Massey Knakal Realty Services announced that David A. Simon, SIOR, has joined the firm as executive managing director.
He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, recruiting and expanding Massey Knakal’s service lines throughout New Jersey
Simon has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience and has previously been the chief operating officer for Colliers Houston & Co. and managing principal for the New Jersey office of Cassidy Turley.
Prior to joining Colliers Houston & Co., Simon was executive vice president and managing director for Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc.
He spent the first 17 years of his career as a salesperson/broker and was a principal at Newmark Real Estate.
Simon attended Boston University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Public Relations.
Additionally, he earned a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from New York University.
Cresa has appointed Jim Pirot as its new senior vice president of Project Management.
With nearly three decades of experience in property management and operations for commercial, residential, hotel and industrial buildings alike, Pirot was tapped to deliver a comprehensive range of advisory and project management services to clients.
Before joining Cresa New York, Pirot was the executive director of facilities at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
Prior to that, Pirot served as the principal of design and construction consulting at The Staubach Company, and as senior vice president of Property Management for Emmes Realty Services and for the Helmsley Organization.
Some of the noteworthy properties that Pirot has been involved with throughout his career include: the Empire State Building, One Penn Plaza, the Starrett-Lehigh Building, 140 Broadway in New York, and the Helmsley chain of hotels nationwide.
George F. Moss, a highly regarded broker with more than 20 years of real estate experience, has been promoted to senior director at Eastern Consolidated.
Moss was formerly director at the firm.
A veteran real estate professional, Moss joined Eastern Consolidated in 2001. He has been involved in more than $900 million in transactions during his 12 years at the firm.
Known for his multifamily expertise, among his recent noteworthy transactions are the $56 million sale of a 160-unit luxury condominium portfolio on the Upper West Side.
In 2002 and 2003, Moss was honored as Eastern’s Most Promising Broker of the Year.
Prior to joining the firm, he worked directly for a partnership that owned and converted residential co-op and condos, where he was involved in the management, sales and acquisition of over 1,000 units.
He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Liberal Arts.
The Vortex Group, LLC announced Josh Stuart has joined the tenant representative commercial real estate firm as executive director.
Stuart brings with him nearly a decade of experience representing corporate tenants in a diverse mix of industries, representing corporate tenants in complex lease transactions and securing leases for clients nationally.
His clients include Old Republic Insurance Company, Forterra, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Medical Consultants Network, Paladino & Company and AHBL Engineering.
Pliskin Realty & Development announced that its President and CEO Jeffrey Pliskin has earned the prestigious designation of Certified Shopping Manager (CSM) from the International Council of Shopping Centers.
ICSC certification programs are recognized for raising the professional standards of retail real estate professionals.
For Pliskin, who has over 26 years of experience in property management and real estate brokerage, the CSM certification exam is another credential to add to his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.
Currently under Pliskin’s management are 50 properties with over 200 tenants. He also owns and manages his own high performance portfolio of properties.
Prior to starting Pliskin Realty & Development in 1987, Pliskin served as a real estate attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Robinson Silverman.
Pliskin will be pursuing the ICSC Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) designation.
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP announced the addition of Kelly A. Kulak, Of Counsel, to the firm’s real estate department, led my Jeffrey M. Schwartz.
Kulak’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. She provides legal advisory services on a wide variety of matters.
Prior to joining the Firm, Kulak was at Morrison Cohen and Cole Schotz, where she obtained extensive experience representing Tri-State Area developers, building owners, and national big box retailers in acquisitions, grounds leases and sales.
She was admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey in 2000. Kulak obtained her J.D. from Seton Hall University of School of Law in 1999, and her undergraduate degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1994.
Hudson Realty Capital LLC has named Andrew Bloom, Grace Miller and Heather Mutterperl to managing director positions.
Each previously served as a director, with Bloom spearheading the legal division and Miller and Mutterperl involved in asset management.
Andrew Bloom joined Hudson Realty Capital in June 2006. As general counsel, he is responsible for supervising all of Hudson’s legal activities. In addition, he works closely with the company’s asset managers to ensure all investments perform in accordance with their governing legal documents.
Prior to joining Hudson, he practiced for eight years in the real estate department of Sidley Austin LLP in New York.
He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany.
