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WHO’S NEWS: Related announces new restaurant group CEO, BBG expands team by six

Related Companies announced that restaurant industry veteran Ron Parker has been named CEO of Related Restaurant Group, the restaurant and dining-focused enterprise of Related Urban, the mixed-use arm of Related Companies.

In the newly created position, Parker will oversee the management and curation of the company’s growing collection of culinary experiences across Related’s large-scale mixed-use properties including Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards in New York; CityPlace in West Palm Beach; The Grand in Los Angeles; and Related Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California.

Parker will also direct the company’s restaurant investment portfolio, identifying new strategic investment opportunities and positioning existing restaurant investments for expansion within and beyond Related properties.

Parker joins Related Companies after more than a decade at Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to being promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Parker held senior leadership positions at USHG overseeing management, operations, launches and expansion of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the portfolio as well as leading Union Square Events.

Before joining USHG, he was the Director of Operations for Restaurant Associates’ Sports & Entertainment division, overseeing the US Open, Indian Wells Tennis, and Breeders Cup Racing events.


Cresa has welcomed James Errante as Senior Vice President/Project Management of the New York City office.

With 25 years of experience in the construction and project management industry, he has a substantial background in directing multiple full-scope projects, cost control, design, labor management, quality control and close out.

Errante has been responsible for the development of ground up construction in excess of one million square feet and has managed a combined total of three million square feet of commercial space in New York, Dallas, Houston and Seattle.

Errante is currently involved with providing Cresa technical and management oversight for the renovation of North Lindenhurst Fire Department’s station in Long Island.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a project manager/owner representative for United Construction Management, where he worked on projects for such clients as Verizon, for which he oversaw 200,000 square feet of office relocation and renovation, a new HR Testing center, and a chiller replacement project.

Other clients in the past have included Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and the Elie Tahari flagship stores.
Errante’s earliest career was as a police officer for the New York City Police Department.


A group of six attorneys who focus on commercial real estate leasing have joined Holland & Knight’s New York office.

The team includes partners Noah Shapiro, Russ Rabinovich and Lauren Margiano, senior counsel Siobhan Green, and associates Abigail Pugliese and Jennifer Haberman.

All previously practiced at Haynes and Boone in New York.

The group represents both landlords and tenants in all aspects of their retail, office and restaurant lease negotiations. They are routinely involved in the largest and most high-profile leasing transactions that take place each year in New York City.

Their clients include many of the major players in the real estate industry, including SL Green Realty Corp., L&L Holding Company, Brookfield Office Properties and Fisher Brothers.


Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC (SWC) announced that Joseph D. Brees has joined the Firm as a new Associate.

Brees will concentrate his practice in litigation and appeals, including commercial and corporate litigation, and real estate law and transactions.

Brees earned his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton, cum laude, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

While attending Maryland Law, he interned for the Honorable W. Michel Pierson, Circuit Administrative Judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. He also performed pro bono work for Maryland Law’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Brees also served as a Staff Editor, Executive Articles Editor, and Member of the Editorial Board of the University of Maryland Journal of Business & Technology Law.


NAI James E. Hanson announced that Scott Perkins, SIOR, CCIM and Thomas A. Vetter, SIOR, were recently named President and Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtor’s® (SIOR NJ).

Scott Perkins has been relied upon by leading companies for decades for his market knowledge and ability to negotiate complex and challenging transactions.

In addition to his SIOR designation, Perkins holds the CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member, CPM – Certified Property Manager, MCR – Master Corporate Real Estate, RPA – Real Property Administrator, BCCR- Board Certified Corporate Real Estate, SLCR – Senior Leadership Corporate Real Estate, and MRICS – Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors designations.

He has also received the Morris County Economic Development Corporation’s Real Estate Award and the Largest Office Sale award from SIOR NJ.

Meadowlands market specailist Thomas Vetter has decades of experience in representing tenants, landlords, buyers, and sellers in industrial transactions.

Throughout his career, Vetter has helped sell or lease millions of square feet of industrial space throughout the market. His work has had a direct impact in facilitating the ongoing economic activity of the market by bringing prestigious companies and job creators to the region.


Helmsley Spear announced the appointment of Seth Sklar as a licensed real estate salesperson.
He will focus on the evaluation, marketing, and disposition of commercial real estate assets, mainly in the greater New York Metropolitan area.

