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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial appointments and promotions

Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Austin, Texas, will begin his one-year term as president of the Appraisal Institute on Jan. 1.
The Appraisal Institute’s other elected officers for 2017 are:

President-Elect James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York; Vice President Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of West Lafayette, Indiana; and Immediate Past President Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Salisbury, North Carolina. Also serving on the Appraisal Institute’s Executive Committee, as a non-voting member, is Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Grubbe, CAE, MBA.

In the coming year, the Appraisal Institute’s officers and Board of Directors will focus on continuing to implement its three-year strategic plan; enhancing its reputation and thought leadership abroad; advocating against over-regulation of the profession; and helping attract the next generation of valuation professionals.

Amorin has served on the Appraisal Institute’s Executive Committee, National Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, General Appraiser Council Admissions Committee, Qualifying Education Committee and the AI Relief Foundation Board of Directors, in addition to region and chapter roles. He was the 2009 Appraisal Institute president, and also has served as national president-elect, vice president and immediate past president. Amorin is vice president of Atrium Real Estate Services in Austin.

Murrett has served on the Appraisal Institute’s national Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee and as chair of the Finance Committee, in addition to many chapter roles, including as president of the Upstate New York Chapter. Since 2014 he also has been treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Valuation Certification, an affiliate of the Appraisal Institute. Murrett is executive managing director, Compliance & Quality Assurance, at Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services.

Wagner has served on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors and as vice chair of the Professional Standards and Guidance Committee. He is a past chair of the Demonstration Report Writing Panel, has served on the Admissions Designations and Qualifications Committee and has been involved in the development of the General Review courses and two Capstone case studies. He also teaches general qualifying education and advanced-level courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute. Wagner is a senior appraiser in the appraisal firm of Terzo & Bologna in Indianapolis.

Robinson has served on the national Board of Directors, in all offices for the North Carolina Chapter and has been active at the regional and national levels since 1991. He has served as national president, president-elect and vice president on the Executive Committee and as chair of the national Finance Committee; he will chair the National Nominating Committee in 2017.


Francis Greenburger, founder and CEO of full-service, New York-based real estate firm Time Equities Inc. (TEI), is proud to announce the appointment of John Schepens as the firm’s asset management and acquisition advisor, overseeing TEI’s acquisitions, leasing and development efforts in the Netherlands. In his short time of working with the firm, Schepens was instrumental in a 2,523-square-meter storefront lease signing with KIWA N.V. (KIWA), a testing, inspection and certification institution, at Nevelgaarde 20-35, Nieuwegein.

As TEI continues to establish its international footprint, especially in the Netherlands, Schepens will work with Aaron Medeiros, TEI’s director of acquisitions and policy.

In Schepens’ role, he will provide local support to the firm in their continued growth throughout Western Europe and will be responsible for coordination between property managers and leasing agents.

Prior to joining TEI, Schepens has worked in the real estate asset and property management business for more than 10 years, advising and overseeing a variety of commercial real estate initiatives for firms such as Lone Star and CBRE Global Investors.


Hunter Roberts Construction Group announced the firm has promoted Shane Skennonto, formerly Safety Director of the Philadelphia office, to Director of Safety. In this new role, Shane will oversee company-wide health and safety initiatives in Hunter Roberts’ New York, Newark, and Philadelphia offices, as well as on jobsites in the surrounding counties and states.

As Director of Safety, Shane will provide leadership to Hunter Roberts’ Incident and Injury Free (IIF) Safety Program, utilize innovative solutions to proactively stem incidents before they occur, implement safety and educational training programs to each Hunter Roberts’ team member, and develop best practices to reduce injury risk and raise safety awareness. Shane will serve as Chairperson of the Safety Committee, a role in which he will mentor safety leaders throughout the company and be responsible for recruiting and training all lead safety staff.

Shane previously served as Safety Director at the Philadelphia office, where he implemented Hunter Roberts’ Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Program and Procedures and the approved Accident Prevention Plan (APP). He has experience monitoring subcontractors to guarantee corporate safety standards and administering all phases of the company-wide and project-specific safety, security, environmental protection, and industrial hygiene programs.

Shane has over 16 years of experience in the safety industry. Prior to his employment with Hunter Roberts, he worked as the Senior Health and Safety Specialist for Sunoco, Inc., where he coordinated contractor safety training and verification to meet standards, managed on-site safety equipment vendors for multiple locations, and implemented training programs.


