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WHO’S NEWS: Reingold joins AFJ, SCG adds three

Suzy Reingold, a longtime New York commercial real estate executive and lawyer, has joined the board of Avenues for Justice (AFJ), one of the most successful and cost-effective youth crime prevention programs in the U.S.

Reingold was a co-recipient of AFJ’s prestigious Community Service Award in 2014, in recognition of her special contribution to the youth of New York City.

Reingold is a commercial real estate consultant in private practice. She provides business, legal and training services to commercial real estate brokerage firms, and serves as a real estate recruiting advisor. Her consultancy extends to providing expert witness, arbitration and mediation services to parties involved in real estate disputes.

For nearly a decade before launching her consultancy, Reingold was chief operating officer for the New York tri-state region for a leading global commercial real estate company headquartered in Chicago, managing operations for some 350 brokerage professionals.

Before that, she was Senior Managing Director, New York Tri-State Region and U.S. Brokerage, with CB Richard Ellis. Reingold began her real estate career at The Mendik Company, now part of Vornado, where she was Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing. She also served as Executive Vice President, Director of Leasing and Public Relations for The Related Companies, where she oversaw the leasing of many major commercial properties in NYC.

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SCG Retail, a division of The Shopping Center Group, is pleased to announce the hiring of three people for its Manhattan office. Grant Holtan and Seth Kessler are senior retail leasing agents for SCG Retail based in the company’s Manhattan office. Both are responsible for helping landlords formulate leasing strategies and find appropriate tenants. Amanda Keller is a retail leasing associate, and will assist David Firestein, managing partner at SCG Retail, with tenant representation.

Grant Holtan was a member of the United States Army Special Forces Group where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor for actions in combat. Grant was also a retail leasing consultant at Williams Jackson Ewing. He worked on preeminent properties such as Grand Central Terminal, Chrystie Place, CityCenterDC and Industry City, working with some of the city’s top developers including Hines, AvalonBay, and Jamestown.

A Columbia University graduate, at SCG Grant is responsible for assisting landlords and developers with leasing strategies and deal negotiation.

Prior to joining SCG, Seth Kessler spent 10 years at Cornerstone Group, where he started as a leasing associate and then became vice present of leasing, and head project manager. During his time at Cornerstone he closed 45 transactions totaling over 300,000 square feet. Seth has worked with such brands as Hale & Hearty, Washington Market Pediatrics, FDNY, Grishko Ballet Shoes, and many others. At SCG Retail he helps landlords on several significant developments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

A graduate of the University of Tampa, he was a division II varsity golfer. He was also a founding board member of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy.

Amanda Keller is a retail leasing associate at SCG Retail, also based in their Manhattan office. She is responsible for working with Starbucks, assisting David Firestein, who brought the Seattle-based coffee chain to NYC in 1994 and has continued to represent them exclusively in the city. Amanda was an investment sales associate at TerraCRG in Brooklyn prior to joining SCG where she worked on new business development for mixed use and multi-family building sales. She also worked at Massey Knakal as an operations and finance associate. She’s a Fairfield University graduate where she was a division I field hockey player.

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The Community Development Team (CDT), which provides long-term debt and equity capital for the creation and preservation of affordable housing, announced the promotions of three senior managers: Bob Rice to senior vice president–debt programs, and both Desiree Fisher and Carol Roman to vice president–underwriting.

Rice, who was previously vice president–debt, has worked on nearly every type of debt transaction since joining CDT’s Chicago office in 2004. In his new role, he will take on increased responsibilities within CDT’s debt program.

Prior to joining CDT, Rice was associate director of the Chicago Mutual Housing Network, where he managed affordable housing development, training and education activities. He was also a consultant with S.B. Friedman & Company, a Chicago-based real estate and development consulting firm. Bob has a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from DePaul University and a Master of Arts in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Fisher’s responsibilities have increased since she joined CDT in 2012, including training new staff and consultants, conducting external training for CDT clients and participating in the implementation of the TIAA-CREF forward program. Since 2015, she has managed the credit underwriting process for all forward commitments, permanent conversions and immediate delivery transactions. In her new role, Fisher is responsible for overall management of CDT’s forward debt program and will provide oversight on CDT’s expanded debt program.

She is a graduate of Columbia University with a master’s degree in real estate development and the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master’s degree in public administration. She is currently on the loan committee of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City and previously served on the board of Women in Housing and Finance.

Roman, who joined CDT in 2015, is assuming added responsibilities in CDT’s Underwriting Department, where in her first year she underwrote more than $17 million in forward commitments. She also participated in the development of CDT’s underwriting guidelines for affiliate loan transactions.

