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WHO’S NEWS: Madison International Realty announces Dino Dell’Orto has joined its Equity Capital Markets division.

Savills announced today that it has added Peter Hennessy, an industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in tenant representation and corporate real estate, as a vice chairman.

Hennessy will work out of Savills North America headquarters in New York City. He will advise leading companies and organizations on strategic real estate solutions throughout the New York Tri-State region.

Over the course of his career, Hennessy has represented a wide range of major corporations, professional service firms, government agencies, financial institutions and other companies.

Among his most significant transactions was his work on behalf of the New York City Housing Authority. He assisted the agency on a partial relocation to 90 Church Street as well as a renewal at 24-02 49th Avenue. The transaction totaled more than one million square feet and saved the agency nearly a half-billion dollars in real estate costs.

Prior to joining Savills, Hennessy served as president of the New York Tri-State region for DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley) which later merged with Cushman & Wakefield, overseeing a team of nearly 400.

He has also worked as an international director at Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc., in 2008 after the company’s merger with The Staubach Company.

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Shadow Ventures, a technology venture capital firm, announced four new members for its Strategic Advisory Council.

The new members are: Brian P. McGowan, former Economic Development Advisor to President Obama and CEO of Greater Seattle Partners;

Bob Vanech, CFO and Business Development Manager of TREBEL, the world’s first licensed music service to deliver downloadable music for free;

Craig M. Deitelzweig, CEO of national CRE investor, operator and developer Marx Realty;

Brandon R. Huffman managing director for Rubenstein Partners, a registered investment advisor and fund advisor for a series of private equity funds focused on office investments throughout the United States.

The new Council members bring a national footprint to Shadow with a presence in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Philadelphia with plans to expand to Toronto in early 2020.

Each member will actively advise on sourcing investment opportunities and diligence matters and be a key advisory resource on growth and strategy for Shadow’s portfolio of investments.

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Madison International Realty announced that Dino Dell’Orto has joined its Equity Capital Markets division as an Associate.

Dell’Orto previously served as an Associate at Shelter Rock Capital Advisors in New York.

During his tenure, he liaised with endowments, foundations, registered investment advisors and other global real estate investors as a placement agent.

Dell’Orto is a a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Finance, and he earned a Bachelors of Arts – Foreign Affairs/International Relations from the University of Virginia.

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Bruce Feffer has joined Mandelbaum Salsburg‘s New York office in its Real Estate and Corporate Law Practice Groups.

With more than 30 years practicing law in New York City, Feffer has represented real estate developers, construction firms, property management companies, co-op corporations, condominium associations, and residential and commercial building owners and tenants.

He has also worked with hundreds of clients in buying, selling, financing and leasing all types of properties.

Feffer has devoted much of his career to working with clients from China, Hong Kong and the Asian-American community.

He served on the Board of the Manhattan Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) from 2013-2019 and is the Legal Advisor to the American Chinese Real Estate Society (ACRES).

He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from New York University. He is admitted to practice in New York and the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.

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Heatherwood Luxury Rentals has announced that Christopher Capece will be joining the company as president, starting in January 2020.

Capece will be responsible for overseeing development and operations for the Heatherwood portfolio. He will report to Douglas Partrick, Heatherwood’s Chief Executive Officer.

Capece previously worked at AvalonBay where he was Vice President of Development with responsibility for Long Island, Connecticut and Westchester County.

Prior to AvalonBay, he spent six years with a publicly traded London-based consulting firm, helping to start up the NYC office and advising financial services and private equity clients.

He joined AvalonBay in 2004 and was involved in the development of over 3,000 apartment homes in the NY Metro suburbs. These projects included building on remediated contaminated sites, Transit Oriented Developments (TODs), and developments facing difficult entitlement challenges.

Capece serves on Boards of George Washington University’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, the Long Island Builder’s Institute (LIBI), the Long Island Association (LIA), the YMCA of Long Island, and as a member of the Business Council of Westchester (BCW).

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Janover LLC has announced the promotions to principals from senior managers of Christopher Gagliardi, CPA and Jason Hoffman, CPA.

Christopher Gagliardi has over 11 years of public accounting experience and has been with Janover since graduating from college. He is a member of the firm’s Assurance and Quality Control departments. His practice is focused on the Construction and Financial Services Industries.

Additionally, Gagliardi provides CFO Consulting services for middle market, public companies and is a leader in the plaintiff financing industry.

He obtained his Bachelor’s in Accounting from SUNY Old Westbury, where he currently serves on the school’s Advisory Board. He is also a board member of Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services.

Jason Hoffman is widely recognized as a top young tax and advisory professional in both the real estate and cannabis industries.

