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Rising stars in the industry.


Responsible for more than 275,000 s/f in lease transactions in 2005 alone, James C. Ackerson has demonstrated a unique ability to initiate, arrange and close some of New York City's most impressive deals. As a member of CBRE's brokerage team, Mr. Ackerson has participated in dispositions totaling more than $1 billion including the sale of Barneys New York retail stores in New York City, Chicago and Beverly Hills, 666 Fifth Avenue and 7 West 34th Street. Most recently, he completed a 162,000 s/f lease renewal and expansion for the international law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett at 425 Lexington Avenue after representing the firm in a 50,000 s/f acquisition in Palo Alto, CA.

A real estate professional with more than six years of experience, Ackerson is a senior associate of brokerage services at CB Richard Ellis' Midtown Manhattan headquarters where he specializes in tenant and agency representation.

Prior to joining the brokerage division of the firm, Ackerson worked in market research as an information management coordinator for the New York City and San Diego Central offices.

A specialist in corporate expansion, he now works closely with his clients to determine their future occupancy strategies and develop individualized plans to meet those requirements.

He is involved with a number of civic organizations, including the Mental Health Association of New York City and the Achilles Foundation. Ackerson earned a Bachelor's degree in speech communication with a minor in business administration from the University of San Diego.


Brad Armstrong, one of the top producers of Equis Corporation, a major national real estate services firm, this year arranged an 80,000 s/f expand and extend lease for Bayer in Tarrytown, N.Y., which saved $100,000 in costs. He is one of the top "rising stars" in the U.S. in meeting the real estate needs of Fortune 500 clients such as Citibank/Travelers and Cingular.

At Equis, Armstrong has completed large and complicated transactions, including lease restructurings, headquarters relocations, build-to-suits, purchases, and municipal incentive negotiations, totaling over 90 transactions worth more than $250 million.

Transactions of note have included a 35,000 s/f lease at 1500 Broadway for Video Monitoring Services, enabling VMS to relocate from Class B to Class A space without any addition to its costs, two leases totaling 130,000 s/f in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin for New York-based Pharmaceutical Product and Development Corp. (PPD), and an 80,000 s/f office space expansion at Two Penn Plaza in New York for Madison Square Garden. Prior to joining Equis, Armstrong was director of leasing for Helmsley Spear Inc., managing over 2 million rentable s/f.

Armstrong holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Gettysburg College and a membership on the Real Estate Board of New York.


Aliza represented the seller, Alfred Caiola of B&L Management, in the $17 million sale of the 60,000 s/f development site at 604-612 Tenth Avenue at 44th Street. The site is vacant land zoned for residential condominium development. Aliza was able to swiftly bring this site to market, selling it an excellent market price for her client.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Aliza, who arrived in the United States eight years ago, comes to real estate sales with all the qualities necessary to succeed. Dedication, focus, and endurance were required when she served as a personal fitness trainer for soldiers in the Israeli army. And, the pursuit of excellence was necessary earlier when she competed in rhythm gymnastics and as a jazz dancer.

She started in commercial real estate sales four years ago and joined Eastern Consolidated two and a half years ago, and survived the first year by working literally seven days a week at two jobs.

Since her tenure with Eastern, Aliza has arranged 15 deals valued at over $140 million in the past two and a half years representing numerous property types including development sites, office properties, retail properties, co-op packages, and apartment buildings. In part, she owes her success to relationship building. Tenacious and conscientious, the sellers she represents give her repeat business because of the level of service she provides, and the results she gets.


Bali was recently appointed vice president of development of Loews Hotels. She also served served as the treasurer of NYCREW Network, Inc. for several years, and is a founding member of Women's Hospitality Investment Network.

In her new roleat Loews, Bali will continue to play an important role in the 18-property hotel chain's ambitious expansion, the largest in its 60-year history.

Bali joined Loews Hotels in 2003 as director of hotel development. Prior to this, she served as a vice president of Sonnenblick-Goldman Company, a real estate investment banking firm where she specialized in marketing, structuring and closings. During her five-year tenure, she participated in $2.2 billion in hotel capital transactions. Earlier in her career, she worked at HVS International, a private hospitality consulting firm, where she conducted hotel appraisals and feasibility studies. She started her hospitality industry career with Hyatt Hotels in Chicago. A graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Bali is currently serving in her fourth term as a board member of New York Commercial Real Estate Women (NYCREW).


Steven Bauer is a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield. Since joining the firm in 2000, he has become one of its most promising and active brokers, and was its highest-producing associate nationally in 2002 and director in 2005.

A tenant representation specialist with a legal background, Bauer offers unique perspectives and benefits to his clients, which include leading financial services firms, apparel, communications and media companies.

He has also acted as a leasing agent for premier buildings and has represented some of Manhattan's leading owners, including Park Avenue Tower, a 568,000 s/f class A office building owned by Equity Office Properties; 875 Third Ave., a 720,000 s/f office building owned by Eastgate Realty; 888 Seventh Ave., an 870,000 s/f office building owned by Vornado Realty Trust; and 440 Ninth Ave., 750 Third Ave. and 485 Lexington, all owned by SL Green Realty. Bauer is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law.


Marissa Berland, world traveler, produces world class results in New York City real estate. Marissa's real estate career started by creating an Atlanta based consulting company that helped large residential apartment communities with below average occupancy. Her work, in over a dozen communities throughout the United States, helped them achieve above average occupancy within six to eight weeks. After being on the road and living out of a backpack or suitcase for four years, Marissa decided that it was time to slow down a bit; where else but the fastest paced city in the world.

Having evaluated different cities and opportunities, Marissa joined Mark David & Company in November 2004. In her first full year she was top producer at Mark David & Company.

During 2005 she rented high-end apartments and closed nine residential sales producing almost a quarter of a million dollars in commissions. Currently she is exclusive broker for a Madison Avenue office building and is closing a sale of an eight million dollar building in Brooklyn.

Along with all her activity in real estate, Marissa is an avid backpack traveler. Her adventures have taken her to the rural areas of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. On the other side of the world central, Eastern Europe and Israel have been on her backpack route.


At 24, Suzanne Billet arrived in New York from a posh government PR assignment in Washington, DC to join Quinn & Co.'s burgeoning real estate practice. An old cliche claims real estate revolves around location, location, location. But to Billet, an accomplished jazz and soul singer, location was living in New York City, the center of music, style and vibe.

Fresh from the corridors of international politics, Billet quickly rose to become the "It Girl" of real estate buzz and the "go-to" executive to get ink for some of the city's most prominent and powerful real estate firms.

Today, her Treo processes emails from New York's preeminent real estate firms, including Extell Development Co., Sonnenblick-Goldman, Starwood Capital Group, Trammell Crow Company, Gladstein Development Group, JD Carlisle Development Corp., The Marketing Directors, Arc Development, The Corcoran Group, DJK Residential, Gruzen Samton Architects, Cotton Bay Estates & Villas LTD, Starwood Hotels, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Odyssey Development, William B. May Company and Broadway Management Co.

While sitting in the back of a cab traveling to yet another meeting, she is on the phone with national and international clients based in Chicago, Delaware, Florida, Greenwich and the Bahamas.

In just three year, Billet was made the director of Quinn & Co.'s real estate division and executive vice president of the company by the firm's founder and president, Florence Quinn. Last year, Suzanne helped grow the real estate group a whopping 80 percent.

Developing creative initiatives and an in-depth understanding of the real estate press are Billet's specialties. She is on a first-name basis with reporters and editors at top-tier publications.

Billet began her PR career in Asia. She is an honors graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a degree in journalism and minors in international business & communications and french.


One of Blanco's most notable, recent achievements is the successful leasing campaign of 61 Broadway, the company's headquarter location. Since acquiring the property just eighteen months ago, he has leased over 150,000 s/f to such prominent organizations as Verizon Information Services, Professional Staffing Congress and Samuel A. Ramirez & Co.

At BSD, Blanco has played an integral role in the acquisition of the firm's assets including 61 Broadway, 184 Thompson and 1430-1438 Third Avenue. In this position, he also oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm's holdings.

Blanco brings invaluable experience from his previous positions including managing director at JEMB Realty, where he supervised the firm's leasing program and capital projects. There he increased occupancy of its trophy property, 75 Broad Street, by 70 percent with leasing in excess of 500,000 s/ f. He also handled the building's $40 million improvement plans, which led to the prominent Downtown deal, Millennium High School (MHS).

The 100,000 s/f MHS deal--the first of its kind-placed a school in a Downtown office building. The complex transaction spanned two years, encompassed the efforts of the private and public sectors, and was built-out for the freshman class in less than ten weeks.

Prior to joining JEMB Realty, Blanco was a portfolio manager/director at the Edward S. Gordon Company; now CB Richard Ellis where he worked closely with Mr Gordon's private portfolio, supervising leasing and tenant improvements.


Moving to real estate brokerage from a 12-year career in real estate law and litigation in New York and New Jersey, Hope Brodsky came to Newmark Knight Frank highly prepared to represent clients in complex transactions.

In 2005, Brodsky was recognized as one of CoStar Group's Power Brokers for her achievements in Northern New Jersey and the Hudson Waterfront. She was also appointed by the Governor of New Jersey in 1997 as a Commissioner on the Monmouth County Board of Taxation, a position that she still holds.

Brodsky has a wide range of specializations, working with Northern New Jersey's most prominent commercial property owners and tenants in many industries. Her greatest concentration is in financial services. She acts as leasing agent for Morgan Stanley and International Fund Services, as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers and JP Morgan Chase, for whom she acted as tenant broker in 2004, leasing 175,000 s/f and 135,000 s/f for their respective offices. Owner and tenant clients outside the financial services industry include The Lefrak Organization, Hartz Mountain Industries, The Applied Companies, Mack-Cali, The Kushner Companies, Metrovation, Marquis Who's Who, Ashland Partners, Meridian Healthcare, Unique Photo and Eclipse Marketing Services.

In the past year, Brodsky sold buildings for both Adler Development and Sterling Properties, and she continues to add sales of commercial properties and land to her business. She holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. in political science from George Washington University.


Upon Welsh Carson's acquisition of Ruesch International, Brown developed a strong working relationship with the senior executive team. During the first months of new ownership, she provided the executive team with an overview of its real estate portfolio and developed a strategic plan to match its real estate needs to its business objectives. Farran worked closely with the Studley teams in NYC, across the US and in London to ensure that Ruesch's leases were negotiated to meet Ruesch's business goals in each market. Ruesch is now comfortably positioned for growth. Brown joined Studley in 2004 with 13 years of experience in real estate finance, real estate M&A and commercial brokerage. In 1992, after structuring and financing over $1 billion in non-recourse financings as an analyst for Lehman Brothers, Brown attended Harvard Business School. Upon graduation, Farran joined JPMorgan's and then Lazard Freres' Real Estate M&A Groups where she worked on all aspects, from initiation to execution, of over $4 billion in transactions for companies owning office, hotel and apartment properties. From 1999 to 2004, Brown specialized in commercial brokerage, then in principal investing in NYC real estate.

Brown is a Trustee of New York Landmark Conservancy where she co-founded the Young Landmark's Group. Also, she is Treasurer of 58 ParkCorp. and she co-chairs an annual luncheon for the Museum of the City of NY. Farran served as trustee of the Drama League and the Sir John Soane Museum (NY), and was a Member of Manhattan Community Board Six. Presently, she's an active member of REBNY and AREW.

Brown, a lifetime NYC resident, graduated from the Brearley School, received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA with honors from Wesleyan University where she majored in economics and political science.


Jeff Buslik, an associate director who specializes in tenant representation and commercial real estate consulting, joined Adams & Co. Sept. 1, 2003, following in the footsteps of his father, James Buslik, a principal at the firm. A relentless worker, with a drive to establish himself outside of his father's name, Buslik is rapidly building his own name in the field. Motivated by success, Buslik stands to be one of Adams' quickest producers to reach 500,000 s/f leased. In the first two years, he is averaging more than a deal a month, completing a total of over 40 deals.

Prior to joining Adams & Co., Buslik worked in the Long Island commercial real estate market at Insignia/ESG (now CBRE).

Although highly focused on his customers, Buslik still finds time to volunteer with numerous not-for-profit agencies as well, including the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center; The Urbandove program for at-risk youth; The Boys & Girls Club and The New York City Rescue Mission. Buslik also served as a volunteer firefighter in high school.

Buslik holds a bachelor's degree in consumer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is in the process of completing a master's degree in real estate from NYU.


Caulfield is responsible for managing the overall production of Arbor's national sales force and oversees the implementation of the company's integrated sales and marketing efforts.

He is responsible for all capital market activities relating to all of Arbor's lending products. In addition, he oversees the management of trading and investment banking partnerships. Caulfield manages the operations functions of Arbor's pipeline from screening through closing. He directs the seamless execution of our deals by insuring that all disciplines involved in a transaction are in constant communication and are working with the most current data available. He is a member of Arbor's DUS Loan Committee and Arbor's Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Prior to joining Arbor Commercial Mortgage at its inception in 1995, Caulfield was vice president of secondary marketing with Arbor National Holdings, Inc. He graduated from State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.


