at Meridian, Bryan has negotiated, structured, and closed more than 40 transactions.
Through his in-depth knowledge of the lending markets, Bryan has become a valuable asset to his clients and has developed significant relationships with his lending counterparts. His ability to identify the right lender for every deal and to work effectively through any hurdles that may arise has allowed him to acquire some of NYC’s most active real estate owners as clients, many with portfolios in excess of $100 million.
Prior to joining Meridian, Bryan worked in the financial sector at Morgan Stanley and at Barclays and played professional basketball in Israel after his division 1 basketball career in college.
Over the last few months, Christopher has taken a highly expanded role in sourcing institutional caliber opportunities for the firm. This includes recently identifying and successfully securing exclusive advisory and transactional services for a large client portfolio spanning more than 1 million square feet across mixed asset types.Christopher joined Ackman-Ziff’s Investment Sales practice in 2017. Given his experience across multifamily, mixed-use, retail, office and development properties, he is responsible for origination and execution of exclusive sales and capital mandates throughout New York City. Since beginning his career, he has played an integral role in closing over $400mm in gross transactions.
Prior to joining Ackman-Ziff, Christopher was a member of the investment sales team at
Ariel Property Advisors, servicing both private and institutional clientele. He also developed an expertise in affordable housing product including 421-a, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Project-Based Section-8, and additional HUD agreements.
In the years preceding his focus on commercial real estate, Christopher worked in oil and metal trading at Glencore Plc, a world-leading commodities trading firm. He attended the University of Connecticut where he received his B.S. in Economics and Business.
Christopher has been exposed to real estate his entire life. His father, Kenneth, still owns and operates a residential development company, building custom homes throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island. His Grandmother, Anna, was a top awarded agent with Coldwell Banker for over 30 years. Its role models like these where Christopher discovered his passion and drive within the industry.
ARIEL PROPERTY ADVISORS
Matthew L. Gillis is a Director in the Investment Sales Division at Ariel Property Advisors. In addition to originating and executing exclusive listing sales, he is responsible for leading business development and networking initiatives in Northern Manhattan, with a particular focus on Washington Heights and Inwood.
Since joining the company, he has participated in the sale of 44 transactions worth $827 million in gross consideration.
Mr. Gillis represents both private and institutional-sized owners and investors in the valuation and sale of multifamily, mixed-use and development properties throughout New York City. Ariel Property Advisors’ Northern Manhattan team is extremely active in the sale of affordable housing products, including Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Project-based Section-8 and other property types subject to HUD agreements. The Northern Manhattan team is one of the most active in the industry for this product type.
Mr. Gillis graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Fordham University, where he also minored in Economics.
Kadeem Goodall-Reid joined CBRE’s northern New Jersey office in 2014 as a member of the research department and accelerated into brokerage services shortly thereafter.
Mr. Goodall-Reid is focused on investor and occupier representation in the northern New Jersey office market where he actively represents more than one millio square feet of inventory. Mr.Goodall-Reid’s skills in optimizing value for his clients include comprehensive market analysis, strategic planning, methodical prospecting, business development and transaction management.
Mr. Goodall-Reid graduated from Rowan University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. While at Rowan, Mr. Goodall-Reid was actively involved in numerous clubs and organizations and served as the rugby team captain during his last year.
As the Vice President of Business Development for the Interiors Sector at Corgan, one of the nation’s top five architecture and design firms, Morgan Gorospe is accomplished in identifying and cultivating new business, developing and maintaining client relationships, and
generating opportunities to promote Corgan’s work. A 17-year veteran of the AEC industry, Morgan brings extensive design and construction experience managing multimillion dollar projects from design development through construction administration to deliver on client goals and steward relationships. During her time at Corgan, Morgan has worked on projects for Bustle, LinkedIn, Bank of the Ozarks and Indeed among others. Her commitment to strategy and collaboration have helped broker new partnerships and shaped the fabric of the city’s real estate market. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Interior Design and Graduate Degree in Construction Management from the University of California Los Angeles. She is a member of CoreNet’s New York chapter and a LEED AP.
Ashley Grebow joined Modern Spaces Commercial & Investment Property Group in August 2015. She developed, and manages the team’s extensive owner and investor database, and is responsible for originating and marketing new business. To date, Ashley has generated over $364M in gross sales and leasing activity.
Ashley’s real estate career began at CoStar Group, a commercial real estate information and analytics firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Among other things, she: managed a portfolio of 980+ companies, 5500+ properties, and 1100+ listings, generating almost $1.0M in annual revenue; monitored all real estate activity across several U.S. markets; and improved client relations resulting in a market renewal rate of 98%.
Ashley graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and also spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She holds a real estate salesperson license in New York and Maryland.
As Director of Marketing & Digital Media at Silverstein Properties, Aisling oversees all of the company’s online, digital, direct marketing and social media strategies. Her work has resulted in greatly increased leasing activity, brand recognition and exposure across the company’s commercial, residential, retail and hotel portfolio.
In 2016, Aisling was handed the ultimate challenge: figure out how to engage, influence and persuade business leaders and their employees to move into 4 World Trade Center and bring it to 100% occupancy by 2018. Aisling’s efforts were a significant factor in Spotify leasing 14 floors at the top of the building, bringing it to full occupancy.
Under Aisling’s leadership, Silverstein’s marketing & leasing campaigns have been honored with dozens of national awards. These include thirteen W3 Awards for “Best in Show”, five MarCom Awards and four AVA Digital Marketing Awards for most successful leasing campaigns.
Aisling was recognized by the American Business Awards as the 2017 Marketer of the Year. Her market research paired with her guerilla marketing style have created a new standard for marketing in the real estate sector. Dara McQuillan, Silverstein’s CMO said: “As a result of Aisling’s efforts, we have some of the most visible projects on the planet.”
HANDLER REAL ESTATE ORG.
Reporting directly to the CEO, EVP Darell Handler oversees the leasing of all Handler Organization owned and managed properties, plays a critical role in the sourcing, analysis, and due diligence process for the firm’s proposed acquisitions and new investments, and has been assisting the CEO in the strategic re-positioning of the company-owned 135,000-sf 315 West 39th Street.
As a tenant rep broker with several new leases in the immediate pipeline, Mr. Handler has represented a broad spectrum of clients. Select highlights include: the 10,000-sf relocation and expansion of behalf of Water Keeper Alliance (John F Kennedy, Jr. is the nonprofit’s President) at 180 Maiden Lane; QSAC’s 40,000-sf relocation and expansion in Queens; Wachtel Missry’s 17,000-sf renewal at 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza; and Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss’ 15,000-sf renewal and expansion in the Chrysler Building.
Mr. Handler sits on the board of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association, the St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children’s FOSM Committee, the Anti-Defamation League’s NextGen Real Estate Committee and is a Founding Friend of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.
Brent Houston is a Senior Client Executive in J.P. Morgan’s Real Estate Banking business. His primary responsibilities include generating new business opportunities and managing existing relationships with top tier commercial real estate developers and other Texas-based owner/operators of real estate.
