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WHO’S NEWS: The latest new hires, promotions, and honors

Colliers International announced that Marcus Rayner has joined the firm as Vice Chairman of Brokerage Services and will be based in its New York Midtown office.

Rayner has more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience and specializes in strategic planning and execution for tenants.

He has completed transactions totaling more than nine million square feet of space in New York City alone.

His marquee client list includes Amazon, Bloomberg, Gilt Groupe, MongoDB, Oracle, NBC Universal and Guardian Life.

Prior to joining Colliers, Rayner was a Managing Principal at Cresa from 2001 to 2014.

He began his career in the United Kingdom as a Chartered Surveyor with Weatherall Green & Smith (now BNP Paribas Real Estate), and relocated to New York City in 1987 to manage its U.S. business before merging with Cresa.

He is an active member and leader of Cornet Global, currently serving as the New York Chapter Board Advisor and member of the Global Issues Advocacy Group.

He previously served as a Global Board member and New York Chapter Chair/President/VP/Secretary. Additionally, he was a member of REBNY’s Commercial Board of Directors (2011-2014).
Rayner holds a BSc in Estate Management from Oxford Brooks University and is Qualified as an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (ARICS).


Daun Paris, president of Eastern Consolidated, has announced that Andrew Sasson and Chad Sinsheimer, both in the Investment Sales Division, have been promoted to Senior Director.

A Wall Street veteran, Chad Sinsheimer brings his financial expertise to complex real estate transactions.

Two of his most recent deals include the $34.5 million sale of two interconnected townhouse shells at 273-275 West 11th Street, and the $51 million sale of a 123,440 s/f development site at 334-344 West 36th Street.

During his first year with the company, Sinsheimer was awarded Eastern Consolidated’s 2013 “Rising Star of the Year” award with seven deals totaling over $71,000,000.

Prior to joining Eastern Consolidated, he was an Equity Options Trader at the Cutler Group LP. Prior to that, he was a Senior Equity Options Trader at Group One Trading.

Sinsheimer holds his Series 7, 55, 56 and 63 securities licenses. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.

An expert in the Brooklyn market, Andrew Sasson recently brokered the $86 million sale of a portfolio of nine buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the $90 million sale of 37-53 Flatbush Avenue, a 230,000 s/f 10-story storage facility, one of the largest single asset sales in Brooklyn’s history.

Prior to joining Eastern, Sasson was an Asset Manager at a local property management firm. He was also heavily involved in numerous retail and office leasing negotiations.

Sasson earned his Master’s Degree in Real Estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management from Boston University.


Hunt Mortgage Group announced that Cary Brownley has rejoined the firm as director.

Brownley will lead FHA multifamily loan closings for the entire firm.

She returns to Hunt Mortgage Group from Berkadia where she served as FHA Closing Manager.
She originally joined Hunt Mortgage Group in December 2015 as part of Hunt’s active expansion of its FHA platform.

While at Hunt Mortgage Group, Brownley worked on all aspects of FHA closings and took a lead role in servicing and asset management. She also worked with the Hunt development affiliate to procure a new construction loan.

Earlier in her career, Brownley was with Wells Fargo where she was responsible for all aspects of FHA loan closings related to the issuance of Ginnie Mae MBS.

Prior to Wells Fargo, she was with Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage (currently Berkley Point) and its predecessors for 23 years where she was an FHA Specialist.

Brownley earned a BA in Business Communication from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.


Lee & Associates NYC has hired Corey Horowitz as executive managing director/principal.
Horowitz, who was previously a director with Cushman & Wakefield, will join the company’s growing office leasing team.

Throughout his career, Horowitz has completed transactions in excess of one million square feet in Manhattan and Long Island City.

He has also served on the exclusive leasing agency teams for such distinguished buildings as 515 Madison Avenue, 450 West 14th Street, Offices at the Square, and the Zipper Building.
Horowitz is an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University.


Lightstone announced the appointment of Lauren Levin as senior vice president, Moxy Hotels Brand and Marketing.

Levin will be responsible for setting the strategic marketing direction and overseeing all marketing initiatives for Lightstone’s portfolio of Moxy hotels.

