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Saraf Ahmed

Custom Content Writer

Birthed in the enormous metropolis of Ruston, Louisiana, Saraf grew up approximately 30 minutes from the Duck Dynasty Robertson family and yet has never held a gun in her life. She somehow managed to escape unscathed to West Philadelphia, where she was born and raised for the next four years (albeit in the cozy UPenn bubble). Thinking she could do science, she started out bright-eyed and bushy-tailed... and premed. Failing chemistry forced her to switch over to a double major in English and History, and somewhere along the way she rediscovered writing (hence why she's joining Bisnow), discovered feminism, and nursed a destructively obsessive cinephilia. Although she dearly misses Wawa and its 24/7 access to customizable buffalo chicken subs, she's thrilled to become the living embodiment of the rom-com that every mid-2000s Kate Hudson movie has convinced her is life in NYC. In her spare time, Saraf likes to indulge her inner masochist by marathoning horror movies, mainlining cheese and jars of Nutella (not always separately), and secretly writing down weird things people say around her to use in her screenplay.

Jon Banister

Reporter, Washington D.C.

Hailing from the city of champions (Boston, of course) this outspoken Patriots fan came to the University of Maryland to see what it was like to root for a losing team. During his time covering politics for the student newspaper, Jon scored two visits to the White House (and he didn't even have to jump the fence). College turned him into a dogged reporter who enjoys interviewing powerful people and churning out fun and engaging content. When he's not writing stories, Jon enjoys working out and exploring the outdoors. Interning in D.C., he fell in love with politics and the city's atmosphere, but it was the consistently reliable Metro that convinced him he couldn't leave (or maybe he's just stuck on the Red Line). Bisnow caught his attention with a Game of Thrones reference in the job posting and after learning more about this young innovative company he realized (much like Tyrion seeing the dragon in Meereen) that Bisnow is a one-of-a-kind place and an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

Javier Bautista

Director, People Ops

Javier was raised in an ancient and legendary city that some believe to be birthplace of everything we currently regard as hip and tasteful. Of course, we speak of none other than the fabled lands of Brooklyn. (The one in NY) Javier abandoned his sacred home to attend Yale University, where he dabbled in spoken word, student films, creative writing, sports announcing, and fraternity life. Oh, and when he wasn't doing all those other things, he was a political science major. (The minor footnote to most college experiences: the education portion.) The great unifier among Javier's experiences was his love of people and deciphering (read: judging) their strengths and weaknesses. He has joined Bisnow to continue his examination (again, read: judging) of potential candidates and how they might one day become apart of the Bisnow team. Considering Javier's significant level of Brooklynite-smugness, we hope he will keep his discussion of the musical zeitgeist to a minimum. (But no promises.)

Lindsey Benfield

Account Manager

Lindsey's dreams of living in the Big Apple started at a young age when her love for dogs inspired her to become a dog walker. Unfortunately, only half of that dream became a reality. Standing at a whopping 5'2", Lindsey takes on the north by storm as our new account manager. Her college experience kept her in her original stomping grounds in good ole North Carolina at Elon University but soon led her to her final destination of New York City. But before that, Lindsey was one of 700 students to make her mark in 16 countries throughout the Atlantic Ocean with Semester at Sea. After graduation, Lindsey was ready to leave again. Leaving behind her beloved Chick-fil-a, she found a new love for NY bagels and stupidly overpriced sushi in Manhattan. There, she was able to put that strategic communications major and passion for event planning to use with the Bisnow best.

Darla Bennett

Account Manager

Darla comes to us from a long line of military brats and overachievers. Her dad was a Master Sergeant - a 24 year veteran of the Marine Corp. She was lucky enough to spend 4 blissful years in Hawaii as a little girl and was nicknamed "the little brown haole." When she grew up, the achiever part took over and she was the one taking college classes at night while still in high school AND working a PT job. (She's also VERY modest.) She graduated college at the top of her class with a Bachelor's in Communications and a Minor in Marketing at the ripe old age of 20 - ready to take on the world. After a few stints at odd advertising jobs, she landed in the commercial real estate world and decided to never leave -- thus, she's a lifer at Bisnow. We can't get rid of her and she wants to stay for the long run. The older generation operates that way, ya know. Her spare time (wow, that's a hilarious phrase - "spare time") is spent cheering on her teenage son in travel baseball and drinking large quantities of wine to stay sane and hydrated.

