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WHO’S NEWS: Savills Studley on-boards Rodriguez as managing director, Levin Management Corp gets new board president

Savills Studley announced the addition of Johanna Rodriguez as senior managing director, Occupant Experience.

She will be responsible for supporting the Northeastern and Southeastern expansion of the Workplace Strategy and Occupant Experience platform.

Prior to joining Savills Studley, Rodriguez worked as a member of the Workplace Strategy team at Gensler for seven years. She led Red Hat in implementing a global workplace strategy platform for its 1.6 million square feet of office space and worked on the portfolios of government agencies, technology companies and financial institutions, including the U.S. Department of Defense, Comcast, Peace Corps, Pittsburgh International Airport and Royal Bank of Canada.
The Board of Directors of Levin Management Corporation (LMC) announced the election of Matthew K. Harding as chief executive officer, to succeed William A. Farber.

The Board also elected Robert Carson to the office of president of the corporation.

Matthew Harding, affiliated with the North Plainfield-based commercial real estate services firm since 1986, began his career in the leasing division of the company and

has been promoted from the office of president and chief operating officer.

Robert Carson joined with LMC in 1992 and has concentrated his efforts in property management and business development functions. Prior to this promotion, he was executive vice president. Farber, a co-founder of LMC with Janice H. Levin, and CEO since 2002, will remain in the active service of the company, assuming the title of chairman.
Armstrong Teasdale announced the opening of its New York City office and the addition of 16 attorneys, including eight partners.
The team focuses primarily in the areas of real estate law and litigation.

Partner and Leader – Eastern U.S., Richard Scheff, will continue to lead the firm’s efforts in the region and serve as managing office attorney for both the Philadelphia and New York offices.

Joining the New York City office are Partners Andrew Brucker, Jeffery Dayon, Saul Mishaan, Charles Palella, Isaac Saufer, Howard Schechter, Julie Schechter and Phyllis Weisberg.

They have decades of combined experience extending to cooperative and condominium law, leasing and real estate transactions, trusts and estates, and commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Eight associates and additional staff members will also join the firm.
Admiral Capital Group announced that Minnie Allison has joined the firm
Prior to joining Admiral, Allison held various real estate and finance positions with Matthews Real Estate Investment Services, Goldman Sachs, and J.P. Morgan.
She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri.
Rand Commercial announced the appointment of Clayton Livingston as Commercial Development Leader in the firm’s White Plains office.

Livingston has been in the industry since 1983. He began his career on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, before moving to New York in 1990 and worked with several local boutique brokerages before joining Prudential Serls (later Berkshire Hathaway) in 2007.

He most recently led the Coldwell Banker Residential and Commercial Croton-on-Hudson office as senior managing director and co-chairing the Westchester branch of Coldwell Banker Commercial.

He has served as regional vice president of HGAR from 2015 to 2018 and currently serves as the 2019 HGAR Regional Director for Putnam County and co-chair for legislative steering/ Legislative Committee.

For the past five years, he has been a director of The New York State Association of Realtors® (NYSAR) where he serves on various committees.
Greg Wysocki has joined The Carlton Group and will serve as a vice president on the Campbell Team.

He will be responsible for the origination and placement of structured debt and equity financing.

Wysocki brings more than six years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining Carlton, he held positions with BNY Mellon & PGIM Investments.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University and is currently studying for the CFA Level III.
CBRE has named Jason Sheller managing director and global head of business development and strategy of its global investment administration (GIA) group.
Sheller joins CBRE with more than 25 years of experience in sales and sales leadership, primarily in the alternative fund services space where he most recently served as Global Head of Alternative Fund Services Sales for Deutsche Bank before that business was sold.
Jeffrey Zund has joined HSP Real Estate Group (HSP), a member of NAI Global, as executive director/leasing.

Zund has represented office, retail and industrial clients since 1985, ranging from mid-sized New York-based firms to large national corporations, institutions and foreign governments.

On the tenant side, he has represented Two Sigma Investments, Mesirow Financial Services, Ameriprise Financial Services and National Television of Spain.

His work on behalf of landlords has included the repositioning and leasing of such commercial properties as 256 Fifth Avenue, 587 Fifth Avenue, 271 Madison Avenue and 206 East 63rd Street.

