The Real Deal New York

Movers & shakers: who’s in and who’s out in NYC real estate

October 01, 2013
By Sanna Chu and Candace Taylor

Howard Michaels

Howard Michaels

Carlton Group Chairman Howard Michaels last month announced the formation of a new international investment sales team, focusing on assignments of $100 million or more in Manhattan and other major U.S. and European cities. Other team leaders will include Carlton Hospitality President John Bralower and senior investment banker Javier Beltran, who runs Carlton’s Iberian franchise.

Philippe Visser has joined Related Companies as senior vice president of development at Hudson Yards. He will lead the development of the 80-story, 2.5 million-square-foot North Tower as well as other Hudson Yards commercial projects. He previously served as the director of World Trade Center Redevelopment for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Matthew Van Damm, Town Residential’s director of operations and one of the firm’s first employees, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the company for personal reasons.

Also on the move

Jones Lang LaSalle hired Michael Berman as a managing director. He was previously senior vice president and head of asset management for Silverstein Properties. … Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance has acquired New York City–based commercial brokerage Kenneth Zund Realty. Top Zund executives, including co-founder Jeffrey Zund, will join Coldwell Banker. … Barry Brandt has joined Argo Residential as director of sales for the company’s brokerage division. He was previously director of leasing for Stonehenge Management. … Citi Habitats hired Joe Azar from Town Residential as the senior managing director of the East Village office. Massey Knakal Realty Services promoted Winfield Clifford to director of sales in Brooklyn. He joined the firm in 2010 as an associate. … Christine Spletzer and Bola Oloko joined the real estate practice in the New York office of law firm Winston & Strawn. Spletzer joined the firm as a partner from Paul Hastings, and Oloko was hired as of counsel from Duval & Stachenfeld.



Caroline Perrello and Alex Cho

Alex Cho, senior managing director for Citi Habitats Corporate Relocation, will wed Caroline Perrello, a former marketing manager for the brokerage MNS. She is now working as a social media marketing consultant for non-profit organizations. The two will be married Oct. 5th in Perrello’s hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Ashley Schaeffer

    No doubt that so called Carlton Int’l Investment Team has already turned the staff over at least 2 times already!