Alec Berkman

Head Custom Content Writer

A Jewish boy who went to a Presbyterian elementary and Quaker high school with our 44th President’s children, Alec grew up in this great nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. After listening to Joe Biden speak at Sidwell’s graduation, he boldly set out for Jesuit Georgetown University, located a full two blocks from the gated community he grew up in. Realizing he’d deprived himself of the opportunity to explore a new city, and tiring of pastels and popped collars, he transferred to Columbia to pursue a degree in economics. His esoteric athletic interests include squash, skiing, tennis, Tae Kwon Do, and skimboarding (like surfing in the wrong direction). He is fluent in a dead language, eats 5 pounds of veggies a day while reading nutrition facts for fun, and has been to 26 countries. He once won a chocolate bar from Mick Jagger for a T-shirt decorating contest on the island Mustique, where he played piano alongside the rocker's daughter in a talent show later that week. He joins Bisnow as a Custom Content Producer, and promises to make your piece even more interesting than this one!

Brandon Best

Lead Developer

After graduating from “the resort,” aka Point Loma in San Diego with a degree in biochemistry, Brandon ignored his degree and taught himself web development. (There must be a biochemical reason that he did that, but he’s not interested in figuring it out.) Five years later, the switch paid off for us when we brought him on board to make sure that we’re at the cutting edge of the web. (Not the weird cutting edge stuff either.) During his free time, he fully embraces a Southwestern outdoor lifestyle of guns, backpacking, beach volleyball and skiing. (All at the same time, it’s a sight to behold.)

Natascha Bhuiyan

Director, European Events

From the land of soccer and beer, Natascha moved from Germany to the States right after graduating high school. Initially planning to stay just for a year, she fell in love with the Big Apple and decided to continue her studies at Columbia University, where she majored in International Relations, Political Science with the goal to make the world a better place (and that’s still on her agenda). Besides producing A’s at Columbia, Natascha spent most of her time working for tech-start ups, traveling, trying out the best places to eat (she is a foodie at heart) while figuring out how to become a millionaire. Debating whether or not to go back to Europe to attend grad-school, Bisnow presented a less boring alternative.

Miles Bloom

Director, NY Tri-State & Creative Director, Bisnow Creative

Meet Miles Bloom (No relation to Orlando, or Leopold for you literati). Miles comes to Bisnow by way of Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office, by way of internships for Hillary Clinton and House Committee on Energy and Commerce, by way of Cornell University, by way of one of America’s many ‘Queen Cities,’ Buffalo, NY. We brought Miles on to coordinate events production because of the stellar work he did as social chair at his fraternity (that’s right, we have operatives everywhere). This lifelong baseball player and former golf instructor is an avid fan of Buffalo sports (which, at this point, can only be described as punishment on a cosmic scale). Miles Bloom: the man, the myth, the business manager.

Jenna Bruce

Business Manager, Denver & Phoenix

Jenna Bruce hails from a small town in Colorado, where the beer flows like wine and the women flock instinctively like the salmon of Capistrano…a little place called Aspen. Skiing from the ripe young age of 2 years old, Jenna has always been a lover of the outdoors and mostly all sports-related activities. When indoors, Jenna enjoys reading, drinking wine and a rowdy battle of Cards Against Humanity (and sometimes watching WWE Divas). Jenna graduated from the University of Colorado (CU—not to be confused with U of C Boulder), majoring in Journalism, and though she loved writing, she decided to pursue other opportunities. She followed her sister to Chicago and there began her career in real estate. She soon fell in love with the sales role and the fact that golf is an acceptable form of business meetings. She’s excited to be joining Bisnow and to be making the move back to CO and her roots. This time, however, she won’t be making the move alone, as she was recently married in Tulum, MX and her wonderful and supportive husband Jake Meilach (also in CRE) will be joining in for the adventure.

Julia Bunch

Reporter, Dallas

Julia is a professional Texan. She was raised in the 'burbs of Dallas, attended college in Austin (Hook 'em Horns!), and moved to the Big D after graduation -- along with about a billion other post-grads. When she's not finding ways to bring up Texas' population boom in every conversation, she's probably traveling the Lone Star state or playing (really terrible) golf. She's a lover of various kinds of web content (ridiculous listacles of baby animals included), extra jalapeños on everything and her Great Pyrenees, Rufus.

Nicole Caracci

Talent Acquisition & People Ops Specialist

After graduating with a communications degree from the University of Delaware, Nicole made the rash decision to pack it up and move to Europe for a year. (She didn't want to rush back to Jersey- shocker!) While Au Pairing and teaching English in Germany, Nicole thought long and hard about her career goals. A passion for helping people paired with a natural love of networking led Nicole to recruitment and she moved home to NYC, the mecca of great opportunities... and networking. After 3 years of working in the recruitment agency world, she had Bisnow at, "Hello." Actually it was, "how can I help with your recruiting needs?" But you get it. When she's not jogging around NYC or traveling every chance she gets, Nicole is busy working on our talent acquisition team... beware if she asks you to "catch up over coffee."

