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WHO’S NEWS: Rosenberg & Estis promotes four, JLL director becomes LEED member

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. announced the promotion of four attorneys. Arielle Frost will become a member of the firm, while Jeanine Floyd, Stefanie M. Graham and Devin P. Kosar will become of counsel.

Arielle Frost joined Rosenberg & Estis in June 2011 and became of counsel with the firm’s Transactional Department in June 2016.

Frost’s practice involves all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on joint ventures and real estate development transactions.

She received her bachelor’s degree with great distinction from McGill University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.

Jeanine Floyd joined Rosenberg & Estis in 2007 as an associate with the firm’s Litigation Department. Floyd practices in the area of commercial and residential real estate litigation, mortgage foreclosure and landlord and tenant law.

Floyd received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her J.D. from Fordham Law School where she served as a member of the Environmental Law Journal.

Stefanie M. Graham joined Rosenberg & Estis in 2013 as an associate with the firm’s Transactional Department. Graham’s practice involves all areas of commercial real estate. Graham’s experience includes representing owners, developers, managers, landlords and tenants in acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing and leasing.

Graham received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and her J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School.

 

Devin P. Kosar joined Rosenberg & Estis in 2008 as an associate with the firm’s Litigation Department.

Kosar’s practice involves all areas of real estate litigation including complex commercial litigation, landlord/tenant law and construction law. Additionally, Kosar has extensive experience in all regulatory and administrative law matters before the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.
Kosar received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

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NAI James E. Hanson announced the promotion of Russell J. Verducci to Vice President.

Verducci specializes in industrial transactions in the northern New Jersey marketplace with a focus on logistics, site selection, and cold storage.

He joined NAI Hanson in 2005 and, over the past year alone, has brokered several newsworthy leases.
Verducci has become one of the most trusted brokers in the refrigerated warehousing sector, regularly tapped by food users and building owners, including HelloFresh, Farmland Dairies, and W.B. Law Coffee, to provide solutions to their real estate needs. Verducci also serves as a Commissioner on the Jersey City Board of Redevelopment and is an active member of the Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association (IOREBA), the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW). He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

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Legion Investment Group, the recently formed development company founded by former Naftali Group chief investment officer Victor Siguora, has added an executive to its ranks.

Sean Zalka, most recently director of development and a partner at Cape Advisors and a seasoned developer in his own right, has joined the company as executive vice president of development and marketing.

Zalka has previously held the position of principal at Matrix Development and was a co-founder of Matrix Real Estate Advisors, a real estate asset management and advisory firm.

He co-developed Tribeca’s boutique condominium 7 Harrison Street in 2015.

At legion, he will play a key role in the planning and development of upcoming project and sourcing new acquisition opportunities for the firm.

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CBRE has appointed Beth Moore as Americas Agile Real Estate practice leader.

Moore will focus on delivering agile real estate solutions for occupiers and investors.

Since joining CBRE in 2010, Moore has harnessed expertise in developing integrated account solutions for major corporate occupiers and served as both a real estate consultant and workplace advisor.

Most recently, she was the national occupier business development lead for the Western U.S. Earlier, she led the development of CBRE’s Workplace360 program — an initiative that has transformed the way CBRE employees work and how the organization designs and allocates space.

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Greystone announced that George C. Kenny has been named Managing Director, Institutional Sales for the firm’s lending operations.

Kenny brings three decades of mortgage and securitization experience to Greystone as it expands its lending capacity across a range of platforms.

In this newly-created role, Kenny will drive increased debt origination among institutional clients.
Kenny joins the firm from Starwood Property Trust, where he served as Head of New Business Development for Real Estate Investing and Servicing.

Prior to Starwood, he was Head of Americas Mortgage & Securitized Product Sales at UBS. He also spent 17 years at Bank of America / Merrill Lynch beginning in 1992 with roles including Head of Americas Rates Sales.

Kenny also served in fixed income roles at Braver Stern and Moore & Schley, and in Portfolio Management at Lord Abbett & Company.

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Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. (BNL) announced the addition of Greg Lang and Sean Hostert, each as Vice President, Acquisitions of the Commercial Division.

Greg Lang joins the firm with a diverse background in investment real estate. Most recently, Greg served as Vice President of Investments for Colony Starwood Homes prior to its merger with Invitation Homes. He also has experience as a former Managing Director of Acquisitions at STORE Capital.

