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CORE 10: Emily Beare

11 May, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, CORE broker, Emily Beare

Who is the living person you most admire? My mother has been my greatest inspiration. She brought up 4 daughters who are best friends and has 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also an active member of her local community. At 86 years old, she volunteers her time to helping tutor children and supporting domestic abuse survivors and nursing home residents. Not to mention she is a world traveler, amazing cook and voracious reader.

Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Iris Apfel. Iris is a true icon and she is still working at 95 years old. She has always remained true to her authentic self.

What is your earliest New York memory? Seeing President Kennedy in a parade. It’s a very special memory my mom and I always reflect on.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? To follow my passion and everything else will fall into place. I have given that advice to my children and my girls that are a big part of my life.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My children. I am so proud of both of them and how they evolved to be such loving, caring individuals and amazing spouses and parents.

What are your three most treasured possessions? My daughter Elizabeth made me two very special books to celebrate my birthday – one has photos and letters from all the special people in my life, the other is a history of my life from past to present. My son David and daughter-in-law Alex had a monogrammed locket made for me with photos of their wedding day and Elizabeth and Jarett’s wedding day. I also treasure a very beautiful ring of my mother-in-law’s that she recently gave to me.

Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. What I love most about art is how I’ve seen it change the lives of others. One charity I work very closely with is Lalela, a South African charity promoting the global exchange of ideas, art and music. It has been an amazing gift to see how Lalela has empowered impoverished children with the tools to develop their creative skills and create permanent change in their communities.

What’s your greatest luxury? Spending time with my grandchildren almost every day.

What’s your secret talent? If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Everyone in my life would say it’s “Yes” because I love to make people happy.


 

CORE 10: Doug Heddings

11 April, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, Executive VP of Sales Doug Heddings!

Who is the living person you most admire? David Innocenzi. He’s our Manhattan Sales Manager with whom I’ve worked for nearly 10 years. He’s a dedicated and awesome husband, an unwavering, loyal father and a present and supportive best friend! He’s smart with an incredible work ethic. I can count on him always and we share a bond for which most could only hope. We have no secrets, we can be brutally honest without fear of hurting each other’s feelings and if we do hurt feelings, we are quick to make amends. Most importantly, we share lots of laughs! There is only one other with whom I share a greater bond, and that is my wife.

Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Without a doubt, it’s Kevin Sheekey. Although I haven’t seen Kevin in years, my now teenage son went to nursery school with his twins. As often happens, we have lost touch, but I admire him and his family from afar. Kevin is liked by all, friends with so many and always shares a once-in-a-lifetime type story about some celebrity who he’s recently had the pleasure of meeting. A former campaign manager and then Deputy Mayor for Bloomberg, Kevin would totally have my vote if he ever decided to throw his hat into the New York Mayoral race. One can only hope!

What is your earliest New York memory? I had never even visited New York prior to moving here in July of 1989 from the suburbs of Baltimore. I arrived via bus into what was then the very grimy and dangerous Port Authority Bus Terminal. The walk through the terminal, including all of the sights, sounds and unpleasant smells, still resonates with me, as does the trek from 42nd Street and 8th Avenue to 10th Avenue and 51st Street where I first lived. I was in complete awe even as I questioned what I was doing here.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Embrace yourself! All of yourself. The good, the bad and the ugly. Your history makes you who you are and life is all about perspective. On any given day I could write down the same ten items on a piece of paper and depending on my perspective, I could call it a “Gratitude List” or “Burdens List.” I do my best to remain grateful on a daily basis. Definitely an imperfect practice.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? I really believe that I am an excellent father. My kids are my greatest teachers. They are windows into my soul and show me my strengths and most definitely my defects so that I can change to become a better person. The irony of fatherhood is that while you are making every effort to raise fantastic children, they are influencing the father and the man that you are becoming. In essence, they are “raising” me.

What are your three most treasured possessions? My wedding ring has only been off my finger ONCE when I dropped it in a crashing wave. Miraculously, I sprung to the “sparkle” in the sand as the wave receded and scooped up the ring. As a child of divorce, this ring symbolizes so much more than just my wedding vows. Our home is a sanctuary and since we renovated to create a space that we cherish, I frequently prefer to cocoon at home in front of the fireplace rather than spend a night out on the town. My daughter has an authentic Pittsburgh Steelers football helmet signed by Hall of Famer “Mean” Joe Greene. It’s technically hers but I bought it and love looking at it on her book shelf. I touch it every time I leave her room. I don’t even think she knows that.

Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. It may sound bizarre, but Top Gun changed my life’s trajectory in a way that I never could have imagined. Long story, but shortly after seeing Top Gun in 1986, I joined the U.S Navy Nuclear Engineering program in an effort to maneuver my way into the U.S. Naval Academy. I had applied in high school and despite receiving the necessary congressional nomination from then Rep. Helen D. Bentley, I withdrew my application out of complete fear of the unknown. Six months into training, I experienced a spontaneous pneumothorax that landed me in the ICU and eventually received an honorable discharge after serving only 8 months and 8 days. After that, I did a short 8-month stint at the FBI in Washington, D.C. and ended up as a bartender at a very trendy hotel bar in Baltimore City, where I met the person who brought me to New York in 1989. Three years later I met Kate and the rest is history, as we have built a beautiful life together. Who knew that Maverick and Goose would have such an impact on my life?

What’s your greatest extravagance? I try to get a 2-hour massage every week. It doesn’t always happen, but it is something I do for myself that is a 2-hour escape into pure mindfulness.

What’s your secret talent? Those who know me will tell you that I have no SECRET anything. I’m an open book with limited boundaries (I continue to work on that…hahaha). But I guess if I had to choose something that not everyone knows, I’m a decent actor and I can do a few impressions, with my favorite being Jimmy Stewart lassoing the moon for Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life. I also dabble with a guitar but would hardly call it a talent.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Get out! No really. Get out!” “Awesome.” “Oh my G*d!” Just about anything that evokes drama! With a lot of exclamation points!!!!!!!



 

CORE 10: Limor Nesher

14 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, agent Limor Nesher!

Who is the living person you most admire? My husband and best friend, Eran. As for his family, he’d go through wind and fire to get everyone safe on board again.

Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know?  Lucia Kaiser. I ran into her by a funny coincidence and we became “Broadway pals ” for a little while and stayed connected. Her story and character are very interesting, from the Johnny Carson show to her love story and marriage to the German Kaiser. She’s a truly unique character and strong woman.

What is your earliest New York memory? I was a little girl visiting New York City with my dad in the ’80s and it was early morning, but at one point around 8 or 8:30AM, the streets became flooded with people walking up and down in a seemingly 80s amazing order – all wearing suits and big hair. It looked like a big factory.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? As a little girl, I was once told by a friend of my parents that “I shouldn’t be so worried – as much as I am growing my problems will grow too” so “have some perspective.”

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Buying our first apartment in New York City, then selling it with great profit.

What are your three most treasured possessions? My talents, skills and knowledge.

Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The book “Sophie’s World,” opened a whole new world for me as a young adult to the mystical, philosophic and spiritual side of life.

What’s your greatest extravagance? My participation in one of New York’s Fashion Week’s events with my newly formed fashion brand, Inspired New York.

What’s your secret talent? I write songs, compose music, sing and play music with my husband.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Really?”



 

CORE 10: Yury Holohan Herrera

21 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Yury Holohan Herrera!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Anderson Cooper.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Doug LeClaire. He has been an inspiration and a close friend. He introduced me to the Grateful Dead during my early days in New York City when we worked together on commercials and videos. 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? The intensity of the city.  I had just arrived here from Venezuela.  I’ll never forget the sea of people coming from all directions. It was exhilarating and unbelievably scary at the same time.  
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? To work smart and realize that opportunity is always there; you just have to be ready to embrace it and take advantage of it. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My persistence. Moving to the U.S. will always be my greatest achievement. I came to New York City from Venezuela when I was 20 years old, left my mother and 5 siblings behind to, as they say, follow my dream.  I didn’t have a solid game plan but worked and played hard.  I managed some of the finest eateries in the city (The Oak Room, Remi, Nick & Tony’s), transferred my skills over to real estate, both as a career and as an investment and met fascinating people. I was actually recruited by one of the most prominent figures in the real estate industry who was my VIP client!
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My Nespresso machine (one morning cup works wonders), my first Gucci loafers (20 years and counting, talk about handling with care) and a gold bracelet with my name on it. 
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? I went on a luxury trip to South Africa, and it was the trip of a lifetime. Meeting the people of South Africa was a rewarding experience. Visiting the home of Nelson Mandela who I once met here in New York City humbled me. Next time I visit I will go back as a volunteer. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? Making people laugh, especially in the toughest of times. 
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Bellissimo.” My friends tell me I find beauty in the strangest things, but the difference is beauty to me.


 

CORE 10: Armen Meschian

02 February, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Armen Meschian!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? I would lie if I didn’t say my father. An accomplished architect and a musician with tremendous legacy.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? I am truly stumped by this question. I know many and from all walks of life. 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Looking at the New York City skyline from the New Jersey side of the Hudson upon arriving to the United States as a 15-year-old immigrant. Fear, excitement, hope, dreams: it was a barrage of feelings at the foot of a new beginning in this country.
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Whatever job you do, have a clear definition of how you personally add value in your field. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Becoming a father. It’s hard to top that one.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My three main guitars. 
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. I was obsessed with Led Zeppelin when I was in high school, particularly Physical Graffiti, so much so that I turned down an art scholarship to pursue music instead. Every decision or move in life I have made since then, including coming to New York City and how I came into real estate, has been affected by that one crossroad.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Travel.
  9. What’s your secret talent? I am a regularly performing guitarist/singer/songwriter here in New York City.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? The word “merit” is often on my tongue. I use it frequently and aspire to have as much of it as possible.


