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WHO’S NEWS: This week’s appointments and promotions

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. has welcomed Robert W. Barone, R.A., LEED AP as director at the company’s White Plains, NY office.
Barone was a pioneer in the establishment of due diligence and construction risk management practices for commercial real estate.
The former president of IVI International (now CBRE Assessment & Consulting Services), Barone was instrumental in growing that firm from a six-person consultancy to a staff of over 250 employees.
As chair or co-chair for various ASTM International committees, he helped develop standards to shape how due diligence is performed for commercial real estate
Barone has personally facilitated thousands of real estate transactions and development projects throughout North America and Europe.
He is a sought-after expert for reviewing development proposals and providing construction consulting services for equity investors, major lending institutions, and foreign governments.
Notable projects have included City Center, Las Vegas, Nevada; One57, New York; Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, Illinois and; Time Warner Center, New York.
Barone is a Registered Architect in New York State.

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Mack-Cali Realty Corporation has hired a new team of professionals to execute the repositioning, leasing and marketing of Harborside office campus in Jersey City.
Edward J. Guiltinan has been hired as Senior Vice President, Leasing and brings 30 years of commercial real estate leasing experience, including the past 20 years with Rockefeller Group,.
Guiltinan recently participated in the redevelopment of 1271 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan and was responsible for the full lease-up of the building, totaling more than 2M s/f office space to tenants, including MLB, Latham & Watkins, Bessemer Trust, and AIG, and retail space to tenants, including Avra Estiatorio.

Robert Willis recently assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Construction, and is overseeing the completion of key renovation projects across the campus.
Willis brings more than 25 years of experience managing multi-million-dollar capital projects across asset types.
He most recently led design and construction for HEI Hotels and Resorts and played an integral role in the development of the New York Times Building for Forest City Ratner Companies.
A new leasing agency team headed by Mark Ravesloot has been tapped to assist in the leasing efforts at Harborside.
In addition, Mary Ann Tighe will consult on the overall project and provide strategic oversight. The balance of the CBRE team includes Peter Turchin, Jeffrey Babikian, Robert Norton, and Brett Shannon.
Mack-Cali, in partnership with CBRE, will implement a new marketing strategy that will focus on highlighting Harborside’s competitive advantages.

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The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has hired Sam Spokony as vice president of media and content.
In this newly created role, Spokony will oversee all REBNY media relations activities, create engaging and timely content to elevate key issues impacting REBNY members and the industry, and direct the organization’s social media strategy.
Spokony has nearly a decade of experience spanning journalism, government and consulting.
Prior to joining REBNY, he was a senior vice president at Marathon Strategies. Spokony also previously served as communications director for New York City Council Member Margaret Chin.
Prior to that, he worked as a staff reporter for The Villager, one of the city’s oldest and most decorated community newspapers, and contributed columns and reporting to its sister publications.
Spokony is a proud New Yorker and a graduate of SUNY Oneonta.

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Levin Management Corporation (LMC) has expanded its leasing team with the addition of Fred Younkin.
Younkin brings 20 years of broad commercial real estate knowledge to the position and most recently served as tenant representative at Arrow Real Estate Services.
Previously, he held leasing positions at Brixmor Property Group and CBRE/Fameco.
Younkin also served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Schuckman Realty announced the addition of Sam Schertz to its investment sales team.
Schertz focuses on the sale of investment properties in the Multi-Family, Mixed-Use, Retail and Development sectors in NYC Boroughs and Long Island Markets.
He will continue to assist the growth of the Schuckman Realty’s Investment Sales Team.
Previously, Schertz was an Associate Director at Avison Young’s Tri-State Investment Sales Team,
Schertz earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Yeshiva University, and is a licensed associate real estate broker in the State of New York.

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Manhattan Skyline Management Corp. announces that Carole Bloom has rejoined the firm as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Leasing and Sales.
Bloom has more than 20 years of industry experience and has sold and leased over $2 billion in residential properties.
The firm has also reorganized and bolstered their team with the addition of Mariana Vredjian, who joins as Director of Leasing.
Additionally, current team members Josh Roth and Tom Eschmann have been promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail and Senior Vice President of Management and Operations, respectively.
Bloom will oversee both onsite leasing and tenant retention in addition to public relations and marketing responsibilities.
She previously served as Executive Vice President of Leasing at Halstead, and has worked at the Bloomstone Group, Durst Residential and the Gotham Organization.
Bloom is a licensed broker in New York State and began her career at the Related Companies in 1992.
Vredjian’s has worked with Halstead/Brown Harris Stevens, Silverstein Properties, Solow Realty & Development, and most recently The Bloomstone Group where she served as the Leasing Director for The Pierrepont.

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Veteran Douglas Elliman broker Enzo Morabito has welcomed former Elliman executive and licensed real estate agent Dawn Watson to his team.
Watson is the former senior public relations manager for Elliman’s Hamptons, North Fork and Long Island regions.
An award-winning journalist, Watson currently serves as the Editor-at-Large for Hamptons Real Estate Showcase magazine and is the host of LTV’s “Right Now! On the East End.”
This summer she launched Hamptons Spa Sand, a line of eco-friendly bath and beauty products.

