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WHO’S NEWS: Compass sees four new hires, Related gets new CFO

DLA Piper announced that Fonda Duvanel joined the firm’s real estate practice as of counsel.
Duvanel will focus on property sales and acquisitions, development projects, debt and equity financing, and loan servicing. Her experience includes representation of landlords and tenants in ground as well as commercial lease transactions and real estate owners and investors in the negotiation of joint venture agreements.
Duvanel joins from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.

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The Berman Group promoted Kate Harrington to Managing Director.
Harrington joined as a Senior Account Executive in 2012 and worked closely with clients in both the private and public sectors, and charitable foundations.
In her new role, Harrington will work with each of the firm’s departments to help oversee internal and external strategies.
Harrington was previously on the REW Women’s Forum Advisory Council and several other NYC-based charitable committees.
She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Business Administration Certificate from Providence College.

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NAI Mertz added two commercial agents to its New Jersey headquarters in Mt. Laurel.
Joseph Riggs, a more than 35-year industry professional will serve as senior vice president – office division.
Riggs will specialize in the sale and leasing of office buildings and investment properties in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties in southern New Jersey.
Riggs is a New Jersey licensed salesperson with an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.
Josh Johnson, sales associate, will work with Riggs at the NAI Mertz southern New Jersey office team.
Previously, Johnson was with the Jill Biggs Group at Coldwell Banker where he was a full-time sales associate and training manager. He is a graduate of Towson University where he majored in electronic media and mass communications and minored in business administration.

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Compass is expanding its commercial division with four new hires.
George Moss, a 20-year veteran of the industry, joined vthe division as director. Moss has accumulated over $1 billion worth of deals in sales and acquisitions of commercial and residential properties in the New York Tri-State area.
Before Compass, he was a senior director with Eastern Consolidated. He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Liberal Arts.
Karen Dome has joined the division as vice president. Dome has 25 years experience in the field and has brokered investment sales, asset management and dispositions of assets in excess of $750 million.
Before Compass, Dome was managing principal at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors and a senior associate at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. She is a two-time president of the New York chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network – NY (CREW NY and has chaired the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Commercial Management .
Mitchell Goldstick started as a summer intern with Eastern Consolidated.
After graduating Penn State University, he worked at Mark Greenberg Real Estate Co, before joining Eastern Consolidated full time and eventually becoming director of investment sales.
Trystan Polsinelli is following his mother into the real estate business. His mother, Adelaide, is a veteran of the industry who exposed him to the field from early on.
Polsinelli learned about real estate through summer internships at Eastern Consolidated.

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Related Companies announced that David Zussman was named Chief Financial Officer.
Zussman will oversee Related’s finance, accounting and treasury groups as well as continue his active engagement in the company’s financial planning and capital markets initiatives. He will join the Related investment committee and the investment committees for several of the funds managed by Related Fund Management.
Zussman joined Related in 2010 and was intimately involved in the capital strategy, fundraising and financial management of Hudson Yards.
Zussman joined Related from Lazard’s Real Estate Investment Banking group and earned a BBA with High Distinction from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Zussman assumes the role from Michael Brenner, who will be retiring from full-time duty and remain as an Executive Vice President.

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DMG Investments announced the promotion of Jacky He to Chief Executive Officer.
He founded DMG Investments LLC and previously served as the company’s Executive Vice President.
As CEO, He will direct all U.S operations and investments for DMG, including its existing portfolio of luxury for-sale condominiums and student housing, as well as new developments throughout the United States.

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HelmsleySpear announced Jimmy Javier as an Assistant Vice President concentrating on commercial leasing.
Javier brings more than 35 years of commercial leasing and sales experience to the firm.
Javier grew up in Manila, Philippines and attended college in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University.

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Justin Perkins has rejoined Metropolitan Services as Vice President after a brief stint with Bowery Valuation.
Perkins is currently pursuing a Masters in Science in Real Estate Development at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.

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Brixmor Property Group promoted Matthew Ryan to Executive Vice President – President, South, Ryan will have strategic oversight for open-air retail properties, Ryan replaces Barry Rodenstein, who will be transitioning to a senior redevelopment role.
Lauren Bottanari has been named Vice President, Leasing in Houston, Texas, to replace Ryan.
Ryan joined Brixmor in 2012 as a senior leasing professional in the Company’s North region and was elevated to Vice President, Leasing, West in 2015. Before Brixmor, he was a broker for Legend Properties in Philadelphia.
Bottanari joined Brixmor in early 2018 from Weingarten Realty, where she spent five years in various roles, most recently as Regional Leasing Director managing their Texas portfolio encompassing over 60 properties. Previously, Ms. Bottanari was an associate at SRS Real Estate Partners.

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The Urban Land Institute two new appointments for its Americas region.
John R. “Jack” Chandler, ULI’s treasurer and founder of Majesteka Investments Holdings and chief investment officer and board member for Reterro, was named chairman of the Americas region.
The volunteer role includes serving as chairman of the Americas Executive Committee and he will lead ULI’s Americas region alongside other committee members.
Chandler has been a ULI member for 25 years as part of its product council member network.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, he held various executive positions with LaSalle Investment Management for 25 years, vincluding service as the global chief investment officer and executive chairman for the firm’s Asia Pacific region.
Gwyneth Jones Cote, who most recently served as chief operating officer for Bell Partners, joined ULI’s staff as the president of the Americas region. She will work closely with Chandler and the Americas Executive Committee.
Cote served as Bell Partners chief operating officer from 2013 until the end of 2017. Before Bell, she consulted for several years to private real estate companies. Cote began her real estate career in 1989 after receiving her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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Dominium announced that it has hired Paula Prahl as vice president of public affairs, a newly created position.
Prahl will develop a program to ensure effective and consistent interactions with governments and other key external stakeholders.
Prahl most recently served as managing director of communications and public affairs at Varde Partners, a hedge, real estate and private equity fund based in Minneapolis.
Prahl holds a BA from Smith College and an MA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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CBRE announced that Jodie Poirier has joined the company’s New England leadership team as Managing Director.
Poirier will partner with the CBRE New England leadership team of Andy Hoar, Kevin Doyle and Steve Purpura.
Poirier has more than 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.
She joined CBRE in 2015 as a director in the company’s Advisory & Transaction Services business. Before CBRE, she was a Vice President at The Davis Companies in Boston and was based in Boston during part of her time serving in a national role at Colliers.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Stantec hired Brett Sherman as a Principal in its New York City office.
Sherman will focus on expanding the group’s footprint in existing markets of New York and Boston and developing into new geographies and market sectors.
Sherman joins Stantec with more than a decade of experience in real estate planning, investment, portfolio management, pre-development coordination, land acquisitions, due diligence, and energy and infrastructure consulting.
Sherman has earned a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University, with a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College.

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Thornton Tomasetti announced that Daniel Stauthamer joined as chief human resources officer. He has more than 15 years of human resources experience in the engineering and construction industry.
Based in New York office, Stauthamer will lead Thornton Tomasetti’s human resources team and is responsible for talent acquisition and retention, employee experience, inclusion and diversity and organizational development.
Before Thornton Tomasetti, Stauthamer was a divisional HR leader at Jacobs overseeing parts of North and South America. He also spent more than 10 years at CH2M, where he served as the human resources director for the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.

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