The Real Deal New York

Movers and shakers

December 01, 2013
By Sanna Chu and Julie Strickland

From left: Glenn Rufrano, John Powers and Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern

From left: Glenn Rufrano, John Powers and Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern

William Wallerstein joined the Moinian Group as vice president of development for the firm’s 1.2-million-square-foot tower at 605 West 42nd Street. He’s currently the owner of Onegreenworld Solar, LLC, and was previously at the Jack Parker Corp.

John Powers joined Boston Properties as regional manager for the firm’s New York office. Powers is currently CBRE Group’s chairman of the New York Tri-State Region.

Glenn Rufrano has returned to O’Connor Capital Partners as chairman and CEO. Rufrano was a founding partner of O’Connor Capital’s predecessor, O’Connor Group. He was previously CEO of Cushman & Wakefield.

Philip Palmer is joining Jones Lang LaSalle to oversee NYC brokerage operations. Palmer was formerly managing director of CBRE’s Midtown brokerage division.

Ryan Kass joined Empire State Realty Trust as senior vice president and director of leasing and marketing. He was previously at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

Also on the move

Geoff Bailey joined SCG Retail as a Brooklyn-focused broker. He was previously at TerraCRG. … Robert Frischman, founder of JDF Realty, has been appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president of retail at EVO Real Estate Group. … Miron Properties has hired Kathleen McEldowney, previously with the Dressler Group, as an agent. … Bond New York has hired Julie Souef, formerly of Citi Habitats, and James Kogut, formerly of DSA Realty, as sales agents.


Manhattan broker and “Selling New York” star Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern and husband Rob Morgenstern have welcomed their second child.

Baby Cate, or Catie, was born on Oct. 28, weighing in at six pounds, 13 ounces. Kleier-Morgenstern said the couple almost named her Juliette. “We filled it out on the birth certificate and everything, but just couldn’t call her that,” she said.

The couple couldn’t break the family streak of C-names. Their son is Cooper, and Kleier-Morgenstern’s sister, Samantha, has a Chase and a Caroline.

Kleier-Morgenstern said she’s already back to work, though isn’t going to the office regularly. “Most of my clients don’t even know I gave birth, because I’m on emails, the phone, and handling showings when I need to,” she said.

Allen Kasden is retiring from Plaza Construction after 12 years with the company and 43 years in the construction industry. Kasden’s career highlights include overseeing the MTA’s Fulton Street Transit Center, Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market, and the Shops at Atlas Park.