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WHO’S NEWS: Greystone taps fintech expert; Fairstead hires two new asset managers

Greystone announced that Philip Miller has joined the company as a Managing Director in a newly created role focused on developing PropTech strategies across its unified lending platforms.
Based in New York, Miller reports to Greystone’s Chief Technology Officer, Jonathan Russell.
He brings over 25 years of CRE lending and securitization experience combined with leadership roles in quantitative software development for structured finance trading and origination.
Prior to joining Greystone, Miller served as Head of CMBS at MUFG, and previously held a similar role at Macquarie. He also held senior leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Southampton (UK).

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Castle Lanterra Properties (CLP) announced Javier Vergara has joined the firm as a Director on the Investor Relations and Marketing while while Lazer Muller has joined as Asset Manager.
Both will support the firm’s expanding investment, acquisition and asset management teams across the country.
Javier Vergara previously served as vice president of Carmo Companies where he planned and executed events focused on capital introduction of family office and institutional capital to developers and private equity real estate funds in North and Latin America.
He earned his MBA in Business Administration from Southern University and his Civil Engineering degree from Universidad De Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.
Lazer Muller brings over a decade of hands-on multifamily management and operations experience to his role at CLP.
A successful commercial real estate investor and owner, Muller has many years of experience managing and operating multifamily properties as Regional Manager at Boutique Apartments.
He earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Spinnaker Real Estate Partners has added new professionals to its growing team.
The most recent addition is John Wilcox, who will serve as Managing Director, responsible for sourcing and securing debt and equity financing for Spinnaker’s projects and developments in the Northeast. He will take over the role of Douglas Bora, who retired after 14 years with the company.
Wilcox brings more than 20 years of experience, having served most recently as Managing Director at RCX Capital Group in Greenwich and Interim President and COO of Craft Enterprises in Fairfield.
Wilcox’s prior experience included senior positions with Ten-X Capital Markets and Marcus & Millichap, among others.
He has successfully completed in excess of $10 billion of commercial real estate debt and equity raises involving all property types during his career. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and has an MBA from Columbia University.
Additional new appointments include Lauren Sevilla, Community Manager, responsible for leasing and management efforts for the new Brim & Crown at the East Norwalk Train Station; Daniel Mercede, Leasing/Marketing Associate, at Brim & Crown; Henry Conroy, Development Associate; and Alanna Morque, Project Manager Associate.

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Thornton Tomasetti has launched a new Space Systems group led by aerospace engineer Islam Hussein.
Hussein has joined the company as a vice president in the Applied Science practice.
Hussein, who has more than 19 years of aerospace engineering experience, will look to identify opportunities for leveraging the firm’s existing capabilities and exploring new areas for growth.
A recognized expert in the space systems field, Hussein comes to the firm from L3Harris, where he was a senior research and development scientist.
He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Michigan as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

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Fairstead announced the appointment of Kevin Day as Vice President of Asset Management for its affordable properties and Robert Dunn as Vice President of Asset Management overseeing mixed-income.
Both are highly-experienced asset management professionals and represent the latest step in the firm’s expansion strategy.


Kevin Day has over 15 years of experience in real estate finance and management, with a focus on affordable multifamily housing.
Prior to Fairstead, he founded evopolis Inc., a real estate investment and consulting firm. Before that, he led the Affordable Housing Portfolio Management team in AIG’s Global Real Estate group, where he evaluated and developed strategies for a 900 property LIHTC portfolio.
During his career, Day has also worked for Harvard University, the National Equity Fund and the NYC Housing Authority.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Robert Dunn previously spent seven years at HUBBNYC Properties. before that, he worked in asset management at Long Wharf Capital and, earlier in his career, served with Meridian Investments.
Dunn holds a Master’s Degree of Professional Studies in Real Estate from Cornell University and a B.A. from Colgate University.

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David M. Slaugenhoup has been promoted to vice president within RT Specialty, LLC’s Environmental and Construction Professional (RT ECP) Practice.
Since joining the team in 2013, Slaugenhoup has worked with RT ECP customers nationwide to manage the daily liability issues, exposures and risks confronting the evolving construction, manufacturing and commercial real estate industries.
Prior to RT ECP, Slaugenhoup spent more than a decade as an environmental industry consultant. This included serving as the Remedial Investigation Leader/Vapor Intrusion Manager at Kleinfelder.
In addition, Slaugenhoup also led efforts to become the first to obtain site-specific groundwater screening levels from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) using the NJ-specific Johnson & Ettinger model.
Slaugenhoup holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Resource Management (ERM) from Pennsylvania State University as well as Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designations.

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Sidney Singer has been promoted to vice president of leasing at Levin Management Corporation.
Singer, who joined LMC as a senior leasing representative in 2018, will oversee the firm’s leasing team and work directly with clients to develop and implement leasing strategies for their properties.
Singer has been a stand-out leasing professional during his tenure with LMC.
He has arranged leases with national tenants such as Panera Bread, Smoothie King, Great Clips, Teriyaki Madness and others.
Singer has more than 14 years of retail real estate industry. Prior to joining LMC, he was a commercial leasing manager at Edgewood Properties Inc./M&M Realty Partners in Piscataway, N.J.
He also owned a successful retail business, which he grew to 15 locations.

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Avison Young announced that Edward M. English Jr., has been named Principal.
English, who has more than 10 years of commercial real estate experience in tenant representation and occupier solutions, has been with the firm since 2017.
He was with the former Cresa NJ office before it was acquired byAvison Young.
The promotion marks an important milestone for English as Avison Young is a Principal-owned and-led global commercial real estate firm.
In his new role, English will continue to lead a team advising occupiers of space on all aspects of single and multi-location transaction management.
Since 2012, English’s team has overseen the completion of more than 250 real estate transactions in more than 60 markets throughout New Jersey, the U.S., and Canada.

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