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WHO’S NEWS: IREM, SIOR name new presidents; Duval & Stachenfeld adds partner

HAP Investments, LLC (HAP) announced the hiring of Bernard Wolff as Senior Vice President, Capital Markets.
Wolff will be responsible for identifying new sources of debt and equity capital, including the development of new banking relationships as well as maintaining existing ones. In addition, he will assist the firm’s leadership on strategic planning.


Wolff’s prior work experience includes almost over nine years at Extell Development Company where he directly sourced and negotiated debt and equity capital from financial institutions in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the United States for Extell’s projects such as One57 at 157 West 57th Street and the Kent at 200 East 95th Street.
Wolff brings to HAP more than 15 years of experience in real estate financing and acquisitions. Over his career, he has worked on numerous transactions that resulted in more than $3.5 billion in debt and equity closings.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University and a Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University.


Michael T. Lanning, CPM, has been installed as the 2017 IREM President making him the 81st president since IREM was founded in 1933.
Lanning is a Senior Vice President and market leader for the Cushman & Wakefield, AMO, office in Kansas City. He currently oversees an approximately 10 million-square-foot office, medical office, retail, and industrial portfolio, in addition to leading new business and professional development for the property management division. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Lanning was Vice President at CBRE and Senior Vice President at Cassidy Turley. Lanning has come a long way since his junior property manager days, completing over 1.3 million square feet of office leasing transactions in the past five years, with a total value exceeding $300 million.
In addition to his involvement with IREM, Lanning is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Kansas City Area Development Council’s Life Science Advisory Board, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association.
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is pleased to announce that Executive Managing Director Geoffrey M. Kasselman, SIOR, LEED AP, recently took office into the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)’s Board of Directors as the 2017 SIOR Global President. The induction took place during the SIOR Fall World Conference in New York City. Following the official swearing in ceremony, Kasselman led SIOR’s new Board of Directors in ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Prior to joining NGKF in 2014, Kasselman served as the founder and CEO of Op2mize, a commercial real estate firm that bundled real estate services with best practices in energy efficiency and technology. He previously worked at Studley, founding its Industrial Services Group and helping to launch its Governmental Incentives consulting practice. Kasselman began his career at Insignia/FC&S, leaving as a senior executive after 10 years.
During a career spanning more than 29 years, he has completed more than 1,000 projects with an aggregate value of over $1 billion and has received numerous industry awards and distinctions from organizations such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Association of Realtors, Illinois Real Estate Journal, NAIOP, Realcomm and SIOR. Kasselman is also an accomplished author and nationally recognized public speaker on a range of topics at the intersection of corporate real estate and technology.
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) has named Allison Knapp Womack SVP & chief marketing officer. Womack will lead branding, digital and overall marketing strategies to expand Enterprise’s impact and advance the organization’s mission of providing opportunity to low- and moderate-income people, starting with affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities.


A marketing and communications strategist, Womack brings to her new role more than 20 years of experience in advancing business outcomes for leading brands around the globe, most recently serving as global strategy officer at Omnicom’s business communications agency, Doremus & Company.
A New York native, Womack holds an MBA from New York University and a B.A. cum laude in political science and French from Mount Holyoke College. She is a board member of both the Business Marketing Association of New York City and Plan International USA, which has worked in more than 70 developing countries for over 75 years to improve the lives of children and their communities.


Enterprise has named Marion Mollegen McFadden vice president of Public Policy. McFadden comes to Enterprise from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she served as deputy assistant secretary for grant programs.
In her new role, McFadden will lead the day-to-day activities that advance Enterprise’s long term policy platform, which focuses on building communities of opportunity across the country by creating affordable homes connected to good schools, jobs, transit and healthcare. More than 19 million low-income families across the country are housing insecure, meaning they spend more than half of their monthly income on housing.
McFadden’s experience also includes roles at the National Coalition for the Homeless, the Government Accountability Project and the U.S. Department of Justice. She holds a J.D. from Howard University School of Law and a bachelor of arts from Northwestern University. Prior to law school McFadden served in AmeriCorps at City Year.
Scott Hoekman, senior vice president and chief credit officer at Enterprise Community Investment, will also expand his ongoing engagement with Enterprise Community Partners’ Public Policy team, becoming a senior advisor.
CoreNet Global named John M. Vazquez, of Verizon, as the Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year. Vazquez is a member of CoreNet’s New York City Chapter. CoreNet Global made the announcement on October 24, 2016 at the Global Awards and Recognition Dinner held in conjunction with the Global Summit in Philadelphia.
Vazquez joined Verizon in January of 2012 as Sr. Vice President of Global Real Estate. In this role, he is responsible for over 110 million square feet of real estate and 6,000 facilities in 54 countries. Based in New York, he manages a group of more than 1,200 real estate professionals and directs efforts in the optimization of the Verizon portfolio. Core to this is leading the strategic direction of facility management and services, leasing, asset management, design & construction, workplace design and energy management programs across the Verizon footprint.
TerraCRG announced that Fred Bijou has joined the firm as an Associate, working alongside Matt Cosentino, Vice President of Investment Sales and Eric Satanovsky, Senior Associate. Fred will be focusing on the sale of multifamily and mixed-use properties in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York neighborhoods.


