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Dorothy L. Alpert is joining Avison Young as its new Tri-State President and Principal.
The company announced Arthur Mirante will transition to the role of chairman of the Tri-State region, providing advisory support to Alpert and maintaining key client relationships.
Mitti Liebersohn will continues as president and managing director of New York, and Jeff Heller, Sean Cahill and Ted Stratigos will continue to lead New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island as managing directors, respectively.
These leaders will form a Tri-State Executive Committee along with top producers to support strategic growth in the region.
Alpert joins Avison Young following a 30-plus year career at Deloitte where she focused on strategy and operations consulting in the real estate industry.
She also brings demonstrated experience leveraging technology to enhance client service capabilities.
As the co-founder of ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative, Alpert is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the commercial real estate industry.
She holds an MBA from Fordham University and a BA in Mathematics from Bates College.

Rudin Management Company announced today that five senior professionals were promoted to new roles within the company. Samantha Rudin Earls, Michael Rudin and Neil Gupta were promoted to executive vice president, while Cassie Kulzer and Nick Martin are now senior vice president.
In addition, Andrew Migdon will join Rudin in January 2022 as an executive vice president and will serve as the company’s first-ever chief legal officer.
Samantha Rudin Earls joined Rudin in 2007. She focuses on multifamily, development, redevelopment, design and marketing. She played a lead role in the development of 130 West 12th Street and The Greenwich Lane in the West Village, as well as Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts she serves on the boards of the Rudin Family foundations, as well as the boards of Roundabout Theatre Company and the Association for a Better New York.

Michael Rudin joined Rudin in 2008 and, together with his sister Samantha, represents the fourth generation to work at the family business.
Rudin focuses on new developments, capital markets, commercial leasing, sustainability and technology. He also helps lead the family’s alternative investing business, Rudin Ventures.
Rudin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and Planning with an emphasis in Real Estate from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Real Estate Development from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Neil Gupta joined Rudin in 2012 and is the company’s chief investment officer. He focuses on new investments and acquisitions, capital markets, business development activities and financial asset management. He also helps to oversee Rudin Ventures.
Prior to Rudin, Gupta was in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank, where he served as co-head of Real Estate Private Equity Coverage.
He graduated from the University of Chicago with Honors in Economics and holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Cassie Kulzer joined Rudin in 2018. She oversees all human resources initiatives including talent acquisition, staff coaching, organizational and leadership development, workforce planning and systems implementation with an emphasis on furthering the firm’s diversity, equity, inclusion and access initiatives.
Prior to Rudin, she served as head of human resources for several entrepreneurial firms, most recently with NewOak Capital. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University.
Nick Martin joined Rudin in 2018. He focuses on strategy, external affairs, communications, marketing and business development. Prior to Rudin, he was a senior aide to United States Senator Charles E. Schumer.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Andrew Migdon
comes to Rudin from Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, where he has represented the Rudin Family in the acquisition, development, leasing, and financing of office and residential buildings since 2003.
Migdon will resign as a partner at the law firm at the end of this year to take a full-time role as Rudin’s first chief legal officer.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and graduated from New York University School of Law in 1997, where he served as an Editor of the New York University Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

JRT Realty Group announced the hiring of Andrew Judd as chief operating officer.
An industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Judd will spearhead the firm’s efforts to help Fortune 500 firms and others maximize their Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier diversity spending mandates.
Internally, he will be responsible for business strategies, operating plans and procedures, new business development and existing account oversight, recruitment and retention initiatives, and cross-selling the firm’s breadth of real estate services to its clients.
He will also oversee the firm’s staff, including leasing and sales brokers, account managers, marketing and corporate communications specialists, and support personnel.
Prior to joining JRT, Judd spent 17 years with Cushman & Wakefield, most recently serving as senior managing director and managing principal for the firm’s New Jersey region. He began his real estate career at CBRE in the New York City office, where he served as managing director of marketing services.
Judd received an M.B.A. degree and bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