Brent joined JPMorgan in 2003 and worked in the CMBS group, with responsibilities including securitization of CMBS loans and presentation of loan portfolios to rating agencies and B piece buyers. Since moving to the Real Estate Banking group, Brent has also held the roles of Underwriter and Credit Banker. He is an active instructor in REB’s Credit Training Academy.
Prior to joining JPMorgan, Brent spent five years at Univest Financial Services working on due diligence projects supporting the acquisition of commercial real estate assets for third party clients. His responsibilities included collecting and evaluating data on a large pool of real estate assets and other loans.
Brent received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College and is a CFA charterholder.
DLA PIPER RE/Land Use
Noel Hyun, lives and works in DTLA, and works to re-define urban family living in Los Angeles. Using her experience as a land use attorney and community advocate, she is making her mark.
She concentrates her practice on land use and environmental matters, including representing property owners, developers and investors in complex land use entitlement and real estate development projects. With over a decade of experience representing clients before Los Angeles City officials, Noel understands the public decision-making process and assists clients in cutting through red tape. This skill set crosses into her personal advocacy.
She serves on a number of boards and committees representing issues important to her. To keep young families in DTLA, Noel joined the board of Metro Charter Elementary School, Downtown Los Angeles’ first parent-founded elementary school. In 2017, she began leading the school’s facilities task force, no easy task given the market barriers in an expensive real estate market like DTLA.
Noel works in other ways to shape the City. Recently, Noel was named board secretary and treasurer for the Central City Association, a downtown business group, serves on the City’s Zoning Advisory Committee and is Vice Chair for the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.
Ryan Ingle is a Principal in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Ingle has been involved in asset management activities across the U.S. and analyzing real estate investments in several property sectors. Mr. Ingle has been involved in various transactions including La Quinta, Extended Stay, Motel 6, IndCor and BioMed. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Ingle worked in Citi’s investment banking division in the Real Estate & Lodging group where he was involved in a variety of M&A, equity and debt transactions. Mr. Ingle received a BS in Finance and a BA in Spanish from the University of Kansas where he graduated with highest distinction and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
MERIDIAN CAPITAL GROUP
Bryan Kallenberg is a Senior Associate at Meridian Capital Group. To date, he has arranged $200 million in commercial real estate debt and has been involved in $70 million of commercial real estate investment sales.
Bryan was recruited by Meridian to expand its footprint throughout the Long Island commercial real estate market. His responsibilities include origination, loan placement, and comprehensive property analyses. Prior to joining Meridian, Bryan worked as an Investment Sales Associate at ERG Property Advisors where he focused on the sale of Long Island commercial real estate.
In his free time, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife Courtney and daughter Madelyn. He enjoys cooking, golfing, and physical activities. He is also an All-American College Tennis recipient, which helps his competitive edge in commercial real estate.
Jon Kamali is a Director of Commercial Leasing at Eastern Consolidated, specializing in both tenant and landlord representation in New York City including Upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
As a landlord representative, Mr. Kamali works exclusively on behalf of Equity Residential, GTIS Partners, Prana Investments, Elijah Equities, ABJ Properties, Atkins & Breskin, and Morgan Builders, while as a tenant representative he is assisting iPic Theaters & Entertainment on its expansion into the New York Metro area.
Prior to joining Eastern Consolidated, Mr. Kamali was a commercial agent at Besen & Associates. He co-founded the online music magazine (BH) out of New York and Miami where he worked cohesively with managers and publicists in the industry while coordinating events with full media coverage including video, photo, interview, and recap content.
A graduate of Baruch College with a degree in Corporate Communications and a double minor in Real Estate and Information Technology, Mr. Kamali is fluent in Hebrew and Farsi. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Prior to joining the firm as a partner, Jarred was a member in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Cozen O’Connor.
For the last decade, Jarred has concentrated his practice in the areas of complex commercial real estate disputes, insolvency issues and zoning and tax matters. He has represented Fortune 500 corporations, real estate management companies, property owners, landlords and tenants in all aspects of their use, management and operation of commercial real estate. He has published prominent articles in the Landlord-Tenant Practice Reporter, the New York State Bar Association Journal, and the New York Law Journal.
Jarred earned his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.
Kevin Kelly is a member of Savills Studley’s Workforce, Location and Incentives Advisory group. He specializes in three core practice areas, all centered around location strategy: workforce planning and site selection, portfolio optimization, and acquisition of business incentives.
A trained data scientist and avid data enthusiast, Kelly is a gifted problem solver with end-to-end capabilities and a proven track record of synthesizing the most complex/copious amounts of data and unlocking key trends or anomalies. He leverages his background in GIS (geographic information systems) and spatial sciences to help drive unique and creative solutions that are often conceptually out-of-the-box but always statistically valid. Kelly is also experienced at presenting these findings directly to executive leadership and concisely communicating key decision points that effectively shape the road map to an optimized solution.
Prior to joining Savills Studley, Kelly was a member of the KLG Advisors Location Strategy Practice for five years. Before joining KLG he worked at the Los Angeles County Public Health Department of Epidemiology performing advanced spatial analysis in pursuit of gaining a geographic understanding of the spread and distribution of illness.
Kelly earned a Master of Science degree from The University of Southern California in Geographic Information Sciences and Technology. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at USC in Geography.
FRIED FRANK HARRIS
SHRIVER & JACOBSON LLP
Ms. Kelly represents her clients on all aspects of commercial real estate with a particular emphasis on large headquarters leases. Ms. Kelly’s clients include private and public commercial real estate investors and developers, office and retail tenants, investment funds, banks, and other financial institutions. Ms. Kelly also has extensive experience working on acquisitions and dispositions of office buildings, apartment complexes, and hotels.
As a real estate partner at Fried Frank, Valerie Kelly plays an integral role in the practice’s growth and success. Her business-minded approach to leading and managing transactions has enabled her to effectively tackle complex issues for clients.
Ms. Kelly represented clients on 3 of the top 7 largest office lease deals in Manhattan in 2017:
• Ernst & Young in connection with its 674,061-square-foot lease for its headquarters relocation to One Manhattan West in New York City;
• PBC USA in connection with its 548,000-square-foot lease to HSBC USA NA at 452 Fifth Avenue, a Class A office tower near Bryant Park in New York City.
• RXR Realty in a transaction with New York Presbyterian Hospital whereby the hospital will occupy over 500,000 square feet of office space at 237 Park Avenue in New York City.
ROSEWOOD REALTY GROUP
Ben Khakshoor, 26 is an investment sales broker at Rosewood Realty Group where he is a rising star who just celebrated his second year anniversary with one of the city’s top performing investment sales firms led by Aaron Jungreis.
In that time, Khakshoor has transacted over $120 million in sales, and has continued to grow his relationships among investors.
His biggest sale in 2017 was the $27.5 million sale of an eight-building portfolio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to Black Spruce Management in February. Along with his Rosewood colleagues, Aaron Jungreis and Mike Kerwin, he represented seller SMK Properties, which was in danger of being foreclosed on by Madison Realty Capital before the sale.
