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WHO’S NEWS: Rudin to head CBRE’s Northeast retail, Hidrock promotes 2

CBRE announced that Ellen Rudin will be assuming the new position of Senior Managing Director of Retail for the Northeast Division of CBRE.

She will be responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the region’s retail business.
Rudin has served as Managing Director of CBRE’s Long Island and New York Outer Boroughs offices for the past ten years, prior to which she was Senior Counsel with the CBRE Tri-State legal team.

Rudin will retain oversight of CBRE’s New York Outer Boroughs office.

Tricia Shay will take over responsibility of running the Long Island office while remaining the leader of CBRE’s multi-market business in New York, including the transaction management hub.

Shay has more than 25 years of real estate experience ranging from portfolio services to leadership and operations across multiple geographies.

Having served as the Vice President of Real Estate for Weight Watchers for five years, Shay also brings client experience to the table.


Hidrock Properties announced the promotion of two members of the firm’s executive team, Joseph Ginex and Jessica Schmidt.

Joseph Ginex, a 23-year industry veteran, has been named chief development officer, following his leadership and contributions as managing director.

Under Ginex’s direction, the firm has completed over $800 million worth of development projects since he joined the company in 2012.

As the CDO he will assist in the acquisition, financing and the negotiation of joint venture agreements, including the selection of hotel brands and management companies as well as the curation of residential project architects and design teams.

Ginex will continue interfacing with the company’s development partners and property lenders and ensure proper execution of the business plans for development projects.

Jessica Schmidt has been promoted to chief financial officer, following her accomplishments as a managing director.

An 18-year industry veteran, Schmidt joined Hidrock in 2015 and quickly assumed a leadership role in the accounting department while implementing new strategies to assist the firm in streamlining its financial compliance and reporting.

In her new capacity, she will oversee all aspects of human resources, finances, and accounting related to Hidrock and its operating assets, development projects, and subsidiaries.


TD Bank has named David E. Friedman as Regional Director of Commercial Real Estate for New York City and Long Island.

He will be responsible for the management and further expansion of the commercial real estate loan portfolio in the greater New York area.

Friedman has 15 years of experience in banking. He previously served as Director of Real Estate Syndicated Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Friedman started his banking career in real estate finance at PNC Bank, N.A.

He serves on the National Board of Directors for the Real Estate Lenders Association (RELA) and previously held position of Officer of RELA’s New York Chapter.

He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 79 and 24 securities licenses.

Friedman holds a master’s in Real Estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Babson College in Babson Park, Mass.


Tully Rinckey PLLC announced that Kevin H. Yeager has joined the firm as a partner.

Yeager’s practice areas include real estate law and trust and estate law, where he represents buyers, sellers and lenders in real estate transactions.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Yeager operated his own real estate practice for more than 20 years. As part of his practice, he served as an authorized agent for Stewart Title Insurance Company.

He previously worked at several Binghamton-area law firms, which gave him experience in mortgage closings, real estate transactions and representing debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Yeager received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and earned his juris doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.


Stroock’s corporate practice has added real estate capital markets lawyer Evan Hudson as a partner.

He was previously co-chair of the Real Estate Capital Markets group at Duval & Stachenfeld LLP.

Hudson focuses his practice on corporate and securities transactions for REITs and other real estate investment vehicles.

Hudson often advises on operations and board-level governance and compliance matters.

Hudson’s clients also include investors as well as corporate entities accessing the capital markets.

He also represents clients in mini-tender offers and has worked with both issuers and bidders in their strategic approach to such offers.

Hudson received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He is a member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee of ADISA.


Farrell Fritz has welcomed Harry Fournaris, as a real estate associate.

Prior to joining the firm, Fournaris was an associate at Lieb at Law, P.C.. He was a law clerk at the same firm from August 2011 to March 2015.

Fournaris earned his Juris Doctor from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.


Skanska announced the promotion of three executives in the northeast and New York Metro regions.

Jarrett Milligan has been promoted to Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) for building unit operations in the northeast region.

Milligan will oversee and optimize the company’s EHS operations for building in Pennsylvania, New England, and the New York metropolitan area. He will be based in the company’s Empire State Building headquarters.

Milligan first joined Skanska in March 2014 as a construction superintendent, and quickly assumed responsibility for improving Skanska’s national safety and environmental programs.

While serving as superintendent, Milligan joined the regional Corporate Safety Committee and became an Injury-Free Environment instructor, Supervisory Skills Trainer, and Care for Life Leader, and was subsequently named EHS Director for Metro New York in August of 2016.

Prior to joining Skanska, Milligan served in the U.S. Navy for seven years .

John Dolan and Kevin Kontura have been promoted to Vice President, Project Executive for the Metro New York region.

Both Dolan and Kontura currently serve as Project Executives, and each brings more than three decades of industry experience to their new roles.

John Dolan has spent 33 years in the construction industry, all with Skanska. Dolan has experience overseeing some of the largest transportation infrastructure projects in the Metro New York region, such as the ongoing redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal B.

He is also part of the preconstruction team responsible for the historic renovation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s signature skylights.

Kevin Kontura has 32 years of industry experience, 22 of which have been with Skanska.

He has worked on a variety of projects in the life sciences, higher education and corporate commercial sectors. He was part of the Skanska team that delivered the $1.13 billion, 2.2 million-square foot MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey five months ahead of schedule.


Construction management firm Structure Tone has promoted Stacey Dackson to Vice President & Director of Special Projects in the company’s New York office.

Dackson joined Structure in 2005 after working for several NYC-based firms.

Her signature projects include high-profile interior build-outs for such clients as Top of the Rock, Bank of America, Oppenheimer Funds, A&E Television Networks and Pearson Education.

Dackson is certified in a number of OSHA and a member of Professional Women in Construction.

She holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University as well as dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and urban planning from CUNY/Queens College.


Mass Contracting Corp. announced the hiring of Jack McCarthy as Project Manager.

McCarthy has been tasked with helping to oversee construction projects from the initial bidding process through project completion.

McCarthy was a key team member in the successful completion of Mass Contracting’s conversion of approximately 13,000 s/f of office space located at 860 Broadway, NYC which houses the former art studio of American artist Andy Warhol.

McCarthy will also participate in company marketing efforts and assist with multiple administrative procedures.

McCarthy is a 2017 graduate of Villanova University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication while minoring in Spanish and Sociology.

Prior to joining Mass Contracting Corp., McCarthy served as a Marketing Intern with the Houston Dynamo, the Major League Soccer affiliate in Houston, TX.


Hill West Architects has appointed Michael Stevick as its new Director of Business Development.

Prior to joining Hill West, Stevick worked for Perkins Eastman Architects and TPG Architecture, where he handled marketing strategy and execution, business development, project management, revenue growth and content strategy.

Stevick was instrumental in successfully executing strategic marketing programs that built awareness, increased client engagement and drove growth within the industry.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Villanova University.


Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP), has appointed Brian Loughlin, AIA, director of planning and urban design.

With the addition of Loughlin, MAP is expanding its scope of planning and urban design services to include Community Facilitation, Master Planning, Municipal Housing Plans, Strategic Facility Planning, Economic Development Planning, and Resilient Community Design.

Loughlin, an urban designer, author and lecturer is noted for his work in the public and non-profit sectors of community development and affordable housing.

His former posts include Director of New Construction for the New York City Housing Authority and Chief Architect of the Jersey City Housing Authority.

He is a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Public Architecture, served as chair of Jersey City’s Board of Appeals, and was a special advisor on housing to that city’s mayor.

He is also an adjunct assistant professor of architecture and real estate development in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, where he earned a Master of Architecture degree in 2002.

Loughlin obtained his undergraduate degree, a BS in Architecture, at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

His first involvement in housing was with Habitat for Humanity in the mid-1990s in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He worked for a succession of architecture firms, and in 2003 moved to the public sector, joining the Jersey City Housing Authority soon after earning his master’s degree.

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