Among the governments he has represented, are the Government of Jamaica, the Republic of Gabon, and the Government of Haiti.
Prior to joining HSP, Zund was executive managing director at Coldwell Banker Commercial.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced that Juan D. Reyes III has rejoined the firm in New York as a partner in the Real Estate department and Public-Private Partnership (P3) practice.

Reyes returns to Seyfarth from federal government service as Acting Administrator and Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

During his tenure as Acting Administrator, Reyes oversaw the agency’s staff of 950 and its $3 billion budget.

As the principal legal advisor to the FRA on all U.S. passenger and freight rail matters, Reyes managed a legal department of 50 attorneys and provided executive direction to its two other divisions, the general law division and the safety law division.
In his role as Chief Counsel, Reyes assisted with an array of multi-billion dollar U.S. rail upgrades, including the $24 billion Northeast corridor improvement project, Hudson

Tunnel Environmental Impact Statements and Chicago’s billion dollar Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) project.
He participated in five Congressional hearings and testified before Congress’

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He also served in a number of other key roles.

In addition to his P3 expertise, Reyes has substantial experience in various real estate matters, including land use, development, and permitting, with particular emphasis in zoning, planning, landmark and building code matters, and governmental approvals.
Before joining Seyfarth and the FRA, Reyes had executive branch experience, previously serving as general counsel to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, and counsel to the New York City Loft Board, Office of the Mayor.
Adelaide Polsinelli and Ronda Rogovin, vice chairs of Compass, announced the continued expansion of the investment sales division with new hire, Michael Caiola.
Caiola joins, George Moss, Karen Dome, Mitchell Goldstick, Trystan Polsinelli, along with Robin Abrams and her team who are expanding the retail leasing division.

Prior to joining Compass Commercial, Caiola interned at Cushman & Wakefield focusing on investment sales on the Upper East Side.

He also interned at marketing and PR firm, Missy Farren & Associates, Ltd., where he collaborated with their consumer product division in the research and development of comprehensive marketing plans.

Caiola is a graduate of Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business and received Bachelor Degrees in both Marketing and Management.
Cushman & Wakefield announced that commercial real estate veteran, Pay Wu has joined the firm as an Executive Managing Director, Strategic Consulting for the Tri State Region.

Wu will specialize in workplace and location strategy and the development of headquarters and regional master plan strategies throughout the Tri-State Region.
Wu has over 25 years of experience driving strategy, operations and global portfolio and workplace strategies for Fortune 500 companies.
She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Head of North American Corporate

Real Estate Client Relationship Management for TD Bank. Before that, she held roles at American Express and Deloitte Consulting, LLP.

Pay additionally serves as a Senior Advisor for CoreNet Global NYC Board of Directors.
Wu succeeds Jeff Lessard in this role, and will continue his efforts to lead and grow the Strategic Consulting business throughout the region.

Jeff continues to be a member of the Americas Strategic Consulting leadership team at Cushman & Wakefield, where he will provide Portfolio and Location Strategy services nationwide.
Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP announced that Debra M. Schoenberg and Astra M. Tudisco have become partners of the firm.

Debra Schoenberg is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Litigation Departments,

She is an experienced litigator of cases involving a broad range of real estate and general commercial matters at the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration and mediation forums.

She received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from the State University at Albany in 1996 with a major in political science, and her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2000.

Astra Tudisco is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Transactional Department with more than 25 years of experience throughout the United States.

She represents numerous commercial developers and sponsors of cooperative and condominium offering plans in residential and commercial projects throughout New York City.

Tudisco received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from New York State University at Albany in 1986, and earned her Juris Doctor from The Fordham University School of Law in 1989.
Colliers International announced that 35-year construction and project management veteran Joe Bolano has joined the firm’s Healthcare Project Management team as Regional Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Bolano will oversee the design and construction of healthcare projects, growColliers’ portfolio and build a specialized healthcare team.

Bolano was previously Vice President, Capital Project & Facility Services for Northwell Health. He also served as Director of Facilities at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, now New York-Presbyterian Queens, where he oversaw all capital improvement and program development for the hospital and more than 45 off-site facilities.

Most recently, Bolano served as the Vice President and Healthcare/Sciences Sector Leader for The LiRo Group, where he was responsible for expanding the firm’s healthcare, sciences, and higher education sectors.

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