In 2017, Khakshoor also helped sell a three-building package near Fordham University in the Bronx for $17 million. “I liked that deal because it showed appreciation and growth that’s happening in the Bronx,” he said. “It’s not as gentrified an area yet.” And recently he closed a $14 million plus deal selling a two building portfolio on Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.
The young man, who originally planned to be a dentist, realized his drive and work ethic would work better in the business world. He admits he has learned a lot from working at Rosewood, where he said, it immediately felt like home. “We treat all clients the same and we give the proper attention to every deal, be it a $ 5 million or $25 million deal,” said Khakshoor.
“I love being a part of the team and being a deal junkie,” said Khakshoor, who spent a year as a mortgage broker at Silver Fin Capital, a small mortgage lender based in his hometown of Great Neck, New York before he took the plunge and became a commercial broker.
Outside of work, Khakshoor is proud that he co-founded the North Shore Sephardic Synagogue Youth Congregation. The organization, which has grown from 10 members to nearly 60 over the past several years, helps kids “receive a proper Jewish education,” Khakshoor said, in addition to organizing trips and other social activities.
ANDRE KIKOSKI ARCHITECT
Andre Kikoski Architect is an award-winning Manhattan-based architecture and design firm grounded by enduring architectural principles, driven by innovation and activated by the untapped capabilities of 21st Century technology and craftsmanship.
Named one of Interior Design’s PowerGrid 100 Architects changing the landscape of New York City, and The Architect’s Newspaper’s Top 50 Interior Architects pushing the envelope in the built environment, the firm has proudly worked with The Guggenheim Museum, The Related Companies at Hudson Yards, The Howard HughesCorporation, The Kohler Companies, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Swarovski Crystal.
CPEX REAL ESTATE
Jidan Kim is an Associate Director on the CPEX Development & Conversion Sales Team. Focusing on the New York market, Jidan works collectively with Managing Partner Brian T. Leary in this role. Her responsibilities include the management of the daily operations,
transactional services, and client relations for the Development & Conversion team in all five boroughs. Jidan’s responsibilities also include evaluating and underwriting multi-family, mixed-use, office, retail, and industrial development and conversion opportunities. She began her commercial real estate career at CPEX Real Estate as an intern on the Multi-Family Investment Sales Team during her undergraduate studies in 2014.
Jidan graduated from the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. During her time, she was involved in managing the university’s endowment fund as an equity analyst for the $2.8 million fund. In Spring of 2015, she was responsible for the recommendation of a $56,000 equity investment to the St. John’s University Investment Board which resulted in approval.
Jidan grew up in Huntington Beach, California and currently resides in Battery Park, Manhattan. She is fluent in Korean.
Stacey Kleinberg is a Senior Interior Designer in MKDA’s New York office, where she provides the full scope of design and project management services on fashion showroom and corporate office assignments.
Notable projects include offices for LearnVest, CommonBond, Continental Stock Transfer & Trust and Insperity as well as showrooms for Tahari, Calvin Klein, Byer California, S. Rothschild, Zelman Associates, LT Apparel and Moret Group.
Prior to joining MKDA in 2011, Stacey was Creative Design Director at CDA, an architecture affiliate of real estate development firm RAL Companies. While there, she developed interiors from concept through completion for prominent hospitality, residential and corporate clients.
As an artist, Stacey brings a high level of creative talent to each assignment. She employs a big picture approach coupled with an eye for detail that results in new and innovative designs that are developed in a responsive and collaborative environment.
With a professional background in graphic design and marketing, she is also equipped to create visual environments that are strategically aligned with her clients’ brands.
Stacey is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo where she dual majored in Studio Art & Art History. She holds a certificate of Graphic Design from Parsons the New School for Design.
KOEPPEL ROSEN LLC
Max P. Koeppel couldn’t resist his family’s legacy in commercial real estate, even after venturing out on his own with an impressive technology start-up. The 31-year-old entered the fold in November 2016 by joining his uncle David J. Koeppel at Koeppel Rosen LLC, becoming the fifth generation to work in the industry.
In his first 15 months as an associate, Max has worked on about 275,000 square feet in office transactions for the leasing and management firm. Recent efforts on behalf of the Rosen family’s 2.2-million-square-foot Midtown South portfolio attracted nine new tenants of varying sizes, including WeWork at 135 Madison Avenue and 154 West 14th Street, and IMAX Corp. at 902 Broadway.
Max previously found success at Vertisense Inc., a company he co-founded and subsequently sold. The company developed technologies for non-invasive measurement of human conditions, allowing users to track and monitor their personal health data. It was most well-known as the developer of Alcohoot, which accurately monitors and tracks blood alcohol content.
Max graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in sport management. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and one-year-old daughter.
UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES
Casey Kriedman, CFP® and Carryn McLaughlin, CFP® have been partners for almost 15 years, focused on the
wealth management and investment banking needs of real estate professionals in NYC. Their client base is comprised of the who’s who in NY real estate. This all-female financial advisory team at UBS thrives in the no-nonsense, competitive, real estate landscape. Their creative thinking on both the personal and business sides of the balance sheet help multi-generational real estate families access unique sources of capital and deal structures that benefit their real estate portfolio and long-term estate planning goals. At the end of the day, real estate is a relationship business and this team owns theirs.
HKS CAPITAL PARTNERS
Michael Lee, 28, is a rising star at financial advisory firm HKS Capital Partners where he has been part of the team since the company was founded in 2011. In 2015 he was appointed a partner at HKS Capital Partners where he has originated loans alongside commercial finance industry leaders Jerry Swartz, Ayush Kapahi and John Harrington.
Since joining HKS, Lee has originated over $ 800 million in loans.Today Lee also acts as a mentor and manages the firm’s team of over 13 brokers.
“Michael has been with us from the beginning and he has become a heavy hitter in the industry,” said Kapahi, who pointed out that Lee was recently named a top “25 Under 35” Finance Broker for closing over $250 million in deals with $180 million more in the pipeline.
Before joining HKS, Lee attended Cornell University where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business/applied economics. The Long Island native, now lives in Chelsea, Manhattan. Michael is also an active member in AREPA and AAREA.
Shari Leventhal is a senior site/civil project manager based in Langan’s New York City office. She manages a diverse array of projects ranging from parks, residential/mixed-use, institutional, and waterfront developments. Throughout her career, Shari has successfully led the site development of several large-scale projects, including Freshkills Park, a 2,000-acre landfill-to-park reclamation project in Staten Island, and Halletts Point, a seven-building development in Queens.
Shari utilizes her excellent communication skills to rise through the ranks of her career. By developing strong relationships with peers and clients, Shari has gained the reputation of a trustworthy, hardworking individual. She prides herself on her ability to convey issues when they arise and quickly propose efficient resolutions, and those who work with her regularly praise her clearheaded approach to tackling challenges along the way.
In addition to her job responsibilities, Shari plays a large role in various organizations. She is an active member of Urban Green Council, mentor in Langan’s mentoring program, and co-leader of [email protected] in the firm’s New York office. Shari’s contributions to the industry were recognized when Women Builders Council named her one of 2015’s Outstanding Women.
Outside of work, Shari enjoys being active outdoors with her friends and family.
