Real Estate Weekly
Image default

WHO’S NEWS: Elliman rental specialist moves to William Raveis; Lina Viviano is new TOWN sales director


William Raveis New York City announced that industry veteran Otari (Terry) Bater is now leading its New York City rental division.
Bater joins the firm from his previous post at Douglas Elliman, where he also specialized in rental transactions.
Prior to that, Bater worked at residential brokerage Hecht Group for more than a decade, building on his prior entrepreneurial background in commercial building purchases and sales.
Lina Viviano has been named the Sales Director of TOWN’s Astor Place office.
In addition to her role as Director of Professional Development, Viviano will lead the sales team at TOWN Astor Place alongside Julia Miller, Larry Goldblatt and Flori Del Valle.
Vivianoa is an associate real estate broker and a respected New York City-based litigator with over 20 years’ experience in the legal industry.


She has been an integral member of the TOWN management team who, since the earliest days of the company’s founding.
Viviano also leads the firm’s professional development platform, The Astor Room and has designed course offerings that include relevant industry topics and panels.
As the founder of Gotham Walking Tours, a historical consulting and walking tour company, and a licensed professional New York City guide, she has spent many years researching the history of New York City.
She has spearheaded TOWN’s Neighborhood Certification Program.
Viviano is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, holds a Master’s degree in American Government from Harvard University, and received a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law where she was awarded with top honors for her oratorical skills.
She also taught American Government and History courses as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.
TOWN Residential announced several new members have joined the firm’s Flatiron office which is managed by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Melissa True and Dan Marrello.
U.S. Air Force veteran Colin R. O’Leary’s served in the Air Force for eight years with units in Texas, Idaho, Alaska, Afghanistan and South Korea.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and entrepreneurship from Pace University, where he was president of the Student Veterans of America.
Christian Lipinski previously worked as an art director and photographer for luxury clients, such as Louis Vuitton and Ferrari.
He holds a master’s degree in Technology Education.
Raised in Germany, with roots in Turkey, Deniz Soto has a bachelor’s degree in fashion and experience as a stylist at a high-end boutique.
She speaks German, Turkish, French and English.
Suzanne Donahue credits much of her work ethic to her years in hospitality, as an events planner, restaurant manager and owner.
Frank Veilson has been a formidable player in the New York City real estate scene for more than 14 years.
He ran his own independent real estate firm, managed the gut renovation and flip of a Gramercy Park apartment and oversaw a successful Chelsea renovation for an investor.
During a decade-long career in retail buying, Veilson honed communications skills and understanding of international markets in roles that took him to countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Alan Levy has many years of real estate experienc. He has insight and experience as a co-op owner and landlord, as well as years spent as a co-op board member.
Before joining the New York real estate industry, Alan spent 25 years as a sales and licensing manager of national apparel brands.
After a successful career in asset management at several prestigious financial services firms, Anna Zahova turned her prodigious business acumen and strong interpersonal skills to real estate.
She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in finance and one in accounting, and is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York.
Paul Rock’s has years of experience working on the team of an Academy-Award winning writer-director.
Trained as a screenwriter with a background in production, he holds an M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kim Rose’s has had successful stints in the financial and entrepreneurial sectors.
Her previous endeavors include a career on Wall Street and growing a startup fashion brand to $40 million in sales by the second year.
A former fashion industry veteran of over 20 years, Samad Gardizi has Texas roots and New York tenacity.
He has immersed himself in each NYC neighborhood’s unique character. This along with his constant education of what is happening throughout New York and vast contacts has given Samad a keen eye on the next “it” neighborhood.
A seven-year veteran of New York City real estate, Andrew Scheck has a strong background in finance.
With a strong background in finance, including managing a multi-million-dollar department, investment sales and mortgage loans, Juan Lozano is a member of the Fischer del Rosario team, known for their savvy number crunching.
Born in Ecuador and raised in New York, he received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Queens College.
Dmitry Yakhnis has broke records in every aspect of a transaction, including price, time and terms of the contract.
He is a member of the Fischer del Rosario team, born in the Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn.
For more than a decade, Beth Lustbader has built an impressive track record of success in New York real estate.
She is a member of the Fischer del Rosario team and holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fischer del Rosario team member Alyssa Amato has worked in a variety of New York neighborhoods and has excellent knowledge of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn markets.
She received a B.A, in theater and is a trained musical theater performer.
Ciro Evangelista has experience as a successful entrepreneur,.
He speaks five languages (English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian).
He grew up Brazil, Mexico and Canada, and holds a B.Sc. in International Relations from University of Belo Horizonte in Brazil and an M.A. in Public Policy and Good Governance from University of Osnabrueck in Germany.
Douglas Elliman Real Estate announced that Dana DeVito has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing.
In her new leadership role, DeVito will manage Elliman’s marketing division and spearhead all marketing strategies including social and digital initiatives as well as all DE-branded events and activations.


