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WHO’S NEWS: Former Natixis boss joins Fried Frank; Knotel has new Global Head of Enterprise

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced that Andrew B. Levine has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Real Estate Department.
Levine has experience both as a senior banking executive and as an attorney, in commercial real estate finance, acquisitions, asset management, and restructurings across the risk spectrum, credit cycles, and asset classes. 
At Fried Frank, he will advise clients on all aspects of commercial real estate finance transactions.
Previously, Levine was a managing director and the Head of Portfolio Lending & Underwriting at the French bank, Natixis.  Before that he was a real estate partner at the boutique law firm, Katsky Korins LLP.
Levine received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was on the editorial staff of the Journal of International Law and Politics. He received his B.A., with distinction, from Binghamton University.
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BankUnited announced the hiring of Carly Berfas as senior vice president in New York City.
With 21 years of industry experience, Berfas will be responsible for originating and managing a commercial real estate loan portfolio of new and current clients.
Most recently, Berfas served as a vice president and team leader in the New York City commercial real estate group at M&T Bank.
Berfas holds an MBA from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
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The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) has elected its 2020 officers.
SIOR’s current President-Elect, Mark J. Duclos, SIOR, Hartford, Conn., will assume office as SIOR President. The current Vice President, Patrick Sentner, SIOR, Pittsburgh, Penn. will become President-Elect.
Patricia J. Loveall, SIOR, Seattle, Wash., has been elected as SIOR’s Vice President. After serving a one-year term as Vice President, Loveall will serve as President-elect for a year and then step into the Presidency of SIOR in the fall of 2022.
Members at Large elected to SIOR’s Board of Directors included Gabriel M. Silverstein, president of Angelic Real Estate.
Silverstein has completed real estate transactions in 45 US states and 17 foreign countries. he has led Angelic since 2004 and, before that was a Senior Vice President at Equis Corporation, an asset manager and financial analyst at LaSalle Partners (now Jones Lang LaSalle), member of the overseas trading desk at Morgan Stanley, and ran Star Progress, a construction supply company in Moscow, Russia.
Silverstein is an officer of the NYC/Downstate New York chapter of SIOR.

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Janover LLC announced that partner Kenneth H. Rick, CPA, will be installed as a member of the Board of Directors for the Nassau Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA).
Rick has practiced public accounting for over 35 years. Serving businesses and individuals across a wide array of industries, he holds several leadership positions at Janover, including the firm’s Compensation Committee, and serving on its Executive Board. Rick currently serves as the co-partner-in-charge of the Firm’s marketing initiatives.
Rick has been actively involved in the NYSSCPA, having previously served on the board of the NYSSCPA. Additionally, he served as the Chapter’s Community Affairs and Public Relations Chairman and Co-Chair of the NYSSCPA Small Managing and Accounting Practice (MAP) Committee.
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Nuveen Real Estate has hired two portfolio managers for its Office and Industrial sector strategies.
Chad Phillips and Brian Tilton report to Rahul Idnani, Nuveen Real Estate’s Global Chief Operating Officer and U.S. head of portfolio management.
Chad Phillips has over 18 years of investment experience in real estate and joins from Guggenheim Real Estate where he oversaw the firm’s investment strategies, acquisitions, financings and dispositions as a portfolio manager.
Phillips holds a BA from Davidson College and a Master’s of Real Estate from Georgetown University.
Brian Tilton has over 16 years of investment experience and joins from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board where he led its U.S. industrial team and was responsible for investment strategy, sourcing, underwriting and structuring programmatic joint ventures and equity investments.
Tilton holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Procida Funding and Advisors announced that Omar Khan has joined the firm as a member of the asset management team.
Khan graduated from Texas A&M and was the class Valedictorian. He was a member of the Chemical Engineering Honor Society and was a recipient of the Dean’s Honor Roll and Distinguished Student Award.
His past internships include, Descon Engineering in Qatar, Atlas Honda and HAQ Consult in Pakistan.
The Asset Management team at Procida oversees the 100 Mile Fund, an investment real estate fund which covers a broad range of asset classes within a 100 mile radius of Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