 

CORE 10: Maggie Kent

31 January, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Maggie Kent!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Gloria Steinem.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Gloria Steinem.
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Gustav Mahler performing at Lincoln Center.
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Don’t take any wooden nickels.” 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? One would certainly be immigrating to New York City, which changed my life.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My dog, though I don’t think of her as a possession, my home and an heirloom from my mother.
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. Viva Las Vegas, the movie. Insert long story.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Foreign travel. And then there’s my favorite frozen yogurt, pretty much every day.
  9. What’s your secret talent? Whistling.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I’ve gotta go. Can you take the dog out?”


 

CORE 10: Lawrence Treglia

10 January, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Lawrence Treglia!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Pope Francis.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Mike Bloomberg.
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Coming into the city as teenager with my childhood friend and walking from Grand Central Station to Canal Street to buy off-market Gucci and Rolex watches. We were intimidated by the train and did not want to get ripped off by a cab driver. 
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Never count other people’s pennies as you will always come up short. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Being a father. 
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My son, partner and weekend home. 
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. Nothing in particular but I always enjoy reading an autobiography. 
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Lotions and potions. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? Ask Adrian Noriega or Emily Beare. 
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “A noche.”

 



 

CORE 10: Shaun Osher

13 December, 2016 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, Founder & CEO Shaun Osher!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? Brittley Wise.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? The polite homeless man who sits on the corner every day asking if I can “spare any change.” 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Arriving on 48th Street to look at all the music stores and meeting Dave Sanborn at “Alex’s sax shop” on the 2nd Floor. 
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Embrace failure.
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Learning how to juggle (metaphorically speaking.)
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? I treasure my relationships with people I know and love. But people are not possessions, so as far as inanimate objects go, I feel very fortunate to own my saxophones, a beautiful Triumph Thruxton Motorcycle and a diamond tie-pin that my grandfather left me (even though I rarely wear a tie.)
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Collection by Charlie Parker.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? I like to travel and explore new places as often as possible. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? I used to be a pretty good tap dancer. 
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Make it so.”


 

CORE 10: Adie Kriegstein

22 November, 2016 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, agent Adie Kriegstein!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? My grandmother who survived the Holocaust with her three sisters and cousin.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? My sister Sami Kriegstein for numerous reasons but most recently she spearheaded National Pants Suit Day which occurred in 7 cities across the U.S. including here in New York City. People gathered in pantsuits to show their support for Hillary Clinton and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge. She is the most talented, creative, fun and beautiful person I know and just emits this stunning aura of energy that people gravitate towards.
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? Going to The Evolution Store in Soho.
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Believe in yourself and your abilities. You can achieve anything if you do.
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Being able to call once newly introduced clients close friends and having had them not only continue to use me for their real estate needs and refer me to their other friends and family members, but to honestly and truly call them friends. It’s rare to have this occur so often in real estate and I think that directly reflects my professionalism and how I run my business.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? My yellow lab, Makonikey “Mak,” Ceci, a 16 foot, 60% complete Mosasaur I found, and my apartment.
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Survivor in Us All, written by my great aunt and grandmother’s sister, about their Holocaust survival story.
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Flywheel classes.
  9. What’s your secret talent? I’m an amateur paleontologist.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “This and that, and that.”


 

CORE 10: Tali Berzak

01 November, 2016 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, broker Tali Berzak!

  1. Who is the living person you most admire? My wife, Kim. Everyday I am in awe of her kindness, thoughtfulness, patience and constant motivation to succeed at any task.
  2. Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Orly Gilat. She is the first developer I have met that is more about the concept than the bottom line. 
  3. What is your earliest New York memory? My father brought us into New York City to show us his alma mater Columbia University where he studied for his PhD. From that day on, I knew I wanted to live in this city and go to Columbia.  
  4. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My father told me that you can change your environment but you take yourself wherever you go so, if you want to change you need to reflect within. 
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My relationship with my wife is my greatest achievement. Relationships aren’t easy but when you have found a person that is essentially perfect for you, the work you do comes naturally.
  6. What are your three most treasured possessions? I’m not really materialistic so I’m going to have to go with family, especially my wife and my new son, Maddox, friends and Isaac Metcalf, my business partner and friend.
  7. Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Drifters and The Fountainhead. I read both when I was 15 years old and was enthralled by the strength of the female characters and the adventure that life could be if you are open to it. 
  8. What’s your greatest extravagance? Wine. 
  9. What’s your secret talent? Making people feel very comfortable and welcome which can be surprising because I think the first impression of me is that I am a bit standoffish. That’s my Israeli influence: tough on the outside, warm and welcoming on the inside.
  10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Here’s the thing.”


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