DeVito came to Douglas Elliman from Conde Nast, bringing over 20 years of experience in branding, marketing, and events for prominent titles including Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, W, Domino and Vanity Fair.
She first joined Elliman as Vice President of Elliman Experience, a marketing division further connecting Douglas Elliman to the worlds of art, architecture, and media.
The Corcoran Group announced that Regis Roumila, ranked as Nestseeker’s #2 agent in 2015, has joined the firm’s Chelsea office.
Roumila joined the real estate industry in 2000, transitioning from rentals to sales and emerging as a top producer at several firms.
He also served as a director at CORE Group Marketing before joining Nestseekers in 2011. In his five years at the company, he rose to be the #2 broker in 2015 with over $100M in sales.
Prior to joining the real estate industry, Roumila worked in advertising in France for clients like L’Oreal.
He attended École de Droit de la Sorbonne (Sorbonne Law School) in Paris and has appeared on a number of television shows in France.
Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Barbara “Bobbie” Procida has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.
Procida is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, the Realtors Political Action Committee and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Procida is also known as a successful Bergen County girls basketball coach for nearly 25 years.
The Corcoran Group announced that Liz Nelson has joined the firm’s Chelsea office as Managing Director.
Nelson started her real estate career as an agent at Corcoran in 2004 at the 660 Madison Avenue office.
She subsequently held a number of positions at Douglas Elliman, as an agent and eventually created the DE Broker Specialist Program, where she served as Executive Vice President and Director.
Most recently, Nelson managed day-to-day operations at the top-producing Elliman 17th Street office.
She will work closely with Senior Managing Director Leigh Godwin in all aspects of operations, from hands-on training and mentoring of agents to corporate marketing and business development. She feels thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the support and career growth at the top-performing Chelsea office, as well as to collaborate with Corcoran’s management team.


