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WHO’S NEWS: Field to head Tishman Speyer’s NY leasing, Cushman & Wakefield promotes Robinson

Tishman Speyer announced the appointment of Gus Field as head of New York leasing.
Field will join the firm from Cushman & Wakefield, where he began his career in 1988, representing tenants in virtually every business sector: law, technology, media, entertainment, financial services, insurance, and not-for-profit.

At Tishman Speyer, Field will lead the New York leasing group where he will handle a portfolio of high-profile commercial properties and new developments.

Field started his career with Cushman & Wakefield on Wall Street in February 1988. He was one of very few in the real estate field to have remained with just one firm and, notably, with the same business partners, John Cefaly and Rob Lowe, since 1989.

He was a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Leadership Group, an active mentor to summer interns and first year associates at the firm, a former chairman of the firm’s Tenant Advisory Group, and former member of the firm’s Brokerage Advisory Committee.

Throughout his career he has won many awards and recognitions, including being named a 2017 Top 20 Broker for C&W globally, and maintaining a Top 100 Broker distinction from 1998-2017. He is a graduate of Harvard University.


Cushman & Wakefield has named Nathaniel Robinson as Global Chief Investment Officer & EVP of Strategic Planning.

The promotion reflects Robinson’s strong background in helping build the firm’s strategic investment and M&A capabilities.

Robinson will be responsible for shaping the firm’s broader business strategy and will allocate investment capital across the company. In this global role, Robinson will work closely with CEO Brett White, and will be based in Chicago.

Robinson brings over 15 years of strategic planning and investment experience to the firm.
Before joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2016, he was an Investment Partner at Virgo Capital, and prior to that, he worked in Morgan Stanley’s Global Technology Group where he advised leading software and internet companies on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.

Robinson is also a co-founder and former Chairman of PhillyCarShare, which was acquired by Enterprise Holdings.


Related Companies announced that Philippe Visser has been named President of Related Office Development.

Visser will be responsible for the development and construction of the firm’s commercial office pipeline nationally, including the current and future Hudson Yards office offerings, One Columbus Circle, 517 West 35th Street and Farley-Moynihan Station.

Visser joined Related in 2013 and led the construction of 30 Hudson Yards. The 2.6 million-square-foot, 1,296 foot-tall office tower will top out shortly and open next year.

Related is actively developing commercial office offerings in New York, Boston, Chicago, Northern California and South Florida.

Prior to joining Related, Visser served as Director, World Trade Center Redevelopment for the Port Authority of NY & NJ leading the $15 billion, 14 million-square-foot World Trade Center redevelopment.
Before that, he was responsible for the acquisition and development of New York City projects for Tishman Speyer, worked in acquisitions at Vornado Realty Trust, and ran the day-to-day development of commercial office and mixed-use projects for Forest City Ratner.

Visser graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa member and Truman Scholar. He has an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a Master’s of Science in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Thouron Fellow.


Cushman & Wakefield has hired Brian Decillis as a managing director of its New Jersey brokerage operations.

Based in Cushman & Wakefield’s Morristown office and working in partnership with Robert Donnelly Sr. and Rob Donnelly, Jr., Decillis will focus on agency leasing, tenant representation and multimarket account work.

Decillis offers more than 15 years of office leasing and real estate experience and has held senior leasing and asset management responsibilities at organizations such as Onyx Equities, Mack-Cali, The Lefrak Organization and The Gale Company.

During his career, he has held leasing responsibilities for more than 10 million square feet of office space in over 50 buildings in Jersey City, Bergen County, and Morris County.

Decillis received a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University.


Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of the 13 remaining members to the City’s Charter Revision Commission.

Last month, Mayor de Blasio appointed Cesar Perales as Chair with Rachel Godsil serving as his vice chair.

The newly formed commission will review the entire City Charter. The review will include an examination of New York City’s campaign finance system, enhancing voter participation, and improving the electoral process, among other issues identified by the public in a series of hearings.
The new members of the Charter Revision Commission include:

Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO of the New York Building Congress, will be the Secretary of the Commission.

Before his time at the Building Congress, Scissura spent years as a dedicated public servant in Brooklyn – working as the President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Kyle Bragg is 32BJ SEIU’s Secretary-Treasurer. A member of the 165,000 member 32BJ for more than 30 years, Bragg serves as trustee of several 32BJ funds and as chair of the union’s social and economic justice committee.

