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WHO’S NEWS: Two join JLL retail, David Behin tapped to head up NGKF capital markets in BK

JLL has hired Robert Kempner and Taylor Wos to expand its retail brokerage services in New York.

The new team members are joining the firm as associates and are part of JLL’s strategic growth plan for its New York retail brokerage business.

Robert Kempner has more than five years of experience in retail real estate, with expertise in agency leasing and tenant representation.

Previously, he served as a director with ABS Partners Real Estate LLC, where he was responsible for the leasing of the company’s retail portfolio.

Kempner was also part of a team that represented tenants and managed exclusive listings for a number of other New York building owners.

Kempner received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rhode Island.

Taylor Wos has real estate experience across both office and retail assets.

Previously, she served as an investment sales associate for Cushman & Wakefield, where she was responsible for new business development and client management.

Wos has extensive retail experience with both fashion and luxury brands, having previously worked for Cartier Richmont North America, Ralph Lauren and Betteridge Jewelers.

Wos received a bachelor’s degree in international political economy, with a minor in European history, from Elon University. She is continuing her education at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.


NGKF Capital Markets has added David Behin as executive managing director to spearhead capital markets efforts in Brooklyn.

A leading broker in investment sales, Behin has more than a decade of experience.

Co-founding The Developers Group in 2002 — now MNS — a full-service residential and investment sales brokerage firm, Behin has helped plan and bring to market thousands of condominium and rental apartments in New York City, including over 1500 apartments on the Williamsburg waterfront.

In 2011, he launched the Investment Sales and Advisory Division of MNS, which has since completed more than $500 million worth of transactions, including the sale of development sites, multifamily properties, note sales and equity and debt placements.

As a partner of MNS and the president of its Investment Sales and Advisory Division, Behin has been involved in more than $4 billion of real estate transactions in the Tri-State area, with some of his most notable work including the sale of the St. Vincent de Paul church, a 75,000 s/f conversion site located in North Williamsburg.


Reckson, a division of SL Green Realty Corp. announced that Willard Overlock, with a decade of commercial real estate experience from Cushman & Wakefield, has joined as vice president, leasing.
He is based in Reckson’s White Plains office.

Overlock joins directly from Cushman & Wakefield, where he served as an associate director in the company’s Lower Manhattan office.

During his 10-year tenure as an agency professional, he was responsible for the leasing of such prominent buildings as 140 Broadway, 33 Maiden Lane and 77 Water Street among others.
He earned an MBA in the Executive Program at Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An avid athlete, Overlock is a PSIA level 1 certified ski instructor, a certified scuba diver and a licensed skydiver.


Colliers International Group Inc. has announced that industry veteran Robert C. Miller has joined the Stamford operations as a Senior Managing Director.

Miller will focus on tenant and landlord representation, and will also deliver professional development services in support of the regional brokerage team.

Throughout his 30 years of experience in the Stamford and Tri-State commercial real estate industry, Miller has represented many of the Southern New England region’s most prominent office and industrial tenants and owners.

Some noteworthy clients and assignments have included International Paper’s corporate headquarters, Sotheby’s, Hertz Corporation, General Reinsurance Corporation, Dannon Companies, Champion Energy, Hitachi Chemical, and others.

Miller has received a succession of top performance honors and has been awarded company recognition certificates for his role in developing and implementing company training and programs in support of commercial brokers.

Previously, Miller served as Executive Director at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Commercial Group.

Miller received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Utica College.


Hamilton Point Investments LLC announced the hiring of Randee Soriano as Senior Internal Wholesaler.

Soriano will oversee internal sales and marketing of HPI’s real estate private equity funds and will be responsible for developing, training and managing the firm’s growing internal sales team.

Soriano was a Senior Internal Wholesaler for Terra Capital Partners for the past five years. Prior to that, she held senior positions at Lightstone Securities and Ridgewood Energy.

Soriano has over 20 years of experience working with alternative investments in the independent broker dealer channel.


Lane Office announced that Michael Drake has been hired as a CAD Specialist.

With five years of CAD experience in various industries., Drake previously worked in civil engineering and architecture consultancy. He also worked as a CAD Technician for the Highways Design Team.

At Lane, he will be responsible for designing and conceptualizing furniture layouts and preparing specifications for projects, including electrical and space planning.

With a BA Photography from Nottingham Trent University, Drake’s significant previous projects include
NYU and Interpublic Group.


Lee & Associates NJ announced the Matt Schnurr and Gary Sopko have joined the Elmwood Park office team as senior vice presidents in the Capital Markets Group.

The pair specialize in structured finance and investment sales. Schnurr and Sopko has experience in investment brokerage and structured finance, including construction loans and mezzanine financing.
Prior to joining the team at Lee & Associates, Schnurr and Sopko both worked at Transwestern.


WegoWise announced that veteran tech executive Laila Partridge will become WegoWise’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Partridge is a Fortune 100-trained executive with 30 years of experience in corporate and entrepreneurial settings.

She has held executive roles in large companies like Intel and Wells Fargo, and has co-founded technology, health, and workplace start-ups. She comes to WegoWise as it transitions from a start-up company to an industry leader.

Outgoing CEO Andrew Chen will continue to serve on the board of WegoWise and as Chief Financial Officer of Boston Community Capital (BCC) and Managing Director of its Venture Fund, which provides equity investments in high-potential businesses that create financial, social and environmental returns.

Elyse Cherry, CEO of BCC, WegoWise’s sponsoring organization, will continue to serve as the company’s Executive Chair.


Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. announced it has promoted three attorneys.

Adam Lindenbaum was promoted to a Member of the firm, and Patricia Cleary and Arielle Frost were promoted to Of Counsel.

Adam Lindenbaum joined Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in 2013 as an associate in the litigation department and represents real estate firms, developers and tenants in connection with their use, management and operation of commercial real estate.

Lindenbaum received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and earned his juris doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law.

Patricia Cleary joined Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in 2014 as an Associate in the firm’s transactional law department.

Her practice involves all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including sales, acquisitions and dispositions, and financing.

Cleary received bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. She earned her juris doctorate from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.
Arielle Frost joined Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in June 2011 as an Associate in its transactional real estate department.

She represents clients in an array of real estate matters, including retail and office leasing, mortgage and mezzanine financings, joint ventures and purchase and sale transactions.

Frost received her bachelor’s degree with great distinction from McGill University, and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.


Hunton & Williams LLP named Robert K. Smith as a partner with the real estate capital markets practice.

Smith focuses his practice on REITs, with a focus on the mortgage REIT space that includes representing some of the leading publicly traded mortgage REITs on securities offerings and corporate and securities law reporting matters. Smith also advises other companies on a broad range of capital markets activities.

Smith received his undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University and law degree from SUNY Buffalo Law School.


The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) announced that Richard Roberts has joined the CPC board of directors.

During his nearly two decades working in affordable housing and urban market investments, Roberts has worked in the government, for profit, and nonprofit sectors.

As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, he was responsible for investing over $1 billion dollars in New York neighborhoods.

Previously, as the founding Managing Director of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group.

In his current role as the Managing Director of Acquisitions at Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC, he assists in the origination and management of developer relationships in the Northeast.

Roberts works with a number organizations, including Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council, NYS Association for Affordable Housing, and Habitat for Humanity – New York City.

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