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Who’s News: Appointments in residential real estate

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS has appointed Jana Currier as its director of member engagement.

In this newly created position, Currier will help to implement the Association’s new strategic plan to enhance member engagement, as the organization continues to grow.

A Realtor since 1992, Currier currently holds a license in New Jersey with Coldwell Banker Residential. She held several positions with Coldwell Banker Currier & Lazier Realtors during her 17-year tenure for one of the largest brokerages servicing the Hudson Valley. Beginning as a sales manager, Currier was promoted to relocation director and then vice president, corporate services.

While an associate broker in Orange County, her leadership positions included a directorship with the Greater Hudson Valley Multiple Listing Service and membership in both the education and selection committees.

Her father, Gene Currier, broker owner of Coldwell Banker Currier & Lazier Realtors, also served as a past president of the former Orange County Association of Realtors (OCAR) and past president of the New York State Association of Realtors. (NYSAR).

Most recently, Currier served as director of training and development for Mediacom Communications Corporation. She is also an executive coach.
Currier holds an M.S. in Industrial Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University. In addition, she has a Graduate Certificate in Organizational and Executive Coaching from New York University.

Halstead has announced that Milutin Nikodijevic has joined the firm. He will work out of the Halstead’s East Side office, headed by Fritz Frigan, Executive Director of Sales/Leasing.

Nikodijevic brings to Halstead more than 12 years of experience within the New York City real estate brokerage industry. Prior to his joining Halstead, he was a top producing agent for Compass. He also previously worked at Douglas Elliman, where he was recognized as top two percent in the firm and honored with the Diamond Award.

Nikodijevic works with buyers and sellers throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Prior to his work in the real estate industry, Nikodijevic worked in finance for a hedge fund. He holds a BA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Queens-based brokerage Modern Spaces has announced its appointment of Andres Soto as the firm’s newest senior managing director for its Vernon Boulevard sales and leasing office in Long Island City.

With over 13 years of real estate experience, Soto is responsible for overseeing the Vernon Boulevard office’s 15 agents and is expected to expand by hiring approximately 10 new agents this year. Soto will also be tasked with enhancing the firm’s business practices.

A lifelong resident of Queens, Soto brought in-depth knowledge of the borough when he first joined Modern Spaces in 2018 as a sales agent. Prior to joining Modern Spaces, Soto managed teams at Keller Williams and Exit Kingdom Realty, where he successfully sold over $10M of inventory.
Outside the office, Soto is passionate about his New York City Football Club (NYCFC) Nation podcast, for which he is the founder and host.

William Pitt-Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty has announced Ashley Breunich as the firm’s new director of marketing. A seasoned real estate marketing professional, Breunich brings eight years of prior experience with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand with expertise in all facets of marketing including digital and social media, as well as branding, graphic design, and web design and development.

Breunich most recently served in the roles of digital marketing manager and web designer with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty in Seattle, Wash., where she was responsible for conceptualizing and building the company’s digital marketing team. She and her team executed broker social media marketing, e-newsletter campaigns, blogging, website updates and online paid advertising, as well as unique agent branding and personal broker websites. She also played an instrumental role in launching a new website for the company.

During her tenure, she earned a certificate in Full-Stack JavaScript Software Development from Code Fellows, an immersive coding boot camp based in Seattle.

Prior, Breunich was marketing manager with the San Francisco Bay Area Sotheby’s International Realty brand affiliate now known as Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty.

She graduated in 2012 from Fordham University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, concentrating in Graphic Design. 

Houlihan Lawrence has announced that two experienced and well-respected real estate agents – Ann Milit and John Doherty – have joined the company’s Irvington and Ardsley brokerages.

Ann Milit, who has more than 35 successful years in real estate, is a skilled pricing strategist with in-depth knowledge of the Rivertowns.
She has lived in Hastings-on-Hudson for over 30 years where she was involved in the PTSA and many school activities.

Milit, who has a BA degree in Sociology/Psychology, had a former career in social work. She volunteered at the Bereavement Center of Westchester as a facilitator in the Tree House Program for over ten years. She now volunteers with a holocaust survivor through FISH (Friends in Service Helping) in Hastings. 

Milit is a member of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and NYSAR. She is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Certified Skilled Negotiator.

John Doherty has been a top performing agent in the market area along the Hudson River for many years. His communities include Hastings-On-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Yonkers. His entrepreneurial spirit has always been a keystone in his professional life.

Before his real estate career, Doherty assumed leadership of the family food business in Yonkers. Through his approach to business, Doherty has developed skills in finance and construction, along with strong community connections that serve his current clients and their needs. He is a longtime resident of Hastings-on-Hudson with his wife and where he raised his children.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate has welcomed Jessica Chestler and Ben Jacobs to the firm, launching The Chestler Jacobs Team based out of the 575 Madison Avenue office. Jacobs, who is dually licensed, will split his time between New York and Florida and will also be based out Miami Beach. 

Chestler and Jacobs have over $350 million of combined sales under their belts.  They will continue to serve the needs of their clientele throughout New York City while also catering to clients looking to invest in or relocate to South Florida.  Chestler and Jacobs bring a keen understanding of the market and over 15 years of experience working with buyers, sellers, tenants and owners to their new role. 

Jacobs, having grown up in a real estate family, will contribute his strong background and unique expertise navigating the specific ins and outs of various New York City neighborhoods in addition to those in Miami.  Both come to Elliman from CORE Real Estate.

The newly formed Chestler and Jacobs Team will also include Blanca Stempel and Michael Kahler. Stempel. A native of Valencia, Spain, Stempel now owns real estate in the Hudson Square neighborhood of New York City and understands the needs of clients looking to call New York home.  Kahler has over 12 years of marketing, sales and sales management experience to his credit.

In addition to real estate, Chestler sits on the young associate boards of both the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Union Settlement as well as the Henry Street Settlements board for their annual Art Show.  In his spare time, Jacobs love to travel, read, play tennis and spend time with his family.

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