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Delos, a wellness real estate and technology company, announced that Arthur J. Mirante II, principal, Tri-State President and member of the Board of Directors of Avison Young, has joined the Delos Advisory Board.
Mirante founded Avison Young’s New York office in 2012. Before that, heserved as CEO at Cushman & Wakefield for 20 years. During his tenure, firm’s revenues increased from $80 million to $1.2 billion and the firm expanded from 60 U.S. offices to 173 offices, including 100 outside the country.
Throughout his career, Mirante has participated in some of New York’s largest and most complex transactions, including the sale of the World Trade Center and the $1.8 billion acquisition of 666 Fifth Avenue in 2007.
He has consulted for companies such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Park Lane and the Collegiate Church and represented numerous landlords including RXR, Kamber Management, Paramount Leasehold and Thor Equities.
Mirante joins a panel of Delos advisors who include Dr. Deepak Chopra, former Congressman Dick Gephardt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Madison Realty Capital (MRC) has appointed Brian Chase as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Chase becomes the first COO in the firm’s 16-year history and will report directly into MRC’s managing principals and co-founders Josh Zegen and Brian Shatz.
Chase brings over two decades of experience to his new role. Prior to joining MRC he served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Garrison Investment Group since 2007.
Prior to Garrison, Chase was Chief Financial Officer of the Distressed Securities business at The Blackstone Group. He also served as controller at Fortress Investment Group and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in their Capital Markets group.
Chase received a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

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Helmsley Spear announced the appointment of Fernando Murillo as an Executive Managing Director focused on tenant and landlord representation. Murillo has over 30 years of experience in corporate real estate across multiple service platforms including, portfolio solutions, location strategy and transaction management.
Previously, he served as a senior vice president at Cushman & Wakefield where he represented clients including Xerox, Fiat Chrysler Automobile, Alorica and, Humana.
Murillo began his career at KPMG in New York City before joining Edward S. Gordon and later serving as senior managing director at Murray Hill Properties.
He graduated from Syracuse University, Whitman School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Information Systems and received an MBA in Accounting from NYU Stern School of Business.

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Helmsley Spear announced the hiring of Len Zimmerman to serve as the Executive Managing Directorl focused primarily on tenant representation.
Previously, Zimmerman served as executive managing director and principal at Lee and Associates.
His experience in healthcare and with non-profits includes past clients such as Mount Sinai, Continuum Health Partners, CUNY, Clark School for the Deaf, and the Screen Actors Guild.
He has also completed many large transactions for major for-profit companies, including Qwest Corporation and Intermap Network Services.
Earlier, he worked with CBRE on new business acquisitions and was with Grubb and Ellis for nine years providing tenant representation services.
Before joining the real estate industry, Zimmerman lived and worked throughout Southeast Asia for 16 years where he owned an import/export business.
He attended Queens College and Baruch College, majoring in economics and business.

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Helmsley Spear announced the hiring of Richard Rosenthal to serve as executive managing director focused primarily on strategic real estate planning and implementation, transaction structuring, tenant and landlord representation, lease negotiation and property sales.
Rosenthal previously served as the executive managing director and principal for Lee & Associates NYC office brokerage division.
He has represented many notable clients including National General Corp., HarperCollins Publishers and MicroTek. as well as some of New York City’s most prominent properties.
Rosenthal started his career as a broker over 30 years ago at Wm. A. White & Sons which evolved into Grubb & Ellis. During that time Mr. Rosenthal had the distinction of having twice been selected as the recipient of the Real Estate Board of New York’s prominent Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award.
Rosenthal earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College as well as a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School.

