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Amy Westefeld has been promoted to assistant portfolio manager of Insignia/ESG's New Jersey office in Saddle Brook.

As assistant portfolio manager, Westefeld plays a more active role in the hands-on approach Insignia/ESG's property management team tries to implement. Her new position will require an increased involvement in the portfolio's business through amplified client contact and overseeing more day-to-day activities for the portfolio manager.

Westefeld joined Insignia/ESG of New Jersey in March 2000 in the newly-created position of a management associate. In this capacity she handled management tasks ranging from financial analysis of client accounts to tenant services.

Westefeld holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and is currently taking continuing education courses in the field of accounting. She resides in Garfield, N.J. with her husband.

Edward S. Scott has been named vice president of development for UrbanAmerica L.P., announced president and chief executive officer Dr. Richmond S. McCoy.

As vice president of development, Scott will be responsible for directing UrbanAmerica's national real estate development strategy. He will work closely with different government agencies and other local development organizations to seek out investment opportunities.

Prior to joining UrbanAmerica, Scott was the deputy director of the District of Columbia Government Office of Property Management in Washington, D.C. where he negotiated lease, purchase and disposition transactions. In addition, he managed the planning and construction of service centers and office space for Washington's 6 million-square-foot portfolio of leased and owned properties.

Scott received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a bachelor of arts degree in government and public administration.

Jones Lang LaSalle announced that Alex Gilbert has rejoined the firm as senior vice president of its leasing and management group in New York City.

Gilbert, who spent the past four years in the investment banking and principal investing arena, will focus on expanding Jones Lang LaSalle's leasing and management business in New York. Gilbert started his real estate career with LaSalle Partners (now Jones Lang Lasalle) in 1994, after he earned a masters degree in business administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

He spent several years at the company, where he handled the property management and leasing of the firm's 20 million-square-foot midtown portfolio, including properties such as the Citigroup Center at 399 Park Ave. and 320 Park Ave.

Prior to his career in real estate, Gilbert earned a B.S. in engineering management from the United States Air Force Academy. He spent more than five years in the U.S. Air Force, working his way up to captain/evaluator pilot for the USAF 82nd Flying Training Wing in Phoenix. During that time he was named "Squadron Instructor Pilot of the Year" and awarded the "Air Force Commendation Medal."

Frank Vero, president and chairman of Aurora Contractors, Inc. of Ronkonkoma, has announced the appointment of Bernard. J. Koster as director of marketing and development. Koster will be opening offices for Aurora in New. York City and Fort Lee, N.J.

Koster brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the real estate, marketing, and construction businesses.

He is an attorney and an accountant and is an active member of the boards of trustees of many charitable organizations, including the United Jewish Appeal, Englewood Hospital, The Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center, Jewish Family Service, and Gilda's Club. He resides in Tenafly, N.J. with his wife Norma.

Robert A. Knakal, chairman, and Paul J. Massey, Jr., chief executive officer of Knakal Realty Services, announced that Michael DeCheser has been named managing director.

DeCheser began his career with the Massey Knakal team as executive assistant to one of the firm's two principals, Robert A. Knakal. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1987 with a B.A. in history, and has completed a minor in business administration at the W. Paul Stillman School of Business.

DeCheser has more than 20 years experience in the construction and real estate management industries, and has extensive knowledge of residential and commercial construction, renovation, and restoration.

Michael, along with his cousin, Peter DeCheser, are managing directors of Massey Knakal for the Downtown market. Working together as a team, Michael and Peter cover a region that extends from Canal St. to the southern tip of the city and includes such spots as Tribeca, City Hall South/Insurance District, South Street Seaport, and the Financial District.

Ellen Biancaniello has been named an associate partner at Syska & Hennessy, a consulting engineering firm.

In her new position, Biancaniello serves as director of business development, assuming responsibility for managing business development, strategic marketing, and communications activities for the firm.

Biancaniello has more than 18 years of marketing experience with professional services firms. Prior to joining Syska & Hennessy, she was director of business development at a New York City-based consulting engineering firm. She has held senior, management-level business development and marketing positions at engineering and architecture firms in New York, Massachusetts, and California.

Biancaniello holds a B.S. degree in business administration and an M.B.A. in financial management from John F. Kennedy University.

She is a member of the board of directors of the New York/New Jersey chapter of the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives and is also active in the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the Association of Real Estate Women, and the Society of College and University Planners.

Robert A. Knakal, chairman, and Paul J. Massey, Jr., chief executive officer, of Massey Knakal Realty Services, announced that Robert Burton has been named senior managing director of the firm.

Burton has been with Massey Knakal for four years and is a building sales specialist in the SoHo marketplace, where he has lived for more than 20 years.

Burton graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a B.S. in economics. After basic training at Lankland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, he served in the Air National Guard in Van Nuys, California He has also been a professional actor for more than twenty years.

Burton is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild. Burton also worked for five years in the marketing department of Wall Street's L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, where he coordinated special events, conferences, and road shows.

Frank Kozak has been named vice president of Albert B. Ashforth, Inc. management services, with asset management responsibility for office buildings and complexes owned by The Ashforth Company.

A Fairfield resident, Kozak has worked in the commercial real estate industry for 20 years, 15 of which have been in real estate leasing, management, acquisitions, and sales nationwide. In his new position, he will be responsible for developing and executing leasing strategies and for the overall financial performance of company properties, including Stamford Square in Stamford, Greenwich Plaza in Greenwich, and Valley Forge Office Center in Wayne, Penn.

Kozak began his career as an accountant in 1981 and later transitioned into portfolio management and acquisitions for Merrill Lynch Hubbard, Inc. in 1985. After 10 years with Merrill Lynch, Hubbard, Kozak worked for one year as the leasing director and asset manager for Crocker Realty Trust in Florida. Since 1997 he has served as vice president and senior asset manager for Delma Properties in New York City.

Kozak has a B.S. in accounting from the Marist College in Poughkeepsie and holds a real estate diploma from the New York University.

Murray Hill Properties/TCN announced the addition to the firm of Brett J. Goldman as chief financial officer.

Goldman, formerly comptroller of U.S. Realty & Investment Company, is a graduate of the State University of New York and holds a B.S. in business economics, with a concentration in accounting.

A certified public accountant with a registration in the state of New York, Goldman brings 12 years of experience with him, having serviced such clients as G.E. Capital, Rudin Management Company, Sanus Healthcare, and United Bank of Switzerland.
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