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WHO’S NEWS: Valerie Carlisle joins DTZ; Eastern Consolidated promotes Tapper, Carillo


DTZ announced that Valerie Carlisle has joined its New York office as Managing Director of Operations.

Carlisle, a commercial real estate industry veteran with more than 14 years of experience, will work to drive operational efficiency working alongside Peter Hennessy, president, New York Tri-State Region.

Carlise will develop strategies to better align the resources of the organization for its anticipated expansion goals and work with the entire Tri-State region to ensure continuity of service and elevate the DTZ brand.

Prior to joining DTZ, Carlise served as director of operations for Savills Studley’s New York and Boston offices.

She has also served as Human Resources Partner at JLL, where she specialized in strategy development and implementation.

She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing.


Eastern Consolidated announced the promotion of both Benjamin Tapper and Peter Carillo to principal.
In addition to their brokerage roles as senior directors, both executives will now also have input and contribute toward the firm’s overall strategy and direction.

They will also be more formally involved in assisting with the development of the firm’s associate brokers.


Benjamin Tapper focuses his primary efforts on Brooklyn and Manhattan, specializing in residential and mixed use properties, as well as development sites.
He works on complex transactions, such as IMD properties, estate sales, assets owned by C and S Corp entities as well as nonprofits.

Tapper co-ordinated the $18.3 million sale of the Ackerman Institute at 149 East 78th Street, where Eastern Consolidated arranged for the nonprofit to dispose of its old home and acquire a new facility at 936 Broadway in the Flatiron District, adding significant capital to their endowment in the process.

Tapper is a graduate of Cornell University, holds a degree in Near Eastern Studies, and is a member of the Cornell University Real Estate Council.

Throughout his career Peter Carillo has negotiated more than $1.3 billion in New York City real estate sales transactions, with a specialization in off-market and complex transactions across a variety of property types.

Among his career highlights, Carillo arranged the $225 million sale of a large East Harlem portfolio, a transaction involving 48 buildings, 1,141 residential units, and 58 commercial spaces.

He achieved benchmark pricing for this portfolio sale and simultaneously helped a first time buyer — a UK Institutional Investor — enter the New York real estate market.


This year Carillo closed the Kings Portfolio for $236 million, which consists of 15 buildings — 1,434 units across 1.5 million square feet located in central Brooklyn & Staten Island.

These two transactions stand out as two of the most noteworthy transactions completed by Eastern Consolidated in its 34 year history.

Originally from Argentina, Carillo is a graduate of The Catholic University of Lima and holds a degree in Political Science. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian.


Denham Wolf Real Estate Services announced Joseph Auld has been appointed as the firm’s first director of project management.

In this newly created position, Auld will play an instrumental role in several key initiatives including the identification and expansion of new business arenas.

His expertise in affordable and supportive housing well complements Denham Wolf’s broad portfolio of work.

Auld previously held the position of associate vice president of Design and Construction at Volunteers of America-Greater New York, Inc. (VOA).

During his eleven year tenure with VOA, he had responsibility for the oversight of $80 million in new construction and real estate development.

An architect by training, Auld holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami.


Kelly Broderick, who has represented an array of financial service firms, law firms and Fortune 500 companies over her eight-year tenure in commercial real estate, is rejoining Cushman & Wakefield, where she spent the first seven years of her career.

She returns as a senior director to Cushman & Wakefield, where she was employed between May 2007 and March 2014. Broderick subsequently spent a year with Colliers International.


A specialist in negotiating on behalf of tenants in Midtown Class-A properties and lofts in Midtown South, Broderick has advised global firms such as Canaccord Genuity, McAfee, TV Guide, Opera Mediaworks, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and MicroStrategy.

Her noteworthy projects have included lease acquisitions and space dispositions, multi-market relocations, and advanced lease renewals.

Broderick is a graduate of Lehigh University, she has served as secretary of New York City’s Lehigh Board and is a member of the Lehigh Wall Street Council.


Kyle Burkhardt has joined the Long Island office of Cushman & Wakefield as senior director.
Previously a broker with Colliers International and a managing principal at Alliance Real Estate, Burkhardt is an industrial real estate sales and leasing specialist with extensive experience in both buyer/ seller and tenant/ landlord representation.

Burkhardt formerly served as a financial analyst for Bear Sterns and loan officer for Concord Mortgage, giving him unique insight and understanding of the financial aspects of commercial real estate.
Active in industry causes, Burkhardt is vice president of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island.


ARA, A Newmark Company (ARA Newmark) has hired Ryan Lang to lead its student housing division, further positioning the company to capture the sector’s continuing growth.
The addition comes after BGC Partners Inc., parent company of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF), bought ARA in December 2014.