Borst Landscape and Design retained Mike Cioffi to spearhead a new Commercial Real Estate Division in 2004. During the past two years, he has successfully established a thriving practice that serves commercial clients throughout northern New Jersey. Today, the firm offers landscape design/build and maintenance services to a growing customer base including such notable companies as GVA Williams and Atlantic Stewardship Bank, among others.

Cioffi joined Borst Landscape and Design in 2004 as its first commercial sales manager. He is responsible for business development activities for the firm's Commercial Real Estate Division and oversees daily operations involving the company's cutting, enhancement and organics applications crews. Cioffi's commitment to delivering top-of-the-line results and services in a sophisticated, environmentally friendly manner has lead to the significant early success and momentum of the Commercial Real Estate Division.

Cioffi has more than three decades of experience in the landscaping business, including a prior management position with Jacobson Landscaping. He holds memberships in the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, the Symbiot Business Group, the New Jersey Landscapers' Association, and the Snow and Ice Management Association.


Robert Corbi succeeded in arranging a substantial expansion for GSN The Network for Games at 680 Fifth Avenue by convincing another tenant, Horn Group, a communications specialist for information technology firms, to vacate the adjacent 4,000 s/f office and relocate downtown to 55 Broad Street.

He was able to help GSN remain in the location of its choice by finding the optimal office for Horn Group in a niche market building that housed its client base. In addition, he showed Horn Group how it could benefit from the downtown tax incentives. Representing both tenants in the transactions, Corbi was able to achieve excellent results for all through initiative and creativity.

Corbi has worked for NAI DG Hart for two years, focusing primarily in client-based real estate services, including acquisition and disposition of New York City office space. He is known as the firm's "Fifth Avenue office-leasing specialist," possessing a thorough understanding of trends and activity in one of Manhattan's premier real estate markets.

Corbi's expertise and knack for thinking outside the box have earned him a solid reputation as one of NAI DG Hart's brightest stars. During his brief tenure, he has been responsible for numerous multi-million dollar transactions for major clients in various industries. In addition to maintaining a busy client schedule, currently including GSN The Network for Games, The Ad Council, KLS Professional Advisors and C.T. Capital International, he takes an active role in the production of the NAI DG Hart New York City Market Report, and was selected last year as a member of the NAI Office Council.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of New York. He is also an active participant in Swim Across America and is a certified professional ski instructor in New York State.


Formerly a practicing attorney, Cuba recently joined Avalon Bay Communities, Inc. after a brief stint at The Tuckerman Group, and is Avalon's development director. Her enthusiasm, interpersonal skills and strategic planning ability make her a natural rising star.

Cuba is responsible for underwriting transactions, negotiating contracts and guiding the design process. Cuba is currently heading up the team for Avalon's largest transaction to date, Avalon on the Sound East, a $180 million, 588-unit high rise which recently commenced construction in New Rochelle, New York. Cuba is also working with a team at Avalon to expand the portfolio into Brooklyn.

Prior to joining Avalon, Cuba was a senior associate at The Tuckerman Group, an real estate private equity fund. At Tuckerman, she was responsible for originating and underwriting new transactions for the firm's investment strategies as well as asset management of the firm's existing portfolio. Prior to joining Tuckerman, Cuba spent three years as a real estate attorney at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker where she represented clients in all aspects of real estate law including acquisitions, development, lending and leasing.

She is a member of NYCREW Network, Inc. and the Urban Land Institute. Cuba received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1999.


Joseph A. Del Duca, partner and general counsel, joined Waiters Group in 2004. el Duca is responsible for all of the company's legal activities relating to land use, public/private partnerships, approvals, and environmental matters. Del Duca has been affiliated with Waiters for more than 10 years and has been an integral part of the team that spearheaded the growth of the company. Prior to joining Waiters, he was a partner at Madden, Madden and Del Duca, where he represented retail and residential clients including Waiters Homes, Commerce Bank, Home Depot USA and the Haddonfield Planning Board. Del Duca has authored several law review articles and is often invited to speak publicly on land use, environmental law and real estate issues. After obtaining his B.A. in history from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa., he went on to earn his J.D. at Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Joshua Dolgin has risen in the ranks of the New York real estate not because his 102-year old family firm has changed the face of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and beyond, but because his outstanding client relationships, eye for profitable investment opportunities and keen sensibility of the marketplace have catapulted him into the seasoned status usually reserved for investors beyond his years. Specializing in new investment acquisitions, Dolgin scours the country for new investments while remaining involved in all aspects of the full-service real estate In-m, from overseeing asset management and tenant negotiations to financing and staff development. As vice president of Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Dolgin manages the purchase and development of income-producing real estate, including site selection and negotiations with sellers and lenders. A recent highlight is the purchase and financing of the Kadima Medical Portfolio which included 17 buildings spanning eight states. He has worked in partnership with the portfolio's major hospital tenants including Atlantic Health Systems, Montefiore Medical Center and Harvard Vanguard to negotiate long-term lease renewals prior to expiration, solidifying the long term success of the investment. Building relationships with clients are his favorite part of the job, attracting a growing array of tenants each year to occupy family assets such as the historic Falchi Building in Long Island City and the recently acquired Grumman building in Bethpage, NY. Adhering to the family vision "to build on the foundation, increase its stability, and allow for an expansion in new directions that create a whole that's greater than a sum of its parts," while shining independently as well, Dolgin is tree of New York's Rising Stars in the Real Estate Industry.


Scott Donnelly joined Integrated Business Systems (IBS) in 1989 and was promoted to his current position as director of sales and marketing in 1995. helping to more than double the firm's user base. Today, more than 120 real estate organizations in the New York metropolitan area use the IBS property management and accounting system. With a 27-year development history, IBS continues to be at the forefront of technological advances. Donnelly's passion for IBS's product and clients distinguishes him among sales and marketing professionals in the industry.

With an accounting degree from Pace University, Donnelly began his career at ADP, where he excelled as a general ledger specialist for the company's former suite of real estate products. Today, he lives in Lincoln Park, N.J., with his wife of 15 years and two adolescent sons. An active community member, he coaches youth baseball and basketball. Donnelly is a long-distance cyclist who has competed in the annual Century Ride event in Manhattan. He also plays tennis and is an avid fan of sports and music.


Richard Dressel is a "mover and shaker" influencing the nuts and bolts of real estate. As business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164, Dressel is a key player in major New Jersey construction projects and serves as a member of the Meadowlands Stakeholder Committee, overseeing redevelopment of the Continental Arena site. Most recently, he extended his influence while spearheading--and being elected president of--New Jersey's first mechanical trades organization, the Mechanical and Allied Crafts (MAC) Council, a central resource for more than 40,000. tradesmen and women representing 30 local unions statewide. Under Mr. Dressel's leadership, the council's top priorities range from providing joint OSHA training to advocating drug- and alcohol-free worksites.

For more than nine years, Dressel has been overseeing Local 164's business-related activities. Dedicated to providing its more than 3,900 members with integral services that elevate electrical and telecommunications expertise, Local 164 is committed to making life better for all New Jersey residents. Electricians are active throughout Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties, and telecommunications workers are contracted throughout the state.

Within the Local, Dressel has held numerous executive-level positions and secured key electrical and telecommunications contracts. These projects include Goldman Sachs in Jersey City; Secaucus Transfer Station in Secaucus; and Newark Bears Arena in Newark. He also serves on a wide range of building trades/construction, governmental and philanthropic advisory boards.


Chosen for his New York City real estate acumen and customer relations savvy, John Farrell was appointed Director of Brokerage for Helmsley-Spear, Inc. in December 2004. Farrell heads up the 33-broker strong commercial brokerage division team. Previously, Farrell was president and founder of Oldfield Realty Group, Inc., a full-service realty company based in New York City. There, Farrell was personally involved in every aspect of his business, personally directing every deal at the company. Under Farrell's direction, Oldfield represented clients in all fields including architecture, entertainment, restaurants, attorneys, contractors and LIMA, the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association.

Before launching Oldfield Realty Group in 1996, Farrell worked at Bohn Fiore, a real estate development company where he spearheaded the conversion of the Bank Building at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street, the first time a free-standing landmark had ever been converted for residential purposes.

Farrell's new position marks his return to Helmsley-Spear. Farrell previously worked at the firm for 14 years where he served as director of leasing for the Toy Center properties at 200 Fifth Avenue and 1107 Broadway which was home to the children's entertainment industry.

Farrell graduated from Pennsylvania State University and is a member of REBNY. Outside of his professional career, Farrell has serves as a member and former president of the Toy Knights of America, an 85-year old philanthropic organization whose sole purpose is to assist children in need. He also enjoys tennis and is an avid wine collector. Farrell and his wife have four children.


Svetlin Ganchev, 29, vice president of Sonnenblick-Goldman, LLC and a member of the firm's International Lodging & Leisure Group, had a banner 2005. He was an integral part of the team that executed the $440 million sale of the Essex House Hotel in New York--the year's largest single-asset hotel transaction in the U.S and ALIS winner as 2005's Deal of the Year.

Ganchev also worked on the $321.8 million acquisition and renovation financing for the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Chicago's largest hotel financing in 2005; the $71 million acquisition financing for the Conrad Chicago; the $84 million acquisition financing for the Wyndham City Center in Washington; and the $34 million sale (and subsequent $60 million re-financing) of the Crowne Plaza at the United Nations. Since joining Sonnenblick-Goldman in 2002, Ganchev has closed approximately $3 billion in transactions that span the entire spectrum of estate market, from real estate sales and financings to equity fund raisings.

"Svetlin has an outstanding analytical mind and is able to quickly grasp the financial structure of hotel sale and finance transactions," said Mark Gordon, managing director and principal of Sonnenblick-Goldman and head of the International Lodging & Leisure Group.

Prior to joining Sonnenblick-Goldman, Ganchev was an investment banking analyst at eMedsecurities, Inc. and Credit Suisse First Boston's Technology Group.

Ganchev holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration with a concentration in real estate finance.


In the three short years since Spencer Garfield joined Hudson Realty Capital LLC (HRC) as its managing director, the company has grown from a start-up entity to a major player in real estate opportunity fund management. Garfield has been largely responsible for generating all new business. As a result, the company has closed more than $900 million in debt and equity transactions nationwide since its inception. During the past 15 months, Garfield was responsible for originating and funding more than $300 million in structured debt transactions and purchases including a total of two million square feet of industrial space in New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Because HRC specializes in the $2 million to $20 million investment arena, these figures point the tremendous deal flow under Garfield's leadership.

With more than 15 years of real estate finance experience, Garfield owned his own real estate firm, which financed, bought and developed property in New York City. Spencer Garfield, personally, has originated and underwritten commercial real estate debt and equity transactions in excess of $5 billion. Prior to joining HRC in January 2003 and managing its explosive growth, Garfield was managing director at Titan Capital, Inc., where he was responsible for the origination, underwriting, closing and servicing of high-yield commercial real estate loans. Previously, he was president of Greene Street Partners, Ltd. Garfield earned his M.S. in Real Estate Investment and Finance from New York University and B.S. from the University of Colorado.

Garfield is actively involved in professional, charitable, and education organizations including the Mortgage Banker's Association, Memorial Sloan Kettering, United Jewish Appeal and the NYU Graduate Alumni Association.


Gelber serves as a senior vice president with CBRE's New York TriState Region Retail Services. Since joining the firm in 1994, Gelber has successfully represented many retailers in their acquisition of premier locations throughout the City. Included in his diverse array of clients is Outback Steakhouse, which he assisted in the leasing of its first two Manhattan locations. Gelber has also acted on behalf of retail tenants such as Pret A Manger, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Planet Hollywood and Gracious Home to name just a few.

Gelber is just as accomplished in landlord representation, and has developed a reputation for implementing creative marketing and leasing solutions for many of New York City's most prominent real estate owners, including Tishman Speyer Properties, Emmes & Company, Blackacre Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston and Host Marriot Corporation.

In 2001, Gelber was honored as a co-recipient of the Real Estate Board of New York's Retail Deal of the Year Award for his outstanding work on behalf of Himmel + Meringoff Properties in the sale of the landmark 1356 Broadway to Haier America.

Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Gelber worked at Forest City Ratner for four years, during which time he participated in the management and leasing of the 165,000 square foot Gallery at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, and was actively involved in the leasing of approximately 1.5 million square feet of retail space under development in New York City. These projects included Atlantic Center, The Shops at Northern Boulevard and The Shops at Bruckner Boulevard.

Gelber holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Business from Syracuse University School of Management. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the International Council of Shopping Centers.


Phillip A. Gesue, 35, is acquisitions and development director for Time Equities, Inc where he specializes in projects involving adaptive reuse and urban revitalization across the U.S. By focusing on innovative design (including environmental sustainability) and changing demographic trends, Mr. Gesue has been able to create above market returns and to make a positive contribution to the communities in which his projects are located. Mr. Gesue has been involved in the acquisition and development of over $1 billion in real estate over the past 9 years.

