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WHO’S NEWS: Sage Realty taps DiPietrantonio, Romer Debbas hires Gershburg

Sage Realty Corporation has appointed Sam DiPietrantonio as building manager of 77 Water Street in Lower Manhattan. The building is owned by WKO in partnership with Principal Real Estate Investors.


DiPietrantonio will oversee all building operations as Sage Realty takes control of the building’s property management from Goldman Sachs beginning on April 1. She will take the lead on all tenant improvements, capital projects and the future repositioning of the 26-story, 600,000 s/f class A office tower.

Prior to joining Sage Realty, DiPietrantonio worked for 10 years as Assistant Property Manager at Vornado Realty Trust’s 1290 Avenue of the Americas.

Before that, she worked for nine years with Olmstead Properties as a leasing administrator, where she supported the management of 575 Eighth Avenue and other properties throughout the company’s Manhattan portfolio.

DiPietrantonio holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from NYU, and holds a CPM Designation from the Building Owners and Managers International (BOMI) and BOC certification Levels 1&2 from the Building Engineers/Operators at the City University of New York (CUNY).

She is also a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).


Romer Debbas LLP announced that attorney Daniel Gershburg has joined the firm as a partner specializing in bankruptcy law.


Gershburg will also head Romer Debbas’ new Brooklyn office in Williamsburg that will open April 1.

Prior to joining Romer Debbas, Gershburg ran his own practice, which he started directly out of law school, representing both buyers and sellers in New York real estate transactions and consumer bankruptcy.

He represents a diverse group of clients: from first time home buyers to foreign entities and developers across the New York City area.

He has also represented hundreds of individuals and corporations in filing for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, resulting in the discharge of tens of millions of dollars in consumer debt.

Gershburg earned his law degree from New York Law School and a bachelor of science degree in political science/philosophy from Rutgers.

He is licensed to practice law in New York State and New Jersey and is a member of the New York State and New Jersey Bar Associations.


ShopOne Centers REIT Inc. announced the appointment of Keith L. Horn and Barry Lefkowitz as independent directors.

Horn and Lefkowitz’s appointment expands ShopOne’s Board to three directors. Both seasoned executives bring more than 50 years of direct relevant real estate, finance and investment expertise to ShopOne.

Keith Horn currently serves as the managing member and founder of Loring Capital Advisors. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer at Elliott Management Corporation. At Merrill Lynch, where he spent 16 yearsm he served in various role, including Managing Director and Head of Global Leveraged Finance.

Horn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Binghamton University and a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Barry Lefkotwitz is a senior financial executive with over 20 years of experience leading the financial functions of a publicly-traded NYSE real estate investment trust with assets in both retail and office.

He currently serves as the founder and chief executive officer for Huntington Road Advisor and co-founder of HMC Real Estate Partners LLC, an investment and management firm. Previously, he served as Interim Chief Financial Officer at Brixmor Property Group. He spent 20 years at Mack-Cali holding positions that included Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College.


Choyce Peterson, Inc. announced that Amy G. Lerner has joined their team as Executive Vice President. She will be responsible for providing strategic office space solutions for corporate tenants in Fairfield and Westchester counties.


Lerner brings over 30 years of commercial real estate experience to the team. She began her career as an agent for Helmsley-Spear in the Financial District. She later joined CBRE and, for several years, was a corporate service team member and tenant representative.

Lerner co-founded AMBAR Realty Group, LLC, one of the first women-owned commercial real estate firms with a WBE certification and focused on the tenant representation approach to servicing her clients. Major projects have included acquisitions and dispositions for financial/brokerage firms, insurance companies and technology firms.

Lerner is a graduate of the University of Maryland .


JLL has hired Christopher DeLorenzo as an executive vice president with its New Jersey brokerage operations, focusing on agency leasing, national multi-market corporate account work, new business development and tenant representation.

DeLorenzo will be based out of the firm’s Parsippany, N.J., office and report to Daniel Loughlin, managing director and head of office brokerage in New Jersey.

With 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, DeLorenzo was previously an executive vice president with Mack-Cali Realty Corp. responsible for all leasing and asset management activities for a portfolio of 26.2 million square feet of commercial real estate.

He began his career with Mack-Cali in 1998, and since that time, has been involved in more than 1,500 transactions totaling in excess of $2.5 billion in aggregate value.

DeLorenzo received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Syracuse University.


Levin Management Corporation (LMC) has announced the addition of eight new team members. The appointments span a variety of departments – including accounting, marketing, property management and legal – and underscore a period of record business growth for the organization.

