Spotlights

2021 Women in Building Services: Kristen Fortino, OnePoint Real Estate Group

In the past year, what project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of launching my company in January 2021. It was an incredibly overwhelming and exciting process especially coming out of quarantine the

Bricks & Mortar, 2021 – What are we designing? Part 3 - by Tom Bailey and Sean Phelan

With a reported 66% of shoppers already going to Amazon and online sites first before purchasing, retail futurist Doug Stephens predicted in a recent RetailDive interview that,

2021 Ones to Watch: Maia Butterfield, Alan Margolin & Associates

How do you keep your team motivated despite conflicts and obstacles? If I were asked this question 12 months ago, I’d likely have a different answer. NYC has faced some of the biggest challenges and obstacles our team has seen due to COVID-19. We’re ultimately experiencing an industry shift, provoking certain trends to emerge

2021 Ones to Watch: Greg Goldberg, Meridian Retail Leasing

What recent project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? I recently leased a portfolio of properties in the East Village, including 120 First Ave., 215 First Ave., 131 First Ave., 82 Saint Marks Pl., and currently have leases out on 351 East 12th St. and 435 East 9th St.

2021 Ones to Watch: Avi Begun, Meridian Capital Group, Senior Housing and Healthcare Team

How do you keep your team motivated despite conflicts and obstacles? Communication is key. We’ve experienced numerous obstacles over the past year, but talking about these challenges openly and frequently as a team has helped us learn from one another and navigate conflicts more seamlessly.

2021 Ones to Watch: Sim Goldberg, Meridian Capital Group, Senior Housing and Healthcare Team

What did you want to be when you grew up? I always knew I wanted to work in an industry that helped people. I didn’t always know exactly how, but in college, I began working with different special needs organizations and communities in all types of capacities, which led to healthcare.

2021 Ones to Watch: Trevor Adler, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

What recent project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of leading several of the most important NYC real estate deals to have occurred during the pandemic. These included representing Edward J. Minskoff Equities in FTI Consulting’s 120,000 s/f lease at the 1166 Sixth Ave. during the summer of 2020

2021 Ones to Watch: Elsa Ben, Shimon Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

How do you contribute to your community or your profession? Through Stroock’s Women in Real Estate Group, I share with my women colleagues my knowledge and experience, discuss deals and market trends, help brainstorm solutions to problems, share business development ideas and serve as a mentor to junior attorneys.

2021 Ones to Watch: Raymond Pomeroy, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

What recent project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? I recently assisted a lender client who was in the midst of closing on a large loan secured by a portfolio of industrial assets. Days before the scheduled closing, the client’s environmental consultant proposed a list of 26 environmental action items that would be required of the borrower.

2021 Ones to Watch: Margaret Hopkins, AKRF, Inc.

What recent project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? As project manager for East Side Coastal Resiliency, a $1.45 billion integrated coastal protection system under construction along Manhattan’s East River shoreline, I take great pride in helping to bring physical, social, and economic resiliency to communities