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Who’s News: Hires and awards in residential

At a recent ceremony in Albany, Jennifer Stevenson, CIPS, GRI, ABR, SRS, took the oath of office as the 2020 president of the New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR).

A REALTOR for nearly 30 years, Stevenson is the broker/owner of Blue Heron Realty in Ogdensburg.

Stevenson served as NYSAR President-elect in 2019 and is a past president of the Housing Opportunities Foundation as well as a graduate of the 2012 NYSAR Leadership Academy. She has previously served as chair of the NYSAR Investment Committee, Budget Finance Committee, Global, Resort & Second Home Markets Committee and Fair Housing & Cultural Diversity Committee. In addition, Stevenson has been an active member of numerous other committees.

She is an active member and past president of the St. Lawrence County Board of REALTORS and is also an active member of the Northern Adirondack Boards of REALTORS. In addition to serving as a director, she has chaired both the MLS and Fair Housing committees. At the national level, Stevenson is a member of the State and Local Issues Policy Committee and the Board of Directors.

The association’s inauguration ceremony was held in conjunction with its business meetings at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center.

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Daren Debel has joined the organization as sales manager of its Astoria/Long Island City office. Chief Executive Officer Deirdre O’Connell made the announcement.

Debel launched his real estate career in 2009 when a Florida-based real estate firm opened its first New York City office.  From there he headed to Citi Habitat, where he became a top producing agent.   In subsequent years, Debel branched into sales management. He’s helped agents learn to grow their careers through strategies that include working with for sale by owner and expired listings, empty nesters, and first time home buyers, as well as establishing an overall neighborhood presence.  He successfully recruited 200 agents within a two-year period and coached more than 50 agents.

MNS Real Estate has welcomed Eric Hantman as its new director of business development. 

Hantman brings more than 15 years of experience in the New York City real estate industry to MNS and over $400 million in real estate transactions. Prior to making the move, Hantman served as the CEO of Prime NYC, a boutique real estate firm that specialized in re-sales and leasing, and investment sales throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn – which he also founded in 2008.

At MNS, Hantman will specialize in offering his network and new clients MNS’ infrastructure, which includes new development sales, leasing and re-leasing, as well as in-house marketing, design, pre-development, and data.

BOND New York Properties has announced its latest new hire: Cammy Cutler. Cutler will be housed in BOND’s Upper East Side office as a managing director responsible for BOND’s East 86th office.  

Cutler, with 15 years of real estate experience, most recently worked at Mdrn. Residential as a Managing Director where she was responsible for overseeing an expansion of the firm’s leasing endeavors, including business and agent development and owner relations. Prior, she was a Senior Managing Director at Citi Habitats, where she was responsible for providing support to new and established agents, streamlining deals and developing new business relationships within NYC’s vast community of property managers and landlords.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Albany in Business Management. Along with Cutler, 20 agents from Mdrn. will join BOND.

Halstead has announced that three of its Hamptons agents have been recognized with company-wide awards based on their sales performance in 2019.  The awards were presented earlier this month.

The following Halstead agents received recognition: Timothy O’Connor, Janice Hayden and  William Kuneth.

Prior to real estate, Janice Hayden worked in finance. She began her real estate career in 2005 selling in Westhampton Beach and Quogue and joined Halstead in 2014. She has a penchant for waterfront properties and has sold many oceanfront and bay homes. Hayden was elected President of the Hamptons Chapter of the Long Island board of Realtors in 2015 and 2016. Today, her expertise includes Southampton, where she currently resides, as well as the other East End towns.

Timothy O’Connor has been a Hamptons resident for the past 25 years with experience in home and land sales, home building and renovations, interior and landscape design, property management and rentals. O’Connor’s luxury sales and marketing tenure has allowed him to cultivate a keen eye for design. He has been in Halstead’s East Hampton office since 2016. 

Graduating from Gettysburg with a BA in fine arts, William “JR” Kuneth traveled more than ten countries and three dozen cities and towns in Europe absorbing its art, architecture and culture. His artistic eye, paired with over a decade of working with people in the sales and service industry, provided him a natural transition into real estate. Kuneth joined Halstead in 2011 and has sold millions of dollars of Hampton’s real estate in his tenure.

Compass has announced that agent Chris Coleman has joined the company’s Hamptons region along with colleagues Kellie Baranovich and Sarah Birdsall. The team oversaw $108.5 million in real estate transactions in 2019 and was the #1 team at Saunders & Associates last year. They will be based out of Compass’ Montauk office.

A former stock broker and longtime Montauk resident, Coleman’s recent high profile listings include a 24-acre horse farm in Montauk owned by Mickey Drexler, and a Montauk Moorelands estate which sold last year for $10.25 million.

Compass launched its first Hamptons office in 2015 and has since added more than 119 agents. Nationwide, Compass has over 15,000 agents in 135+ cities.

Houlihan Lawrence has announced this year’s recipients of the annual Emerald Awards, a prestigious honor awarded to the company’s top agents in recognition of exceptional sales results over the past calendar year.
Individuals were recognized from across the firm’s offices in Westchester, Connecticut and the Hudson Valley. The top agent in the company by total volume, Pollena Forsman, exceeded $100M in sales volume in 2019 and is recognized as the number one agent in Westchester for the sixth year in a row.

Emerald Award recipients by brokerage are as follows: Ardsley: James J. Mulvey, Jr., Debra Tricarico, Armonk: Amy Singer, Bedford: Angela Kessel, Brewster: Linda Rae Finn, Bronxville: Sheila Stoltz, Susan Kelty Law, Croton-on-Hudson: Nancy Kennedy, Darien: Janine Tienken, East Fishkill: Dianne Minogue, Greenwich: Ellen Mosher, Amanda Miller, Julie Church, Marie Young (BK) Bates, Barbara Wells, Joy Metalios, LaGrangeville: Nicole Boisvert Porter, Ryan Christopher Schwarz, Lori Rheingold, Larchmont: Pollena Forsman, Mary Gail Barry, Linda Filby, Millbrook: Margaret Santamorena, Rye: Christine Hazelton, Lisa Murphy, April Saxe, Joan O’Meara, Scarsdale: Laura Miller, Susan Greenberg, Joan Frederick, Tian Ying Xu, Somers: Donna O’Connell, White Plains: Biagio (Gino) Bello, Tony Murphy, Lauren Zaccaria, Renata Douglass, Yonkers: Deborah Valentino, Yorktown: Jefferson Valley: Arber Balidemaj, John Kincart, Kathleen O’Driscoll, Douglas Dill.

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