Sklar brings more than 15 years of commercial leasing and sales experience to the firm.

As an owner and investor in properties throughout the continental United States, he has developed a keen understanding of real estate values and capital markets. This knowledge gives Mr. Sklar the valuable ability to connect asset driven buyers and sellers across geographic lines.

Previously, Sklar was with Greiner Maltz, focusing on the sales and leasing of industrial properties throughout the New York Metropolitan area. He attended Yeshiva University in Manhattan, New York, where he received his B.S. degree in Finance.


Savills Studley announced that Slava Vaynberg has joined its Rutherford, New Jersey, office as corporate managing director.

Vaynberg will focus on the representation of office tenants, throughout New Jersey and nationally.

He joins Savills Studley with nearly 10 years of commercial real estate experience at Cushman & Wakefield where he rose through the ranks to become the youngest senior director in the New Jersey office.

Slava has represented both local and national firms including AssuredPartners, American Stock Transfer and Trust, Kyowa Kirin, Kering Eyewear and LS Power.

Vaynberg has been part of some of the largest office transactions in the state including Bausch Health, Integra Life Sciences, SES and Anadigics.

Vaynberg received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University’s School of Management. He serves as a committee member for the CFO Leadership Council.


HSP Real Estate Group (HSP), a member of NAI Global, announced the strengthening of its asset management division with the hiring of Steven Pressler, who joins the firm as Executive Vice President/Asset Management.

Pressler is the co-founder of Promenade Real Estate Corp., where he oversaw a full complement of asset management services. Over the years, the firm represented such prominent owners as APF Properties, Blackstone, DG Anlage, DZ Bank, First Pioneer Properties, SL Green Realty Corp., Jeff Sutton, Meadow Partners, GAFISA (USA), Western Heritable Management, and the Witkoff Group.

As the owner’s representative for DZ Bank at 609 Fifth Avenue, Pressler arranged a sale/leaseback to Jeff Sutton, thenhelped create a multi-level, 42,000 s/f space leased to American Girl Place. The transaction was awarded “Most Creative Retail Deal” by REBNY.

In his new position, Pressler is joined by long-time colleague Joanne Agoglia, who will serve as Executive Vice Presidentt.

In addition, Denzel Munroe and Victoria Assim join the team as associates.

Prior to joining HSP, Pressler served as Principal, Asset Services at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors. He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Delaware.


G.S. Wilcox & Co. announced the promotion of Wesley Wilcox and Robert Logan to Vice Presidents.
In their new roles, Wilcox and Logan will focus on developing new business initiatives and supporting client relationships. They will work side by side with President and Founder Gretchen Wilcox, as well as Albert Raymond, Principal, to further the company’s footprint in New Jersey’s commercial real estate market.

Robert Logan holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University with a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Connecticut College.

He worked in the structured credit and financing fields before joining the G.S. Wilcox & Co. team in underwriting and originations.

Wesley Wilcox is a licensed real estate salesperson in New Jersey with a Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University and a BA in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

He is deeply involved in industry organizations such as ULI and NAIOP where co-chairs the developing leaders division.


Allan Merrill, President and CEO of Atlanta-based Beazer Homes, is the new chair of The Policy Advisory Board (PAB) of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Merrill has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Beazer Homes since 2011.

Prior to joining the company as CFO in 2007, he worked in both investment banking and online real estate marketing.

Merrill has been associated with the Policy Advisory Board since 1997, and has been a Board member since 2008, most recently serving as the Vice Chair.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
The Center also announced that the Policy Advisory Board’s new Vice Chair will be John Morikis, Chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company.


BBG has made several hires to its assessment team.

One of the key appointments includes Glenn Adams, who was named Senior Managing Director of Energy Services. An industry expert with more than 25 years of experience, Adams will provide leadership to BBG’s energy/green consulting practice.

Mark Lawson was appointed Managing Director of Small Balance Lending Services. He will be responsible for overseeing BBG’s Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac small balance lending team.

Angela Scott and Eric Correia were both named as Managing Directors, who will direct operations in the central and western regions.

BBG also welcomed Carole Lawson and Brett Conner, both appointed as Directors in Philadelphia and San Diego, respectively.

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