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Who’s News: L&L promotes two, TerraCRG bolsters sales team

L&L Holding Company, LLC, announced that Josh Carson and Jim Traynor were promoted to new roles within the company’s acquisitions department.

Carson was promoted to senior vice president, while Traynor was elevated to assistant vice president. Both seasoned real estate professionals, they were formerly vice president and acquisitions associate, respectively.
In his new role, Josh Carson will be responsible for sourcing and closing new transactions for the company’s New York City office portfolio.

He also will serve as project director for the company’s transformative redevelopment project, 425 Park Avenue, the first full-block office development on Manhattan’s Park Avenue in nearly 50 years.

Since joining L&L in 2010, Carson has participated in over $2 billion of transactions on behalf of the firm.

He also served as the project director for the redevelopment and lease-up of 114 Fifth Avenue, a 350,000 s/f landmarked building in the Flatiron District.
Prior to joining L&L, Carson focused on acquisitions in New England and the Southeast for New Boston Fund, a real estate investment management firm.

A graduate of Middlebury College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Russian, he is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
Jim Traynor will focus on sourcing, evaluating, and acquiring new assets for L&L’s New York City portfolio.

Additionally, he will play a pivotal role in raising capital, negotiating joint ventures and completing recapitalizations for the firm’s current 6.5 million-square-foot portfolio.

Prior to L&L, he was a senior consultant for Ernst & Young’s transaction real estate practice.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Masters in Real Estate, he is the founder of networking organization Coffee & Capital and a member of Robinhood P.Y.T.

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TerraCRG announced that Adam Courtney has joined Ofer Cohen and Dan Marks on their sales team as an associate vice president of residential development sales.

After moving to New York in 2000, Courtney spent five years researching properties for Arizona investors in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, building his expertise on trends in neighborhood development that brought him to TerraCRG.

Prior to joining TerraCRG, he spent three years as an associate director at Lee & Associates NYC, where he specialized in commercial site development, investment sales and parking.

He has served on the board of ACCESS at the American Jewish Committee for almost eight years, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Parsons School of Design in Photography and Design and his Master’s Degree in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California.

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Shanon McAlister has joined retail real estate services firm, Levin Management, as a leasing representative.

The organization maintains a growing leasing and management portfolio that encompasses approximately 95 properties and more than 13 million square feet.
McAlister is responsible for leasing and marketing efforts at several New York/New Jersey properties within the company’s shopping center portfolio, including Mayfair Shopping Center in Commack, N.Y.; 35-71 South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue, N.Y.; Twin City Shopping Center in Jersey City, N.J.; and Quick Chek Center in Bayonne, N.J.

McAlister brings 15 years of retail real estate experience to Levin Management.
Most recently, he ran his own brokerage firm in New York City where he completed transactions involving a range of national and local tenants including 7 Eleven, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, 5 Napkin Burger, Staples, Toure de France restaurant group and Croton Reservoir Tavern restaurant, among others.

He previously held positions at Related Management Company and Garrick-Aug Associates Store Leasing.
McAlister earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics, and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York trade association.

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Woodmont Properties announced that John Santavicca Jr. has been promoted to regional community manager.

Santavicca will be responsible for the supervision of operations within Woodmont luxury apartment communities across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Since joining Woodmont Properties more than two years ago, Santavicca has served as community manager at Woodmont’s Lehigh Valley apartment communities Woodmont Mews and Woodmont Place at Palmer.

With more than 10 years of industry experience, he formerly held positions at a number of real estate firms including Home Properties, Roseland Property Company, Cohen Realty Group, Foxtons, Keller Williams Elite Realtors and Weichert Realtors.

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Peckar & Abramson, P.C. announced that three attorneys have been promoted and named partners.

The firm has also promoted five attorneys to the position of senior counsel and senior associate.

David Fultz from the New York office and Scott Kearns and Denis Serkin from the New Jersey office have been named partners.

David Fultz has over 12 years of legal experience in construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Primarily representing construction managers, general contractors and sureties, Fultz works closely with Peckar & Abramson’s clientele to develop and implement practical strategies for resolving their business disputes effectively and efficiently.
Fultz is a graduate of Syracuse University and St. John’s University School of Law.
Scott Kearns has served Peckar & Abramson clients for over a decade, practicing primarily in the construction law and commercial litigation practice groups.

Throughout his career, Kearns has represented and counseled general contractors, construction managers, owners, subcontractors and design professionals in connection with a broad range of construction disputes before the State and Federal Courts, and at arbitration and mediation.

A former Assistant District Attorney and long-time civil litigator, Kearns has substantial trial experience.

He received his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College.

Denis Serkin has almost 20 years of experience in the construction industry.
Due to his background in project engineering, he is especially effective in counseling clients and understanding their needs. He has represented clients in a number of market segments, including construction management, general and EPC contracting, real estate development, power/energy and infrastructure.

Serkin has extensive dispute resolution experience in the prosecution and defense of various construction claims and disputes, including scheduling, delay and impact damages, liens, payment/performance bonds and design defects.

Warren Friedman was promoted to the position of Senior Counsel.
He is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. Friedman joined the firm in 2008 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Jesse S. Keene was also named Sneior Counsel. Keene has been twice selected for inclusion of Super Lawyer’s list of Rising Stars in the District of Columbia and was a Senior Associate at a Chambers USA-ranked boutique construction litigation firm before joining Peckar & Abramson two years ago.

Jenifer Minsky, the ProjectNotice program manager in Peckar & Abramson’s New Jersey office, was promoted to senior counsel.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Policy.

The firm also welcomed Monique Cardenas and K. Stefan Chin from its Miami office to the position of Senior Associate. These appointments will also be effective January 1, 2016.

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