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Cushman & Wakefield has hired Chuck Kohaut as a Director in the firm’s Equity, Debt & Structured Finance (EDSF) group based out of the firm’s East Rutherford, New Jersey office.
Over the course of his career, Kohuaut has participated in investment sales totaling more than $2.5 billion and has completed over $11.5 billion in property valuations for some of the largest institutional investors in the world.
He spent six years in institutional investment sales at Newmark Knight Frank, CBRE and Colliers International.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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LaSalle Investment Management U.S. value-add fund series, LaSalle Income & Growth, has hired Jeff Shuster as managing director and senior acquisitions officer.
Shuster joins LaSalle from Starwood Capital Group, where he worked in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility since 2008.
Over the course of his 12 years at Starwood, he completed transactions spanning the risk spectrum, including value-add and opportunistic equity as well as performing and non-performing real estate debt.
He began his career with Bear Stearns in the Commercial Mortgages group where he underwrote over $2 billion of CMBS debt.
Shuster holds a BS in Economics with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Larken Associates has hired H. Jordan Guenther as senior project manager and Liam Hanley as director of construction accounting.
Guenther and Hanley will be joining Core Enterprises, the in-house real estate services division of Larken Associates.
An industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience, Jordan Guenther brings a diverse skillset to his new role.
He previously served as senior project manager with REDCOM Design and Construction and oversaw construction of the largest Jaguar Land Rover dealership in the world.
before that, he was employed at Eastman Companies, Dowel Associates and Iris Construction and Advance Realty Group.
Liam Hanley previously served as director of capital projects for the Archdiocese of New York, and held positions as director of development accounting for Brookfield Properties, and senior accountant for Turner Construction.

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The Durst Organization announced the appointment of Lauren Ferrentino as Managing Director of Commercial Leasing.
She will focus on leasing Durst’s recently renovated 1155 Avenue of the Americas as well as the soon to be competed repositioning of 825 Third Avenue.
Ferrentino previously held the position of vice president of leasing with RXR Realty, where she served for over 10 years.
During her tenure at RXR, she coordinated the leasing of major redevelopment projects including 75 Rockefeller Plaza and 237 Park Avenue. Ferrentino holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications from Saint Joseph’s University.

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Natixis announced the appointments of Michael Magner and Andy Taylor as Co-heads of Real Estate & Hospitality Americas for Natixis CIB Americas.
Based in New York, they will report locally to Michael Moravec and Yoan Quere, Co-heads of Investment Banking Americas and globally to Emmanuel Verhoosel, Global Head of Real Estate & Hospitality.
Michael Magner has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate finance. Most recently he served as Head of US Origination for Natixis. Before joining the firm in 2000, Magner held positions at Prime Capital Funding, CIBC, Smith Barney and Travelers Insurance.
He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Massachusetts.

Andy Taylor has over 20 years of experience in Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities trading and joined Natixis in 2019 as Head of CMBS Americas. Prior to his current role, he held positions at JP Morgan Securities, where he served as Managing Director and CMBS Desk Head, and at Citicorp Securities in New York where he held sales positions in mortgage securities.
He holds a AB in Asian Studies from Hamilton College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Business School.
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TitleVest announced that Rafael Castellanos has joined the team as a strategic sales advisor.
He brings 20 years of industry experience to his new position, having previously served as the founding partner, majority principal and managing director of Expert Title Insurance Agency, LLC.
A member of the American Land Title Association and the New York State Land Title Association, he has served on the executive committee of the latter organization since 2011.

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Atlas Evaluation & Inspection Services (AEIS) announced the promotion of Sony John to Vice President.
Since joining AEIS in August 2016, John has been responsible for leading human resources functions including talent acquisition, benefits administration, payroll, compliance, employee development and training, and more.
She brings more than 20 years of professional experience across the legal, consulting and technology sectors.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Maris Stella College in Vijayawada, India and her Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from Central University of Hyderabad, India. She holds a Certificate in Management Essentials from Harvard Business School.
Prior to AEIS, John was a Human Resources Generalist at Gandhi & Associates law firm. Before that, she was Technical Writer with Tata Consultancy Services in Bangalore, India and a Business Information Analyst and Writer with IBM Global Services India Pvt. Ltd in Bangalore, India.