Amauri Guillen has become a Senior Associate at Helpern Architects. Amauri joined Helpern on the recommendation of the director of CUNY’s Office of Space Planning & Capital Budget, where he had done a post-graduate internship on campus space needs and utilization. He has been involved in many of the firm’s physical and capital master plans, feasibility studies, zoning analyses, and space planning.

Amauri has been interested in computer-aided design since he completed high school on Long Island, taking courses in AutoCAD when still in its early versions. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture studies at what became known as CUNY/NYC College of Technology, where he also taught architectural history and computer-generated presentation drawing. He heads Helpern Architects’ Technology Committee, whose goal is to achieve quality design documents and efficient work through the proper use of CAD technology.

Amauri has been involved in the long-range restoration and expansion of Marble Collegiate Church [including its new organ and its new South Portal] and the mixed-use development potential for the adjacent property held by Marble; master plans for Collegiate School; and reports regarding the renovation of the UN’s Dag Hammarskjold Library. Current projects include the logistics for replacing 2,000 windows of a NYC-landmarked office building and design of an industrial complex in northern Manhattan.


Full Stack Modular, LLC, the turn-key modular solutions for developers of new multi-family buildings, hotels and dormitories, today announces the hiring of Lisa Fleming as CFO and well as the Executive Design Staff of Zach Downey as CIO, Brian Sweeney as EVP of Systems Integration and Adam Gerber as VP of product management.
This is the first round of hires Full Stack Modular has made since purchasing the core assets of FC Modular from Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) in October 2016, with many more to come over the next several weeks and month as the company ramps up to full capacity.

Lisa Fleming, Chief Financial Officer, has over twenty years of experience in financial planning, reporting, analysis, capital management, M&A, corporate strategic planning, forecasting, and treasury. She joins Full Stack Modular from MSCI where she served as Divisional CFO. Previously, she was a lead equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley and Consultant at Arthur Andersen. She received her BBA from the University of Notre Dame and is a CFA charterholder.

Zach Downey, (RA LEED AP BD+C), Chief Innovation Officer / Director of Research and Strategy has a dozen years of experience as an innovator, architect, business owner, and software developer with an expertise in architectural and construction technology. He joins Full Stack Modular from FC Modular where he was the Technology and Innovation Manager, developing tools to optimize module layouts and configurations for buildings. Previously, he was Director of the Applied Technology Group at SHoP Architects.

He is also the founder and a contributor to Designalyze, an innovation and technology website, as well as the founder of Parabox, a technology company focusing on exploiting emerging technologies to provide seamless data management for all processes directly related to the construction and facility management process. Zach is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Brian Sweeney, EVP of Systems Integration, joins Full Stack Modular from FC Modular where, as the project lead BIM coordinator, he helped bring both 461 Dean Street, the world’s tallest modular building, and the Barclays Center, to life.

Previously, Brian was a Project Manager at SHoP Architects where he led the team that delivered the Barclays Center’s iconic weathering steel façade and curtainwall utilizing several manufacturing-based applications, leading to a leadership role within the organization and work on the Nassau Coliseum façade renovation, Barclays Center’s green roof, as well as several modular initiatives. Brian is a graduate of the PAE program at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Adam Gerber, VP of Product Management, is an expert in prefabricated building systems with experience managing all phases of modular building delivery. Previously the Design and Product Manager at FC Modular, Adam collaboratively re-defined the workflow for fabrication and assembly. Through the implementation of lean construction methods, Adam decreased lead-time, increased productivity, and increased product quality while delivering a 32-story modular building.

In his previous position as VDC Manager at SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction, Adam was an integral member of the facade construction and management team for the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, interfacing with civic agencies, consultants, fabricators, and erectors. Throughout his career, Adam has championed the application of manufacturing principles to architectural projects using CATIA. Adam received an M.Arch from Columbia University.


Michael S. Venter has been named an assistant vice president and senior engineering manager in the New York City office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

In his new position, Mr. Venter will be responsible for providing project management and technical expertise related to rail systems for subways, commuter rail, light rail and people movers.

Mr. Venter has over 25 years of experience in transit systems, including transit planning, procurement, program management, design, installation, implementation and testing/commissioning.

Prior to joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mr. Venter was director of railroad systems for a New York metropolitan area engineering firm, where he was responsible for the complete design of a major commuter railroad’s communications systems, including network upgrades, public address, video information systems, closed-circuit television, intercom, access control, elevator and escalator management systems, and methods to provide real-time information to passengers. This role included the design of the head-end control systems and software as well as design at individual sites.

A licensed professional engineer in New York and Florida, Mr. Venter earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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