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Tishman Construction Corporation of New York (TCC) has promoted Elio Cettina (photo) - considered a leading authority in complicated high-rise construction and field operations - to vice president, it was announced by TCC President and CEO Daniel R. Tishman. Cettina oversees high-profile Manhattan projects, and grooms and mentors both current and future superintendents.

In his 32 years with Tishman, Cettina has built a reputation as a leader in project management, handling such major Manhattan assignments as the 1.8 million square-foot World Trade Center office tower, the 1 million square-foot Federal Office Building at Foley Square, and the restoration of the historic New Amsterdam Theatre.

Previously, Cettina held the title of senior general superintendent in charge of pie-construction planning, logistics, site supervision, and coordination of trade contractors and union labor for New York metropolitan area projects. Most recently, he supervised construction for the 1.6 million square-foot 4 Times Square (Conde Nast headquarters), and is repeating that role on-the 855,000 square-foot Reuters North America Headquarters at 3 Times Square.

"Elio is one of the most highly experienced and respected executives in the entire construction industry," said Joe Ross, TCC executive vice president. "We're extremely pleased that he will be imparting that knowledge to our up-and-coming generation of field personnel and others."

In his expanded role, Cettina will oversee major projects by monitoring job progress, interfacing with clients, and focusing on schedule, budget and safety.

"I will be keeping a close eye on field operations," Cettina said. "I will also train younger staff to become superintendents able to handle projects in the demanding New York City environment."

Cettina will also handle special assignments and draw on his experience supervising the installation of sophisticated building systems, including video, security and surveillance equipment; as well as life-safety and building management systems.

Cettina began his career at Tishman in 1968 as assistant superintendent on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Post Office in Manhattan. Since, then, he has served as assistant project and general superintendent on dozens of assignments, among them the 912,000 square-foot office tower at 520 Madison Avenue in New York, and the interior development of the 500,000 square-foot Terminal A at Newark International Airport in Newark, NJ. His other high-profile jobs include supervising fast-track construction of the Texaco World Headquarters in Harrison, NY, as well as building of the 22-story Hospital for Joint Diseases and the nine-acre Russian Mission, both in New York City.

Cettina, who attended the Newark College of Engineering, has two sons at TCC - Edward, a first vice president, and Roger, a construction superintendent.

Kenneth J. Stigner, LS, PP (photo) has been named a partner by Vollmer Associates, a national engineering, landscape architecture, planning and land surveying firm. With more than 24 years of professional experience, Stigner manages all field surveys for the firm in diversified areas such as infrastructure improvement, highway, transit and bridge rehabilitation, and street improvements involving underground utility and vault investigations.

As partner, his new responsibilities will include managing the firm's newly created photogrammetry division, located in Ronkonkoma, NY. In his former position as chief of survey, he completed field verification of plans produced from aerial photography and performed record searches of legal descriptions of properties and boundaries through local municipalities. He also has performed condition assessments of existing site facilities and infrastructure.

Stigner holds a BS in economics from Queens College. He is a member of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping and the Associations of Professional Land Surveyors in New York; New Jersey and Connecticut. He resides in Monroe Township, NJ.

Colliers ABR, Inc. has promoted. Craig Panzirer (photo), a leasing and management specialist at the firm since 1995, to the position of managing director. As such, he will be responsible for all facets of leasing and management for several institutional clients.

Panzirer brings to his post more than 13 years of experience. Prior to Colliers, be spent eight years at Helmsley-Spear, Inc., where he was part of the senior management team overseeing a 12 million square-foot portfolio of commercial properties that included the Empire State Building, One Penn Plaza and the Graybar Building. He was also director of leasing for 230 Park Avenue, where he negotiated leases aggregating more than one million square feet of space.

Panzirer is currently the agent for 1440 Broadway and 405 Park Avenue, and represents a roster of prestigious clients, among them Max Capital Management Corp., Bear Stearns & Company, Inc., NFO Worldwide, Hambrecht & Quist, Airtouch Communications, Inc, LYCOS, Inc., and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

He earned a Bachelors degree from the College of Staten Island and a Real Estate Certificate from New York University, and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.