Gesue is an active supporter of the arts and has established a regional artist's residency for Kansas City artists at New York's Art Omi and annually organizes Showtel, the largest annual "installation" art exhibition in the Southeast U.S.


When Kimberley Gillespie founded Economic Project Solutions (EPS) in 1999, it was the culmination of a rapidly rising career that began before she entered college and the realization of a lifelong dream. Today, EPS is a multidisciplinary 65-person firm staffed by architects, designers, engineers, real estate and facilities management professionals, CPAs, move managers and more. With offices in Manhattan, northern New Jersey, San Diego, Boston, Chicago, and 23 other domestic locations, EPS helps its vast roster of corporate clients, many among the Fortune 500, acquire, inhabit, operate and improve properties ranging from office suites to manufacturing plants to headquarters on campuses occupying over two million square feet of building space. EPS' clients include the Bank of America, Barclays Capital, Merck & Co., Morgan Stanley, Pfizer Inc., Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart.

"At EPS we have one mission: to do everything in our power to ensure that our clients' facilities are helping their businesses succeed," says Gillespie. "The relationship that I have with each and every one of my clients allows them to entrust us with their goals knowing that we bring the skills and talents to perform above and beyond the norm."

Gillespie holds a B.S. in construction management from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as such professional certifications as SixSigma, LEED, cGMP, OSHA/VPP, ISO, and PMP designation. She has been honored by numerous organizations including Professional Women in Construction (PWC) and the Irish American Building Society.


Daniel Gohari, 27, joined The Moinian Group in 1998 and was recently named vice president and director of commercial assets. Gohari served as co-project manager for the company's first ground-up construction project, Marc, which stands 52 stories high. Gohari has been responsible for all commercial and retail leasing for the company and has driven occupancy rates high above industry standards.

Gohari focuses on commercial real estate, the core of The Moinian Group's portfolio, and has facilitated major transactions and capital improvement projects throughout the portfolio.

During Gohari's tenure, The Moinian Group has grown to be one of the largest private owners of commercial office properties in Manhattan, with ownership interests in over 50 buildings comprising over 20 million square feet, including a national presence as an owner of the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Gohari has consummated deals with tenants including Dreyfus Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Columbia University, Newsweek, Duane Reade, Comedy Central, Washington Mutual Bank, Bank of America, the Institute of Culinary Education, and many others.

Gohari received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University in 2001 and recently completed a by-invitation executive Strategic Negotiations course at Harvard Business School.


Having entered the real estate industry in 1995, Brian Goldman was quickly recognized in the brokerage community as a highly skilled representative. In 1996, he co-founded a team that specialized in providing real estate advisory services to both start-up and established financial firms. Early in his career, Goldman achieved numerous successes, and was named "Most Promising Sales Person of the Year" by the Real Estate Board of New York just three years after he began his career. Recent accolades have included his rating as the second highest grossing non-partner in Newmark Knight Frank in 2005, and his inclusion in Real Estate New York's "40 under 40" and CoStar Group's "Top 25 Brokers" in 2003. Goldman's primary area of focus is the representation of large financial institutions and boutique investment and private equity firms. In 2005, he concluded several notable deals, including the leasing of 23,000 square feet to Arden Asset Management at the landmarked 375 Park Avenue, 30,000 square feet to GSO Partners at 280 Park Avenue, 16,000 square feet to Lincolnshire Capital Management and 10,075 square feet for DeMatteo Monness L.P. at 780 Third Avenue. With his team, Goldman also was responsible for the subleasing of nearly one million square feet for PricewaterhouseCoopers at 1301 Avenue of the Americas and 1177 Avenue of the Americas. His client roster includes such notable firms as JP Morgan Chase, Providence Equity, Dreyfus, Lehman Brothers, Mizuho Corporate Bank, The Carlyle Group, Morgan Keegan, Moore Capital Management and Peter J. Solomon. As a senior broker, he often takes responsibility for mentoring those new to the firm.

Goldman holds a B.S. from the School of Management at Boston University, where he gained his first entrepreneurial success when he created/published a 64-page magazine for the Greater Boston college market.


Ethan Goldsmith joined Levin Management Corporation in 2002 as an intern and an industry newcomer. He was hired as a full-time team member just three months later. Today, he serves as a leasing representative for eight New Jersey properties and recently expanded his role with the company to train in property management responsibilities at Galloping Hill Shopping Center in Union, N.J.

Goldsmith's rapidly evolving role reflects extraordinary aptitude for shopping center operations and a deep dedication to Levin Management and its customer base. He is a member of the ICSC's "Next Generation" committee in New Jersey, which focuses on building programs and networking events for up-and-coming professionals. Goldsmith is a licensed real estate salesperson in New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Michigan and previously enjoyed a successful career in the culinary arts.


Maria Gonzalez is vice president and President-in-Waiting of Nortronics Corp., a security integrator serving over 2,000 residential, commercial and institutional buildings in the New York metro area. Gonzalez leads the company's business development, security systems design, and marketing efforts. At 28, she is one of the youngest high-ranking executives in the security industry.

Almost immediately upon taking her post as vice president of Nortronics, Gonzalez began looking for new opportunities for growth. Her first step was to expand Nortronics' service lines from just the residential sector to incorporate commercial clients, which now account for more than one-third of the company's total business.

She also led the launch of Nortronics' NetImage XSO, one of the most sophisticated integrated Internet Protocol security systems on the market. The use of Internet Protocol allows Nortronics to weave together over a network disparate capability such as biometrics, behavioral intelligence software, access control and closed circuit television.

Gonzalez recently spearheaded her company's efforts to be the first in New York City to install two-way talk down access control to New York City doorman buildings. Also, she has certified Nortronics as one of the few women- and minority-owned small businesses in the state of New Jersey, and is arranging similar certification in the state of New York.

An active member of the real estate community, Gonzalez serves as co-chair of the communications committee of the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW) and is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). She was recently honored as "Woman of Valor" by The Capuchin Food Pantries.

Gonzalez studied marketing and advertising at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FTT), and is also a former fashion magazine cover model.


Stephen Gordon joined PBS Realty Advisors as senior managing director in 2005. Gordon joined the firm to further expand the firm's tenant representation practice with a focus on private equity firms, hedge funds, and holding companies. In the last 3 years, Gordon has completed over 750,000 r/s/f of leasing as a tenant representative, 400,000 r/s/f of which was completed in the Plaza District. Gordon's clients include iStar Financial, Reservoir Capital, Ripplewood Holdings, Russell Investment Group, Time Life, and Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe. Before joining PBS, Gordon was a top producer with USI Real Estate Advisors in New York where his success was recognized with USI's 2004 Distinguished Service Award. Prior to USI, Mr. Gordon completed consulting, acquisition and disposition assignments with Julien J. Studley, Inc. and Equis Corporation. Gordon is an active member of REBNY and sits on its Plaza District Office Committee. Gordon is also Chairman of the Young Broker Event an industry networking group he founded and is an active member of the Association of Emory Alumni. Gordon is a graduate of Emory University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history.


Raizy Hass' responsibilities as SVP Project Management & Development for Extell Development Company includes the acquisition, development & asset management of multi-million dollar projects; negotiation of land/air rights parcels, reviewing purchase contracts/zoning agreements; preparation of condo documents, dealing with City and State economic development agencies and consultants to procure tax incentives for special projects, negotiating/obtaining project approvals with governmental agencies such as LPC, MTA, CPC, BSA and others. She is also in charge of the development team including project managers, proposals-bidding, awarding of contracts, consultants, construction managers, marketing & sales team.

Current Projects include, Orion, the 6th-tallest residential building in the city located on West 42nd Street; Altair 18 & 20 in The Ladies Mile Historic District, has been dubbed as "the most prestigious new conversions in Chelsea;" Ariel East & West, currently under construction, bring a new dimension of design and lifestyle to the Upper West side and The Stanhope at 995 Fifth Avenue

Raizy is straightforward and tenacious. She has said she will do whatever it takes to see a job through to completion. She embraces the challenge of development, using a laser-focused attention to detail.

She is a REBNY Board Member for Zoning/Land Use, a member of YMWREA, very involved in community outreach, public relations and as a government liaison, and was featured 40-Under-40 in Crain's Business.


Hakimian recently sold one of the hottest development sites in SoHo, at the intersection of West Broadway and Prince Streets: the five-building development site anchored by Max Mara at 450 West Broadway in addition to 151, 153, 155, and 157 Prince Street. He exclusively acted on behalf of both seller, ATJ Properties, and buyer (a New York City-based family-owned real estate investor) in the $18 million sale of the retail/residential buildings totaling 14,000 square feet plus an additional 18,000 square feet of air rights. Ivan Hakimian was born and raised in Long Island, New York.

His parents left Iran in the late 70's to pursue the American dream for their children. Ivan was an entrepreneur from the very start with a knack for deal making. He sensed as a very young man that it's not about what you know, but who you know. He graduated in 2001 from Hofstra University with a BA degree in finance. He dealt with the rich and famous selling high-end precious stones during college. Post graduation, he decided to lean on his connections in the jewelry trade and deal with New York City Real Estate. In his first three months of working in the industry, Hakimian sold a package of buildings hovering around $20 million to a prominent New York family.


In the past six months, Jake Harrington has helped open three new offices, enabling to expand into six markets, i.e., Southern New Jersey/Delaware/Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey and Chicago. In addition to the new locations, has offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and Seattle. Harrington was also instrumental in bringing on several new projects in New York City: The Helena (West 5th Street), Avalon Chrystie Place (Lower East Side), Historic Front Street (South Street Seaport).

Under Harrington's leadership, has recently integrated its product with proven industry leaders to provide a wider range of services to multifamily clients. On-Site's new alliances include providers of renters insurance and debt-collections.

But according to Harrington, his most rewarding achievement was this past January when he went to Tanzania, Africa with Habitat for Humanity and helped build two houses.

During his senior year at Duke University, Harrington started the business that became, an integrated system for residential buildings that provides property managers with online applications, easy to read credit checks, instant lease preparation, and traffic tracking.

Under Harrington's guidance, has expanded into 13 markets in fewer than five years. The company's intuitive programs and award-winning customer service have become the favorite of top management companies across the country; in New York, its clients include Rose Associates, Prudential Douglas Elliman, Citi Habitats Marketing Group, The Moinian Group and the Brodsky Organization.

Although has grown rapidly, the goal of providing reliable innovation that Harrington established remains the same. Harrington grew up in the Silicon Valley and learned about apartment management from the inside, as his father is a real estate owner on the WestCoast. brings technology to the multifamily industry, a sector that is benefiting greatly from it. Magazine for 2006.


Alexander E. Hernandez, 26, is the youngest vice president at Sonnenblick-Goldman, LLC. Hernandez joined the private real estate investment bank as an analyst in 2001 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

Over the past several years, Hernandez has climbed through the ranks of the firm's Capital Markets Group and handles some of the most complicated, prestigious and high-profile transactions being undertaken today.

Hernandez has helped raise $5 billion of capital for real estate transactions through investment banking activities, of which several billion involved office, residential and retail transactions. For example, the acquisition financing of a 49% partnership interest in the Mayflower Retail Condominium for Madison Capital; the recapitalization of 120 Broadway for Silverstein Properties; the joint venture equity financing of 1540 Broadway for Paramount Group; the recapitalization of 1515 Broadway for SL Green Realty Corp. and SITQ Immobilier; and the recapitalization of 485 Lexington Avenue for SL Green Realty Corp., City Investment Funds and the Witkoff Group.

Hernandez also has extensive national experience, namely for the recapitalization of The St. James, a 306-unit luxury rental apartment building in Philadelphia, and the recapitalization of United Campus Housing, a national student housing operator.

"Alex's extensive relationships with a variety of capital sources and his ability to interact with clients on a professional level are apparent in his strong transaction record," said Steven Kohn, president of Sonnenblick-Goldman. "He continually impresses clients and capital sources with his aptitude and affability."


Brothers Abie & Eddie Hidary took similar paths in their real estate careers. Each entered the industry as property managers and licensed agents. At Hidrock Realty, a 25 year-old private real estate firm with properties scattered throughout the east coast, Abie quickly grew into the role of chief analyst for financing, acquisitions and dispositions; while Eddie took control of property management for all properties owned by the firm and its affiliates. Today both stand at the forefront of everything happening at Hidrock. The company is on the cutting edge of all property management and leasing services. Whether it's electronically filing and backing up all tenant leases offsite, or giving tenants access to a secure site to register and monitor complaints, information is never more than a click away.

Over the last 18 months, Hidrock has successfully launched a 10-person leasing brokerage division focused on tenant representation for office users in Manhattan and landlord representation for retail spaces in Brooklyn.

In addition, Hidrock recently commenced ground-up development projects in the Kensington and Midwood sections of Brooklyn. To kick off 2006, Hidrock assumed control of 37 East 28th Street with a goal of duplicating their rehabilitation of the former loft building at 65 West 36th Street. Efforts at 65 West included installation of a new lobby, elevators, roof, rooftop garden, electric service, interior renovations and complete retenanting of the building. Hidrock Realty maintains offices in Manhattan, Hollywood, FL, and Reading, PA.


