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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial appointments and promotions

Colliers International announced that Thomas Shirocky has joined the firm as a senior managing director in its regional Consulting Group, bringing more than 26 years of real estate expertise to the position.

Tom Shirocky

Shirocky will provide financial modeling and reporting, innovative deal configuration, economic comparisons, and cost analysis on a cash and book basis for acquisitions, dispositions, strategic planning initiatives and other client projects.
He is well prepared for these activities, having held similar positions in several other full-service commercial real estate firms in the New York Region, Denver, CO and Houston, TX markets.

Shirocky has an extensive track record as a consulting resource on large transactions, and has advised senior management of numerous Fortune 500 companies regionally and nationally on the financial and operational feasibility of strategies in pursuit of the optimal real estate decision.

Just prior to joining Colliers, he led CBRE’s New Jersey Consulting team. He began his real estate career at the Edward S. Gordon Company.


Lori Shabtai and Town Commercial Real Estate LLC announced that John Pell, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, has joined the company as part of the Lori Shabtai team.

John Pell

Pell joins the firm from SRS Real Estate Partners where he specialized in landlord and tenant representation.
Pell brings vast industry knowledge and experience to the Shabtai team, having implemented retailer expansion strategies and completed deals with many of the world’s largest landlords including SL Green, Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust.

He previously held executive positions at Capital One, Citibank, NY Commercial Bank and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.
Pell graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, minoring in business.


Trion Holdings LLC has announced that Kevin Moyer and Dominick Milio have been appointed to the positions of Senior Vice President and Vice President of Acquisitions.

Kevin Moyer will be responsible for the oversight of the acquisitions department including sourcing, identifying, evaluating, underwriting and structuring potential acquisitions and will also lead the capital markets efforts relative to the firm’s newly acquired assets throughout New York City. Previously, Moyer held the roles of Director of Acquisitions and Director of US Investments for a New York City real estate investor.

Dominick Milio will be responsible for sourcing, identifying, evaluating, underwriting and structuring potential acquisitions throughout the New York City market and will also lead the department’s underwriting efforts relative to both new assets and ongoing asset management activities.

Previously, Milio worked in construction and project management roles with a global inv

estment bank in Manhattan.


Tsai Capital Corporation, a global equity manager, announced that Matthew J. Michel has joined the company’s advisory committee.

Matthew Michel

Michel brings 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He held roles of increasing responsibility at MassMutual and Merrill Lynch/BAML. He is currently Vice President of Stevens & Lee/Griffin, a platform of professional services businesses consisting of an AmLaw 200 law firm, a leading middle market investment bank, a government affairs consulting practice, a global private equity fundraising business, as well as several other consulting business units.
Michel has originated in excess of $2 billion of capital markets transactions across industry verticals as both principal and agent.


HKS Capital Partners has appointed Max Ralby as a capital markets associate.

Ralby started at the capital advisory firm’s 2017 summer internship program, and was subsequently hired full-time.

Max Ralby

His responsibilities include brokering commercial transactions by securing capital for his clients through various forms of debt, equity and structured finance as well as underwriting and providing analysis for real estate transactions.
Ralby graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in May 2016 with concentrations in finance and accounting. As a four-year member and a two-year captain of the NYU Men’s Varsity Basketball Team, Ralbly helped lead his team to the NCAA Tournament while earning the distinctive honor of the UAA Defensive Player of the Year.
After college, he took his talents to Tel Aviv, Israel where he played professional basketball in the Israeli Basketball Association.


Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced that Patrick M. Dowd has joined the Firm as a partner in the Corporate Real Estate Transactions Practice, based in the New York office.

Patrick Dowd

Dowd represents clients in a wide variety of real estate transactions, with a principal focus on acquisition and disposition transactions involving all types of real estate assets.

His client base is dominated by real estate funds and other real estate investors, including Blackstone, KKR and CBRE.
Dowd is the latest addition to the Firm’s Corporate Real Estate Transactions Practice, which recently announced the addition of Darren Rogers and Patrick Williams in London. Dowd joins from Simpson Thacher.