Daniela Castellon

Business Manager, Atlanta & Nashville

From Chile to Minnesota to the feet of the Himalayas, Daniela has had her share of extreme and diverse experiences. She’s eaten everything from mangoes straight from the tree to lutefisk straight from the barrel (look it up and try not to gag). She’s gone sledding on sand dunes and has practiced yoga with a mountain hermit who was taking a vow of silence (you’ll have to ask her how that worked). And, for some reason, she’s decided to hole up in the urban jungle of NYC and experience the heat of Hotlanta. With a sales career at a Fortune 100 company and a degree from St. Catherine’s University, we knew Daniela would be a strong addition to our sales team, but perhaps more importantly, she would (almost) never bore clients. You know... as long as she doesn’t take a vow of silence as well.

Gary Chance

VP, Digital Marketing

Gary was born on the mean streets: NYC. He attended Wesleyan University. While at Wesleyan, Gary founded WesMenus.com, a website that tracks the eating habits of Florida Marlins utility player Wes Helms… nah, it organizes local eateries, businesses, and school events. He also designed lobby computer infrastructure and managed IT systems for Manhattan Skyline. He graduated from Wesleyan with a degree in IR and a new pair of shoes. Bisnow scooped Gary up like thieves in the night from OE-Global, an international sales and purchasing company that he helped co-found. Gary bleeds Green and White for the mighty NY Jets. His true passion in life is watching many hours of Die Hard. Yippie-ki-ay…

Natalie Clark

Executive Administrator & Office Coordinator

Fresh out of the sweet southern Carolinas, Natalie is a graduate from the College of Charleston with a BA in Communications. She comes from a background in design and during her last year of school worked in the wedding planning & designing biz... growing her love of being detail-oriented and managing projects. She is the 'middle child' of four girls (five, if you include the golden retriever) which explains... a lot. After college Natalie left the palm trees and beach weather behind to jump start her career in the Big Apple. She is Bisnow's de facto Atmosphere Queen - Natalie helps us generate a fun, happy, and collaborative company culture. She also makes sure Bisnow stays the well-oiled machine that it is (and might even be able to tell you the whereabouts of the COO & CEO). Having a knack for all things organization, you'll probably catch her color coordinating...well...anything. With a love for all things funky, on a given day you can find Natalie antiquing or decorating her (and her fellow Bisnowees') apartment. Or just bein' all zen at yoga ;)

Liana Cornacchio

Director, Audience Development

Born and raised in Westchester, New York (where Don Draper neglects his wife and all the crimes are solved by Nero Wolfe), Liana grew up as the 'crazy middle child' with two sisters. She played soccer her whole life and ended up playing at Princeton University (which would indicate to us that she knows a thing or two about Hoagie Haven). Pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy, she did a lot of thinking about the universe, and after four years, concluded that it is very large and confusing. (Why are we here? Or, better yet, why are we not not here...right? Anybody?) Happy to be out of the suburbs and into the dog eat dog world that is NYC, Liana is an avid NY sports fan -- she'd never leave leave before the 9th inning of a Yankee game or before the Knicks got the win (which means she sometimes has to sit at Madison Square Garden for weeks at a time). She joins us at Bisnow doubling as an audience development manager and an event producer.

Devin Crone

Senior Accountant

Before becoming Bisnow's Senior Accountant, Devin Crone was crunching numbers at Watkins Meegan and Quadrangle Development. But don't think she's just a number's girl. A University of Delaware grad, Devin hails from Rockville, MD, where she attended Magruder High School and developed a love for the Redskins. When she's not rocking the accounting world, Devin can be found experimenting in the kitchen or working up a sweat with a sweet Crossfit workout (she's not one of those Crossfit girls, we promise.) Or you'll find her in the great outdoors, hiking, skiing, swimming or harvesting bear pelts for the coming winter. (OK, maybe not that last one.) And if you want to get her a Christmas present, Devin loves wine, coffee, Game of Thrones, the Food Network and her miniature daschund named Cuddy. So if you know a dog coat that can hold a wine bottle, a coffee maker and has a Lannister emblem on it, let us know!

