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WHO’S NEWS: Siderow expands ranks, Jeff Winick’s daughter joins the family firm

Siderow Commercial Group expanded its ranks with the addition of two industry veterans.

The commercial insiders both have a history of Manhattan leasing, representing tenants ranging from an international restaurant group, to celebrity businesses and tech startups.

Alexander Altman started out as merchandiser in the fashion industry and has worked with celebrity businesses, creative agencies, tech start-ups and financial firms that want work spaces with a creative vibe in Midtown or other parts of Manhattan.

Altman, a Licensed Associate Broker, is building his own team at SCG.

Serial entrepreneur Marty Kuper is a lifelong New Yorker – Queens College graduate and current Manhattan resident – who sold an imprinted sportswear company after 15 years, worked as a retail finance stock broker and segued into commercial real estate.

Kuper has placed an international restaurant group in a new office, as well as a variety of retail and office tenant clients.

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Winick Realty Group CEO Jeff Winick has welcomed his daughter, Danielle Winick, as a full-time employee at the retail real estate firm.

Winick, who has worked at the company for the past five years on a part-time basis, officially became an Associate following her graduation from the New York University Stern Business School, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Management.

She had previously interned in the retail department at Vornado Realty Trust.

Outside of real estate, Winick spent seven years volunteering for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for underprivileged children around the globe.

She founded Operation Smile’s “An Evening of Smiles,” a charity event held in Southampton that raises money for the organization.

Winick will be working alongside her father, representing prestigious properties throughout Manhattan.

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Ten-X announced the hiring of veteran commercial real estate executive Maureen Waters as chief marketing officer of its commercial division.

Waters will help align Ten-X’s marketing efforts with the company’s overall business strategy and provide strategic insight into each of its core CRE customer segments: institutional sellers, private sellers and brokers.

Prior to joining Ten-X, Waters served as head of real estate and asset management at Bill Gates Investments.

She also spent 15 years at Cushman & Wakefield, where she most recently served as chief marketing and strategy officer, and six years at CBRE, where she directed regional marketing, communications, technology and market research.

Waters has held executive roles in nearly every area of real estate, including marketing, strategy, business development, operations, research and sales. While at Cushman & Wakefield, she spent two years as a broker.

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Matthew E. Brown has joined Colliers International Group Inc. as a senior financial analyst in the firm’s Parsippany office.

He is a member of the company’s regional investment sales team, which specializes in the acquisition and disposition of properties in New Jersey and the Tri-State area.

Brown brings 15 years of industry practice to his new role. He has been involved in more than $3 billion in investment sales and loan sale advisory transactions nationally.

Additionally, he was a lead asset manager on close to $1 billion of capitalized public-private partnerships specific to housing military members and their families at Forts Bragg and Riley via partnership with the Department of Defense, and college students via partnerships with institutions of higher education.

Prior to joining Colliers, Brown served as a senior financial analyst with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA in finance from its Huizenga School of Business.

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Jaime Weiss, President of Weiss Realty, announced that Mark Kirsch has been appointed leasing agent for Kennedy Medical Center, a state-of-the art medical facility located at 3196 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City, New Jersey.

Kirsch joined the firm in March this year to bolster its real estate brokerage services division and its emerging medical and health care real estate services practice.

Kirsch has experience in sales, acquisition, development, leasing and marketing and is a graduate of the Florida Atlantic University.

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Thor Equities announced the appointment of Kristin Luciano as Associate Counsel.

Luciano will be responsible for providing strategic counsel on all legal and contractual matters for Thor, including retail leases, construction contracts and service agreements.

Previously, Luciano was the sole in-house attorney for Town Residential for more than three years, responsible for overseeing all legal issues at the firm. Prior to Town, she was a judicial law clerk in New Jersey Superior Court.

Luciano graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law, and has a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College. She is licensed as an attorney in both New York and New Jersey.

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The Hampshire Companies announced the appointment of John Goldsmith, Portfolio Manager, to the Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School’s Emerging Leaders Council.

Goldsmith brings 14 years of investment management, capital markets, and real estate private equity experience to the council.

