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Cresa New Jersey has welcomed four new members to its team.
Mitch Roman, principal, is an industrial market specialist.
During a notable career spanning 35 years, Roman has participated in over 1,000 transactions, valued at more than $900 million. He has represented clients at local and national levels including GE Capital, Penske, PepsiCo, Daewoo and Parmalat USA.
Roman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Curry College in Boston, MA.

Daniel Brown, principal, is the founder and former CEO of TRS Associates, Inc., the commercial real estate firm he spearheaded from 1990 to 2020.
With a career that began in 1985 at Helmsley Spear New Jersey, Brown has represented hundreds of office tenants in leasing transactions.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at State University of New York at Schulyer.
Michael Epstein, senior vice president, joins Cresa after 15 years as CEO and president of a $325 million business services company.
He will apply his extensive knowledge of business operations and the local market to growing the New Jersey region’s client base.
Epstein received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Queens College, City University of New York.
Pam Winston, advisor, brings more than 25 years of experience in sales, account management, and procurement to Cresa’s New Jersey office.
She will focus on business development and market research. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from the University of Hartford.

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Banking industry veteran George Boyan has joined Unity Bank as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Boyan previously served as First Senior Vice President, Treasurer & Controller with Bank Leumi USA since January 2014. He also served as President of Leumi Investment Services, since October 2018.
Prior to Leumi, he worked with Goldman Sachs and MetLife. He also worked with the late New Jersey Rep. Marge Roukema, supporting the congresswoman’s work with the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.
Boyan earned a Master’s in Accounting from Rutgers
University Business School, Juris Doctor from Rutgers
School of Law and B.S. in Finance & Political Science from Rutgers.

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The Kalikow Group has hired David Cohen as Account Executive.
Cohen was previously senior property manager for Townhouse Management Co. where he managed a portfolio of Free Market Rent Stabilized, Cooperative and Condominium, multifamily residential properties throughout NYC over the last 15 years.
Before that, he was Director of Safety at Construction and Realty Services Group.
He is a graduate of Baruch College in New York, NY.

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Ditchik & Ditchik has welcomed real estate property tax attorney Carlos M. Velazquez to the position of Senior Counsel.
Velazquez will serve in a leadership capacity alongside managing partner Joel Ditchik and partner Steven Tishco.
With 50 years of New York real estate tax litigation experience, Velazquez will advise attorneys at Ditchik & Ditchik and its established client base of major NYC developers, landlords and hoteliers.
Admitted to the New York bar in 1971, Velazquez served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the Law Department of the City of New York, Certiorari and Condemnation Division, from 1974 to 1981. He served as Counsel to the New York City Tax Commission from 1981 to 1985.
After practicing as an Associate from 1985 to 1990, he became a partner at Pottish Freyberg Marcus & Velazquez, LLP in January, 1990.
In 1996 and 1997, he served as President of the Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association, and remains on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association to date. In 2005, he founded Carlos M. Velazquez & Associates, LLP.

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John Fisher and Omar Khan have been named senior managing directors for State and Local Government Affairs at WSP USA.
Fisher, who is based in San Francisco, has been a project manager for multiple transportation projects for WSP since joining the firm in 2008.
Omar Khan arrives at WSP after serving as a senior advisor and director of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Public Engagement Unit.
As part of the national government affairs team, Fisher and Khan will be responsible for engaging elected and appointed officials, monitor and shape policies impacting WSP’s core business services.

Last year, John Fisher served as principal on a project that supported development of a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan for the 27 transit operators in the Bay Area to address evolving safety requirements across multiple counties and operators.
Prior to joining WSP, he served as manager of government and community relations at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), and as legislative director in Washington D.C. for the late Bay Area Congresswoman Ellen O. Tauscher, then a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas-Austin with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Omar Khan has served in senior roles in government, the private sector and political campaigns.
He held senior roles in the Obama Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Trade Representative’s office at the White House.
In his most recent role with New York City, he worked on the City’s COVID-19 response outreach efforts.
He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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NELSON Worldwide announced the hiring of Monica Marulanda as Northeast Industrial Leader
A 20-year industry veteran, she will aid in the firm’s expansion of its industrial portfolio of clients and projects providing oversight of LEED documentation, site planning and due diligence.
Marulanda previously supervised reconstruction efforts following the 1999 earthquake in Armenia, Colombia. Additionally, she worked at SBLM Architects before taking a senior role with CallisonRTKL.
Marulanda went on to lead projects in residential, multifamily, big box, luxury retail, automotive, and data center sectors after driving these efforts.
Past projects include The Shops at Marcus Dairy in Danbury, CT, the George Washington Bus Terminal New York, NY, and feasibility studies and site planning on numerous projects.
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Turtle & Hughes announced that Wendy Buchholz has joined the company as vice president of sales.
Buchholz spent the last 25 years at Johnson Controls, a leader in energy efficiency, controls and automation. Most recently, she was Director of Connected Technologies, optimizing growth and increasing market share of a $500 million connected outcomes business in the Eastern U.S.
Previously, she served as General Manager of Building Efficiency (2013-2019); Area General Manager, Energy Solutions; Branch Service Manager and in Business Development.
Buchholz is a graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and received an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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