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Friedman LLP Announces Addition Of New Partner

Friedman LLP is pleased to welcome Joseph Ammirati as a Partner in the Forensic Accounting, Litigation Support & Valuation Services (FLVS) Group. For the last 15 years, Mr. Ammirati has assisted closely-held companies, attorneys, accountants and financial professionals in engagements involving business valuations, forensic accounting, enhanced earnings calculations, marital dissolutions and damage claims. The addition of Mr. Ammirati to the Long Island office in Uniondale, New York is a reflection of Friedman LLP's commitment to continuously serve the needs of Long Island's growing market.

"Joe's skill-set and years of expertise in business valuations are a vital addition to our growing practice. He provides a greater opportunity for us to deepen our relationships with our Long Island clients and be part of the community," explained Managing Partner Bruce Madnick.

Mr. Ammirati holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has also earned the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designations. In addition, Mr. Ammirati is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Madeline Hult Elghanayan Joins Prudential Douglas Elliman

Prudential Douglas Elliman is pleased to announce that top-producing agent Madeline Hult Elghanayan has joined the company as Senior Vice President. Elghanayan will be based at the firm's East Side flagship office at 575 Madison Avenue.

"Madeline has an edge that you don't see in this business everyday," said Dottie Herman, President and CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman. "She prides herself on knowing virtually every building and every board in the city–and her expertise in sales as well as promoting new developments makes her one of the most well-rounded and sought-after brokers in the business. We are delighted to welcome her to our Elliman family."

Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Elghanayan has had a remarkable 20-year real estate career, brokering an impressive $1.4 billion dollars in high-end sales. Starting her career as an agent with a boutique luxury firm downtown, she achieved great success in residential sales at William B. May before selling buildings directly to clients for a broker-developer. She next worked with Louise Sunshine as Director of Sales for the Sunshine Group, and was part of their predevelopment team for some of the most coveted properties in New York including Richard Meier's 165 Charles Street, Shigeru Ban's Metal Shutter Houses, 310 East 53rd Street for developer Harry Macklowe, and Tribeca's renowned luxury developments 7 Hubert Street and 66 Leonard Street (also known as the Textile Building).

The Suburban Jungle Realty Group Adds 30 New Town Consultants

The Suburban Jungle Realty Group, a specialty real estate firm dedicated to helping New York City residents relocate to the suburbs, announced today that it has brought 30 new town consultants on board. The City's first suburban living-focused firm, which works exclusively with city-dwellers looking to purchase property in Westchester (NY), Connecticut, Long Island (NY) and New Jersey, has introduced a niche service by addressing the needs of this specific market segment.

With more than 500 towns across the tri-state area, choosing the right town is often a daunting experience. Suburban Jungle's Manhattan-based consultants ease the process by working closely with prospective buyers and managing the home search with unparalleled expertise. "It is a big decision to leave the city, both emotionally and financially, and our priority is to support clients in every way possible," said Alison Bernstein, founder of The Suburban Jungle Realty Group. "Our 30 new town consultants will join a team that works hard to understand buyers' needs, shedding light on the subtle differences between life in each town."

Having joined forces with new town experts, Suburban Jungle is now amply equipped with a host of valuable perspectives and even greater insight about life within nearby local communities. "By working exclusively with buyers leaving New York City, our business model allows us to be laser focused," added Bernstein.

Cooper Square Realty Promotes Sal Schiano, CPM To Vice President

Cooper Square Realty, the premier residential property management company in New York City, has promoted Sal Schiano, CPM, to Vice President. A seasoned professional, Mr. Schiano's promotion is a result of his commitment to serving his portfolio of high-end luxury co-ops and condominiums in Manhattan. Mr. Schiano brings his talent for managing client expectations and his experience in supervising and coordinating capital projects to his team.

"Sal is a true professional manager–and one of the most thorough I've ever worked with," says Steven Hirsch, Executive Vice President of Cooper Square Realty. "His expertise in navigating the three main management disciplines–financial, operations and administration–and his ability to manage capital projects, are an asset to our company and our clients. Most importantly, Sal earns respect from his boards and demonstrates the confidence and integrity required to be an effective leader."

Mr. Schiano had been with Goodstein Management for 12 years before the company merged with Cooper Square Realty. He was previously a Senior Vice President at the Helmsley Organization for 17 years. The properties in his current portfolio include The San Remo Apartments, The Ardsley and The Bolivar on Central Park West, and Castle Village on the Upper West Side.

