2009 top deal makers.
COREY J. ABDO
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
WINOKER REALTY COMPANY
Most recent achievement: In a recession-battered real estate market, Corey Abdo defied the odds and delivered a powerful succession of high-impact leasing transactions over the past year. Over this period, he closed more than three dozen leases encompassing 127,000 square feet in total.
One of Abdo's most noteworthy transactions was a seven-year, full-floor, 40,000-square-foot lease for Rodman & Renshaw at 1251 Ave of Americas The investment bank--which had recently gone public--was growing rapidly and needed quality space to consolidate its offices. Abdo delivered, to the delight of his client.
Moreover, underscoring his skills as a full-service broker, Abdo had previously negotiated a one-year extension and expansion for the company at its Harper & Row Building location on East 53rd Street. The extension provided his client with the time required to find the perfect space, courtesy of Top Deal Maker Corey Abdo.
As Executive Vice President of Winoker Realty Company, Corey J. Abdo believes that organizational strength translates into competitive strength. With this principle in mind, over the last seven years he has nurtured the steady growth of Winoker Realty and its prestigious roster of tenants, owners, large corporations and growing businesses. Abdo's time-tested expertise in leadership development has proven vital to the company's continued success. With more than 25 years of industry experience, he has worked with company president David Winoker to significantly expand Winoker's leasing division. Complementing his skills in organizational development, Abdo has represented major corporations, law firms, partnerships and other organizations in a wide spectrum of leasing transactions throughout the New York metropolitan area.
ERIC M. ANTON AND RONALD A. SOLARZ OF EASTERN CONSOLIDATED
Eric Michael Anton joined Eastern Consolidated a decade ago and to date has completed over $4 billion of real estate transactions.
Among his clients are: The Blackstone Group, Citibank, First Union Real Estate Investment Trust,
Glenwood Management, Goldman Sachs, Hartz Mountain Industries, Lazard Freres, SL Green Realty Corporation, Tishman Speyer Properties, and Westbrook Partners.
Recently he and partner Ronald Solarz sold the development site at 175 Tenth Avenue. They flipped a contract to a developer, secured the majority of equity for the project, and assisted in securing the debt. Final sales price: Over $54 million.
Mr. Anton received "Most Promising Commercial Broker of 1999" by REBNY In 2003, Real Estate New York Magazine named him a "Commercial Brokerage All Stars," in April of 2007, Commercial Property News named him one of 25 "Hot Brokers" nationally and in June 2008, Real Estate Forum Magazine named him one of "Forum's Top Brokers" Nationwide.
A graduate of Brown University, with a Masters Degree in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University, he is a member REBNY, a Director of the Seven Park Avenue Cooperative Corporation and is Chairperson of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America, Exploring Division.
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
At the start of 2009, Stonemar Properties, a New York based real estate investment and management company, purchased a regional shopping center in the heart of Milford, Conn. retail corridor for $30 million. This spring, the national property owner also closed a 62,000 sq. ft. lease renewal/expansion deal with Hobby Lobby, a major crafts chain that agreed to extend their 10,000 sq. ft. lease to 62,000 sq. feet at the Bernard Court Shopping Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
As chief investment officer and managing partner at Stonemar Properties, Emmet Austin is a rising star in New York's real estate scene. Austin is integral to a team which has closed on transactions worth more than $800 million in the past four years.
Stonemar, a real estate investment firm based in New York currently has interests in over 11 million square feet of shopping, power and outlet centers in over 21 states. The company follows the unique but highly successful strategy of investing in properties in overlooked markets. Mr. Austin's role is to oversee the acquisition process and to manage the current portfolio.
Austin began his career at Goldman Sachs and moved on to manage a portfolio of cross currency energy assets for Vitol Capital Partners, a hedge fund based in Boston. As an undergraduate he was a Calesa Foundation Scholar and a Kohn Fellow at Columbia University and the London School of Economics. He later was a Dean's Graduate Fellow and Graduate Scholar at New York University, focusing on real estate.
Before launching his real estate career, Austin played professional soccer with a premiership team in England. He is currently an active fundraiser and volunteer devoted to the New York Fire Department.
MITCHELL KONSKER, VICE CHAIRMAN, PAUL GLICKMAN, VICE CHAIRMAN, JACK COHEN, ASSOCIATE, DIANA BIASOTTI, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Mr. Konsker, Mr. Glickman, Mr. Cohen and Ms. Biasotti were recently honored with REBNY's Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award, beating out 13 other nominations to win the Henry Hart RiceAward, the most prestigious of the three awards REBNY presents. The team was recognized for representing the Hakimian Organization in its
560,000-square-foot lease to Ogilvy & Mather at 636 11th Avenue, having convinced the Hakimian Organization to call off a planned residential conversion of the building and completed one of the largest new leases of 2008.
Mr. Konsker has been a real estate professional for more than 25 years, and is widely recognized as one of the real estate industry's most prominent brokers having been instrumental in negotiating many of Manhattan's largest and most complex real estate transactions. Mr. Glickman has been involved in more than 14 million square feet of building agency assignments, and is recognized as one of the real estate industry's most active professionals. Since joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2005, Mr. Cohen has been responsible for the successful leasing of an impressive roster of building throughout Manhattan. Ms. Biasotti is a key member of Cushman & Wakefield's Strategic Agency Services Group, and focuses on property positioning and leasing strategy, while delivering a level of service and attention to each assignment that extends well beyond the expectations of traditional leasing and property management. Since joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2003, she has represented a portfolio in excess of 11 million square feet.
EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR
GRUBB & ELLIS NEW YORK, INC.
Responsibility on the Team
* Responsibility Principal Advisory Services
* Strategic Acquisitions and Dispositions
* Lease Negotiations
* Agency Office Leasing
Mr. John J. Cannon joined Grubb & Ellis in early 2001 with an established 25-year real estate career, encompassing commercial brokerage, corporate facilities management, and principal acquisitions. Mr. Cannon's range of experience uniquely combines brokerage concepts with entrepreneurial flair and corporate understanding.
Prior to his arrival at Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Cannon was a founder and principal of RAK Group, LLC., a real estate investment firm specializing in maximizing real estate opportunities, where he directed acquisitions of a 4.5 million square foot portfolio of CBD office properties in Chicago, Boston, and Dallas. In this capacity, Mr. Cannon secured additional investment opportunities in 50 major CBD markets.
Before forming the RAK Group, LLC., Mr. Cannon was Director of Real Estate Marketing at ICON International, Inc., where he was instrumental in the acquisition, management, and leasing of a 500,000 square foot portfolio of office properties. He spearheaded the aggregate real estate operations and management efforts, including asset management, disposition and leasing.
Mr. Cannon has held senior corporate real estate positions with Chase Bank, Pepsico's Pizza Hut division, and Volkswagen of America. He has successfully completed transactions with a diverse group of prestigious firms, including Coca-Cola, Gap, Inc., Austrian National Bank, J. Crew, Silver Lake Partners, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Mr. Cannon received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, New York. He specialized in Real Estate and graduated Cum Laude.
SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mr. Cinque has been a licensed New Jersey real estate sales person since 1992. Mr. Cinque has specialized exclusively in the disposition and acquisition of commercial properties for institutional clients such as Metropolitan Life, Prudential Insurance Company, PSE&G, Lincoln Property Company Advance Realty Group and Ivy Realty. He has consummated in excess of 400 transactions valued at over $450 million.
Mr. Cinque has over 15 years of experience in the New Jersey commercial real estate market. He specializes on strategic planning and developing long-term real estate solutions for clients such as PSE&G, Advanced Health Media, Inc. and Summit Medical Group. Mr. Cinque started his career in commercial real estate with Bender & Company, Inc. in 1992 and has been with FirstService Williams since 1996. Affiliations include IOREBA (Industrial Office Real Estate Brokers Association), NACORE (National Association Corporate Real Estate Executives), NAIOP (National Association Industrial Office Partners) and MADG (Morris Area Development Group).
SENIOR DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL TENANT REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATION (CTRR)
As Senior Director at CTRR, Ian Cleator manages the financial side of transactions. He analyzes life cycle costs and helps determine the true, competitive value of landlord offers and counter-offers, all of which helps in the negotiating process.
He develops presentations and analyses, using a proprietary CTRR formula, to present data to clients in an understandable and compelling manner so that clients appreciate the true costs, liabilities and opportunities of competing options. In conjunction with this, he manages CTRR's lease audit activities.
He has worked with Marisa Manley and CTRR for 15 years. Recently, his analyses helped a client save $2 million over a four-year period.
Cleator previously was the controller for Gitano Licensing and for Nakash Brothers Realty, owners of Jordache Enterprises. He handled cost accounting for Ketcham Laboratories and managed budgets for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.
Serving tenants exclusively, CTRR has handled real estate transactions involving over 10 million square feet of space and $3 billion of obligations, a majority of which have come under Cleator's scrutiny and analysis.
FAITH HOPE CONSOLO, CHAIRMAN RETAIL LEASING, MARKETING AND SALES DIVISION
PRUDENTIAL DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE
Faith Hope Consolo, the "Queen of Retail," is the country's most renowned retail consultant and broker. Not only do landlords and tenants rely upon her knowledge of real estate markets and consumer trends, but time and again she has played a key role in revitalizing and sculpting shopping corridors across the nation. The volume, size and distinction of her transactions, combined with her extraordinary experience in a global range of markets, have set a high standard among real estate specialists.
