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Nelson named top rainmaker as Massey Knakal counts deals

Massey Knakal named  the top producers of the firm at their annual award ceremony.

James P. Nelson, Stephen P. Palmese, Thomas A. Donovan and John F. Ciraulo were among those named Top Salesperson of the Year.

Additionally, David Chkheidze was named Retail Leasing Agent of the Year and Morris Betesh was named Agent of the Year within the Capital Services division.

“We are extremely proud of our award winners and their dedication to their clients and the company,” said Neil Heilberg, chief operating officer. “They exemplify our mission to provide our clients with superior execution and market knowledge.”


James P. Nelson was awarded the company-wide Salesperson of the Year award as well as the Manhattan Salesperson of the Year award, having completed 28 sales worth over $278 million. This is the seventh time he and his team have won the company-wide Salesperson of the Year award.

The Top Salesperson of the Year in Massey Knakal’s Brooklyn office, and second place company-wide, was awarded to Stephen P. Palmese.

Since joining the firm in 2004, Stephen has sold over sold over 100 properties with an aggregate consideration of nearly $700,000,000. This is the third time Stephen has won the Brooklyn Salesperson of the Year award.

The Top Salesperson of the Year award in Massey Knakal’s Queens office was presented to Thomas A. Donovan for the sixth consecutive year. Tom joined Massey Knakal in 1998 to head up the firm’s first full-service outer borough office and since then has sold 285 properties for an aggregate consideration of over $1.15 billion.

John. F Ciraulo was awarded the third place company-wide Salesperson of the Year award.

In the past 20 years, John has evaluated more than 2,300 buildings and closed in excess of 400 transactions with an aggregate value of more than $2.3 billion.

The award for Retail Leasing Agent of the Year was presented to David Chkheidze.


Over the last two years at the firm, David Chkheidze as achieved impressive results, for both clients and the firm. David has secured 38 retail lease listings and 29 retail lease closings.

Morris Betesh was presented with the Capital Services Agent of the Year award. Since joining the firm in 2012, Morris has closed over $200 million in loans.

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