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    tumblr_static_jmi1xc6d0oow4kw4gkc0ss0kConsidered the bible of New York City real estate, The Real Deal has become mandatory reading for everyone in the industry. Since 2003, TRD has provided up-to-the-minute industry news and in-depth reports and profiles in our 60,000-circulation monthly magazine and on, which receives more than 1 million unique visitors per month. Our content is available across multiple platforms, including a mobile app available to iPhone, iPad and Android users alike.

    The Real Deal has been repeatedly recognized for its journalism prowess, receiving the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ 2013 award for general excellence and awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for “Best Commercial Trade Magazine,” “Best Residential Trade Magazine,” and “Best Web Site Solely Devoted to Residential, Commercial or Financial Real Estate and/or Home Design.”

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    stuart Stuart Elliott is the editor-in-chief of The Real Deal, a role he has held since the magazine first started in 2003. He has worked at the New York Times, among other publications, and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in the West Village with his family. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    Jill Jill Gardiner Noonan is the managing editor of The Real Deal. Before joining the magazine in 2007, she was a senior political reporter at the New York Sun, covering Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Hall politics and the 2007-2008 presidential primary candidates. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and son. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    AJ Eileen AJ Connelly started as the deputy managing editor of The Real Deal in December 2013, after eight years in the Business News department at The Associated Press. She previously worked at Dow Jones Newswires and the Staten Island Advance, among other publications. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and international relations at the University of Wisconsin, and a master’s of arts in business journalism at Baruch College/ City University of New York, where she is also an adjunct professor of journalism. She lives in the St. Pauls Avenue/ Stapleton Heights historic district on Staten Island. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    Hiten Hiten Samtani is the managing web editor at The Real Deal and also oversees the magazine’s social media strategy and content partnerships. Samtani, who joined the team in December 2012, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in the New York Times, WNYC and the Columbia Journalism Review. When deciding between real estate and another beat, he was asked: “Do you want to cover money and power, or do you want to write about librarians?” Twitter_logo_blue copy
    John John Goff is a senior web editor at The Real Deal. An award-winning journalist who has covered business, finance and real estate for the past 20 years, Goff also served as the web editor at two Crain Communications publications, Financial Week and Investment News. He earned a B.A. from Columbia University and also wrote the critically acclaimed PBS documentary, “Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval.” Part of the American Masters series, the film received enthusiastic reviews from dozens of other national publications. The film also earned Goff a Writers’ Guild nomination for best writing in a documentary. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    Eric1 Eric Kalis is The Real Deal‘s South Florida bureau chief. Before joining the publication in November 2013, Eric spent six years as a real estate reporter at the Daily Business Review in Miami. That followed a stint covering real estate and government at Miami Today. A native of Stoughton, Mass., Eric obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Miami. In his spare time, Eric enjoys running, reading and cheering on his beloved Hurricanes and Boston sports teams.
    Lisa Lisa Keys is the managing editor of Luxury Listings NYC. She’s covered real estate and home extensively for both the New York Times and the New York Post. She lives in NYC with her husband and two young sons. 
     Ron Ronald Gross has been an art director of The Real Deal since 2005. He worked for top designers in New York and Los Angeles before starting his own design office. He’s done corporate graphics, books and more than 20 magazines for clients such as Time Inc., A&E Networks, Columbia University, Scholastic, American Lawyer Media, Readers’ Digest and Harvard University. He’s a graduate of Cooper Union and the Yale University Graduate School of Art & Architecture. His son is a chef in Manhattan. He recently left New York City and lives with his wife in Westchester.
    Kez Keziah Makoundou is an art director at The Real Deal, which she joined in July 2013. Previously, she worked for magazines including Uptown, Vibe, Popular Mechanics and Maxim. She graduated in Paris in 2007 with a master’s degree in graphic design. She moved to New York City in 2007 and now lives in Harlem.
    Adam Adam Pincus is a senior reporter and research manager at The Real Deal. He began writing for the publication in 2007 and joined as a staff reporter in September 2008. Before that, he freelanced for Newsday and worked as a reporter for the TimesLedger in Queens. A graduate of Yale University, he worked in souvenir and trophy manufacturing for 12 years before turning to journalism.