Over the years, she has advised and encouraged countless retailers as they emerged as major players and has helped transform lackluster neighborhoods into sought-after shopping districts. Her scope of work extends to virtually every facet of retail real estate and every kind of retail location--from urban and suburban streets to malls, shopping centers, lifestyles centers and power centers. To Find the Best Retail Space--You Need Faith [c].
JOHN K, CUNNINGHAM
Mr. Cunningham has been a licensed New Jersey real estate sales person since 1987 and has specialized exclusively in office leasing and sales, providing Tenant Representation Services throughout New Jersey and nationally. He has participated in over 450 completed transactions valued at over $500 million.
In 2002, Mr. Cunningham founded and continues to be a leader of the FirstService Williams LifeScience Practice Group additionally serving the specialized needs of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies in New Jersey and around the world.
He is a Board Member of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation and is affiliated with the Biotech Counsel of New Jersey (BCNJ) and New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC). Mr. Cunningham is also on the Board of Directors of The Midland School and was the recipient of FirstService Williams New Jersey Top Producer Award over multiple years, including 2008.
DANA COMMERCIAL GROUP
PRUDENTIAL DOUGLAS ELLIMAN
The Dana Commercial Group consists of 15 brokers and salespersons specializing in the leasing and sales of retail, office, commercial condo and co-op, and investment properties, in addition to building sales and international investments.
Founded by Nick Dana over 50 years ago, and run by his sons Rick and Gary for the last 30 years, the Dana Commercial Group relies on their combined expertise, close personal attention and superior customer service to guide retail and office clients as well as investors through the myriad of possibilities available to them in the New York real estate market.
Over the years, they have been responsible for the placement of some of the most prestigious retailers in Manhattan and the outer boroughs including Valentino, Krizia, Ungaro, Coach, Dennis Basso, Missoni, Royal Copenhagen, Kenzo and Yves St. Laurent.
BESEN & ASSOCIATES
Amit Doshi joined Besen & Associates in 1989, shortly after its inception, and is consistently the firm's top producer. Throughout Mr. Doshi's career in investment real estate sales, he has sold over 400 properties with an aggregate value in excess of $1.5 billion.
Mr. Doshi quickly earned name recognition for himself and the firm. In the past five years, Mr. Doshi has achieved an average of 36 deals per year, including 57 deals in 2005 (over one deal per week on average). In 2007, he set the mark even higher, by selling 108 buildings, including a large apartment building portfolio in the boroughs for $295,000,000. He has been named a "Power Broker" two years in a row by CoStar Research, in recognition of being one of New York City's Top 10 Brokers in sales transaction volume. From multifamily properties to land assemblages, he has gained a strong foothold by mastering the unique problems associated with vagaries of rent stabilization or zoning issues. Mr. Doshi spearheaded disposition of many foreclosed properties and underperforming loans during the 1990's banking and real estate crisis for institutions such as Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Resolution Trust Corporation and many leading banks and private lenders.
Mr. Doshi received his B.S. in Engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is fluent in Hindi. He is an active supporter of a number of charitable causes, including: Share & Care Foundation, Children's Hope, Carnegie Hall Real Estate Council, JAINA, various medical causes for children, as well as women empowerment issues. Mr. Doshi is a member of REBNY and Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors (BMAR).
JIM DOWNEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RETAIL SERVICES
ERIC LE GOFF, SENIOR DIRECTOR, RETAIL SERVICES
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Mr. Downey and Mr. Le Goff were recently awarded with REBNY's Most Creative Retail Deal of the Year, along with Cushman & Wakefield's Gene Spiegelman, for representing Gucci Group in the leasing of 685 Fifth Avenue to Diesel.
Mr. Downey and Mr. Le Goff focus on representing retail tenants and landlords, having added significant value to the North American operations of many of the world's most recognized premium and luxury retailers. Today, they represent more than 25 high-end retailers, including LVMH, Gucci, Bulgari, Anne Fontaine, Bottega Veneta, Calypso Christiane Celle, De Beers and Baccarat.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
EASTERN CONSOLIDATED PROPERTIES, INC.
A 24-year veteran of the industry, Brian Ezratty is a principal in the firm. During his career, he has negotiated more than $9 billion in commercial real estate transactions. He is the 1993 winner of the prestigious REBNY's Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award for his sale of the Ed Sullivan Theater and office building to CBS for The David Letterman Show. A recent achievement was the sale of 1133 York Avenue, a 142,000 square foot development site sold to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Clients include: J.P. Morgan Chase, The Battery Park City Authority, The Bank of Tokyo, CBS, Inc., State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, BRT Realty, Barclays Business Credit, Bank of America, The Related Companies, Rose Associates, Apollo Real Estate Advisors, Lloyd Goldman, Sterling Equities, RFR Holding Corp., Blackacre Capital Group, The Witkoff Group, and S. L. Green Realty Corporation.
He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors
A guest lecturer at REBNY's Continuing Education Program, he is member of REBNY's Sales Brokers and a member of YM/WREA. He was chosen by Crain's New York Business as one of their "40 Under 40" members.
STUART ROMANOFF, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, AMY FOX, SENIOR DIRECTOR, BILL FRESSLE, SENIOR DIRECTOR
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Mr. Romanoff, Ms. Fox and Mr. Fressle recently represented Geller & Company in its 94,130-square-foot lease at 909 Third Avenue, one of the year's largest leases to date.
Mr. Romanoff has been with Cushman & Wakefield for more than 27 years and has been involved in leasing and sales assignments totaling more than 20 million square feet. With fifteen years of experience, Ms. Fox provides sophisticated advice to major corporations on their real estate needs, which is evident whether executing a major Manhattan headquarters lease or providing advice to a multinational corporation on the diverse range of real estate needs and issues that come with having a national or global leasehold portfolio. Mr. Fressle has been with Cushman & Wakefield for more than 14 years, and has completed assignments across the U.S. and internationally for a diverse range of prestigious clients, including tenant and landlords.
ROBERT L. FREEDMAN
Mr. Freedman joined Williams Real Estate, now FirstService Williams, in 1974. He became a shareholder in 1985 and was subsequently elected to the Board of Directors. His principal areas of concentration have been tenant representation and corporate representation. He makes regular appearances as an industry spokesman on major media venues like MSNBC, CNBC, Fox, ABC and others.
Mr. Freedman has provided regional and national representation for clients such as Cigna, Pfizer, Primedia, Steelcase, The Thomson Corporation and The Northern Trust Company. He was the recipient of the most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award by the Real Estate Board of New York for his efforts in reestablishing the Decoration and Design Building as a principal source for the home furnishings industry.
Mr. Freedman has been appointed the co-chairman of the Incentive and Zoning Subcommittee of Senator Schumer's Group of 35. His civic and charitable associations include the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, The Morgan Library, the Executive Board of The Gladney Center, Fort Worth, Texas, many years of participation in the "Principal for a Day" Program, and involvement with The Partnership for the Homeless in which they recently honored him as "The Man of the Year."
Charlotte Fu focuses primarily on Manhattan properties, inclusive of apartment and commercial buildings, development sites and existing and future retail properties.
Prior to joining Eastern Consolidated, Ms. Fu was Director of Sales for Massey Knakal Realty Services where she was responsible for originating exclusive listings worth over $100 million dollars in an assigned 1400-building territory. She held previous sales positions at ETTV America, a multi-faceted media company headquartered in Taiwan; Mo's Computech, a computer software company; and Minghui Import & Export, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Fu was also previously President and Founder of Hayafa Import and Wholesale Company, Johannesburg, South Attica, a garment wholesale company where she grew the business beyond brokering to establishing a new clothing brand.
She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. Ms. Fu was profiled by New York Real Estate Journal's "Women in Commercial Real Estate" in both 2005 and 2006.
Ms. Fu graduated from college in China and holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. She is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.
GISCOMBE REALTY GROUP
Giscombe Realty Group brokered the record breaking sale of 16 prime retail buildings along 125th Street for $50 million, earning the highest per sq. foot price ever paid for retail space on Harlem's historic main corridor.
Eugene Giscombe is leading the way in Harlem's commercial real estate boom. As president and founder of Giscombe Realty Group, he has been active in Harlem real estate for more than 30 years--long before buying and selling real estate in Harlem was en vogue.
Within the past two years Giscombe engineered the record-breaking sale of 16 prime retail buildings along 125th Street, for $50 million, earning the highest per-square-foot price ever paid for retail space on Harlem's historic main corridor. He also oversaw the $3 million renovation at the Lee Building, the historic property where Giscombe Realty Group has its headquarters.
His acquisitions, developments, relocations and management venues along the 125th Street corridor have totaled more than 1 million square feet and include the businesses and organizations that form the pillars of the Harlem community.
Giscombe was inspired to enter the real estate profession by his grandfather, a successful builder in Harlem during the 1940s. Giscombe is a longtime community leader, serving as past chairman of Community Board 10 and a past president of both the Greater Harlem Real Estate Board and the 125th Street Business Improvement District. In 2006 the Harlem Business Alliance named him "Business Person of the Year." He is currently a member of the Harlem YMCA board of directors.
Mr. Given joined the firm in 1980. With over 28 years of experience, he oversees the brokerage operations of the firm as a member of the FirstService Williams Executive Committee. His other areas of responsibility include institutional tenant representation and serving as exclusive leasing agent for some of Manhattan's premier Class "A" office buildings. During his career, Mr. Given has been associated with the leasing and sales of over 20 million square feet of commercial real estate space.
