2013 Year in Review

Mehmet Sengulen, Grassi & Co.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I became an audit partner at Grassi and Co. This has been the ultimate goal in my ...

Lee Wasserman, LEW Corp.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I feel fortunate to have had two. #1. Being requested by Enterprise Community Partners (HUD Washington's Contractor) ...

Adam Hess, TerraCRG
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My greatest professional accomplishment in 2013 was selling four buildings within two blocks of the Barclays Center ...

Kevin Santacroce, Bridgehampton National Bank
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? The greatest professional accomplishment in 2013 was the announcement that our Bank will be acquiring the First National ...

Roger Smith, BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Our K-12 school design expertise was recognized nationally by one of the most prestigious awards in the educational ...

Sarah Berman, The Berman Group, Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I have taken on the role of Executive Director of the Avenue of the Americas Association, a ...

Michael Edery, Paradigm Commercial Real Estate / Senior Care Capital
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Closed a conventional acquisition loan in less than 30 days, without there having been an executed contract ...

Victoria Whelan, CA Rich Consultants, Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? One of the rewarding aspects of working as an environmental consultant is seeing dramatic improvements in change-of-use ...

Robert Bianco, tw telecom
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I am proud to say that tw telecom has greatly expanded our network in 2013! tw telecom Manhattan ...

Michael Gerazounis, MG Engineering D.P.C
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? With the crazy pace and the rigors that this business and industry requires and puts us all ...

Marie Zere, Zere Real Estate Services
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Announcing our exclusive affiliation for the Long Island commercial real estate marketplace with Nautilus Solar Energy (NSE). ...

Kevin Harney, Stalco Construction, Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Our growth throughout the recession positioned the firm to take advantage of the recovering economy in 2013. ...

Diana Soldano, Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett, Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My greatest accomplishment of 2013 was earning the designation of fellow in the Society for Marketing Professional ...

Marvin Meltzer, Montroy Andersen DeMarco Architects (MADGI)
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? We have significantly grown our new market rate and affordable housing architecture practice in 2013. Our firm ...

Michael Guttman, Rosewood Realty Group
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I always try not to get hung up on the size of the deal, dollar figure or ...

Michele Medaglia, ACC Construction Corp.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? ACC was fortunate to build strong relationships with many new clients in 2013 while increasing the volume ...

Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My promotion to executive vice president in full service investment sales, making me the most senior female transactions ...

Kathy Zamechansky, KZA Realty Group, Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? 2013 was very exciting for my company, KZA Realty Group, Inc. As president of a small boutique, ...

Susan Wright, IBI Group Gruzen Samton Architects
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? 2013 was a great year for our firm. We restructured our staff into three studios based on ...

C. Jaye Berger, Law Offices of C. Jaye Berger
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? A contractor client's commercial clients were denied coverage as additional insureds by the contractor's insurance carrier on ...

Gail Gladstone, Gladstone Group
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013 Expanding my brokerage beyond NY and into PA, MA, & CT. What was your most notable project, deal or ...

Adelaide Polsinelli, Eastern Consolidated
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? In addition to getting my clients the best results for their real estate transactions, my greatest accomplishment ...

Laurence Ross, Highcap Group
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My greatest professional accomplishment in 2013 was contributing to Highcap's rapid growth, and helping to position the ...

Anita Konfederak, Merritt Engineering Consultants, P.C.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? We became an IAS accredited Class 1 Special Inspections Agency. This saves our clients time and money ...

Allan Schwartz, Safeguards International, Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? In light of Hurricane Sandy's devastation, hundreds of buildings were put out of commission due to flooding. ...

Mitchell Rechler, Rechler Equity Partners
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? At Rechler Equity Partners, our biggest challenge at the outset of 2013 was a confluence of pending ...

Mansour Tabibnia, Azad Property Group
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? We started year with another big JV which was responsible for the purchase of one of the ...

Carmelo Milio, Milio Realty Corp.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? In 2013 I was named as the Chairman of the Apartment Owners Advisory Council of Westchester County and ...

