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Who’s News: Brown Harris Stevens names senior managing director, Compass appoints VP

Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons and North Fork announced that broker Robert M. Nelson has been named senior managing director.

Working with Peter Turino, president and executive managing director Cia Comnas, Nelson will help to oversee operations of all seven offices in the Hamptons and the North Fork and will be directly managing our Southampton, Westhampton Beach and Sag Harbor offices.
Nelson has worked in real estate for over 31 years and closed over a thousand properties, including multi-family investments in addition to the premier properties.

Citi Habitats welcomed Dennis Colwell as the new senior managing director of their West Village office.

Colwell will be responsible for helping agents grow their real estate careers. He will assist them in building/maintaining a strong presence in the city’s sales market, as well as in generating a strong referral-based business.

He will be supported by Trevor Williams, who will continue in his role as manager.
Colwell has 12 years of experience in the industry, and has been a licensed agent at both Citi Habitats and Corcoran. He was most recently an executive at Skyline TRG Title Company in Manhattan, a sister Realogy firm, where he covered both Citi Habitats and Corcoran offices.
There he learned a different side of the real estate business, and made
connections with skilled attorneys, bankers and lenders.

Originally from Houston, TX, where is family in the custom homebuilding business, he has lived in New York City for 15 years.

Compass announced the appointment of Christina Allen as vice president of product.
Allen has more than 25 years of experience in business technology development and comes to Compass from online professional networking giant, LinkedIn, where she has served as director of product management since August 2010.

Among her achievements at LinkedIn, Allen led the product team in building tools for the LinkedIn Alumni program which helps students in each professional milestone, from college selection to their first job.

She is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received her BFA and MS in Design and Computing.

She went on to receive her PhD in Communication and Anthropology from Northwestern University.

Ed Bruehl has joined Saunders & Associates, company executives announced.
Bruehl launched his real estate career with Alan Schneider & Associates more than 13 years ago and, over the next several years, became a top-producing broker at Sotheby’s.

Since then, his knowledge of the East End communities have fueled a superior sales record. An extensive personal network has helped him represent and sell new developments, restaurants, hotels, commercial properties, and private estates.

Prior to his career in real estate, Bruehl graduated with a BS from California Polytechnic University and moved to New York City with his wife, Mariah, to work at Morgan Stanley.

Argo Real Estate announced the expansion of its property management leadership team.
Cynthia Graffeo has been appointed director of client relations, a newly created position within the company, and Emily Astrof-Bernstein has joined the company as director of management Operations.

Cynthia Graffeo will spearhead the customer relations of Argo’s current building portfolio consisting of 80 properties around the greater New York City area.

Graffeo joined Argo Real Estate in early 2014 with more than 10 years of experience as a property manager in New York City’s luxury building market.

She previously held positions at Buchbinder & Warren, LLC and Rose Associates, Inc.
She went to City University of New York Baruch College, and was a practicing accountant, then computer networking professional before entering the real estate industry.

Emily Astrof-Bernstein will oversee Argo’s entire property management division including 26 personnel.
She will be responsible for managing and strengthening the team and creating certification programs.

Astrof-Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the property management industry.
Prior to joining Argo, she served as a property manager at Rose Associates, Inc. where she managed five high-rise luxury rentals and opened two buildings from construction to operation. Raised in a real estate family,

Astrof-Bernstein holds a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from the NYU School of Professional Studies Shack Institute of Real Estate.

Level Group announced the hiring of eight Manhattan real estate agents.
Robert Balonek has put his studies in Communications, Marketing and Public Relations to work in driving a successful real estate career.
In his three years of real estate experience, Balonek has developed a no-nonsense approach to negotiations.

Prior to real estate, he pursued a career as an international opera singer.
Brooklyn native and resident Crystal Green specializes in all Brooklyn neighborhoods, but is also thoroughly versed in Manhattan real estate.

With 12 years of experience, Green has made excellent follow-through her signature, following up with each client after the transaction to answer questions and concerns.
Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Connie Guo, began her real estate career in Shenzhen in 1997.

In the subsequent 18 years, eight of those in Manhattan, she has become noted for her ability to understand her clients’ individual needs.

Savvy with the latest in communication technologies, she has developed a specialized knowledge serving Manhattan condo and foreign buyers.

Donald Sheffey, a Manhattan resident, has seven years of real estate experience, focusing on high end luxury residential property sales and rentals.
A licensed real estate person, Sheffey closely follows trends in the Manhattan market and stays up to day on trends and projects that impact the current market.

Prior to entering real estate, Sheffey founded and ran a successful media production company, Weezie Productions.

In his 10 years of experience in the NYC market, F. Lee Williams, III has developed deep ties within the brokerage community.

He stays close to his clients and has developed expertise in helping “accidental landlords,” that is, clients who choose to relocate but decide to continue to own and lease their apartments.
Williams, who holds a B. S. in Business Administration from Seton Hall University, regularly addresses industry organizations.

In the four years she has been in real estate, Paula Schafer has closed more than $20 million in real estate deals. Many of these transactions have involved foreign investors.
Schafer represents both buyers and sellers and takes pride in advising first time homebuyers as they make one of the most important purchases in their lives.

She has a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of St. Thomas, The Philippines. Prior to entering real estate, she was a successful executive at a high-end fashion company.
Nancy Wishmeier, a commercial real estate specialist with six years of experience, focuses on office leasing. She founded the NYC-Alternative Invest Team at Level Group to market to companies and investors.

Prior to real estate, she was a consultant to institutional investors and generated revenue for hedge fund conferences from investment banks, accounting and law firms, and risk management companies.

Nancy holds a B.S. in Retail/Business from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University.

A long time Tribeca resident, Ann Zemaitis has lived and worked in New York City for 35 years.
In seven years in real estate, she has specialized in Tribeca and downtown NYC luxury sales as well as Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO brownstones and lofts.
Zemaitis is noted for marketing expertise and has worked successfully with many well-known clients.

With graduate level marketing courses under her belt, Zemaitis also holds an M.A. from Graduate School & University Center of C.U.N.Y and an MS. Ed from Hunter College.

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