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Who’s News: Fisher Brothers, Deerwood, & more make hires

Fisher Brothers announced that Clark Briffel has joined the firm as a Director of Leasing.

Mr. Briffel comes to Fisher Brothers after eight years as a Vice President of Leasing at SL Green Realty Corp., where he worked on a portfolio encompassing more than five million square feet of office and retail space throughout the tri-state region. In this positon, he successfully negotiated over 200 leases, totaling more than 1.3 million square feet, for a diverse roster of blue-chip tenants, including Heineken, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Bank of America.

Prior to SL Green, Mr. Briffel was an Associate at CB Richard Ellis, representing both tenants and landlords in the acquisition and disposition of commercial office space in Manhattan.

Mr. Briffel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College. He studied Real Estate Capital Markets and Investment Analysis at New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and is a Certified Commercial Investment Manager.

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Kensington Vanguard National Land Services announced the hiring of Donald Carey, a title insurance industry veteran and son of the New York Governor Hugh Carey, as a Senior Executive Vice President in the Business Development Division where he will continue to service and manage his relationships with some of the most renowned and prestigious clients in the space today.

Carey also worked for over 15 years at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Carey, who lives in Bedford, New York in Westchester County, is active in many community organizations such as the New York City Economic Development Corporation Board, the Franciscan Sisters Foundation Board and the Mobile Kitchen Classroom Board.

He is married to Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey who is the President of Say Yes to Education, a non-profit firm changing education in inner-city schools one student at a time.

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Rentalutions announced that Terrapin Properties Founder and former Sam Zell organization executive Jake Geleerd has joined the company.

A Professional Manager/CEO/President in the real estate, sports and entertainment, financial and professional services industries since 1998, Mr. Geleerd will focus on developing new strategic partnerships and industry relationships for Rentalutions.

Prior to joining Rentalutions, from 2012 until January 2016, Mr. Geleerd was a professional manager for Clark Hill, an AMLAW 200 firm in 12 US markets.

In 2001 Mr. Geleerd co-founded and ran Terrapin Properties, a real estate investment firm that became a leading mixed-use residential and commercial firm in Chicago, completing more than $500 million in sales. In 2010, Mr. Geleerd was appointed President and COO of Ocean Tomo, a privately held IP merchant bank.

Mr. Geleerd worked for billionaire real estate and Chicago business leader Sam Zell for more than six years as lead underwriter for a team that acquired more than $2 billion in real estate.

Mr. Geleerd was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list, and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He joined the Young Presidents Organization in 1999 and remains an active member.

Mr. Geleerd graduated from the University of Illinois with high honors and a degree in Finance and Accounting. He is most proud of being dad to six children, all under the age of 17.

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Deerwood Real Estate Capital named Jeffrey Lavine as the first President of the commercial mortgage brokerage and advisory firm located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

A 25-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Lavine will also be responsible for running day-to-day operations at Deerwood.

He most recently held the role of Managing Director/Co-Head of the Commercial Real Estate Group for the US, Europe and Japan of SNB StabFund. Prior to that, he was a founding member of a new UBS real estate lending platform. Before joining UBS, Lavine was a Senior Managing Director in the Bear Stearns commercial real estate lending area.

Lavine holds a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics and Political Science from Tufts University, an MBA from Columbia Business School and a JD from Boston University School of Law, where he has a published article on foreign investment in Japan.

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NAI Mertz announced that Sales Associate, Julie Kronfeld, has earned SIOR designation from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®, the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association.The prestigious SIOR designation is a professional symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production and ethics in the real estate industry.

Ms. Kronfeld joins the ranks of only three other female commercial real estate professionals that hold the SIOR designation in the state of New Jersey.

Ms.Kronfeld is a licensed real estate sales associate in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. She specializes in commercial office sales and leasing with an emphasis on representation in southern New Jersey.

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Mark Scherzer of Randolph, N.J., has joined commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield as an associate. He is specializing in office brokerage, working with an East Rutherford-based leasing team headed by industry veterans Marc Trevisan and David Sherman.

In his new position, Scherzer provides strategic real estate advisory services to both tenants and owners, and assists with his team’s current agency projects. He is a recent graduate of Syracuse University. In 2014, he interned at DataMotion as a sales operations representative, leading special projects assigned by the vice president of sales and performing sales pipeline analysis and reporting.

Scherzer credits a family history in commercial real estate for sparking his interest in the industry, and the Cushman & Wakefield brand for drawing him to the firm.

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Real estate veteran Matthew S. Feigen has joined Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, one of the city’s largest private commercial property owner/managers, as a Vice President of Leasing.

A seasoned professional with over a quarter century experience, Mr. Feigen served as Director of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank for the past 16 years.

Before that, he was at Winoker Realty. At Cohen Brothers, he will be involved in closing office and retail leasing transactions throughout the company’s multi-million square foot Class A Manhattan commercial real estate portfolio.

Mr. Feigen s a graduate of CW Post, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

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MetaProp NYC announced that experienced HealthTech industry executive Monika Wysocki has joined the company as General Manager.

Ms. Wysocki will focus on growing the company’s community and will lead the upcoming real estate technology startup accelerator class of 2016.

Prior to joining MetaProp NYC, Ms. Wysocki was a Portfolio Manager with StartUp Health. Previous to that position, she was an Associate Digital Strategist/Strategic Planner with McCann Health.

A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Wysocki is also passionate about education, serving as the Creative Director for PASSNYC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to broadening access to specialized educational opportunities for New York City students.

Ms. Wysocki graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication.

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CBRE Group Inc. that top-performing multifamily sales agent Nat Gambuzza has joined its Investment Properties group in New Jersey. Mr. Gambuzza, who joins the firm as first vice president, will lead a multifamily brokerage team in New Jersey.

Previously, Mr. Gambuzza held the position of director of Marcus and Millichap’s National Multifamily Housing Group. With transactions in excess of $136 million for the prior two years, Nat was a repeat recipient of Marcus and Millichap’s annual National Sales Recognition Award, consistently delivering superior results for his clients across the state.

Mr. Gambuzza’s team of five multifamily brokers worked together at Marcus and Millichap, including John Veniero, associate, Spencer Beriont, associate, Jeffrey Myers, associate, Oscar Velez, associate and Brian Antognini, client services specialist.

Mr. Gambuzza and his team at CBRE will be integrated into CBRE’s existing Investment Properties group and will work collaboratively with its members.

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