Lang holds a BS degree in Management with a minor in Economics and certificate in Small Business and Entrepreneurship from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Sean Hostert joins Broadstone with nearly eight years of real estate, finance, and accounting experience.
Most recently, he served as Director of Acquisitions for VEREIT, Inc., where he focused on sale leaseback opportunities and made contributions to over $650 million of closed retail transactions.
Hostert holds dual BS degrees in Finance and Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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CBRE announced that Jeffrey Hipschman, Senior Managing Director of the company’s New Jersey market, is taking on the additional role of Industrial & Logistics Divisional Lead for the Northeast.

By appointing Hipschman to the new role, CBRE has assigned one of its top regional leaders to guide its Industrial & Logistics practice in one of the largest and most active regions in the world for distribution, logistics and industrial uses.

Hipschman will coordinate CBRE’s work across logistics markets including the long-established New Jersey market as well as those turbo-charged in recent years by e-commerce distribution, such as eastern Pennsylvania and New York’s outer boroughs.

In addition to his Industrial & Logistics role, Hipschman is responsible for the management of all CBRE business lines across New Jersey, as well as all operating and support units, including office and industrial brokerage, asset services, project management, investment properties, research, marketing, legal and finance.

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Romer Debbas LLP announced that attorney Lina M. Viviano has joined the firm as a partner.

Her practice will focus on residential real estate transactions and related litigation matters.

Viviano concentrates on the representation of purchasers and sellers of cooperatives, condominiums, townhouses and single-family residences, and clients in a range of real estate and general litigation disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Viviano was a partner in the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP. She has practiced law for over 20 years.

Viviano was also formerly associated with TOWN Residential. She was the Director of Professional Development for TOWN Residential between 2014 and 2017, and the Director of Sales for TOWN Astor Place between 2016 and 2017.

Viviano is the founder of Gotham Walking Tours, a historical consulting and private walking tour company and is a professionally-licensed New York City guide.

Viviano is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens College (C.U.N.Y.), and holds a Master’s degree in American Government from Harvard University. She received a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law.

Viviano taught American government and history courses as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.

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JLL announced that Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director and national practice lead for JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, was appointed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Member At-Large on the LEED Steering Committee.

She will serve an initial one-year term starting January 1, 2018, and will remain eligible to serve on the Steering Committee through 2021.

Robbins Schneider led the team that implemented a whole-building deep energy retrofit of the Empire State Building.

She was instrumental in developing a groundbreaking analytical model for the project to maximize energy and environmental value per dollar spent. This work has reduced energy use at the Empire State Building by 40 percent, and has provided the foundation for programs including Energy Star for Tenants and the Urban Land Institute’s Tenant Energy Optimization Program.

Robbins Schneider has now replicated this energy optimization process in more than 100 spaces across the United States.

She manages energy and sustainability aspects of mission critical facilities across the country and led sustainability assignments at over 240 million s/f of properties.

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Donald Lee has been appointed executive vice president at Metropolitan Valuation Services (MVS).

Lee joined MVS in 2003, the year the firm was founded, and served as a senior vice president and team leader. He now joins Peter Rastetter and David Lyon as executive vice presidents.

Lee has over 17 years of appraisal experience with income producing properties including multifamily rental and cooperative apartment buildings, government subsidized housing facilities, and mixed-use properties incorporating retail, community facility and garage components.

As senior vice president, he has been responsible for the firm’s metropolitan area multifamily portfolio work.

He is certified by the State of New York as a Real Estate General Appraiser and is currently a candidate for designation with the Appraisal Institute.

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Breaking Ground, New York’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced the appointment of Kara McShane, Managing Director – Head of Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets and Finance at Wells Fargo, to its board of directors.

McShane began her career with Sanford Bernstein & Co., eventually becoming a partner in the firm. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2002, and received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

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Gluck & Company, a New York-based relationship-driven boutique tenant representation firm, announced that Keith Gehl has joined the firm as Head of Business Development and Strategy.

Gehl, who prior to his retirement served as Senior Vice President Real Estate and Facilities of Family Dollar Stores, Inc., boasts more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, store operations and strategic planning for major retail brands and Fortune 500 companies.

In his new role, Gehl will offer strategic and advisory services to retailers looking to expand their footprint to the New York and Northeast markets. Leveraging his industry expertise and contacts, Gehl will work primarily on helping retailers and service providers operating in small- to mid-sized locations (20k SF and below) with a focus on specialty, discount and grocery retailers as well as food service and consumer service providers.

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