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WHO’S NEWS: M&M promotes, SGW brings in Neil Stern

Marcus & Millichap has promoted J.D. Parker to senior vice president, according to John J. Kerin, president and chief executive officer.

Parker currently serves as district manager over Marcus & Millichap’s New York Tri-State area where he oversees five offices and over 250 investment professionals and staff.
Parker has been with Marcus & Millichap for over a decade and has played an instrumental role in the growth of its Northeastern offices,.

Parker is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

SGW Properties announced that Neil Stern has joined as vice president of Corporate Development.
The announcement was made by Yeshaya Wasserman, president of SGW Properties.

Stern will work alongside Wasserman in identifying investment opportunities, overseeing property management for the company’s existing portfolio, working with lenders to finance new acquisitions, and to spearhead initiatives to expand the company’s presence in Brooklyn and throughout the New York City region.

Prior to joining SGW Properties, Stern was director of marketing for Senior Planning Services, a healthcare services consulting group.

Before that, Stern served as Business Intelligence Analyst for B&H Photo, where he developed reports directly impacting the firm’s business decisions.

Julie Tran has joined Advalurem Group as director with the primary responsibility of overseeing all aspects of asset and portfolio management.

With 11 years of real estate experience, Tran has managed over $4 billion of institutional real estate across various markets and property sectors.

Prior to joining Advalurem Group, Tran was a senior member of the management team at Candlebrook Properties, a multifamily operator.

Before Candlebrook, she served as portfolio manager at Madison International Realty, where she worked for many years with Advalurem Group founder, Gabriel Pozo.

At Madison, Tran managed $2.5 billion of assets in several closed-ended fund vehicles. The funds comprised of office, multifamily, hotel, and retail investments located across the US and Europe. She began her career at Prudential Real Estate Investors.

Tran holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and is an active member of Urban Land Institute and a board member of the New York Private Equity Network Women’s Committee.

CBRE Group, Inc. announced that John Isaacs, executive vice president and the company’s New York City Life Science practice leader, has been named to the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Leadership Council.

The ASRC is the keystone of CUNY’s Decade of Science, an initiative launched in 2005 to help position CUNY as a significant research institution and reinforce its commitment to advancing scientific research and education.

The science center’s mission is to be a catalyst for interdisciplinary scientific research and discovery and to develop a university-wide integrated scientific research network, attracting and retaining top-level scientists, competing successfully for large collaborative research grants and expanding the university’s capacity to commercialize its intellectual property.

Among its goals is to develop solutions that benefit the people of New York and the larger community.

GFI Capital Resources Group, Inc. announced that Eyal Karni has joined the company as vice president of accounting and compliance.

The newly created position was established to facilitate the company’s ongoing expansion and assist with enhanced investor-level reporting requirements both in the United States and abroad.
In his previous role as managing director and global assistant corporate controller of Accounting for Cushman & Wakefield’s New York City corporate headquarters, Karni directed the accounting department and interfaced with various corporate functions and dozens of regional offices.

Karni received his Bachelor’s in Business Management from the College of Management in Israel and is a Certified Public Accountant in Israel.

••• has hired Chuck Taylor as its managing director to run the company’s Atlanta office.
The new office and latest executive hire is announced on the heels of its $35 million series B round of funding.

With more than 20 years of commercial real estate finance experience, Taylor will be responsible for originating both debt and equity transactions for

Most recently at A10 Capital, Taylor served as its principal and executive vice president where he was one of the top performing originators.

Prior to A10 Capital, Taylor was with a $175 million equity fund, Reynolds Capital Group, where he was the director of acquisitions for two years.

For nearly ten years prior, Taylor was with JPMorgan, focused on CMBS. He served in many senior positions during his tenure, including executive director and head of underwriting for the east region (comprised of NY and Atlanta). While there, Taylor completed more than $8 billion of debt transactions.
Taylor earned his B.A. degree in economics and his Masters degree in real estate from the University of Florida.

