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WHO’S NEWS: Darryl Stroup joins marcus & Millichap; Anchin adds partner

Marcus & Millichap announced that Darryl Stroup has joined the firm as a commercial mortgage originator.
Stroup will be responsible for securing commercial debt financing for an array of property types, including: multifamily, retail, office and industrial.
Stroup comes to Marcus & Millichap from Meridian Capital Group, where he was a National Commercial Mortgage Broker, financing transactions ranging from $1 million to more than $500 million for multifamily, co-op, retail, hotel, healthcare, student housing, self-storage, industrial, and construction properties located up and down the east coast.
He began his career at Paine Webber. He also worked at Ameriquest Mortgage, where he consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of mortgage originators, nationwide.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern University.

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP announced the addition of a new Partner, Raphy Soussan and a new Director, Marc Nadritch to its team.
Raphy Soussan is a Commercial Audit Partner with more than 20 years of experience providing auditing, accounting and consulting services to private companies, with more than 15 years at Big Four and national firms.
Soussan also has experience working with international companies, auditing employee benefit plans, and providing due diligence in M&A transactions. He is licensed as a CPA in New York State.
Marc Nadritch joins Anchin as a Director in its Private Equity practice.
With more than 15 years of experience in the Private Equity and M&A space with Big Four firms and other consulting firms, he has extensive knowledge in financial due diligence and M&A activities, focusing on technology, manufacturing and distribution, transportation and logistics, consumer and industrial products, food and beverage, and media and entertainment.
Nadritch has been involved in pre- and post-acquisition transaction issues for transactions ranging from $5M-$4B. He is licensed as a CPA in New York State.

CBRE Group, Inc. announced that Mark Owens has joined CBRE Capital Markets as Executive Vice President to lead Debt & Structured Finance for its hotels sector.
Owens will be responsible for securing debt and structured finance products, as well as institutional asset sales for CBRE’s global hotel clientsa.
Owens is an accomplished commercial real estate professional who has closed more than $6 billion in financing transactions in the hotel sector.
He joins CBRE from Ackman-Ziff where he led the firm’s hospitality practice and was responsible for the origination and placement of hospitality related transactions, including debt, equity, joint-venture equity and transaction sales.
Previously, Owens served as vice president at Sonnenblick Goldman, where he closed $3 billion in transactions. He also worked at HVS International‘s New York office.
Owens is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and is an active participant and board member of the Cornell Hotel Society‘s New York Chapter.

Winick Realty Group announced that Thomas DeFazio is the latest broker to join the company’s growing New Jersey branch, located in Cranford, NJ.
DeFazio, who will focus on both landlord and tenant representation throughout the state, comes to Winick Realty Group after more than two decades of success in the fields of finance and residential real estate.
For 26 years, DeFazio developed relationship and client management skills working in equity sales, trading and operations for major financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch, Bank of NY and Cantor Fitzgerald.
He also played a major role in the business development of various alternative trading platforms, including G-Trade/ADR Direct owned by Bank of NY and AQUA, owned by Cantor Fitzgerald.
In 2013, he began a two-year stint at Chris Smith Realty, a residential real estate firm in Spring Lake, NJ.

Goodwin Procter announced that David Bernstein has joined the firm as counsel in its Business Law Department.
Bernstein was formerly a partner at K&L Gates and at Rogers & Wells (which later merged with Clifford Chance), where he headed the corporate practice.
A corporate and transactional lawyer focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities transactions and corporate governance in the real estate space, Bernstein has led a wide variety of transactions.
He has also acted as a regular advisor to boards of directors of NYSE-listed and other publicly traded companies.
Bernstein is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Paramount Group, Inc. has promoted Peter R. Brindley to Senior Vice President of Leasing. Brindley will oversee the leasing of the Company’s New York portfolio along with Theodore Koltis, Executive Vice President of Leasing.
Brindley and Koltis will be supported by seasoned commercial real estate professional Douglas R. Neye, who has been appointed Vice President of Leasing. Neye joins Paramount from JLL.
During his 13-year tenure at JLL, Neye held a number of leasing positons and played a significant role in advancing the firm’s client relationships.
Neye received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia.

