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Who’s News: Rockefeller names co-president/CEO, Allegretti joins C&W

The Rockefeller Group announced Daniel L. Rashin will be named co-president and chief executive officer.

He will join in a co-leadership capacity with Atsushi Nakajima, who has served as the company’s sole president and chief executive officer since March 2013, during which time the company has significantly expanded its development and investment management activities nationally.
The appointment will be effective January 1, 2016.

The two executives will have joint oversight of The Rockefeller Group’s business and investment operations, which include an office portfolio in Manhattan, a leading U.S. development business and a global investment management platform.

The Rockefeller Group, which is headquartered in New York, is the largest international subsidiary of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., one of the world’s leading integrated real estate companies.
Rashin, who will continue to be based in New York, joined the company in 2013 as senior vice president, Investments. Since that time, he has assumed additional leadership responsibilities, including head of development in New York and urban development nationally.

During Rashin’s tenure, the company has started or advanced several large-scale development projects in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Arizona.

Prior to joining The Rockefeller Group, Rashin spent over 20 years at Hines Interests. His first 10 years at Hines were spent primarily in development with involvement in projects in New York City, Washington, D.C. and in Princeton, New Jersey.

He left Hines in 1994 and joined The Yarmouth Group, a subsidiary of the Australian real estate company, Lend Lease.

During his time there he was CEO of Lend Lease’s Australian real estate investment management group and CEO of its European investment management group. He returned to Hines in 2001 and worked on National Office Partners, a Hines CalPERS joint venture. He later became its portfolio manager and was also the portfolio manager for the Hines CalPERS Green Development Fund.
Rashin is a graduate of Williams College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also holds a JD from Harvard Law School.

Cushman & Wakefield announced that Paul Allegretti has joined the firm as senior managing director of Asset Services for the U.S. East Region.

Allegretti joins Cushman & Wakefield from CBRE, where he was senior managing director of Investor Services.

Allegretti is charged with accelerating the growth of Cushman & Wakefield’s East Region portfolio and will focus on growing the portfolio in states east of the Rocky Mountains (excluding Tri-State and Texas).

This portfolio currently totals more than 361 million square feet. Paul will also partner with the Asset Services leader for the New York Tri-State region to continue to grow this world class market.
Allegretti is based in New York and reports to Marla Maloney, President, Asset Services, Americas, and Shawn Mobley, President, East Region.

Prior to CBRE, Allegretti was Vice President of Asset Services for Shorenstein Realty Services, overseeing the firm’s MetLife portfolio, and earlier in his career, he served as a property manager for Sumitomo Realty & Development Corp. and Edward S. Gordon Co.

He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned a M.S. in Real Estate from New York University.

Developer Soho Properties announced that Frank A. Nicoletti, R.A., has joined the firm as senior development manager.

He brings more than 35 years of experience in real estate development, project management, capital improvement, budget planning and architectural skills to his role at the firm, which involves strategic acquisition and development planning for the company’s initiatives.

The announcement was made by Sharif El-Gamal, the chairman and CEO of Soho Properties.
Nicoletti was most recently the founder of Nicoletti Consulting LLC, an owner advocacy and project management firm.

Prior to that, he was co-founder Chasan-Nicoletti Inc., a New York City firm that developed projects directly, in addition to providing advisory services, owner and tenant representation.

A Registered Architect in the State of New York, Nicoletti was an associate at Skidmore Owings & Merrill before co-founding DesignTech Associates, an architectural firm specializing in corporate office and retail design.

He began his career as an architect/urban designer with the New York Department of City Planning’s Urban Design Group.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union, a Master of Architecture and Urban Design degree from Columbia University, and a Certificate in Real Estate Investment Analysis from the NYU Real Estate Institute.

JLL recently hired Erin Grace, Matt Ogle and Corey Zolcinski to expand its retail services in New York.

The new team members are part of JLL’s strategic growth plan for its local and national retail brokerage business.

Erin Grace joined JLL as a managing director. She has more than 14 years of experience in retail real estate.

Previously, she served as a senior vice president and market leader of SRS Real Estate Partners’ New York office.

Grace earned a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree from Tulane University.

Matt Ogle joined JLL as an executive vice president. He has more than 10 years of experience in retail real estate.

Previously, he served as a vice president with SRS Real Estate Partners, working with a wide range of building owners on high-profile urban leasing assignments.

