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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial hires and promotions

Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors (CBC Advisors) named Jeffrey Rosenblatt principal in the firm’s New York Office.
Rosenblatt is a 30-year commercial real estate veteran in Manhattan who has closed over 25 million square feet of transactions throughout his career.

Rosenblatt was the recipient of the “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award for creating the Fashion Footwear Center at 1414 Avenue of the Americas.

A leader within and outside the office, he led the CBC Advisors team to a championship win of the 2017 Commercial Real Estate Softball League.

He joined CBC Alliance in 2014 from Newmark Knight Frank where he served as a senior managing director. Before that, he was in the New York City office of Grubb & Ellis and held positions at Cushman & Wakefield, and Helmsley-Spear.
Rosenblatt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Marketing from the City University of New York.


L&L Holding Company announced the promotions of six executives in its New York City headquarters office.
Bill Potts has been promoted to Vice Chairman of Capital Construction in L&L’s development division.

An industry veteran with more than 35 years of residential and commercial development and management experience, Potts currently oversees and supports all capital projects, including 425 Park Avenue, a Norman Foster-designed office tower, which will be the first ground-up office building on Park Avenue in nearly half a century.

He also focuses on sourcing, evaluating, and acquiring new assets for L&L’s portfolio.

Kevin Fallon has been promoted to Managing Director in L&L’s legal division.

Fallon brings over a decade of experience gained as a real estate attorney in the New York office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky, and Walker, where he concentrated on joint venture financing and development.

Laura Yablon-Rapaport has been promoted to Managing Director in L&L’s development division.

A senior member of the development team, Laura serves as a project director for 425 Park Avenue. Prior to L&L, she was a director in the New York development group at Tishman Speyer.

Dianna Mounsey has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Asset Management in L&L’s asset management division.
Prior to joining L&L, Mounsey was the Director of Property Accounting at Monday Properties, responsible for its entire portfolio of six million square feet. Prior to that, she was a Senior Director in Tishman Speyer’s asset management group.

Kristian Amato has been promoted to Vice President in L&L’s development division.

Amato has more than ten years of experience as an owner’s representative in New York City with a significant focus on development, construction and transactions. He is currently working on 150 Fifth Avenue and 315 Park Avenue South.

John Hutchinson has been promoted to Assistant Vice President in L&L’s asset management division.

He is currently working on 150 Fifth Avenue, 114 Fifth Avenue, 511 West 25th Street, 142 West 57th Street, and 600 Third Avenue.

Prior to L&L, Hutchinson was an asset manager for A&E Real Estate’s portfolio of over 60 multifamily buildings in New York City.


Gazit-Globe announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Gazit Horizons, Inc., has named Alison Lies as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions.

As part of her new role, Lies will relocate to Boston, MA and establish an office for the company there.

Lies, who has been involved in over $3 billion in transaction and financing activity in her career, is a 16-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and has been working with Gazit Horizons in a consulting capacity since May 2017.

Prior to that, she was Vice President of Acquisitions at Equity One, Inc. and has also held senior positions at New York City based Olshan Properties and other boutique development and investment firms.

Lies received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.


Withers Bergman has appointed eight new partners from its US and London offices. The partners are resident in the firm’s Greenwich and New York offices.

The US partners include James Dougherty, Lian Fang, Eva Farkas-DiNardo, Theda Fisher, Elliot Galler and Vasiliki Yiannoulis.

New Partner Vasiliki Yiannoulis is part of the firm’s real estate team. Vasiliki advises individuals and corporate investors on commercial real estate projects, including advice on debt financing and other lending transactions.
James Dougherty, based in Greenwich, advises on estate planning and administration, probate matters and litigation arising from trust and estate succession issues.

Lian Fang, based in New York, advises on wealth planning matters, frequently working with multi-generational families to assist them with transferring their wealth to younger generations.

Lian frequently works with Asian clients, including advising on preparation for investing in or moving to the US.
Eva Farkas-DiNardo, based in New York, advises clients on personal and business tax planning across their international interests, including pre-immigration planning for those moving to the US, as well as voluntary disclosure and audits in relation to tax.

Theda Fisher, based in New York, provides corporate immigration advice to a wide range of US and foreign businesses, and personal immigration advice to successful people.

Elliot Galler, based in New York, advises US domestic and multi-national businesses and high net worth individuals on the tax implications of investing in the US and abroad, as well as providing tax advice on M&A transactions.
Stephen Nerland, based in London, advises US nationals based in the UK on their US tax and estate planning, as well as advising non-US individuals on tax planning ahead of moving to the US. Stephen also advises on US tax compliance and disclosures.

Jaime McLemore, based in London, advises US nationals based in the UK on their US tax and estate planning and compliance, as well as advising both individuals and organisations on charitable giving.


Elie Rieder, CEO of NY-based real estate investment firm Castle Lanterra Properties, has been accepted into the Forbes Real Estate Council.

Rieder joins other Forbes Real Estate Council members in a curated network of successful peers.

Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes.


Donnelly Mechanical announced the recent addition of Ray Blom as a Commissioning Project Manager in Special Projects.
Blom brings over 25 years of experience in the HVAC Industry to Donnelly.

He began his career at DC Mechanical as a Service Manager in Commercial and Industrial Systems. In 1996, he started with Heritage Mechanical Services (EMCOR) where he provided design review and installation consultation to the construction personnel.

His HVAC experience includes overseeing mechanical system installation, commissioning, and start-up activities in healthcare facilities such as NYU Langone, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai, Eli Lilly/ ImClone, Alexandria Center for Science, NYU Smilow, Weil Cornell Medical Center, and Northwell – LIJ.
In his new role, Blom will focus on helping pick up maintenance and service repair contracts on the core of the buildings where Donnelly already has a presence.


Syska Hennessy Group has appointed Vicki Hobson, SPHR, SHRM-SPC, as director of human resources and associate partner.
Hobson has extensive experience in similar roles at large organizations. Most recently, she served as the vice president of human resources at a prominent real estate development firm.

Over the course of her HR career, she has overseen onboarding and employee engagement, recruitment and talent retention, benefits administration, performance management, annual compensation planning, employee and labor relations, leadership development, HRIS, and regulatory labor compliance.

Hobson received a B.S. in business management from Capella University. In addition, she studied pre-med at St. John’s University.


Skanska AB named Richard Kennedy an Executive Vice President of Skanska AB and President and Chief Executive Officer of Skanska USA, overseeing the company’s construction operations in the United States, the US corporate staff functions and Skanska’s infrastructure development operations.

Kennedy will be a member of Skanska AB’s six-member Group Leadership Team (GLT). He succeeds Anders Danielsson, who recently assumed the role of Skanska AB President and CEO.

Concurrently, Paul Hewins moves into the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for the Skanska USA Building unit, succeeding Kennedy.

Kennedy has been with Skanska for 14 years. First joining the company as a general counsel, he then served as Chief Operating Officer of New York and New Jersey building operations beginning in 2009 before ascending to oversee all US building construction operations in 2016.

Hewins will be responsible for all building operations across the US, reporting to Kennedy.
A 32-year industry veteran, 19 of those with Skanska, Hewins has consistently demonstrated exceptional operations and financial acumen while serving as a role model for Skanska’s values-based culture.

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