FRIED FRANK HARRIS
SHRIVER & JACOBSON LLP
Nathaniel Lifschitz is a partner resident in Fried Frank’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Department. Mr. Lifschitz counsels financial institutions, owners, developers, and domestic and offshore investors in a broad range of highly complex commercial real estate transactions, including representing both borrowers and lenders in connection with mortgage, mezzanine, and construction financings, preferred equity investments, and portfolio loans. He also represents clients in connection with acquisitions and dispositions and in joint ventures relating to the development of commercial and residential properties.
His notable representations include:
• RXR Realty in connection with the acquisition and financing of the one-million-square-foot building located at 32 Old Slip in New York City;
• The Children’s Investment Fund in its US$239 million construction financing to a joint venture of Alcion Ventures and Genton Property Group in connection with the development of the Four Seasons Private Residences Los Angeles, CA; and
• J.P. Morgan, as lead lender, in the origination and syndication of a US$900 million construction loan to affiliates of Extell Development for the development of Central Park Tower in New York City.
SAMUEL R. MARCHESE
WENIG & GOLDMAN
Samuel R. Marchese is an Associate in the Administrative Department at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined the firm in October, 2015.
At Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, Mr. Marchese’s practice includes advising and representing owners of rent regulated buildings in administrative proceedings before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), and other City and State agencies in all stages of administrative and judicial review. Mr. Marchese also advises clients on creditor’s rights, bankruptcy proceedings, and has litigated before Bankruptcy Courts.
Mr. Marchese earned his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 2014, where he received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Advanced Legal Reasoning, and was a member of its nationally recognized trial team by competing in the 2013 National Trial Advocacy Competition in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Marchese earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2009.
CASE REAL ESTATE CAPITAL
Jon Leifer is an entrepreneurial real estate professional with a record of deal-based and organizational value creation in the execution of property acquisitions and redevelopment strategies. He is ownership-focused and has enjoyed industry recognition for his professional skills as an expert in acquisitions, development, finance and asset management, as well as consulting. Jon is highly regarded for his deal sourcing, relationship building and negotiation skills. In 2014, Jon joined Case Real Estate Capital, a northern NJ-based commercial real estate investment firm.
At Case, Jon is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating and closing investments in special situational asset loans; performing, sub- and non-performing real estate-secured notes; judgments; and liens as well as REO properties. The company has already surpassed the $125-million mark in investments since its founding in 2013.
Previously, Jon was the founder and director of acquisitions of Ridgeline Real Estate Partners of Hoboken, NJ. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning in 2005 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was honored with the O. Robert Simha Prize for Outstanding Planning Work Affecting Cambridge and Higher Education. Jon obtained his Master of Science in Real Estate from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in 2010.
PARAMOUNT REALTY USA
Born and raised in Queens, George is an alumni of the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law. George discovered an interest in real estate while interning at a law firm as a teenager in high school. He pursued those interests throughout his education, culminating with his graduation from law school. Upon his admission to the New York Bar in 2008, George founded a law practice concentrating on all aspects of residential and commercial real estate, as well as other transactional matters. George joined Paramount Realty USA in 2014 to assist with the implementation of its real estate auctions, including the administration of Paramount Realty USA’s largest project to date, which includes the auctions of over 500 storm-damaged homes acquired by New York State in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In addition to handling legal aspects of real estate, George is very tech savvy, providing him the skill set to create marketing materials for both digital and print applications, as well as maintain and update Paramount Realty USA’s website/database, all the while insuring that these tasks are performed in a legally compliant manner. In his spare time, George is an avid motorsports enthusiast, building and racing automobiles competitively.
Michael joined CBRE in 2012 as a Vice President in the firm’s Westchester/Fairfield office, located in Stamford, CT. He specializes in tenant representation, including multi-market transaction experience and agency representation services and has over 13 years of experience as a broker and consultant in corporate and institutional real estate. He began his career in commercial real estate at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, where he worked covering the Westchester/Fairfield market.
Outside of work, Michael is extremely active in his community, where he founded the Predators Lacrosse Club program. Under his direction, the team has established a program for over 200 current youth and high school lacrosse players from the Tri-State area. As part of the program, Michael coaches elite high school players through the college recruitment process. Due to his dedication and initiative, the players now have more than 20 college commitments. Michael is also a principal at Stanwich Energy Advisors, an energy procurement consultant for commercial owners and end-users in deregulated states.
Michael attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was the captain of the Division I Men’s Lacrosse team. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and holds a real estate license in both New York and Connecticut.
Rachel has been an analyst at Aspen Capital since early 2016, specializing in real estate investments, commercial lending, and commercial property acquisitions. She is responsible for identifying trends in target real estate markets and analyzing current and past financial data and performance. Prior to joining Aspen Capital, she worked as a Marketing Associate with WME | IMG, where she researched, developed, and presented pitch-books and strategic planning materials for various business and sponsorship fulfillment initiatives. Rachel holds a B.S. in Sports Management and Business from Kent State University, where she also was a scholarship basketball player for four years.
James Murad is a Director in the Capital Advisory Division at Eastern Consolidated. His responsibilities include managing client and capital market relationships as well as underwriting properties and projects for structured placements.
Working with Managing Director Adam Hakim, Mr. Murad has arranged close to $3 billion in financing for acquisition, construction, and conversion of hotels, condominiums, and multifamily rental properties.
Prior to joining Eastern Consolidated, Mr. Murad was an Associate at Prospect Capital Group. He began his career at GCP Capital Group where he handled analysis for the brokerage business as well as underwriting for in-house acquisitions and direct lending.
Mr. Murad graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Investment Finance and Real Estate and a minor in Hotel Management.
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Hillary Muss is a Senior Associate, Retail Services at Cushman & Wakefield. She joined the firm in 2014, after graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Real Estate Program with a B.B.A.
Hillary is an integral part of the brokerage team, led by Jim Downey and Eric Le Goff, specializing in tenant and landlord representation. She has completed national retail transactions totalling 150,000 square feet and $185 million in aggregate rental value. Hillary leads canvassing, market research and database management efforts and is key in business development, directing presentation strategies and platform development in both quantitative and local market disciplines.
Hillary has formulated expansion strategies for Nars Cosmetics, The North Face, Vans, Nautica and Timberland. She also helped secure The North Face’s 20,000 square foot flagship at 510 Fifth Avenue and Van’s 12,500 square foot flagship at 140 West 34th Street.
Currently, Hillary is working on the disposition of the 25,000 square foot Versace flagship, and she is executing the national expansion strategy for Champion in major retail markets. Hillary has completed transactions on behalf of Robert Clergerie, Devialet, Marine Layer, Fashionphile, and Goyard in New York, A Bathing Ape and Carolina Herrera in Los Angeles, and Time Out Market in Chicago.
Michael Nilson has swiftly risen through the ranks at Langan since graduating from Lafayette College in 2005. He is an associate at the firm, where he has worked on various projects for public agencies, private developers, institutions, and Fortune 500 companies.
