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WHO’S NEWS: Dan Marks promoted to partner at TerraCRG, Leslie Meril joins Transwestern

TerraCRG announced that Dan Marks, former senior vice president, has been promoted to partner at the firm.

Over the past five years with TerraCRG, Marks has contributed significantly to the firm’s success and has become an influential member within the team.

Specializing in the sale of commercial assets, Marks developed an expertise in industrial-to-office repositioning, mixed-use development, as well as core assets in North Brooklyn.

In 2015 alone, he led his team on almost $250 million worth of commercial property sales and throughout his time at TerraCRG, he has handled over a half a billion dollars’ worth of transactions.

Marks joined TerraCRG in 2011 as vice president. In December of 2015, he was promoted to senior vice president and team leader of the firms’ leading investment sales team, working alongside Ofer Cohen.

Prior to joining TerraCRG, Marks was a partner at Emerald Real Estate Group, a commercial real estate management and brokerage firm located in Boulder, Colorado.


Transwestern announces industry veteran Leslie A. Meril has joined the firm as vice president.

As part of the firm’s New Jersey office expansion, Meril will focus exclusively on office leasing and sales and will play a critical role in building the firm’s New Jersey presence.

With nearly 15 years of experience, Meril was formerly managing director at Colliers International where she provided tenant and owner representation throughout Northern and Central New Jersey.

She began her work in the real estate industry as a salesperson with Trammell Crow Co.


Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA has named Matt Leonardi as Vice President of Asset Management.
Leonardi’s main objective will be to restructure the Asset Management division to facilitate in its continued growth.

Leonardi joins CBC MECA after spending the last 10 years working for SL Green Realty Corp. for whom he managed over 1.4 million square feet of commercial office and retail property.

During that time Leonardi oversaw a large management, engineering, security, cleaning and construction team. He has also been the project manager for more than $30 million in capital and redevelopment projects in connection with his portfolio of assets.

Leonardi received the Pinnacle Award in 2012-13 and Toby Award in 2013-14 for a project at 110 East 42nd Street in New York, which earned distinction of Operating Office Building of the Year (100,000-249,999 square feet).

He graduated from Stowe High School and Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. Leonardi has relocated to Charlotte from New York City.


ATCO Properties & Management has promoted Ryan Huber and appointed Joao Casimiro, each as vVice president of acquisitions.

Both Huber and Casimiro will work alongside ATCO’s acquisitions team led by co-president Damon Hemmerdinger and senior vice president of Finance and Acquisitions, Neil Adamson.

In their new roles, Huber and Casimiro will be responsible for sourcing and closing new transactions for the company’s national commercial real estate portfolio, focusing on value-add retail, office and mixed-use properties in New York City and the downtowns of America’s best secondary markets.

ATCO is investing its own capital, alongside its capital partners, in all of these transactions.

Since joining ATCO in January 2013 as an Acquisitions Associate, Ryan Huber has focused on acquisitions for the company’s Sponsor Capital Fund.

Prior to ATCO, he worked as a Senior Analyst at Wells Hill Partners, Ltd. Huber is a graduate of Fordham University, where he studied Finance and Mathematics, and New York University, where he earned a Masters Degree in Real Estate Finance.

Joao Casimiro most recently served as VP of Acquisitions for TRX Investments in Miami. Before that, he worked as an Acquisitions Associate at ARC Capital Partners in Los Angeles.

Casimiro graduated from Instituto Superior Tecnico with a Licenciatura in Civil Engineering and from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with an M.B.A. in Real Estate and Finance.


Gebroe-Hammer Associates has named Stephen Tragash Salesperson of the Year.

Tragash joined the firm just before the Great Recession and immediately distinguished himself as one of the region’s leading urban and suburban multi-family investment brokerage specialists.

Named in memory of the firm’s late founders, Mel Gebroe and Morris Hammer, the annual peer-selected award recognizes one brokerage professional for exceptional, consistent sales performance.

Tragash’s ecent achievements include being a member of the brokerage team involved in the $12.17 million trade of a 119-unit garden-apartment community in Union County and the $11.2 million sale of 80 units in Morris County.