Lang has closed more than $1.3 billion in real estate transactions across the country and has represented such large multifamily investors as Brookfield Asset Management, Heitman, and American Campus Communities.

As senior managing director of ARA Newmark’s Student Housing group, Lang work closely with Patton Jones, the founding principal of ARA Newmark’s Student Housing group based in Austin, Texas.

Lang previously served as vice president at CBRE, where he co-led the firm’s national student housing group. Before that, he spent three years at New Orleans-based Stirling Properties, specializing in the sale of conventional and student housing. He was recognized as the top investment sales broker at the company in 2011 and 2012.

He began his career at Marcus & Millichap and was part of the investment team that was the top-earning team in the Brooklyn, New York office.

Lang earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.


Peckar & Abramson, P.C. announced that Christopher B. Kinzel has joined the firm as Senior Counsel resident in the P&A New York office.

Kinzel is a seasoned construction law attorney whose practice focuses on representing construction managers and contractors in transactional and litigation matters.

He has drafted and negotiated a wide range of construction contracts, letters of intent, notices, leases, and other agreements with Fortune 1000 companies on dozens of prominent construction projects.
Kinzel also has extensive commercial litigation experience at the trial and appellate court levels.

Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Kinzel served as General Counsel and vice president of Business Development for a large, full-service construction company in New York City.


Diego Rodinó di Miglione, a director with the Cushman & Wakefield real estate services firm, has been elected to the board of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce.
At age of 35, he joins the board as its youngest member.


Born in Naples, Rodinó di Miglione’s election arises from his willingness to serve actively as a liaison to Italian business professionals who are chamber members, and also because of his accomplishments and expertise in the field of commercial real estate.

di Miglione joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2007 to help the company’s American operations broaden relationships with the Italian marketplace and with Europe overall.

He has since helped build and fortify the company’s connections with such international corporations and institutions as Giorgio Armani, the Mediterranean Shipping Company, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, and many others.

Some of his Cushman & Wakefield clients have included Banca d’Italia U.S, Furla, Max Mara and Telecom Italia North America.


Colliers International has hired Franklin Wallach as senior director, research, in the New York office.
In his new role with Colliers International, Wallach will focus on analyzing changes within the Manhattan office leasing market.

Wallach also joins John Obeid and Kathryn Kelley, who last year joined Colliers in similar roles in the New Jersey and Connecticut operations, respectively.

Prior to joining Colliers, Wallach was a senior research analyst for CBRE’s Downtown Manhattan office.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Adelphi University and an M.A.T. in Adolescent Education/Social Sciences from the University of Tampa.


Situs announced the appointment of Charles Rierson as managing director to co-lead the firm’s newly expanded Financial Institutions Group (FIG) with Situs managing director Edward Robertson.
Rierson and Robertson will be responsible for the expansion of Situs’ FIG consulting solutions to financial institutions across their portfolio of offerings.

Prior to joining Situs, Rierson was chief executive officer of Regions Securities, a wholly owned broker-dealer subsidiary of Regions Financial Corporation.

At Regions, he was simultaneously the chief operating officer for the Capital Markets division.
Rierson’s career has included roles at Wachovia and the Federal Reserve.


Lisa D’Alessandro has joined Lane Office as a project administrator.

She previously worked in the media sector, specifically in sports event presentation. She was also a national sales assistant for radio.

A graduate of Hunter College with a B.A. Media Studies, D’Alessandro is responsible for order entry to manufacturers, order expediting and preparation of reports.

Janet Villeta has joined Lane as a creative technical designer / CAD specialist.

She has a B.A. Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design and has experience as a design assistant in the interior design industry.

At Lane, Villeta will produce AutoCad drawings, prepare shop drawings and specifications, co-ordinates fabric/finish selections, and interact with clients, project managers, and sales throughout the design process.

Her projects will include NYU, Interpublic Group, Conde Nast Publications.


T. Weiss Realty Corp. has promoted Lauren Candela to vice president of marketing and public relations.
Candela, who joined the Melville-based company four years ago as a marketing representative, had been director of marketing and public relations since 2013.

Candela holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree summa cum laude with a concentration in marketing from Adelphi University.


Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp. (MMCC) has added two mortgage brokers in the firm’s Brooklyn office
Roger Kapsalis and Lior Goldberg join the firm to provide mortgage brokerage services for clients in Brooklyn and throughout NY Metro area.

Kapsalis and Goldberg come from Cushman & Wakefield/ Masey Knakal’s Brooklyn mortgage brokerage business, where Kapsalis was a director.

In the last 12 months, the team closed approximately $80 million of financings. Throughout their career, they’ve placed in excess of $230 million of loans.

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