Ripco Real Estate (RIPCO) announced that Esther Bukai has been promoted to the position of vice chair .
Bukai, who has been with RIPCO since 1998, has been instrumental in the firm’s growth throughout New York City, including the opening of the first outer borough office in Downtown Brooklyn in 2017.
Over her 25 years of experience, Bukai – who specializes her brokerage services in retail, agency, and tenant representation – has completed over $200 million in lease transactions and completed over 75 leases for national drugstore chains.
Her successful track record includes completing deals with numerous retailers and owners such as TJX Companies, Aldi, CVS, Dollar Tree Stores, Autozone, Vornado, EquityOne, and Acadia Realty Trust.
Most recently, Bukai’s deals included the 40,000 s/f Porsche lease at Industry City and the 20,000 s/f Aldi supermarket in Brooklyn’s Triangle Junction.

Enterprise Community Partners announced that Baaba Halm has joined the organization as its new vice president and New York market leader.
A New York nonprofit and public sector executive, Halm brings more than two decades of experience in housing, community development, and policy, and a strong commitment to racial equity to Enterprise.
He most recently served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Diversity Officer at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). There, she was second in command to the Commissioner, overseeing six divisions, including Asset & Property Management and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/EEO.
During her tenure at HPD, she crafted the Equitable Ownership Requirement benefiting minority-owned developers and the agency’s first in-kind program to foster the participation of minority vendors across the entire affordable housing portfolio.
Over Halm’s career, she has been involved with housing policy and worked extensively with New York City and State legislators.
During her eight years with the New York City Council, she served in various legal and leadership roles, with her responsibilities ranging from steering communications strategy to negotiating and drafting legislation.
Earlier in her career, Halm worked in the nonprofit sector as a staff attorney at Covenant House New Jersey and Housing Works.
Baaba earned a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Investment platform Cadre announced Dan Rosenbloom’s appointment to Head of Investments.
Rosenbloom’s new role marks the consolidation of Cadre’s asset management and acquisitions practices.
A commercial real estate veteran with nearly 25 years of industry experience, Rosenbloom will be focused on continuing to scale the company’s investment capabilities.
He previously served as Cadre’s head of acquisitions after gaining billions of dollars-worth of experience sourcing, executing, and managing deals at GEM Realty Capital, Fortress Investment Group, and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

JLL Capital Markets has hired 12-year industry veteran Michael Zaremski and 10-year industry veteran Michael Shmuely as Managing Directors with the firm’s New York Capital Markets team.

Zaremski and Shmuely will focus on multi-housing debt advisory, working alongside Michael Gigliotti and Christopher Peck, Senior Managing Directors and Co-heads of the New York Capital Markets team.
Zaremski and Shmuely, both former Senior Directors with Berkadia, bring experience in bridge financing, GSE financing, debt brokerage and mortgage originations. In addition to their expertise in agency lending, they have experience creating financing solutions by utilizing third-party capital sources, including life insurance companies, CMBS, banks and debt funds.

Michael Zaremski graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and earned his certificate in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Michael Shmuely graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Michigan.

Blank Rome announced that Yan K. Laurency has joined the firm’s Real Estate group as a senior attorney in the New York office.
Laurency joins the firm from Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP and concentrates his real estate practice on complex office, retail and industrial leasing matters.
With over 12 years of experience practicing real estate leasing law, Yan has a significant background in representing and advising prominent landlords and tenants in both New York and national transactions, including complex office and retail lease transactions.
He also provides counseling and strategic guidance on deal structures and legal and business issues.
Admitted to practice in New York, Yan received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.S. in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

John F. Collins, who served as president and chief executive officer of NYU Winthrop Hospital from 2009 to 2019, has been appointed to the board of directors of Cord Meyer Development Company.
The appointment marks only the second time in Cord Meyer’s 117-year-history that an individual has been named to the board who was not already employed by the company or a family member.
Collins has 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry and was the chair on the Board of Directors for the Greater New York Hospital Association, chair of the Investment Committee, and member of the audit committee. In addition, he was an active member of the Region 2 Planning Council of the American Hospital Association.
Collins is also the past-president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Metropolitan New York Chapter, and is a past-Chairman of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Committee on Finance.
At NYU Winthrop, Collins had been an integral member of the leadership team for 20 years, working to provide expert management of all aspects of the Hospital’s operations.
He joined Winthrop in 1997 as vice president and chief financial officer. In 2007, he was promoted to chief operating officer and CFO, and was later appointed executive vice president. In 2009, he was named president and CEO.
Prior to his tenure at NYU Winthrop Hospital, Collins served as CFO at South Nassau Communities Hospital.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Queens College and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1982.

