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Savills Studley Promotes Two to Executive Managing Director

Will Silverman (left) and Jeffrey Peck of Savills Studley.

Commercial real estate firm Savills Studley has promoted Jeffrey Peck and Will Silverman, previously senior managing directors, to executive managing directors, Commercial Observer has learned.

Mr. Peck joined Savills Studley in 2000 and has worked with tenants including National Public Radio, Burberry, the City University of New York, Valentino and Tourneau to assist them in securing office space. Throughout his career, he has overseen approximately 5 million square feet in transactions. He graduated from Boston University in 1985. Read More

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Kuafu Properties Picks Up Stephen Muller From Greenwich Group

Stephen Muller.

Stephen Muller joined Kuafu Properties earlier this month as chief investment officer following a decade as a managing director in investment banking at The Greenwich Group International. Mr. Muller, 37, has 15 years experience directing and overseeing multi-billion-dollar real estate investments. In his new role he is responsible for Kuafu’s investment and financing activities, and the origination and development of new investment opportunities.

“Stephen’s track record of sourcing, underwriting, marketing and financing major mixed-use developments over the past few years is a perfect complement for Kuafu’s platform,” said Shang Dai, the chief executive officer, who first noticed Mr. Muller while looking at deals he was advising on. Impressed by his overall knowledge, Mr. Dai said Mr. Muller also possesses “those hard-to-explain qualities” that make someone a right fit at the firm that’s bringing the far east to Hudson Yards like the Hudson Rise Hotel, which is part of Kuafu’s portfolio. Read More

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Adelaide Polsinelli, Lipa Lieberman Promoted at Eastern Consolidated

Adelaide Polsinelli and Lipa Liberman (images: Marino Organization).

Adelaide Polsinelli and Lipa Lieberman have been promoted to managing director and principal, titles that are effective immediately, according to a press release issued by Eastern Consolidated today.

“Adelaide and Lipa are two of our top producers, who constantly demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, are extremely motivated and brilliant individuals, and deliver the highest returns for their clients,” said Daun Paris, the president of Eastern Consolidated, in prepared remarks. “They have greatly contributed to our firm’s growth and success and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the coming years.” Read More

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Jordan Claffey to Head RFR’s New Retail Division

Jordan Claffey.

Jordan Claffey, the vice president and director of retail leasing at RFR Realty, will be heading up the firm’s new retail-focused division from the company’s office at the Lever House, the company announced today.

As head of RFR Retail, Mr. Claffey will oversee lease negotiations, business development and marketing initiatives within the firm’s retail portfolio. The real estate investment, management and development firm hired Mr. Claffey last spring from Thor Equities, where he was a vice president of leasing. Read More

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Famed Architect Santiago Calatrava’s Son Launches Own Firm

Gabriel Calatrava.

After years of studying architecture and engineering, Gabriel Calatrava, the son of starchitect Santiago Calatrava, has launched his own architecture and design firm. The company works on projects ranging from residential interiors to stage set and design.

The company is still in its infancy; Mr. Calatrava, 32, works out of an Upper East Side home studio on Park Avenue and he has not yet settled on a name (the firm was filed under Gabriel Calatrava LLC and has the working title GAC2109, after his Columbia University student ID). However, Mr. Calatrava has already been commissioned for five projects, including an apartment at the Museum Tower at 15 West 53rd Street across from the Museum of Modern Art and a stage design for the Brentano Quartet playing “The Art of the Fugue,” by Bach at the 92nd Street Y. Read More

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Eileen Spinola Stepping Down at REBNY

Eileen Spinola (photo: Steve Friedman).

Eileen Spinola is stepping down as the head of the residential and commercial brokerage divisions at the Real Estate Board of New York after 20 years serving the organization.

Joe Barbaccia will assume Ms. Spinola’s full-time paid position as senior vice president of brokerage services and education starting next Tuesday, REBNY said. He was most recently the sales director for Essential New York Real Estate and has been an active member of REBNY. He also served on REBNY’s Board of Governors. Read More

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Suzy Reingold Lands At Colliers [Updated]


Suzy Reingold, the former tri-state chief operating officer of Cushman & Wakefield, has moved on to rival brokerage Colliers International, Eastern Region President Joseph Harbert confirmed to Commercial Observer. She is consulting on the firm’s educational programs, he said.

Ms. Reingold departed C&W last December, after a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination that she filed in October of 2013Read More

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Bloomberg Vet Robert Walsh Joins CPEX

Robert Walsh.

Robert Walsh, the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will join CPEX Real Estate, the Brooklyn commercial brokerage firm announced this week. As a senior managing director of the advisory services division, Mr. Walsh will devote himself to business development and strategic growth in addition to advising clients. Read More

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CBRE Brings on Jeff Fischer as a First Vice President in Manhattan Office

Jeff Fischer.

Jeff Fischer, a rising star in the leasing brokerage sphere, has been named a first vice president by CBRE. Formerly a senior vice president at commercial real estate firm JLL, Mr. Fischer specializes in advising tenants on renewing leases, finding new office space and restructuring terms and was featured on Commercial Observer’s “30 Under 30” list in 2012. Upon his 2012 appointment to vice president, Mr. Fischer was JLL’s youngest broker in the tristate region to hold that title. Read More

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Colliers International Director Leaves for Cresa

John Cahill.

John Cahill has left his role as managing director at Colliers International to become Cresa New York’s principal and senior adviser and New York head of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice.

At Colliers International, Mr. Cahill worked with landlords and tenants seeking office and laboratory spaces in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and advised and consulted with clients on both the East and West Coasts. Read More

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Wesley Rudes Named Executive Director at C&W

Wesley Rudes.

Wesley Rudes has been named an executive director at Cushman & Wakefield, according to a press release issued by the company.

Mr. Rudes will work out of Cushman & Wakefield’s Downtown Manhattan office at 100 Wall Street and will work with Frank Cento, one of the company’s executive directors, doing landlord and tenant representation in the downtown market. Read More

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Anthony McElroy Named Partner at Herald Square Properties

Anthony McElroy (photo: Alexander Marketing).

Anthony McElroy has been named a partner at Herald Square Properties, a New York-based owner and operator of commercial assets, according to a press release issued by the company today.

In his new role, Mr. McElroy will join founding partners and principals Gerard Nocera and Michael Reid, and principal John Monaco, in overseeing the acquisition of all commercial properties for the group. The company now owns office buildings in Midtown and is asset manager for the Lipstick Building at 885 Third Avenue, among other properties. Read More

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JLL Names New Property Management Group Head [Updated]

Linda Aronson.

Commercial real estate and investment management firm JLL has appointed Managing Director Linda Aronson to spearhead the organization’s property management group in the New York tri-state market, according to a press release issued by JLL.

“We have restructured our property management group to facilitate the expansion of our third-party management portfolio in the New York tri-state area,” said Stephen Schlegel, the COO of JLL’s New York office, in prepared remarks. “Linda Aronson will focus on further building the business.” Read More

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Cynthia Foster Leaves C&W for Colliers

Cynthia Foster.

Cynthia Foster has joined Colliers International as the president of office services, representing Colliers nationally across the major office service lines, according to a press release issued today by Colliers.

“Cynthia is a strategic addition to our leadership team who further strengthens our investor and occupier services platform,” said Craig Robinson, the president of Colliers International, USA, in prepared remarks. “Her phenomenal background in both capital markets and brokerage gives our clients a unique perspective.” Read More