Dowd earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006 and his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 2000. He received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1998.


Urbahn Architects has promoted Ranabir Sengupta, AIA, LEED AP from Senior Associate to Associate Principal.
Sengupta leads the design and planning activities, guiding the creative team of architects and designers across all of Urbahn’s market sectors.

Sengupta’s current projects include the Applied Social Science Building for SUNY Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, NY; the Engineering Innovation Hub for SUNY New Paltz State College in New Paltz, NY; and the master plan for the Usha Martin University, a new 44-acre campus in Jharkhand State, India.

Ranabir Sengupta

Over the last five years, he has led several planning studies for the City of New York, including the restoration of Orchard Beach Bathhouse, the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, and the Staten Island Districts 1 and 3 Sanitation Garage.
In addition, Sengupta has an extensive historic preservation and transportation project portfolio. He designed the $57 million expansion and renovation of the Lexington Avenue/53rd Street subway station in Manhattan for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Sengupta has over 31 years of experience in the architecture and design industry, 24 of which have been with Urbahn Architects. Prior to Urbahn, he worked as a project architect at Beyer Blinder Belle.

Sengupta holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Jadavpur University, India, and a Master’s degree in architectural studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Perkins+Will’s New York office announced that Jason Towers joined the office as Senior Medical Planner.

Towers’ healthcare project experience stretches from small renovations to large campus facilities, with project types ranging

Jason Towers

from community clinics, ambulatory care centers, cancer centers, community hospitals, working for both federal and private clients, domestically and internationally.

He has worked for Perkins+Will in different capacities and in other offices previously including London and Washington, DC.
He has also worked as an adjunct professor, teaching design studios at the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, and Marymount University.


Ware Malcomb announced that Kelly Teenor has joined the firm as Director, Marketing.

In this role, Teenor manages Ware Malcomb’s corporate marketing team, which supports all of the firm’s 22 offices in North America.

She brings more than 15 years of AEC industry marketing and communications experience to Ware Malcomb.

Throughout her career, she has held senior marketing roles at national and local engineering firms, as well as both marketing and communications positions at manufacturing and distribution companies.

Teenor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Communications from California State University at Fullerton.

She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America, holds a Certificate in Light Construction & Development Management from the University of California, Irvine Extension program, and belongs to the Society for Marketing Professional Services.


Thornton Tomasetti announced that Leo A. Fernandez, P.E., has joined the firm’s Wall Street, New York office as a vice president in the Weidlinger Transportation practice.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the inspection, analysis, rehabilitation and design of roadway, rail, pedestrian and long-span bridges.

Leo Fernandez

His project experience ranges from engineering services for the AirTrain at Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy international airports and ,most recently, the award-winning rehabilitation of the High Bridge in the Bronx, New York.
Prior to joining Thornton Tomasetti, Fernandez was the department head of the structural group in Stantec’s New York City office.

He also built up a strong portfolio of transportation work earlier in his career while working at Parsons, HDR and TranSystems.

Fernandez is a licensed professional engineer in New York and an associate professional of the Design-Build Institute of America.

Fernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.


DXA studio announced that June Wang has joined the team as Senior Designer.

June Wang

Wang will be involved in project design across the board at a senior level.

She brings with her almost two decades of professional experience, and has previously held positions at architecture firms including Perkins & Will, HLW, and AAI.

During her time at these firms, Wang primarily worked on commercial high rise design, focusing on architectural detailing, building envelope design, technology, and construction.

Wang holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, as well as a Master of Architecture from University of Washington in Seattle.


The Skyscraper Museum has named Stephen DeSimone, President and Chief Executive of DeSimone Consulting Engineers to its board of directors.

Stephen DeSimone

DeSimone, a licensed Professional Engineer in 12 states, has engineered top projects throughout the world, including 220 Central Park South, The Four Season Hotel and Tower Miami, Millennium Boston, and Abu Dhabi’s Regent Emirates Pearl Hotel.

DeSimone Consulting Engineers was recently recognized by the museum as one of the leading engineering firms that have helped develop and define New York City’s iconic skyline, and as a company with a legacy in the history of skyscrapers.

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