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WHO’S NEWS: REBNY Promotion, CPC Moves

James (Jim) Whelan, a veteran of the Bloomberg administration and former senior leader at a private real estate company, has been promoted to executive vice president of The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
Whelan has served as REBNY’s senior vice president for Public Affairs since 2010.
He will continue to coordinate REBNY’s relations with other business and trade associations, represent the Board’s positions to the public and elected officials, and help manage issue-oriented campaigns of interest to the real estate and business community.
Prior to joining REBNY, Whelan served as senior vice president for Public Affairs at Muss Development where he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s governmental, political and community relations, and managed several of the firm’s development projects.
Before that, he served as chief of staff and senior advisor for the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development of New York City, Daniel Doctoroff, from late 2005 through 2007.
Among his accomplishments in this role, Whelan was responsible for initiating strategies to secure ULURP approval for Willets Point and Coney Island and implementing PlanNYC, which made New York City a global leader for sustainability.
Before that, Whelan served as the executive director of the Hudson Yards Coalition, an economic development advocacy organization that sought the implementation of the Hudson Yards plan on Manhattan’s Far West Side,.
In 1999, Whelan created the economic development advocacy organization, the Downtown Brooklyn Council, served as its first executive director and oversaw the creation of the Downtown Brooklyn Plan, a redevelopment strategy for Downtown Brooklyn.
He is a graduate of New York University and the Fordham University School of Law.

The Community Preservation Corporation, Inc. (CPC) announced additions to its leadership and originations teams.
The expanded team includes:
Tom McGrath, Senior Vice President and Director of Upstate Revitalization.
McGrath will lead efforts to increase CPC’s presence in and commitment to upstate New York.
McGrath started his career in CPC as the first regional director for the Hudson Valley office and was instrumental in CPC’s expansions to eastern, central, and western New York.
ost recently, he oversaw all aspects of CPC Resources, CPC’s for-profit subsidiary that provides equity and develops affordable housing in underserved communities throughout New York State.
Elizabeth Propp, Senior Vice President for Investments and Acquisitions.
Before joining CPC, Elizabeth Propp worked as a research affiliate & financial consultant for the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.
Prior to that, she was with JPMorgan Investment Management for 16 years, most recently as managing director and northeast acquisitions team leader.
Propp earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Yale School of Management.
Lawrence G. Hammond, Vice President and Mortgage Officer in CPC’s New York City office.
In his new role, Mr. Hammond will help grow the New York City office’s construction and permanent loan portfolio and ensure it reflects CPC’s core mission to stabilize and revitalize communities.
With over 30 years of experience in financing community development and commercial real estate projects, he comes from the Popular Community Bank where he was the vice president and relationship manager for nine years.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University, Hammond worked at JPMorgan Chase Community Development Group for almost 30 years, most recently serving as the vice president of its community partnership office.
Christopher Schilling, Mortgage Officer on CPC’s Freddie Mac team.
Based in the New York City office, Mr. Schilling will lead mortgage officers from all field offices to grow CPC’s Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan (SBL) portfolio.
Prior to joining CPC, he worked at the Love Funding for eight years, starting as an investment analyst and advancing to the director of the New York office. He also worked at Citi in its Citi Cards and Citibank North America division for six years, becoming an expert in risk management.
Schilling received a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and a master’s degree from Miami University.

EPIC Commercial Realty has welcomed Doran Shapiro to its team.
Shapiro proviously worked in marketing and sales for both a major retail chain, and a customized e-commerce clothing businesses.
After switching to commercial real estate, Doran worked in a mixed-use multi-family brokerage firm based in the Flatiron District.
Doran specializes in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn and Fordham Manor in Bronx, NY.
He graduated with Honors from Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology.

Greg Dembek has re-joined Integrated Business Systems (IBS) as senior field engineer in the commercial real estate technology firm’s Managed IT Services division.
IBS initially hired Dembeck in 1999, the same year it launched the division; he spent 15 years there prior to temporarily relocating out of state.
IBS senior field engineers work directly with clients, providing consulting, design, installation and support for their computer and networking technologies.