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Katz & Associates announced that Adam M. Caplan has joined the firm as a Director focused landlord representation.
A seasoned retail and office leasing professional with over 13 years of experience, Caplan has worked as an in-house director of leasing for
major commercial property owners, including Ashkenazy Acquisition, Gladstone Development Corporation and The Mattone Group.
Over his career, Caplan has completed retail lease transactions with tenants including Michaels, Foot Locker and Associated Supermarkets.
Caplan graduated with a BS in Finance from Yeshiva University in 2007.

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The Schack Institute of Real Estate announced the appointment of Dustin C. Jones, JD, as Academic Director for US Graduate Programs.
Jones joins the Institute from the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson College of Business, where he has served as executive director and a member of the faculty for the last six years.
Prior to joining Cornell, Jones was a partner at Polsinelli law firm focused on land use and zoning.
At Cornell’s Ithaca and Roosevelt Island, New York City campuses, he has taught graduate-level courses in real estate development, transactions, and deal structuring, as well as real estate technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
He also led global real estate programs in Dubai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Vancouver.

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Standard Communities announced that Matt Sislen has joined the firm as Managing Director of East Coast Production.
He is responsible for the continued growth of Standard’s portfolio of multifamily assets on the East Coast.
Sislen joins Standard from Audubon Enterprises, an affordable housing advisory firm which he co-founded in 2012 .
Earlier in his career, he served as vice president and CFO of Dantes Partners, manager of acquisitions and finance at East of the River Community Development Corporation and associate at The Reznick Group.
A graduate of Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management’s MBA program, Sislen is fluent in Spanish.
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Marks Paneth LLP announced that Hassan R. Khan has joined the firm as a principal in the Technology Services Group.
As a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Khan provides audit
support to the firm’s attest practice.
Over the course of his almost two-decade career, Khan has led and delivered advisory engagements in technology governance, risk and compliance assessments; enterprise risk management (ERM); internal audits; technology effectiveness assessments; IT strategy and planning;
business continuity/disaster recovery; system selections and implementation; cybersecurity risk analysis; and data analytics, among others.
Prior to joining Marks Paneth, Khan served as a managing director at an international accounting firm.
He also served in an attest and risk role for a New York-based energy company and in the technology and risk advisory areas of two Big 4 accounting firms.

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Odyssey Retail Advisors LLC announced that Rick Strauss has joined the firm as a principal and managing partner of its landlord advisory business.
Strauss spent more than 20 years combined as a group VP at The Taubman Company and executive VP at Westfield Corporation, managing leasing and executing real estate deals for extensive portfolios.
With Odyssey, he will focus on landlord advisory and consulting,.
Strauss has nearly 35 years of experience leading complex retail real estate portfolios and executing deals.
His career includes the pre-leasing of 29 shopping centers across the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia, with an extensive history in the luxury space.
At the Crystals at City Center in Las Vegas, he successfully pre-leased space to more than 50 luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and many others.
In addition to his U.S. projects, he was integral in creating luxury shopping venues globally, including Studio City, Macau, China; IFC Mall, Seoul, South Korea; and The Mall of San Juan in Puerto Rico.
Prior to joining Odyssey Retail Advisors, Strauss was the executive vice president of leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation, where he led the company’s retail leasing efforts across the U.S.
He directed the execution of leases from the Seaport District in NYC to Ward Village in Hawaii and diversified the commercial core of the portfolio, seeking out and acquiring world-class tenants.

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B6 Real Estate Advisors (B6) announced the appointment of Robin Solow as Vice President of People responsible for recruiting and people operations.
Prior to joining B6, Solow served as Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Development for Ralph Lauren Corporation’s North America region.
She was also the Senior Recruitment Counselor and Account Manager at Quantum Management Services, Inc.
Solow earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration at New York University.
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