In 2003, Mr. Given received the NAIOP Award for Leasing Deal of the Year. In addition, he received the Co Star Group's New York City Power Broker Award for the 550,000-square-foot relocation of Health Insurance Plan (HIP) of New York to 55 Water Street.
Mr. Given represents numerous companies in the acquisition of corporate headquarters. He was the preferred vendor for Thomson Financial and represented it in its New York and Boston relocations of more than 680,000 square feet. Recently, he represented Colgate Palmolive in restructuring and renewing its 530,000-square-foot headquarters lease at 300 Park Avenue in Manhattan.
Mr. Given is a Board Director of Bryant Park Management Corporation and a Board Director of The Ridgewood YMCA.
CITY CONNECTIONS REALTY, INC.
Herb Goldberg serves as Manager for City Connections Realty, Inc.'s Commercial Division. His primary experience is in leasing office space, to which he approaches in an analytical and business oriented manner. In his 20 plus years of working in real estate, Herb has leased more than 2 million square feet of space and numerous leases from 2000 to 132,000 square feet.
Prior to becoming a broker, Herb was a franchisee and franchisor of local and national chains. His prior experience in managing over $75 million in sales, directing over 2,000 employees and negotiating more than 70 site leases gives Herb a unique business persons perspective. In addition to Commercial Leasing, Herb presently owns and operates Sassy's Sliders, a unique burger restaurant and two locations of Little Shop of Crafts, New York's most established craft house.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Goldstein (along with Studley's Daniel Horowitz and Jeffrey Peck) represented British luxury fashion house Burberry in a lease that relocated its US headquarters to 444 Madison Avenue and that changed the illuminated building-top signage at 444 Madison, which lights up three sides of the building, from the iconic New York Magazine logo to 50-foot long Burberry logos.
This event was so significant that Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed the day of the official change, May 28, 2009, as Burberry Day. The 15-year, 71,000-sf lease includes four floors of the building, two retail stores that will flank the entryway of the building that bears the Burberry name and the illuminated signage on three sides of the building.
This landmark deal provides Burberry with trans-Atlantic marketing opportunities, efficient, one-of-a-kind showroom/office space and with illuminated building-top signage, which is no longer permitted in New York City and was only allowed in this case as a result of the Studley team's creativity and understanding of the legislation surrounding this type of signage.
David joined Studley in 1989 and has been ranked as one of the firm's top-producing brokers nationwide since 1995. In August 2006, he was promoted to Studley's Board of Directors. His extensive experience representing financial institutions, leading fashion/apparel companies, major law firms, and Fortune 500 companies has placed him at the forefront of tenant advisory in New York City.
David's recent transactional accomplishments include: the 300,000-sf relocation of Ann Taylor, Inc. to Times Square Tower in 2004; the representation of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. in a 600,000-square-foot portfolio-wide strategic plan including a new headquarters lease for 300,000 square feet; the ongoing representation of Calyon Financial since 1990 in over 350,000 square feet of transactions including a headquarters relocation for 140,000 sf; the representation of J. Crew, including a new headquarters lease for 210,000 square feet at 770 Broadway; the representation of Covington & Burling in its 160,000-square-foot NYC relocation to the New York Times building; the representation of The School of Visual Arts in a lease for a 120,000 square feet campus educational facility; and the representation of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP in its NYC headquarters lease for 286,000 square feet.
David is an active member of the REBNY the DWH Foundation for Leukemia Research and the Special Olympics.
A 24-year real estate veteran, Deborah Gutoff is experienced in the acquisition and sale of both commercial and residential properties. She has closed over $1 billion dollars in building sales during her tenure at Eastern Consolidated, which she joined in 1986.
Over the past ten years, Ms. Gutoff has focused her attention on the sales of elevatored multi-family apartment buildings, properties with strong retail components, and bulk packages of sponsor-owned cooperative and condominium apartments. As an adjunct to her sales activity, she has been involved with numerous institutions and universities in their on-going quest for student housing.
Ms. Gutoff is a longstanding member of the Sales Brokers Committee of REBNY. She was named Eastern's "Broker of the Year" three times. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University, received her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, and was a longstanding member of the New York Bar.
A major recent achievement was procuring one of the investors who partnered in the $110 million acquisition of Devonshire House, 28 East 10th Street a/k/a 47-59 University Place, a 145,000 square foot residential and retail 12-story building.
Hakimian was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He started his career in the precious gem industry. He always had a knack for deal making from his childhood. According to Hakimian "it's all about connections". In his first year in the business, he sold 5 buildings at the corner of Prince & West Broadway in Soho, 2 loft buildings at the corner of Broome & Mercer St as well as the 16 story office building located at the corner of 49th St & Madison Avenue.
In the last couple years, he has become to go to man for off market deals in Manhattan. He was responsible for the notable sale of the Moondance Diner Site in Soho on 6th Ave & Grand St, currently a boutique hotel is being constructed at the site. Hakimian's strong work ethic, persistence, patience and down to earth personality have made him one of the top commercial brokers in Manhattan.
SENIOR BROKER, ITZHAKI PROPERTIES
Ms. Hazan was born and raised in Israel where she served as a Training Commander in the Israeli Defense Force. Ms. Hazan came to the United States in 1997 & graduated from the Ziklin School of Business at Bamch College with a Bachelor of business degree in finance in 2001. Ms. Hazan joined Itzhaki Properties in 2002 as a sales agent and in 2005 Ms Hazan took two years off to explore the US while working on various projects outside NYC.
By March of 2008 Ms. Hazan returned to Itzhaki properties envisioning the huge opportunities in the current challenging market. Through out the years Ms Hazan has been involved in many transactions within the firm. Recently, Ms. Hazan built a sales team which is focused on multi family and mixed use buildings in Manhattan & the outer Boroughs. Ms. Hazan's ability to mediate a transaction toward closing has made her a top producer at the firm, while appealing to the satisfaction of all parties.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, HMS ASSOCIATES
Nine years after starting HMS Associates in the basement of his home, Sam Heskel has turned the Brooklyn-based company into one of the leading residential and commercial real estate appraisal and consulting firms independently owned and operated in New York City. Over the past year, Heskel's quarterly reports on home prices in Brooklyn have become an eagerly anticipated staple of New York's real estate scene, and his commentary and advice on home values--in Brooklyn in particular--are widely sought after.
Heskel was responsible for launching HMS's electronic newsletter, also published quarterly, and added a consulting service for investors, developers or potential home buyers at HMS. He is a New York and New Jersey state certified appraiser and an associate member of the Appraisal Institute, as well as a member of Multiple Listing Services for Brooklyn and Long Island/Queens, Putnam, Westchester, and the Greater Hudson Valley and the National Association of REALTORS[R].
Heskel founded HMS Associates with his wife, Miri, at the time a mortgage underwriter. The company serves all five boroughs plus Westchester, Nassau, Rockland, Putnam, Ulster and Orange counties.
A native of Israel and a former Sergeant in the Israeli Defense Force, Ms. Himelblau graduated with B.A. in Business and Computer Science and came to the United States in 2004 and archived her Masters degree in Business Administration.
Prior to joining Itzhaki Properties, Ms. Himelblau had been active in various aspects of Real Estate having extensive experience in acquisition, management, and sales of residential properties in New York.
Since Ms. Himelblau joined Itzhaki Properties she has been involved in selling commercial properties primarily in Manhattan.
By demonstrating abilities, discipline, determination, knowledge, and responsibility over her career, Ms. Himelblau builds trust and relationships with clients, while devoting time and dedication to each deal.
Aligning personal goals with those of society as a whole has always been her focus; Ms. Himelblau is a member of the REBNY organization and was chosen as "Woman In RE" by the NYNJ RE Journal as a top commercial real estate woman in NY
Landmark deal: 1024-30 Lexington Avenue.
DANIEL HOROWITZ, EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR
JEFFREY PECK, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Daniel and Jeffrey (along with Studley's David Goldstein) represented British luxury fashion house Burberry in a lease that relocated its US headquarters to 444 Madison Avenue and that changed the illuminated building-top signage at 444 Madison, which lights up three sides of the building, from the iconic New York Magazine logo to 50-foot long Burberry logos. This event was so significant that Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed the day of the official change, May 28, 2009, as Burberry Day. The 15-year, 71,000-sf lease includes four floors of the building, two retail stores that will flank the entryway of the building that bears the Burberry name and the illuminated signage on three sides of the building. This landmark deal provides Burberry with trans-Atlantic marketing opportunities, efficient, one-of-a-kind showroom/office space and with illuminated building-top signage, which is no longer permitted in New York City and was only allowed in this case as a result of the Studley team's creativity and understanding of the legislation surrounding this type of signage.
Daniel Horowitz joined Studley in 1990 after spending three years with Cushman & Wakefield. Hired by Studley as a specialist in tenant representation, he has since become a principal in the firm. Dan's accomplishments have earned him consistent recognition as one of the firm's top producers.
As a tenant broker, Dan has represented tenants in transactions exceeding three million square feet of space with a transaction value exceeding $2 billion. He has led a team which provides strategic planning and sophisticated financial and technical analysis to create cost-saving real estate solutions. Among his clients are Covington & Burling, Gannett Co. Inc., Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Burberry and Cisco.
Dan is active in the Real Estate Board of New York and the Young Men's/Women's Real Estate Association, and serves on the Board of Governors of The PENN Club. He also spearheaded a tutoring program for inner city youth and is involved with the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District. In addition, Dan has authored articles in numerous real estate publications.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and has studied at New York University's Real Estate Institute.