He is a member of the executive board of the two million-member national Service Employee International Union, the National African-American Caucus of SEIU and serves on the international union’s first Racial Justice Task Force. Bragg also serves as a board member of Community Board 13 in Queens.

John Siegal is a partner at BakerHostetler where he handles litigations, arbitrations, and appeals for clients in the financial services, media, and real estate industries.
Siegal’s public service experience includes working as an Assistant to Mayor David N. Dinkins and as a Capitol Hill staff aide to Senator (then Congressman) Charles E. Schumer.


NKF Capital Markets has hired Christopher Kramer as Managing Director of Debt & Structured Finance.

Kramer will directly report to Vice Chairmen and Co-Heads, Debt & Structured Finance Dustin Stolly and Jordan Roeschlaub.

Kramer comes to NKF Capital Markets from Societe Generale where he originated conduit loans and helped build out the CMBS platform from scratch to nearly $2 billion in volume.

Prior to that, he spent four years with Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) CMBS platform where he played a key role in several major CMBS deals, including the $1.76 billion acquisition financing for HNA Group’s $2.2 billion purchase of 245 Park Avenue.

Kramer also previously worked at Arbor Realty Trust underwriting bridge, mezzanine, and agency loans.


Pliskin Realty & Development announced that Gina Bellomo has joined the firm’s as its newest Sales and Leasing Associate. She will concentrate on tenant representation and retail leasing.
Bellomo brings over 10 years of commercial and residential real estate brokerage experience to her new role.

Previously, she served as the Director of Operations for Rapid Recovery. She and her husband are the co-owner/operators of Fluffy Bottom BBQ, a BBQ sauce and rub company based in Glen Oaks, NY.
In addition to her New York State real commercial and residential real estate licenses, Bellomo is a Licensed Notary Public.


The New York City office of Cresa has welcomed veteran broker Leslie Keidan as Vice President of Transaction Management.

Keidan is known for her management of marquee accounts and exceptional record of driving multi-million-dollar growth. Among the many preeminent clients with which she has worked are Triad Retail Sales, Gannett, QuadrantONE, Time Warner Cable, Specific Media, Aquantive, Viacom and Cox Reps.
Prior to joining Cresa, Keidan served as a director at CBC Advisors and before that, was with DJK.
Keidan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University. She is fluent in English and French.


Lou Jug has been named managing director in the Global Investors Group for USAA Real Estate. He will focus on growing and developing relationships with investors globally and will serve as a resource to domestic investment partners across the U.S.

Jug joins the firm from MetLife Investment Management, where he was Managing Director and Head of Institutional Client – Real Estate for five years.

Previously, he held senior management and marketing roles at Fortress Investment Group and Clarion Partners and was Senior Principal Investment Officer at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Jug began his career in real estate in 1982 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Arch Companies announced the recent addition of Michelle Miller as Associate Director.
Miller has a diverse finance and real estate background including acquisitions, asset management and corporate finance.

Recently, Miller played an instrumental role on the investment team at Greystone Development; working beside then CEO Jeff Simpson and Director of Acquisitions Jared Chassen.

Before that, she briefly worked with Time Equities in its Real Estate Management Group. Miller began her career at HSBC as a financial analyst.

She received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management with a focus on real estate and finance and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.


Ken Ederington, AIA, R.A., has joined the architecture, interiors and branding firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE as Director of Science.

With nearly four decades of experience as a project leader for scientific and research facilities, Ederington has designed dozens of laboratory projects spanning three continents.

Ederington received his Bachelor’s of Architecture at the University of Nebraska prior to embarking on his career and making his way to California.


Ashley McGraw Architects announced the promotions of two team members.

Project architects Jason Evans AIA, RA, LEED AP BD+C and Nicole Schuster AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC have been named Associate Principals of the firm.

Jason Evans joined Ashley McGraw in 2008. He is a recipient of the Downtown Committee Award of Excellence for his dedication to improving Syracuse through public art and community engagement.

Evans holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.

Nicole Schuster joined Ashley McGraw in 2016. She has been a Certified Passive House Consultant since 2015, and is currently applying her expertise to the Nuthatch project, an environmental learning and research site at Binghamton University that is targeting both Passive House and Living Building Challenge certifications.

A past president of the Central New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, she holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.

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