He was a member of the team that won REBNY’s Most Significant Retail Deal of the Year Award this year for their efforts in creating a new retail district in Bryant Park.

Ogle earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, and is a member of the DePauw University Management Fellows Program.

Corey Zolcinski joined JLL as an executive vice president. He has more than 15 years of experience in retail real estate, concentrating on tenant representation, retail leasing and property disposition.
Previously, Zolcinski served as a vice president with SRS Real Estate Partners, where he was involved in numerous large-scale retail leasing transactions on behalf of clients throughout the New York metropolitan and Northeast regions.

Zolcinski was also a member of the team that won REBNY’s Most Significant Retail Deal of the Year Award this year.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and travel administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Colliers International announced that industry veteran Bruce Weinberg has joined its New York operations as an Executive Managing Director.

Throughout his career, Weinberg has arranged almost $2.5 billion worth of commercial real estate transactions locally, nationally and internationally both for tenants and property owners.
In his role with Colliers International, Weinberg will continue to focus on tenant and landlord representation, supporting the brokerage team led by Tri-State Vice Chairman Andrew Roos and Tri-State President Michael T. Cohen.

Prior to joining Colliers, Weinberg was an Executive Managing Director at DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley), and before that a Managing Director at CBRE. He holds an accounting degree from Pace University.

Among some of his most notable office transactions, he arranged a 534,000 s/flease, as part of the leasing team, for The United Nations at 380 Madison Avenue, which is being redeveloped and renamed 390 Madison Avenue; a 325,000 s/f lease for Universal / Polygram at 825 Eighth Avenue; and a 100,000-sf long term retail lease for Bergdorf Goodman at 745 Fifth Avenue.

TitleVest announced that Timothy Oberweger, Esq. has joined the team as managing director of business development and counsel.

Oberweger brings more than 10 years of experience at leading national title insurance companies in the areas of commercial, retail, energy, industrial, hotel, gaming, office, multi-family and residential real estate transactions.

Beyond his title experience, he is an active participant in the real estate community.
He is a founding member of the Real Estate Services Alliance, which serves as a single source for the many transaction services needed by real estate owners. Additionally, he is chairman of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association, sits on the steering committee of the Real Estate Executives Council of the United Jewish Appeal – Federation of New York and is a voting member of the Greenwich

Representative Town Meeting in his hometown of Greenwich, Conn.
Oberweger also serves on the board of directors of Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit organization that benefits under-privileged families in Fairfield County, Conn.

Oberweger graduated in 2005 with a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where he is currently a director of the Alumni Association and member of the Recent Alumni Council.

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., announced the addition of Jerry Siegelman and Anthony Baronci, two senior attorneys, to its Real Estate Department.

Jerry Siegelman, who is joining RMF as a partner, received his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law, and also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College.
He joins RMF from Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman and Limmer, where he supervised the firm’s real estate practice, including commercial and residential acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing.

For over 25 years, he has represented Prestige Properties and Development Co., Inc., of New York.
Anthony Baronci has nearly 25 years’ experience as a real estate and legislative attorney, including the last three years as Counsel at Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman and Limmer, and 14 years at Wertheimer Fredman, LLC.

He handles all types of real estate transactions including enclosed mall and strip center development, commercial leasing, and anchor store and “big box” leasing.

Baronci holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law, as well as a Bachelors in Finance from Fordham University.

NAI James E. Hanson announced that Andrew Kirshenbaum will join its Parsippany office as a sales associate.

Kirshenbaum will be responsible for assisting with canvassing the Morris County area and databases in order to successfully represent potential and current tenants looking for office space.

Prior to joining NAI Hanson, he was an agent at Mack-Morris Realty, LLC where he honed his skills as a licensed real estate agent in both the commercial and residential sectors.
Kirshenbaum holds a B.S. from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

HAP Investments LLC announced that Gary Gutterman has joined the firm as Senior Vice President for Affordable Housing.

Gutterman joins HAP Investments with 35-years of experience developing housing for New York in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

He was most recently at the not-for-profit Met Council on Jewish Poverty, where he led a team that created 1,500 units of special needs housing, as well as state-of-the-art licensed assisted living facility.
He previously served as the director of the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, the general manager of Brooklyn Ecumenical Cooperatives, New Communities and the deputy director of Tax Incentives for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Gutterman holds a Master’s of Science degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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