As the single point-of-contact for multiple clients, Michael manages the coordination of Langan services on projects in the residential, institutional, retail, commercial, and municipal sectors with construction values ranging from $1 million to over $3 billion. He is responsible for managing a team of engineers and project managers who support his work from conceptual design through construction administration. Michael’s notable projects include One Vanderbilt, various developments within the Hudson Yards neighborhood, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, The High Line, and a number of projects in the Brooklyn Academy of Music district.
Michael values continuing education and embraces technological advancements in engineering. He has developed and delivered internal training content on topics from regulatory permitting updates to sustainable design and IT services. He gives back to the engineering industry by mentoring staff at Langan and students at Lafayette College, and serving on the college’s ABET Industry Advisory Board. In August 2017, Michael graduated from NYU Stern’s Executive MBA program.
Patrick joined Colliers’ Princeton office as an Office Leasing Broker in the summer of 2016.His commitment to the firm and to clients was evident even during his first year, where he played a significant role in more than 15 lease transactions in the Princeton submarket. His ability to quickly adapt to new situations was also evident when Colliers’ New Jersey Market Leader, along with Executive Managing Director Jacklene Chesler, invited Patrick to join the firm’s Capital Markets and Investment Services team in Parsippany six months ago. Viewing it as an opportunity to further assist Colliers and to enhance his own knowledge, Patrick accepted. In that brief period, he has made a smooth transition from leasing to investment sales and has already been deeply involved in multiple investment sale transactions across the office, retail, industrial and multi-family sectors. Patrick continues to demonstrate his adaptability and flexibility on behalf of clients by engaging in traditional marketing, off-market transactions, and activity utilizing the Ten-X online platform.
“It’s been a pleasure and a valuable learning experience working with the Colliers team,” he says. “I look forward to expanding my knowledge and continued success in helping our clients achieve their goals.”
Jacqueline joined CBRE’s Westchester/Fairfield office less than five years ago and quickly climbed to the position of First Vice President. While CBRE’s corporate guidelines establish a five-year threshold of employment to achieve this position, the firm waived this clause for her past two promotions, promoting Jacqueline to VP in three years and FVP in four years, due to her impressive accomplishments within a short period of time. In addition to her account leadership within CBRE’s Global Corporate Service platform, she provides tenant and owner representation, consulting and investment sales throughout the northern suburbs of New York City and the State of Connecticut.
In addition to her professional achievements, Jacqueline sits on the development committee for The Carver Foundation in Norwalk, CT. She also served as the co-chair for the Foundation’s 2017 annual gala, which raised over $420,000. In September of 2017, Jacqueline organized a concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey that raised over $12,000 and was attended by over 400 people. For the past four years, she has been on the Real Estate Breakfast Committee for the March of Dimes in Westchester with a yearly attendance of approximately 600 people.
Jacqueline earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from George Washington University.
Will Oehler has worked as a client manager for the past nine years, and more recently as a Regional Sales Manager as a part of Chase’s Commercial Term Lending group. Since 1999, Will Oehler has originated commercial real estate loans through a variety of funding sources.
Will leads a team of Client Managers focused on multifamily apartment lending in New York City and its boroughs. Will is a member of REBNY and the Young Men’s and Women’s Real Estate Association where he enjoys participating in charitable events with Habitat for Humanity, The River Fund, City Harvest & New York Cares.
Michael Rahimzada, age 23, joined Cignature Realty, a leader in Manhattan multifamily and mixed-use apartment building sales, in 2016 to pursue a career in commercial real estate investment sales.
In 2017, Michael closed two deals working closely with Cignature Realty President Peter Vanderpool. Michael represented the seller in the $11.5 million sale on a five-story, mixed-use multifamily building in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. The building, at 818 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, has 12 residential and two retail units. Michael also represented the seller, in the $15.5 million sale of 439-441-443 West 48th Street, a three-building, multifamily portfolio with 34 residential units also in Hell’s Kitchen.
Michael received a bachelor’s degree in management, with a minor in accounting from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business. While attending college, Michael gained valuable business and real estate experience working as a marketing analyst for Cyweb Holdings Inc. a Great Neck-based marketing and advertising firm. In addition, Michael worked as a junior analyst at E Squared Capital Management, LLC., a New York-based investment firm, where he evaluated private and public companies.
Michael has earned his New York State Real Estate Salesperson license and is proficient in Hebrew and conversational Persian.
THE ASHTIN GROUP
As Senior Vice President and a member of the AKAM Living Services, Inc. Executive Echelon, Michael Rogoff is responsible for ensuring that the internal operations of all AKAM Living Services companies, including The Ashtin Group, are of a uniformly superior quality.
Working with each internal department including Management, Finance and Accounting, Payroll, and Closings and Transfers, Mr. Rogoff analyzes and fine-tunes all processes and procedures with a specific eye toward efficiency and client service.Mr. Rogoff holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance.
Nick Russo is a Commercial Banker in J.P. Morgan’s Corporate Client Banking Specialized Industry’s Real Estate Group based out of New York, a leader in providing a broad spectrum of financing solutions to institutional real estate clients across the public and private markets nationally.
Nick started his career 15 years ago within Real Estate Investment Banking, where he worked for 13 years with many global and domestic corporate real estate clients on a variety of financing and M&A advisory assignments. Nick had the opportunity to relocate to Sydney Australia in 2010 for half a year to help with the restructuring of an international real estate company post the financial crisis.
Nick joined the Commercial Bank in 2016 to apply his diverse industry knowledge and background across capital raising, corporate advisory, capital markets, lending and risk management to further expand existing and deepen new client relationships, while driving the growth of J.P. Morgan’s cross-platform real estate franchise.
Nick earned his B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Dan Sacks is a Managing Director at Greystone, a commercial real estate lending, investment, and advisory company headquartered in New York. Dan specializes in multifamily lending across a range of platforms provided by Greystone, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, CMBS, mezzanine, and bridge financing.
Prior to Greystone, Dan worked in loan production at Wells Fargo, and also at Freddie Mac. Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland College Park.
MARCUS & MILLICHAP
Mike Salvatico is one of the region’s top investment sales executives with a multidisciplinary focus covering all asset classes across Brooklyn. He is the Riney Team’s second-in-command, responsible for overseeing the strategic vision of the team’s expansion and growth into new markets on top of normal day-to-day responsibilities of deal execution and is routinely at the helm of the team’s high-profile assignments.
Distinguished by his uncanny ability to find, source and cultivate opportunities, Mike has gained notoriety as one of the office’s most prolific business generators and has redefined success for young agents entering the business. He has received numerous accolades since joining the firm and was the driving force behind the rapid expansion of the office’s market share in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint sections of Brooklyn.
He is considered a “portfolio manager” more often than not by many of the areas most active operators and has set price records in virtually every asset class during his time working the Northern neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
Mr. Salvatico attended the University of Maryland where he majored in Economics while also playing running back and free safety for the Terrapins football team under the tutelage of two-time ACC coach of the year Ralph Friedgen
KASOWITZ BENSON TORRES LLP
Julia represents clients in a wide range of real estate matters with a particular emphasis on commercial leasing. She represents various institutional and non- institutional clients in the leasing and subleasing of office and retail space throughout the United States, including major real estate players Boston Properties, Oxford Properties, The Related Companies, JEMB Realty, Extell Development Company, Forest City Ratner and Joy Construction.