Kristen Ternullo has been selected as Director of Marketing at Holt Construction.
She brings nearly a decade of marketing and communications experience to her new role and previously served in various marketing roles at a leading construction organization.
Ternullo will lead Holt’s corporate marketing effort and brand positioning strategy for the firm across its national network of business units.
She will create marketing plans, programs, and campaigns that will position Holt’s brand through strategic outreach programs, events, and publications.

Brownstone Property Group has promoted Anne Darer to Chief Operating Officer (COO) + Managing Broker and Alejandro Romero to Chief of Construction.
Anne Darer has been with Brownstone Property Group for over 16 years. In her new role, her responsibilities encompass oversight of the operational, administrative, and real estate brokerage divisions of the business.
Alejandro Romero has led the development of the construction, handyman, sanitation and snow removal divisions of the company known as “Brownstone Works,” expanding it significantly over seven years.
Her contributions have been recognized with the new title of Chief of Construction, continuing with overall responsibility for Brownstone’s construction and renovation businesses.

Skanska USA announced the promotion of Erin Willis-Freedman to vice president of human resources for Skanska USA’s Civil operations.
Willis-Freedman joined Skanska in 2009 as an HR administrator, and most recently served as the HR Business Partner for Skanska’s Northeast Civil operations.
In her new role, she is assuming national responsibilities and leading all human resources programs, policies and processes for Skanska USA’s Civil operations.
With 14 years of experience in talent acquisition and human capital management, Willis-Freedman has overseen payroll and benefits administration, compliance, and risk management.
She is also well-regarded for her strong background and skills in employee relations.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. John’s University.
Willis-Freedman succeeds Brad Nystrom who is now vice president of operations for Skanska’s Civil West region. Nystrom has worked at Skanska for 19 years in various roles within operations and human resources.
Nystrom holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Benchmark Builders announced the promotion of Marco Alvarez to director of construction.
Alvarez will oversee all construction activity, manage laborers and union interactions, as well as work with George Samiou, Director of Project Management, on staffing allocations and project integration.
He joined Benchmark Builders shortly after its founding in 2008 with then over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.
He is seasoned in leading major interior renovation projects, including residential, retail, office, hospitality, education, and broadcasting.

RKTB Architects announced the promotions of Stephanie Oestreich, AIA, CCCA, LEED AP; Nelya Sachakova, AIA, Certified Passive House Designer; and Milan Savanovic, each to the role of Associate.

Nelya Sachakova, AIA, Certified Passive House Designer, began her career at RKTB as an intern while pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture, eventually taking on a full-time position as Architectural Designer in 2015.
Her portfolio includes Capacity & Capital Improvement Projects for the New York City School Construction Authority, as well as multi-family residential buildings and, most recently, a worship facility on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Stephanie Oestreich, AIA, CCCA, LEED AP, is a registered architect with licenses in New York State and California who holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Tufts University.
With more than 20 years of experience in all phases of architecture, glazing, and building envelope design and delivery, Oestreich focuses on the process from design development through construction administration.
Before joining RKTB Oestreich’s project management portfolio included a facility for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a water quality testing laboratory for the Orange County, California Water District, and several Hurricane Sandy recovery projects for the New York City Housing Authority.

Milan Savanovic holds a B.Arch. from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
He joined RKTB in 2008, bringing with him design studio experience from Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Czechia.
With more than 20 years of professional experience, Savanovic is responsible for all phases of design and construction on a wide range of projects, from multi-family residential to boutique commercial, as well as private homes, historic townhouse renovations, transportation projects, and educational facilities.
Recently, he managed the rehabilitation of 21 buildings for the Fifth Avenue Committee, eight buildings for the Mutual Housing Association of New York, and nine buildings for the New York City Housing Authority.

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