Dan Deegan, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP
What are your resolutions for 2014? 1. I resolve to continue advocating for real estate developments at and around train stations on Long Island which will ...

Allan Domb, Allan Domb Real Estate
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My greatest professional accomplishment in 2013 was tied to successes that we had under my Presidency of ...

Matthew Kilty, Trinity Building + Construction Mgmt. Corp.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Rededicating time to myself and to my family has helped me think more clearly and put me ...

Suzanne Avena, Garfunkel Wild, P.C.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Being awarded Summary Judgment from the Eastern District in New York on an important, local NYS Superfund ...

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What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My team has certainly done our fair share of deals, and I'm proud of all of them, ...

Richard DiGeronimo, R.D. Geronimo LTD
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Creating a strategic plan for R.D. Geronimo Ltd to move forward under a more efficient growth scenario ...

Dorothy Wasiak, PCGNY Corp.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I was chosen as one of the top 20 Under 40 in ENR, and featured in the ...

Nancy Erardi, Richter + Ratner
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My greatest 2013 accomplishment has been giving Richter + Ratner an even greater visibility than it has ...

Rudy Holesek, Apollo HVAC Corp./Green Way Solutions, Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My greatest professional accomplishment was bringing two energy-saving technologies to market. One technology will transform how we ...

Michael Polimeni, Polimeni International
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Successfully executing a profitable and seamless exit from a foreign real estate market. What was your most ...

Howard Stein, Certilman Balin
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? Representing the Hain Celestial Group, Inc. in their lease of 90,000 s/f for their ...

Jennifer Carey, JLC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? One of the coolest projects we worked on was historical preservation of the Alexander Hamilton ...

Patrick Caroleo, The Dove Organization
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? A multifamily adult community sale for $2.375 million in Farmingdale, Suffolk County, Long Island. In ...

Robert Sedaghatpour, STRATCO Property Group
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? My greatest professional accomplishment of 2013 was the formation and overall success of STRATCO. We went from ...

Ron Lanzo, AFR Furniture Rental & Event Furnishings
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? My most significant project of the year was undoubtedly, New Jersey City University. We did ...

Paul Caiola, Zere Real Estate Services
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? I leased 21,856 s/f of office space to Riverhead Building Supply in the EPCAL Park ...

David Schiller, Pyramid Brokerage Company
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? Winthrop Realty Trust was challenged to meet Ingram Micro's requirements (200,000 s/f) to remain in ...

Kevin Welsh, Zere Real Estate
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? Patience and persistence play a more significant role in completing transactions these days. I sold ...

Beth Zafonte, Akerman LLP
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? Most notable was the closing with the NYC Industrial Development Agency on the Extell GT, ...

Jeff Pliskin, Pliskin Realty and Dev., Inc.
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I obtained my Certified Shopping Center Manager accreditation from ICSC. Also, see below. What was your most ...

Barbara Champoux, Crowell & Moring LLP
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? Representing Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust (RACER), the largest environmental trust in U.S. history ...

Tom Attivissimo, Greiner-Maltz
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? In 2013 sticking to the commercial industrial Real Estate Process and delivering the best possible service for ...

Jimmy Carchietta, The Cotocon Group
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Taking the 1st LEED hotel on Long Island through the process What was your most notable project, deal or ...

Annemarie DiCola, Trepp LLC
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I was very proud to be honored by Sokol Media as one of the "Top Women in Real ...

Arthur Mirante, Avison Young
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Assisting in the growth and continued development of Avison Young in the TriState area consisting of 130 ...

Shay Zach, Itzhaki Properties
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? As always my accomplishment is mostly about making deals, and keeping a steady deal flow. I managed ...

Joe Berko, Berko & Associates
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? I am 18 years in the business and I never worked on a deal that drew so ...

Robert Brusco, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? I returned to private legal practice at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, where I practiced ...

Gene Spiegelman, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? 1. Moderate decrease in retail vacancy rates driven by incremental improvements in the economy and limited ...

Michael Zere, Zere Real Estate Services
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? The trend in downsizing ones operations is still a priority for most companies looking for space. ...