Prior to joining Lightstone, Levin was senior vice president of marketing and communications at lifestyle hospitality management company sbe in Los Angeles.

In this role, she oversaw all marketing and public relations across sbe’s global portfolio of hotels, residences, restaurants and nightlife venues.

Before sbe, Levin was the brand director of Interactive Development at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.
She also served as the Director of Online Marketing for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Tel Aviv.

Levin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Business Administration, with a concentration in Sales and Marketing, from Cornell University.


BBG announced the promotion of managing director Marc G. Nassif, MAI, LEED AP, MRICS, of to senior managing director.

Nassif will serve in a national capacity, working in conjunction with BBG president Chris Roach to continue the firm’s growth.

Nassif’s expertise in real estate valuation and advisory services encompasses a wide range of commercial real estate engagements, including asset valuation for institutional investors, financing, estate taxation, proposed developments, property insurance placement and litigation.

His experience ranges from high-density urban core developments to low-density and special-purpose properties. His practice includes clients and assets nationwide.


Madison Realty Capital announced Stephen Nemeroff has joined the firm as Vice President, Acquisitions and Originations.

Nemeroff will work with the firm’s principals and support the external growth initiatives for MRC through the identification and securing of new acquisition and loan origination opportunities.
Nemeroff has over 11 years of experience in the commercial real estate debt and equity investment industry.

Prior to joining MRC, he served as Vice President of Acquisitions at The Renatus Group where he was responsible for new business development as well as sourcing and underwriting investment opportunities.
Earlier, Nemeroff was a partner at Imperial Capital Company, a boutique commercial real estate advisory firm specializing in arranging mortgage financing and sales for a select group of clients.


WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX) announced its 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

The board will be led by president Suzanne St. Pierre, Partner at Venable LLP and vice president Beth Zafonte, director of Economic Development Services at Akerman LLP.

The Board also welcomed new additions, Ellen Kendall, formerly of PGIM Real Estate, and Laura Rapaport, Senior Vice President for L&L Holding Company.

Returning members of the board include Barbara Flusk, Senior Vice President, Clarion Partners; Sonia Bain, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP; Maria Kastanis, Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase; Allyson Martin, Senior Vice President, Hub International Northeast; Sara Queen, Senior Asset Manager, Brookfield Office Properties; Hilary Spann, Executive Director, CPP Investment Board; Elise Wagner, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Suzanne St. Pierre’s practice focuses on real estate development and construction, as well as real estate investments.

She leads Venable’s New York construction practice. Her clients include US and non-US investors, private developers, non-profit organizations, and governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.
She is currently one of the lead attorneys on two of the largest infrastructure projects currently underway in New York — the Moynihan Station redevelopment project, and the construction of the first element of the Gateway Project, a new tunnel right-of-way on the West Side of Manhattan, which is currently under construction in Hudson Yards and will eventually continue under the Hudson River to New Jersey.

Beth Zafonte has 30 years of experience in securing Economic Development Incentives for projects throughout the United States, representing a broad range of private developers and Fortune 500 corporations on a national basis.

She has been involved in projects that have utilized over $3 billion worth of incentives and represents both public and privately held companies, as well as institutions, in connection with location and real estate decisions specifically related to determining eligibility for, and the procurement of, economic development incentives and real estate financing.


Dennis Trzeciakiewicz has joined PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC as a superintendent in the Northeast Division.

Trzeciakiewicz built a successful career working with several leading organizations.
He most recently worked for a general contractor in the Bronx. Prior to that, he was a superintendent at a government-run housing facility in Brooklyn where he led renovations, excavations and the design + build process.

As a superintendent at other organizations, he was in charge of demolition and construction for multi-million dollar projects in the retail sector. He built premium brand stores and was involved in the construction of the new Yankee Stadium.


Arup, the global design and consulting firm, announced that Jenny Buckley, Associate Principal, has been named Aviation Business Leader for Arup in the Americas.

A chartered civil and structural engineer, Buckley joined Arup in 1998.

During her career with the firm, she has specialized in leading multidisciplinary teams through design and construction in a broad range of aviation-related projects.

Arup’s aviation services range from strategic airport planning to program delivery.

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