A 10-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Jeffrey has focused his career on representing tenants with their commercial real estate needs. His clients primarily include major corporations, law firms, financial institutions, luxury brands and not-for-profits, such as Citigroup, Burberry, Valentino, Markit Group Limited, Littler Mendelson, P.C., the RAND Corporation, Mikimoto of Japan and the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Jeffrey first joined Studley in 1999 and returned to partner with veteran Studley advisor Daniel Horowitz, and together they have assembled one of the highest producing teams at Studley.
Jeffrey received the "Deal of the Year" award for his representation of Markit Group Limited from the eEmerge division of SL Green Realty Corp. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York. Recently, Jeffrey ran the New York City Marathon to raise funds for the Children's Tumor Foundation. He is an active member of the American Technion Society, a not-for-profit organization supporting the interests of the Technion, Israel's leader in the education and study of scientific advances
Jeffrey graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
MARK A. JACCOM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Over his 30-year career as a commercial real estate services advisor, Mr. Jaccom has actively managed a range of national corporate accounts. As CEO at FirstService Williams, his responsibilities have expanded to include growing the firm into a full service international real estate advisory firm. His focus continues to be providing innovative services that support the firm's vast array of client needs.
As part of this corporate growth initiative, Mr. Jaccom is involved in recruiting top talent to service ever-changing client needs. He has instituted value-added consultative services that enhance the company's capacity to address the expanding needs of the firm's clients. His focus has been the development of an in-house consulting group with a range of relevant domain expertise and experience -financial analysts, economists, market analysts, lawyers, asset managers, information technologists and others--that will provide specialized business advice in support of the brokerage professionals.
Prior to joining FirstService Williams, Mr. Jaccom was Vice Chairman and Principal of Studley, Inc., where he led the firm's efforts in addressing the needs of corporate and industrial clients by introducing a wide array of value-added consultative services. Mr. Jaccom led Studley's efforts in pursuing many of the firm's most high-profile national accounts.
ROSEWOOD REALTY GROUP
This May, Rosewood Realty Group has brokered the sale of three multi-family buildings in Glendale, Queens for $7.7 million dollars. The sale of the 72--units was brokered by Aaron Jungreis and Joseph Smith of Rosewood Realty Group, who represented both the seller and the buyer.
Aaron Jungreis' dynamic relationships and extensive network of commercial property owners and developers has earned him a well-deserved reputation as the consummate dealmaker. Specializing in multi-family and office buildings, Jungreis closed over $1 billion worth of deals in 2007-2008 and has been on CoStar's Power Broker list twice. He consistently lands among the top 10 of the city's brokers in sales of multifamily apartment buildings.
In 2007, the same year he started his firm Rosewood Realty with his partner David Berger, he was named "Mann Broker of the Year." Even in these tough times, Jungreis is one of a few commercial brokers still closing deals. This spring he brokered the sale of a six-story, 119 unit Brooklyn apartment building for $11 million making it the largest apartment building sale in Brooklyn this year. In January, 2009 he closed on two major deals--one a portfolio sale of four multi-family buildings in East Flatbush, Brooklyn for $14.5 million and another for $9.7 million in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Last summer he closed a $35.3 four apartment building sale in Brooklyn and a $70 million deal of a package of 13 contiguous buildings on West 49th Street in Manhattan, involving 253 apartment units and seven stores. Also in 2007 he closed on the $163 million sale of a 35-building Upper East Side package.
TODD E. KORREN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL LEASING & OPERATIONS
Todd E. Korren serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Leasing and Operations for Swig Equities, LLC. In this capacity, Mr. Korren is directly responsible for the leasing activity and commercial operations of all commercial office properties for Swig Equities, which total over 4 million square feet.
Mr. Korren has over 20 years of hands-on real estate and construction knowledge. His experience includes construction, acquisitions, redevelopment and repositioning of older and/or underutilized assets, dispositions, site assemblage; multi-family, hospitality and office development; as well as leasing, asset management and property management.
Prior to joining Swig Equities, he served as Managing Director of Rockrose Development Corp., a $2.5 billion developer/ owner/manager, where he was responsible for managing the $750 million, 2.25 million square foot commercial and retail portfolios located throughout New York City. His specific responsibilities included leasing, property management, administration, and acquisitions.
Prior to that, at the Witkoff Group, he was responsible for leasing, operations and financial management of a $1.2 billion, 7 million square foot commercial portfolio in Manhattan, New Jersey, Texas and Philadelphia. During his tenure, he negotiated over 290 leases aggregating over 2 million square feet, managed partner and lender relationships, repositioned and marketed properties, prepared budgets, monitored financial performance, and acquired and/or disposed of 13 properties.
While at Insignia/ESG (now a part of CBRE), an $850 million full service real estate brokerage company, Mr. Korren represented numerous landlords and tenants in the tri-state area as their leasing, consulting and construction representative. He analyzed prospective building acquisitions, negotiated lease documents, developed marketing strategies for client properties and prospected for new business.
Mr. Korren also served as the National Operations Manager for EMCOR Group Inc., a $3 billion NYSE exchange listed, mechanical/electrical contractor. He was responsible for negotiating national purchasing agreements with many of its major suppliers (including General Electric, American Standard, Trane, Moore Business Forms) representing over $600 million in goods and services purchased by its 75 subsidiaries.
Mr. Korren gained his construction experience as a Project Superintendent for StructureTone, and as a Project Manager for a prominent Long Island developer where he participated in the design, budgeting, construction and marketing of over $35 million in multi-family, commercial and hotel development projects.
Mr. Korren earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from New York University in 1986, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from New York University in 1994. He has also completed courses in the New York University Graduate Real Estate Program and is a licensed New York Real Estate Broker.
Mr. Korren's organization affiliations include: Young Men's/Women's Real Estate Association of New York (former Vice-Chairman, Governor and Secretary); Real Estate Board of New York (Sales Committee; Economic Development Committee; Rental Conditions Committee); Long Island City Business Development Corporation (Board member) and the Architectural Review Board of Roslyn Estates.
He resides in Roslyn, New York with his wife and two daughters.
JAMES "JAY" KOSTER
JONES LANG LASALLE
In the past nine months, Koster has completed the $100 million sale of a 174-acre, 2 million-square-foot laboratory and office property for a leading pharmaceutical company; negotiated an economic incentives package worth more than $200 million for a global construction firm; and closed more than $500 million in sale-leaseback transactions throughout the United States.
GLEN D. KUNOFSKY
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
MARCUS & MILLICHAP REAL
ESTATE INVESTMENT SERVICES
Kunofsky consistently ranks among the firm's top agents nationwide. In 2009, he was named the No. 1 agent out of more than 1,300 investment specialists in the United States.
Kunofsky was the top retail investment specialist for Marcus & Millichap in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In addition, he was the No. 1 agent in the firm's Manhattan office from 2001 through 2008. Kunofsky is consistently recognized in the local New York City media as one of the leading investment specialists in the country.
Among the clients Kunofsky has represented include GE Franchise Finance, Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH), Spirit Finance, Atlas Holding, Circle K (Alimentation Couche-Tard) (Toronto ATD-MVA. TO & ATD-SVB.TO), Carrols Corporation (NYSE:TAST), Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM), UniMart, Arby's, Meritage Hospitality Group (Amex MHGU) and Sovereign Investment Co.
Glen Kunofsky is the senior vice president investments and a senior director of the Net Leased Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. Mr. Kunofsky has a track record of brokering the sale of retail and net-leased commercial properties throughout the United States. He is an authority in the field of net leases and sale-leaseback transactions. Mr. Kunofsky has a long list of loyal clients including some of the nation's largest institutional real estate companies including publicly traded REITS, private equity funds, hedge funds and high net-worth individuals. He has also structured sale-leaseback programs for some of the largest retail companies and franchisees in the country. While with Marcus & Millichap, Mr. Kunofsky has arranged the sale of $1.25 billion in commercial real estate investment sales.
VICE PRESIDENT INVESTMENTS
MARCUS & MILLICHAP REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT SERVICES
In 2008, Lala was ranked as one of Marcus & Millichap's Top 10 agents in its National Multi Housing Group (NMHG). As of July 2009, he was ranked No. 2 in the Manhattan office. He also continues to arrange investment sales in the Bronx and Westchester during a challenging market cycle. For instance, Lala sold 612 West 144th St., a 51,750-square foot apartment building in July 2008. The 25-foot wide, six-story elevatored building sold for 15.5 times the gross rent roll. The rent multiplier was near a record-setting level, which indicated how frothy the Manhattan market was before the Lehman bankruptcy. A REIT purchased the asset.
Marco Lala has become one of the most active investment specialists in Manhattan, The Bronx and Westchester County. His sharp focus and intensity has resulted in as many as 70 seller-oriented building transactions as little as 18 months. Throughout his career, he has personally handled the sale of more than $1 billion in real estate in the New York Metropolitan Area. This record of accomplishment is virtually unmatched by anyone handling building sales in the submarket. His focus and intensity did not start in the real estate business: Beginning martial arts training at the age of 14, Marco achieved a Black Belt by the age 17.
ANDREW S. LAZARUS
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
TUDOR REALTY SERVICES CORP.
Joined Tudor Realty Services Corp. as senior vice president to oversee the expansion of the 20 year old firm's commercial property management, commercial brokerage and consulting services.
A seasoned commercial real estate executive with over a decade of experience in the Manhattan market, Mr. Lazarus joined Tudor Realty Services after six years at Macklowe Properties, most recently as director of leasing involved in all aspects of leasing the company's Class-A office portfolio.
