Movers & Shakers

Leverage Global PartnersMarch 01, 2015

Eileen Spinola, the wife of Steven Spinola, the outgoing president of the Real Estate Board of New York, is also leaving the organization. Spinola was responsible for REBNY’s education programs, played a role in the growth of its residential division, and organized many of the group’s social events.

Real estate investment veteran Anthony McElroy joined Herald Square Properties as a partner, and will oversee acquisition of commercial properties for the group. Before joining Herald Square Properties, he was senior managing director for what is now DTZ, in charge of acquisitions and dispositions for its New York Investment Fund.

Gabriele Sewtz, who ranked as Elliman’s No. 3 Brooklyn broker in 2013, has moved to Compass, and will spearhead the opening of the firm’s Brooklyn office.

Heather McDonough and Henry Hershkowitz joined CORE as a new sales agent team. They were previously at Douglas Elliman, where they were ranked among the top-10 agent teams at the firm.

Citi Habitats hired Christopher Young as director of advertising and marketing. He will be responsible for marketing campaigns, social media outreach and event planning. Young formerly oversaw marketing and advertising at Stribling and Associates.

John Cahill joined Cresa to lead the firm’s new life sciences practice at the New York office, and will seek to expand the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnology client base. Cahill was previously at Colliers International, where he was responsible for office and laboratory leasing.

Colliers International tapped Kimberly Brennan as chief operating officer. A veteran broker with 21 years of industry experience, Brennan will oversee business operations for the firm’s tri-state offices. She was previously at Cushman & Wakefield.

JLL hired Joseph Messina to be executive managing director of its New York consulting/advisory group. He formerly served as executive managing director at Studley.

Also on the move

Stephen Earle, the former Ralph Lauren senior vice president of home design, joined Related Companies as senior vice president and creative director … Brad Hamel was appointed by Alliance Residential Company as senior vice president of operations for the northeast and southeast … Angel Johnson joined Brown Harris Stevens as a residential agent … Jon Ziefert joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan’s real estate practice group as special counsel in the firm’s New York office.