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WHO’S NEWS: New Stantec principal; Trio of financial appointments at LendLease

Michael Brothers has joined Stantec’s Manhattan office as a principal and regional director of the company’s Program and Project Management team across the Tri-State area.
With over 20 years of experience, Brothers has led the design, construction and project management for complex, multi-stakeholder projects from coast to coast.
Specializing in the institutional, commercial, residential, and hospitality sectors, he has managed over $1 billion of construction over the course of his career.
Brothers has received notable recognition for his projects, including the AIA’s Dupont Benadictus Award for Ray King Studio, the Consumer Electronics Design Installers Association award for Best Architectural Design for the Theo Kalomirakis Theaters, and ENR New York’s Best Projects of 2009 award for the JetBlue food and beverage concessions at JFK.
His work on New York City’s City Hall also earned Building Design + Construction magazine’s Platinum Award in 2012 and the Constructech Vision Gold Award in 2011.
Stantec’s New York City office employs nearly 200 architects, planners, engineers, project managers, and other design professionals.
James Walsh has been appointed director of information technology (IT) for the U.S., Central & South America region of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
In his new position, Walsh will be responsible for delivering technology and innovation across all business sectors. He will be based in New York.
Walsh has over 30 years of experience in corporate management, IT operations and services as well as management consulting. He has held senior management positions at several Fortune 500 corporations as well as small software companies and management consulting firms.
Prior to joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Walsh was president of WBG Group, a management consulting firm. He previously served as senior vice president and chief technology officer at a global consulting engineering organization.
He holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.B.A. in finance and business law from Temple University.
Aufgang Architects LLC announced that Lyndsay Knight has joined the firm as an urban planner.
Knight joins the firm from Pinnacle Consulting Inc. where she served as a site development specialist. Previously she was a development coordinator at RAW Architecture in Denver, CO.
Knight has a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in real estate development from the University of Colorado Denver, and she holds a Bachelors of Art in Studio Art from the University of Louisville.
Lendlease announced the appointments of John Donohoe – Head of Treasury, Tolliver Williams – Head of Capital Solutions and Ashutosh Aman – Vice President, Investment Manager.


John Donohoe is responsible for directing Lendlease Americas’ treasury function, including funding strategies relating to the region’s on and off-balance sheet capital needs, financing Lendlease development projects, and managing relationships with finance partners across banks, insurance companies and other specialty lenders.
Prior to his current role, Donohoe served as Treasurer of both Apollo Global Management LLC, and Financial Guarantee Insurance Company (FGIC).
He also spent more than ten years of his career in transactional roles across mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and structured finance, including five years at GE Capital.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School.
Tolliver Williams is responsible for the functions of capital transactions, equity raising, investor relations, product development and research in the Americas.


Williams joined Lendlease from Tishman Speyer’s equity capital markets group responsible for sourcing equity capital for funds and joint ventures. Prior to Tishman Speyer, he worked in the investment banking group at Morgan Stanley in New York where he executed M&A and capital raising engagements on behalf of U.S. real estate clients.
Williams received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Oglethorpe University and a Master of Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Ashutosh Aman is responsible for growing Lendlease’s development efforts in the telecom, renewable, and infrastructure sectors.
Aman has over 16 years of combined experience in finance, technology, and engineering. Prior to joining Lendlease, he structured over $12 billion of complex debt financing at HSBC for projects and acquisitions primarily covering Infrastructure, O&G, and Power in the Americas.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur, Masters in Environmental Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Private Equity from London Business School.
Goldberg & Connolly announced that Craig M. Nisnewitz, Esq. has joined the firm’s Construction Practice and Litigation Groups as of Counsel.
Prior to joining the firm, Nisnewitz was a partner in his own firm, Feinstein & Nisnewitz, P.C., from 1998-2011. Subsequently, he was a partner of Spizz Cohen & Serchuk, P.C. in New York City from 2011-2015.
For over 31 years, Nisnewitz has represented general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, architects, engineers, various public owners, and suppliers and vendors of construction materials and systems in disputes involving public and private construction projects.
Nisnewitz has served as Construction Counsel to the Port Washington Union Free School District in connection with the renovation of its school facilities under a $40 million bond issue.
He received a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1981 and a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1978, magna cum laude.
Andreas M. Koudellou joined Goldberg & Connolly’s Construction Practice and Litigation Group as an Associate.
Koudellou graduated from both college and law school with high honors, receiving his law degree, magna cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 2013 and his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Boston University in 2009.
During his time at Fordham, he was a Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar and was appointed Senior Notes and Articles Editor for the Environmental Law Review. Koudellou was also awarded the Hellenic Lawyers Association 2011 Scholarship.
Prior to joining Goldberg & Connolly, Koudellou was an associate at Sacco & Fillas, LLP where he represented multi-national corporations involved in large construction projects.
Richter+Ratner (R+R) has hired AnaTracey Hawkins as vice president of Strategy and Development.
Hawkins will be defining and implementing R+R’s marketing and growth strategies and developing relationships with prospects and clients. She will focus primarily on the New York City and greater New York area markets.
Hawkins previously served as vice president of marketing for a major regional construction firm and was a co-founder of SNY-Newtown, a business development consultancy for the AEC industry.
Her work as a marketing executive follows a successful career as a TV host, personal branding consultant, and facilitator for such luxury brands as Ferrari, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, BMW, Trinity Yachts, Ferretti Group Yachts, and Prada.
She also served as a sales executive for Mondrian Residences/Morgans Hotel Group and the Crescent Heights development in Miami Beach, FL.
Hawkins grew up in New Zealand and studied quantity surveying at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland.
AFG Group, Inc. (AFG) has selected Louise Brodnitz as Senior Historic Preservation Architect to support the CM Team on the St. Elizabeths Consolidation Project, in Washington, DC.
As the onsite subject matter expert, Brodnitz will advise on preservation issues related to the historic buildings and landscape on the West Campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital and new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.
Additionally, she will strengthen GSA’s role as steward and developer by presiding over historical matters related to the Project’s national historic landscape.
Brodnitz brings over 28 years of experience as a Historic Preservation Architect and Urban Planner.
She will facilitate GSA in fulfilling the terms of the Programmatic Agreement between the GSA, the State Historic Preservation Office, and other key stakeholders who are committed to its long-term protection.

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