34A — July 27 - August 16, 2012 — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


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hatham, NJ— Cron- heim Mortgage pro- moted David Turley to principal of the firm in ac- Expands management role and grows profile CronheimMortgagepromotes David Turley to principal C

Audit Senior Manager Reznick Group’s Griffis completes leadership program

Balt imore , MD — R eznick Group , a CPA firm, announced that TriciaGriffis , an audit senior manager in the firm’s Baltimore office, has graduated from Leader- ship Frederick County, a nine month leadership program of- fered by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Frederick Coun- ty participants explore emerg- ing local issues and elements of community leadership. This year’s 40 participants will be prepared to assume leadership roles in Frederick County’s civic, business, and governmental organizations. The program has given Griffis a greater understanding of the many facets of business in her community, and she will incor- porate this expanded knowl- edge in her work at Reznick Group – a firm known for its NEW BRUNSWICK/HILL- SIDE, NJ —As the economy’s recovery remains slow, and because New Jersey’s food banks often experience a drop in donations in the warm weather months, NAIOP New Jersey for the third straight year teamed with the Commu- nity Food Bank (CFB) of New Jersey to conduct a food drive and volunteer day. In 2011, NAIOP New Jersey members assisted the CFB by contributing more than 1,000 pounds of food, plus substan- tial cash donations through collections at their respective offices, at association events Frederick, MD — KBE Bui lding Corporat ion (KBE) has established an endowment fund that will partially support a head ten- nis coach position at Hood College.  KBE will donate $25,000 over five years to the KBE Tennis Coach Endowment Fund.  The firm has had a long history with the college, and recently completed the second phase of Hood’s $20 million campus-wide upgrade to its facilities. This summer KBE will begin the construction of six new tennis courts and renovations to the college’s Huntsinger Aquatic Center. The project is scheduled for completion in late August. 

depth of expertise in a variety of industries, including real estate, renewable energy, non- profits, and government. Griffis joined Reznick Group as an associate in 2000. She provides audit services to a wide range of local and nation- al clients within real estate, state and local government and nonprofits. Through her leadership and achievement, Griffis hopes to inspire others at Reznick Group. “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to ex- pand my knowledge of com- munity issues and leadership development,” said Griffis. “I am excited to use what I learned through Leader- ship Frederick County to become an even better leader within Reznick Group and in the Frederick County community.” n and through a Virtual Food Drive. Many of the volunteers brought donations with them on volunteer day as well. NAIOP New Jersey mem- bers conducted food collections at their places of business and monetary donations. NAIOP NJ volunteers will spent the day at the Food Bank in Hill- side on July 13th. The 2012 Food Drive is NAIOP New Jersey’s latest effort in a long tradition of community service, with a longstanding goal of helping to make the state’s communities better places in which to live and work. n “We have a long-standing corporate policy of giving back to the communities in which we work,” said Mike Kola- kowski, KBE’s president and CEO and a principal owner of the firm. “In the past, we’ve supported the Frederick Food Bank in recognition of our relationship with Hood, and now our team is very excited to be involved in this endow- ment—it’s an enduring legacy of which everyone is proud.” “We are grateful for KBE’s commitment to this campus and community,” said Hood president Ronald J. Volpe. “This endowment will support us in our efforts to continually support our recreational, in- tramural and student athletic programs.” n

capital transactions including $750 million of direct produc- tion. He has executed trans- actions in 19 states with over 40 capital providers. Turley is also practice leader for the firm’s hospitality finance plat- form, which has underwritten and closed 29 hotel transac- tions since 2004. Cronheim CEO, Andrew Stewart, said Turley’s long tenure with the firm. “I’m very proud of David and everything he has accomplished over the past 12 years. He’s one of our industry’s most talented, hardworking and high-char- acter professionals, and I look forward to watching him become a major force in the real estate finance industry.” Planning and Zoning Boards and will additionally enhance Russo’s entitlement capabili- ties. “Chris comes to us from one of the most highly esteemed law firms in Bergen County,” stated Richard Berger, senior vice president and General Counsel, Russo Development, “His depth of knowledge, com- munity participation and cali- ber of work will be a huge asset to Russo Development going forward.” Prior to joining Winne Ban- ta, Minks was a key member of the Commercial Real Estate Development and Finance team at Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. as a senior associate, successfully recapturing and securing in- terest from non-performing properties and improving clients’ loan portfolios through national sales of distressed properties. Previously Minks to be selected for this honor, Weichert Commercial was measured against all com- mercial real estate brokerage firms active in its region and subsequently ranked based on the total of leasing transac- tions completed in 2011. “We are very pleased to be selected as one of the top brokerage firms by CoStar for the tenth consecutive year,” said John G. Udell, president of Weichert Commercial. “Re- ceiving this honor year after

Stewart added: “We have been fortunate to attract and retain top-tier talent like David and our other colleagues. This has been an essential ingredient of our continuing evolution into one of the region’s most successful mortgage banking platforms.” Turley pointed to Cron- heim’s team-based approach. “Cronheim has a uniquely col- laborative culture,” he noted. “I’ve been fortunate to work closely with some amazingly talented people, notably Anna Westhoff and Janet Proscia, who are a large part of my success. We share a commit- ment to going the extra mile to earn and keep our clients’ trust.” n Minks is a graduate of New York University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and So- ciology, and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire Law School, formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1993. Chris is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. He is a member of theAmerican Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association, the International Council of Shop- ping Centers (ICSC) and the Mountainside Board of Edu- cation. n gained legal experience with Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, P.C., Hurley &Vasios, P.A. and the Honorable Peter. E. Doyne, A.J.S.C. year is a true testament to our team’s commitment towards providing unparalleled service to our clients in this competi- tive market.” Weichert Commercial Bro- kerage, Inc. is a commercial brokerage company with of- fices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During the past eight years NJ Biz Magazine has ranked Weichert Commercial in the top commercial real estate companies in NJ. n

knowledge- ment of his e x p a n d e d m a n a g e - me n t r o l e and growing profile in the industry. T u r l e y joined Cron-

David Turley

heim in 2000 as a real estate analyst and advanced to vice president and then director as he moved from a production support role to production leader. Turley’s accomplish- ments include involvement in over $2.5 billion in real estate

Russo Development appoints Christopher H. Minks as assistant general counsel

Naiop New Jersey Community Action Project benefits community food bank

CARLSTADT, NJ — Rus- so Development recently appointed Christopher H.

Minks, Esq. as assistant general coun- se l . Minks j o i n s t h e legal team wi th e i gh- teen years of experience in commercial

Christopher Minks

transactions, land use and real estate development. Most re- cently an equity partner with the law firm of Winne, Banta, Hetherington, Basralian & Kahn, P.C., he has represented some of the nation’s largest and most prolific retailers, regional developers, and lend- ing institutions and will add his expertise and perspective to Russo’s executive team. Chris also brings extensive experience appearing before Municipal, County and State MORRIS PLAINS, NJ — The CoStar Group has se- lected Weichert Commercial Brokerage in its annual list of top brokerage firms for its performance in 2011, mark- ing the tenth consecutive year that Weichert Commercial has received such top industry honors. The CoStar Group has se- lected Weichert Commercial among the northern New Jersey Market’s 2011 Top Brokerage Firms. In order

KBE Building Corp. donates $25,000 to Hood College Endowment Fund

Weichert Commercial Brokerage selected among NJ’s top brokerage firms by Costar Group for 10th consecutive year

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