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Who’s News: M&M hires Nat Rockett, Brunelli announces new titles

Marcus & Millichap announced the hiring of Nat Rockett, one of New York City’s leading institutional sales brokers with more than two decades of experience in the metropolitan area.

Rockett joins the firm from Cushman & Wakefield, where he was co-head of the New York Investment Team, serving as an Executive Vice President in the Capital Markets Group.

In his new position at Marcus & Millichap, he will be focused on office and retail properties in New York City and surrounding areas, which have been the core of his career.

Rockett began his career at Massey Knakal Realty Services and worked in the investment sales department of CBRE and Insignia/ESG prior to his tenure at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he served as a Managing Director and head of New York investment sales.

He has vast experience in the sale of office properties, development parcels, retail properties, multifamily buildings, leasehold interests and mortgages, throughout the metropolitan area including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island and Westchester County.

His clients have included Vornado Realty Trust, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Verizon, Apollo Global Real Estate and St. John’s University.

A South Salem resident, Rockett is a member of YMWREA and the Real Estate Board of New York where he serves on the Sales Brokers committee. He is also a member of the Bedford 2020 Transportation Task Force.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Moving to position itself for accelerated long-term growth, R.J. Brunelli & Co., LLC announced the appointments of founder Richard Brunelli as chairman of the Board, Ron DeLuca as Chief Executive Officer, Danielle Brunelli-Albrecht as President, and Bill Lenaz as Executive VP of Business Development.
All four have been principals of the Old Bridge-based retail real estate brokerage since the time it became an LLC in 2010.

In the newly created role of CEO, Ron DeLuca will work with Brunelli-Albrecht on strategic planning, while also directing R.J. Brunelli’s day-to-day operations, including review and approval of all representation agreements, and other legal documents; hiring of new staff; and oversight of all trade show activities.

He will also continue to supervise the firm’s annual retail vacancy study, as well as ensure that the sales team conforms to the company’s standards on landlord representation accounts. Along with Ms. Brunelli-Albrecht, he will additionally continue to actively represent the firm’s interests in nationwide broker network Realty Resources.

Prior to joining R.J. Brunelli as a VP in 2003, DeLuca spent 10 years as founder and president of Bristol Business Group. This followed 17 years as a marketing executive in the technology industry, beginning with 10 years at Perkin Elmer Corp. where, as director of marketing, he was part of the team that facilitated the spin-off of a $250 million division into a separate publicly traded company, Concurrent Computer Corp., where he subsequently spent seven years as Senior Director of Marketing.
DeLuca, who began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Stevens Institute and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University.

In assuming the reins from her father as President, Danielle Brunelli-Albrecht will be responsible for the overall management of the firm’s team of sales associates; recruitment of new sales associates; ensuring that the sales team conforms to the company’s standards on tenant representation assignments; and oversight of all advertising and public relations activities. As spokesperson for the firm, she will also continue to appear on various retail real estate industry panels.

Brunelli-Albrecht began her career at R.J. Brunelli when she was 16 as a part-time marketing assistant. In 1999, at the age of just 18, she earned her real estate license while attending Monmouth University, from which she graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Marketing.

While attending classes and captaining Monmouth’s Division 1 women’s tennis team, she began making her first deals for retailer Sally Beauty Supply. She soon landed the chain’s tenant representation account and continues to exclusively represent the company in central and northern New Jersey. This was followed by tenant representation agreements with Zales and Tuesday Morning, as well as long-term preferred broker assignments for Massage Envy and European Wax Center in central New Jersey.

She completed multiple deals for such chains as Toys ‘R’ Us, Sonic, ULTA, Muscle Maker Grill, Burger Fi, and Corner Bakery Café. In 2010, Brunelli-Albrecht added Dollar Tree to the firm’s client list, and subsequently completed nearly 50 deals throughout New Jersey as the chain’s exclusive representative for the entire state. She was named a Senior VP in 2006.

Bill Lenaz, in the newly created position of Executive VP of Business Development, will focus his efforts on significant new retail development projects, consult and mentor the firm’s sales staff in development areas, as well as uncover new areas for investment for consideration by the R.J. Brunelli Board.

He joined the firm in 1998, bringing 10 years of experience in retail real estate as owner of Eaglerock Realty.
Lenaz has been actively involved in developing new business opportunities along high-traffic regional retail corridors, as well as pre-leasing centers in the development stage.