He began his career at Time Equities, subsequently moving to Insignia/ESG (now CB Richard Ellis) in its Downtowaa Manhattan office. Throughout his career, Mr. Lazarus has been involved in commercial real estate management, brokerage and construction and has completed leasing transactions in excess of 2,000,000 square feet. He has also handled residential and commercial tenant relocations and other development related activities.
Mr. Lazarus holds a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University, is a licensed real estate broker in the State of New York and member of The Real Estate Board of New York.
Tudor Realty Services is a full service real estate firm, including residential and commercial property management, brokerage and construction services, and is active throughout the New York metropolitan area. Owner managed by its founding principals, Anthony Colella, Howard Lazarus and Mary Frances Shaughnessy, the firm employs a full time staff of more than 50 employees and manages more than 90 buildings.
MITCHEL ARON MAIDMAN
PRESIDENT, TOWNHOUSE MANAGEMENT CO.
PARTNER, MAIDMAN AND MITTELMAN, LLP
Townhouse in a joint venture with Apollo Real Estate Advisors, has gone back to the company's roots, renovating five-and six-story walkups under the name Amsterdam Realty, Inc. and has built a portfolio of more than 40 properties in the Bronx and upper Manhattan Mitchel A. Maidman is president and chief executive officer of Townhouse Management Company, which has owned and managed residential buildings in New York for over 50 years. Today Maidman is adding many new dimensions to the family business.
Maidman is also the managing partner of Maidman & Mittelman, LLP, which specializes in real estate, commercial litigation and law in New York.
Maidman joined his family's real estate business in the mid 1990's, imbuing it with his own brand of vitality, energy and keen business savvy of real estate investment opportunities. Today Townhouse Management is a diversified real estate company that acquires, develops and manages residential, commercial, retail and mixed-use properties throughout the New York metropolitan area--from a $40 million upper East Side townhouse, to outer-borough rent-stabilized apartment buildings. Townhouse currently manages and owns more than 70 residential buildings in Manhattan and more than 25 garages.
In 2003, Maidman led Townhouse's construction of the Aurora, a 32-story mixed-use luxury apartment building on 37th and Third Ave., representing the first ground-up corporate housing development for Marriott/Execustay. At the end of 2005, Maidman offered for sale the top seven floors of the Aurora as full floor luxury loft style condominium apartments. Maidman loved them so much, he moved his family into one of the penthouse apartments with his wife, Arlene, executive vice president for Townhouse and the couple's two children.
Maidman has a J.D. degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and also studied at Yale Law School. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Men's Division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and a Trustee of the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, New York.
REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATION
As president of Commercial Tenant Real Estate Representation, Marisa Manley has saved millions of dollars for her clients by helping them make smarter decisions when leasing or buying commercial space for their business needs. Manley, whose firm represents corporate tenants exclusively, is widely recognized in the real estate industry for her extensive knowledge and skills in the negotiation of real estate transactions.
In the past year, she completed more than a dozen transactions in seven states, totaling more than $20 million. CTRR's clients include some of the biggest names in commerce, including AT&T, IBM, Turner Broadcasting, Reuters, United Parcel Service, and others, and the firm also serves rapidly growing middle market firms, and has special expertise in technically complex transactions including medical, broadcasting and laboratory facilities.
Manley is a highly regarded source on commercial tenant representation whose writings have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, Commercial Property News, and Real Estate Weekly. She is a regular contributor to charitable causes focused on education, and in the past two years organized two well-attended conferences, one on mold and another on green buildings. Manley speaks regularly about real estate matters and recently delivered a presentation on real estate strategy for a national conference of doctors and scientists
A graduate of Cornell University's College of Architecture and Harvard Law School, Manley began her career at IBM, representing the company's real estate interests in two-thirds of the United States. She founded CTRR in 1989.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
GRUBB & ELLIS NEW YORK, INC.
John McGinley is Senior Vice President at Grubb & Ellis New York, Inc. He provides property management services to corporate and institutional owners and occupiers. He offers expert advice in management, including expense reduction, innovative resource procurement and forward thinking property operations and staffing. He is focusing the management group to provide quality end user services while continuously looking for ways to enhance value for owners.
Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Mr. McGinley worked with Jones Lang LaSalle as Vice President in the New York Region. He was the account executive for the New York Life account, with oversight of a 2 million square foot portfolio, including a $70 million renovation and 300,000 square foot leasing initiative at 51 Madison Avenue. He was also a member of the business development team and actively participated in the regional management organization.
Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. McGinley worked at Tishman Speyer Properties where he directed the real estate management for GE/NBC overseeing 2 million square feet in the tri-state area, including Rockefeller Center. Mr. McGinley was responsible for coordination of the affiliated stations' facilities operations and managed the consolidation of 500,000 square feet during the merger of NBC and Universal.
* Bachelor of Arts in History, Fordham University
* Master of Science in Real Estate Investment, New York University
* Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of New York
* The Real Estate Board of New York
* Buildings Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
* Urban Land Institute
* Fordham University President's Executive Council
* Director on the board of the Torch Foundation
ALLAN P. MILLER
A 25 year real estate veteran in Manhattan, Alan P. Miller specializes in the sale of development sites, hotels, residential conversions, commercial loft buildings, parking facilities, outdoor signage, Transferable Development Rights, 421-a Tax Certificates as well as Inclusionary Bonus Air Rights.
One of Eastern's most prolific brokers, notable transactions include the 99-year net lease of a 591-room hotel development that is now a Radisson Hotel in Herald Square; and the long term net lease of a 220-room property, known as the Ameritania Hotel, on Broadway next to the Ed Sullivan theatre.
Recently, he completed development transactions in Herald Square, West Chelsea and the Financial District where a site for future hotel development fetched a record $440 per buildable square foot. He also sold a retail condo on East 23rd Street occupied by CVS as part of a ground up luxury residential development called Gramercy Starck. He was named Eastern Consolidated Broker of the Year for 2008 as he was involved in close to $200 million dollars of transactions comprising 18 deals, and Most Promising Broker in 2001.
He a member of REBNY, a Governor of The National Realty Club. and a member of the YM/WREA. He is a graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
MARC S. MILLER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
WINOKER REALTY COMPANY
Marc S. Miller recently closed a two-floor, 13,220-square-foot office lease at The Park House at 104 West 40th Street on behalf of the Capstone Advisory Group, an exclusive Miller client. The firm provides in-depth financial and operational analysis and value-added creative solutions to stakeholders in distressed situations, commercial disputes and transactions.
The long-term transaction was the first deal announced at the former Springs Building in the Bryant Park area, a Class-A office building now rebranded as The Park House. The deal's aggregate value exceeded $7 million over the term of the transaction. Miller also assisted Capstone with a separate, related deal: as exclusive sublease agent, he secured a sublease tenant to absorb its existing space at 1065 Avenue of the Americas.
Miller, who led Capstone on an extensive search throughout the area, says his firm "not only negotiated a highly competitive deal for our client, we also brought a strong and growing tenant into the landlord's building."
Last August, Marc S. Miller made the successful transition from founder of an independent tenant rep boutique to Executive Vice President at Winoker Realty Company, one of New York City's most respected commercial real estate firms. At the time, company president David Winoker said the firm would look to Miller to "utilize his vast experience and reputation of personal and professional integrity to accelerate our rate of growth and attract top industry talent to the firm."
That's exactly what Miller has achieved. In addition to accounting for more than $20 million in tenant rep, leasing deal volume, he has emerged as a critical member of the Winoker executive team and has contributed to the firm's ongoing expansion.
Miller has recently closed deals on behalf of Hedgco Networks, Holding Capital, The PeterSan Group, Capstone Advisory Group and various others, all within the Bryant Park/Times Square office districts.
Over his career, Miller has helped clients locate efficient and affordable space for relocation, acted as exclusive sublease agent, and negotiated lease renewals in well over 160 buildings, including numerous Class-A and trophy properties.
JAY A. NEVELOFF
KRAMER LEVIN NAFTALIS & FRANKEL LLP
Among the major transactions under his stewardship is Jay Neveloff's representation of the owners of Starrett City, the largest federally subsidized housing complex in the United States. Currently, the partnership is pursuing a major refinancing which, when completed, will be the result of extensive cooperation with Federal, State and City agencies and a number of senior elected officials under Senator Schumer.
In order to facilitate this transaction, both federal and state legislation [has been] adopted. Mr. Neveloff has navigated many of the behind the scene structuring, implementation and coordination. Mr. Neveloff is significantly involved in the restructuring of many New York and multi-property assets on behalf of lenders, mezzanine funds and owners.
Mr. Neveloff has represented developers, including his long-time client Donald Trump, as well as financial institutions including BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and Citibank in connection with numerous restructurings.
His matter roster includes innumerable single-asset and multi-asset restructurings involving many high profile properties in New York City such as The Plaza Hotel, The Sheffield, Trump Palace Condominium, One Times Square, 1567 Broadway as well as dozens of projects throughout the country.
He has represented developers in a myriad of mixed-use, commercial, retail and residential projects including Time Warner Center, as well as many regional and local shopping centers and other commercial projects throughout the country. Over the past decade, he has represented lenders, owners, sellers, buyers, investors and managers of several billions of dollars of hotel assets and has restructured and/or enforced over a billion dollars of debt secured by hotel and leisure properties.
