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Who’s News: JLL’s Schneider named LEED Fellow, Rutgers appoints new exec. director

JLL announced that Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director and head of JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Projects group in the northeast, was one of 24 professionals named as a 2016 LEED Fellow.

The prestigious designation was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. to recognize outstanding LEED professionals who have made significant contributions to green building over the course of their careers.

The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to honor LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals. LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability.

The recipients were honored at the 2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.  The nomination period for the 2017 LEED Fellows class will open in January 2017. For more information about the LEED Fellow program, visit

Robbins Schneider leads JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Services division in a region anchored by New York, Boston and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy optimization as well as the development and implementation of energy and sustainability programs for new and existing clients. Additionally, Robbins Schneider specializes in energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new and existing buildings and portfolios as well as commercial interiors. She joined JLL in 2002.


Hunt Mortgage Group announced that Dori Sarney has been named Human Resources Manager/Business Partner. Based in the firm’s New York office, Sarney will oversee the human relations operations for Hunt Mortgage Group and the Hunt Companies.

Prior to joining Hunt Mortgage Group, Sarney was Director of Talent Acquisition & a Human Resources Generalist at RF Binder Partners, Inc., where she developed and implemented recruiting strategies for staffing across the firm, including accounting and finance positions.  Before that she was Director of Human Resources & Recruiting at Rubenstein Public Relations. Earlier in her career, Sarney held human resources and recruiting positions with Access Staffing, Quantum Management Services, Cohn & Wolfe and Workers Comp Rx, Inc.

Sarney earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland – College Park.  She is a member of The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).


The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School announced the appointment of Kevin Riordan as Executive Director.

An industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Riordan will be responsible for developing a long-term strategic vision for the Center as well as establishing and assisting with the implementation of executive and continuing education programs. Additionally, Riordan will work with Advisory Board and Emerging Leaders Council members, faculty, and students to promote the Center through conferences and lectures with a focus on recruiting new students to pursue a career in real estate at the center.

Prior to joining The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School, Riordan served as CEO of Crexus Investment Corp, a public commercial mortgage REIT, and as a Senior Managing Director at TIAA-CREF, overseeing structured securities. He brings over 30 years of experience in various positions overseeing the financing, investing and securitization of commercial real estate through investment strategies involving commercial mortgages, mezzanine debt, CMBS and CDO securities, REIT debt and REIT common and preferred stock.

Riordan is a CPA and received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. Kevin is a board member of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP). He previously served on the Board of Governors as a member of Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and was also a member of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Kevin resides in Jersey City with his family.


NAI James E. Hanson, announced that its President, William Hanson, SIOR, was awarded the Pillar Award at the New Jersey chapter of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks’ (NAIOP) Presidents Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner last month. The Pillar Award honors those whose involvement in leadership roles, advocacy and sponsorship has lifted the profile and influence of NAIOP.

NAIOP NJ promotes the sustainable development of the industry in New Jersey while stimulating growth of their memberships’ communities. Members have an opportunity to network with fellow members through a wide range of events held by NAIOP NJ and receive continuing education to ensure that they can foster innovative and creative solutions to the real estate challenges of tomorrow.

The President’s Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner was held at the Short Hills Hilton on November 7, 2016. The organization presented five awards and two scholarships during the program, as well as inducted its 2016 class into the Hall of Fame.


National general contracting and construction management firm UA Builders Group has hired Adam Meil as Director of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Engineering Services.  Established in 2014 and headquartered in New York City, UA is a commercial, institutional, retail, and multi-family builder operating nationwide.  The firm’s regional offices are located in Miami, FL; Washington, DC; and Boston, MA.  UA Builders Group has completed more than two million square feet of projects for the shared workspace powerhouse WeWork.

Meil’s current projects include pre-construction reviews for WeWork’s upcoming shared office facilities at 625 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA and 311 West 43rd Street in Manhattan.

Prior to joining UA, Meil owned the BIM consulting firm CAD Whispering LLC, worked as an electrical engineer at PWI Engineering, and served as a project management and systems engineering consultant at Erudistic.  Meil studied electrical engineering and math at University of Vermont and is a Revit MEP Autodesk Certified Professional.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC) named Matt Borstein, the global head of commercial real estate for Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., to its Board of Trustees.