Jared Horowitz is a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield, specializing in new business development, tenant and agency representation. Since joining the firm in 2001, he has represented numerous companies on a local and national level, including College Sports Television, The Vitamin Shoppe, Kroll Inc., JP Morgan Chase, Peckar & Abramson PC, Japan Airlines, Empire Office, Inc., Millennium Partners, Ladenburg Thalmann, Inc. and Rothstein Kass. His notable deals include securing CSTV's 56,000-square-foot headquarters at 85 Tenth Ave.; the consolidation of Vitamin Shoppe's headquarters in North Bergen, NJ into 231,000 square feet; Rothstein Kass' consolidation into 75,000 square feet in Roseland, NJ and 35,000 square feet at 1350 Avenue of the Americas, as well as the expansion of Kroll Inc. into 65,000 square feet at 900 Third Ave.

Horowitz was recognized as one of Cushman & Wake field's top salespersons in 2002 and again in 2004 as its top producer in the associate director category.

Horowitz has extensive experience with the agency side of commercial real estate.

He successfully leased 410 Park Ave., Ladenburg Thalmann's 25,000-square-foot former headquarters at 590 Madison Ave., 20,000 square feet on behalf of XL Capital at 250 Park Ave. and 210,000 square feet at 245 Park Ave on behalf of JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Horowitz received his bachelor's from Lehigh University.


Dirk W. Hrobsky, 34, vice president at Trammell Crow Company, is a leader and mentor among his 12-person team of transaction management professionals in the firm's New York regional office.

Hrobsky provides real estate advisory services to clients on the local, national and international levels. Since joining the firm in 2002 from GVA Williams, Hrobsky has creatively built real estate solutions for clients in excess of $2 billion in total transaction value.

Hrobsky has arranged many prominent transactions while at Trammell Crow, including the complicated three-part lease arranged in 2005 on behalf of FTI Consulting equaling $198 million in transaction value. In 2003, he arranged a 1.2-million-square-foot development project in New Jersey on behalf of Sappi, the world's leading producer of coated fine paper, for which Hrobsky was nominated the runner-up as NAIOP's Deal of the Year.

"Dirk has incredible leadership skills that show in his interaction with his team," said Ken Krasnow, executive vice president and director of Trammell Crow's Brokerage Services Group. "It is apparent in both his teamwork and successful transactions."

A graduate of McDaniel College, Hrobsky holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and economics and a Master of Science in industrial organizational psychology.

Hrobsky currently serves on the Real Estate Board of New York's economic development committee and is a board member of eDigital Networks.


For 15 years, Kaplan has been active in both corporate law and commercial law including real estate.

Since being selected to head Becker Meisel's real estate finance and transaction practice group, Kaplan has represented clients in a number of major real estate development projects. For example, he has represented Asbury Partners LLC, the designated master developer of a 56-acre waterfront redevelopment project in Asbury Park, N.J., in the acquisition of a number of properties within the redevelopment zone. In addition, Kaplan is representing Morristown, N.J.-based Dornoch Holdings LLC in its redevelopment of a number of under-utilized sites in Rahway, N.J.'s Transit Village and other key areas of New Jersey.

Kaplan earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law--Camden and his B.A. from George Washington University. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1991. Prior to joining Becker Meisel, Kaplan was an associate with Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross, P.C. of Newark.

He has demonstrated a tremendous gift for his craft which earmarks him as a stand-out to be watched in the future.


David Kleiner is a vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle's New York region, specializing in agency leasing and tenant representation in the Midtown office market. He joined Jones Lang LaSalle in 2001. In 2005, the company named Kleiner as its national agency leasing professional of the year for 2004.

He serves as a member of the team overseeing agency leasing at the 1.6 million-square-foot Citigroup Center, 750,000-square-foot 320 Park Avenue, the 326,200-square-foot 711 Fifth Avenue and the 200,000-square-foot 500 Park Avenue. Kleiner has completed approximately 1.2 million square feet in transactions on behalf of Manhattan property owners.

In the past 12 months, he has helped secure 110,000 square feet in deals at Citigroup Center, and approximately 150,000 square foot in leases at 1177 Avenue of the Americas. In addition, Kleiner completed more than 150,000 square feet in deals at 320 Park Avenue, and pre-leased 60,000 square feet of 500 Park Avenue to three different tenants to fill space being vacated by Bloomberg.

His work with 1177 Avenue of the Americas brought the building from 70 percent occupied to 98 percent occupied. Kleiner has also consistently helped the owners of 320 Park Avenue maintain close to 100 percent occupancy.

In the past 12 months, he served as a member of the tenant representation team that secured 51.000 square feet for First Republic Bank at 1230 Avenue of the Americas, and landed a 29,000-square-foot sublease with Creditex Inc. at 875 Third Avenue. Kleiner also completed a 15,000-square-foot lease for at 140 East 45th Street.

He received a bachelor's degree from Trinity College. Kleiner is a licensed real estate salesperson in New York, and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.


Adam Kusinitz is a project manager with Jones Lang LaSalle's New York office, providing project and development services to company clients. Over the past few years, he has developed a specialization in overseeing entertainment-related projects involving performance spaces.

Kusinitz is currently managing two projects for hedge funds: a 40,000 s/f high-end interior office renovation and expansion for one firm, and a 20,000 s/f interior office build-out and relocation for another. He is also involved with the renovation of the historic Apollo Theater, and the relocation of WNYC Radio's offices and broadcast studio to 160 Varick Street, with the work encompassing an upgrade of the building's mechanical systems and infrastructure.

Earlier, Kusinitz managed projects that included a high-end interior office renovation for Martin Currie; a due diligence study involving the development of four sites.for the Brooklyn Academy of Music; a 26,000-square-foot phased interior office renovation of five existing occupied floors for Ernst & Young LLP; and the ground-up development and build-out of a 71,000 s/f new theater and school facilities for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Other projects include the conversion of a 57,000 movie theater complex into five Off-Broadway theaters and support space for Dodger Theatrical Holdings; a 92,000 s/f office fit-out and 2,000 s/f data center for Standard Chartered Bank; and work on multiple locations in the Northeast, including smaller projects and sites up to 200,000 s/f, for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Kusinitz received a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. Concurrently, he also earned a minor in construction management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


As founder and president of Lee Shue Realty, Inc., Lee Shue was invited by Carnival Cruise to present her successful seminar 'A Practical Guide to Buying a Coop, Condo or a House: Things You Should Know and Mistakes to Avoid,' on one of their cruises.

Her firm specializes in selling residential and commercial properties and renting apartments in all five boroughs.

Lee Shue was considered the key catalyst in an action that saved an Upper West Side condo from going into bankruptcy. Her efforts helped reduce costs in the building and avoid unnecessary increases in maintenance for several years.

However, it is her successful seminar series which has earned her a reputation as a knowledgeable and astute broker. Banco Popular, Marble Collegiate Church, Sterling National Bank and The New York Public Library (Science, Industry and Business Library) have all hosted her real estate series. Lee Shue has been published is several business and community news titles and appeared on New York 1 Television (NY1) to advise board members what action they should take to prepare their buildings for Y2K. Lee Shue is now planning to take her seminar series on the road while continuing to run her brokerage in midtown Manhattan.

A former sergeant in the NYPD Auxiliary Department, Lee Shue has been a Special Olympics volunteer since 1999 and, for several years, has voluntarily given of her services during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to aid the not-for-profit, Project Find, also since 1999.


Left's most recent achievement is earning the Polo Ralph Lauren business through his new business development efforts. Through his efforts, Studley was retained to provide the fashion company with a large-scale strategic real estate plan which has been developed by the team that includes Left, Studley Chairman Mitchell Steir, David Goldstein and Matthew Barlow and is currently being executed.

The most recent significant deal of note for Polo was the 15-year, 234,000 s/f transaction at 625 Madison Avenue on the prestigious stretch of the renowned street known as "The Golden Mile." Polo consolidated several of its divisions that were located throughout the city into its new space, which comprises approximately one-third of the former Revlon Building. The move into 625 Madison, the building adjacent to the firm's headquarters at 650 Madison, provides Polo with operational efficiencies and flexibility for future growth.

Recently promoted to managing director, Left joined Studley in 2001 and concentrates on new business development, with a focus on strategic planning and the acquisition of facilities. His acute knowledge of the New York City office market has allowed him to become a specialist in the space needs of law firms and fashion / apparel companies, including renowned firms like Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Since joining Studley, Left has been involved in more than 1.5 million square feet of transactions, most notably. Prior to Studley he was president and co-owner of a high-end automobile dealership.

Leff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Syracuse University as well as a master's degree in accounting from C.W. Post. He currently resides on Long Island.


Ian Levine, 29, joined Manhattan-based real estate development firm RAL in 1999 and has ascended to the role of chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

His responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of all the RAL divisions, and such tasks as preparing budgets, monitoring project costs with respect to budget projections and allowances and overseeing all aspects of company owned properties and developments. Levine is also president of Spandrel Property Services, Inc., RAL Companies' full service consulting, property management and brokerage company.

As part of his responsibilities with Spandrel, Levine oversees all aspects of new project asset management for RAL. The firm is currently engaged in such high-profile property conversion projects as the redevelopment of the former Jehovah's Witness distribution facility at 360 Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights into a 450-unit waterfront residential condominium to be known as One Brooklyn Bridge Park; the conversion of the former industrial loft at 420 West 25th Street into Loft 25, a 74-unit luxury condominium; the proposed conversion of 1474 Third Avenue, currently a rental property, into a luxury condominium; and the conversion of RAL-built Brookchester Court into a 39-unit condominium in Port Chester, New York. Mr. Levine has also recently grown Spandrel's management and brokerage purview to include third-party retail assignments, including Pennsylvania and several locations in the borough of Queens.

Levine is a graduate of Babson College with a B.S. in Business Administration focused on entrepreneurial studies and real estate.

Levine is a licensed real estate broker in the State of New York and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, International Council of Shopping Centers and the New York Association of Realty Managers. Mr. Levine was inducted into the International Who's Who of Professionals Historical Society in 2004. Levine resides in New York City with his wife and son.


Melissa Libner is the senior managing director of eemerge, LLC--a wholly owned SL Green Realty Corp. subsidiary--which operates an 80,000sf platform of executive suite space in two of the REIT's portfolio buildings: 440 Ninth Avenue and 28 West 44th Street. In her position, Libner oversees all aspects of the company, focusing a great deal of energy on expanding the eemerge platform and brand as the market continues to favor demand for flexible office space alternatives in mid-town. Prior to joining eemerge, Libner worked in on the client service side of two major advertising agencies, Draft Worldwide and a subsidiary of Meddey, Newman, Harty. Collectively she spent over two years in both Chicago and New York, where her focus was on direct response marketing for large consumer packaged goods clients. Libner received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Masters in Real Estate Development at NYU.

Recent achievements include the opening of 22,000 s/f of new eemerge space at 28 W. 44th Street, where Libner is targeting a more corporate tenant demographic, one that sees value in eemerge's specialized office services and convenience to Grand Central. Libner also continues to promote the use of both eemerge centers, and the SLG portfolio as a whole, as locations for TV and film and photo shoots when appropriate. With high-end, unique space and unobstructed views of mid-town, both centers are being marketed to their fullest potential in this effort. Simultaneously, Libner has partnered with one of its 440 Ninth tenants to offer on-site editing and equipment to its space users.


Currently with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts/World of Disney New York, and a project manager with Grubb & Ellis, Lifrieri has accumulated career experience from working at such firms as Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., Insignia ESG (prior to becoming CB Richard Ellis), JEMB Realty and Capital Properties Associates. Over the term of his career, he has had comprehensive responsibility for managing portfolios across the Tri-state area totaling more than 50 million square feet.

He has also chaired BOMA International's Emergency Preparedness Task Force and served as President of BOMA International's Middle Atlantic Conference, a regional Association encompassing 15 locals from Boston to Washington, DC, and served on the Executive Committee of BOMA International as well.

One of the most eloquent voices speaking for the industry following 9/11, Lifrieri, along with BOMA/NY Secretary Edward M. Fallon, RPA, spearheaded the making of the award-winning documentary, Everyday Heroes, to chronicle the life-saving contributions of the building industry that day.

He was among the first to recognize the "first responder" responsibilities of building staff and speaks nationally on this topic today.

Lifrieri has been honored as BOMA/NY's Outstanding Local Member of the Year and the Torch Foundation's Real Estate Professional of the Year.


Daniel K. Madison is one of the tri-state area's top brokers specializing in tenant representation of the financial services industry.

Madison was one of CoStar Group's 2005 Power Brokers, and has completed three million square feet of transactions nationally in the past four years with over one million square feet in 2005. He has been recognized by his clients for his creativity in complex transactions, receiving W&H Properties' "2004 Most Innovative Deal of the Year" for his relocation of i-Deal's national headquarters, and Mack-Cali's "2002 Creative Deal of the Year" for his consolidation of Resource Connection's M-state offices.

