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WHO’S NEWS: Himmel + Meringoff hires new leasing boss; Compass Commercial adds another big name

Transwestern Commercial Services (TCS) announced Douglas Rowe has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as Vice President. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Rowe will focus primarily on office leasing and sales.
With a track record working with tenants and landlords, Rowe previously worked at American Properties Commercial. before that, he served at Colliers International for 16 years.
Rowe has worked on behalf of marquee brands including American Express, United Airlines and State Farm Insurance.
Rowe graduated from Adelphi University and holds several professional affiliations including The Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) and Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).
His appointment comes on the heels of several executive hires in the firm’s New Jersey office, including Robert Vicci, who joined TCS as Senior Vice President to grow the firm’s property management services throughout the Northeast, as well as several associate hires.
Sahn Ward Coschignano has promoted Kyle Lawrence to Partner.
Lawrence concentrates his practice in corporate and securities law, as well as real estate law and transactions.
Since joining the firm in March 2018, Lawrence has led the firm’s growing Corporate and Securities Practice by serving as lead counsel on all types of corporate transactions, including asset and equity dispositions, private placements, mergers, business acquisitions, joint ventures, as well as serving in a general outside advisory role to various businesses.
With emerging and early-growth-stage companies among the firm’s clientele, Lawrence has been able to expand the firm’s scope of services to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of day-to-day corporate and business matters.
Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) announced that Maggie Argyros has joined its Valuation & Advisory (V&A) practice as a senior managing director and New York City market leader.
Argyros will be involved in all aspects of the firm’s day-to-day operations.


