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Who’s News: CIBS elects new exec board, Avison Young picks up two

Helmsley Spear announced the appointment of Andrew G. Simon as Executive Vice President of the company.
He will focus on investment sales as well as commercial office leasing transactions. Simon brings more than over 35 years of varied real estate experience, initially as a leasing professional, and then transitioning to investment sales and capital markets.
Simon has introduced off-shore institutional quality investors to local operators and developers to provide investment capital for repositioning of existing assets and provide equity partners for new acquisitions and developments.
Prior to joining Helmsley Spear, Simon was with MHP Real Estate. He began his career at Herbert Charles & Co. in 1980, and then Jones Lang Wootton USA. He later worked at The Galbreath Company and Colliers ABR.
Simon earned his Bachelor degree from Tufts University. He has closed leasing transactions in excess of 2.5 million square feet as well as closing investment sales of buildings in excess of 1,000,000 square feet.

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Alexander Bogod, the brother of Broadway Realty founder Elliot Bogod, just joined the firm.
Bogod brings decades of NYC real estate experience and knowledge to his residential and commercial clients.
Born and raised in the Soviet Union, he moved to the US to study medicine in Long Island, but decided his true calling was real estate. In his 20s, he opened his own Upper West Side brokerage, Lincoln Square Realty, where he served buyers, renters and investors of NYC coops and condos.
Bogod has extensive experience managing luxury apartments in NYC for investors and works with international and domestic clients to find New York City properties.

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Case Real Estate Capital annouced that Aysha Cox, who is based in the company’s south Florida office, has been promoted to vice president.
She will take a leadership role in sourcing and originating loans, underwriting and managing the company’s diverse investment portfolio.
Eric Hakim has joined the company as an investment analyst. He will assist in the underwriting, due diligence and modeling of high-yield loans, and assist management in all aspects of origination.
Previously, Hakim served as a quantitative equity/options analyst and assistant portfolio manager for Toro Fund, LP in Jupiter, Fla. Prior to that, he worked at The Clearing House Association in New York City and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Paramus, NJ.

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DLA Piper announced that Chris M. Smith has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice as a partner in New York.
He will serve as co-chair of the New York Real Estate practice.
Smith’s practice includes all aspects of real estate, including joint ventures, funds, financing, direct investments, development and acquisitions and dispositions, both nationally and internationally.
His diverse clients include banks, institutional investors, developers and individuals in leasing, renovations and condominium development of commercial office space and mixed use products, as well as real estate foreclosures and bankruptcies.
His experience includes every major type of real estate product from residential developments to office buildings, shopping centers and hotels, public/private developments and complex ownership leasing structures.
Smith, an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law, joins from Shearman & Sterling LLP. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.S. from Rutgers University.

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The Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (CIBS) announced that a new executive board has been elected.
The new board members will serve two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2019. They are:
President, David Leviton. He is a managing director in the Melville office of JLL and previously was vice president of CIBS.
He has more than 30 years of experience in office leasing and sales and has been involved in more than 600 transactions, representing both landlords and tenants,
Vice President, Daniel J. Weiner, a senior director in the Melville office of Avison Young and formerly treasurer of CIBS.
Treasurer, Michael Rosenfeld, an associate broker at The Rochlin Organizatio and previous secretary of CIBS.
Secretary, Amanda Gorozdi, senior associate in the Melville office of Avison Young. Formerly a board member of the organization, she has been in the commercial real estate industry since 2011.
Current president Kyle Burkhardt will become chair of the CIBS Advisory Board. He is a senior director in the Melville office of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

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Gautam Garg recently joined Elliott Management to cover the REIT equities space as a Structured Products and Real Estate Analyst to support the firm’s Structured Products and Real Estate Team.
Gautam will be focusing on finding value opportunities through identifying mispricing in publicly traded REITs.
Garg was a previously a portfolio manager/analyst on Lazard’s Global Real Estate Securities team. He began working in the investment field in 2006, joining Lazard as a research analyst in 2012 covering the global real estate investment trust (REIT) sector.
Previously, he held similar roles at Credit Suisse and Moody’s. Gautam started his real estate investment career as an analyst in India.
He holds a Masters n Business Administration from the University of Rochester, and a Bachelors (BE) in Engineering from Thapar University.