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CNY Group announced the appointment of Katie Urtnowski as Vice President of People and Culture.
Urtnowski will provide employees with opportunities for continuous growth and learning, as well as creating value for CNY’s diverse portfolio of clients.
As a student, Urtnowski initially pursued bachelor’s degrees in education and psychology before determining that a business degree was the right path for her.
Her experience includes roles in healthcare, insurance and non-profit law, each of which allowed her to continue honing her interpersonal and communication skills.
Instrumental in forming her approach to business and workplace culture was her service at the Urban Justice Center in New York.
Urtnowski has certifications in both Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She also holds a Leadership Development certificate from Cornell University.

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Spinnaker Real Estate Partners has appointed Barry F. White to the new position of Vice President of Construction.
White is based in the New Haven office where he will lead the overall execution, budget, schedule and quality control from pre-construction to completion and close-out of primarily residential and mixed-used projects throughout Connecticut.
He brings more than 25 years of experience in all facets of residential, commercial, and military privatization construction management, joining Spinnaker from AvalonBay Communities where he served as Director of Construction.
White previously worked with Pointe Builders in Norwalk after relocating from Atlanta where he held roles in operations and construction at Balfour Beatty Construction.
In addition to White, Spinnaker also appointed Carlos Ossa as Project Manager in Hartford, initially serving as the on-site construction manager for Park & Main, the company’s mixed-use development project that recently broke ground at the intersection of Park and Main Streets.
Ossa most recently worked as a consultant with an engineering steel construction company in Colombia and a Canadian plastic injection firm where he served as project director of structural construction projects.

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Syska Hennessy has promoted Frederick Noel, an information technology professional with more than 17 years of corporate experience, to director of information technology.
Noel oversees IT operations across the company, supervising the entire corporate IT department and establishing its direction and goals. He first joined the firm in 2013 as IT operations manager.
Before joining Syska, he held several IT leadership roles during a 12-year tenure at another global engineering firm. Most recently, he served as its IT infrastructure manager for the USA region.
Noel received an Associate in Applied Science degree from DeVry College in Woodbridge, NJ.

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Populous announced the appointment of a new Global Chair and the addition of a director to its Global Holdings Board of Directors.
Senior Principal Earl Santee, FAIA, was elected as Global Chair and Senior Principal Jonathan Mallie was appointed as a director of the Holdings Board.
Earl Santee has enjoyed a 35-year career at Populous. His portfolio of award-winning projects are located across the US in Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Denver.
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and recently was Populous’ Americas Managing Director from 2015 until 2019.
Jonathan Mallie is the leader of Populous’ New York City office.

Mallie joined the Americas Regional Board in 2017 and has been instrumental in coordinating global design efforts across each of the firm’s regions in support of mutual clients.
He has worked with the leaders and project teams of clients such as Forest City Ratner Companies, Tishman Speyer, The Brooklyn Nets, The Cleveland Cavaliers, the Government of Kenya and Google.

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Meltzer/Mandl Architects (MMA) has a new Principal leading its team – Eli Meltzer.
Eli comes to Meltzer Mandl from Kliment Halsband Architects where he was a Project Architect for almost three years.
At MMA Eli takes over leadership from his dad, Marvin Meltzer, who lead the company for the past 40 years.
Prior to MMA, Eli spent several years working on Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States.
He also has experience in the health care industry developing innovative prototypes for clinical and exam space in the Department of Surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and designed several privately-funded, and state-bonded K-12 facilities in NYC and its suburbs.

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Houlihan Lawrence announced that its current president, Liz Nunan, has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of the 1,300-agent firm.
Houlihan Lawrence has also welcomed John Canniffe as Chief Operating Officer, rounding out its C-suite, which includes Stephen Meyers as the firm’s longtime Chairman and Andrew Lafreniere as Chief Information Officer.
Nunan has a long history with Houlihan Lawrence, first creating and growing their relocation and global business development division for 20 years and most recently serving as COO in 2018 and president in 2019.
As president and CEO, Nunan oversees all aspects of Houlihan Lawrence’s operations including the brokerage’s residential and commercial divisions across 30 offices.
She replaced former CEO Chris Meyers, who retired from the firm in March.
Nunan began her career with Fox and Lazo Realtors in Philadelphia before moving to New York and joining Houlihan Lawrence.
A licensed real estate broker, she has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Realtors since 2006 and was on the board of directors of the Hudson Gateway MLS from 2014 to 2017.
Previously, Nunan also worked at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

John Canniffe, with years of industry expertise in financial and data analysis, strategic initiatives and executive operational leadership, now oversees the brokerage’s core operations as COO.
Prior to his most recent role as head of the Residential Listing Service at REBNY, Canniffe led strategic initiatives at The Realogy Franchise Group, a business unit of Realogy.

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Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP announced the following management reorganization effective immediately:
Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Chairman of the Firm and Co-Managing Partner; John V. Terrana, Co-Managing Partner; Judy L. Simoncic, Deputy Managing Partner.
Jeffrey Forchelli founded the firm in 1976 and has served as Managing Partner since its inception.
He grew the firm from a three-lawyer general practice firm to a 65-lawyer multidisciplinary practice. He is the Chairperson of the firm’s Land Use & Zoning practice group and Co-Chairperson of its Real Estate practice group. Forchelli earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.S. from Wagner College.

FDT’s Tax Certiorari practice group is led by John V. Terrana, a 30 year real estate industry veteran.
He is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Fellowship Program.
Terrana, a Huntington earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and his B.S. from St. John’s University.

Judy Simoncic is a Land Use & Zoning attorney who joined the firm right after graduating law school and was the first woman to be named partner by the firm.
Simoncic serves on FDT’s Women’s Initiative executive leadership team.
She earned her J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and her B.S. from Ithaca College.

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