The Real Deal New York

Movers and shakers

February 01, 2014
By Sasha von Oldershausen

Barbara Fox and Martin Burger

Barbara Fox and Martin Burger

As expected, Chairman Larry Silverstein named Martin Burger as CEO of Silverstein Properties Inc. Burger joined the company in 2010 as executive vice president and co-CEO. He will lead daily operations for the World Trade Center developer, which also has numerous other projects in New York, China, Eastern Europe and Israel.

Burger brought on Robert Vecsler as executive vice president.

In addition, the company tapped Tal Kerret as chief investment officer, Bill Dacunto as executive vice president and Dara McQuillan as chief marketing & communications officer.

Thomas Scarangello was elected chairman of New York Building Congress, succeeding John Dionisio. Scarangello is chairman and CEO of Thornton Tomasetti, an engineering firm behind projects ranging from the new Yankee Stadium to Hudson Yards.

James Famularo joined Eastern Consolidated as a senior director after 11 years with New York Commercial Realty Services. Eastern Consolidated also signed Abram G. Bernstein as an associate director, specializing in commercial properties.

Matthew Shadbolt joined The New York Times as director of real estate products, and will develop the newspaper’s web and mobile coverage. Shadbolt was director of interactive products and marketing at the Corcoran Group, which he joined back in 2006.

Also on the move

Rachel Poggi was named managing director of’s new Bedford-Stuyvesant office. … Clark Finney joined Jones Lang LaSalle as senior vice president in its New York office.… Ron Spurga joined Bond New York from CitiHabitats, along with Yigal Chitrit, formerly of Nestseekers, Justin Nagy from Keller Williams and Shawuti Gulizhanuer from Winzone Realty.… Danielle Schechner was elected partner in the real estate group at Pryor Cashman LLP. The company also promoted Benjamin Teig to counsel.


Fox Residential Group celebrated its 25th anniversary in January. The boutique brokerage, which specializes in upscale residential properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn, now has over 50 brokers, up from four in 1989. It also recently added a development division.

“Considering the volatility of the Manhattan residential real estate market and the large size of our major competitors, it hasn’t been easy for a small firm like ours to stay afloat, let alone prosper,” Founder and President Barbara Fox said in a statement. The company marked the occasion at Orsay on Lexington Avenue.