His clients include the giants of financial services, among them Citibank, Lehman Brothers, Mizuho Corporate Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, State Street Bank, Soros Fund Management, Churchill Financial, Moore Capital Management, Providence Equity and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In addition, Madison's roster of clients includes Elan Pharmaceuticals, Verizon Communications, National Envelope Corporation, NBC Universal and Leggett and Platt Industries. Madison joined Newmark Knight Frank in 1995. In 1996, Madison co-founded a group advising established and start-up financial service, fund management, private equity and distressed debt firrns on their real estate requirements. He remains an integral part of one of the nation's leading brokerage groups representing the financial services industry. Madison holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a BA from Manhattan College.


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 Mitchel is taking that family business to new heights.

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 $30 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, Mitchel offered for sale the top seven floors of the Aurora as full floor luxury loft style condominium apartments. Maidman loves them so much, he's moving into one of the apartments with his wife, Arlene, director of business development 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 Treasurer of the Men's Division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.


As senior property manager of Equity Office's WorldWide Plaza, Steven Martinek is responsible for all the operations at the 1.5-million-square-foot comprised of several interlocking units, joint venture partners, commercial condominiums, theaters and public spaces. By working closely with the Customer Service Center, Engineering and Construction departments, Mr. Martinek is able to enhance operational efficiency at the building, while at the same time maintain the highest quality customer service that Equity Office embodies.

In addition to the operational side of the business, Mr. Martinek also oversaw the $7 million reconstruction of the WorldWide Plaza's 35,000-square-foot public plaza, which was completed in 2003 and was a key component in the successful leasing of the theater space.

Prior to joining Equity Office in 2000, Mr. Martinek was with Shorenstein Realty Services, where he served as an associate property manager responsible for property operations at The MetLife Building at 200 Park Avenue.

He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and has completed several in-depth real estate course at the Building Owners and Managers Institute.


Mathias is the Chief Investment Officer of SL Green Realty Corp, responsible for the firm's equity and structured finance investments. Mathias also oversees the firm's acquisitions/ dispositions and its joint venture program.

Prior to joining SLG, Mathias worked at Capital Trust (NYSE:CT)/ Victor Capital Group ("CT/ VCG") in New York. At CT/ VCG, Mr. Mathias worked on a wide variety of real estate principal investments and advisory transactions, both on behalf of clients and for the firm's own account. Mathias additionally worked on the High Yield/Restructuring Desk at Bear Steams & Co.

Mathias received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Judd McArthur joined CRESA Partners in March 2004 and specializes in servicing clients located in Fairfield County, CT. Throughout the majority of his career, he has focused on providing corporate real estate services to corporations throughout the United States in a variety of industries.

Prior to CRESA Partners, McArthur headed the leasing and marketing efforts of MetroNexus, a Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds Enterprise based in New York City that develops and manages mission critical data center facilities in North America. Prior to MetroNexus, McArthur was with The Trammell Crow Company where he focused on the procurement and servicing of corporate services accounts. Some of McArthur's clients included: Global Crossing, Nestle North America, Mobil Oil Corporation and Southern New England Telephone Company.

Prior to his tenure at Trammell Crow, McArthur was an investment associate with Aetna, where he oversaw over 1 million square feet of their leased office portfolio including transactions, project management and lease administration.

McArthur began his career in Fairfield County, CT with Grubb & Ellis and then Carson Crane Incorporated where he specialized in tenant representation for clients throughout Southern Connecticut.

Judd resides in Fairfield, CT and is active in a variety of community and charitable organizations throughout Fairfield County.


Shawna O. Menifee joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1997 and serves as a director based in Midtown Manhattan. In 2001, she was recognized as the firm's Most Promising Brokerage Professional.

Specializing in landlord and tenant representation, Menifee has cultivated relationships with owners and businesses throughout the U.S., with an emphasis on transactions in the New York Metropolitan Area. Menifee is a member of the leasing team for 505 Fifth Ave., which was awarded the Strategic Agency of the Year Award in 2005 for successfully pre-leasing more than 80 percent of the building at rents more than 25 percent higher than other buildings in the Grand Central area.

She is also a member of the leasing team for 360 Madison Ave., which was awarded the Strategic Agency of the Year Award in 2001 for the successful lease-up of the 360,000 s/f office tower.

Menifee's list of clients includes the New York City Housing Authority, Uniworld Group, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Black Enterprise Greenwich Street Capital, Radio One and Spanish Broadcasting Systems, among others.

Menifee holds a bachelor's from Michigan State University and a master's in real estate from New York University.


Chris Mongeluzo joined Newmark Knight Frank in 1993, upon graduating from the University of Miami Law School. Building upon his legal background, he has earned a reputation as an expert negotiator and tenant representative.

Over the course of his career, Mongeluzo has completed more than 250 tenant representation assignments, totaling over two million square feet.

In 2003, Mongeluzo and his team were awarded REBNY's Most Creative Retail Deal of the Year for the 120,000 RSF Home Depot store, acquired from Hasbro at 28 and 40 West 23rd Street. The aggregate value of his completed transactions in 2004/2005 exceeded $400 million in over 650,000 s/f of tenant representation deals. Some of these transactions included the lease-up of The Candler Building at 220 West 42nd Street, where Mongeluzo completed approximately 20 transactions totaling over 150,000 s/f, the negotiation of a 43,000 s/f long-term renewal and expansion at 498 Seventh Avenue for Modell's, and the subleasing of 120,000 r/s/f on behalf of O'Melveny & Myers LLP at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in eight separate transactions.

Mongeluzo is the exclusive representative for Live Nation, a spin-off of Clear Channel Worldwide.

He has completed transactions for Citibank N.A., Premiere Radio Networks, Gotham and Hamptons Magazines, Marquis Jet Partners Rubbermaid, SFX Entertainment, Sonesta International Hotels. Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Davies Ward Phillips & Veinburg-Canada's largest law firm, Epstein Becker and Green P.C., Grubman Indursky and Schindler P.C. and White and Case LLP.


Mic Murphy is already a star in the entertainment business. He recently switched his career to real estate brokerage following a two-decade career as a producer/artist/songwriter in the music business having collaborated with such celebrated artists as Madonna, Chaka Kahn, Phil Collins and his own group, The System. Highlights include co-writing a song on the Madonna Bedtime Stories CD "Secret Garden," writing the theme song to Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America," and producing the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack "Rock and Roll Me Again" for Stevie Nicks

Now as principal broker for The Midgol Organization, Murphy's main focus is the acquisition and development of residential townhouses and sales.

The company is dedicated to community renewal and the redevelopment of housing for the middle income buyer.

Mic Murphy is not your typical broker and he has not come to the profession via the traditional route. Nevertheless, he has become very successful and is, without doubt, an integral part of the Migdol Organization which itself is soon to expand into larger offices due to recent rapid business growth.


Rory Murray, a New York assistant transaction manager and new business development specialist at Equis Corporation, a major national real estate services firm, this year made a strong contribution to enable Bayer to complete an 80,000 s/f. expand and extend lease for Bayer in Tarrytown, N.Y., which saved $100,000 in costs.

He is one of the top "rising stars" in the U.S. in meeting the real estate needs of Fortune 500 clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Citibank/Travelers, and Labcorp (Laboratory Corporation of America).

Murray has worked with both New York clients and national corporate accounts on transactions exceeding 1,000,000 s/f achieving annual savings over $2 million on a 72,000s/f headquarters renewal and other projects. Other transactions worthy of note to which he has contributed have included a 35,000 s/f lease at 1500 Broadway for Video Monitoring Services, enabling VMS to relocate from Class B to Class A space without any addition to its costs, and two leases totaling 130,000 s/f in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin for New York-based Pharmaceutical Product and Development Corp. (PPD).

Other clients with which Murray has worked include MDS, Butler International, Ocular Sciences, Ajilon Services, and Indexx Laboratories.

Murray holds a B.A. degree in Communication from Fairfield University and membership in the New York Board of Realtors.


In 2005, Needleman was a key member of the CBRE team which represented HSH Nordbank AG, one of Northern Germany's largest and most prestigious banks, in its 57,000 s/f headquarters lease at 230 Park Avenue. Consequently, the team represented the bank in the disposition of 25,000 s/f of space at 590 Madison Avenue, its previous NY headquarters location. In addition, he was involved in a 53,000 s/f expansion and extension for New Jersey's largest law firm, McCarter & English at 245 Park Avenue and the disposition of 135,000 s/f for Reed Elsevier at 360 Park Avenue South.

Named CB Richard Ellis' "Top Rookie of the Year" in 2004, Needleman is undoubtedly one of the firm's most promising rising brokerage stars. As a senior associate based at CBRE's midtown Manhattan headquarters, Needleman is a tenant representation specialist, providing his real estate advisory and brokerage services to both public and private sector clients.

Among his most notable successes at CBRE is a three-year global assignment with Scientific Games. resulting from his work on behalf of the lottery and gaming company.

In addition, Needleman has represented many of the world's highest profile companies in their office space requirements, including HSH Nordbank, IMG Artists, McCarter & English, AXA Financial, Indus Capital Partners, Bauer Publishing and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Prior to joining CBRE in 2003. Needleman worked for The Lansco Corporation and before that he was a co-founder of an integrated marketing firm, MusicVision.

He earned a bachelor in business administration degree from Hofstra University.

Needleman is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and sits on the Young Professional Committee of the Corrine Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mount Sinai. In addition, he is involved with The Q Foundation, a philanthropic organization that promotes literacy for at-risk youth.


Newman was part of the Studley team, which represented New School University in its 194,300 s/f lease at 79 Fifth Avenue, where the school will expand its offices and classrooms. This transaction is part of a larger real estate strategy that Geoff and his team have created and are currently executing. Prior to this transaction, the group represented the university on a build-to-suit dormitory for 205 students and a lease for space for additional classrooms.

Newman and his team have developed a specialty practice serving the city's universities and not-for-profits; among them are SUNY State College of Optometry, American Red Cross, ACLU and the National Audubon Society. The team is skilled at dealing with financing, and building code and construction-related challenges that can arise when schools or not-for-profits evaluate their real estate leasing and development alternatives in the marketplace.

Newman joined Studley in 2001 and has since become one of the principal partners on the team which focuses on the real estate needs of not-for-profits and universities. Newman's understanding of the issues that not-for-profit's board of directors must consider when evaluating their portfolios and real estate decisions has made him an invaluable resource to organizations throughout New York.

In addition, Newman has represented multinational companies from a wide range of industries such as DHL, Cravath Swaine and Moore and the American Red Cross.

He handles all aspects of a transaction, including developing the real estate strategy, lease negotiation, sales transaction and project management.

Prior to joining Studley, Newman worked as a lobbyist in Washington, DC. He also spent almost two years as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill as part of the House Judiciary Committee, directly responsible to its chairman.

In addition to being involved in (REBNY), Newman is involved with various not-for-profit organizations that locus on childhood illness and homeless related issues.

He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in political science in 1994.


Yoav Oelsner is a senior director of Cushman & Wakefield's New York Capital Markets Group.

He has been involved in some of the most high-profile real estate transactions in recent Manhattan history.

His track record of sales for residential condominium conversion include the landmark Plaza Hotel for $675 million, the New York Gift Building for $125 million and 650 Sixth Avenue for $70 million, which equated to an impressive $700 per square foot.

Oelsner has also managed the sale of several office properties throughout Manhattan. Most recently, he completed the sale of 350 Broadway, 90 William St. and 152 Madison Ave.

The sale of retail condominiums is also an area of success for Oelsner. He was responsible for the sale of the entire Sixth Avenue block-front of retail running from 20th to 21st Streets, and also recently placed into contract another block-front retail condominium on Fifth Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets.

Additionally, Oelsner was involved in the sale of 14,000 s/f at 21 Astor Place, 10,000 s/f at 1251 Lexington Ave., and the retail space under development at 25 West 51st St.

Oelsner holds a master's in real estate Development from Columbia University.


Vice president of operations, Andrea Ogunkoya joined Storage Deluxe in October 2004.

Prior to joining the firm, Ogunkoya worked with Nortel Networks and AT&T before joining MSCO Business Consultancy as director of business development serving clients such as IBM, AMEX and GE's Storage USA.

With 12 years of business development and creative marketing experience Ogunkoya was director of sales and marketing (with primary responsibility for the Storage Deluxe sales force, call center and all internal and external marketing initiatives) before being promoted to vice president of operations in September 2005.

Recently awarded one of the "Top 40 Under 40" executives by Crain's New York Business magazine, Ogunkoya is making strides as VP. She launched Storage Deluxe Olympics, she got the firm's 120 employees at its 19 facilities to drum up business as they competed for cash and medals.

Thanks to her experience with minority marketing, (she is the author of business reference book entitled Minority Marketing) she has joined hands and forces with local communities throughout the Manhattan boroughs where Storage Deluxe facilities are located, to help unify their efforts and support the local minority neighborhoods.

Now, at the ripe age of 32, Ogunkoya is a huge asset to Storage Deluxe and its recent unprecedented growth acquiring 10 new development sites bringing the total to 23 facilities with over two millions square feet of prime New York real estate.


