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WHO’S NEWS: Golub named COO of Square Mile, Hanson gets NAI leadership role

Square Mile Capital Management LLC has appointed Laurie Golub as Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Laurie Golub

Golub, a well-known and highly regarded real estate industry veteran, officially joins the firm on January 8, 2018.

Golub has over 25 years oexperience in the industry. Prior to joining Square Mile, she held leadership positions at HFZ Capital Group, Africa Israel USA and Forest City Ratner Companies.


NAI James E. Hanson announced that the firm’s President, William C. Hanson, SIOR, has been named to the Strategic Leadership Committee for the 2018 NAI Global Leadership Board.

The NAI Global Strategic Leadership Committee develops and manages strategic initiatives consistent with the objectives and goals of NAI professionals.

William C. Hanson

Hanson joins four fellow industry leaders from across the nation on the committee – Steve Balkman, NAI Puget Sound Properties, Michael Flynn, NAI Hiffman, Mark Miller, NAI Robert Lynn, and Robin R. Zellers, NAI CIR.

The NAI Global Leadership Board is comprised of an Executive Leadership Committee, an Advisory Taskforce, a Strategic Leadership Committee and a Past Chair Person’s Council.

The NAI Global Leadership Board provides proactive leadership to increase the profitability, professionalism, technical capability, integrity and standards of practice that reinforce and breed mutual trust and respect throughout the organization. It fosters and promotes activities, education and communication that elevate the level of engagement and productivity of offices, agents and the organization at-large.


JLL has hired David Sitt and Eliott Zeitoune as vice presidents with JLL Capital Markets in New York.
They will provide strategic advisory services for institutional owners, borrowers and capital providers, as well as investment sales in the greater New York market.

David Sitt

Zeitoune and Sitt will work with Aaron Appel, vice chairman and head of debt and equity finance, with JLL Capital Markets in New York.

Prior to joining JLL, David Sitt was founding partner of Sitt Ventures, a real estate brokerage firm. Before that, he was an investor in Wharton Realty Group Inc. and a partner with Blitzz International.

Sitt has studied business law and real estate at New York University, and accounting and finance at Pace University. He is a licensed real estate sales person in New York.

He founded The Sephardic Food Fund in 2001. The organization distributes funds through JP Morgan Chase Visa credit cards that are only accepted in supermarkets and groceries stores. Starting with $50,000 in 2002, it has grown to $2.5 million in charitable funded food purchases in 2017 and more than $26 million to daIn addition, Sitt is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician in New Jersey. He has served with community ambulance service Deal First Aid Squad as a volunteer for more than 20 years.

Eliott Zeitoune

Prior to joining JLL, Eliott Zeitoune served as broker with Hudson Real Estate Partners, where he represented tenants in office leasing transactions. Earlier, he was president of sales for a family-run business involved in the fashion industry.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Baruch College. Zeitoune speaks Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of New York.


Phillips Nizer LLP has added Lisa R. Radetsky as a partner in its real estate practice.

Radetsky joins Phillips Nizer from Rosenberg & Estis. She represents developers in acquiring, financing, constructing and converting properties to condominium or cooperative ownership and the representation of non-profits in the converting of properties to condominium ownership for tax exemptions.

Additionally, she represents clients in drafting cooperative and condominium offering plans, as well as the drafting and creation of fee and leasehold commercial condominiums including the preparation of all requisite “no action” letter applications.

Radetsky also handles transactional work, including sales and acquisitions.

Radetsky earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.

Jennifer Chung has joined the real estate department as a senior associate.

She joins Phillips Nizer from Thompson & Hines. Chung focuses her practice on complex commercial and residential real estate transactions, representing lenders, purchasers, sellers and borrowers of commercial real estate.

Chung received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her B.A. from Columbia University.


AmTrust Title Insurance Company announced that R. Michael Smith, Esq., an accomplished attorney with nearly three decades of title industry experience, has joined as Regional Underwriting Counsel.

