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WHO’S NEWS: JLL names new VC, Ranieri adds new partners

JLL has tapped Gavin Morgan, vice chairman, to serve as head of the firm’s Capital Markets Group in the New York.

He is tasked with overseeing JLL’s investment sales and debt businesses, and developing and implementing a clear vision and growth strategy for the group throughout the city.

Morgan has nearly 25 years of experience in business growth, management and commercial real estate, focusing on capital transactions, agency leasing and tenant representation transactions, and investment management for a wide variety of clients.

Prior to joining JLL in New York, Morgan served as COO for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. He developed and led the largest, most experienced landlord advisory and leasing team in these markets, while managing JLL’s overall operations and business growth.

Morgan received a diploma in land administration from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education and earned a bachelor’s degree in estate management from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
He is a Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors-accredited Chartered Surveyor and a licensed estate agent in Hong Kong.

Ranieri Strategies LLC announced that two new partners are joining the firm.
K. Krasnow Waterman comes to Ranieri Strategies most recently from TIAA-CREF where she was managing director of Enterprise Financial Crime Prevention.
Waterman has an extensive background in data, technology (including FinTech and LegalTech) and data security.

She previously worked at Citibank, the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), JP Morgan, and IBM.

While at the FBI, she was the Chief Information Officer who built a special counterterrorism task force created by the White House after the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, she served in a Chief Operating Officer capacity for Intelligence, in which she was responsible for the FBI’s intelligence infrastructure.

She participates in legal reasoning and privacy research at MIT, and was the creator of a multidisciplinary graduate course that launches new tech companies.
Waterman also is an attorney and was the founding Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Artificial Intelligence & Robotics.

In addition to her robust work experience, Waterman has published extensive articles on Big Data, Data Security, and Artificial Intelligence and Robotics among various other topics.

She will serve as a managing partner and chief technology Officer for Ranieri Strategies.

Eric Kaplan joins Ranieri Strategies from Shellpoint Partners LLC, a residential mortgage finance company of which Mr. Ranieri serves as Board Chair.

With more than 22 years of residential mortgage industry experience in a variety of roles (including five years as a lawyer before moving into banking in 1998), Kaplan joined Shellpoint as Head of Mortgage Finance shortly after Shellpoint’s 2011 acquisition of mortgage lender New Penn Financial, LLC.

Prior to Shellpoint, Kaplan worked at Morgan Stanley. Active within the Structured Finance Industry Group, Kaplan is Chair of SFIG’s RMBS 3.0 Task Force. He also actively participates the U.S. Treasury-led Private Label Securitization Initiative
Kaplan will work closely with Ranieri on housing, mortgage and RMBS reform endeavors, serving as managing partner – Structured Finance for Ranieri Strategies.

FirstService Residential announced that Mark Pepe has been promoted to the position of Vice President in the Property Management Division.

Pepe has executive oversight for a team of property management professionals who collectively oversee a portfolio of 22 cooperatives and condominiums comprising approximately 4,000 apartments.

Pepe has proven expertise in evaluating properties and building operations in order to maximize service levels while maintaining tight control of expenses. He and his team consistently receive among the highest scores in the company’s annual client satisfaction survey.

He joined FirstService Residential in 2005 as a property manager. His outstanding performance earned him successive promotions to Senior Property Manager then Managing Director. He holds a BBA degree from Iona College.

Matthew Scozzari has joined Cushman & Wakefield as an associate in the firm’s Edison office.
Scozzari is focusing on office leasing as part of the Cushman & Wakefield team headed by Paul Giannone.
Scozzari previously worked as a leasing agent and property manager with The Azarian Group and as a sales associate with Terri O’Connor Realtors. He also held an inside sales position with Water Works Supply Company.
Scozzari earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management from William Paterson University.

Mitchell C. Hochberg, president of Lightstone, a national real estate investor/developer, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation (WCHCC), which operates the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

The selection caps off an impressive year for Hochberg, who as president of Lightstone has spearheaded the firm’s emergence as one the most active developers in New York City with eight projects valued at over $2.2 billion currently under development as well as a burgeoning partnership between Marriott and Lightstone, which is developing six of the hotel chain’s new millennial-focused Moxy hotels in New York City, and across the country.

Hochberg has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2000 and most recently served as First Vice Chair, as well as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and serves on several committees including Governance and Development.

