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WHO’S NEWS: Avison Young adds two new sales persons

The Tri-State Investment Sales Group for Avison Young, led by James Nelson, Principal and Head of Tri-State Investment Sales, announced that the firm has added veteran investment sales professionals Terri Gumula and Daniel Tropp.

Gumula and Tropp become Directors based in the firm’s New York City office. They will develop and execute investment sales opportunities throughout the Tri-State region, focusing on office and development properties, respectively.

Terri Gumula was most recently VP, Special Situations and Workouts at Citigroup Global Markets, where she managed a $2 billion portfolio of commercial properties and was directly involved with the restructure, sale, disposition or removal of $1.1 billion in impaired assets.

Prior to Citigroup, she was managing principal at MMDC Group, and she previously held positions at Real Estate Capital Partners, Time Equities and Pearce & Mayer Realty.

Gumula holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Daniel Tropp was most recently an investment sales broker for Ariel Property Advisors, where he and his team sold more than $300 million in assets.

As a REBNY member, he regularly moderates the organization’s Commercial Crossfire panels and is co-chair of its Brooklyn Commercial Committee.

Tropp holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from George Washington University.


Cushman & Wakefield announced the hiring of supply chain expert Tray Anderson as leader of its Logistics & Industrial Services platform for the Americas.

Since graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in industrial engineering, Anderson has spent his entire 20-plus year professional career in supply chain and logistics.

This includes experience on the client side in roles with Menlo Logistics and The Home Depot; then as a service provider with Newmark Knight Frank; and most recently as a consultant with Fortna, where he led the supply chain strategy practice and countless major client engagements.

Anderson will be based in Cushman & Wakefield’s Boston office.


Herrick, Feinstein LLP has welcomed Raymond LevinEllen Hay and Robert Huberman to the Land Use & Zoning Group.

The trio increases the size of Herrick’s group to one of the largest zoning and land use groups in NYC.

Affectionately referred to as “Mr. Brooklyn,” Raymond Levin has worked on some of the most innovative and significant zoning changes to NYC in recent memory, including the initial rezoning of DUMBO, Brooklyn from manufacturing to residential and the Red Hook rezoning allowing for Ikea and Fairway to enter the Brooklyn market.

Levin and his team recently led the rezoning of the former Pfizer site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where the valuation of the site jumped from $92 million to $186 million upon approval, allowing The Rabsky Group to move forward with their plans for a 1.1 million s/f housing complex.

Levin, Hay and Huberman join Mitch Korbey, Jodi Stein, Jennifer Dickson and Veronica Chuah.

Veronica Chuah also recently joined the team from the NYC Board of Standards & Appeals where she managed zoning applications, assessed compliance with NYC zoning and building regulations, and coordinated multi-agency review to ensure alignment with City Planning policies and initiatives.


Sugar Hill Capital Partners announced that Margaret Grossman has stepped into an expanded role as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel.

Grossman joined Sugar Hill in 2014 as General Counsel and Vice President of Transactions and has spent the last five years leading all legal functions across the company. During that time, the company has experienced major growth, doubling its staff.

As COO, Grossman will focus on driving strategic planning and external engagement as well as enhancing internal operations and coordination.

Prior to Sugar Hill, Grossman practiced real estate law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &

Garrison LLP and worked in historic preservation at the Municipal Art Society of New York.

She received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from University of Michigan Law School and her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Columbia University.


Kramer Levin announced that Mayer Greenberg is joining the firm’s Tax practice in New York as a partner.

Greenberg counsels investors on the tax implications of transactions including joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic combinations.

Joining Kramer Levin from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he was a partner, Greenberg also advises entities that are tax-exempt or are subject to other special tax regimes on the tax consequences of their investment strategies and transactions.

Greenberg received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his B.S., summa cum laude from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.


Naya Pearlman, J.D., LL.M., has joined Berdon LLP’s Tax Practice and been admitted to the partnership as a Senior Principal.

With more than 15 years of experience advising clients in the real estate, manufacturing, and distribution sectors, Pearlman’s expertise is in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and partnerships.

She also structures cross-border arrangements and international investments .

Pearlman graduated from New York University Law School with a Master of Laws in Taxation, and earned her Juris doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

She also earned a Masters in Accounting from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics, magna cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York, and the U.S. Tax Court.


CBRE announced that Shira D. Goodman has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors.

Goodman is an accomplished business leader who served as CEO of Staples, Inc. from 2016 to 2018. She joined Staples in 1992 and served as president, North American Operations and president, North American Commercial, before becoming CEO. Earlier, she served in executive leadership roles with responsibility for Global Growth, Human Resources and Marketing.

She currently serves as an Advisory Director to Charlesbank Capital Partner, a private equity firm, and on the Board of Directors of CarMax, Inc and Henry Schein, Inc.

She holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Harvard University.


NAI James E. Hanson announced that Patrick Lennon and Christopher Todd have been promoted to the role of Associate Vice President.

Since joining the firm in 2013, Todd and Lennon have established themselves as leaders in the cobrokerage community.

Patrick Lennon has helped to negotiate 100 deals totaling 2,956,177 s/f, valued at $219,696,665 since joining the firm. In 2018 alone, he was part of a team that completed 24 sale or lease transactions valued at over $114,000,000.

Lennon holds a B.S. in Public Relations from James Madison and is currently attending the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.

Christopher Todd has helped negotiate 43 industrial deals totaling 1,473,205 s/f and worth $130,539,514 over his career.

Todd earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Manhattan College.

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