Norman Bobrow, Norman Bobrow & Company, Inc.
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? At Norman Bobrow & Company we predict that in 2014 office rents in New York ...

Holley Drakeford, Giscombe Realty Group, LLC
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? 2014 will be the year for ground breaking ceremonies for most commercial projects on 125th ...

David Zere, Zere Real Estate Services
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? 2014 will be a better year for the commercial real estate market and for the ...

Pierre Debbas, Romer Debbas, LLP
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? I anticipate the strong momentum we are seeing in commercial real estate moving into 2014 ...

Robert Mayer, MayerMeinberg LLP
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? Business will be better in 2014, which will mean more space is needed. This will ...

Craig Koenigsberg, CLK Properties
What are your predictions for commercial real estate in 2014? We will continue to see recovery in the Long Island commercial office space market attributable ...

Matt Engel, Langsam Properties
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Working with our dedicated team, I oversaw the turning around of a 30 building portfolio. The apartment portfolio ...

Eva Hatzaki, Skyline Restoration Inc.
What are your resolutions for 2014? My resolution for 2014 is to do all I can to help Skyline Restoration continue to grow and improve ...

​Carl Schiovone, Carl Schiovone and Assocs., RE Coaching, Inc.
What are your resolutions for 2014? In 2014, I will be restructuring my work schedule and will be finally focusing heavily on the release of ...

Howard Stern, Law Offices of Howard Stern
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? A dramatic increase in transactional work for the firm, coupled with the work and time put into the ...

Michelle Marie Zere, Zere Real Estate Services
What are your resolutions for 2014? 1. More personal communication and less technology. 2. People like to do business with people they know and like. 3. Business society ...

Lenore Janis, Professional Women in Construction
What are your resolutions for 2014? In 2014, I hope to continue to work with the Professional Women in Construction (PWC) board to develop more ...

Teresa Carleo, Plant Fantasies, Inc.
What are your resolutions for 2014? I will continue to rework the business model for PFI to ensure that the correct people on the team ...

Lina Gottesman, Altus Metal, Marble & Wood
What are your resolutions for 2014? Following the passage of the new Local Law 1-2013 which significantly expands opportunities for all women in the industry, ...

Salvatore Armao, Armao LLP
What are your resolutions for 2014? While I'm not one to generally make resolutions - I'm a pragmatic person who acts with resolve throughout the ...

Marissa Brett, Economic Dev. Westchester County Association
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013 As Executive Director of the Blueprint for Westchester, an aggressive economic development initiative for Westchester County that's driven ...

Bob Stark, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? For me 2013 was a year of recovery for my home and business. After Sandy ...

Anthony Milano, Crown Design and Consulting
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? In 1996 Liquiteria pioneered the original cold pressed juice in NYC. 17 years later, ...

Matthew Baron, Simon Development Group
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? The past year my partner Jonathan Simon and I acquired several large assets. Our ...

Jerry Swartz, HKS Capital Partners
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? 2013 was an exceptional year for HKS Capital Partners but what stands out as ...

Sarah Biser, McCarter & English
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? It was a tie between a multi-billion-dollar applied sciences graduate school being built on Roosevelt ...

Nautilus Solar Energy
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? 2013 was my best year ever leasing rooftops for solar on Long Island! The ...

Zoe ​Hutzler, Mantis Marketing
What was your greatest professional accomplishment in 2013? Creating and continuing to provide marketing programs which aid in our clients growth strategies. Nothing is more rewarding ...

Kim Mogull, Mogull Realty
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? Bringing BankUnited, the #1 mid-sized bank in the country to New York and securing ...

Ron Koenigsberg, American Investment Properties
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? In early 2013, I set out to find a buyer for Pasta Time Plaza ...

Daniel Montroy, Montroy Andersen DeMarco (MADGI)
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? Our firm merged with the practice of Marvin H. Meltzer, the iconic N.Y.C. residential ...

Alan Nahmias, Stalco Construction, Inc.
What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2013? We have completed two amazing projects in Manhattan - the 60,000 s/f Asphalt Green ...