Spotlights

2020 Ones to Watch: Alex Lieber, AKRF, Inc.

How do you contribute to your community or your profession?
I am focused on bringing sound and sustainable land use planning to communities in and around New York City. I am vice chair of the Planning Accreditation Board,

2020 Ones to Watch: JD Summa, Kings Capital Construction Group Inc.

Which project, deal, or transaction was the “game-changer” in the advancement of your career? 
In 2013, we were awarded our two largest projects at that time, simultaneously, by the same owner. Both were new construction of several buildings

2020 Ones to Watch: Daniel Hopkins, Lynx Mortgage Bank, LLC ~ Commercial Division

Which project, deal, or transaction was the “game-changer” in the advancement of your career?
Lynx Mortgage Bank, LLC’s Commercial Division recently just closed on a $12.5 million ground-up hotel in New Rochelle, N.Y. Being that this transaction was executed during a global

2020 Ones to Watch: Caroline Merck, CBRE

Which project, deal, or transaction was the “game-changer” in the advancement of your career?
399 Park Ave. was the first major building lease-up where I was involved from beginning to end.  I attended each of the design meetings, which determined

2020 Ones to Watch: Robert Kempner, Kempner Properties

Which project, deal, or transaction was the “game-changer” in the advancement of your career? 
After eight great years of retail brokerage deal making in Manhattan, the “game-changer” deal was my first building purchase: A six-unit multifamily

2020 Ones to Watch: Robert Logan, The Fuoco Group

Which project, deal, or transaction was the “game-changer” in the advancement of your career?
I was a gymnastics coach before I became a CPA. Now I coach companies in industries that range from real estate brokers and REITs, to construction and development firms. I like to

2020 Ones to Watch: Josh Winefsky, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

What do you like most about your job? 
Our clients come to us with a vision for a property and task us with structuring and negotiating deals to realize that vision. Whether the deal is a

2020 Ones to Watch: Nathalia Bernardo, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

What led you to your current profession? 
I took a business law course in college and loved it. When I got to my first law firm, I was a corporate attorney, but I was brought into a number of

2020 Ones to Watch: Leslie Berkoff, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Which project, deal, or transaction was the “game-changer” in the advancement of your career?
Around 20 years ago I was fortunate to be retained by several large commercial real estate owners/operators in the Brooklyn area to act as debtors’ counsel in a

2020 Ones to Watch: William Bonesso, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP

Which project, deal, or transaction was the “game-changer” in the advancement of your career?
The expansion of the two Simon Malls on Long Island. At the Roosevelt Field Mall, I oversaw the creation of a new district by the Town of Hempstead for