The recent additions include controller Lai Lau, who brings more than 30 years of accounting experience specializing in shopping centers and commercial buildings to her new role.

Aleksandra Pulawska-Baron has come on board as a staff accountant, with more than 16 years of experience working on and overseeing audits at industry-leading accounting firms.

Rounding out LMC’s newest accounting department personnel are bookkeeper Valerie Trani, accounts payable specialist Jason Pompeo and administrative assistant Donna Gonzalez.

Maria Tsampounieri has been appointed as marketing associate in the LMC marketing department. Her duties include helping to implement consumer engagement marketing programs for select client properties.

LMC’s latest staff additions also include property manager Dylan Rotchford and legal department administrative assistant Sher’rae Bush.


Farrell Fritz announced that Nick T. Terzulli, former Director of Business Development at the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, has joined the firm as a real estate associate focused on economic development.

He will advise companies and nonprofit organizations on a range of tax incentive programs and tax-exempt financings.


Terzulli joined the NCIDA in July 2011 as the Director of Business Development. During his tenure, the NCIDA closed transactions with 243 organizations generating approximately $65 billion in economic impact for Nassau County.

As part of Nassau County’s business recovery efforts after Super Storm Sandy, Terzulli created a team of economic development first responders, including bankers, accountants, and business school students who helped provide immediate financial relief to more than 100 storm-affected businesses.

Terzulli is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business, where he designed and teaches a course in economic development.

He earned a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. in Political Science and Public Communication from American University in Washington, D. C.


Madison International Realty announced that Yichao Mark has joined its Equity Capital Markets division as an associate.


In this position, he will contribute to the continued growth and globalization of Madison’s equity capital markets relationships.

Prior to joining Madison, Mark served as an Investment Analyst at ORG Portfolio Management in Cleveland. Previously, he was an investor relations team member at Markets Group, hosting alternative investment conferences for public pensions.

Mark also held postions with UBS Wealth Management and with MacKenzie Partners, Inc., where he was an investor relations analyst.

He is a graduate of Boston University, where he received a B.A. in biology. He is a CFA charterholder.


CBRE announced that executive vice president, Thomas Monahan, was the top industrial professional in the Americas for 2017, a first for New Jersey.


Completing more than 50 transactions for an aggregate value of more than half a billion dollars, Monahan worked on behalf of Seagis Property Group in a 923,000 s/f lease in Edison, NJ, and a 718,200 s/f lease in Perth Amboy, on behalf of Bridge Development.

Monahan also earned overall top performance honors in New Jersey for the third consecutive year.

His team members Stephen D’Amato, first vice president, Larry Schiffenhaus, vice president, Gerard Monahan, real estate analyst and Anastasia Lazarides, client services specialist for their efforts.

Since January, Monahan and his team have represented Murray Construction in a 404,000 s/f lease with Bergen Logistics, and Duke Realty in their 354,250 s/f lease with 4PX Express USA.

Monahan has been recognized year after year by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) as the region’s top industrial sales producer.


ReadyCap Commercial has hired new team members in Chicago and New York to expand the Bridge Lending team.

Mark Blaha joins the Bridge Lending Team as a Director of Originations to cover the Chicago and Midwest regions.

ReadyCap has also added Fernando Mendez as an Associate Director and Joram Coxworth as a Production Analyst, to the New York City office.

Blaha comes to the ReadyCap with more than seven years of commercial real estate lending and finance experience in the Chicago and Midwest markets, where he previously served as AVP Commercial Banker at MB Financial Bank.

Mendez joins the ReadyCap Commercial Bridge Lending Team with experience as an RAIT Financial Trust Originations Associate in Philadelphia.

Additionally, Joram Coxworth, who previously served as a Credit Analyst with M&T Bank, was added to the New York City office to support originations.


Perkins+Will has named Bill Harris, AIA, LEED AP, the new managing director of its New York office.


Harris, who comes to New York from Perkins+Will’s Boston studio, is a leader in the design and planning of spaces for research and innovation. In particular, he brings expertise in designing for biopharmaceutical companies, laboratories, and tech start-ups.

Harris will relocate to New York; however, he will maintain close contact with his Boston-based clients, spending time in Boston as needed.

His portfolio includes projects in everything from academia, banking, and commerce to business, hospitality, and healthcare.

Examples include 1812 Ashland at The Science and Technology Park at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland; the expansion of United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, CT; and the interior design of the new R&D Headquarters for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.

Harris succeeds Paul Eagle, who will remain a leader and practitioner in the studio.

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