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CBRE announced that veteran industrial real estate leader John Morris will join the company as the Americas Industrial & Logistics (I&L) Leader.
Morris will join CBRE after certain employment restrictions have expired.
Adam Mullen, who has been named Market Leader for the Philadelphia region effective on January 1, 2019, will continue to have strategic oversight for CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics business until Morris arrives.
In addition, CBRE’s Chris Zubel will take on increased responsibilities in the I&L business.
Morris previously led the Americas Industrial & Logistics business at Cushman & Wakefield. He also helped to lead the strategy for Cushman and Wakefield‘s retail business and worked to integrate logistics projects into the service of its retail clients.
Morris has been an industry leader in network design and site selection for fulfillment, distribution and manufacturing operations.
He received an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a BA in Economics from Duke University.

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Avison Young announced the hiring of Keith Caggiano and Roshan Shah as principals based in the firm’s Manhattan office.
Most recently, both Caggiano and Shah were executive vice presidents at CBRE in New York City where, individually, they were consistently recognized as being among that company’s top 10 percent of revenue producers, nationally.
Keith Caggiano has closed more than six million square feet of leasing deals during hsi 20-year career working in some of New York’s most iconic buildings with high-profile tenants.
He is a graduate of Yale University where he was an All-Ivy League baseball player and captain of the varsity team.
He joined CBRE in 2001 after beginning his career in real estate as a managing director at Shorenstein.
Caggiano was the exclusive leasing agent for 787 Seventh Avenue, which was acquired by Commonwealth Partners in 2016. In 2017, he negotiated a 340,000 s/f renewal for law firm Sidley Austin at 787 Seventh Avenue. Earlier in 2018, Caggiano was the lead member of the CBRE team, which included Shah, representing Apollo Global Management on its lease buyout at 730 Fifth Avenue, a 100,000-sf partial long-term relocation to 1095 Avenue of the Americas, and a 200,000 s/f lease renewal of Apollo’s global headquarters at 9 West 57th Street.
Roshan Shah brings 16 years of experience to Avison Young, having begun his career at CBRE in 2002.
He has represented some of the largest and most prominent hedge funds and private-equity firms in their national corporate real estate matters.
He has also advised many of India’s largest corporations, including TATA and Reliance, on their real estate dealings across North America. In August 2018, Shah represented ICICI Bank, India’s largest private bank with $175 billion in assets, on its U.S. headquarters relocation to 575 Fifth Avenue.
Before being promoted to executive vice president earlier in 2018, he was one of CBRE’s youngest senior vice presidents.
Shah is class secretary for his graduating class at Harvard Business School, where he is also an active alumni volunteer.

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BBG announced the appointment of Michael Ramos to Director.
Ramos will be responsible for market valuations, quality control, new business development and client management in the metropolitan Philadelphia market.
Before joining BBG, Ramos served as an associate at Newmark Knight Frank’s Valuation and Advisory practice at the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Earlier, he worked as a Property Manager with Tri-Star Equities in New York City and State Street Bank’s mutual fund accounting department in Boston.
Ramos is a Certified General Appraiser with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a candidate for designation with the Appraisal Institute.
He earned a master of science degree in real estate from New York University and a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Richmond.

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Rivkin Radler has welcomed Edward Jaffe, Burton Ross and Steve Miller, formerly New York City-based Jaffe, Ross & Light LLP, to the firm. The trio brings decades of experience in commercial real estate, landlord tenant litigation, enforcement of Judgments, mechanics liens, commercial collections, arbitration and mediation, and shareholder, partner and membership disputes.
Edward Jaffe has extensive litigation and arbitration experience in the real estate and construction industry as well as the fashion world.
He has successfully resolved hundreds of arbitrations, mediations and bench and jury trials during his years of practice.
Burton Ross has represented commercial owners, developers and tenants in litigation and transactional matters and has also represented landlords in bankruptcy courts. He has tried numerous non-jury and jury trials, as well handled arbitrations, appraisal proceedings and mediations.
Burton has also prepared and argued appeals in the Appellate Divisions in New York. His extensive knowledge of the New York City building and fire codes have made him well-versed in the operations of the New York City Department of Buildings.
Steven Miller represents parties in the purchase and sale of commercial buildings, cooperative apartments, condominiums and single-family homes; borrowers obtaining loans; landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions; and contractors and owners in construction matters.

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