Eastern Consolidated announced that it has promoted Mark Schnurman to Principal.
In addition to his role as Chief Sales Officer, Schnurman will now also have input and contribute greatly toward the firm’s overall strategy and direction.
Since joining Eastern in 2013, Schnurman restructured the firm’s sales recruitment, training, and development program, working in conjunction with Eastern President Daun Paris.
The new program has helped nearly double the size of Eastern’s brokerage team and accelerated the growth of the firm’s revenues. Schnurman is actively recruiting additional brokers.
Schnurman holds a J.D. from the Ohio State College of Law and a B.A. in Labor Studies from Penn State University.
He is a faculty member at Penn State’s World Campus, where he teaches graduate level Human Resources courses and is a member of the Penn State University Labor Studies and Employee Relations Board.
Schnurman, who previously held senior sales management and training positions with Morgan Stanley, GFI Capital Resources, and Wachovia Securities, is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
Cushman & Wakefield has promoted Nancy Erickson to senior director for National Retail Services.
Erickson, who joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2004, serves as the firm’s New Jersey Retail Lead.
Her current focus is on continuing to grow the NJ Retail Team and expanding her client base, performing retail consulting, acquisitions and dispositions of properties for national retailers and landlords.
She is also currently managing some of the most prominent landlord assignments in New Jersey, including the Plaza at Harmon Meadow in Secaucus, Valley & Bloom in Montclair, and the Streets of Chester, among others.
A licensed Real Estate Broker in both New York and New Jersey, Erickson is an active member of ICSC, the shopping center association; and has also served on the Board of Directors and in various chair positions of CoreNet Global NYC.
She holds an MBA in Management from Monmouth University and a BS in Marketing from Kean University

JLL is exapnding its Strategic Consulting group with the appointment of Phil Kirschner, Senior Vice President in the Workplace Strategy team.
Kirschner will help JLL clients in the Northeast United States create and implement workplace strategies that boost employee engagement and productivity as well as optimize facility use.
Kirschner joins JLL with more than 13 years of experience in leading and advising multi-disciplinary change and process improvement initiatives at Credit Suisse.
Most recently, he led workplace strategy for the Americas and managed occupancy monitoring and visualization projects for the global corporate real estate portfolio.
In this role, Kirschner helped develop the company’s “Smart Working” program, comprising best practices for adopting policies, workspace designs, mobile technologies and change management to address evolving workplace preferences and reduce occupancy expenses.
Recently recognized with a Workplace Innovation Award from the International Facility Management Association’s New York City chapter, Smart Working now comprises 14,000 staff across seven countries. Kirschner was also instrumental in the development of global space and furniture guidelines.
Kirschner holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Washington University, with concentrations in artificial intelligence and robotics; he is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

JLL has hired Steven Robinson as a Vice President of Retail Brokerage in New York.
Robinson brings more than a decade of experience in Manhattan retail commercial real estate.
In his new role, he will be responsible for new business development, retail tenant representation and agency leasing services throughout the New York tri-state area.
Robinson has completed approximately 200,000 s/f in retail transactions and $500 million in investment sales throughout his career.
Prior to joining JLL, he was a Vice President with CBRE, where he represented the retail and office space needs of tenants and building owners across the tri-state region.
Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Seton Hall University.
While attending the university, he was a member of its Division I Baseball Team. He is currently a member of the Seton Hall University Alumni Association, Real Estate Board of New York and is a licensed real estate sales person in New York.

The New York office of Cresa announced that Richard Plehn, a 25-year veteran of the real estate industry, has been appointed as the firm’s newest Senior Advisor.
Plehn will be focused on real estate portfolio evaluation, financial analysis and leasing advisory for Cresa New York clients across the region.
Plehn comes to Cresa New York from DTZ, where he served as Vice President of Occupier Services, and managed a team that focused on designing, executing and overseeing real estate plans for businesses.
Prior to DTZ, he built his career at Colliers International Group, where he advised both tenants and landlords in the New York market for over 20 years.
Phlen has completed more than four million rentable square feet worth of deals working with companies such as Google, Web MD, Extel Development, Lawrence Ruben Co. and The Onassis Foundation.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York University.

Chanchal Singh has been named Education Coordinator for NAIOP New Jersey.
She is responsible for the association’s continuing education program, including certifying programs and speakers and maintaining continuing education credit records.
Singh is currently a candidate for a Masters in City and Regional Planning at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
She received her undergraduate degree from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, India.

Roseland, a subsidiary of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, announced that Andrew Marshall has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer.
Marshall will oversee the day-to-day operations of Roseland and will continue as the Company’s executive vice president of development.
Among his accomplishments at Roseland, Marshall has been the leader of the master-planned redevelopment at Port Imperial, playing a critical role in transforming the site into the waterfront community that has emerged.

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