Alston & Bird has expanded its Real Estate Finance and Investment Group with the addition of Bert Greenwell as counsel in the firm’s New York office.
He arrives from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and focuses his practice on commercial real estate finance and commercial mortgage securitization.

Greenwell represents institutional lenders in all aspects of real estate financings and restructurings.
Prior to his role at Kelley Drye, Greenwell was of counsel at Weber & Rose, PSC. Before that, he was real estate counsel at Atria Senior Living Group and an associate at Stites & Harbison, PLLC. Earlier in his career, he was a property manager at Sprint Corporation.

Greenwell is the latest addition to Alston & Bird’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Group. In June, the firm added New York counsel Stephen Millas to the group, in addition to Noam Greenberg who joined the group as counsel in New York last December.

National law firm Wilson Elser announced that Joseph J. Ceccarelli has joined the firm’s New York City office as a partner.

Ceccarelli was a founding and managing partner of Ceccarelli Weprin PLLC.

He also served as treasurer for now State Assemblyman David I. Weprin during four consecutive successful election campaigns for Finance Committee Chair of the New York City Council from 2002 through 2009.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Ceccarelli has developed a practice focused on commercial and real estate litigation in federal and state courts.
His strengths and roots lie in New York City, representing high-stakes business interests on Wall Street and owners, developers and managers in the city’s real estate market.
Ceccarelli earned his J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University with his B.A. degree in economics.

Colliers International continues to expand its New York City operations with the additions of Nick Chin as associate director, and Sam Einhorn and Gary Shukhat as associates.

Nick Chin will serve as an Associate Director in the Financial Analytics group, which is part of Colliers’ consulting division.

Chin brings a strong background in financial analysis and real estate, having previously served as a Financial Analyst at BlackRock. Prior to BlackRock, he worked as a Financial Analyst for Brixmor Property Group.

Chin holds a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University.
Associate Sam Einhorn will concentrate on tenant representation as a member of a Colliers brokerage team led by industry veterans James Emden and Peter Simel.

Most recently, Einhorn served in the marketing department at Columbia Records, where three of his album releases debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

He had previously held operational and marketing positions at Warner Brothers Music and AOL Music.
Einhorn received a B.S. in Music Industry from Northeastern University and also attended Horace Mann School in the Bronx.

Gary Shukhat will focus on both landlord and tenant representation as an Associate working with Director Dmitry Levkov, who, like Shukhat, came to commercial brokerage from Wall Street.
Shukhat previously served as a Senior Trade Analyst for KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he worked on the 575 Fifth Avenue Equity and Fixed Income Trade Floor, and as a trader in equity markets at Goldman Sachs.

He received degrees in Finance and Computer Science from Baruch College, and was previously a professional hockey player for the Florida Panthers.

Three new attorneys have joined Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C., the real estate law firm.

Ricardo Vasquez and Glenn Berezanskiy have joined the firm as partners. Janire Lamiquiz has joined as an associate.

Ricardo Vasquez’s primary practice areas include both residential and commercial litigation, including summary nonpayment and holdover proceedings, administrative law proceedings and the defense of city and/or tenant initiated HP proceedings.

He represents clients in civil actions regarding issues concerning residential and commercial real estate.
Glenn Berezanskiy practices in the firm’s Supreme Court Division, where he handles all phases of litigation.

He counsels Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and industry wide companies on a diverse range of matters, including corporate matters and commercial transactions. Additionally, he practices in the Intellectual Property arena, where he represents entertainment artists.

He is past Committee Chair of the Russian American Bar Association and is a member The Russian Speaking Business Attorney Network. He was previously with Newman Ferrara LLP.
Janire Lamiquiz is helping to develop the firm’s Immigration practice.

She counsels senior management and in-house counsel on immigration policies and strategies for their companies.

She also practices in the Transactional area, focusing on representation of commercial and residential purchasers and sellers, landlords and tenants, borrowers and lenders in commercial and residential real estate transactions.

She also counsels boards and managing agents of cooperative and condominiums.
She was previously with the firm of C.T. Lee & Associates.

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