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Newmark Knight Frank Promotes 21 in NYC Office

Promotions at Firm Headquarters Jump More Than Threefold Year Over Year

New York, NY (03/19/2019)

10:00 AM

Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) is pleased to announce the promotion of 21 professionals based in its New York City office. These promotions demonstrate the value of the New York team and the scope of services offered in the firm's New York City headquarters.

"Our firm's identity hinges upon our ability to attract, retain and facilitate the development of the brightest minds in the business," said President of NY Tri-State Region David Falk. "In a competitive talent market such as New York, we are proud to recognize the great work these individuals have completed on behalf of their clients throughout their tenure with Newmark Knight Frank. It has truly been a pleasure to work with this supremely talented group and I can't wait to see what future value they bring to our firm and their clients."

Vice Chairman
NKF promoted three individuals in the New York office to Vice Chairman for their exemplary work since joining the firm - Benjamin Birnbaum, Romel Canete and Mitchell Friedel.

Birnbaum has completed hundreds of retail transactions on a national and local level amounting to more than a billion dollars since joining NKF in 2007. His extensive tenant and landlord representation experience includes implementing and executing retailer roll-out strategies for clients such as Five Guys, Juice Generation and Pret A Manger. Birnbaum was also a recent recipient of Real Estate Board of New York's Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year Award for his representation of Peloton in its 35,000 square foot flagship at 5 Manhattan West.

Canete joined NKF in 1989 and currently leads the firm's financial services group, specializing in quantitative analysis, structured finance solutions for corporate real estate occupancy and investments in commercial, hospitality and multifamily housing. In 2017, he launched an innovative structure finance product that offers tax-efficient cross border investments in U.S. real estate, Real Estate Index Linked Securities.

Friedel is a seasoned landlord consultant, specializing in both national and local ground-up, mixed use development projects. He joined NKF in 2014 and is in the firm's retail division, where he focuses on full-service, owner-focused leasing services from planning to execution, including notable clients such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Rockefeller Group and The Walt Disney Company.

Executive Managing Director
Eric Cagner, Justin DiMare and Benjamin Shapiro were all named executive managing directors in NKF's New York office.

In his 12 years with NKF, Cagner has represented both tenants and landlords in a number of notable leasing transactions across the Tri-State area, including clients such as DraftKings, eBay, Kenneth Cole and PepsiCo Real Estate.

DiMare has spent the last 16 years working at NKF. As part of the Capital Markets team, he specializes in investment property sales and development advisory services within the New York metropolitan area. DiMare has represented local medical and educational institutions including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hunter College.

Since joining NKF in 2013, Shapiro has focused on representing institutional and entrepreneurial owners of real estate across a number of high-profile properties in Manhattan. In 2018, he received the "Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year" award from Real Estate Board of New York for his work representing Peloton in the lease for its "Super Studio."

Senior Managing Director
Both Kyle Ciminelli and Bill Levitsky were promoted to Senior Managing Director. Ciminelli, who has been at NKF for 14 years, provides strategic real estate advisory services to both tenants and owners across an array of sectors. Levitsky has 11 years of experience working with landlords and corporate, financial services and TAMI tenants across Manhattan, particularly in Midtown and Midtown South.

Managing Director
NKF named Corey Borg and Ryan Gessin managing directors. Borg joined NKF in 2005 and provides representative services to tenants, helping them develop and implement clear real estate portfolio strategies. Gessin has been with NKF for seven years and specializes in tenant and landlord advisory work, pre-acquisition due diligence, portfolio underwriting and analysis, with a particular focus on Brooklyn and Queens.

Director/Associate Director
The members of the New York team promoted to director were: Harrison Abramowitz, who focuses on owners and tenant representation in retail leasing transactions; Scott Gutnick, who specializes in corporate tenant representation; Zachary Weil, who provides real estate services to owners and tenants; and Adam Weinblatt, who specializes in both landlord and tenant representation on a national and local level.

The firm also promoted seven members of the team to associate director - Daniel Appel, Joshua Berg, JD Cohen, Alex Leopold, Justin Pollner, Alexandra Tennenbaum, and Drew Weiss.

About Newmark Knight Frank
Newmark Knight Frank ("NKF"), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. ("Newmark Group") (NASDAQ: NMRK), is one of the world's leading and most trusted commercial real estate advisory firms, offering a complete suite of services and products for both owners and occupiers. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF's 16,000 professionals operate from approximately 430 offices on six continents. NKF's investor/owner services and products include investment sales, agency leasing, property management, valuation and advisory, diligence, underwriting, government-sponsored enterprise lending, loan servicing, debt and structured finance and loan sales. Occupier services and products include tenant representation, real estate management technology systems, workplace and occupancy strategy, global corporate services consulting, project management, lease administration and facilities management. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.

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