He will, in addition to other activities, underwrite title insurance risks regionally for agents in Maryland, The District of Columbia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as Virginia.

In addition, Mr. Smith will assist AmTrust Title’s group of national agents.

Prior to joining AmTrust Title, Smith was Underwriting Counsel for Conestoga Title Insurance Co.. Before that, he held senior posts for national title insurance companies, primarily in Virginia.

He also has been in the private practice of law focused on real estate and has been Managing Attorney for a title and settlement subsidiary of a national builder.

Smith earned his JD at the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA degree from the University of Virginia.


Avison Young announced that

Paul Errigo

has joined the firm’s brokerage department as an Associate specializing in landlord and tenant leasing representation within the office sector.

In addition, Errigo will be part of Avison Young’s “Young Guns” program, a mentoring program that creates a collaborative environment for selected Avison Young worldwide professionals to share best practices and support one another in their growth and development at the firm.

Errigo joins Avison Young after serving with Brandywine Realty Trust, where he assisted in marketing and communications and departments that included leasing, property management, construction and marketing.

He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a degree in Marketing, where he was a member of the Marketing Association, Finance Society, Entrepreneurship Club & Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

He was also part of the Cooperative Education program at Saint Joseph’s University.


Eastern Union Funding announced that Sol Katz has joined the firm as Director of Business Development for their Affiliate Buyer Division.

Sol Katz

Katz, who has a professional background in sales and marketing, will be assisting in developing the division, as well as leading all future Affiliate Buyer initiatives.

With Katz at the helm, clients will have the ability to log onto the Eastern Union app, fill in their buying criteria and receive a personalized daily email with all corresponding listings.

As the app is further developed, clients will gain the ability to view listings within the app with increased ease.
Katz will be working out of Eastern’s Howell, NJ office, reporting to Eastern Union Funding President Ira Zlotowitz.


Thomas Lansen

, a real estate finance lawyer who assists clients in closing loans that are sold on the secondary market, has joined McGuireWoods’ global real estate practice as a partner in New York.
Institutional lenders seek out Lansen to close real estate loans that are pooled and sold as commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).

Lansen joins McGuireWoods from Cassin & Cassin, following the recent arrivals of real estate finance partners Dennis Mensi and Alice Youngbar, who moved to the firm from Cassin & Cassin in November.

Associates Kathleen Barth, Thomas Patalano, Alexander Hakopian and Scott Rader also have moved to McGuireWoods.


Marks Paneth LLP announced the addition of Ilene Morrison, CPA, MST as a Director in the firm’s Real Estate group.

Ilene Morrison

Morrison will draw from her two decades of experience in public and private accounting to provide tax planning, compliance and advisory services to the firm’s commercial and residential real estate clients.

Prior to joining Marks Paneth, Morrison served the real estate industry in leadership positions at large and mid-size accounting firms, a private equity real estate investment firm, and a global business advisory firm.

Her areas of specialization include real estate partnership agreements, real estate investment
trusts (REITs) and funds, foreign and domestic investor reporting, and rental real estate tax issues. Sheis based in Marks Paneth’s Manhattan headquarters.


Thornton Tomasetti has established an Operational/Technical Security Services (OTSS) sector to complement its Weidlinger Protective Design practice.

Bill Edwards

The newly formed group provides a range of security solutions to architects, business owners, developers and public agencies to combat a variety of natural and human-caused hazards.

Recently-retired US Army Colonel Bill Edwards has joined the firm as a vice president in the Denver, Colorado, office to lead the team and grow the OTSS service offerings across the firm.

During his 27-year military career, Edwards held numerous leadership positions, including commanding a battalion in Iraq for 14 months.

He has extensive experience in such areas as strategic planning, intelligence gathering and analytics, inter-agency communications, policy development, technical transformation, contract negotiations, budgetary oversight, team leadership, staff training and decision support.

He has managed projects in the United States and internationally, designed security solutions to new and existing infrastructure, provided structural hardening, defensive positions, surveillance and counter-surveillance systems as well as established guard mount procedures and patrolling operations.

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