Recently, Mr. Neveloff represented the owner in the sale of The New Frontier Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; New York Life Insurance Company in the sale of Manhattan House, a residential complex comprising an entire block on the upper east side of Manhattan; Istithmar in the purchase of the Helmsley Building, 230 Park Avenue in New York City; and Credit Suisse in the $1 billion plus financing of an office building in Manhattan.
DIRECTOR OF LEASING TWO TREES MANAGEMENT
Caroline Pardo, Director of Leasing, for Two Trees Management, has brought over 50 businesses to DUMBO over the past five years; helping to transform it into one of Brooklyn's most sought after neighbor hoods. A few of the businesses that Pardo has welcomed to the neighborhood include Urban Outfitters, Etsy, Fortis, Forty Acres and A Mule, Brooklyn Flea, Mikey's Hook-Up, Nature's Grill Cafe, Salon De Quartier, Nico De Swert, Mary Bright, and JNDA Krukowski.
A graduate of Hofstra University, Pardo began her career at Helmsley-Spear before leaving to join Cushman & Wakefield. Pardo is a Brooklyn resident and an active member of REBNY and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR, NORTHEAST REGIONAL MANAGER
JONES LANG LASALLE
Most recent achievement: Raymond Quartararo, Northeast Regional Manager of Jones Lang LaSalle's project and development services group, served as program manager overseeing the empire State Building's innovative energy retrofit analysis and now implementation, which will save the building $4.4 million in annual energy costs at a total cost of about $20 million. Quartararo is also project manager of a $500 million renovation of the building's lobby, corridors and observation deck, scheduled for completion in 2009.
REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR
GRUBB & ELLIS NEW YORK, INC.
* Furnish Real Estate Advisory Services to Tenants and Owners
* Strategic Real Estate Planning and Implementation
* Asset Acquisitions, Disposition and Repositioning
* Lease Negotiation
Mr. Howard Rosen has over 28 years of experience in the real estate profession as principal and owner, landlord's agent, and tenant representative broker. Mr. Rosen's forte lies in complex deal structuring, acquisition, and disposition of commercial properties, and lease negotiation.
Since rejoining Grubb & Ellis in 2001, Mr. Rosen has been named top producing broker in New York in 2003 and selected for the Circle of Excellence in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008. At Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Rosen represents tenants and landlords in achieving their real estate objectives. Recent selected real estate accomplishments include lease transactions for:
Silver Lake Partners, Allen & Co., Citibank, Nomura Securities, Austrian National Bank, Chinagraph, Instinct Corporation, J. Crew, China Construction Bank, HOK, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cablevision, The Coca-Cola Company, Seacor Management Services, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann, Hahn Kook Center, GAP, China Merchants Bank, Brunschwig & Fils.
ROSENBERG & ESTIS, P.C.
Gary Rosenberg led the team from Rosenberg & Estis that represented The Durst Organization in the recent completion of the largest single-asset loan closed in Manhattan during the past year. He secured $1.275 billion in financing for One Bryant Park, which represented an amount $325 million larger than the $950 million facility that funded construction of the building.
JEFFREY A. ROSENBLATT
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Jeffrey A. Rosenblatt serves as Senior Vice President for HelmsleySpear, and brings more than 25 years of real estate experience in both tenant and owner representation, and has been responsible for more than 10 million square feet of transactions with an aggregate value of more than $1 billion over the course of his career.
Prior to joining HelmsleySpear, Mr. Rosenblatt was an Executive Managing Director in the New York City office of Grubb & Ellis for seven years where he completed numerous new leases, renewals, restructurings, renegotiations and lease extensions on behalf of both tenant and owner representations in all types of properties throughout Manhattan and in all kinds of properties. As tenant representative, his accomplishments include: a 160,000 square foot renewal for IBM in its 590 Madison Avenue headquarters building, resulting in over $50 million in savings for his clients; a renewal valued at $20 million for CEMEX, the largest cement manufacturing company in the world, for its U.S. headquarters at 590 Madison Avenue; a new 20,000 square foot corporate headquarters location for Wechsler Ross, a provider of creative marketing and interactive communications to the financial and investment industries, at 641 Avenue of the Americas; and a 37,000 square foot renewal for the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) at 15 East 26th Street; and the 18,000 square foot lease for New York Eye & Ear Infirmary's at 380 Second Avenue. Other notable tenants Mr. Rosenblatt has worked with are St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center (Continuum Health Partners), Avalon Bay Communities and Bunzl Distribution USA. Most recently, Mr. Rosenblatt completed the lease of 25,000 square feet at 39 Broadway for Beth Israel Medical Center.
Mr. Rosenblatt is also an accomplished owner's representative, with disposition experience in both direct and sublease space. Transactions completed on behalf of owners include: more than 1 million square feet of leases to such quality institutional companies as GE Capital, Philips Electronics, the National Hockey League and Merrill Lynch & Company for Mitsui Fudosan (NY) Inc. at 1251 Avenue of the Americas; 700,000+ square feet of leases at 655 and 675 Third Avenue for The Durst Organization in a declining market, bringing those properties to 100% capacity; the realignment of an existing property at 57th and Broadway as a development site on behalf of Extell Development; 100,000 square feet of leases to Fordham University and Millenium Partners, among others, at 1790 Broadway, bringing the building to 100% occupancy; 90,000 square feet of subleases for IBM at 11 Madison Avenue and 404 Fifth Avenue; a 66,000 square foot lease to Crain's Communications at 711 Third Avenue for SL Green; and leases to Talbot's and the National Basketball Players Association, among others, at 1700 Broadway for Lawrence Rubin Company, Inc. Mr. Rosenblatt also acted as sublease agent for companies including Thompson Medical Group and Revlon in significant space dispositions.
As a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Mr. Rosenblatt's client roster includes a diverse group of corporate, institutional and entrepreneurial organizations, and, while his primary focus is on the New York Region, the quality of his client service and his ability to form strong relationships has resulted in successful assignments in markets far outside his homebase. Mr. Rosenblatt has earned numerous industry honors for his accomplishments, including the Real Estate Board of New York's Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award for creating the Fashion Footwear Center at 1414 Avenue of the Americas.
RAYMOND A. SANSEVERINO
CHAIR, REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT CHAIR, COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
LEASING PRACTICE GROUP
LOEB & LOEB LLP
Represented Willis of Illinois, Inc., a subsidiary of Willis Group Holdings, in its lease of more than 140,000 square feet on multiple floors of the Sears Tower, the iconic 110-story skyscraper located at 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois. As part of the negotiations, the London-based insurance brokerage firm was granted naming rights to the building and consolidated its regional offices, moving nearly 500 associates into its new space. Sears Tower, the tallest building in the U.S. and the tallest office building in the Western Hemisphere is now known as "Willis Tower". (2009)
Represented Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. in the negotiation of a lease of 4750 square feet of retail space at 1949 Broadway to Creative News Group, LLC, an affiliate of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation for use as a television studio. (2008)
Represented the owner of the mixed use condominium at 15 Central Park West (a/k/a 1870 Broadway) in the lease of 25,533 square feet of retail space to Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc. (2008)
Represented Eastgate Realty, as landlord, in the lease of 33,174 RSF of retail space to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association at 410 Park Avenue, New York, New York. (2008)
Represented Eastgate Realty, as landlord, in leases to Altria Group, Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. aggregating 101,423 RSF in the building at 120 Park Avenue, New York, New York. (2008)
Represented Coty Inc., as tenant, in the lease of 88,000 RSF of office space in the Empire State Building, New York, New York. (2008)
Represented Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. in the negotiation of a catering and food service agreement with RA Patina, LLC for a term in excess of 20 years to provide for the operation of the intermission bars and three restaurants in the Lincoln Center complex and for catering services for Lincoln Center galas and private parties within the complex. (2008)
Represented the owner of the mixed use condominium building at 15 Central Park West (a/k/a 1860 Broadway) in a lease of 10,859 square feet of retail space to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association. (2008)
Represented Brookfield Properties, as landlord, in the lease of 244,000 RSF of office space to AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company in the building known as Newport Tower, Jersey City, New Jersey. (2008) Raymond Sanseverino concentrates on commercial real estate law, with an emphasis in leasing, brokerage and conveyancing transactions. He represents both landlords and tenants in the leasing of all types of real estate, including office and retail space. He also represents sellers and purchasers of all types of real estate and real estate brokers and owners in connection with commission and agency agreements and commission claims.
STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN LLP
Ms. Scanna represented The New York Mets in connection with the New York City Industrial Development Agency's issuance of approximately $82 million of bonds to finance a portion of the costs associated with the construction of the new baseball stadium known as Citi Field, the demolition of the former Shea Stadium and the improvement of certain parking facilities for the new stadium. This year's bond issuance is in addition to the 2006 bond issuance by the NYCIDA, a transaction in which
Ms. Scanna also played an instrumental role. Partner Karen Scanna at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan has worked on several of the most complicated and high profile transactions in New York City's history, focusing primarily on acquisition, development and financing (mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity, construction and permanent), usually from the owner/operator's perspective.
In addition to being involved in transactions covering the more traditional property types, such as office, retail and multifamily (including affordable and fair market housing, ground up condominium developments and condominium conversions), Ms. Scanna is also experienced with various "alternative" property types, including hotels, assisted and senior living and student housing. The vast majority of Ms. Scanna's clients have elected to operate their properties in joint venture with other parties and, accordingly, a significant part of her practice has been the negotiation of partnership and limited liability company agreements, representing the developer/operator partner as well as the capital partner and/or preferred equity holder.
