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Mack-Cali Realty Corporation recently announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Anthony Krug as chief financial officer of the Company and Gary T. Wagner as chief legal officer and secretary of the Company.
Mr. Krug previously served as acting chief financial officer and chief accounting officer. Mr. Wagner previously served as vice president and senior associate general counsel and had served as the acting chief legal officer and interim secretary.
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Pliskin Realty & Development recently announced the appointment of Charles Bimba as Assistant Property Manager. He will oversee a wide range of property management functions from rent billing and collections, account management, property budgets and supervision of capital improvements, to supervision of contractors, property maintenance, insurance oversight, regulatory compliance and property marketing. Bimba was brought on to help manage over 60 New York-Metropolitan area properties under Pliskin’s management in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn and Queens.
Directly prior to joining Pliskin,  Bimba served as  a Foreman for Land-Tech Enterprises (Warrington, PA), where he managed a four to five man crew supervising multiple projects ranging from pipe laying and excavation to construction, deconstruction and home remodeling projects in the Philadelphia area.
Bimba holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Kutztown University. He resides in Lynbrook, NY.
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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Harry R. Silvera has joined the firm as a partner.  Formerly a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Silvera will continue his real estate practice.
Silvera has a broad transactional real estate practice.  He has substantial experience in acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financing, development projects and commercial leasing.  He has handled transactions for clients that include RXR Realty, NorthStar Realty Healthcare, IDB Group, Brickman Associates, Fremont Realty Capital, Centerbridge Partners and Tishman Speyer.
Before joining Gibson Dunn, Silvera was a partner with Fried Frank, where he practiced since 1995.  He is a 1995 graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
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Weiss Realty has announced David H. Schwartz has joined the firm, a move that the firm’s president, Jaime Weiss, made in order to further develop its growing and highly successful portfolio of real estate investment clients.
Mr. Schwartz is well suited to develop new client business having acquired his innovative entrepreneurial marketing skills, business acumen, dedication, and a wealth of corporate business development experience with J.P. Morgan Chase and the Co-founder of several companies that were ultimately acquired by publicly held corporations.
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Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. announced that Frank E. Chaney, an expert in zoning, land use and environmental law, has joined the firm as Of Counsel and will be part of the firm’s continued expansion in the development arena.
Chaney has served in New York City’s Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office of Construction. He advises and represents clients on a wide range of land use matters such as rezonings, special permits, variances, air rights transfers, zoning lot mergers and development agreements.
Prior to joining Rosenberg & Estis, Chaney was with Bryan Cave LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Before that, Chaney was a Zoning & Development Staff Consultant with Phillips Nizer LP.
Earlier, Chaney served as Assistant Commissioner with the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, where he planned for and managed the city’s real estate portfolio.
Chaney served with the NYC Department of City Planning as a City Planner and then as Deputy Director, developing large scale plans and projects.
He received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies, economics and computer science, cum laude, from New York University and his juris doctorate from New York Law School.
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Jack Shulman has been named Acquisitions Associate with The Kalikow Group.

Jack ShulmanMr. Shulman has been working with the firm as an Associate since 2013. Prior to joining The Kalikow Group, he was a Director of Commercial Leasing for Tenants and Landlords for Colliers International in New York City.
As Acquisitions Associate, his duties include underwriting prospective investments and sourcing new projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens for multifamily, mixed-use, commercial and ground up development on a direct or Joint Venture basis. He is also responsible for managing assets that are concentrated in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas.
Mr. Shulman completed his undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College in 2006, before going on to complete his Masters of Science in Real Estate Development with a concentration in Sustainable Development at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate in 2012.
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RBS Citizens Financial Group today announced it has hired Jim Banahan as Director of Condo & Co-op Administration and Development to lead the company’s expanding Condo & Co-op lending business.
In this newly formed role, Banahan will manage the existing Condo & Co-op team overseeing operating policy and process improvement. He will develop opportunities to expand markets, which should attract new originator talent in key strategic markets.
Banahan brings extensive leadership and technical experience in managing, underwriting and development of condo/co-op growth. He joins RBSCFG from Wells Fargo and has held positions at Washington Mutual and National Cooperative Bank.
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Savanna announced it has hired Joe Trovato as Project Cost Accountant. In his new position, Mr. Trovato will be responsible for the development of cash flow projections, project budget reports, and the management of the overall cost reporting process for construction projects. He also will coordinate payables and receivables and manage detailed anticipated cost reports to ensure projects align with their budgets.