Additional highlights also include two separate sales of a five- and three-story building along Washington Avenue in Belleville; the trade of 91 total units in the City of Elizabeth; and three separate sales in Chatham, N.J., totaling 408 units.

A former financial analyst and asset manager, Tragash represents a range of first-time and long-term clients in some of the New York MSA’s most prominent market and off-market transactions.

In 2012, he became one of the newest members of Gebroe-Hammer’s executive management team, promoted from sales associate to vice president, followed by a promotion to senior vice president in late 2014.


Transwestern has named Stephen Powers med senior vice president and leader of the New York Nonprofit Advisory Group.

Under the leadership of Powers and partner, Lindsay Ornstein, the firm will focus on serving the specialized needs of New York City’s robust nonprofit community.

During the last 10 years, Powers has completed nearly one million square feet of nonprofit transactions with organizations such as The Center for Family Representation, Young Judea Global and Theater Development Fund.

In addition to Powers, Transwestern’s New York office has hired three producers within the past three months.


LCOR announced that Anthony J. Barsanti has been named the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

Barsanti will be based in New York and will work in collaboration with chairman Peter DiLullo and president Thomas O’Brien and as they continue to expand LCOR’s development platform on the east coast.
Barsanti comes from Lehman Brothers Holdings, where he served as managing director of real estate.

In his previous role, he was responsible for creating and implementing the strategic restructuring of the company’s assets post-bankruptcy.


Carl Hum has been elected to the Board of Directors of the NYC Housing Partnership Development Corporation.

Hum is Senior Vice President for Management Services and Government Affairs at the Real Estate Board of New York.

He previously served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, Hum was appointed head of the Mayor’s Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Earlier, as Vice President for Policy and Programs at Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Washington, DC, he led the organization’s advocacy and research activities.

He served as Executive Director of the New York City Districting Commission.

Hum was also Special Counsel for Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy General Counsel at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, where he chaired a transition team that successfully merged the former Department of Employment with the Department of Small Business Services.

Earlier in his career, he was Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Officet.

Hum holds a BA from Wesleyan University of Connecticut, and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.


Arthur Mirante, Avison Young principal and Tri-State president, announced that Dennis Waggner has joined the company as senior director of operations.

Waggner will be responsible for the operations within the Tri-State region, overseeing all financial, budgeting, human resources, facilities, and brokerage services operations.

Waggner brings more than 35 years of operations experience to Avison Young, most recently as Senior Managing Director of the New York, Tri-State and New England regions for Cushman & Wakefield.
Waggner is a graduate of Rutgers University where he received a BA in Business Administration.

He is a two-time winner of the National Manager of the Year award and the George E. Lees Award at Cushman & Wakefield.


Advance Realty announced that it has hired Jared Minatelli as director of asset management.

Minatelli will jointly supervise the development and implementation of property-specific value enhancement strategies with regards to both the company’s current projects and acquisition pipeline.
In addition, he will jointly oversee the company’s leasing initiatives.

Minatelli joins Advance from Onyx Equities, where he held the role of senior vice president of asset management and leasing. Prior to joining Onyx, he was an Asset Manager for Madison Capital.

Minatelli received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Richmond, with a concentration in finance.


FirstService Residential announced that Kelly Dougherty has joined the company as Director of Energy Management for FS Energy, the company’s energy advisory subsidiary.

A certified LEED Green Associate, Dougherty is an integral part of the team responsible for analyzing, customizing, and implementing effective Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) for clients.

She works directly with industry leaders and government agencies to keep FirstService Residential clients informed on the latest technologies, regulatory requirements and incentive programs.

Dougherty has more than 12 years of experience developing long-term strategies for clients that cover sustainability strategies, infrastructure resiliency, and energy reduction planning. She held previous positions with Air Ideal Inc. and Insight Civil Engineering.

Dougherty is currently a candidate for a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University.


Lane Office has hired Magali Iglesias as project manager.

Magali will be responsible for creating proposals, processes order entries, setting up deliveries and installations, and overseeing punch list items.

A graduate of CUNY Lehman College with a B.A. in Economics, Iglesias has six years of previous experience.

She previously worked as an administrative project co-ordinator in the furniture dealership world. Significant project work includes the alumni lounge at Hunter College.

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