    Rick Rich Bockman is a reporter at The Real Deal. He joined the publication in 2014 after having worked at the TimesLedger Newspapers in Queens and The Times of Trenton, N.J. A New Jersey native and Rutgers University alumnus, Bockmann can glance across the Hudson at the Garden State from his place in Hell’s Kitchen whenever the urge strikes him. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    EB E.B. Solomont is a reporter at The Real Deal. She joined the magazine in June 2014. Previously, she wrote for the St. Louis Business Journal, Jerusalem Post and New York Sun. A Boston native, E.B. graduated from Tufts University and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    Zach Zachary Kussin is a reporter at Luxury Listings NYC. Kussin, who holds degrees from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Bard College, joined The Real Deal in February 2012 as an editorial assistant. A native of Clinton, N.Y., his freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and on the website of PBS. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    Mark Mark Maurer is an associate web editor at The Real Deal, having joined the team in April 2013. He has worked at the Newark Star-Ledger and the Jersey Journal, and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. A film buff, Maurer is quick to spot in property records when a character actor snags or offloads a high-end condo. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    Claire Claire Moses is a web producer at The Real Deal. Before joining the company in May 2014, she worked as an editor for in Hoboken, N.J., for three and a half years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Most recently, Claire returned to the Journalism School to be a fellow and reporter for The New York World. Claire has lived in New York for six years and grew up in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    KBWeb Kerry Barger is the social media coordinator for The Real Deal. Before joining the magazine in February 2014, Kerry spearheaded social and digital media efforts at Houlihan Lawrence, a residential brokerage based in Westchester County. She earned a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in 2011, and now lives in Fleetwood, N.Y. amongst a thriving population of Brooklyn transplants. Twitter_logo_blue copy
     IMG_3408 copy Yoav Barilan is the director of marketing operations at The Real Deal. He has been with the company since its inception in 2003. Barilan has helped grow the advertising department from a two man operation out of publisher Amir Korangy’s Brooklyn home to one of the most fierce and revered in New York City publishing, with more advertising contracts than any other regional publication. “Some credit our success to my military discipline, but the fact is that I just love what I do and I do it blindly,” he said. When asked about rumors of him being a Mossad assassin, Barilan said, “There is no factual proof of that. I have work to do.”
    IMG_3332 copy Ross Fox is the associate sales director at The Real Deal, which he joined as a salesperson in 2010, rigorously working his way up to becoming the advertising director of both the New York and South Florida versions of the publication. He now manages a sales team of 12 in both New York and Florida. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and lives in Hell’s Kitchen.
    IMG_3360 copy Eran Evron, a member of the advertising sales department, was born in Israel in 1975. He joined The Real Deal in February 2005 as the company’s first hire. Since then, Evron has pioneered the company’s participation in numerous real estate events and expos as well as our annual almanac, the Data Book. He currently lives in Midtown.
    IMG_3355 copy Nick Mascaro is part of the business development team at The Real Deal, which he joined in 2011. With a background in marketing and a knack for creative campaign structuring, he is able to generate new business for his client base. Mascaro currently lives in New Jersey. Twitter_logo_blue copy
    IMG_3383 copy Rob Stearns has worked on the sales team at The Real Deal since 2010. Born in Brooklyn, he has lived in Denver, Connecticut, Arkansas and Vermont and graduated from San Francisco State University and Sierra College, also in Northern California. He came to The Real Deal with a background in magazine sales, having worked for two years at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Working at The Real Deal has taught him much about sales and people, while also giving him a behind-the-scenes look at how real estate operates in the greatest city in the world.
    IMG_3351 copy Nicki Chadi has been part of the new business development team at The Real Deal since February 2012. She graduated from Hofstra University with a focus in marketing and business administration. Prior to joining The Real Deal, Chadi interned at an international marketing firm in Israel.
    Sigal Sigalit Levi is the Chief Business Development Officer at The Real Deal. She was born in Israel, and moved to NYC after completing her military service in the Israeli army. Prior to joining The Real Deal, Sigalit was the Executive Director of Advertising for The Jerusalem Post’s newspaper, website and magazine. She has a fifteen-year history of exceeding goals and developing new revenue streams.
    IMG_3459 copy Junaid Zahid is the digital traffic manager at The Real Deal. He joined the team in May 2011 and oversees the company’s digital ad efforts. Zahid has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Mathematics from Baruch College with an eye on getting his Masters in the same field.
    IMG_3445 copy Kenneth Cyrus is the finance director at The Real Deal and also handles human resources for the company, which he joined in May 2012. For 13 years, he worked as accounting manager for Adrea Rubin Marketing in New York City, then for a short time as the business unit controller at UBS in Stamford, Conn. Cyrus is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting. He is the father of three sons, one of whom is serving in the U.S. Army and has served a year in Afghanistan.
    IMG_3335 copy Virginia Durso is the office manager at The Real Deal. She joined the publication in August 2012. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as a part-time student. She was born and raised in the heart of Queens.

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