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Knotel has appointed industry veteran Vik Aggarwal as Global Head of Enterprise.
Aggarwal has over 18 years of financial and corporate real estate experience.
In his new role, he will lead and expand Knotel’s enterprise business and cultivate new strategic partners. His responsibilities will include managing and supporting large organizations in optimizing their real estate portfolios globally.
Prior to Knotel, Aggarwal spent three years as Corporate Vice President, Global Real Estate at AECOM, where he managed all financial aspects of the company’s global real estate portfolio.
From 2013 to 2016, he worked as Director, Global Corporate Real Estate Strategy and CRM for American Express, and before that, he served as Vice President, Business Finance, Corporate Services for BlackRock.
He has also held positions with Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson and Alcatel-Lucent.
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Shawmut Design and Construction announced the addition of two key members to the Tri-State division.
Wendy Koshner steps in as director of business development and Daniel Abbruzzese joins the firm as project executive.
As a seasoned business development professional with more than 14 years of industry experience, Wendy Koshner will be focused on fostering strong client relationships and developing strategies and action plans to tackle markets and specific project pursuits for Shawmut’s Tri-State division.
Previously, Koshner held positions as director of marketing at RCDolner Construction, and, most recently, as business development director at STV Incorporated.
As project executive, Daniel Abbruzzese will be responsible for all project aspects, with a specific focus on procurement, financial controls, schedule adherence, and owner and design team coordination.
With more than 29 years of experience in managing technical projects and construction operations, Abbruzzese brings a highly diverse and complex hospital and healthcare portfolio to Shawmut’s Tri-State division, including previous posts as director of engineering at Northwell Health Huntington Hospital and vice president of facilities and plant operations at NYU-Winthrop Hospital.
In addition to healthcare, Abbruzzese has specialized in facilities planning and the life science and tenant interiors sectors as the director of facilities services at North Shore LIJ Health Systems.
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FXCollaborative announces the elevation of Jack Robbins, Angie Lee, Ann Rolland, Gustavo Rodriguez, Brian Fanning, Stephan Dallendorfer, and Michael Syracuse to Partner.
Collectively, they have led or designed many of the firm’s award-winning projects in the United States and abroad.
Jack Robbins, AIA, LEED AP is the firm’s Director of Urban Design.
Angie Lee, AIA, IIDA leads the firm’s interiors practice, providing strategic vision and creative oversight for interior environments across a wide range of scales and project types
Ann Rolland, FAIA, LEED AP has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s Cultural/Educational practice since its inception.
Gustavo Rodriguez, AIA, CODIA, LEED AP leads projects of varying scales and typologies both in the United State and aboard.
Brian Fanning, AIA, LEED AP specializes in large-scale residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects.
Stephan Dallendorfer, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP plays a diverse leadership role, having served as a senior designer, project manager, and project director on a range of projects.
Michael Syracuse, AIA, LEED AP BD+C oversees the operations and strategies of the firm’s Cultural/Educational practice.

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John Gering, Managing Partner at HLW, has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).
Gering has had an esteemed career as one of the first architects to anticipate the need for distinct, specialized design in the media & communications industry, understanding that a facility’s interiors should accommodate constant change.
Gering’s work at HLW focuses on integrating multiple levels of technology and design, fostering a new paradigm in which people and technology interface effortlessly.
His buildings seamlessly meet the demands of the modern employee while easily responding to workplace challenges and technological advancements.
Some of Gering’s notable large scale campus projects include the restoration and renewal of the United Nations Headquarters Campus Master Plan and Secretariat Building Restoration, ESPN’s Digital Broadcast Complexes on the east and west coasts, and 20th Century Fox Film’s Broadcast Center and Executive Campus.
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Ryan Soames Engineering announced that Bonnie Pfleiderer has joined their New York City team as the Vice President of Business Development, Associate.
Pfleiderer has over 12 years of experience in business development. Most recently, she served as the Director of Business Development at a construction firm and she has held positions for firms such as Donnelly Mechanical, Cardella Waste Services, and Feigus Office Furniture.
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Tri-Star Construction Corporation announced that Jessica Kanfer has joined the team as Senior Director in their New York City office.
Kanfer has over nine years of experience in the New York City real estate industry.
She has held positions within companies such as Blackstone, EQ Office and The Office Group (TOG) as well as Fisher Brothers.
Most recently, as Head of U.S. Acquisitions at TOG, Kanfer worked to develop TOG’s expansion, managed multiple brokerage firms representing TOG, and reported to the co-founders.
As senior director, she will be working with each department to develop new business strategies, manage client relationships, develop strategic communications plans, and heighten the company’s brand and presence within the real estate industry.

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