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Who’s News: Birkhold lands with C&W, Hagerup to Evo

Steve Birkhold, former CEO of several of the world’s most prominent apparel brands, has joined Cushman & Wakefield as an Executive Director in the firm’s office brokerage division.

Birkhold joins a senior team that specializes in the fashion and luxury goods segment, with an expertise in office, showroom and e-commerce.
Birkhold is a 30-year veteran of the fashion industry. He served as the CEO of Bebe Stores, Lacoste, Diesel and Earl Jeans, along with a 10-year tenure at VF Corporation working with Lee Jeans and Nautica Jeans.

He will be part of an office leasing team that includes Frank Coco, Don Preate and Owen Hane, who together have more than 80 years of expertise in working with such top brands as VF Corp, Tory Burch, Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Timberland, Lacoste, Net-A-Porter, Moda Operandi and Diesel.

The team closely collaborates with Cushman & Wakefield’s retail group and several other service lines, including industrial, to provide a full range of real estate solutions for its roster of high-profile fashion clients.
Based in Cushman & Wakefield’s world headquarters office in Midtown Manhattan, Birkhold will leverage his executive experience in the apparel sector to provide strategic support and counsel to Cushman & Wakefield’s substantial portfolio of industry-leading fashion clients.

Christopher Hagerup has joined EVO Real Estate Group, a member of NAI Global, as a real estate advisor.

Hagerup will focus on tenant representation, strategic consulting, lease negotiations and client-specific market analysis.

Hagerup began his career at JLL in Washington, D.C., specializing in tenant representation. He then moved to New York, where he served as the youngest vice president at CRESA. Most recently, Hagerup worked as a director of commercial real estate at Tungsten Property, a boutique real estate firm in SoHo.

He received a B.A. in public and private management from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was a quarterback and punter for the Hoosiers’ football team.

Polsinelli has welcomed litigator Adam K. Grant to the firm as shareholder where he will practice nationally from the firm’s New York City office.
Grant serves clients in commercial litigation and white collar/government investigations, serves on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Electronic Discovery and is the first commercial litigator to join the New York office of Polsinelli.

He spent much of the decade representing corporations, charities, partnerships, executives and individuals in complex and high-stakes criminal and regulatory investigations conducted by the Department of

Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Attorney General’s office, various district attorneys’ offices, and FINRA.

Grant earned his law degree from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 2001, and his BA, cum laude, with highest honors in English Literature, from Vanderbilt University, in 1998.

The 42nd Street Development Corporation has appointed Wendy Rowden its new President.

She succeeds the organization’s founder, Fred Papert, who has retired after almost 40 years at the helm. Papert will remain a member of the Board of Directors.

Previously, Rowden led Jonathan Rose Companies’ Investments, where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s investment management business. She was a member of the firm’s Investment and Management Committees.

Prior to Jonathan Rose Companies, Rowden served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Rockefeller Group, the U.S. Subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co., one of the largest real estate concerns in the world.

Rowden is an adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, where she teaches Real Estate Development.
She is a past president of WX (Women Executives in Real Estate).

Meringoff Properties announced the expansion of its property management practice with the addition of Keith C. Colton, a seasoned real estate management professional, who joins as Vice President.

Coming from a management background for both large corporate and mid-sized commercial office environments, MrColton is charged with oversight of Meringoff Properties’ and Himmel + Meringoff’s over two million-square-foot commercial office portfolio.

Prior to joining, Colton served as Property Manager for RFR Realty, where he oversaw capital improvement programs, operations and repositioning, among other responsibilities, of Class A office and mixed-use buildings within the company’s Manhattan portfolio.

Earlier, he held management positions with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and Brookfield Properties.

A member of BOMA, Mr. Colton holds the organization’s designation of Certified Real Property Administrator (RPA). In the philanthropic arena, he serves as a committee member for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

First Nationwide Title Agency announced that long-time commercial real estate veteran Fern Haughton-Owens, with more than 40 years of experience, has joined the firm as Title Officer/Senior Commercial Reader.
She will be working closely with the agency’s underwriting team.

Prior to joining First Nationwide, Haughton-Owens served as a reader, senior title officer and office manager for LTIC Assoc., Inc., a title agency specializing in commercial transactions, condominium conversions, and urban renewal transactions.

She has had posts with several underwriters, serving as a senior title officer overseeing major Manhattan commercial and multi-dwelling transactions, Brooklyn commercial and multi-use projects, and upstate shopping malls.
Haughton-Owens attended the Real Estate Institute of New York University.

EPIC Commercial Realty has welcomed Richard Mishaan to its team.
Mishaan has a track record in commercial leasing in Manhattan having previously worked worked at a prominent firm representing high end retailers.

He has worked with a diverse range of clients and is currently focusing on Brooklyn and Manhattan markets.

Broad Street Development has promoted real estate industry veteran Ramona Huegel to Director.

During her tenure with BSD, Huegel has played an integral role in negotiating leases totaling approximately one million square feet, generating revenue of over $250 million.

Huegel, who joined the BSD team in 2006, originally concentrated on the firm’s growing residential portfolio.

She quickly moved up the ranks and in early 2008 she transitioned into the role of Leasing Associate for the firm’s two trophy commercial office assets at 55 Broadway and 61 Broadway.

In that capacity, she managed all aspects of the leasing process including scheduling tours, negotiating new leases and renewals from first proposals to lease signing and maintaining detailed Leasing Activity Reports. In addition to her work with BSD’s leasing department, Huegel assisted in the due diligence of the dispositions of 55 Broadway and 61 Broadway as well as the firm’s $173 million acquisition of 80 Broad Street in 2014.

Since the acquisition, Huegel played a significant role in the negotiations of several new leases at the boutique Financial District office tower, bringing the tenancy to 99 percent in less that six months.
The Shopping Center Group announced that Pamela Strauss has joined the firm and will be based out of their White Plains office.

Since founding Retail Strategies in 2004, Strauss has been helping landlords and tenants throughout Westchester and Fairfield, as well as the lower Hudson Valley.

She joins TSCG as Senior Advisor and will spearhead the firm’s landlord and tenant work in the region.

In the past few years, Strauss has successfully leased and sold multi-tenanted and mixed-use buildings throughout the region. Most notably, she leased the retail and office spaces at 2-26 Purchase Street, in downtown Rye that sat vacant for years. Upon completion, she sold the property, on behalf of Jonathan Rose Companies, for an above ask of $11.5 million.

Most recently, she secured leases for 16 Handles in White Plains, Diane B. in Greenwich, Rio Bravo in Larchmont, and Mortgage Masters in Rye.

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