joetrovatoPrior to joining Savanna, Mr. Trovato worked as a financial analyst for Turner & Townsend, a global project management company based in the UK. His role included project accounting and managing the invoicing process for the New York office. Mr. Trovato also has previous experience in the corporate finance arena.
Mr. Trovato graduated from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
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NAI James E. Hanson announced that Kenneth Fioretti has joined the firm as a sales associate.
Fioretti, who will be based out of NAI Hanson’s Parsippany office, will focus his efforts within the activities of the firm’s respected retail team, which assists clients and customers in the full service brokerage activities of NAI Global including a vast array of owners, investors, and tenants needing regional and local market expertise.
Fioretti has extensive experience in the acquisition, development, leasing and investments of shopping centers and freestanding retail properties. He has represented national, regional and local owners, investors and tenants.

Ken Fioretti of NAI James E. HansonFioretti’s background also includes market and demographic analysis for site selection, and a track record of proven successes in negotiating acquisitions and leases for a variety of properties.
Fioretti attended William Paterson University, and serves as planning board commissioner for the Borough of Bloomingdale.
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Nunzio Del Greco recently joined Flushing Bank as Vice President, New Business Development for Real Estate Lending. He began his career as an Association Executive in 1983 as Executive Vice President of the Bronx Board of Realtors.

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Mr. Del Greco holds a Master’s Degree from St. John’s University in Public Administration and was a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Government and Politics.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Queens College graduating with honors in Political Science.  Mr. Del Greco is also an editorial writer on a regular basis for the New York Real Estate Journal.
Mr. Del Greco is a community leader and fundraiser for a number of charities including: American Cancer Society; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; ALS Walk at Eisenhower Park; Avon Walk for Breast Cancer at Jones Beach; and Camp Good Days & Special Times.
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Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, announced it has hired Ori Foger as an Executive Vice President, based in the firm’s New York City office.
Foger, a proven business development executive who brings more than seven years of experience to his position at Kensington Vanguard, is a recognized brand name in the industry. Throughout his career, he has cultivated a notable and diverse base of clients across both the residential and commercial markets, leveraging a keen ability to network and connect clients through his professional affiliations, networking organizations and the Continuing Education programs he has developed and personally tailored for his clientele.
Prior to joining Kensington Vanguard, Foger was the Executive Director of Business Development at Langdon Title Agency. He began his career as Vice President of Business Development for American Land Services.
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CBRE Group, Inc., announced that commercial real estate management professional Ramon Kochavi has joined the company as Managing Director for Midtown Manhattan Office Brokerage Services.
Mr. Kochavi will be responsible for broker development and sales management, with a specific focus on associates and mid-career sales professionals. He will also support Midtown’s training, recruiting and business development efforts.
A results-oriented professional, Mr. Kochavi is credited with building top-performing sales organizations and project management teams. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Kochavi was manager of brokerage services at The Saywitz Company, in Newport Beach, CA, where he grew the firm’s commercial brokerage team by 30 percent, overseeing the year-over-year increase of leasing brokerage revenue by 25 percent.
Experienced in underwriting and financial modeling, Mr. Kochavi recently completed his Master of Business Administration at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
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St. Mary’s Hospital for Children announced that long-standing board member Ruth Colp-Haber is the recipient of a Distinguished Trustee Award from the United Hospital Fund (UHF).
For the past 24 years the UHF, a leading health services research and philanthropic organization, has hosted an award ceremony to recognize trustees who show outstanding leadership and extraordinary service to their hospitals.
Ms. Colp-Haber has been a committed member of St. Mary’s Board of Directors for the past 10 years. She sits on the organization’s Development, Finance, and Real Estate Committees and helped lead St. Mary’s 5-year, $40 million Capital Campaign to build a state-of-the-art Children’s Pavilion at St. Mary’s flagship facility in Bayside, NY.
Ms. Colp-Haber is the President of Wharton Property Advisors, a real estate brokerage firm specializing in commercial office space in Manhattan and is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), serving on the Economic Policy, Plaza District, and Tax Policy and Research Committees.

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