Day Pitney has announced the strategic expansion of its real estate practice through the acquisition of five attorneys from the Morristown-based firm Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Peter Wolfson, Doug Henshaw, Katharine Coffey, John DeSimone and Catherine Nolan have joined Day Pitney’s Parsippany, New Jersey office.
The team advises many renowned developers and real estate-related companies, in virtually all types of real estate matters.
Peter Wolfson, formerly the chair of Porzio’s real estate practice, will join Day Pitney as a partner.
His practice is focused on land use, development and redevelopment, transactions, taxation and common interest ownership regimes.
Katharine “Kate” Coffey will join Day Pitney as a partner.
Coffey concentrates her practice in redevelopment, land use applications, financial incentives and public-private partnerships and related issues regarding affordable housing, liquor licenses, the Highlands Act and condominium law.
Doug Henshaw will join Day Pitney as of counsel. His practice is mainly focused on land use, development and transactions.
Doug is admitted in New Jersey and is an active member of the Morris County and NJ Bar Associations, the New Jersey Land Title Association and Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey.
John DeSimone will join Day Pitney as counsel in both the real estate and litigation practices.
His practice is focused on both business litigation and litigation associated with real estate matters.
DeSimone is admitted in both New Jersey and New York. He is an active member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and the New Jersey Bankers Association.
Catherine “Cathy” Nolan will join Day Pitney as an associate.
Nolan’s practice is focused on all areas in environmental law. Nolan’s extensive environmental law experience is uniquely enhanced by her having completed a Master’s degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University.
Richard Roberts has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation.
Roberts is Managing Director of Acquisitions for Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC, assisting in the origination and management of developer relationships in the Northeast, and the development of new business strategies for the firm.
He has an extensive career in affordable housing and urban market investments having worked in these areas for over 18 years.
Prior to joining Red Stone, he worked in the government, for profit and nonprofit sectors including serving as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
He is also the founding Managing Director of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group where he devised and led a creative strategy responsible for the establishment of the firm’s community development investment platform.
He holds both a BA and JD from Yale University.
Woodmont Properties announced two key additions to the company’s executive management team.
Stephen Kowitz joins the firm as director of human resources, while Louis DeVos will serve as director of residential property management.
A property management professional with more than 20 years of industry experience, Louis DeVos will direct the operations of Woodmont Properties’ growing apartment portfolio, which includes luxury rental communities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
DeVos started his career at AvalonBay Communities. He also served as area vice president at Morgan Properties in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Most recently, he worked at Bell Partners, Inc. in Greensboro, North Carolina, overseeing communities from Delaware to Georgia.
With three decades of human resources experience, Stephen Kowitz will be responsible for promoting Woodmont Properties’ employee-oriented, high-performance company culture through programs that achieve our business plan objectives.
Prior to joining Woodmont, Kowitz held executive-level human resources positions at several organizations including Penske Truck Leasing, Corporate Express, Managed Health Care Associates, Inc., and Brother International Corporation.
He also served as an independent human resources consultant, and worked with high-profile healthcare clients including Johnson & Johnson and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.
WeiserMazars LLP, announced that Richard Bloom, Dennis Cancellarich, Ira Cooperman, Jerome Devillers, Pierre-Marie Lagnaud, George Parker and Anthony Stranix were named Equity Partners and Debra Bornstein was named Equity Principal.
Richard Bloom, CPA, PFS, MST, is based in the New Jersey office. Formerly a Non-Equity Partner at the firm, he delivers specialized personal tax and financial planning services to high net-worth individuals, including closely-held business owners, executives, and hedge fund managers.
Dennis Cancellarich, CPA, is based in the Long Island office. Formerly a Senior Manager at the firm, he has over 15 years of accounting and tax experience in various industries.
Ira Cooperman, CPA, is based in the Long Island office. Formerly a Senior Manager at the firm, he has over 15 years of experience providing accounting services to manufacturing and distribution companies primarily in the consumer products sector.
Jerome Devillers, CPA, is based in the New York City office. Formerly a Non-Equity Partner, he works with the firm’s banking, financial institutions, investment funds, construction and utility clients in an array of regulatory activities and project finance initiatives.
Pierre-Marie Lagnaud, CPA, is based in the New York City office. Formerly a Non-Equity Partner at the firm, he has extensive experience in corporate finance, counseling clients on due diligence procedures for mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures.
George Parker, CPA, is based in the Pennsylvania office. Formerly a Senior Manager at the firm, he provides accounting, audit and consulting services primarily to privately-held companies in manufacturing and distribution, service and not-for-profit industries.
Anthony Stranix, CPA, is based in the Pennsylvania office. Formerly a Senior Manager at the firm, he provides audit, internal audit, financial analysis and accounting services to companies within the insurance industry.
Debra Bornstein is based in the New York City office. Formerly a Non-Equity Principal at the firm, she is Practice Leader of the Health Care Group. Debra has more than 20 years of experience in health care.

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