Julia also has experience with joint ventures, the origination and restructuring of mortgage and mezzanine loans, developments, and loan workouts.
The real estate legal community in New York is a traditionally male environment, and Julia has succeeded as one of the leading women in the New York legal community. She is an active member of Kasowitz’s Women’s Initiative committee, and has also initiated a program for women in real estate by bringing clients and other women in the field together for networking gatherings. She has consistently been recognized as a “Rising Star” in New York Metro Super Lawyers.
Prior to joining Kasowitz, Julia served as in-house real estate counsel at ADP, and began her career as a real estate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Joseph Scarinci is a Vice President in MKDA’s New York office. Since joining the firm in 2008, he has worked as a CAD draftsman and senior project manager on commercial buildings, hospitality remodels, corporate offices, and fashion showrooms.
Joe maintains a strong reputation with his clients and is adept at overseeing all project phases, including but not limited to programming; layouts and schematic design; and management and coordination of sub consultants. His projects perform to bottom-line budget and schedule requirements.
Notable recent corporate projects include workplaces for brands SS&C Holdings and Epoch Investment Partners. He has worked on numerous commercial buildings on behalf of owners Boston Properties, Northwood, Meringoff Properties, Fisher Brothers, Rockrose and Vornado Realty Trust. This work includes prebuilt suites, marketing suites, common areas and lobbies.
Prior to joining MKDA, Joe was a draftsman and junior architect at a handful of architecture firms around New York, where he worked on commercial office projects, ground up commercial and school design.
He earned his Bachelors of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology, where he held leadership positions in student government and the Tau Sigma Chi Fraternity.
In addition, he was chosen to be one of 12 to participate in the AIA Regional Urban Design Assistance Team (AIA RUDAT), an elite program that pairs student architects with professional architects from around the world.
Larry Schiffenhaus joined CBRE’s Saddle Brook, New Jersey team in winter 2016. He brings with him a strong record of achievement as an Assistant Vice President at Transwestern, where he was recognized as an emerging leader for his involvement in transactions that closed more than 2.5 million square feet of industrial real estate.
With a focus on expanding agency, off-market and investment sales, Larry has made an impact on the business through his professionalism, diligence and extreme attention to detail. In addition to specialized expertise in investments, Larry manages a strong portfolio of occupier representation and agency business that complements what is currently one of the top industrial brokerage teams in the country. His current client list includes: Prologis, Duke Realty, Sitex Group, Bridge Development Partners, Cohen Asset Management, Terreno Realty Corporation, CenterPoint Properties, CEVA Logistics and RIM Logistics.
A New Jersey native, Mr. Schiffenhaus currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey with his fiancée, with whom he enjoys traveling, golfing and skiing. Larry graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing. He is also pursuing his Certified Commercial Investment Membership (CCIM) designation.
Jonathan Schwartz is a Senior Director in the Investment Sales Division at Eastern Consolidated, specializing in the sale and acquisition of multifamily and mixed-use properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Mr. Schwartz has closed $300 million in transactions. His signature deals include the 50-room Orchard Street Hotel at 163 Orchard Street, which sold for $23.75 million, and the 186-unit Inwood Portfolio, which traded for $31 million. In 2015, the Commercial Observer recognized him as one of New York City’s 30 Under 30 Rising Real Estate Stars.
Prior to joining Eastern, Mr. Schwartz was an Investment Sales Associate at Marcus & Millichap where he exclusively focused on representing buyers and sellers in Northern Manhattan. During his tenure he received the firm’s Rookie of the Year Award and Pacesetter Award.
Mr. Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tulane University. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
KURT E. SCHWARZ
Kurt E. Schwarz has served as Senior Client Executive for the J.P. Morgan Real Estate Banking Southeast Region since J.P. Morgan Chase’s acquisition of WaMu in September 2008. Kurt focuses on banking top-tier national commercial real estate development and investment firms based in the southeast.
Kurt began his career with Bank of America predecessor (NationsBank) in January 1994 in the management training program for commercial banking, working for Bank of America almost eight years. He was selected to become an analyst in NationsBank’s Real Estate Banking Group in December 1994 and covered Maryland and Philadelphia in both Credit and Business Development roles during tenure.
Kurt also previously served in a Business Development role with a Capital One Bank predecessor (Hibernia National Bank) for approximately four years in its Commercial Real Estate group in New Orleans, LA. He successfully built a book of business in Houston and Dallas. He previously started Washington Mutual Bank’s Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Lending office in April 2005.
Kurt graduated from Radford University in 1993 with a BBA, majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics.
Taylor Scheinman is a Vice President with CBRE’s Advisory and Transaction Services group based in Midtown Manhattan.
A tenant representation specialist, Taylor is adept at developing long-term real estate solutions for clients—from successfully executing lease acquisition and disposition strategies to negotiating complex renewals and formulating creative cost reduction strategies. Taylor has particular expertise in addressing the unique real estate needs of alternative investment firms and also has considerable experience working with companies in the TAMI (technology, advertising, media and information technology) sector. A market expert, Scheinman has extensive knowledge of Midtown and Midtown South, having completed transactions throughout Manhattan.
Prior to joining CBRE in 2015, Taylor worked at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, where she was an integral part of a team focusing exclusively on tenant representation—advising corporate occupiers on strategies for local and domestic portfolio optimization and site selection.
Taylor graduated from Indiana University, which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; she additionally earned a Business Foundations Certificate from The Kelley School of Business.
NEWMARK KNIGHT FRANK
Ben Shapiro joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2013 and currently serves as a senior managing director in the firm’s New York headquarters. Mr. Shapiro possesses a depth of experience in landlord and tenant representation throughout Manhattan, with a focus on the representation of large corporate tenants and institutional owners of real estate. Mr. Shapiro acts as the exclusive agent for the marketing, repositioning and leasing of a number of high-profile properties on behalf of a variety of institutional and entrepreneurial building owners. He has also been an active contributor at NKF, assisting leadership with the enhancement of the company’s robust technology platform. Notable recent tenant representation assignments include Peloton’s 70,000-square-foot headquarters lease at 125 West 25th Street, and the 160,000-square-foot sublease on behalf of The New York Times at 620 Eighth Avenue. In addition, Mr. Shapiro represents notable high- profile landlords such as Blackstone, Hines, Norges, Trinity, Angelo Gordon, Normandy, Ivanhoe Cambridge/Callahan Capital Properties and RXR Realty.
Daniel Shirazi is the Executive Vice President of Skyline Properties (“Skyline”) and works on a broad and diversified range of investment quality real estate opportunities. In his first year at Skyline, Daniel successfully negotiated a $65 million ground lease for 236 5th Avenue, NY, NY, a 100,000-square-foot office building.
Leveraging a decade’s worth of real estate experience both as an attorney and real estate broker, Daniel is able to offer his clients unique insight along with knowledge that is unparalleled.
