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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial hires and promotions

Marcus & Millichap announced that Eric Michael Anton has joined the firm as senior managing director in its New York office.

Anton has been a dominant force in the New York real estate market during his two-decade career, spending the past three years at HFF as a senior managing director. Specializing in investment sales, he has completed a wide array of transactions totaling more than $12 billion, including Class A Manhattan office building sales, apartment towers and many complicated development projects.

Recent 2017 transactions include raising common equity for a ground-up residential condominium project located at 65 W. Broadway in Tribeca for Cape Advisors; the sale of a $57 million apartment building in the East Village, which closed in late June; and the $385 million construction financing for a development project in the City Hall neighborhood of lower Manhattan.

Prior to his time at HFF, Anton spent three years as a managing partner at the New York office of Brookfield Financial. He was also previously a top investment sales broker at Eastern Consolidated and began his career at the construction firm Lend Lease.

A graduate of Brown University, Anton also earned a master’s degree in real estate finance from Columbia University.

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Marcus & Millichap announced that Susan Bands has joined the management team as sales manager of the Manhattan office.
Bands recently celebrated her 13th year working in the top performing office of Marcus & Millichap in Manhattan.

She joined the company in 2004 as an agent in Marcus & Millichap’s National Retail Group and managed the sale of shopping centers and net-leased properties in the Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. By the end of her first year, Bands ranked among the top 10 agents in the office and was promoted to senior director.

During her tenure as an agent, Bands partnered with Sharon Bands, her mother, where together they represented the first and only mother-daughter investment sales team in New York. In her new position, Bands will be responsible for the recruiting, training and business development of agents with the goal of increasing the Manhattan office’s market share and productivity.

During her time as an agent, Bands closed approximately $150 million in transactions and represented some of the nation’s largest developers, pension funds, and REITs, including Kimco Realty Corp., Phillips Edison, Developers Diversified, and Brixmor.

Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Bands worked with Forest City Ratner Companies as director of sales and marketing in two of its New York hotels, and with Grubb & Ellis as associate managing director of investment sales. A Hamptons resident, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in radio, television and film from Northwestern University.

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Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C., welcomed Brian Gordon, CPA, as Director. As a state and local tax specialist (SALT), Gordon’s primary function focuses on residency, sales tax and NEXUS issues, NYS Tax Audit and Controversy representation. He will be located at the firm’s Woodbury, New York headquarters.

Gordon was with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance for over 30 years where he rose to the rank of District Audit Manager of Manhattan and Brooklyn districts. Prior to joining Gettry Marcus, he held a similar position at Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP, in Jericho, New York.

Gordon is active in the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) where he is a member of the Multistate & Local Taxation Committee. Additionally, he is the current president of NYSSCPA – Queens/Brooklyn chapter.
Gordon is a graduate of York College, CUNY where he earned a BA in Economics.

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Veteran real estate professional Conor Soden has joined Gazit Horizons, Inc. as a vice president of acquisitions.
Soden will pursue all forms of high quality commercial properties in major markets throughout the country. His primary focus will be assets in the greater New York metropolitan area.

Soden’s background includes more than a decade at Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., where he successfully spearheaded the acquisition of over $3.8 billion in commercial real estate assets.

Just prior to joining Gazit Horizons, he led his own company, NY Ventures, in partnership with Boston-based WS Development. The firm’s focus was on value-add retail and mixed-use properties in New York City.

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Romer Debbas LLP announced attorney Hugh P. Finnegan has recently joined the firm as a partner and co-manager of the firm’s commercial real estate department.

Prior to joining the firm, Finnegan was a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP. Previously, he was also a partner at the New York law firm Siller Wilk LLP.

Finnegan has over 30 years of experience as a real estate attorney.

He earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, J.D. and a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, also from Fordham University.

He is licensed to practice law in New York State and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Finnegan serves on the Advisory Board of Self Help Africa and of New Ground, Inc.

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Swig Equities, LLC announces that Paul R. Sygrove has rejoined the firm as Executive Vice President / Chief Investment Officer.

Prior to joining Swig Equities, Sygrove was a Principal at ADG Development, a private opportunistic value added real estate development company which invests in both the United States and Europe.

Prior to that, he established and founded SAS, an advisory firm that provided services to owners.

Prior to founding SAS, Mr. Sygrove served as a Managing Director at L&L Holding Company where his responsibilities included seeking investment opportunities and assisting in the growth of new business ventures.

Sygrove was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Swig Equities earlier in his career.

He graduated from New York University’s Real Estate Institute and prior to that earned a degree in Business Administration and Hotel Management from Thomas Danby College, Leeds University in England.

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The RADCO Companies announced a change in organizational structure and new senior leadership appointments to further its growth and success. Key changes, effective immediately, include:

Norman Radow will remain acting Chief Executive Officer of the RADCO Companies.

The RADCO Companies will act as the single parent company that guides six distinct business divisions – RADCO Residential, Construction, Accounting, Investment Transactions, Capital Markets, and Investment Management. Each division will be responsible for the execution of respective business plans set to achieve collective goals.

Robert Clark has been promoted to President of The RADCO Companies while continuing to serve as Chief Investment Officer. As President, Clark will have direct oversight of all six business divisions.

Clark joined RADCO in 2012 and quickly grew to be an important member of the RADCO Executive Team.

As Chief Investment Officer, he leveraged his entrepreneurial mindset and financial expertise to oversee the Investment Transactions, Capital Markets, and Investment Management Departments.

Throughout his roles within the company, including acting as the Chief Financial Officer, Clark has directly overseen the acquisition of over 60 properties totaling more than 20,000 units with a value of approximately $2 billion. The total transaction volume under his leadership is more than $3 billion.

Bryan Gershkowitz has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of The RADCO Companies with oversight of all corporate functions. Gershkowitz joined RADCO in 2012 and previously held the role of General Counsel. He has worked for companies all over the country, including serving as the Vice President and General Counsel of EastCoast Communities in Florida, Associate for Kilpatrick Stockton in Atlanta, Director of Business Development and General Counsel for Richardson Riley & Associates in Delaware, and as a partner at McCalla Raymer in Atlanta.

As Vice President COO he will guide structural changes, push new initiatives, and assist Robert Clark with operational functions.

Within RADCO’s business divisions, Justin VanLandschoot, Mike DeSarno, and Alan Keene will continue to lead as Executive Vice Presidents of Residential, Construction, and Accounting, respectively.

Matt Roos and Sean Kavanagh have been promoted to Vice Presidents of the Investment Transactions division.

Jessica Hansel and Lisa Radow Hurd have been promoted to Vice Presidents of the Capital Markets division. Luke Mills and Zach Finkel have been promoted to Vice Presidents of the Investment Management division.

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Cushman & Wakefield announced that Revathi Greenwood has joined the firm as Head of Americas Research.

Greenwood will lead Cushman & Wakefield’s Americas Research Center of Excellence and regional/local platforms.
She joins from CBRE, where she served as Americas Head of Investment Research. She has more than two decades of experience and significant consulting and corporate finance experience in the U.S. and U.K.

She served as Director of Corporate Finance for KPMG in London from 2003 to 2012 before moving to the U.S.
She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge; Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and Stella Maris College.

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