Robert Tanzmann (photo), a commercial real estate broker with international experience, has joined the New York office of Grubb & Ellis Company, Inc., where he will serve as associate managing director.

In his new post, Tanzmann will focus on tenant representation for an array of institutional clients. He brings to the firm more than two decades of expertise in all facets of commercial real estate, including investment sales, leasing, site selection, feasibility studies and relocation studies), as well as a global perspective culled from several years working abroad.

A prolific broker who has closed over 350 transactions in the last five years alone, Tanzmann joined the firm from Jones Lang Wootton (now Jones Lang LaSalle), where he spent the last 11 years. Most recently, he served as vice president of leasing, and before that, asset management, in the New York office.

Prior to that, he worked in the firm's Frankfurt, Germany office, where he acted on behalf of American, British and Australian corporations with real estate holdings or requirements in Germany.

Tanzmann began his Jones Lang career in Australia office, where, in addition to brokerage, he trained, new brokers and handled day-to-day operations. He graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and is completing advanced real estate coursework (by correspondence) at the Prahan Tafe in Melbourne, Australia.

Deborah Capone (photo) has been named managing director of Insignia/ ESG's National Brokerage Services. The announcement was made by Mitchell E. Rudin, president of U.S. Transaction Services at Insignia/ESG.

As managing director, Capone will oversee the implementation and development of state-of-the-art; cross-discipline, knowledge management systems that leverage Insignia/ESG's core competencies. She will also be responsible for strategic initiatives for the integration-and standardization of business practices across the firm and any of its potential acquisitions.

Prior to joining Insignia/ESG, Capone worked for CMP Media, a leading publisher of technology magazines and newspapers. During her eight-year tenure with the firm, she managed and developed sales territories across the Eastern seaboard, consistently posting results well in excess of budgeted revenues.

In 1997, Caponewas selected to lead Information Week's Custom Publishing and Integrated Marketing Division, where she was charged with providing technology companies with unique, comprehensive and integrated marketing solutions.

In addition to her professional affiliations, Capone is an active member of the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic region, the advisory board of the Foundation in metropolitan New York and the advisory board of HEAVEN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the digital divide by providing technology training to high school students.

Jeffrey Rosenblatt (photo), a veteran of the commercial real estate arena with 20 years of experience; has joined Insignia/ESG as managing director. The announcement was made by Joseph R. Harbert, COO of Insignia/ESG's New York Metro Region.

In his new position, Rosenblatt will be responsible for overseeing both tenant rep and ownership assignments on behalf of Insignia/ESG's woman-owned strategic partner, JRT Realty Group.

Rosenblatt, who began his real estate career with Newmark & Company in 1980, has distinguished himself as a broker who understands and handles tenant rep, as well as ownership assignments. Prior to joining Insignia/ESG, he served as a senior director for Cushman & Wakefield. In that capacity, he represented a number of high-profile tenants, including the Museum of Natural History, Icon CMT Corp., Revlon, Jewish Community Centers Association and Thomson Medical Company.

In addition to his tenant representation practice, he has represented such well known owners as Mitsui Fudosan, Laurence Ruben Company and The Durst Organization.

Rosenblatt is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York.

Jon Angel (photo) announces the establishment of Angel Commercial, LLC, a source for commercial and industrial real estate in Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut. Head quartered on the first floor of 411 Meadow Street in Fairfield, CT, Angel Commercial is a full-service commercial and industrial real estate brokerage firm.

A lifelong resident of Connecticut with an intimate knowledge of the area, Angel has over 12 years of experience in sales and real estate.

Babette Krolik (photo), a veteran real estate lawyer, has become Brown Harris Stevens' fulltime General Counsel, it was reported by William Lie Zeckendorf and Kent M. Swig, co-chairmen of Brown Harris Stevens. Previously, Krolik split her time as General Counsel to Brown Harris Stevens and Zeckendorf Realty, LP. Prior to that, Krolik practiced at the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Krolik is a member of the New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts bars.

"We are so pleased to have Babette join us full time. Her professionalism, legal knowledge and interpersonal skills will provide the leadership for Brown Harris Stevens to expand its market dominance in the real estate industry," said Swig.

Krolik has three children and is active in the Brooklyn Heights community, holding board memberships with the Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library and the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.
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