Gilbert L. Ohls is one of the top brokers in the Fairfield and Westchester County commercial real estate markets.

Ohls focuses on tenant representation, but has a diversified history of transactions over his eight year career including buying and selling buildings and land, landlord representation, retail representation, real estate development and conversion, and repositioning of properties. He specializes in the hedge fund, private equity and financial services industries.

In 2005, Ohls was chosen as one of Fairfield County's "40 Under 40" by the Fairfield County Business Journal. He has completed over 2.6 million square feet of lease transactions and has negotiated an equally substantive amount of commercial sales in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. In 2005, Ohls was involved in Fairfield County's largest commercial office transaction, bringing RBS Greenwich Capital Markets' regional HQ of over 500,000 s/f to Stamford. The building will house the largest trading floor in the U.S. In 2003, he was honored with Reckson Associates' "Broker of the Year" award.

Ohls is recognized by his clients and peers for his tireless work ethic, attention to detail and impeccable reputation in the industry.

His clients include Burton Management Group, Cenveo, Inc., RBS Greenwich Capital Markets, Greenbridge Partners, ESL Investments, Kanders & Company, Inc., Clarus Corporation, Black Diamond Capital Management, LLC, FrontPoint Partners, Dover Management, LLC, Newgate LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, QD Healthcare and Tooher Ferraris Insurance. Ohls joined Newmark Knight Frank in 1998. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University.


Angela Ortiz earned her M.S. in Real Estate Investment/Finance from New York University while working at the Equitable on a $3 billion commercial real estate portfolio. Then, as a loan officer for NatWest, she completed the Bank's executive credit program.

Ortiz also worked as a credit analyst reporting to the chief credit officer of M&T Bank. She was quickly promoted to relationship manager, structuring and presenting loans to the executive credit committee, including Lloyd Goldman, Lou Brause, Earle Altman and Peter Hauspurg, learning from these leaders in real estate. While at M&T, she analyzed and closed more than $1 billion in loans, including acquisition, bridge, permanent and construction loans, for all types of income producing properties.

She consulted for major property owners and developers in NYC, building the foundation for her current venture with Michael Besen, president of Besen & Associates. Besen is a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm with more than 35 brokers and approximately $500 million in sales.

Ortiz is the vice chairperson of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association, a member of the Young Men's/ Women's Real Estate Association, and serves as an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers.


Scott O'Sullivan, CPA, who grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, joined the certified public accounting and business advisory firm of Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP in 1996.

He has since advanced through the ranks to his current position as senior tax manager serving in MWE's very active Real Estate Practice Group. There, he is heavily involved in tax planning and deal structuring, including 1031 exchanges and cost segregation studies on real estate projects with values from $1 million upwards of $400 million. His clientele reads like a "Who's Who" in Long Island and New York City real estate.

Upon graduating from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting (he also holds a Masters in taxation from Hofstra University), O'Sullivan started as a general tax accountant with Howe, Riley & Riley (Manchester, NH). He subsequently relocated to Long Island, which has fostered his greater professional and community involvement.

Along with memberships in the AICPA and CoreNet Global, O'Sullivan is one of the founding members of the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG), which provides a setting where real estate professionals can network and give back to the community. Since its inception, LIREG has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity-based real estate projects including those for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and the Hospice Care Network.

O'Sullivan was most recently recognized in Long Island Business News, being named among the "Top Five to Watch in Commercial Real Estate."


Mark K. Owens, 27, vice president of Sonnenblick-Goldman, LLC and a member of the firm's International Lodging and Leisure Group, had an exceptional 2005. He arranged the $532.6 million recapitalization of The Benjamin and Affinia hotels portfolio, a six-asset portfolio based in NYC and he also arranged the financing for several well-known hotel assets across North America.

Other significant and high-profile transactions that Owens worked on in 2005 include the sale of the $110 million Four Seasons Toronto, the $85 million sale of the Hilton San Diego and the $86.1 million financing of the Westin O'Hare.

Since joining Sonnenblick-Goldman in 2003, Owens has completed an impressive $1.5 billion in lodging transactions representing a variety of structures, including equity recapitalizations, dispositions and debt financing for both single-asset and portfolio transactions.

Prior to joining Sonnenblick-Goldman, Owens worked at HVS International's headquarters in New York, where he consulted on over $3 billion in lodging real estate.

Owens, a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, is a member of the Cornell Hotel Society's national chapter and serves on the New York chapter's executive board.


Christopher Owles, managing director at Sinvin Realty Corp. is a preeminent tenant and landlord agent in downtown Manhattan who has played a bigger role in the Meatpacking District's transformation than probably any other commercial broker.

In the Meatpacking District alone, Owles has negotiated leases for over 150,000 s/f. These include deals for design giant Vitra, Bumble and bumble, SoHo House, Wachovia Bank and a new building with a retail store and offices for Theory, among others. Because there are only about 100 small buildings in the Meatpacking District, Owles' activity accounts for a very large portion of leases done in the area.

Owles is currently marketing 22,000 s/f of space at 446 West 14th Street for developer Charles Blaichman. The companies that occupy the building will further transform the area.

Owles is also notable for finding luxury and innovative retailers unique space that bolsters their branding efforts. For instance, Owles was so successful at negotiating lease transactions for Marc Jacobs and James Perse in New York that that they later asked for his help leasing stores on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.


Jennifer Padnick is a partner and young dynamo who has been an integral part of Cohen & Perfetto LLP's transactional team that specializes in all aspects of real estate law--development, financing, leasing, sales and acquisitions, government incentives and zoning.

Spearheading a trend in emerging boutique law firms, Padnick, along with her colleagues and mentors, Marshall Cohen and Louis Perfetto, cater to clients that include developers, banks, institutional and individual owners, landlords and tenants, and lenders and borrowers. Padnick is proud that her newly formed Madison Avenue firm is already growing in leaps and bounds, looking to add staff and expand their office.

Today, Padnick is also busy teaching the next generation of Cohen & Perfetto lawyers. Padnick--who also juggles a career as a new mom--has a well-rounded background in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Padnick began her legal career working in state government and made the transition to private practice, first at J.P. Morgan's legal department, before joining Cohen and Perfetto at their prior firm.


Louis Perfetto, who recently co-founded a full service law firm, Cohen & Perfetto, LLP, with partners Marshall Cohen and Jennifer Padnick, is getting rave reviews from clients who value the personal attention that his Madison Avenue boutique firm offers.

Helping spearhead a trend in the emergence of boutique firms willing to walk through walls for their clients--an attribute some say has been lost with the growth of the mega firms--Perfetto is one of New York's leading lawyers for development deals and is credited with originating and managing the banking practice of the firm.

Perfetto led the team that acquired and--for the first time on Staten Island--rezoned industrial waterfront property for residential use. In New York, he has become the "go-to lawyer" for self-storage development deals of which he has done more than anyone else.

Perfetto focuses on all aspects of real estate including development (residential and commercial), lending and borrowing, ground leasing, space leasing (office and retail), sales and acquisitions for investors and owners, government incentives and zoning. Clients span the gamut from major private and corporate developers, to Fortune 500 companies, to middle market lenders and borrowers, to small businesses and first-time developers.

Perfetto graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and received his LLM from New York University.

At 18, he was a prospect for the L.A. Dodgers and Kansas City Royals major baseball teams. "Baseball was just too much of a long shot to justify the risk," he said.


Recently, Pulice formed a strategic alliance with Cushman & Wakefield. She was named exclusive leasing agent of the United Nations Federal Credit Union's newly built Court Square Place in Long Island City, N.Y. and was an named among's Top Diversity-Owned Businesses.

Pulice established JRT Realty Group, Inc. in 1996 as a woman-owned, full-service commercial real estate services firm to address industry-wide supplier diversity initiatives. The firm is fully certified as a Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) and National Minority Business Council (NMBC).

As president, Pulice is responsible for directing and overseeing all organizational activities, including an alliance with Cushman & Wakefield as well as transaction management and implementation; strategic consulting and project planning; property management; and leasing. Among her accomplishments are leasing and sales transactions totaling more than $2 billion, including the sale of the Seagram Building in Manhattan for $370 million, and representing the FDIC's national field offices at 92 locations and TIAA-CREF on leasing and managing assignments nationwide. She also manages a national portfolio totaling more than 12 million square feet of commercial and industrial space.

Pulice earned a bachelor of science degree from Wagner College and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.


Tim Regan is chief financial officer and partner of the Waiters Group in Barnegat, N.J., which does residential and commercial development. He has been overseeing the firm's business growth since he joined the organization in 1992. Currently, he oversees property development, business development and finance.

Since joining the organization, Regan has spearheaded the closing of more than $300 million in financing for construction, development and permanent mortgages and the company's overall business growth.

Regan was involved in the Ocean Acres at Barnegat development when the Walters Group first decided to pursue this unique single-family development in late 1997. To make the project a reality, the firm acquired in excess of 800 of the 2,000 lots in the subdivision. As a result of Mr. Regan's efforts, the Independent Lot Owners are able to realize a significant increase in the value of their lots, which were unbuildable for almost 30 years before Waiters' involvement. Waiters made a very significant and risky investment to bring this project to development. Financing the project was a challenge, since the firm did not own all of the lots. Mr. Regan's financial expertise and banking relationships were instrumental in making the project a success.

Prior to joining Waiters, Regan worked as asset manager at Vesterra Corporation, a shopping center development and management firm in Blue Bell, Pa. He also specialized in the real estate and banking industries while serving with the Audit and Management Consulting Departments of KPMG.

Regan is a member of the NJBA and serves on the Advisory Board of Penn Liberty Bank, headquartered in Wayne, Pa. He earned a B.S. in Financial Management (Accounting) in 1985 from St. Joseph's University.


Steven Rindner, executive vice president of Kastle Systems, has burst upon the New York scene with a winning proposition for building owners and managers: Kastle Systems operates and manages state-of-the-art electronic security systems so they don't have to.

Kastle clients report lower costs, greater system control, higher tenant retention and reduced legal liability. Rindner has had remarkable success in the New York area.

Critical issues of homeland and national security continue to make headlines, making Rindner's field of expertise more important than ever. For most commercial properties, the ongoing management of security systems is costly, overwhelming and vulnerable to lapses. A natural solution for New York's security needs, Kastle is the established leader in cost-effective, outsourced security system operation and management, securing more than 1,700 properties across 289 million square feet of commercial office buildings and 37,000 tenant spaces.

Rindner is a talented strategist, aggressively expanding Kastle Systems' critical niche in the commercial real estate industry. He directs sales, marketing and corporate development nationwide for Kastle, and is successfully expanding the company's market share across the United States and Australia.


Michael Rodrignez has lived the American dream, starting his career as a porter and rising through company ranks to become the president of Alliance Building Services.

After joining Alliance in 1995 as a cleaning manager, Michael's enthusiastic attitude caught the attention of CEO Gary Green, who promoted Michael to director of operations, then executive vice president and finally president of Alliance Building Services in 2001.

Rodriguez, 36, a Brooklyn native, began his career in the early 1990s as a cleaner at the World Trade Center. His ambition appealed to executives at Citywide Security, and he was soon hired as a night manager at the Twin Towers, before beginning his ascent through the ranks at Alliance.

Under the leadership of Rodriguez and Green, Alliance Building Services has grown over 30 percent annually and has emerged as leader in New York's building services industry. The company boasts contracts with many notable clients, Commerce Bank, The Gale Company, Newmark Knight Frank., Cushman & Wakefield, W & H Properties, Stellar Management, CB Richard Ellis and L&L Acquisitions. Alliance also provided security at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York city.

Rodriguez lives in New York City with his wife, Maria, and two children.


Evan Rosen started working for the Solomon Organization back when he was in high school on a part time basis. Rosen has always had a keen sense for the family's business and this combined with his incredible work ethic has allowed him to emerge as one of the most respected property management professionals in the industry today.

Rosen graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in political science. After graduating, Rosen continued to advance his professional skills by studying abroad in Italy, completing a year of law school and working as the operations manager of an international liquor packaging supplier. Eager and success driven, Rosen made sure his background was professionally rounded before joining the Solomon Organization full time in 2003.

As an associate director, Rosen works exclusively as a member of the executive management team that is responsible for the Solomon's holdings in Pennsylvania. His driving work ethic and dedication have been credited to the successful turn-around of the Solomon's Pennsylvania portofolio, which has produced some of the most sought-out and desirable communities in eastern Pennsylvania.


Rosenfeld, vice president, project management, is responsible for all phases of development, including public reviews, project financing, design development and project administration during construction. Rosenfeld's recent completed projects include Marc, 260 W. 54th Street, a $135 million construction project with 393 residential apartments funded with New York State Housing Revenue Bonds and 90W, 90 Washington St., which included the residential conversion of a 27-story office building into 398 residential apartments funded with New York City Liberty Bonds.

Rosenfeld's current projects include the $100 million redevelopment of 18-20 West St., formerly the Downtown Athletic Club, into 288 residential condominiums with a state of the art fitness center and the $340 million development of Atelier at 635 W. 42nd St., a 500,000 s/f mixed-use development.

