18 — January 13 - 26, 2012 — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

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To president and co-managing director The Kislak Company, Inc. Promotes Robert Holland

Welcoming thirteen attorneys GRS&D launches environmental dept. green building initiatives.

SELIN, NJ — Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP (GRS&D) announced the es- tablishment of a new Environ- mental Department to augment its existing core practice areas – Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate and Tax, Trusts & Es- tates. Concurrently, the firm an- nounces that thirteen attorneys have joined the firm effective January 3, 2012. Two of New Jersey’s most high profile prac- titioners, David B. Farer and Jack Fersko , are among the attorneys joining the GRS&D practice in the Environmental, Real Estate & Litigation De- partments. The complete list is as follows: David B. Farer – Chair, Envi- ronmental Department Jack Fersko – Partner, Real Estate Department Ann M. Waeger – Partner, Real Estate Department Jay A. Jaffe – Partner, Envi- ronmental Department John J. Reilly – Partner, Litigation Department Daniel L. Schmutter – Part- ner, Litigation Department Marcie R. Horowitz – Part- ner, Environmental Depart- ment John H. Hague – Partner, Real Estate Department Regina E. Schneller – Part- ner, Real Estate Depart- ment Anthony Giountikos – Coun- sel, Real Estate Depart- ment Maura E. Blau – Counsel, En- vironmental Department Marjan F. Disler – Associ- ate, Environmental Depart- ment Henry Farer – Of Counsel GRS&D’s newly minted En- vironmental Department will be chaired by David B. Farer, a nationally renowned environ- mental lawyer. Farer founded the environmental practice at the boutique firm Farer Fersko in 1984. Farer and his team of envi- ronmental attorneys at GRS&D, including partners JayA. Jaffe, David A. Roth and Marcie R. Horowitz, will draw upon their collective experience to advise the firm’s business clients on the impact of environmental laws on real estate and busi- ness transactions, including the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, envi- ronmental compliance and in- surance issues, environmental issues in bankruptcy proceed- ings, and projects incorporating sustainable development and

W moted Rob- ert Holland to president and co-man- aging direc- tor. Holland p r e v i o u s l y served as a seni or v i ce president and

Raymond Felton, co-manag- ing partner at GRS&D and chair of the Corporate Depart- ment, notes that the firm’s new strengths in the environmental law arena will create “synergies among the integrated practices that will bring stronger benefits to our clients, stemming from the depth of additional profi- ciency and the quality of our lawyers.” David Farer comments: “Join- ing the team at GRS&D and establishing the firm’s new Environmental Department is an energizing and exciting opportunity. I am honored to integrate my practice into a firm that is deeply respected throughout both the legal and business communities, and am confident that our clients will be the prime beneficiaries of this new professional relation- ship.” The addition of Jack Fersko, Ann M. Waeger and four other attorneys will further enhance GRS&D’s venerable real estate practice, which has handled some of the largest business and real estate transactions in New Jersey. As one of New Jersey’s leading commercial real estate practitioners, Fersko is held in the highest regard within New Jersey’s real estate and business communities. He and his team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table related to industrial and commercial real estate transactions, urban redevelopment projects, land use and zoning, financing, so- lar energy development, and the impact of environmental laws, and role of environmental insurance, in real estate and business transactions. “GRS&D has one of the fore- most real estate practices in the region, with a great reputation for quality work and exceptional service,” comments Fersko, who adds, “I look forward to work- ing with the GRS&D team and bringing my experience into play, and also intend to take full advantage of the firm’s strengths in complementary practice areas to the benefit of our combined client roster.” In welcoming all thirteen at- torneys on behalf of the firm, GRS&D co-managing partner Mark H. Sobel casts a defini- tive light on the situation with his statement: “This is a great addition to our firm because we share a dedicated and unwaver- ing commitment to our clients and the success of their busi- ness interests.” ■