She brings more than 28 years of industry experience to the New York office and was most recently a vice president at JP Morgan Chase’s Corporate Investment Banking Appraisal department where she ordered and reviewed appraisal reports for the Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities platform.
Prior to that, she served as vice president at BNY Mellon, and before that she oversaw the appraisal process for Deutsche Bank’s Berkshire Mortgage platform, which provided GSE loans with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
She began her career in real estate consulting and valuation in 1991 and was a senior appraiser for more than 10 years at CBRE, where she completed appraisal assignments for all property types as well as feasibility and market studies.
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. announced the election of Wendy Takahisa to its New York Advisory Board.
Takahisa is an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Finance department, where she leads community relations and regulatory compliance.
Takahisa joined Morgan Stanley in 2011 from the New York State Department of Financial Services, where she oversaw Community Reinvestment Act examinations.
Prior to that, she worked for more than 20 years at Citigroup, where she focused on ensuring Citigroup’s banks provided services to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and people.
Takahisa has served on the Board of Directors of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) for more than 20 years and served as the board’s President for over 12 years.
She is a founding member and former board member of the New York Mortgage Coalition. She was a member of the 2017 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD), a program of the US-Japan Council, and was recently elected to the board of the Japanese American Association of New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Himmel + Meringoff Properties announced that Adam Weissleder has joined Meringoff Properties, Inc. as Senior Vice President and Director of Leasing.
He will report to president and CEO Jason Vacker, and will be responsible for overseeing and implementing leasing strategy across the portfolio.
Prior to joining Meringoff Properties, Weissleder was employed by SL Green Realty. Before that, he held senior leasing positions at Sherwood Equities and Cushman & Wakefield.
Weissleder earned his BBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an MBA from Washington University.
Helmsley Spear announced the appointment of Josh Friedman as a licensed real estate agent focusing on the commercial leasing segment of the real estate market place.
Friedman will report to Andrew G. Simon, Executive Vice Presiden.
Friedman previously served as a loan officer with Everbank in Manhattan. Earlier in his real estate career, he obtained experience as a real estate agent in Florida, which included home and land sales.
Friedman held executive positions at Louis Vuitton and Tiffany.
Friedman is an alumnus of Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and C.W. Post Long Island University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Adelaide Polsinelli and Ronda Rogovin, vice chairs of Compass, announced that Azita Aghravi has joined the investment sales division.
Aghravi has been a commercial sales broker for over 30 years. Over the past 12 years, she has closed over $1.5 billion of sales of both commercial and residential properties.
Aghravi’s particular areas of concentration are elevatored apartment buildings, vacant buildings for hotel or residential development, walk-ups with a strong retail component, office buildings and commercial condominiums.
Her table transactions include sale of The Chatsworth on the Upper West Side; 989 Avenue of the Americas, a 20-story, 20-unit, 96,000 s/f office building, and 364-370 West 18th Street aka Stonehenge 18, a pre-war mixed-use residential building.
Aghravi was previously with Eastern Consolidated< she joined the firm in 1989 and rose to the rank of principal, a position she held until the company’s closure in July 2018.
She was the recipient of Eastern Consolidated’s 2004 and 2007 Broker of the Year Award,
Aghravi holds a B.S. from New York University.
The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed longtime BID leader Jeffrey LeFrancois as its new Executive Director.
LeFrancois brings more than 10 years of community affairs, urban planning, public space management and civic engagement experience to the role.
He previously served as director of operations + community affairs for the BID, and its predecessor organization, the Meatpacking Improvement Association (MPIA), where he managed the day-to-day public functions for the organization.
Prior to his work for the BID, LeFrancois was Chief of Staff to then-New York City Council Member Corey Johnson, now Speaker of the City Council, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Assembly Member Richard Gottfried.
Cresa has welcomed Leonard Frattellone as Business Manager of the New York City office.
Frattellone will establish accounting practices and policies for the office’s brokerage team, oversee human resource and labor compliance issues, manage day-to-day operations, and liaise with other Cresa offices.
Prior to joining Cresa, he served as Senior Controller for EHL & Company where he oversaw the operations of three separate companies. His responsibilities also included reviewing potential investments in other businesses.
Before that, he was the Financial Controller for The Staubach Company of NY, LLC, where he developed a project tracking database for work in progress, lease expirations and closed projects to synch up information with the corporate database.
Frattellone holds a B.B.A in General Business from Pace University.
Venable LLP announced that Patrice D. Stavile has joined the firm’s Real Estate Practice as counsel in the New York office.
Stavile brings experience in handling large and complex commercial real estate and sophisticated leasing transactions.
He practice includes real property acquisitions, sales, and financing, and debt and corporate restructuring and real estate workouts. P
rior to joining Venable, Stavile was general counsel to M1 Real Estate and Façonnable USA, where she represented these companies in real property, and retail and commercial transactions in the United States and overseas.
She has managed the liquidation of leases and retail businesses in the United States, China, and venture agreements in Eastern Europe;
Stavile received her J.D., with distinction, from the Hofstra University School of Law, her M.S. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her B.A., cum laude, from Queens College, CUNY.
Woodmont Properties announced veteran senior housing executive Stephen Nichols has joined the firm to lead its new senior housing division.
Nichols will oversee strategy for the development and operations of Woodmont’s senior communities, and will focus on walkable and transit-oriented markets that are well suited for the development of independent living, assisted living, memory care and active adult properties.
Prior to joining Woodmont, Nichols was an Executive Director with Brightview Senior Living, where he focused on the construction, lease up and operations of new senior housing communities across the New Jersey and New York markets.
He was also a Regional Vice President with Atria Senior Living, where he was responsible for the development of 18 communities from The Bronx, New York to Waterbury, Connecticut.
Mintz announced that Stephen MacDonald, a commercial real estate lawyer with a focus on acquisitions and sales, financings, and joint ventures, has joined the firm as a Member.
MacDonald has decades of experience in complex commercial real estate transactions, including purchases and sales, formation of joint ventures, mortgage and mezzanine financing, restructurings and workouts.
His clients include institutional investors, lenders, developers, borrowers, private equity funds, pension funds and investment advisors.
In the area of private equity, MacDonald is involved in the formation of opportunity funds, investment in funds, structuring of advisory relationships and representation of portfolio companies.
The move to Mintz reunites MacDonald with Robert Koen, who also joined from Mayer Brown last month.
Morrison & Foerster announced that Heath D. Linsky has joined the firm as a partner in its REIT Group and will also play a key role in its Corporate Finance | Capital Markets Group.
Linsky, focuses on representing public companies, primarily non-traded REITs, in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, and Exchange Act reporting.
In addition, he also regularly represents clients in private funds and organization, including real estate, private equity, and hedge funds.
Linsky received both his J.D. and B.A. from Emory University and will continue to practice in Atlanta.

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