Before joining The Moinian Group in 2000, Rosenfeld was director, planning and design for the 42nd Street Development Project, the New York State entity responsible for the redevelopment of 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Rosenfeld specialized in land use management and corporate assistance projects for the law firm Stadtmauer Bailkin.

Rosenfeld holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College and a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.


Shawn Rosenthal, a managing director at the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, is responsible for executing and originating debt, mezzanine and equity financings.

He is responsible for all aspects of the underwriting process including sourcing, evaluating, structuring and negotiating investment opportunities for all property types. Rosenthal founded the mezzanine platform at Ackman-Ziff and is a frequent guest speaker on the topic at industry conferences. He has also authored several published articles about mezzanine financing.

Clients include Walton Street, CPC, Advance Realty, Miles Properties, and Acadia Strategic Fund.

In 2005, Rosenthal closed 11 transactions totaling approximately $400 million. Highlights include a refinancing of the Domino Sugar site in Brooklyn, NY, a $100 million first mortgage and mezzanine for seven office buildings in Virginia, $57 million of first mortgage and mezzanine financing for 950 apartments in Maryland, and $81 million for a portfolio of showroom assets in Highpoint, NC.

Rosenthal practiced real estate law for two years at Thacher Proffitt and Wood. Prior to law school, he worked for KPMG for two years as an auditor and tax associate. He is a licensed CPA and attorney with a BA in accounting and economics from Queens College (1991) and a JD in Law from NYU Law School (1997).


At 25, Alois Ryan Rubenbauer III, president of Liberty Equities of America (Hauppauge, New York and West Palm Beach, Florida) is indeed a "rising star." An insatiable work ethic is Alois Rubenbauer's universe.

Rubenbauer sensed that valuations of property were primed to skyrocket. He opened a one-room mortgage brokerage enterprise in Long Island. And it was five months before he closed his first transaction learning by the "hard knocks" of the business.

Six years later, Liberty Equities employs about 75 people, including ten working out of Rubenbauer's Florida operation.

Rubenbauer recruits talented, motivated people, mainly through networking. "I lead employees to a high payout, instead of a dead-end salary situation where they are merely marking time. I treat them like family members (and my uncle and mother work at Liberty Equities too). Seven members of the staff are friends since boyhood."

Countrywide Home Loan in 2004 cited Liberty Equities for "good loan production and performance"; during '03 Washington Mutual named Liberty one of its top brokers in the industry, for the Northeast Region; Greenpoint Mortgage named Liberty for its "outstanding business results" and for "high performance in fourth quarter of 2003"; also, the Chase "broker quality award" in 2002.


Ed Russo graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lafayette College with a bachelor's degree in economics and business in May 1999. His scholastic focus on the real estate development industry was exemplified by his thesis titled "The 1990s REIT Boom: An Empirical Analysis of the Market Capitalization of Real Estate Investment Trusts" which earned him Honors recognition.

As president and COO of Russo Development, Russo proudly assumes the leadership of this well respected company Ed's father founded in 1969. Developments completed under his leadership include some of northern New Jersey's most notable industrial projects. Russo has also negotiated over 1.2 million square feet of lease transactions valued in excess of $160 million.

Most recently, in September, Russo Development announced one of the largest industrial leases signed in Northern New Jersey during the past several years. H.D. Smith signed a 211,000 s/f office/warehouse lease in Russo Development's Saw Mill Park in Kearny, New Jersey.

Russo oversees all day-to-day operations including land acquisition, construction, architecture, financing, leasing and property management. The company's accomplishments during Russo's tenure include the strengthening of its core competencies including architecture, permitting, property management, general contracting, construction management, and site excavation.

Ed Russo is leading the company's expansion from their traditional northern New Jersey roots to central and southern New Jersey in order to broaden its pipeline. With over $60 million of new development projects planned for this year, Russo Development is well positioned for another outstanding year in 2006.


In his role as executive vice president of the Treeline Companies, Schor is responsible for property acquisitions and dispositions and for managing the firm's relationships with lenders, institutional partners and investors.

He has overseen numerous Treeline acquisitions, including 100, 200, 300 and 400 Garden City Plaza on Long Island, along with 180 Livingston Street and 29 Gallatin Place in Brooklyn.

During 2005, he lead the Treeline team in its disposition of 2 and 4 Gannett Drive along Westchester County's "Platinum Mile," which fetched a record sale price of $200 per square foot. Schor also directed Treeline through some $250 million in refinancing transactions in 2005.

Schor is currently charged with actively seeking development opportunities for Treeline throughout the tri-state area and with expanding Treeline's target markets outside of its traditional areas of coverage.

In addition to his acquisitions duties Schor is responsible for the oversight and management of Treeline's entire legal department. Currently, Schor is combining his legal and acquisitions expertise to oversee the formation of a discretionary real estate investment fund with Treeline investment partners.

Schor joined the Treeline team after a successful tenure as an attorney in the business finance & restructuring Department of the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. He received his law degree, with honors, from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the New York City and State Bar Associations.

An avid golfer, he is chairman of the Golf Outing Committee of the Long Island Chapter of Israel Bonds, among other charitable affiliations.


Kenneth R. Schuckman, 31, is managing director of Schuckman Realty Inc., Woodbury, Long Island. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, 1998, he spent a year in Israel before starting his career with Forest City Ratner. During his employment with FCRC, Schuckman received his master's degree in real estate at New York University and, in 2002, he joined the family real estate brokerage and development company.

Since 2002, Schuckman has successfully completed a number of transactions throughout the tri-state area that would be an impressive feat for a broker in their 40s, with 20 years of experience. At the age of 28, with only one year of experience in the brokerage business, Schuckman signed an exclusive tenant representation agreement with Cold Stone Creamery, for its penetration into the Metro New York market.

The company was an unknown, small ice cream chain located in the southwest at the time. Within two years, Cold Stone Creamery became a household name in many communities throughout the tristate area. Schuckman assisted the company in every aspect of their expansion program and successfully completed over 125 leases. Among his deal making activities, is Cold Stone Creamery's flagship store along 42nd Street near Times Square. He was responsible for all aspects of Cold Stone's penetration strategy, including site selection, lease negotiations, etc.

Among other deals, Schuckman originated and completed transactions with all the national drug store chains, several banks and has put together several development deals throughout Long Island along with a number of transactions with national retail chains. He currently represents over 250,000 s/f on Long Island for ownership.


Ariel Schuster is a retail leasing specialist, with expertise in landlord and tenant representation. Since joining RKF in 2001, he has completed retail leases totaling 500,000 s/f.

His roster of landlord clients include Edward J. Minskoff Equities; RFR Realty, Inc.; The Winter Organization and The Related Companies, L.P.

Schuster's recent notable leasing assignments include 111 Fifth Avenue, 270 Greenwich Street, The Manhattan House, 10 Hanover Square and the retail space at The Plaza. While representing Edward J. Minskoff Equities at 270 Greenwich Street, Schuster secured a 55,000 s/f lease with Whole Foods Market for its Downtown flagship store. At the same location, he completed a 40,000 s/f lease with Barnes & Noble.

In addition, he has arranged 12 transactions over the years with The Winter Organization, the most recent of which was a lease with global retail giant, H&M at 111 Fifth Avenue. Schuster exclusively represents retailers Cole Haan, Coldwater Creek, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Gamestop in Manhattan.

He also serves as the exclusive Manhattan representative for The Regis Corporation (Jean Louis David, SuperCuts and Vidal Sassoon), having completed 14 leases for the company and currently working on Vidal Sassoon's New York City roll-out.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Schuster moved to the United States at age 12. He attended Horace Mann High School and graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University, with degrees in marketing and finance.

He is currently enrolled at NYU, pursuing a Masters in real estate finance. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Real Estate Board of New York.


After a very successful, 20-year career in the financial services sector, Searl brought his talents to the commercial real estate industry when he joined CB Richard Ellis in 1999. Over the past seven years, he has achieved great success becoming one of the market's most knowledgeable brokerage professionals serving both the tenant and ownership communities.

Since joining CBRE he has represented clientele throughout the New York Region and has coordinated resources to serve his clients on a national level. Among the roster of high profile companies he represented are the Bank of Hawaii, Popkin Software, Bank of Portuguese Commercial, Starpoint Solutions, Builders Group, CTC Communications, FACTIVA, and Blackwood Securities.

His significant leasing assignments on behalf of major landlords include 100,000 s/f at 270 Broadway; 910,973 s/f at 20 Exchange Place; and 91,436 s/f at 217 Broadway.

Searl was instrumental in negotiating the first new lease at 29 Broadway in more than a quarter century--a 12-year lease for Peter Long Publishing. He was also a key member of the CBRE team representing Factiva in its 117,500 s/f lease renewal in South Brunswick and represented the ownership of 280 Broadway in a 25,075 s/f transaction, which brought Dance Space Center, a pillar of NYC's dance community, to downtown Manhattan.

Searl earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and holds a Master of Arts degree in administration. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York.


Michael Siino, CPA has been with Marks Paneth Shron LLP for over 16 years and is a partner at the firm with an extensive range of industry exposure.

In addition to his main focus on commercial and residential real estate, Siino has served as auditor, tax professional and consultant for clients in industries including low-income housing, manufacturing, restaurants, professional services, furniture, apparel and jewelry.

Siino is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) where he serves on the Advancement within the Profession Committee. He has always been involved in the annual on-campus recruitment process and is a member of the St. Johns University Accounting Circle.

Siino lives in Floral Park, Long Island with his wife and two daughters where he coaches his daughter's soccer team. He holds a B.S. in accounting from St. John's University where he graduated with high honors. He is based in the firm's Manhattan office.


Andrew and Alexander Silverman are the dynamic young brothers at the helm of The Andalex Group, the prominent New York-based real estate services firm founded by Allen Silverman in 1989 (the company's name is a combination of the sons' first names).

The duo is leading the company's aggressive expansion, taking it in bold new directions and exploring emerging markets. The firm's growing portfolio extends into six national markets.

Andrew and Alexander have recently announced the firm's first residential development. The groundbreaking $130 million conversion project, Arris Lofts, will transform a 485,000 s/f former Eagle Electric building into 238 spectacular, true loft condominiums in one of New York's newest hot spots--Long Island City. Having been steeped in the vocabulary and culture of real estate since childhood, Andrew and Alexander are fast becoming major industry players.

Born April 29, 1976 Andrew Silverman serves as chief investment officer for The Andalex Group and is responsible for all of the firm's acquisitions and dispositions as well as the leasing for all properties within the portfolio.

While completing a B.A. in economics form the University of Pennsylvania, Andrew began his professional career on the trading floor of Credit Lyonnais. Shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Andrew joined his family's firm and with his entrepreneurial spirit and bold vision, he has built The Andalex's portfolio significantly.

He is a member of the Junior Council for the Museum of Natural History, and he is a Frick Museum Young Fellow. He is an active member of the Central Park Conservancy and the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and an avid supporter of the Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Fresh Air Fund.

Born April 30, 1978, Alexander Silverman serves as chief operating officer for The Andalex Group and spearheads all of The Andalex Group's development efforts, including construction management and oversight of new development and capital improvement projects with the firm's portfolio. He is also responsible for the asset and property management of the firm's portfolio, supervising all daily operations.

Alexander earned a B.S.M. in finance and management from Tulane University, with a minor in architecture. Upon graduation, Alexander worked for Solow Realty & Development, one of New York City's largest real estate owners and operators, where he was director of asset management.

At Solow, Alexander managed four million square feet of Class A office space in Manhattan and a residential portfolio comprising more than 1,400 units across New York City.

Alexander sits on the Young Advisory Board of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and has chaired the Mt Sinai Crystal Ball for the past several years. He is also on the Young Executive Committee of the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Will Silverman is responsible for investment sales activity in the New York City marketplace, focusing on product types ranging from office to residential and specialty retail. During his tenure, he has closed approximately $2.1 billion in sales transactions comprising more than seven million square feet.

Silverman became the youngest managing director in Studley's history, upon his promotion to that post in October 2005. He works closely with superstar investment sales professional, Woody Heller, who runs Studley's Capital Transactions Group, on many of firm's major sales deals. Together with Heller, Silverman is currently marketing the sale of the fee interest in the land beneath 600 Fifth Avenue at Rockefeller Center, on behalf of seller Collegiate Church Corporation.

Among the transactions he's worked on are the sale of a 45 percent C-Corp. interest in 1221 Avenue of the Americas, the sale of 125 Park Avenue and the sale of a 75 percent interest in One Park Avenue.

Prior to joining Studley, Silverman worked for Insignia/ESG and J.P. Morgan Securities.

He received his BA degree from Tufts University and was the first foreign student to receive a diploma in Latin American history from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain.


Zach Solomon has been involved with his family's real estate business since being a teenager and now has matured into one of the industries most respected real estate executives.