OODBRIDGE, NJ — The Kislak Com- pany, Inc. has pro-

our firm’s success as our sales team closed transactions total- ing nearly $300 million.” “I am delighted with Rob’s well-deserved promotion,” said Jay Kislak, chairman of the Kislak Organization. “Rob joined Kislak as a young profes- sional following in the tradition of his father and grandfather, both of whom had successful careers in our organization. I look forward to the next chap- ter in Rob’s career as he leads our dynamic firm to greater success.” “Being a part of Kislak has been enormously rewarding both professionally and person- ally,” said Holland. “Our sales team is second to none and they inspire me every day. I am hon- ored to become president of this venerable firm and thank Jay, Tom and Jeff for their support and confidence. Jeff led Kislak to great heights during his

17-year tenure as president. I look forward to building on that success.” Holland joined Kislak in 1984. Throughout his career, he has consistently been among the leading brokers of apart- ment buildings in central and eastern Pennsylvania. He has received Kislak’s Production Award more than ten times and is also a multiple recipient of the firm’s Salesperson of the Year Award. Holland’s sales to- tal more than $3,000,000,000. Holland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Hartwick College and is a member of the National Multi Housing Council, the New Jer- sey Apartment Association and the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Penn- sylvania. ■ stitute of Architects members and education administrators evaluate designs in 25 cat- egories. Judging was based on safety/security, sustainability, mission and purpose, balance, connection to community, func- tionality/flexibility, technology and innovation. “When you look at the cri- teria, you can see how our ap- proach reflects the needs of the education community. These are values we have focused on for 25 years,” said John R. Sor- renti, FAIAPresident and who founded the firm in 1986. Beyond its work in educa- tion, JRS has built a reputa- tion for excellence and has won numerous awards while designing thousands of proj- ects. The firm has designed projects for , , , Bethpage Fed- eral Credit Union, Citicorp, , , , JPMorgan Chase, JLAHome , Madison National Bank, , Montclair State University, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Skyline Management, South Nassau Communities Hospi- tal, Wachovia Securities and many others. JRS Architect, P.C., is a full-service architectural firm that provides interior design, programming and project man- agement. Since 1986, JRS has designed and constructed corporate offices, banks, retail stores, schools, health-care facilities, restaurants and ho- tels and has served a clientele that ranges from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. ■

Robert Holland

MINEOLA, NY — JRS Ar- chitect, P.C., earned its place among the top designers of interior educational space, according to American School & University . The publication recently announced its 2011 Educational Interiors Show- case, an annual competition honoring design excellence and work that builds effec- tive learning environments in America. JRS won in the category Outstanding Design in Com- mon Areas for its work at The Mandell School, a 71-year-old independent school in NYC. “We’ve completed many proj- ects with The Mandell School,” said Alexander Hadjiyane, AIA, senior VP and principle responsible for these projects.. “We’ve been successful there because we’ve incorporated de- sign and architecture into the very learning environment.” This award, one of many rec- ognizing JRS, reflects its work on a 4,100 s/f common area in the school. The space includes environ- mentally friendly construction choices, unique designs and thoughtful use of the space. “The space works well because we took the time to understand the school’s needs, community and principles,” said Hadji- yane. Using its principle-driven design approach, JRS has designed, built or refurbished much of the school during the past few years. JRS helped the “In his 28-year career with Kislak, Rob has proven to be an extremely strong and well-re- spected leader, mentor and mo- tivator to numerous salespeople and employees. He is also one of Kislak’s all-time leading sales- people,” said Bartelmo. “In the past year, Rob has championed a co-managing director. He assumes the duties of presi- dent from Jeffrey Wiener who remains with the firm as a co- managing director.

JRS school project earns outstanding design honors

school in 2010, when it finished work on a 10,000 square- foot facility that complements the 50,000 square-foot main school building JRS developed. Throughout the buildings, heating ducts, wiring, plumb- ing and other construction ele- ments are exposed. Teachers can use the construction ele- ments to teach about mechan- ics behind the environment. The study hall area, known as The Swamp, has plugs in the floor so students can charge laptops and Ipads. Everything was viewed with a child-centric perspective. That means teachers can turn just about anywhere in the building to start a lesson about sustain- ability and good citizenship. American School & Univer- sity had a jury of American In- The Mandell School

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