KWNYC Names Dawn Doherty Head Of Productivity Coaching

Keller Williams NYC, the Manhattan franchise of leading real estate firm Keller Williams Realty Inc., has announced the appointment of Dawn Doherty as Head of Productivity Coaching.

Her responsibilities will include integrating the award-winning Keller Williams national coaching and education platform to Keller Williams NYC, synthesizing the firm's content and approach to deliver a highly effective program for its Manhattan agents.

"I am so excited to connect with the Keller Williams method for driving major productivity with agents, and working with real estate professionals to hire, develop and lead teams that will allow them to grow their business," Doherty states. "The Keller Williams model is unique to New York City, and I encourage every agent to at least understand the way the company works. Keller is about the agent first, and this is the basis for everything I do, which is centered on helping agents brand and communicate their beliefs and strengths as effectively as possible, both online and offline."

Doherty recently left the Chief Digital Officer role at Prudential Douglas Elliman, with the intention of launching her own productivity coaching and education company. After reviewing the Keller Williams value proposition, she decided to take the proven Keller Williams method and layer it with her coaching experience and expertise as well as her understanding of the New York City real estate market.

Halstead Property's Susan Goldy Named President Of The NYSAR

Halstead Property is pleased to announce that Susan Goldy has been named President of the New York State Association of REALTORS ®. Goldy is the Director of the Susan Goldy Team at Halstead Property in Riverdale, New York.

"I am so proud of Susan for being named President," said Diane Ramirez, President of Halstead Property. "She is deeply committed to real estate and with a career spanning over three decades, it is her unwavering hard work and dedication that has earned her this incredible achievement. I congratulate her on this remarkable accomplishment."

Susan Goldy was the founder, president, and broker/owner of Susan E. Goldy, Inc., which joined the Halstead family in summer 2011. She led one of NYSAR's Housing Relief Teams after September 11th, processing and personally delivering checks to victims' families. In addition, she served on the Disaster Relief Team in 2011 after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Goldy also served as president of the Bronx-Manhattan North Association of REALTORS in 1996 and 1997. She was the board's REALTOR of the Year in 1998, and was a member of NYSAR's REALTOR Honor Society in 1995 and 2001.

MNS Hires New President Of Brokerage Services

One of New York's leading brokerage, sales and marketing firms, MNS, is pleased to announce that Mark J. Ripka has joined the firm as President, Brokerage Services. He brings more than 20 years of experience in residential, commercial and retail real estate to his new position. Mark will work closely with the firm's CEO, Andrew Barrocas, and other senior executives to shape the vision of the firm, expand its agent base, and grow its revenues.

"Mark brings a new level of experience and knowledge to our growing firm," said Barrocas. "We are confident that Mark will be instrumental in growing our resale and rental business."

Mark joins MNS from CORE, where he started as Chief Operating Officer and later transitioned to the role of Chief Business Development Officer, where he focused on revenue growth by working closely with agents.

"Over my career, I have come to see myself as a coach, and I pride myself on the victories of the agents with whom I have worked and led. I'm excited about joining MNS because the company is comprised of great people and has a variety of proprietary technology and tools," said Ripka. "I intend to enhance our systems, processes, and educational curriculum to ensure that MNS agents have all the necessary tools to best deliver extraordinary service to our clients and customers."

KWNYC Names Hunter Williams SVP And ED, Luxury Homes Division

Keller Williams NYC, the Manhattan franchise of leading real estate firm Keller Williams Realty Inc., has announced the appointment of Rana Hunter Williams as Senior Vice President and Executive Director/Founding Member of the Luxury Homes Division at Keller Williams NYC.

"I am very excited to join Keller Williams NYC and help launch its Luxury Homes Division," Williams states. "The firm has a compelling and innovative business model for today's world, and has experienced impressive growth during its first year in Manhattan. I am delighted to bring the high commitment to service, professionalism, cutting edge technology and expanded reach provided by this vibrant company to the sellers and purchasers I represent, and I look forward to participating in the continued success of this company."

Williams will also head the Rana Williams Group at Keller Williams NYC, which specializes in advising private clients on buying and selling homes in high-end condominiums, co-ops and townhouses throughout Manhattan. The Rana Williams Group includes licensed real estate agents Haley H. Rutherford, Meredith Kutner and Ginger Shukrun.