Real Estate Weekly
Image default
Deals & Dealmakers

WHO’S NEWS: Commercial hires and promotions

Daun Paris, President of Eastern Consolidated, announced that industry veteran Rubin Isak has joined her firm’s Investment Sales Division.

Isak, who has closed over $350 million in commercial and investment property sales, will specialize in multifamily, mixed-use, retail, and development assets in Manhattan and Queens.

Prior to joining Eastern Consolidated as a Senior Director, Isak was the founder and president of Goldenwood Property Advisors, an investment property sales firm.

He began his investment sales career at Massey Knakal Realty Services (now Cushman and Wakefield) as Director of Sales. One of his signature deals includes being involved in the sale of the Bassuk Portfolio, a 14-Building, 943-Unit, 841,000 s/f, multifamily package in Queens and Brooklyn for $118 million.

Isak is a member of the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He earned a BBA degree in International Marketing from Baruch College.
Isak’s team will include his brother, Alex Isak, who has joined Eastern Consolidated as a Director.
Previously Alex Isak was Director of Sales for Goldenwood Property Advisors, specializing in investment sales on the Upper West Side.

He earned a BS degree in Legal Studies from John Jay College.


Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) announced the addition of Janey Steinmetz as an associate director based in the firm’s Stamford, Connecticut office.

Steinmetz will focus on the development of NKF’s restaurant and retail services businesses, specializing in high street retail and luxury markets.

Over the course of her career, Steinmetz has completed numerous transactions with tenants including Starbucks, Chipotle, The UPS Store, AT&T, PJ Clarke’s, Sprint, Insomnia Cookies and solidcore.

She represented the University of Pennsylvania in planning and leasing its 350,000 s/f retail portfolio and spearheaded the leasing efforts for The Summit at Drexel University and The Curtis.

Before joining NKF, Steinmetz was an associate at MSC Retail, Inc. in Philadelphia where she represented REIT’s such as American Campus Communities and Ashkenazy Acquisitions Corporations; Universities and Philadelphia developers.
Steinmetz recently relocated from Philadelphia to Stamford, Connecticut and holds real estate licenses in the States of Pennsylvania and Connecticut.


Transwestern announced industry veteran Lisa Addeo has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as director of operations.
Addeo will oversee operations, finance and compliance activities, with a special focus on supporting the firm’s brokerage professionals.

She will also pursue business development opportunities, and will manage client-service initiatives.
Addeo was formerly chief financial officer at JMP Properties. Earlier, she worked at Walsh Company, LLC, and later Avison Young, as vice president of finance and operation.


Pryor Cashman announced that Todd B. Marcus has joined the firm as a partner in its Real Estate and Commercial Litigation Groups.

Marcus brings more than 28 years of experience representing clients in complex real estate and commercial litigation disputes.

He joins the firm from Sidley Austin LLP, where he was a partner.

His experience includes representing parties in disputes concerning the ownership, financing and leasing of real property, partnership and joint venture disputes, as well as contentious mortgage foreclosures and real estate brokerage and contract disputes.

Marcus also litigates a wide range of commercial matters, including cases involving financial instruments, consumer rights, creditors’ rights, lender liability and other business disputes.

Marcus received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Lafayette College.


Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced that Tom Hall has joined its New York office as a managing director focused on loan and REO portfolio sales throughout the United States.

Hall will work alongside Brock Cannon, Sean Ryan and Patrick Arnold in HFF’s loan sales group.

Hall has more than 10 years of experience and joins HFF from Mission Capital, where he was a managing director.
Prior to Mission Capital, he spent time in the Special Assets department of BB&T and Colonial Bank.


Zetlin & De Chiara LLP announced the addition of Ramsen Youash to the firm’s New York office.
Youash’s practice will focus on a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters in construction law and professional liability defense of architects and engineers.

He joins Zetlin & De Chiara from Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford, where, where he was an Associate focused on matters including construction law, railroad litigation, toxic tort claims and general liability matters.

He earned a Juris Doctor from New York Law School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in political Science from McMaster University.


Dennis Martin has been named a vice president in the Lawrenceville, New Jersey office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff,.
Martin serves as director of multimodal planning for the firm’s Northeast region, responsible for intermodal facilities, bus rapid transit, light rail and rail operations.