Notable transactions include:
* Silverstein Properties in the 2001 acquisition and financing of various leasehold interests in the World Trade Center, and the subsequent restructuring and continued redevelopment and
* The New York Mets in the construction and financing of the new stadium known as Citi Field.
GISCOMBE REALTY GROUP, LLC
Schettino was part of the Giscombe Realty Group team that brokered the record breaking sale of 16 prime retail buildings along 125th Street, earning the highest per sq. foot price ever paid for retail space on Harlem's historic main corridor.
As vice president of one of the most well established real estate firms in Harlem, Jeffrey Schettino is at the center of Harlem's newly emerging boom in commercial real estate.
Over the past two years Schettino has had great success in attracting major commercial tenants to the Lee Building, a historic office building at the corner of 125th Street and Park Avenue that Giscombe Realty Group renovated and modernized. Schettino is responsible for office and retail leasing for Giscombe Realty Group.
Last year, Schettino was also part of the Giscombe Realty team that brokered the record breaking sale of 16 prime retail buildings along 125th Street, earning the highest per-square-foot price ever paid for retail space on Harlem's historic main corridor. He recently brokered a deal with the consulate general of Senegal to lease 4,000 sq. ft. at 4 West 125th Street.
A graduate of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, he has his bachelor's degree in business management and is a member of the Greater Harlem Real Estate Board. Before joining Giscombe Realty Group, Mr. Schettino worked in recruiting for an IT company in New York, then in San Jose, California. He returned to New York after a year and joined Giscombe Realty in 2002.
MASSEY KNAKAL REALTY SERVICES
Since 2002, Shimon Shkury's transactions have included more than 250 investment sales, consisting of more than 2 million in total square feet, and totaling approximately $700 million in investment property sales. The largest single asset transaction, a 250,000 square foot residential property on the Upper East Side, was sold for $80 million.
The largest portfolio of three buildings--residential properties at 15 and 19 West 55th Street and 779 Riverside Drive, and an office building at 330 West 38th Street--totaled $120 million. Mr. Shkury attributes much of his success to his 5 person sales team, which includes Michael A. Tortorici as Sales Team Manager, Victor Sozio as Director of Sales, Ivan Petrovic as Research Director and Chris Lefferts as Senior Associate.
Mr. Shkury was born and raised in Israel, where he served as a Lieutenant in the Israeli Army. He came to the United States in 1999 to further his education, which includes an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of Business and a Master's degree in International Studies from The Lander Institute, both within The University of Pennsylvania.
As a Partner with Massey Knakal Realty Services, Shimon Shkury has developed a winning sales strategy by combining the business expertise he gained at the Wharton School of Business with the financial skills he received while working at a Manhattan investment bank, the entrepreneurial know-how he learned as a small business owner, and the leadership and management abilities he developed as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, RETAIL GROUP
GRUBB & ELLIS NEW YORK, INC.
Gary Schwartzman is a Managing Director in Grubb & Ellis' New York Retail Group. As such, he provides acquisition and disposition, valuation, and investment sales services to tenants and owners with interests in urban and suburban markets throughout the New York Metropolitan Region. He is well versed in the intricacies and challenges of this competitive market, and is a valuable asset for clients as they create strategic plans for success in their Manhattan, the Outer Boroughs, New Jersey, Long Island or northern suburban locations. Grubb & Ellis' national platform also gives Mr. Schwartzman the ability to access the same resources he has in New York for clients with requirements in other markets.
Since joining the firm in 2004, he has been involved in more than 65,000 SF of transactions for retail clients from a variety of industries and landlords with significant property assets. In 2008, Mr. Schwartzman was the top retail broker nationally at Grubb & Ellis. He is also a knowledgeable professional in sales of retail condominiums, retail co-ops, sites and assemblages. Some of Mr. Schwartzman's most significant recent transactions include:
* 1,300 SF lease for Juan Valdez Cafe at 1625 Eye Street, Washington, DC
* 2,000 SF disposition for Juan Valdez Cafe in Seattle, WA
* 33,000 SF lease for Lucky Strike at 650 W. 42nd St./One River Place.
* 6,500 SF disposition for Pierre Deux at 625 Madison Avenue, NY, NY
* 3,200 SF lease for Hasbro Toys at 587 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
* 4,500 SF sublease for Burger King at 83 Maiden Lane, NY, NY
His client roster also includes Burger King, The World of Golf, Oakley, Pierre Deux French Country, Nanette Lepore, Brand Quest Development, F Clothing, GolfTec, Amsterdam Billiards and DIA Architects.
EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR
GRUBB & ELLIS NEW YORK, INC.
Stuart Siegel is an Executive Managing Director in the New York office of Grubb & Ellis. He joined the firm in 1992 and has more than 15 years of real estate experience acting as both agent and broker. His expertise and diverse practice includes a wide array of industries and a broad scope of tenants ranging from distributors and manufacturers to high-end retailers and offices.
Mr. Siegel has established a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable brokers in non-traditional office areas like Chelsea, TriBeCa, SoHo, the far west side of Manhattan, the outerboroughs of NYC, and New Jersey. His capabilities are not limited to those areas, however, and he has successfully completed numerous building sales, leasing transactions and land development opportunities for all kinds of users and owners in all kinds of properties.
Mr. Siegel currently focuses on business in niche markets where his vision and creativity can be put to work for opportunistic and entrepreneurial clients. Among the many challenges tackled by Mr. Siegel was the development and fulfillment of Chelsea Arts Tower, a 75,000 SF property constructed for the use of arts and arts-related tenants in Far West Chelsea. Inspired by recognition of the need for permanent space for these tenants in a rapidly evolving market, Mr. Siegel envisioned the construction of a building exclusively devoted to their use. He found a developer, Young Woo, who bought into his vision, arranged for the acquisition of a Chelsea site by Mr. Woo, and then sold 20 floors of commercial condominium space to high caliber users such as Calvin Klein and Marlborough Gallery before the building was completed. Mr. Siegel was also part of the team responsible for successfully leasing 255,000 SF of space in a converted Meatpacking District warehouse at 450 West 152 Street to high end fashion and art tenants including Jeffrey New York and Philips DePury.
Mr. Siegel is known for his honesty, integrity and forthrightness to clients, brokers, owners and the rest of the business community. He forms long-term relationships that space multiple assignments in different locations. Clients for whom he has completed more than one project include Entenmann's and Stroehmann Pennsylvania Dutch Bakers, both subsidiaries of George Weston Bakeries; Cablevision and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
THE TEAM OF RONALD A. SOLARZ AND ERIC M. ANTON OF EASTERN CONSOLIDATED
Ronald Solarz is a 25-year veteran specializing in the sale and acquisition of commercial properties. He has closed over $4 billion in commercial real estate sales during his tenure at Eastern Consolidated, which he joined in 1994 and became a principal m the year 2000.
His experience includes the disposition of all asset classes ranging from development site assemblage to the sale of major office and apartment buildings, loft/office buildings for condominium conversion, retail condominiums, hotels, occupied packages, equity, and debt placement and has represented a broad array of real estate investors including institutions, hedge funds and private investors. Mr. Solarz is also recognized as one of the leading land-sales specialists in Manhattan.
Recently he and partner Eric Anton sold the development site at 175 Tenth Avenue. They flipped a contract to a developer, secured the majority of equity for the project, and assisted in securing the debt. Final sales price: Over $54 million.
He is currently a member of REBNY and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New York and New Jersey.
He is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo Management School, where he graduated with honors. He is also active in many civic and charitable activities.
PARTNER--REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT
FRIED FRANK HARRIS SHRIVER & JACOBSON
Robert Sorin has been involved in many of largest commercial real estate transactions in history. Most recently, he represented the seller in arranging the disposition of the GM building for $2.8 billion dollars--the highest price ever paid for an office building. In addition, he arranged the sale of three other Macklowe properties: 125 West 552 Street, 2 Grand Central Tower and 540 Madison Avenue for $1.2 billion. Currently, he is representing insurance giant AIG in completing the sale of 70 Pine Street and 72 Wall Street.
Robert Sorin is a real estate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm as a partner in 1997 and focuses on a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including the sale and acquisition of office, hotel and retail properties, commercial mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction financing, leasing, the development of office, residential, hotel and mixed-use projects, loan sales, joint ventures and debt restructurings.
Having begun the practice of law in 1983, Mr. Sorin has experienced several up and down market cycles over his more than 25-year legal career. During the positive periods, he has been lead counsel on some of the most high-profile real estate transactions of their respective times. For example, he represented Macklowe Properties in the US$6.4b acquisition of the Manhattan portfolio of Equity Office Properties from The Blackstone Group, the largest single-transaction price ever paid for a private acquisition of real estate. He represented the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the sale of the New York Coliseum to a joint venture between the Related Companies and Time Warner, successfully completing the sale after several previous efforts to do so had failed. He also represented Macklowe Properties in the sale of the General Motors Building in New York City to Boston Properties for US$2.8b, the largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in US history.
During the down periods, he represented the Chase Manhattan Bank in the multi-billion dollar divestment of the bank's entire loan and REO real estate portfolio in several bulk sale transactions, and Macklowe Properties in the restructuring of the US$5.8b of loans originated by Deutsche Bank, and US$1.2b loan originated by Fortress Investment Group, in the EOP acquisition. He has also represented landlords and tenants in millions of square feet of leasing transactions, most recently representing The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in an 800,000 square foot lease transaction with AIG. Mr. Sorin is presently representing several clients in restructure and workout transactions covering residential condominium, office and hotel projects in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, RETAIL SERVICES
CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Mr. Spiegelman was awarded with REBNY's Most Creative Retail Deal of the Year, along with Cushman & Wakefield's Jim Downey and Eric Le Goff, for represented Gucci Group in the leasing of 685 Fifth Avenue to Diesel.
