Spotlights

Year in Review 2018: Kenne Shepherd, Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture PLLC

What was your most notable project, deal, transaction, or professional achievement in 2018? 2018 was an exceptional year with the continued growth of my interior design firm and with many exciting projects coming on board. As I look back on the year, I am especially pleased with the recognition I received for my work to promote the advancement of women in the industry through…

Year in Review 2018: Thomas Shen, Shen Milsom & Wilke, LLC

What was the best decision that you made in 2018 and how did it impact your business? Shen Milsom & Wilke, LLC made a commitment to focus on client engagement and thought leadership.  Our team has worked hard to lead our clients down the path to identify solutions that best suit their needs. We have focused our attention on the overall user-experience and have developed creative and cost-efficient designs that enhance the experience of the spaces we design.

Year in Review 2018: William Colucci, Cushman & Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage Company, Inc.

What was your most notable project, deal, transaction or professional achievement in 2018? I personally could not have created the opportunities and accomplishments that I have realized without the team I work with in our respective markets that provides local knowledge coupled with our unmatched reach across New York State. 

Year in Review 2018: Jaimee Nardiello, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

What was your most notable project, deal, transaction or professional achievement in 2018? After a very lengthy arbitration, we won a very large award on behalf of one of our developer clients who was faced with construction defects and a defaulted contractor.

Year in Review 2018: Ilya Tolmasov, Rosewood Realty Group

What was the best decision that you made in 2018 and how did it impact your business? Staying optimistic. Deals will get done in any market, however, it’s best to focus on the right deals. We have a nervous market, but demand for New York City multifamily deals will always be there. People always need a place to live. When today’s sellers and buyers take the advice of brokers and adjust their price to current market conditions, deals get done quickly. Focusing on those deals definitely paid off this year.  

Year in Review 2018: Jason Cooper, CA Rich Consultants, Inc.

What was your most notable project, deal, transaction or professional achievement in 2018? CA Rich recently installed a newly-designed combined soil vapor barrier and passive sub-slab depressurization system uniquely retrofitted within an occupied affordable housing apartment building in the Bronx. The system was needed to “clear the air” inside the building attributable to the historical use of the property.

Year in Review 2018: Nancy Colella, NYS Sustainable Corp.

What was your most notable project, deal, transaction or professional achievement in 2018? Aligning three commercial owners with renewable conservation measures that made a truly successful impact on their business model and perpetual revenue considerations. 

Year in Review 2018: Derek Bestreich, Bestreich Realty Group

What was the best decision that you made in 2018 and how did it impact your business? We moved our headquarters from 2,000 s/f in Brooklyn to 5,000 s/f in lower Manhattan.  This allowed us to hire experienced talent and expand our team and territory-based approach beyond Brooklyn.  For calendar year 2018, we completed 54 Brooklyn property sales (closed and under contract) for $140 million. 

Year in Review 2018: C. Jaye Berger, Law Offices C. Jaye Berger

What market trend(s) will impact your industry in 2019?  The real estate market has changed dramatically from years ago when co-ops were what was in vogue in the real estate market and people worried about being approved by the Board of Directors. Nowadays, there are so many condominiums being built that that is a much more common form of ownership with fewer restrictions…

Year in Review 2018: David Curry, Farrell Fritz, P.C.

What was your most notable project, deal, transaction or professional achievement in 2018? I have been very fortunate to work with RXR on the Village Square project in Glen Cove over the past two years. RXR acquired the Village Square site in the heart of downtown Glen Cove, with multiple parcel acquisitions. RXR is now constructing a transformational mixed use project with nearly