Spotlights

2019 Ones to Watch: Karen Rodgers, Garfunkel Wild, P.C.

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months?  In the last 12 months I closed on a significant multi-state skilled nursing and adult care portfolio which involved extensive private equity partnerships and a bridge to HUD financing format. The transaction involved some of the most interesting real property title and

2019 Ones to Watch: Michael Cardillo, Compass Commercial

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months? I successfully sold a development site at 118 New Jersey Ave., in East New York to a hotel developer. I was responsible for achieving the record price per buildable s/f in East NY since the MIH rezoning was approved in 2016.

2019 Ones to Watch: Jake Gluck, Juniper Capital Group

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months?  Over the last year, I closed about $80 million in loans. One of the most challenging deals involved a $5 million loan coming due on a tough property where I tapped into our extensive network and found the perfect lender for

2019 Ones to Watch: Alan Hartstein, Berkshire Hathaway Laffey International

How have your life experiences impacted who you are professionally?  In 2004, I saw an opportunity and started my career in real estate. I thought it was time to tap my personal experiences of having worn the buyer’s, seller’s, landlord’s, and leaser’s hats. I am engaged in commercial, residential, investments, business brokerage, and property management. Being a

2019 Ones to Watch: Daniel Taormina, Cresa

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months?  I’m very proud to have spearheaded the lease acquisition for my client Octave, a venture-backed mindfulness and life-coaching platform. I’ve represented FinTech startups, banks, and hedge funds, but being involved with a

2019 Ones to Watch: Rodney Nassimian, Highcap Group

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months? Closing out the sale of two separate multifamily buildings totaling 16 units in the heart of Astoria has been my greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months. Shifting my focus from an engineering mindset where I was

2019 Ones to Watch: Mark Peterson, Shen Milsom & Wilke

What advice can you offer to someone who is interested in a career in your industry? I recommend working in three different capacities in order to become fully rounded: client, installer and consultant. By performing in these different capacities one can begin to fully appreciate the different perspectives

2019 Ones to Watch: Matthew Yandoli, AKF Group

Who or what do you attribute to your success?  I attribute a lot my success to my parents and my upbringing. They always emphasized the importance of education with the combination of diligence and integrity. My wife and I have been together for over 16 years and she has always been there…

2019 Ones to Watch: Eli Serebrowski, Meridian Capital Group

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months? Over the past year, I’ve closed over $200 million in ground-up construction financing for properties including hotels, multifamily rentals, and condominium units. One notable deal includes $65 million in construction financing for a high-end condominium project in Queens,

2019 Ones to Watch: Erika Reuter, HOK

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months? I was the project manager for the recently completed 700,000 s/f WPP Offices at 3 World Trade Center. It was the most complex project I’ve managed in my career to date. WPP, a creative transformation company, co-located 4,000 employees from