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Steve Binder (photo) of Cushman & Wakefield is the recipient of the Peter Zarate Chapter Development award from the International Development Research Council (IDRC).

Binder was honored for his work as chairman of the New York Chapter of IDRC. He is also co-chair of IDRC's Global Chapter committee. The Chapter Development award recognizes outstanding growth and local delivery of IDRC benefits to members. Creative and unique methods to develop the chapter are among the criteria considered.

In his position at Cushman & Wakefield, Binder assists corporate clients on a global basis. Based in the firm's world headquarters in New York City, he is responsible for managing national and international corporate accounts for the firm, which has 185 corporate accounts domestically and globally.

Binder served for five years as the director of Real Estate, Space, and Occupancy Management; vice president of Corporate Infrastructure/Corporate Realty Services, responsible for reducing real estate expenditures by $165 million per annum. Previously, Binder held the title of director of Project Management and Space Planning; vice president of Real Property Services, Citibank NA, for thirteen years.

Peter S. Nicoletti (photo) has been promoted to the position of vice president at Rockwood Realty Associates LLC. The announcement was made by Daniel McNulty, president of Rockwood.

Formerly an associate vice president, Nicoletti has been with Rockwood since 1998. Recent transactions in which he's been involved include arranging $90 million in acquisition financing for Freedom and University Village in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida, on behalf of Westport Realty Advisors; and the $152.5 million sale of 95 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City, New Jersey, on behalf of Mack-Cali,

Prior to joining Rockwood, Nicoletti was a senior investment analyst in the Equity Investments and Sales Group at MetLife Real Estate Investments.

Before MetLife, Nicoletti was a senior associate of the Charles Klatskin Company, a developer, owner and broker of commercial properties.

Cushman & Wakefield of New Jersey, Inc. announced Jonathan S. Meisel (photo) has been appointed director of the firm's brokerage services in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In addition, the Livingston, New Jersey, resident was recently named one of the firm's Top 100 performers based on transactions completed in 1999.

Among Meisel's recent professional accomplishments is leasing a 484,000 square- foot building at 520 Broad Street in Newark to IDT Corporation on behalf of Kushner Companies, the owner.

Meisel, who joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1988 as a broker, was the recipient of Cushman & Wakefield's 1999 NY Area Associate Director Gold Production Award. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.

In addition, Cushman & Wakefield of New Jersey, Inc. also announced Curtis J. Foster (photo) has been appointed senior director of the firm's brokerage services in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Livingston, New Jersey, resident was also recently named one of the firm's Top 100 performers based on transactions completed in 1999.

Foster, who joined Cushman & Wakefield 15 years ago as a broker, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from American University.

Perkins & Will named Richard Diamond (photo) associate principal and technical director for the international architectural firm's New York practice, according to Carl W. Ordemann, managing principal in New York.

In the metropolitan area he has worked on such landmarks as the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the Korean Mission to the U.N., the Guggenheim Pavilion at Mount Sinai Hospital, and an IBM Headquarters facility in Purchase, New York. In addition, he has worked on projects for the General Services Administration (GSA), the Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY), and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Nationally, Diamond has worked on various types of buildings including high and medium-rise office towers, low-rise corporate office facilities, museums, court houses, auditoriums and middle and higher education projects.

Diamond's international experience includes projects in Melbourne, Barcelona and Singapore.

A native of New York, Diamond presently resides with his family on Long Island.

EDGAR Online, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Lee A. Appelbaum (photo) as its director of Knowledge Management. Appelbaum will oversee design and development of custom knowledge management systems for the company's corporate clients.

Appelbaum is best known as the co-inventor of the concept-based approach to text retrieval adopted by Verity, Inc. Over the past 12 years, Verity has implemented that approach in its product family to become one of the leading suppliers of custom information solutions to hundreds of major old-economy and new-economy corporations.

Prior to joining EDGAR Online, Appelbaum was vice president of Tarragon Consulting Corporation of Berkeley, CA.

Appelbaum also was a founder of Sageware, Inc., and has held positions at Advanced Decision Systems, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and GTE Government Systems.

Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, an international investment bank headquartered in Los Angeles, announced the addition of John I. Bralower (photo) as a managing director in its New York office.

Bralower's experience includes the origination, marketing and closing of over $4 billion in real estate-focused debt and equity transactions, many of which have involved leading companies such as: Four Seasons, Hyatt, Loews and Ritz-Carlton hotels; Lend Lease; Prudential; Equitable; Blackstone; Universal Studios; Colony Capital; Citibank and Sanwa Bank. As such, Bralower will specialize in Houlihan Lokey's real estate practice, with the goal of expanding the firm's real estate investment banking activities on a global basis.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Bralower spent 16 years with Sonnenblick-Goldman Company. For the last five years of his Sonnenblick tenure, Bralower served as the firm's president.

Bralower received a B.A. from GeorgeWashington University and a J.D. from Fordham University Law School. He is a frequent speaker at New York University and UCLA hotel investment conferences, and he is often cited in real estate trade and major business publications. Bralower is a member of The New York State Bar, the Board of the Lincoln Center Realty and Construction Council, and the Urban Land Institute.

Concorde Realty Partners, LLC is pleased to announce that Lisa Owen (photo) has recently joined the firm as associate. The announcement was made by Jonathan Cappo, senior vice president of Concorde Realty Partners, LLC.

Formerly, Owen was an Acquisitions associate with Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp. (ICCMIC), a publicly traded Los Angeles-based REIT.

Prior to joining ICCMIC, Owen worked as an associate of Acquisitions and Finance for KSL Recreation Corp. (KSL), a private hospitality investment fund affiliated with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, with over $900 million in assets. Prior to joining KSL, Owen worked as a senior consultant for the E&Y Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group, where she was involved in debt and equity transactions related to various property types throughout the United States.

Insignia/ESG, Inc. has hired one of real estate's top corporate services professionals to head its Corporate Services Group. Thomas Wenkstern (photo), a 20-year veteran in real estate services and corporate consulting, has joined Insignia/ESG as senior managing director to lead this practice group. Insignia/ESG's Corporate Services Group focuses on strategic planning, facilities management consulting, organizational design and service delivery systems, and transaction management services. The firm performs these services for a wide range of corporate clients, including United Airlines, Waste Management, Alliant Foodservice and many others.

Wenkstern will be based in Insignia/ESG's Dallas office.

Prior to joining Insignia/ESG, Wenkstern was most recently a Director of Global Consulting at Jones Lang LaSalle in Dallas, where he was responsible for marketing and delivering real estate advisory services on a national basis to corporations involved in mergers and acquisitions. He also spent six years as a management consultant with KPMG, where he provided consulting advice to a diverse group of clients involved in ownership and management of corporate real estate and facilities, bulk acquisitions/sales, securitizations, development, and loan origination.
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