The Real Deal New York

Movers and shakers

By Jennifer White Karp & Andrea Cetra | May 01, 2015 07:00AM

From left: David Burton and Benjamin Tapper

Colliers International expanded its New York operations with the addition of John DiFiore as executive managing director for the property management and owned portfolio division. Previously, DiFiore served as chief financial officer for Metropolitan Equity Partners. In his new role, DiFiore will oversee operating and reporting procedures for New York City properties managed by Colliers International. Colliers also hired Franklin Wallach as senior director of research in the New York office. Previously, Wallach was a senior research analyst for CBRE.

Engel & Völkers tapped George Perez as vice president of market development, Marc Seinfeld as senior vice president of expansion and Alyson Donnelly as New York City director of business development and training. Perez, who most recently was manager of global sales operations for Rita’s Water Ice Franchise Company, previously worked for Realogy Corporation, Brookfield Real Estate Services and Wyndham Hotel Group. Seinfeld has held positions with NRT in Madison, N.J., the CoStar Group in Washington, D.C. and most recently, Realogy/Coldwell Banker Real Estate. Donnelly previously served as a licensed real estate salesperson for Brown Harris Stevens and Citi Habitats.

Eastern Consolidated promoted Benjamin Tapper and Peter Carillo to principal. In addition to their roles as senior directors, both executives will also contribute toward the firm’s overall strategy.

David Burton joined Avison Young as a director. He was previously with commercial real estate services firm DTZ.

Savanna hired Valerie Kitay as general counsel. Previously, she held the position of counsel at Hunton & Williams.

Kelly Broderick rejoined Cushman & Wakefield as a senior director. She was at Cushman & Wakefield for seven years before taking a position for a year with Colliers International.

Adrienne Berman has joined Brown Harris Stevens at its Park Avenue office as a licensed associate real estate broker. Previously, Berman was vice president associate broker at Corcoran Group.

The Corcoran Group appointed Michael Sorrentino senior managing director for the Corcoran Park Slope office. He returns to Corcoran after five years at Citi Habitats. Sorrentino will oversee over 100 Park Slope agents.

Robert DiBiase joined Temple Morrow as director of townhouse sales. DiBiase was formerly managing director for Massey Knakal.

Rose Associates hired Michael Garrett as associate director of multifamily management. He most recently acted as regional manager for Equity Residential.

In memoriam

Greg Young, 54, founder and president of the broker training company Broker Heaven, died last month. Young, who was previously a director of sales at Citi Habitats, lived in Fallsburg, New York. He is survived by his wife, Jacque Lyn Le Faucheur, father, stepmother, stepfather, two brothers and two sisters.  Memorial service details were pending at press time.