He is currently a leader of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s planning work for the replacement of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.

Martin joined the firm in March after a 33-year career with NJ TRANSIT. From 2015 to 2016, he served as interim executive director of NJ TRANSIT leading the negotiations for NJ TRANSIT’s expired bus and rail labor contracts.

He most recently served as vice president/general manager, light rail & contract services, overseeing the operations and contract management of the agency’s Hudson-Bergen, Newark, and River Line light rail systems, and Access Link, the statewide paratransit system.

Martin received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Rutgers University.


Richter+Ratner has hired Richard “Bo” Wells as Project Manager.

Wells currently manages R+R’s 70,000 s/f Academy Charter School project at 555 10th Avenue in Manhattan.
Wells holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida.

Prior to joining R+R, he served as Project Manager/Estimator, Project Engineer, and Superintendent for several national and regional construction organizations, including Structure Tone, BCBE Construction, The Beck Group, and NDC Construction.
His project portfolio includes numerous large-scale projects nationwide, including renovations to Bristol-Myers Squibb world headquarters offices at 345 Park Avenue in Manhattan; the 33,000-square-foot Morgan Family Community Center in North Port, Florida; and extensive interior renovations as part of the Madison Square Garden Transformation project in New York City.


The New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) announced new Executive Director.

Kenneth Thomas is NYCA’s first Executive Director since the organization’s inception in January of 2016.
Thomas has worked as a consultant within the construction and real estate industry for nearly a decade. His areas of expertise is on government policy and public relations.

He is a former chief of staff for a New York State Assembly member.

Thomas earned a bachelors degree at John Jay College and a master’s in strategic communications from Seton Hall University.
He also possesses certifications in financial risk management and corporate compliance and ethics from New York University and is a Certified Treasury Professional.


Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC, has named Lauren Zullo as Director of Sustainability.
She will oversee all of the firm’s environmental and healthy building initiatives.

Zullo joins the firm from the environmental advocacy organization Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where she was Director of National Initiatives for the City Energy Project.

At Jonathan Rose Companies, Zullo will implement the firm’s environmental strategies in affordable and mixed income housing, preservation and culture, health and education practices.

Zullo previously worked for five years at NRDC. Before that, she was a Merck Environmental Innovation Fellow, developing an energy optimization strategy through demonstration projects in more than 500,000 s/f of commercial tenant space.
Zullo also worked for five years at Greenebaum & Rose Associates, a real estate development and asset management firm where she rose to become Sustainability Manager.


VERUS Constructionhas appointed Kathy Donohue as Vice President of Business Development.

Donohue will oversee all business partnerships, implementing new business strategies and managing all sales and marketing efforts for VERUS.

Donohue has over 25 years of experience in business growth and development. Prior to joining VERUS, she served as the president of PowerSpace & Services, a division of Vornado Realty Trust and was president of HQ Business Centers for the New York and California operations.

She has held facilities and real estate positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and CibaGeigy.

Donohue was appointed by former New York City Fire Commissioner Howard Safir and sworn-in by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as an Honorary New York City Fire Commissioner in 1996.

She was a former board member of the New York City Fire Department Foundation, former Vice Chairman of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund, Inc. and a former member of the Fire museum board of trustees.


Meadows Office Interiors announced that Jennifer Bettencourt has joined the team as Director of Customer Experience, a newly created position for maintaining long-term, post-sales relationships with Meadows’ existing clients.

Bettencourt will focus on premier global accounts and will consult with Meadows managers to ensure client needs are fulfilled effectively, while identifying future sales opportunities.

Bettencourt began her career at Putnam Investments and served as Vice President, Manager Space Planning and Design.
She transitioned to Liberty Mutual Insurance, working as both a Design Project Manager and Senior Office Services Manager.
For the past five years, Bettencourt served as Senior Space Planning Manager with Santander Global Facilities.

Related posts

Luxury Fashion Design House AMSALE Signs New Lease for 12,500 SF at 318 West 39th Street


Greystone Provides $35 Million in Fannie Mae Financing for Multifamily Property in Fairfield County, Connecticut


Rudin Continues Leasing Momentum At 3 Times Square, Signing Five Year Lease Extension With Reuters’ West Publishing Corporation