He has over 15 years of experience in public accounting and has been at Janover for over two years.

Hoffman is the leader of the firm’s Cannabis Industry group and is a member of the firm’s real estate department.

He focuses on clients that need full service tax and advisory assistance. He takes his clients through all aspects of their business from initial structuring to sale or merger and everything in-between.

Hoffman is an active member of the New York State Society of CPAs, where he currently serves as the chair of the Real Estate Committee.

In addition, Janover has announced that partner Christine A. Miller, CPA, has been elected by the partners of the firm to Janover’s Executive Committee to serve a two year term, effective January 1, 2020.

Miller has practiced public accounting for over 20 years and has been with Janover for almost 24 years.

She started as an associate and has climbed up the ranks to earn the distinction as Janover’s first female partner. At the firm, Miller serves on its Quality Control Committee and oversees Engagement Training and Assurance Team projects.

Miller is a member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), serving on the FWA’s Long Island Division Committee. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs.

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The Commercial Industrial Brokers Society (CIBS) of Long Island has honored Kyle Strober, executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island (ABLI), with its annual Achievement Award.

The Achievement Award, presented at the CIBS annual meeting at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, Long Island, recognizes Strober’s efforts to assist the activities of the real estate brokers group, including his work on two annual events, the annual Long Island Real Estate Dinner and the annual holiday party, that bring together Long Island developers and commercial real estate brokers.

Strober has been executive director of in Hauppauge-based ABLI, a real estate developers group.

CIBS also honored Ryan Osborne, Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Waldner’s Office Environments, with its 2019 Associate of the Year Award.

Osborne’s 2019 Associate Award recognizes and encourages the support and involvement of CIBS members and associate members in the activities of the real estate brokers group.

Osborne has been with Waldner’s for almost three decades, starting out as a Teamster in the office furniture firm’s Farmingdale warehouse. He has been COO since 2016.

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Polsinelli announced that Daniel L. McAvoy has joined the firm in New York as a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Securities & Corporate Finance practice.

McAvoy’s practice focuses on private closed-end investment funds, corporate finance, securities regulation and M&A with a particular specialization in private investment fund transactions, including complex GP-led restructurings and secondary transactions. His experience also includes guiding overseas fund managers in entering U.S. markets.

In addition to his practice involving investment advisers, fund sponsors and investors, McAvoy has extensive experience counseling clients in M&A and securities transactions with a U.S. or regulatory component.

McAvoy is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Securities Regulation Committee and Private Investment Funds Subcommittee as well as the International Bar Association.

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Colliers International Group Inc. has hired Andrew Jacobs as a Managing Director within the Capital Markets team and Jared Rutledge as a Director focused on office leasing and tenant representation.

Andrew Jacobs spent eight years on the investment sales team at Newmark Knight Frank and its predecessor RKF.

With a focus on middle markets, he has completed over $600 million of transactions including the $98 million sale of NYREIT’s NYC retail portfolio, the $64 million sale of The Plaza at Harmon Meadow in Secaucus, NJ, and the sale of 138 Spring Street in SoHo for $48.5 million.

Prior to Colliers, Jared Rutledge was an Associate Director at Lee & Associates in New York City.

He represented a notable home furnishing company in their disposition of their 31,000 s/f headquarters and was the exclusive leasing agent for 30 East 60th Street. He also represented the Moinian Group in a 24,000 cs/f lease.

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SJP Properties announced that Christina Honthy has joined the company as Director of Asset Management to support the company’s third-party construction and Project Solutions divisions, as well as the company’s property management and human resources platforms.

Honthy will work closely with SJP Senior Vice President Andrew Natale and Executive Vice President Peter Bronsnick in the pursuit of new business opportunities and joint venture relationships.

Prior to joining SJP, Honthy was Associate Director of Management Services for Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) in New Jersey.

She joined NKF initially as a Senior Property Manager for a 1.4 million-square-foot Lehigh Valley portfolio, owned by CapTrust and Penncap Properties.

In late 2015, Honthy was promoted to Associate Director of Management Services at NKF, where she supported the Regional Director on business development, client and vendor relationships, staffing, quality controls, and procedural oversight.

With more than 25 years of experience in executive administration, property management, and mentorship, Honthy has managed upwards of 80 employees at one time, and has supported property portfolios totaling over six million square feet.

These assets consisted of Class A office, retail, residential and multifamily, medical and flex-warehouse, with a tenant base ranging from Fortune 500 corporate occupiers and charter schools, to non-profit organizations.

Honthy earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Centenary University and holds Real Estate Salesperson licenses in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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