Miller and Mutterperl initially joined Hudson’s Asset Management group in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Currently, Grace Miller oversees all asset management activities related to Hudson’s distressed debt portfolio acquisitions.
Prior to joining the company on a dedicated basis, Miller worked at Questor and as an independent consultant. She also established an asset management division for Hewitt, Olson and Associates of Florida. Miller received her bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University.
While spearheading Hudson’s Asset Management group, Heather Mutterperl directs overall asset management-related operations.
Prior to joining the real estate fund manager, she was responsible for originating, underwriting and servicing mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments totaling $110 million for TriLyn LLC.
She received her master’s degree from New York University Stern School of Business and her bachelor’s degree in facilities management from Cornell University.
McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt LLP announced that Meredith A. Leff, Esq. has joined the firm as an associate.
Focusing on commercial and residential real estate transactions, Leff comes from Feinstein & Naishtut LLP. She had previously practiced law for five years at Robinson and Cole. Leff was admitted to the New York State Bar and the New Jersey State Bar in 1998 and the Connecticut State Bar in 2001.
She received her J.D. from Hofstra Law School in 1997, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review, and a B.S. from Cornell University in 1994.
Montgomery McCracken partner Phyllis H. Weisberg has been appointed to serve as chair of the Co-operative and Condominium Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
The Committee addresses legal issues specific to co-operatives and condominiums, including recent case law, lender policies, governance issues, discrimination in co-ops and condos, and issues between boards and apartment owners.
It comments on pending legislation and drafts proposed legislation.
Weisberg is a member of the firm’s New York office and its real estate practice. Her practice has a special emphasis on cooperative and condominium matters.
Fox Rothschild LLP has welcomed Michael T. Lavigne as a partner.
Lavigne joins the recently created eight-attorney team of Robert A. Klausner, Deirdre E. Moore, Christopher M. Rider,Grace J. Shin, Mat D. Carlson, Jennifer L. Solberg, Joshua J. Franklin and Corey D. Kaplan, who moved their real estate practice from Day Pitney LLP to Fox in February and will spearhead the opening of a Fox office in Morristown, NJ, in the summer of 2013.
Lavigne represents clients before New Jersey municipal, county and state permitting authorities to help them obtain required site plan, subdivision, variance and environmental approvals in connection with their residential and commercial developments, including mixed-use redevelopment projects.
He also counsels telecommunication providers in obtaining zoning approvals for the construction of wireless facilities.
He earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1994 and his B.A. from Brown University in 1988.
Lavigne was formerly with Day Pitney LLP.
Sabre Investment Group, an affiliate of Sabre Real Estate Group LLC, is creating a financial unit headed by Jason Inoff, a veteran real estate industry financial executive.
Inoff, formerly of Commercial Realty Nation, will spearhead the firm’s new initiative as director of finance.
He has originated more than $100 million in debt and equity financing during his career and has built numerous relationships with local banks, hedge funds, credit unions, trade unions, and life insurance companies.
Inoff, a native of Houston, Texas, attended the University of Texas before moving to New York in 1994.
FirstService Corporation announced that Chuck M. Fallon has been named chief executive officer of FirstService Residential, a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, and largest manager of residential communities in North America. Fallon succeeds Gene Gomberg, who will remain with the company as chairman.Fallon most recently served as president of Terminix International, the largest pest control company in the United States.
Previously he was president, North America for Burger King Holdings, Inc. from 2006 to 2010. Prior to 2006, he spent eight years in various roles at Cendant Corporation, a global travel and real estate company whose brands included Avis, Budget, Ramada, Days Inn, Century 21 and Coldwell Banker.
As CEO, he will be responsible for overall growth and guiding FirstService Residential’s 12,000 employees that serve a client portfolio of 6,500 properties and 1.4 million residential units throughout North America.
Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation (MMCC) has named Joohyun “Dennis” Bahn as a director in the firm’s Manhattan’s office.
Bahn will arrange debt financing for all types of commercial real estate assets, including multifamily, retail, and office and industrial properties.
Prior to joining MMCC, Bahn co-founded and was the managing partner for Artistic Cube Inc. and The Ground magazine and social networking site in New York.
He was also a co-founder and managing partner of BCB Realty Capital in Manhattan and a senior vice president with Kensington Financial Services.
Bahn graduated from City University of New York, Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance.