Movers and shakers

Jun.June 01, 2015 07:00 AM
Todd Korren and Gail Mitchell Donovan

Todd Korren and Gail Mitchell Donovan

EVO Real Estate group named Todd Korren principal and chief operating officer, overseeing the brokerage division. He most recently served as executive managing director at Massey Knakal. Previously, he was a principal and director of leasing at Savanna. He also held senior positions at Swig Equities, Rockrose Development Corp. and The Witkoff Group.

Gail Mitchell Donovan joined Eastern Consolidated as new chief marketing officer. Donovan was part of the founding team at Ariel Property Advisors, where she managed the communications department.

Eastern Consolidated also added Scott Burk, formerly a managing director at CPEX Real Estate, as a director in its investment sales team. Burk, a commercial real estate attorney, formerly worked at Thompson Hine and Paul Hastings, Janofsky and Walker.

Global engineering and construction firm AECOM Technology Corp. added Chris Ward, former Port Authority executive director, as senior vice president for business development in the New York Region and on the East Coast. After leaving the PA in 2011, he worked for the Spanish construction firm Dragados USA.

New York Life Real Estate Investors hired Paul Behar as senior director and head of business development. He was formerly a senior vice president at Hunt Companies.

Himmel + Meringoff promoted Jason Vacker to executive vice president in charge of leasing the firm’s entire commercial office portfolio. Vacker, who joined the firm in 2008, was previously a commercial leasing broker with Newmark & Company.

Cresa Corporate Real Estate added two vice presidents, Jonathan Buksbaum, formerly of DTZ, who joined its brokerage team and W. Clayton Trauernicht, formerly of Winged Foot media, who will work on advertising and media.

Jones Lang Lasalle added Natalie Touzet as a vice president, overseeing client relationships and strategic partnerships and financial analysis of overseas investments. She previously worked as an investment manager with Catalonia Trade & Invest.

International law firm Reed Smith named Jody Saltzman as partner. She was formerly a partner at Crowell & Moring, and was joined by long-time associate Sahra Dalfen, a corporate transactional attorney.

Also on the move

BLU Realty Group tapped Amala Redd, former director of new projects at Town Residential, as director of new development sales and marketing … Marsi Gardiner and Susan Silverman joined Brown Harris Stevens as licensed associate real estate brokers … Modern Spaces added two brokers, Violet (Boe) Boerescu and Shawn Williams … RAND Engineering & Architecture named Jeffrey Stein, former senior director of advertising sales and marketing for Habitat magazine, as its new business development manager.

In memoriam

Laura Finamore, 47, a senior account director at Cushman & Wakefield, died last month in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. The Queens native is survived by her parents, three brothers and seven nieces and nephews.


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