Richard Brunelli, who founded the firm in 1975, will remain active in the business, focusing on special projects, while stepping away from day-to-day operations.

Robert Scimeme has joined CW Solutions as Director of Property Research.
He is assisting utility and wireless telecommunication clients with statewide right-of-way acquisition and title permitting projects.
Scimeme has 17 years of experience as a title examiner and right-of-way professional.

Before joining CW Solutions, he was affiliated with The State Capital Title & Abstract Company, where he worked in the Judgment Department.
Prior to that, he was the president of Terra Abstracts, Inc., a title servicing company which he founded in Rockville, Maryland.
Scimeme holds a bachelor of arts in criminal justice and a bachelor of science in biological sciences from the University of Maryland.

Jeffrey Heller, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the firm’s New Jersey office, announced that Bob Gordon has joined Avison Young as a Senior Vice President of Consulting and Advisory.

Gordon will help grow the firm’s New Jersey real estate practice focusing on the state’s healthcare sector.

Prior to joining Avison Young, Gordon worked for five years as a management consultant with APM Management Consultants, where he advised on mergers and other strategic projects for major hospital systems, including the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Emory Healthcare.

Earlier in his career, Gordon worked at A.T. Kearney, where he was responsible for creating business development and marketing strategies for Fortune 1000 firms.
Gordon, who serves as a senator in the New Jersey State Legislature, holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a master’s of public policy from University of California at Berkeley, and both a master’s of business administration and health care management degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Hodges Ward Elliott has further bolstered is New York team with the addition of commercial real estate professionals Paul Gillen and Daniel Parker.

Paul Gillen, who will serve as Managing Director at HWE in their New York office, has worked on over $15 billion of commercial real estate transactions.
His experience includes commercial real estate, sales, financing, acquisitions, and asset management, and covers all property types and investments throughout the capital stack and across the risk-reward spectrum.

Gillen was most recently a Senior Vice President in the New York City Investment Sales Group at CBRE, where he executed many of New York City’s largest, most high-profile asset sale and recapitalization transactions , including 230 Park, One Chase Manhattan Plaza, 1370 Broadway, and 511 West 25th Street.

Prior to this, Gillen was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley. He also held officer positions at UBS Global Asset Management and Transwestern Investment Services Group.

Gillen received an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a B.S. from Georgetown University.
A Senior Vice President at HWE, Daniel Parker was previously a Vice President at The Related Companies, where he led a management team overseeing a 2,700-unit multifamily portfolio in New York City.

Prior to working for Related, Parker worked in the Savills Studley Capital Transactions Group, closing in excess of $2.2 billion in commercial real estate transactions.

Parker received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Utah and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Gillen and Parker will work in the new HWE office at 1140 Avenue of the Americas, which will house the firm’s first practice dedicated to commercial investment sales brokerage and financing beyond the hospitality asset class, including retail, office, multifamily and land.

Jennifer Ng has joined the Real Estate Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP as an associate.

Prior to joining the firm, Ng practiced law as an associate at a top collections firm in New York City. She appeared in civil court, supreme court and the appellate division on litigation matters.

She has served as judicial intern for the Honorable Barbara Kapnick in New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division. She has held legal internships at AllianceBernstein, FINRA (The Financial Industry regulatory Authority) and the New York State Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District.

Ng earned her Juris Doctor from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2013 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from St. John’s University in 2008.

While at Touro, Ng was a member of Law Review and the Honors program. She was the beneficiary of a merit scholarship, incentive scholarship, and the 2012 Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship.

She served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), and teaching assistant for the Legal Education Access Program (LEAP) and the Writing Center.

Ng is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, and is fluent in Chinese.

Martha Snider has joined Castle Lanterra Properties (CLP), announced Elie Rieder, founder and CEO of the privately-held, Suffern-based real estate company.
With 14 years of commercial real estate and related professional experience, Snider joins the firm as Director of Investor Relations.

Snider joins CLP from PDI, Inc., where she worked with the firm’s executive team. She had previously held similar positions over many years with Tishman Speyer, where she was involved in various projects including the construction of the new Yankee Stadium.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY-New Paltz.
Castle Lanterra Properties specializes in identifying investment opportunities in multi-family properties. In the past twelve months, Castle Lanterra Properties has acquired $290 million of assets including over 1,900 residential units.

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