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WHO’S NEWS: Appointments and promotions

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. has named Michael E. Lefkowitz managing member.
Lefkowitz will succeed Luise A. Barrack, who served in the role for 10 years.
Lefkowitz, who joined the firm in 1989 and who leads the firm’s Transactional Department with Richard L. Sussman and Eric S. Orenstein, has deep experience in all aspects of the firm’s real estate practice, specializing in the representation of a wide variety of developers, owners, lenders and equity investors.
Barrack, who took over the role of managing member from firm founder Gary Rosenberg, had planned to transfer leadership prior to the current coronavirus crisis.

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Commercial tenant experience technology firm, Equiem announced Michael Spies and Richard B. Saltzman have joined its Board of Directors.
The pair are the firm’s first U.S.-based board members and will advise on the company’s ongoing expansion across the USA, as well as Equiem’s global growth strategy and product line.

Michael Spies is the founder of Fuse Strategies, an investment and advisory platform active within property and technology. Prior to Fuse, he was a senior executive at Tishman Speyer, where for over 30 years he pioneered entry into multiple international markets, led its European and India businesses, and chaired its global investment committee.
He also established the firm’s innovation initiatives, including the conception of ZO., a workplace services platform, and Studio, a flexible working platform.
Spies is a Global Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, serves on the Board of Directors of TechnoServe, and on the Advisory Board for the Taubman Center in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Richard Saltzman is a private investor focusing on strategic affiliations with real estate and financial services operating platforms that include Ranger Global Real Estate Advisors and Peaceable Street Capital.
Most recently, he was President and CEO of Colony Capital, Inc. where for more than 15 years. Prior to that, he spent 24 years in investment banking primarily at Merrill Lynch, where he was the Global Head of Real Estate, amongst other responsibilities. Richard is also currently on the board of directors of Kimco Realty Corporation, is Chairman of Colony Credit Real Estate Inc. and serves on the board of the I Have a Dream Foundation.

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A&G Real Estate Partners announced the creation of a Structured Investment Sales Division, recruiting a four-person team led by industry veteran Jeff Hubbard.
Hubbard previously served as executive managing director, Special Situations Division with Paul Massey’s B6 Real Estate Advisors.
Hubbard, who was named a Senior Managing Director, heads a team that includes Senior Managing Director Jamie Coté and Managing Directors Katie DeCoste and Christian Koulichkov.
All were part of a special situations group that has worked together for nearly 20 years, most recently at B6 in Manhattan. Hubbard, DeCoste and Koulichov will be based out of A&G’s Melville, Long Island headquarters, while Coté will work from the firm’s Chicago office.
The division’s team has worked nationwide on behalf of healthy and distressed clients in designing and executing asset-specific disposition solutions.

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Armstrong Teasdale announced the addition of Partner Jeffrey Wurst to its Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice in New York City.
Wurst has more than 30 years of experience and is recognized for handling significant commercial finance and bankruptcy matters. Wurst is an esteemed fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and a panelist on the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators.
Highly regarded for his knowledge and experience in commercial finance, Wurst is skilled in handling matters involving loan workouts, asset-based lending, factoring, syndications, leasing and C&I, as well as bankruptcy matters, and turnaround situations stemming from transactions.
He is engaged both as an advocate and as a neutral in arbitration proceedings under state and federal law and has successfully argued appeals in the Second, Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals on matters involving bankruptcy, financing and lender liability.
Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Wurst devoted over 30 years in private practice at another New York area law firm. While there, he served as chair of the Financial Services, Banking and Bankruptcy department.


New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), the citywide advocate for parks and open space, announced that its Board of Directors has named Adam Ganser as its next executive director.
Ganser is currently the vice president of planning and design for the High Line.
During Ganser’s 10-year tenure, the High Line has become one of the world’s most visited and celebrated public parks.
Ganser led a team of designers and a network of public and private stakeholders to plan, design and build the third section of the park, which surrounds Hudson Yards.
He managed the High Line’s partnership with New York City government, including the Parks Department, and oversaw the negotiation of critical agreements to ensure the High Line’s completion.
He was also instrumental in launching and developing the High Line Network, a national peer-to-peer consortium of infrastructure reuse projects.
Prior to joining the High Line, Ganser worked for TEN Arquitectos focusing on open space projects.
Ganser succeeds Paul Gottsegen, co-chair, who has been acting as interim ED since January.

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Nassau County Industrial Development Agency announced the following new appointments:

Anne L. LaMorte has been appointed chief financial officer of the Nassau County IDA.
She previously was chief financial officer of the City of Glen Cove Community Development Agency.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Legal Administration from Greensboro College and holds a certificate in financial management, accounting and finance from New York University.

Nicole Gill has been appointed an administrative assistant at the IDA.
She is a recent graduate of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Elmhurst, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science.

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Lawless + Mangione Architects and Engineers is enhancing L+M Structural with the hiring of Syed M. Shoaib, PE as the head of the firm’s structural engineering division.
With a career spanning over 20 years, his range of experience encompasses structure analysis and design, project management, quality assurance, project estimation and planning, condition assessment, forensic evaluation, pre and post occupancy inspections and pre and post failure analysis etc.

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Ware Malcomb announced Edward Mayer has been promoted to Principal, Architecture in the New York and Newark offices.
In this position, Mayer is responsible for the overall leadership and growth of the Architecture Studios for the Northeast region.
A licensed architect in New York and New Jersey, Mayer joined Ware Malcomb in 2016 as Studio Manager, Architecture for the firm’s New Jersey office.
In 2018 he was promoted to Director, Architecture for the New Jersey and New York offices.
Mayer has worked across the region on significant projects in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York and Maryland, including several multistory distribution buildings as well as large land planning assignments.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

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Lucy Vereenooghe, a mechanical engineer with more than two decades of experience, has joined Syska Hennessy as an associate partner and associate practice director in the firm’s New York City office.
Vereenooghe serves as a project manager and team leader for complex projects that incorporate sustainable design.
Previously, she worked at chapmanbdsp, a design consultancy based in London. During her 11-year tenure there, she managed a wide range of prestigious projects, including the new Kings College Music School in Wimbledon, and the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi.
Vereenooghe received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with honors from Leeds University in the United Kingdom.

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Ate Atema has joined global architecture, planning and design firm CallisonRTKL as a Senior Associate Vice President.
Atema will co-lead the Workplace team in the New York office with CallisonRTKL Vice President Susan Soehnlen.
With more than 25 years of experience, Atema is recognized for innovative, sustainable design.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and interned with Frank Gehry and Associates where he worked on the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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Provident Bank announced that Walter Sierotko has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer.
Sierotko is based in the Bank’s Iselin, N.J. administrative headquarters.
He will be responsible for the strategic direction of the commercial lending function of the bank.
In addition, as a member of the Bank’s Executive Management Team, he will work closely with senior leaders to focus on the strategic growth of lending and deposit relationships.
Sierotko has more than 30 years’ banking experience in commercial real estate lending and credit administration.
He previously served as Executive Vice President, Director of Real Estate Lending for Provident. Sierotko has also held senior leadership positions with Bank of New York, HSBC, and Wells Fargo. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland.

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Syska Hennessy Group has named three professionals in its New York City office as associate partners.
Christopher Oertel, PE, ATD, LEED AP BD+C, a project manager who focuses on the design and management of MEP systems.
Barry Subocz, RCDD, a senior data center design/engineering specialist with over 20 years of experience.
Jian Zhang, who has 23 years of experience in managing and coordinating the design of plumbing and fire protection systems, HVAC, and life safety systems, with a focus on healthcare.

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