While his background gives him a wide range of experience, Daniel has been especially active in ground leasing office buildings and other commercial assets in the Tri-State area. His expertise and discipline allowed him to develop an extensive database of clients that includes all of the major investors, that are active in the commercial real estate arena.
Mr. Shirazi is a graduate of St. John’s University, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business where he received his BS in Marketing and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center where he received his JD in Law.
It is the combination of Mr. Shirazi’s entrepreneurial background, and drive to succeed that make him an ideal candidate as a Rising Star.
Christopher Skitch, age 28, joined Cignature Realty, a leader in Manhattan multifamily and mixed-use apartment building sales, in 2016 to pursue a career in commercial real estate investment sales.
Christopher recently worked on the sale of 1675 Lexington Avenue an 11,355 square foot five-story corner multifamily building with 12 residential units and one retail unit in Harlem for $5 million. On this deal, he represented the seller and Cignature Realty President Peter Vanderpool, represented the buyer. Christopher’s second transaction is under contract for $20 million which he anticipates closing in the second quarter of 2018.
Prior to his commercial real estate career, Christopher served as a brand marketing strategist at Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., a luxury hospitality organization. He was the founder of an online trading business specializing in art, antiques and high-end home furnishings. Before founding his own company, Christopher worked in the beverage industry where he served as a business development manager at Anheuser-Busch developing new business across London and the United Kingdom. He also completed the Heineken Sales and Marketing Graduate program.
Christopher has a business degree from Queen Mary, University of London where he graduated in 2012 and has earned his New York State Real Estate Salesperson license. He is a dual national of the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
PROCIDA FUNDING & ADVISORS
Caroline Smyth joined Procida Funding and Advisors in May of 2016. Caroline facilitates in maintaining accurate and well organized financial data for the company. She supports Ali in investor relations for all 100 Mile Fund Shareholders. Caroline also provides support for her colleagues by helping them with situations involving the company financially. Before joining Procida, Caroline worked in both the accounting and hospitality fields giving her a versatile set of skills to bring to the Procida team.
ADLER & HYMAN LLP
Michelle L. Stieglitz, an Associate in the Real Estate Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, represents clients in all aspects of real estate law, including, but not limited to, commercial leasing, residential and commercial real estate transactions, development and real estate financing.
Active in her community, Ms. Stieglitz is a mentor in the Lawyer’s Involved in Kid’s Education (LIKE) program, an affiliation of the Long Island Mentoring Partnership, where she mentors “at risk” fourth and fifth grade students. She has served on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee and is an active member of the Parent’s Association at her son’s school, The Bridges Academy.
Ms. Stieglitz earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Finance and Business Administration (with a dual concentration in Marketing and Management) from the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in 2004. She earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Hofstra University School of Law in 2011, where she served as Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
MARCUS & MILLICHAP
Mr. Swon started his Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Career in 2013 after 10 years working in Venture Capital. Prior to his time with Marcus and Millichap Jerry spent two years working for Brown Harris Stevens Commercial as a Director, Investment Sales. In 2014 Jerry joined Marcus and Millichap to build their Hospitality Investment Sales team in NYC. Since the teams inception it has grown to five brokers with a full support staff. Mr. Swon was promoted to First Vice President of Investments in the Summer of 2017. He is a graduate of Skidmore College and resides in Chatham, NJ with his wife Kristin and two daughters, Abigail (8) and Ellie (5).
Elan Teichman, age 24, joined Cignature Realty, a leader in Manhattan multifamily and mixed-use apartment building sales, in 2016 to pursue a career in commercial real estate investment sales.
Elan closed his first major deal less than a year after starting at Cignature Realty. Together with Cignature Realty President Peter Vanderpool and Cignature Realty CEO Lazer Sternhell, Elan sold a 95-unit apartment building at 200 Haven Avenue in Washington Heights for $41 million. In November 2017, he also worked on the sale of 926 Amsterdam Avenue a five-story multifamily building with 10 residential and two retail units in Manhattan Valley for $5.8 million.
During college, Elan held prestigious internships at the United Nations and in the financial sector. Elan interned at CB Alliance, a boutique private equity firm, Accelerant Ventures, a venture capital fund and Pine Bridge Investments, an asset management firm.
Elan is a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history, with co-minors in psychology and business and a full scholarship to the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program. Elan has earned his New York State Real Estate Salesperson license.
RAND ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE, DPC
When she’s not keeping our city’s streets safe by performing facade inspections outside hi-rise buildings hanging by only a rope some 50 stories above the ground, RAND Engineering & Architecture’s Project Architect Sara Tsiropinas, RA is hard at work providing design, specification, and construction administration services on exterior repair and upgrade projects for buildings of all shapes and sizes.
An avid rock climber and natural athlete, Sara created and leads RAND’s Industrial Rope Access Team. She helped to pioneer facade inspections by industrial rope access in New York City, making RAND the first and currently only full-service engineering and architectural firm qualified by NYC DOB to perform NYC local law facade inspections by rappelling along the sides of buildings.
Sara is a Registered Architect in New York State and a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds certifications as a SPRAT Level 2 Rope Access Technician and a Level 1 Infrared Thermographer. She is also an active volunteer with USA Climbing, South East Consortium, and RAND’s Mentoring USA program, where she mentors and inspires future architects and engineers from City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology.
CPEX REAL ESTATE
Dimitri Venekas is Associate Director of the CPEX Retail Sales Team. He joined CPEX in 2015 as an Associate upon completing the company’s Sales Training Program. In this position, he is responsible for managing all projects within the business line, including evaluations of properties, prospecting for new business, and marketing the team’s growing list of properties. At CPEX, Dimitri has brokered numerous transactions totaling approximately 100,000 square feet, with an aggregate sales value of nearly $50 million.
Prior to joining CPEX, Dimitri interned at Massey Knakal Realty Services with a focus on the Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, and South Slope markets in Brooklyn. He also worked at Pan Brothers Associates as a summer intern, where he learned the principles of property management.
Dimitri graduated from Loyola University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Administration in Finance. While at Loyola, he was a co-founder of the Loyola Real Estate Club. He currently resides in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Ricardo is a member of the firm’s real-estate and commercial-litigation groups, representing clients in a wide spectrum of disputes involving landlords and tenants, cooperatives/condominiums, real-estate development and acquisition, foreclosures, leasing and rent regulation.
Ricardo, who became a partner in 2015, has been identified as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine–which publishes an exclusive list of the top 2.5% of the New York Metropolitan area’s lawyers.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Hofstra and his law degree from the New York Law School, where he was a member of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.
IDEAL PROPERTIES GROUP
Linda Virtue is a true New Yorker. As a New York City marathon runner and New York City street photographer, her passion lies in the streets of the city. Linda understands that transitions can be difficult and values people, authentic interaction and trust. Before diving into her profession as a real estate agent, Linda spent years in the New York City fashion industry. Her background is multi-dimensional and spans from working with creatives and customers to directors and producers. There, she learned an elementary truth: that at the end of the day, it’s really about people. Linda is dedicated to understanding the needs of her clients, working diligently to help them achieve their dreams, be it a dress, a goal or a new apartment.
Tim Ward is an associate at Langan who manages complex engineering projects around the world, ranging from Rockefeller University’s new laboratory building over the FDR Drive and Dock 72 at Brooklyn Navy Yard to Basrah Sports City, a 360-acre stadium complex in Iraq.
Tim’s success as a leader stems from empowering those he works with and listening to others. He willingly seeks advice from peers and mentors, and uses those lessons learned to combat any project challenges that arise.
Beyond his role at Langan, Tim’s leadership is visible through his position as President Elect of American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section, comprising more than 5,000 members. He is also an active member of the New York Building Congress Young Professionals Steering Committee, which mentors the next generation of industry leaders through various networking and educational events, and Treasurer of the NYC Future City Competition, which introduces middle school students to engineering design.
While Tim takes pride in his career and accomplishments, he is most proud of his family, which includes his wife and young daughter. He spends his free time exploring the city, traveling with family, and playing first base for Langan’s softball team.
PROCIDA FUNDING & ADVISORS
Derek Weissman joined Procida Fund and Advisors in June 2015. June 2015, following an internship in 2014. He graduated from University of Colorado Boulder. Derek along with Mike Coen will be handling will be handling the day-to-day operations of the 100 Mile Fund loan portfolio.
Since joining Procida, Derek has been directly involved in the underwriting, closing and asset management of over $200 million of construction, bridge and DIP loans.
While at CU Derek studied Business Management and earned a certificate in Real Estate. Before joining Procida, Derek worked as a Market Research Analyst for Colliers International. While in school, Derek also held a position at Hapoalim Securities, working with the structured CD’s and Compliance departments.
While at University of Colorado Boulder Derek was a member Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Most Recent Accomplishment: Derek recently oversaw the completion of the renovation to the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel in Philadelphia. Derek’s oversight and construction management has helped position developer Eric Blumenfeld and his project for many nominations for best historical renovation and historical preservation. This project has been widely covered and recognized throughout Philadelphia and the entire country.”
NEWMARK KNIGHT FRANK
Travis Wilson serves as a Managing Director in Newmark Knight Frank’s Lower Manhattan office, where he specializes in providing strategic real estate advisory services to tenants and landlords throughout New York. Mr. Wilson represents tenants from a broad range of industries including: financial, fashion, legal, insurance, healthcare, not-for-profit, education, creative and technology. As a landlord agent, he currently handles over 2 million square feet of office space in Lower Manhattan. In addition to his work in Manhattan, Mr. Wilson works in unison with Newmark Knight Frank Global Corporate Services to provide lease negotiations, strategic planning, financial due diligence and cost reduction strategies to multinational corporations.
WINICK REALTY GROUP
Though she hails from one of the most important real estate families in New York City, Danielle Winick has successfully made a name for herself as one of the most accomplished young retail brokers in the industry today.
Since joining Winick Realty Group in May 2016, Ms. Winick has leveraged her family’s real estate presence and lifelong residency in New York to develop a unique insight into both the business and the city. This has provided an invaluable perspective on placing tenants in the perfect neighborhoods and spaces. Her broad array of completed retail deals includes HitHouse at 2 Spring Street, Gracia Fashion at 225 West 39th Street, Cleo Nicci at 65 Spring Street, and Hao Noodle & Tea at 343 West 14th Street. In a short period of time, she has developed strong relationships with many of the city’s largest landlords, leading to exclusive assignments marketing prime retail spaces on behalf of The Moinian Group and Walter & Samuels. She has also been involved in marketing the Neptune/Sixth redevelopment project, where over 90,000 SF has been rented thus far.
A graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, Ms. Winick was the recipient of the Lewis Rudin City Scholarship for outstanding academic and cultural work.
JENNIFER A. YASHAR
FRIED FRANK HARRIS
SHRIVER & JACOBSON LLP
Jennifer A. Yashar is a partner in Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department. She joined the Firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2016. Ms. Yashar counsels owners, developers, financial institutions, and corporations on a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, with a focus on commercial leasing for landlords and tenants. Ms. Yashar was recently recognized in Real Estate Forum’s “Fifty Under 40” and was appointed to The American Lawyer’s Young Lawyer Editorial Board.
Recent representations include:
Brookfield Properties in various leases to Bank of America, including 340,000 square feet at 1100 Avenue of the Americas, 127,000 square feet at 1114 Avenue of the Americas and 130,000 square feet at 225 Liberty Street.
Shiseido Americas in its 220,000-square-foot lease at 390 Madison Avenue and JP Morgan Chase in the leasing of the remaining space at 390 Madison Avenue, over 435,000 square feet.
Brookfield Properties in its leasing of Manhattan West, including 550,000 square feet to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a 160,000-square-foot lease to the NHL.
21st Century Fox and News Corp. in their lease renewals and extensions totaling more than 1.2 million square feet at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.
LEVIEN & COMPANY
A Principal at Levien & Company, Allison serves as Owner’s Representative for a wide variety of nonprofit and commercial clients. Since joining the firm in 2009, Allison has become a leader in developing the firm’s standards of practice and managed more than $250 million in construction projects. The multi-phased renovation of the Park Avenue Armory – which entailed major infrastructure upgrades and historic restoration of iconic interior Landmarks while maintaining full operation of the facility – has been a highlight of her professional experience. In 2015, she completed construction of the Hajjar STEM Center for the Dwight-Englewood School, which was recognized with the AIA’s 2016 Education Facility Design Award. Her current work includes the development of a 110,000 sf affordable housing project for Clinton Housing Development Corp. on Manhattan’s west side and a new LEED Gold branch library for the Brooklyn Public Library.
Allison is also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, teaching a graduate-level course in Construction Budgets and Cost Management. She received her B.S. in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University and her M.S. in Construction Management from NYU. Allison serves on the Executive Board of CREWNY, New York’s chapter of CREW Network.
BESTREICH REALTY GROUP
Justin Zeitchik, 27-years-old, is a senior associate at Bestreich Realty Group, BRG, a commercial investment sales firm founded in 2016 that specializes in the sale of multifamily, mixed use and development site properties.
Zeitchik co-heads the company’s Williamsburg/Greenpoint investment sales team focusing on multifamily, mixed use and development sites in Brooklyn. During the course of his career he has closed 42 transactions valued at $135 million.
“Justin has a strong broker’s mind, with a keen understanding as to market trends, pricing and dynamics,” said BRG Founder Derek Bestreich. “He knows who’s who in terms of market participants and buyers’ acquisition appetites allowing him to efficiently create win-win real estate transactions.”
Zeitchik joined Bestreich Realty Group in 2017, but has worked in the real estate industry for over four years. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
He is a member and donor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and supporter of Belev Echad, which repays a debt of gratitude to the Israeli Defense Forces. In his spare time, he boxes at Brooklyn Boxing Academy a few times a week.
“2017 was a really fun and exciting year all of us,” said Zeitchik. “While some of the larger firms notably pushed into the $30 million to $200 million space, BRG stepped in and filled the void in the $1 to $30 million middle market range and I was proud to be part of that push.”