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AXA Investment Managers has announced the appointment of Andrew Piekarski as U.S. Director of Acquisitions, effective immediately.

Piekarski joins with over 25 years of commercial real estate experience, most recently at WAFRA, Inc. where he spent the past two years in the role of acquisitions director for the Southeastern region.

Prior to that, Piekarski spent 14 years at BlackRock Asset Management where he most recently held the position of Managing Director, Eastern Region Investment Management, overseeing a range of transaction and asset management functions for a $5 billion multi-sector portfolio.

Over the course of his career, Piekarski has also held various senior roles at TGM Associates, Sentinel Real Estate Corporation and Lehman Brothers.

In his new role, he will be responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing acquisitions in accordance with individual client and fund objectives, which include both direct and joint venture investments, often with local operating partners.

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NAI James E. Hanson announced that Cameron Silverstein and Lorenzo Lambiase have joined its Teterboro, N.J. office as associates.

Lambiase will be working closely with Kenneth Lundberg, SIOR, and Patrick Lennon on industrial sales and leasing. Silverstein will be working with Mike Walters, SIOR, in his Corporate Services Group.

Before joining NAI James E. Hanson, Lorenzo Lambiase worked as an associate at Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services of Elmwood Park, N.J. Lambiase is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Finance and Wealth Management. He will be continuing his studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University to earn his MBA in Finance.

Previously, Cameron Silverstein worked in Delivery & Installation at Home Supply, LLC in Hawthorne, N.J. In his role, he was responsible for assisting with the delivery of custom kitchen cabinets and interfacing with customers throughout northern New Jersey. Silverstein graduated this past May from High Point University, where he earned his B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and minor in Sales.

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Rose Associates has promoted Chris Gibaldi to the position of managing director of development.

Gibaldi joined Rose’s development team in 2011, acting most recently as a director.

With 15 years of experience in multifamily and mixed-use development, Gibaldi’s recent projects include 70 Pine, the landmarked, 66-story, one million s/f tower in Lower Manhattan that Rose successfully converted to residential with a hotel and retail component.

In addition to 70 Pine, Gibaldi led the development of The Larstrand, a 181-unit luxury rental on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and The Maximilian, a 188-unit luxury rental in Long Island City.

Gibaldi earned his MBA from Fordham University with a double major in finance and management.

He has a master’s of science in real estate development from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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BHI, a commercial bank, announced the appointment of Doug Rutley as Head of Real Estate, responsible for the bank’s commercial real estate loan portfolio, deposits and client base.

With more than 30 years of CRE lending experience, Rutley has financed construction, bridge and term loans for apartment, office, industrial, retail, condo, hotel and self-storage properties.

Rutley joins BHI from MidFirst Bank, where he was responsible for establishing the bank’s New York City office in 2004 and served as Managing Director for Northeast Originations for the past 14 years.

Previously, he was Managing Director for Chicago-based LaSalle Bank where he helped launch the bank’s New York real estate office and was responsible for the origination of CMBS loans in the New York and Philadelphia markets.

His experience also includes executive lending positions in Commercial Real Estate at Chase, PNC Bank and Dime Savings Bank of New York.

Rutley earned a BS in business from the University of Richmond and has completed New York University’s Real Estate Diploma program.

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MetaProp announced that Maria Seredina, Director of Business Development at HomeLight, and a Zillow vet, has joined the firm as a Venture Advisor.

At MetaProp, she will serve as an Advisor next to Elie Finegold and will act as a first-time liaison for West Coast-based PropTech entrepreneurs.

Seredina’s background includes running Mergers & Acquisitions under Zillow Group’s COO and CFO Kathleen Philips, a role which led her to run Business Development for the company’s New Construction business and its consumer-facing brand Trulia, which Zillow acquired for $2.5 Billion in 2014

At HomeLight, Seredina was responsible for driving growth and monetization strategy for Simple Sale, one of HomeLight’s newest and fastest-growing marketplaces connecting home sellers with cash buyers nationwide.

Before her career at Zillow Group, Seredina worked in Internet equity research for both boutique and bulge-bracket financial services firms, including Goldman Sachs, and was Lead Associate for e-commerce stocks.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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CBRE announced that Mark Coe has been named Senior Director of Business Development for the Project Management (PJM) Advisory business in New York Tri-State.

Coe will focus on sourcing, developing and closing third-party project management business opportunities within the New York area.

Coe has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, including project management, general contracting and real estate development.

In previous roles, he spearheaded strategic expansion and growth plans and developed beneficial relationships with prospective client representatives. In addition, Coe managed a successful consulting business providing owner’s representative and project management services to clients across New York.

Coe is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a BS in civil engineering.

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Bowery Valuation announced that industry veteran Nicole Urquhart-Bradley, MAI, is joining the firm as Head of Strategy and the Head of Bowery’s new Washington D.C. office.

Bradley brings more than 30 years of commercial appraisal experience to the company, most recently as the president of Valuation & Advisory for the Americas at Cushman & Wakefield, where she oversaw a team of 600 employees across 65 offices that valued more than $1 trillion in commercial real estate assets in 2017.

At Bowery, she will focus on opening the firm’s D.C. office and leading expansion nationwide.

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Proptech consultant Phil Russo has joined Alpha’a, the startup that provides fine art solutions to the real estate industry as an advisor.

Russo will help create and guide the company’s communications and public relations strategy, while continuing to develop new business opportunities across the real estate value chain.

Russo is founder of PRusso PropTech CEO Communications Coaching. From 2015 through 2018, he was the Founding Partner of MetaProp Advisors, and Chief Communications Strategist for all MetaProp NYC businesses.

Prior to joining MetaProp, Russo was at Senior Director, Communications and Marketing, for the New York Tri-State Region of CBRE. before that, he was at Cushman & Wakefield, where he served as senior managing director of Media & Corporate Affairs.

He began his career as a journalist with the Staten Island Advance before entering the public sector, serving as Director of the Office of Special Projects & Publications in the Public Affairs Division of the then New York City Board of Education, and as the Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

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Bertone Piccini LLP announced the appointment of two new partners: Richard G. Lyons and Sean R. McGowan.

Sean McGowan, an attorney with the firm since 2017, practices all facets of real estate, real estate development and property management, including redevelopment, land use planning and zoning, real estate transactions, commercial lending, landlord-tenant and general business representation.

Prior to joining Bertone Piccini, McGowan was vice president of development and legal affairs for a large, New Jersey-based commercial developer.

McGowan studied at Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law prior to commencing his legal and business career.

He also serves on the Planning Board in Caldwell, N.J., where he lives, and serves as counsel to several public agencies.

Richard Lyons received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law and joined the firm in 2013. His practice has concentrated in the areas of business/corporate transactions, commercial real estate, construction and health care. Lyons’ transactional focus includes commercial real estate leasing, acquisitions and dispositions.

In business/corporate transactions, Lyons serves as outside general counsel to several small to mid-sized businesses, assisting with a wide variety of transactional matters. In health care, he works with medical device and pharmaceutical companies on research and consulting agreements.

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Rockefeller Group announced that Thomas Weeks will join the company as Executive Vice President and Head of Development.

Weeks was previously Executive General Manager for Lendlease Development Inc., the North American urban development platform for Lendlease Corporation.

At Rockefeller Group, he will be based in the company’s New York headquarters, overseeing a team of more than 40 development professionals and a pipeline of existing and new projects valued at more than $3 billion.

Weeks’ development expertise spans multiple property types, and for more than 25 years he has held senior leadership roles with several of the most active developers and construction firms in the nation.

Prior to Lendlease, from 2011 to 2014, he was Managing Director of Residential and Mixed-Use Development for Clayco.

Previously, he was President of Related Midwest – the Chicago office of Related Companies – from 2000 to 2007.

He started his real estate career with LR Development Company in Chicago (predecessor to Related Midwest), following five years in the legal profession with Rudnick & Wolfe, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Weeks is a graduate of Amherst College, in Amherst, Mass., and received his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago.

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Colliers Project Leaders | USA announced the promotion of industry veteran Marc Sklenka to Managing Director.

Sklenka will be responsible for continuing to grow the Project Leaders footprint by leading overall service delivery, quality control and management for public and private projects in education, government, office, industrial, cultural, nonprofit, and residential projects throughout the Northeast.

For the past 17 years, Sklenka has played an integral role into the company’s growth.

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HLW announced Julia Belkin has joined the firm as principal.

Belkin comes to her new role with a background in creative visioning, planning and project execution.

In her previous role, she grew a partnership of seven designers to a firm of over 60. She will serve as an integral component of HLW’s leadership team.

Belkin will be responsible for overseeing projects as a Principal in Charge, as well as expanding and maintaining a network of professional connections in the New York real estate community.

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Hoffmann Architects announced the promotion of a member of the administrative team to a position with the marketing department.

Cathy A. DellaValle has been appointed Marketing Coordinator, supporting business development and marketing efforts across Hoffmann Architects’ three offices.

DellaValle joined the firm in 2018 as a part-time Administrative Assistant. Her responsibilities grew to include greater marketing support, and she applied her previous employment experience of more than 20 years developing marketing communication materials to Hoffmann Architects’ proposals, qualifications packages, presentations, website, and trade show exhibits.

She coordinates among technical staff, business development team, communications manager, and administrative and finance department to provide marketing support to the entire firm.

DellaValle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sacred Heart University.

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Donn McMullen, CFM, BCxP, an expert in facility operations, has joined the New York office of Syska Hennessy Group.

In his new roles of technical manager and senior associate, he will lead facilities management and commissioning projects.

McMullen has more than 30 years of experience. Most recently, he served as commissioning manager at Turner Construction Company, where he supervised the team supporting the commissioning and turnover of building systems in the Kimmel Pavilion at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Previously, he was the director of global operations for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, overseeing maintenance, engineering, and utilities for R&D facilities.

McMullen received an MS in bioengineering from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University.

He is a member of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).

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