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Who’s News: Appointments in residential real estate

Basis Investment Group LLC has announced that founder and CEO Tammy Jones has been appointment as the chair of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC), a professional trade association formed to promote the interests of minority executives doing business in the commercial real estate industry. Jones is the first female chair of the association.  

The REEC Board includes 9 Board members, each of whom serves a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. Beginning February 1, Jones will succeed Accordia Partners Managing Partner Kirk Sykes as Chair of the Board. James H. Simmons III, CEO & Managing Partner of Asland Capital Partners, will serve as Vice Chair.

Jones has worked in the industry for more than 25 years and founded Basis in 2009. Over the past decade, Jones has been recognized multiple times in the industry for her leadership. In 2019, she was selected by the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) as a 2019 Finance Catalyst award winner and named by Connect Media as one of the Top Women in Commercial Real Estate. Jones is on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and has been recognized as one of The Network Journal’s 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business.

Jones received an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from Georgia State University and is currently a trustee of The Georgia State University Foundation, sits on the university’s investment and real estate committees, and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni in 2017. She received her BA in Economics from Cornell University and is a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.

Mara Flash Blum, a top producer at the Sotheby’s International Realty Downtown Manhattan office has been tapped by Nikki Field, founder of The Field Team at Sotheby’s, to head The Field Team’s new Downtown Division. Blum, associate broker, and Field’s most recent collaboration has been the successful sell-out of 212 Fifth Avenue, a new development condominium on Madison Square Park.

The Field Team will have 20 agents with the addition of Blum. Blum is an accomplished broker with over 25 years of selling luxury Manhattan real estate. Her accomplishments include a record sale of a trophy townhouse on Central Park West and the Puck Penthouses in SoHo

Blum can be seen on various episodes of NBC’s Open House NYC, CBS Living Large, and was featured in BBC’s Super Homes, a documentary film on buying and selling Manhattan real estate. The globally distributed documentary highlights Blum’s insights and passion for the New York real estate market.

She is a member of the New York Residential Agent Continuum and the Real Estate Board of New York.


Compass has announced that Brooklyn neighborhood specialist Nicole Galluccio has joined the firm. Galluccio was Corcoran’s top agent in Brooklyn Heights in 2019, closing over $60 million in total sales last year, and over $300 million throughout her 15-year career.

In 2019, the company onboarded 132 percent more agents year-over-year, bringing the total number of agents working out of the borough to 265. Galluccio’s team has experienced some growth of its own. Her three-member team joined her on the move to Compass, and she recently added two others as the team expands from northwest Brooklyn including Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill to neighborhoods in Prospect Lefferts and areas of Crown Heights.


FirstService Residential has promoted Ted Gammon, formerly a regional director, within its East Region executive leadership team. Gammon is now vice president of the lifestyle communities the company serves in New Jersey and New York.

Gammon started with FirstService Residential in 2009, bringing more than 14 years of commercial and residential real estate management experience to the team.

He will now report directly to Mendillo and work closely with the leadership team to accomplish aggressive goals to grow the portfolio in the market.

FirstService Residential’s premier Lifestyle Division serves active adult and multi-generational lifestyle community associations throughout the New Jersey/New York market.


Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that veteran sales manager Bryan McMillen has assumed sales management of the organization’s Locust Valley office.  In his new role, McMillen is succeeding Bonnie Devendorf, who has served as sales manager since she opened that office for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in 1988.  Devendorf will continue to work with her many clients and customers.

McMillen honed his management skills with sales manager posts in Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sea Cliff and Glen Head offices which led to the overall sales management of both offices, supporting and mentoring more than 50 real estate advisors. He started his real estate career in 2005 with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, and quickly joined the ranks of high achieving agents, earning entrance into the organization’s Gold Circle of Excellence. 

Prior to joining Sotheby’s, McMillen taught social studies and history and coached squash and golf at the Portledge School in Locust Valley.  He has also acted professionally, including small parts in popular shows like Frazier and Ally McBeal, and extensive work in commercials. 

Houlihan Lawrence has announced that Elizabeth (Liz) Boucher, a veteran real estate professional with over two decades of sales and managerial experience, has joined the company as manager of the Katonah brokerage.


Boucher was formerly branch manager of Coldwell Banker’s Scarsdale office where she mentored and trained over 50 agents with a sales volume of $186 million. Prior to that, she was Coldwell Banker’s branch manager in Larchmont where she grew the office’s market share by 13 percent. Boucher is known for her mentoring, coaching and training skills.

A lifetime Westchester resident, Boucher has deep rooted connection in several Westchester communities. Her professional affiliations include the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, the New York State Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.  

Halstead has announced that 13 of its New Jersey agents were recognized as 2019 NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales AwardWinners. The award honors those members who have displayed excellence in the field of salesmanship.

The following Halstead agents are this year’s Circle of Excellence Sales Award recipients:
Platinum ($20 million and 30 units minimum, or 125 units): Peter Cossio, Hoboken Office; Christine Lane, Montclair Office
Gold (12 million and 25 units minimum, or 90 units): Allison Maguire, Montclair Office; Sharon Shahinian, Hoboken Office; Dale Fior, Hoboken Office
Silver ($6.5 million and 20 units minimum, or 70 units): Bradley Horner, Montclair Office; Gwendolynn Van der Zyppe, Montclair Office
Bronze ($2.5 million and 15 units minimum, or 30 units): Elsie Barrick, Montclair Office; Isaac De Castro, Hoboken Office; Lisa Dennin, Montclair Office; Maria Oblow, Hoboken Office; Elaine Pardalos, Montclair Office; Richard Woodhull, Hoboken Office.
“These prestigious awards are a testament to our agents’ hard work, expertise and dedication to their clients,” said Eugene Cordano, Halstead’s Vice President, Executive Director of Sales in New Jersey.

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