More than three dozen brokers representing firms from Long competed July 30 in a softball game day dubbed “Battle of the Brokers, Nassau vs. Suffolk” at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. The doubleheader was played on a softball field in the outfield grass and was organized by Wachtler Knopf Equities LLC (WKE), a Farmingdale, N.Y.-based property management firm.
Philip Wachtler, principal of WKE, described the game, organized to gain the goodwill of the brokers who deal with the firm, as “a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”
The teams split the error-filled double bill. Nassau brokers, powered by Mark Greenspan of CB Richard Ellis, who hit a homerun and had seven hits over the course of the afternoon, won the first game 21-11. The team representing Suffolk took the second game 10-1.
“It was a great event,” said Greenspan, who was named by WKE executives as the most valuable player; he received a gift certificate to Blackstone Steakhouse. The “Almost MVP,” Kyle Crennan, was awarded with a full year’s membership to Blink Fitness. Both businesses are currently WKE tenants.
“Every one of these guys was very good,” Wachtler said of the players. “I think everyone had fun.”
The Suffolk team was composed of Ted Stratigos, Rob Kuppersmith and Roger Wooster of Cushman & Wakefield, Melville; Doug Seale, Joe Lagano, Tim Parlante and Kyle Crennan of Jones Lang LaSalle, Melville; David Chinitz of Park Place Realty, Melville; Philip Shwom of Schacker Realty, Melville; John LaRuffa, Paul Schneider and Carmine Inserra of NAI Long Island, Melville; Billy Skelos, Dan Oliver and Jordan Oliver of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Melville.
On the Nassau team were: Harris Rousso, Bob Rosenbluth, Ben Edwards and Brad Bold of Real Estate Strategies, Jericho; Vince LaManna and Mark Greenspan of CBRE, Woodbury; Matthew Tesoriero and Aaron Trembley of Oxford & Simpson, Jericho; Neil Creedon, Darren Liederman and Jeff Cebula of Colliers International, Lake Success; and, Arthur Gurtman and Michael Levenstein of The Rochlin Organization, Jericho.
A professional umpire officiated and Alex Anthony, the Met’s public address announcer, called the play-by-play from the left field warning track.