Prior to joining CDT, Roman was a vice president with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s community development group providing capital to community development financial institutions and tax credit funds that financed affordable housing and community facilities. Previously, she served as a vice president with JPMorgan Chase with a banking career of more than 15 years as a senior lender and client manager, responsible for structuring and closing transactions in community development, commercial real estate finance, private banking and syndicated corporate lending.

Roman holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Virginia. She is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Associate (LEED GA).

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Colliers International has announced its promotion of Robert Kennedy to Senior Managing Director, Brokerage Services. Previously he was a Managing Director.

Since joining Colliers’ New York office in 2009, Kennedy has specialized on corporate services and the national representation of tenants, with a focus on the New York Metropolitan area. As a real estate advisor, Kennedy assists his clients in the development and implementation of strategic plans for their real estate portfolios.

Throughout his career he has completed more than 1.5 million square feet of transactions for a wide array of clients, from early stage start-ups to publicly traded financial services firms. Some recent transactions include a 26,000-sf lease at 375 Park Avenue on behalf of Fiera Capital for its U.S. headquarters and a 43,000-sf lease at 300 Park Avenue South for FanDuel.

In 2015 Kennedy received the Everest Award, which recognizes the top Colliers professionals in Brokerage, Valuation and Corporate Solutions across the Americas region.

Kennedy earned his Bachelor’s in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the University of Connecticut Alumni Association, and has devoted time to many charitable organizations.

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JLL honored Rob Martin, vice chairman, with its MVP Award earlier this month, recognizing him as the firm’s top broker nationwide for 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year that Martin has ranked as one of JLL’s top five producers in the United States. The MVP Award is based on a broker’s individual annual production.

Martin, 54, has more than 30 years of experience in Manhattan commercial real estate and specializes in large, complex transactions for corporate tenants. He also has expertise in multi-market leasing and sales transactions throughout the United States, EMEA, and APAC.

One of Martin’s most noteworthy efforts in 2015 was completing the relocation of Assured Guaranty from 31 West 52nd Street to 1633 Broadway, both owned by Paramount Group. As part of the transaction, he also negotiated a complex profit-sharing structure that allowed the insurance firm and the building owner to profit from Assured Guaranty’s below-market lease at 31 West 52nd Street. The transaction is being considered for the Real Estate Board of New York’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award.

Prior to joining JLL, Martin served as an executive vice president with CBRE. As one of its top-producing brokers, he was honored each year with the firm’s Colbert Coldwell Circle award, which recognizes the top 3 percent of the company’s brokers worldwide. In 2000, the firm named Martin as its No. 2 worldwide producer and the top broker at its Midtown Manhattan office. He was also named as one of its Top 10 worldwide producer in 2003 and 2008.

Previously, Martin worked at Grubb & Ellis, where he began his career in 1984 and eventually rose to the position of senior managing director. Martin was consistently named by the company as one of its top 20 worldwide producers. In 1991, he was recognized as its top worldwide producer.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed sales person in the state of New York and an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York.

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American Real Estate Partners has made a key addition to its executive management team by naming 25-year real estate veteran James P. Walker Chief Operating Officer of the Washington D.C. based private real estate investment company.

Walker will oversee the firm’s implementation of its strategy and operations, including providing leadership for the company’s leasing, asset management, property management, and construction operations. Walker will report to Brian Katz, President, and Doug Fleit, CEO.

Prior to joining American Real Estate Partners, Walker was Executive Director, Head of Debt Capital for

Prudential Real Estate Investors, where he was responsible for procuring, negotiating, and closing all project and fund level financing needs for Prudential’s U.S. Investment Funds. Walker also held various other leadership roles at Prudential, including Head of Mid-Atlantic/Mid-West Regions and Principal for their Equity Capital Markets.

Walker received a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Fordham University Law in New York, New York and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

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CPEX Real Estate has promoted Andre Sigourney to Managing Director of the firm’s Retail Sales Team. Sigourney transitioned to his role as the head of Retail Sales in 2013, having spent the previous two years as Associate Director of the Mixed-Use Sales Team at CPEX. Since starting at CPEX in 2012, Sigourney has brokered 33 transactions totaling over 190,000 square feet, with an aggregate value of over $80 million.

Prior to CPEX, Sigourney worked with the real estate investment group Paralelo Diez Investments in Costa Rica, helping them raise capital and structure acquisitions. Alongside his real estate endeavors, Sigourney also founded multiple businesses while in Costa Rica. This included an English school for the local community of Coronado, and a TESOL institute to provide training and certification for EFL teachers. Both are still in operation.

Sigourney graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. He currently resides in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

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