An Attorney at Law and a Certified Public Accountant, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Belmond Ltd. (and is Chairman of the Investment Committee.

Colliers International announced the additions of Sam Horowitz and Chris Hovanec as Managing Directors.

The two industry experts combined bring more than 35 years of experience representing major office space users throughout New Jersey and on a national and global scale.

Sam Horowitz comes to Colliers with more than 17 years of experience working with multi-national corporations and local firms on real estate strategies and transactions throughout the Tri-State region and across North America.

Among his accomplishments, Horowitz has arranged multiple leases on behalf of Roche / Genentech, Mistras Group, and Agfa Corporation, as well as transactions for Grant Thornton, Unipart Logistics, Pitney Bowes, and Raymond James & Associates.
Previously, Horowitz served as a vice president at Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to that, he helped establish the New Jersey office for DTZ (formerly Equis).

Horowitz received a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Politics and Economics from the University of Maryland. He is a LEED accredited professional specializing in interior design and construction.

Chris Hovanec brings more than 10 years of experience specializing in real estate strategy and portfolio management for companies in New Jersey and across the country.

His clients have included corporate tenants such as Alcatel-Lucent, NetApp, Catalent, and Toshiba, among others.

Prior to joining Colliers, Hovanec also served as a Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield. Before that, Hovanec worked at DTZ (formerly Equis) where he started his career in tenant representation.

Hovanec received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.

Marcus & Millichap announced that Sean Beuche has been promoted to sales manager in the firm’s Manhattan office.

Beuche will work closely with Marcus & Millichap’s Executive team to assist in the oversight of the firm’s most productive office, recruiting and training new hires.
Beuche joined Marcus & Millichap in 2012 as an agent in the Manhattan office, focusing on the multi-family and mixed-use investment real estate market.

Within three years as an agent, Beuche exclusively listed over a dozen commercial properties throughout NYC at a cumulative market value of over $180 million, closing on 11 before making the transition to the management team.

Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Beuche specialized in office, retail, and industrial property leasing and sales at a smaller full-service brokerage in the Midwest.

He brings significant underwriting and transactional experience across a variety of property types to each new project.

Lane Office announced that Timisha Lassiter-Thomas has joined the company.
A nine-year veteran of the project management sector, Thomas will provide client support and oversee purchasing, delivery, and installation. She also provides on-site supervision.

Her previous experience includes project management on the dealer side, as well as serving as furniture co-ordinator for the NY School Construction Authority.

Significant projects include Lehman College, Department of Education, Palladium Equity, Metropolitan Hospital, Bronx Community College, Gensler, Rubicon Project (New York and California).

Thomas has a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the Art Institute of New York and a B.S. Arts & Sciences from Bard College.

Friedman-Roth Realty Services announced that Wells Newell has recently joined the firm.

Newell is in industry veteran with over 30 years experience specializing in the sale of multi-family apartment buildings throughout New York City.

Highly respected by his peers, Newell has completed over 500 transactions in his career. Prior to joining Friedman-Roth, he operated Wells Newell Realty LLC and was a partner in RMN Realty Group.

Michael Diercksen has joined Cushman & Wakefield in East Rutherford as an associate.

He is focusing on office leasing as a junior member of a seasoned brokerage team led by Peter Hamburger, Walter Schoenberg and Adam Matloff.

Diercksen previously worked as a community consultant with Avalon Bay and a sales development representative with Unitrends.

Diercksen is a licensed real estate salesperson. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University, with a major in business management and a minor in global communications.

The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) announced the election of Ingrid Gould Ellen, Faculty Director of NYU’s Furman Center and Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Carol M. Joseph, Former Partner and Business Department co-Chair at Blank Rome, LLP, to the CPC board of directors.

As the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center, Ingrid Ellen’s research focuses on neighborhoods, housing, and residential segregation. She has served as a policy advisor at HUD and held visiting positions at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

She attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, a Master’s in public policy, and a Ph.D. in public policy.

During her six years at the real estate finance law practice Blank Rome LLP, serving as the Business Department Co-Chair, Partner, and member of the Executive Committee until this year, Carol Joseph represented national developers and financiers. She recently left Blank Rome, LLP, to pursue opportunities in the real estate and nonprofit sectors.

Joseph is also the co-founder of Cassin & Cassin & Joseph, LLP.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting at New York University and her J.D. at Fordham University.

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