Prior to TerraCRG, Fred was a licensed salesperson at ID Realty Group where he worked closely with buyers and sellers to facilitate commercial sales, conducted showings with potential clients and created marketing plans, setups and pro formas for properties.
Fred earned his Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate from Baruch College and currently attends NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Fred actively volunteers at Reach for the Stars – Bikur Holim.
Hunt Mortgage Group announced that Joseph Savarese joined the firm as a Vice President in the Proprietary Loan Group, the firm’s balance sheet lending platform that was launched in 2015. In this role, he will underwrite loans for clients nationwide. Savarese will be based in the firm’s New York office and will report to Michael Golfman, Deputy Chief Underwriter for proprietary lending.
Savarese joined Hunt Mortgage Group from ACRES where he served as Vice President of Asset Management and was responsible for co-managing ACRES’ commercial real estate loan portfolio.
Prior to joining ACRES, Savarese was Vice President at Indigo Asset Management, where he worked on bridge and mezzanine loans and the acquisition of distressed commercial real estate debt. He also co-managed Indigo’s commercial real estate loan portfolio with a focus on workouts and restructuring, compliance with loan documentation, and managing sponsor relationships.
Savarese holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bentley University. In addition, Savarese is a CFA charter holder.
The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) announced the election of its 2017 officers, as well as the members of its Executive Board, the organization’s governing board, and its Advisory Board of Governors.
NAREIT’s new Chair is Timothy J. Naughton, Chairman and CEO of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Naughton takes over from NAREIT’s 2016 Chair, Edward J. Fritsch, President and CEO of Highwoods Properties, Inc.
Other NAREIT officers for 2017 are First Vice Chair Thomas J. Baltimore Jr., Hilton Worldwide, Inc.; Second Vice Chair Sandeep Mathrani, CEO, General Growth Properties, Inc.; and Treasurer Owen D. Thomas, CEO, Boston Properties, Inc. All of NAREIT’s officers also are members of its Executive Board.
Duval & Stachenfeld LLP announced the expansion of its Corporate Real Estate/Joint Venture Practice Group with the addition of partner Lori Anne Czepiel.


Czepiel’s more than 25 year career includes over $100B of domestic and cross-border transactions throughout 50 countries and spans Fortune 500 and middle market companies and investors in bet-the-company and other transactions. Her expertise includes complex domestic and international M&A and private equity investment transactions and related securities and capital raising activities. She also handles regulatory compliance, risk management, corporate governance, executive compensation and crisis management issues for clients.
Lori Anne previously practiced at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and was a partner at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP and Perkins Coie LLP. She is a graduate of Boston
University School of Law and Northwestern University. She was selected to the New York City Bar M&A committee for nine years and is an active member of the ABA’s M&A Committee.
She regularly speaks and writes about governance, M&A and securities topics.
Jonathan Rose Companies has hired longtime nonprofit executive Lori Stanlick in the newly-created role of Director of Social Services in order to further implement the Communities of Opportunities program. The multiyear project, founded by Jonathan Rose Companies and Enterprise Community Partners, has been designed to gather concrete evidence that comprehensive housing-based approaches result in substantially improved outcomes for residents.
In this new role, Stanlick, a licensed social worker, will leverage community resources in order to provide additional support to residents of the company’s national developments. She will also take the lead in measuring efficiency and efficacy as well as developing best practices for each region.
Most recently, Stanlick was an Associate Executive Director at the YWCA of White Plains, where she spent the last 13 years as a vital team member overseeing five YWCA mission-based programs, including a 193-unit residence. Stanlick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. She obtained her Low Income Tax Credit Certification in 2010. Stanlick is currently a committee member for the Westchester County Continuum of Care as well as a member of the Weill Cornell / NYPH Psychiatric/Geriatric Mental Health Coalition.

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