Solomon has demonstrated a true zeal for real estate ever since high school, when he worked part-time leasing apartments at the Solomon Organization's Chestnut Court property located in Matawan, NJ. After high school, Solomon went onto the University of Denver where he earned a degree in Business Management. Throughout his college career, Zach remained heavily involved with the Solomon Organization by working during his winter and spring recesses and throughout the summers. 2005 was a defining year for Zach as he was highly instrumental in laying the groundwork for the recent 12-community acquisition in Albany, NY. Zach's ability to see the potential has allowed the Solomon Organization to become the largest holder of multi-family communities in the Capital Region.

As an associate director for the Solomon Organization, Solomon assists with the executive management of the Albany portfolio, as well as, being a vital member of the Solomon Organization's management team.


Evan Stein, 34, president of both MD Carlisle Construction Corp. and its partner company JD Carlisle Development Corp., has overseen several large residential projects in recent years, managing the construction and coordinating the development programs on all projects. JD Carlisle is responsible for acquisitions, development and sales, while MD Carlisle executes the construction.

Stein is currently overseeing the completion of Cielo, a 28-story luxury condominium on 83rd Street and York, which opens this spring. Other projects include The Centria, a 152-unit luxury condominium at 48th Street and Rockefeller Center as well as a 21-story, 292-unit condominium on 23rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Gramercy Park.

JD Carlisle is also developing the entire block front between 29th and 30th streets on the west side of 6th Ave. With such recent successful projects as Morton Square, 600 Washington, Kips Bay Plaza, The Pennmark and NYU Cancer Center, Stein keeps busy.

One of Stein's proudest achievements was his first deal, which included the assemblage, leasing and construction of the 45,000 s/f flagship Crate & Barrel store in the Cable Building, a building owned by JD Carlisle.

Stein, a Stamford, Conn., native who holds Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Tulane University, joined MD Carlisle upon graduation in 1994.


Deborah A. Stone started working at Hart Mountain Industries in 1983 on a high school work-study program, where she worked as a file clerk in the legal department.

The following year, Stone was promoted to legal assistant, the promotion was her first, but certainly not her last. After working in the legal department for nearly 15 years, Stone was promoted to the position of marketing director for the Hartz's leasing department. In 2001, Stone was promoted to the position of assistant vice president of marketing and leasing, where she works exclusively on Hartz Mountain's retail portfolio and marketing. Stone is only the third woman in the history of Hartz Mountain Industries to hold such a position.

Some notable highlights from 2005 for Deborah was the successful signing of the first Marshalls/HomeGoods combo store in New Jersey to Harmon Meadow in Secaucus, NJ, as well as being responsible for leasing nearly 500,000 s/f of retail space and over 700,000 s/f collectively, for the past two years.

For 2006, Stone will focus her energy on the leasing of Hartz Mountain's newest venture, the one million square feet development, Edison Towne Square, located in Edison, NJ, as well as continuing to be a vital voice in the marketing and positioning of the Hartz Mountain portfolio.


Jennifer Stewart is a managing director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., a leading investment banking and securities trading and brokerage firm.

With approximately $57.6 billion in total capital, Bear Steams serves governments, corporations, institutions and individuals worldwide. Headquartered in New York City, the company has approximately 12,000 employees worldwide.

Trained as an architect, Stewart has ten years of corporate real estate experience. She co-manages the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Real Estate and Facilities group at Bear Stearns which leases and develops the firm's office space both domestically and internationally. The group studies the corporate real estate market worldwide, assesses the economic feasibility of all real estate options and negotiates and reviews commercial leases.

Overseeing 45 domestic and 15 international leases totaling 3.2 million square feet of office space, the group constantly reevaluates the use of space and works closely with property owners to facilitate the company's interests at all premises.

In addition to her daily responsibilities, Jennifer was part of the Bear Steams development team for the new headquarters at 383 Madison Avenue in New York City.

Stewart received her Master of Science in Real Estate 'degree with distinction from New York University. She serves on the Board of Directors and is the membership committee co-chair for NYCREW Network (New York Commercial Real Estate Women) and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Real Estate Women (AREW), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She is a founding member of NYU-WREN (Women's Real Estate Network) and a WX (Women Executives in Real Estate) scholarship recipient in 2004.

She holds a Bachelor of architecture degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC and studied at the Architectural Association in London.


Stravtiz reputation for placing his clients first insures the repeat engagement of his services.

Some of the clients that enjoy Stravtiz professionalism and long-term commitment include IBM, Graybar Electric, Inc., Ingersoll-Rand, Kelly Services, Bovis Lend Lease, Girls and Boys Town, USA, Pinkerton, Principal Financial Group and EchoStar Communications Corporation and Dish Network Service, LLC. His fulfillment projects throughout the Metropolitan area have led to an expertise in the local market.

Acting for the Graybar Electric Company, Inc. he was involved in the disposition, acquisition, sale and lease of over 300,000 s/f of property throughout New Jersey. For Principal Financial Group his assignments have included the acquisition and lease of 13,441 s/f at 75 Rockefeller Plaza, the acquisition and lease of 9,800 s/f at 888 7th Avenue and the acquisition and lease of 10,450 s/f at 1155 6th Ave.


In May 2005, Kevin Swill was named Man of the Year by the Hebrew Academy for Special Children (HASC), a non-profit organization for people with physical and mental handicaps. The award-presentation was attended by more than 325 real estate professionals who joined in honoring Swill for his consistent commitment to those in need and for his extensive business accomplishments and volunteer activities.

Swill serves as president of Westminster Capital, the financing division of Florham Park, N.J.-based Kushner Companies. He also directs the company's hospitality and commercial property divisions.

In 2005, under his leadership, the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, N.J. received the elite AAA Four Diamond status, an honor received by only 3% of the of the more than 31,000 properties approved by AAA. In addition, Westminster Capital funded over $675 million in real estate transactions in 2005, and Kushner Properties carried out all leasing and management functions for Kushner Companies' 40 commercial properties, including broker and banker negotiations, tenant and contractor relations, and regulatory compliance.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in finance from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and has master's degree business administration credits from New York University. He also holds a Series 7 and 63 license from the NASD. He is a member of the Real Estate Lenders Association (RELA), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Multifamily Executive Council, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Commercial Mortgage Securities Association (CMSA).

In addition to his professional affiliations, he is committed to giving back to the communities in which he lives and in those he works and has been cited by his peers and local dignitaries for his skills and knowledge, and most importantly, his willingness to volunteer for numerous causes.


Robert Tanzmann is a director at Cushman & Wakefield with more than 15 years of international real estate experience. He has extensive experience in all facets of the industry, including tenant representation, investment sales, leasing agencies, site selection, feasibility studies and relocation studies.

Throughout his career, Tanzmann has represented a range of multinational companies, including foreign and domestic financial services firms, government agencies and non-profit groups.

In 1997, Tanzmann was involved in the largest leasing deal in New York City, representing the building owner of 55 Water St., in negotiating the McGraw-Hill (Standard & Poors) tenancy of 937,000 square feet. Previously, he was based in Frankfurt, Germany, acting on behalf of American, British, Australian and other global corporations with real estate holdings or requirements in Germany.

Tanzmann graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology as an appraiser in Australia.


Ben Tapper, along with R. Stuart Gross, has recently formed the 1031 Group at Eastern Consolidated. In 2005, Tapper completed almost $48 million in transactions, with an average deal size of over $4.3 million including his largest deal of the year at $17.8 million. For his performance and high level of achievement, Ben was named Eastern Consolidated's Most Promising Broker for 2005.

Tapper received his real estate license in 2004, and joined Eastern Consolidated after spending numerous years in technology sales and consulting, where he worked with both domestic and international organizations. He began his career working for The Cluen Corporation, a company that provides affordable recruiting software solutions, primarily dealing with executive search firms, and venture capital organizations. After spending three and a half years with Cluen as the Sales Team Leader, he spent time as an independent consultant, focusing on sales strategy, employee efficiency, and business development.

Most recently, he has been focusing his efforts on the development and implementation of Eastern's new 1031 exchange practice area, helping investors defer capital gains tax after the sale of their investment property.

Tapper received his bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of NY and currently lives in Brooklyn Heights, where he is the treasurer of his co-op board of directors.

He is a member of Gotham City Networking and he chairs the venue committee of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, which was established for a high school friend who died on September 11, 2001. The Foundation is dedicated to relieving the suffering of people affected by torture, terrorism and mass violence and it provides local caregivers with the tools to treat mental anguish, using Western medical therapies combined with local healing traditions.

He is also an avid ultimate frisbee player, and is the league director and a board member of Westchester Ultimate Disc, Inc., an organization whose goal is to promote, support, and foster the development of both the sport of ultimate frisbee and the individuals involved.


Recently promoted to senior managing director, Taubin joined Studley in the fall of 1994 after having graduated from Tulane University. He spent the previous summer, working in Studley's summer internship program.

As a tenant representation specialist focusing on strategic planning and the acquisition and disposition of facilities, he is knowledgeable about all the city's submarkets. This profound understanding of the New York real estate marketplace enables him to provide clients with solutions to their often complex occupancy needs, solutions that align with their respective business plans.

Taubin and colleagues, David Goldstein and Matthew Barlow, saved their client, Cleveland-based law firm Thompson Hine LLP, millions of dollars by selling its lease at the Grace Building (42nd and Avenue of the Americas) so that landlord Trizec could effectively re-lease the space to an existing, expanding tenant, and negotiating for Thompson Hine to move instead to 40,000 s/f at 335 Madison Avenue.

Taubin and his colleagues represented Thompson Hine in its original lease at the Grace Building, but during the nine months that elapsed from the signing of the lease in May 2005 to proposed move-in date, construction costs rose steeply, and so did the market value of the space. Realizing this, Studley advised Thompson Hine to sell its Grace Building lease and move to another Class A Midtown property that required only modest renovations and provided similar expansion options.

Taubin has been involved in over 2.5 million-square feet of transactions for a wide variety of clients, ranging from law firms to technology companies.


Wasserberger was a key member of the CBRE team that won the prestigious 7 World Trade Center assignment and recently closed several large lease transactions at the newly-developed trophy office property. Among the largest of the leases signed was the New York Academy of Sciences, which took 40,000 s/f feet for its headquarters. In addition; the financial planning firm Ameriprise Financial committed to 20,000 s/f on the 39th floor, while Beijing Vantone Real Estate signed a preliminary agreement to take 200,000 s/f on the top floors.

Since joining CB Richard Ellis' Tri-State Region Agency Group in 2004, Wasserberger has conceived and implemented new strategies that have maximized the value of his clients' real estate portfolios throughout New York.

Prior to joining CBRE, Wasserberger enjoyed a successful career with Tishman Speyer Properties, where he was responsible for the completion of more than two million square feet worth of transactions throughout the firm's domestic portfolio. Since September 2001, Wasserberger directed the leasing at Rockefeller Center, where his team completed more than 100 transactions totaling over 650,000 s/f.

Before overseeing the Rockefeller Center portfolio, Wasserberger spearheaded leasing at other Tishman Speyer projects in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington DC and Orlando.

In addition to his leasing expertise, Wasserberger also has extensive development experience, including projects such as 222 East 41st Street in New York and One Metro Center in Washington DC.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and is an active member of the REBNY.


Amy Weins, 29, joined Trammell Crow Company in 2002 as a marketing analyst and quickly rose to become a top-producing senior associate by 2006.

Her strong 2005 record prompted Weins' promotion from associate to her current senior associate post, an affirmation that Weins is one of real estate's rising stars.

As part of Trammell Crow's Tenant Representation Group, Weins is responsible for new business development and fulfilling transaction management services for tenant clients. Of her key clients in 2005, IntelliRisk Management Corp., a call-services outsoursing firm with 6,000 employees worldwide, was her most prestigious. As the national account manager for IntelliRisk, Weins was responsible for the acquisitions of over 100,000 s/f of call-center spaces for the firm.

Other significant tenants represented by Weins during her tenure at the firm include the disposition of Trammell Crow's former office space in 2003, the disposition of Kastle Systems' office lease, and the 16,000 s/f acquisition of office space for Opera Solutions. During her short tenure, Weins has completed close to $3.4 million in transaction value.

A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, Weins holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in musical theatre and emphasis on women's, studies.

A REBNY member, Weins proudly volunteers with 100 Women in Hedge Funds, an organization aiming to help the advancement of professional women within various industries, the Ronald McDonald House, and Children with Cancer.


Franklin Zuckerbrot has been responsible for the sale and lease of commercial properties in excess of four million square feet since joining Sholom & Zuckerbrot Realty LLC in 1993.

Recent clients include The Feil Organization, Cord-Meyer Development, Public Storage Inc., The City of New York, New York State, NYC School Construction Authority, CVS/pharmacy, Commerce Bank, Blockbuster Videos, Home Depot, JW Mays and Jennifer Convertibles.

As a founding partner of Octagon Properties in 1996, over the past 10 years he has been involved with the acquisition and development of over one million square feet of commercial properties located throughout the Metropolitan NYC region. Existing property tenants include Home Depot, CVS/ pharmacy, Eckerds, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Blockbuster Video, Ford Motor Company, Commerce Bank, Culinary Academy of NY, Allied Building Products and Edison Price Lighting.
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