The Real Deal New York

Movers and shakers

By Angely Mercado | March 01, 2017 07:00AM

Nathan Franco

Jeff Dvorett, Kuafu Properties’ head of development since 2014, has parted ways with the firm — the latest executive shake-up at the Chinese private equity-backed developer. Dvorett left his post to join Midwood, a New York-based investment and development company. Dvorett, a former Extell executive, was tapped by Midwood as one of several executive hires to help the firm prepare for larger-scale projects, according to a spokesperson.

Nathan Franco has jumped over to the residential real estate owner and developer Legion Investment Group as the firm’s vice president of acquisitions and development. Franco previously worked at Eran Polak’s HAP Investment Developers, where he was involved in acquisitions, leasing and building planning.

Mark Weprin has joined the New York City and Albany offices of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the global law firm’s government law and policy practice. He is the former deputy secretary of legislative affairs for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and previously served as a New York State Assembly member and New York City Council member.

Fox Residential Group has hired Charles Van Scyoc to specialize in apartment and townhouse rentals and sales in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is a former international fundraiser for Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and previously worked in similar roles at New York University’s Stern School of Business and the University of Chicago.

TerraCRG has two new hires: Nicole Rabinowitsch has joined the Brooklyn-based firm as a senior vice president and will focus on sales of mixed-use, retail and multifamily assets. She previously worked as a director of investment sales at Eastern Consolidated. Chris Havens has joined as a managing director of office leasing and will help the firm expand into that market. He previously worked for, a real estate website that was acquired by Citi Habitats in 2015.

Mission Capital Advisors has hired Jillian Mariutti as a director in the brokerage’s debt and equity group based in New York City. Mariutti previously worked as a vice president at Wells Fargo and the head of real estate in North America for New York-based JCRA Financial.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors has tapped Gregory Gang as a partner in the firm’s New York City office. Gang has completed more than $3 billion in leasing transactions over the course of his more than 25-year career in commercial real estate.

Lazaro Rivero has rejoined the independent brokerage firm Ideal Properties Group to work on real estate sales in Brooklyn’s brownstone market. Rivero, who recently left his role as a Douglas Elliman agent, began his career in real estate at Ideal.