The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School is being molded by the real estate industry’s top professionals, policy makers and academics in order to become a hub of productive discussion and research meant to benefit and advance the industry.

In order to realize this vision, the Center needed to establish a pipeline of leaders who can gain the mentorship of its more seasoned Advisory Board members and provide similar mentorship to students.
Goldsmith joined Hampshire in 2011 as an asset manager, having previously worked at Goldman Sachs & Co., Starwood Capital Group and Mooring Financial Corp.

In 2015, Hampshire promoted Goldsmith to the position of portfolio manager. In his current role he is responsible for executing long-range real estate asset and fund management strategies.
He a member of Hampshire’s Operational Excellence team.

Goldsmith received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and his Bachelor’s at Middlebury College.

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Christine A. Roy, a partner in Rutter & Roy LLP (formerly Watson, Stevens, Rutter & Roy), has been asked to serve on the International Right of Way Association’s (IRWA) International Ethics Committee.

The mission of the IRWA Ethics Committee is to promote and enforce the highest ethical and professional standards of the IRWA. Members review alleged violations of the IRWA’s rules of Professional Conduct and/or Standards of Practice for Right of Way Professionals.

The committee maintains a roster of ethics officers who are trained in the procedures for handling ethics investigations. Ethics officers volunteer their services on an as needed basis.

Roy has been actively involved with the IRWA, New Jersey Chapter 15, since 2003, having served as a past president. She focuses primarily on environmental law and eminent domain, and has extensive experience in land use law, railroad law, transportation law, pipeline law and appellate practice.

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Akerman LLP announced the continued expansion of its second largest office, with the addition of six lawyers in New York.

The apppointments include Joshua Bernstein, from Pryor Cashman, who has joined as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and adds depth to Akerman’s Hospitality Sector Team.

He represents property owners, operators, developers, contractors and tenants in the hospitality and restaurant space.

Thomas Diorio joins from Nixon Peabody to become a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group and enhance Akerman’s growing Energy Sector Team.

He brings years of experience in a full range of commercial real estate transactions and energy projects.

He represents investors, lenders and developers in connection with the acquisition, sale, development, leasing and financing of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, warehouses, mixed-use properties and U.S. ports.

Martin Monaco joined as a partner in the Healthcare Practice Group.

William Weiner is a partner in the Healthcare Practice Group.

Ira Stechel is a partner in the Tax Practice Group.

Stefi George is of counsel in the Tax Practice Group.

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Cushman & Wakefield has launched an Automotive Specialty Practice Group led by Jeffrey Green, a managing director within the firm’s Global Occupier Services business.

The new group includes a global, cross-discipline team of experienced and accomplished real estate and business advisors to auto manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers.

Cushman & Wakefield is the first commercial real estate service firm to the market with a global comprehensive Auto SPG offering.

Its mission is to deeply understand and address the distinctive challenges of the automotive sector from labor issues, logistics, infrastructure, technology, credits and incentives, to the unique requirements of the real estate itself.

The Auto SPG will work in cohesion with other Cushman & Wakefield specialty practice groups such as Technology, Ports & Intermodal, Global Supply Chain, 3PL and Build to Suit.

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The Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area (IOREBA) has welcomed new president Jonathan Glick of Sheldon Gross Realty.

Glick was handed the traditional gavel by current IOREBA President, Rob DiLeo, principal of NAI DiLeo-Bram & Co.during the organization’s 2016 Jeffrey Siegel Memorial Golf and Tennis Outing at the Morris County Country Club in Morristown, NJ.

DiLeo also introduced the 2016-2017 slate of new officers, which includes Vice President Jon Tesser, of Colliers International; Secretary Tom Romano, of Colliers International; and Treasurer John Johnson, Founder and President, Wellington Real Estate.

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Arup, an engineering and consulting firm, announced the promotion of John Karn to principal.
The Americas Region board, which oversees operations in the United States, Canada, and Brazil, selects new associates, associate principals, and principals on an annual basis.

Karn is a civil engineer in New York, where he leads the Infrastructure Subgroup and Transaction Advice practice.

He joined the firm in 2004 and has 25 years of experience, including more than a decade at California Department of Transportation.

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