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Newmark (NMRK) Knight Frank has announced the promotion of six professionals in its New York City office: Ross Kaplan, Benjamin Birnbaum, Trever Gallina, Kate Cohen, Hymie Dweck and Kenji Ota, it was announced last week.

Mr. Kaplan, who most recently represented thbin its purchase of a 26,000-square-foot retail condominium at 200 West End Avenue, has been promoted to senior managing director from the managing director position. His clients have included Lenscrafters, Bank of America, Wachovia, Payless Shoes, TD Bank, Ritz Camera & Image, Levi’s, CVS Pharmacy and Jamba Juice.

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Mr. Birnbaum, who currently represents The Empire Hotel Group, Brause Realty Corp., SL Green (SLG) Realty Corp., and Walter & Samuels, Inc., has been promoted to managing director from the director position. As exclusive representative for Pret A Manger, Birnbaum has completed a 20-store New York City roll-out to date. He also represents Potbelly Sandwich, Crumbs Bakeshop, Citibank, Five Point Partners, and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Mr. Gallina, who currently represents the Paris-based luxury brand Faconnable in developing strategies for repositioning the brand in New York City, has been promoted to director from the associate director position. Most recently, he secured the flagship store for the women’s luxury brand Barbara Bui on Rodeo Drive and the Soho flagship for James Perse.

Ms. Cohen, Mr. Dweck, and Mr. Ota have all been promoted to associate director from director positions.

“Newmark Knight Frank Retail has had some of its best few years, and we are proud to have been involved in many of New York’s higest profile retail deals and successful rollouts,” said Jeffrey Roseman, executive vice president of NKF, in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled for these individuals who have worked tirelessly to make Newmark Knight Frank Retail the best in class in NYC.”