In his role, he is responsible for all commercial real estate debt origination and principal investment. Borstein joined Deutsche Bank in 2010 after serving as head of Wachovia’s real estate high yield distribution platform.

Since Borstein joined Deutsche Bank, its commercial real estate platform has ranked first in both global and US CMBS in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Earlier this year, Borstein was honored for his notable leadership and contributions to New York at BBBS of NYC’s 17th Annual Casino Jazz Night.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC currently serves more than 5,200 young people across the five boroughs each year through a variety of specialized mentoring programs.


DMR Architects has added 10 new team members in 2016—nearly a 33 percent increase—in response to its 30 percent growth in billing over the same time period.

The latest additions are Daniel Salazar as Project Manager, Jeffrey Ingerson as Project Architect, and Ariel Rodríguez Díaz as Architect.

Daniel Salazar joins the project management staff and is currently managing public sector projects in Hackensack. These efforts include designs for two projects that are advancing the ongoing downtown rehabilitation efforts in Hackensack, the indoor Johnson Park sports facility and the expansion of the recreation center. Daniel brings 30 years of experience to the firm, having gained experience at firms across the country.

Daniel’s wide range of experience includes major projects throughout the United States, primarily focusing on the recreation/hospitality, commercial/retail, healthcare, residential and education sectors. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Arizona, and studied at Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, Mexico, and Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ.

Jeffrey Ingerson gained his nearly 15 years of experience at firms in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, working on residential, corporate interiors, retail and fitness/wellness center projects. At DMR, he is supporting projects in the residential sector, a growing sector for the firm that is currently designing more than 600 new units at several projects across northern New Jersey. He graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Ariel Rodríguez Díaz has joined the Production Staff where he will also be assisting on design projects in Hackensack. He gained experience at firms in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, gaining experience in several similar recreation, sports and redevelopment projects. He has a BA in Architecture from Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and an MA in Sustainable Management from New England College in New Hampshire.


Bill Bouchey has joined HOK as a principal and director of design for interiors in New York. Bouchey, a recognized leader in workplace design, brings 28 years of experience in the design and development of large-scale interiors projects to HOK’s clients.

As director of design for interiors in New York City, Bouchey will lead clients and team relationships collaboratively.  As principal-in-charge his design approach emphasizes the firm philosophy of “designing the experience” to support our clients with brand focused, high performance solutions, which accommodates evolving industry needs.

He comes to HOK from VOA Associates, where he was a design director. Before that, he worked for MMOSER and Mancini Duffy. His past clients include Canon USA, Christie’s, Viacom, Teach for America, Milliken, and WPP.

Bouchey has received numerous honors and appeared in many design publications. He recently spoke at the Interact Conference Interact Conference on “CultureCode: Lifestyle, Luxury, Demographics & The Economy (And Why Design Matters Now, More Than Ever).” Bill serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Contract Magazine, and The Advisory Board of Palette App, and is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology.


EW Howell Construction Group announced the expansion of its Healthcare Division with the promotion and hiring of three executives.

Robert Timperio has been promoted to Vice President of EW Howell Construction Group’s Healthcare Division, which also recently welcomed Chris Caponegro and Daniel Abbruzzese as Project Executives.

Timperio has more than 23 years of experience in the construction industry. He joined EW Howell Construction Group in 2003 as a Project Manager, and was promoted to Project Executive in 2008. In this new role as Vice President of the Healthcare Division, he will help oversee the expansion of the Healthcare Division, business development and project management. Timperio’s expertise in healthcare construction include some of the biggest names in Long island healthcare including Northwell Health (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish), Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital.

With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Caponegro has worked on projects for Stony Brook University Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, NYU Langone and Good Samaritan Hospital.  He previously was a Construction Administration Leader at Cannon Design.

Abbruzzese has more than 40 years of experience and an extensive healthcare background. Dan has hit the ground running at E.W. Howell. Prior to joining E.W. Howell, Abbruzzese was the Director of Engineering at Huntington Hospital Northwell Health.

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