With more than 20 years of retail real estate experience, Mr. Spiegelman is a distinguished member of the retail leasing industry. He maintains particular expertise in the urban, luxury and specialty retail niche, having extensive experience in both retailer and landlord representation. In addition to winning the 2008 REBNY Retail Deal of the Year Award, Mr. Spiegelman also won the award in 2001 for transaction a lease for 48,000 square feet at The Cable Building for Crate & Barrel's second Manhattan store. Mr. Spiegelman was Cushman & Wakefield's top-producing retail broker in 2008. Other noteworthy transactions Mr. Spiegelman has completed over the course of his career include Ferrari at 410 Park Avenue, Prada at 724 Fifth Avenue, Levi Strauss at 536 Broadway, Esprit at 110 Fifth Avenue, Crate & Barrel at 6 l 1 Broadway, CB2 at 451 Broadway, Sherry Lehman at 505 Park Avenue and Best Buy at 1880 Broadway, among others.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The establishment of Cignature Realty in the second quarter of 2009, in the midst of arguably the worst recession of modem times, is a feat in itself, but Lazer Sternhell was buoyed by his critical participation in 2008 in a set of commercial real estate transactions totaling some $885 million-equivalent to about 5% of all transactions completed last year.
Lazer Sternhell, CEO of Cignature Realty, grew up in New York City's commercial real estate community. He learned early in his career how to analyze transactions and how to find elements that offer value not readily apparent. And, of course, his early exposure to the business made him something of an "insider" who gets access to client deals before they start getting shopped around. These qualities helped him to accumulate more than $1.5 billion in transactions over the past two years. Last year, in fact, he was part of a team of brokers who closed some $885 million in transactions and put him high up on the coveted list of 2008 CoStar Power Broker Awards[TM] winners. Sternhell established Cignature Realty in the second quarter of 2009, in the midst of a recession. But his focus is not so fixed on distressed properties; rather, he says, "We are sticking to our core business. There's always going to be demand for apartments in New York, particularly rent stabilized buildings, and there are always going to be buyers and sellers who seek opportunities in this segment--individuals and organizations with whom we have established relationships over many years."
PETER VON DER AHE
VICE PRESIDENT INVESTMENTS
MARCUS & MILLICHAP REAL ESTATE
In early May, Von Der Ahe arranged the public sale of 100 percent of the membership interests in Mediterranean Sun Property LLC and Sohomar Property LLC, which were pledged as collateral for a defaulted loan. The LLCs are single-purpose entities organized to own and operate 448 Broome St. and 450-52 Broome St., two mixed-use buildings in SoHo. The final auction price was $4.9 million, or $180 per square foot. The auction took place at Marcus & Millichap's Manhattan office.
Von Der Abe arranged the sale on behalf of the buyer, Caixa de Aforros de Vigo ourense e pontevedra, a Spanish bank. Peter was hired by Caixa de Aforros to perform the auction, which was the entity's preferred method of foreclosing on the LLCs that owned the property. After several rounds of bidding, Caixa de Aforros emerged as the highest bidder.
"The membership interests of these LLCs were pledged as collateral for a loan on a development project in South Florida by three Spanish developers," explains Von Der Abe. "In February 2008, the borrowers defaulted on the construction loan in South Florida. Upon default, the bank asserted its rights to the collateral by offering a public sale of the membership interests in the LLCs that were formed to operate the Manhattan property," he adds.
"The SoHo buildings were performing well," says Von Der Ahe, "but the developers were enmeshed in troubled investments in Florida, thus prompting them to put the New York assets up as collateral."
The two buildings, located at the corner of Broome and Mercer streets, encompass a total of 27,174 square feet. Both properties have residential and commercial space.
"More than 100 people responded to the auction, evidence that there is an incredible amount of equity on the sidelines waiting for opportunities," says Von Der Ahe. "Despite the near-term challenges facing the local economy and real estate market, the long-term outlook for New York City investment real estate remains strong."
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
COLLIERS HOUSTON & CO.
Howard Weinberg represented Hartz Mountain in the long term lease of 117,268 square feet at their building at 35 Melanie Lane, Whippany, NJ to Breeze Eastern Corporation. This deal had a value of $8.6 million.
Howard Weinberg has been actively engaged in the sale/ leasing, financing and development of real estate in New Jersey since 1977. He joined Colliers Houston & Co. in 1990 and has successfully represented numerous firms in the sale or leasing of over 11,500,000 square feet of industrial and commercial properties. Firms he has represented include Butler International, Ducati North America, W.W. Grainger, Motorola, Inc., Goodrich Corporation, Snap-On, Inc.
Prior to joining Colliers Houston & Co. Howard was a principal in the real estate development firm of Hudson Harbour Associates, responsible for site location, approval process and financial projections.
Before joining the development firm, Howard was actively engaged in sales and financing of commercial properties throughout New Jersey for the New York firm of Pearce Urstadt, Mayer and Greet. Howard successfully completed over $20,000,000 worth of sales or financing within a two year period.
Mr. Weinberg graduated from the University of Hartford School of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in marketing. Howard is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. SIOR is a distinguished organization of leading industrial and office real estate professionals, investment specialists and corporate real estate executives.
EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR
GRUBB & ELLIS NEW YORK, INC.
Alan Weisman is an Executive Managing Director in the New York office of Grubb & Ellis. He has more than 35 years of experience in commercial real estate and has been involved in more than 7 million SF of transactions over the course of his career. He is considered one of Grubb & Ellis' most experienced brokerage professionals in the Metropolitan New York Region.
Mr. Weisman is a multi-talented professional who has vast knowledge and experience in nearly every aspect of commercial real estate. He has represented tenants, landlords, buyers and sellers and negotiated leases, contracts and financing instruments in all kinds of properties in locations throughout the U.S. In addition, Mr. Weisman has owned several large industrial, commercial and residential properties which required significant leasing and management expertise. Currently, Mr. Weisman concentrates on serving the needs of specialty and industrial tenants and owners, primarily in emerging and secondary areas.
Mr. Weisman is highly regarded by his clients and peers for his integrity, market knowledge, especially of nontraditional areas, and his creativity. Chelsea Arts Tower, a Chelsea property devoted to arts and arts-related uses is just one of several examples of his capabilities. Mr. Weisman conceived of the project, arranged the sale of the site to developers Young Woo and Jack Guttman, and then sold 12 floors of commercial condominiums to purchasers such as Calvin Klein, Marlboro Galleries and other prestigious tenants before the 75,000 SF building was even completed. Other notable accomplishments include the leasing of 255,000 SF of space to high end fashion and arts tenants such as Jeffrey and Philips DePury at 450 West 15th Street, a former warehouse that was repositioned. This activity is considered a cornerstone to the evolution of New York's meatpacking area into today's hip Meatpacking District.
CEO, WINICK REALTY GROUP
"There is nothing better than watching your company grow," says Jeff Winick, founder and CEO of Winick Realty Group, the prominent Manhattan-based store leasing company. Since its establishment more than 25 years ago, the company has been expanding both its service range and geographic reach.
Having consummated well over three million square feet of leasing retail space himself, Jeff Winick was able to pass his skills and passion to a team that he can be proud of. Winick Realty Group is a company comprised of energetic, determined, driven professionals specializing on both tenant and landlord representation with one focus: RETAIL.
Over his career he has worked exclusively with Tenants like JP Morgan Chase Bank, Exxon Mo bile, Office Depot, Gateway Country, Duane Reade, AT&T, and Starbucks. Winick Realty Group works with high-profile property owners and developers such as The Related Companies, Rockrose Development Corporation, Tishman Speyer, The Moinian Group, The Chetrit Group, The Kaufman Organization, Trump Organization, Vornado Realty Trust, and Lalezarian Developers.
Winick Realty has the flexibility and agility to stay on top of a rapidly changing market and the diligence and sophistication to create innovative, prudent real estate strategies for retailers and owners alike. Featured in many consumer and trade publications, the company keeps scoring as the number one retail leasing firm of New York according to The Real Deal magazine statistics. + REBNY award
ASSOCIATE BROKER, ITZHAKI PROPERTIES
Mr. Zach was born and raised in Israel, where he served as a Tank Commander in the Israeli Defense Force. He came to the United States in 2003 to seek a career, and quickly began working in commercial real estate as an Acquisition Manager for a firm in Queens.
Mr. Zach joined Itzhaki Properties in December 2004 as the Managing Director in charge of all sales and daily operations. He later became a Managing Partner and spearheaded the company's Bronx investment sales.
Mr. Zach has been involved in nearly 100 transactions (120 properties) with an aggregate value of approximately $180,000,000. He is a past recipient of the Real Estate Weekly Rising Stars 2007 Award.
During 2007, Mr. Zach, conducted the sale of the largest hotel deal to date in LIC (Queens) to a Japanese Developer. In 2008 he sold a 40,000 SF condo conversion in the landmark Upper west side. As a Partner and top producer, Mr. Zach demonstrates superior leadership abilities and exceptional teamwork skills. In fact, the majority of transactions he originated for IP were handled with the participation of at least one other agent, exemplifying a team oriented approach. Mr. Zach lives in Greenwich Village.
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