Houlihan Lawrence announced the appointment of Brian Murray as manager of its Chappaqua brokerage office.
Murray was most recently an agent with the company’s Bedford office.
He joined Houlihan Lawrence at a young age over a decade ago, working in field sales for a development represented by the firm’s Project Marketing division.
He benefitted greatly from the mentorship of two of Houlihan’s most influential leaders: VP of Private Brokerage Tony Cutugno and the late Susy Glasgall, the longstanding top producer in Rye and company-wide.
As manager, Brian will lead 58 agents through all real estate transactions.
Weichert Financial Services has announced that Mark McGoldrick has been named Senior Vice President and head of sales, overseeing all sales functions and sales force expansion throughout the organization.
Joining the team with over 27 years of mortgage banking management experience in sales, operations and secondary marketing, McGoldrick brings an extensive knowledge of sales and operations to Weichert Financial Services.
A proven expert in the mortgage industry with a primary focus on partnerships with real estate entities, McGoldrick has been a member of the board of directors of the Real Estate Services Providers Council (RESPRO) and has been an active member of the Realty Alliance for over 20 years.
Charles Rutenberg announced that David Raz, Daniel Dinov, Albert Salpetrier, and Arik Abittan have joined the firm.
David Raz is a Certified Gemologist who enjoys collecting minerals and spent 16 years as a highly regarded gemologist.
Daniel Dinov has extensive experience in property management, rentals, and sales.
With a background in marketing, Daniel’s approach is simple; know your client’s needs and act in their best interests.
Albert Salpetrier comes from Bellmarc Realty. .
A native New Yorker, he has lived in a number of countries including Brazil, Martinique, and Italy. He speaks six languages.
Arik Abittan joins the firm from EPIC Commercial Realty.
Before that, he spent five years as a real estate broker in Paris, and another five working as the sales and marketing director for a real estate firm based in Morocco, operating in Morocco and Spain.
Born in Casablanca, Abittan holds a French Diploma from Idrac Paris.
Laffey Fine Homes announced the following additions to its team:
Linda Carey has joined Laffey Fine Homes Greenvale as a sales agent. She was formerly with Shawn Elliott.
Margie Burkett has joined Laffey Fine Homes – Greenvale as an agent. She was formerly with Shawn Elliot.
Kevin Shen has joined Laffey Fine Homes – Greenvale, as a Licensed Sales Agent. He was in the medical field prior to this affiliation with Laffey Fine Homes.
Christopher Papantoniou joined Laffey Fine Homes – Brookville as a sales agent. He was formerly in construction (GTS).
Denise Karahalis has joined Laffey Fine Homes – Northport as a sales agent. She was formerly with Excel Claims Service in Northport, NY.
Yolanda Dunigan has joined Laffey Fine Homes-Northport as a Sales Agent. She was formerly with Fairfield Properties in Melville for 9 years as a Leasing Agent.
Muhammad W. Shaikh has joined Laffey Fine Homes – New Hyde Park as a Sales Agent. He was formerly a Science teacher with August Martin High School in Jamaica for ten years.
Rosemary Forkin has joined Laffey Fine Homes – Jackson Heights as a sales agent. She was formerly a detective with the New York City Police Dept. for over twenty years, all over New York City.
TOWN Residential announced additions to the firm’s Financial District office, managed by Karen Gastiaburo.
David Amishay is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.
He received a degree in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces.
An expert in branding, marketing and social media with a long track record of success, Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo has been making her mark in New York real estate for more than a decade.
She has worked with developers in New York City and South Florida on projects that include 20 Pine, 110 Central Park South, 170 East End Avenue, Brazilian Court Hotel and Residences and W Fort Lauderdale Hotel and Residences.
Hidalgo edits LUXXELIVING, a luxury digital magazine which covers unique experiences and events in New York City.
A former model, Rob Fuller has travelled the globe.
As an in-demand CrossFit trainer, he’s assimilated the experience gained in those careers to assist New York renters, buyers and sellers.
David Andersen has been in New York real estate for nearly 15 years, most recently as a realty specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers, where he was responsible for real estate negotiations for U.S. Army facilities in New York and New Jersey.
He oversaw the sale of the Admiral’s Row portion of the Brooklyn Navy Yards and served on several flood protection projects.
Prior to that, he worked as a HUD-certified housing specialist and in educating new homebuyers on the buying and lending process.
FirstService Residential has promoted Nadav Schnall to the position of vice president in the company’s New Development Property Management Division.
Schnall will assume executive oversight for a team of professionals who specialize in services uniquely crafted for the niche market of ultra-luxury residences.
Schnall joined the company in 2008 as an assistant property manager at The Plaza Condominium. he was promoted to general Manager in 2010 and to managing director in 2015.

Related posts

Thomas James Homes Launches Private Client Group based on Consumer Demand


Stella, One of the Area’s Most Successful Multifamily Developments, is Fully Leased in 15 Months After its Debut 


$97.25M in Financing Secured for Luxury New Jersey Multi-Housing Community