Francesco Decamilli

COO

Francesco hails from Connecticut by way of Yale undergrad where he received a BA in economics. He quickly became a stand out at Bisnow, innovating new approaches to sales, account management, ticket marketing, event production, and operations that led to significant improvements in live content quality and sales. With a knack for significantly improving (almost) anything he touches, Francesco was asked to join the firm’s accounting/finance committee where he began to leverage every metric he could grab from accounting to drive innovation further. Upon the acquisition of Bisnow by The Wicks Group, Francesco has stepped into running company wide operations for Bisnow Media. 

Catie Dixon

Central US Editor

Catie dares you to sum her up any one way except perhaps eclectic. As a military brat, she was not born or raised anywhere. She started her Psychology degree in Okinawa, Japan, with plans to become a social worker, and finished it at Rice University with a job as a bartender and aspirations of becoming an editor. But now she's lived in Texas longer than most other places combined, so she considers herself a native. Catie's got a loving husband, sassy stepdaughter, three dogs (all lab mixes--that's a lot of chewing), and is partial owner of a BBQ joint outside of Austin. Stop on by, y'all, and bring your breaking news with you.

Sean Donahue

Escape Curator

BBQ and World Series Championship baseball - that's what Kansas City does. Born and raised in the BBQ capital of Planet Earth, Sean has been a BBQ snob for his entire life. (Don't even think about bringing up Memphis or the Carolinas.) After growing up as a vagabond living in three different states, Sean decided to go abroad for college. He ventured to the great country of Texas, where he became a Horned Frog at TCU. Upon graduating with degrees in marketing, entrepreneurial management and country music, Sean had great aspirations to become an eskimo, so he decided to winter in Chicago. Unfortunately, he couldn't cut it at ice-fishing and wound up doing investment sales for Cushman & Wakefield and institutional sales for a CRE tech start-up. He attended so many Bisnow events throughout his career that he accidentally morphed into one of us. And yes, he still wears cowboy boots to meetings in the Big Apple. (And is often rightly judged for it.)

Ezra Doueck

Business Manager, New York City

Ezra is a New Yorker. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he can be found J-walking, eating dollar pizza, rolling his eyes at tourists and hopelessly rooting for the Knicks; y’know, typical New Yorker things. Ezra attended Baruch College in Manhattan, receiving his BBA in Marketing and Journalism. He comes to Bisnow after working in a range from four-person tech startups to global media powerhouses. When he’s not in the thrill of the sale, Ezra enjoys honing his Ping-Pong game, rocking amateur cooking competitions, and yelling at the TV screen for Carmelo to pass the ball.

Cameron Dwight

Account Manager

Originally from Laguna Beach, CA, Cameron moved to Malibu to attend Pepperdine University, where she received her B.S. in Business Administration. Born and raised in a beach city, it's hard to believe she can count on her fingers and toes the number of times shes been in the ocean. (She suffers from thalassophobia - fear of underwater animals.) Cameron is 1/4 African American and 1/2 Jewish and considers herself "Blewish." After a brief stint in Chicago following college, she returned to LA (probably hoping to forget what snow looks like) and has worked as both an account manager and project manager. Although she comes from a family background in multi-tenant real estate, she only developed an interest in commercial real estate after meeting her husband, a commercial tenant rep broker. (Commercial real estate: bringing families together for centuries.) She has a daughter, Parker, born in 2015, and two French bulldogs named Moo and Stuart. (A French Stuart? Get it?... Doesn't anybody remember 3rd Rock from the Sun?)

Helen Fang

Events Producer & Coordinator

Helen grew up in almost-but-not-quite-upstate New York, with a backyard full of soccer fields and cows. After graduating high school in a baseball stadium (the only place large enough to fit her senior class), she made her way to Yale University--a whopping 1.5 hours away. At Yale, where she majored in Economics and Political Science, Helen spent most of her time coming up with overly complicated plays in co-ed football, dragging people out to play said co-ed football, and abusing the "50% off Papa John’s!" code for late night pizza. She also took full advantage of any and all travel opportunities available, escaping for entire summers to China, India, London, and Alaska, eating all the food and running to all the places. The one city she was pretty sure she would never end up after graduation was New York…until she ended up in New York. She hopes someday soon when people ask her for directions (which happens at least twice a day!) she’ll be able to say something other than “I am super lost too.”

Marie Finnegan

Senior Account Manager

After earning her English degree from Scranton and spending most of her life in Pennsylvania, Marie decided to move to DC for a change of pace. Well, seeing pace for the first time in her life might be the more accurate verb. (English major, remember.) She started her career at a small PR company in Fairfax, improving the images of various beauty products and services. Her goal is to support her awesome sales team in its mission to make it rain. (That's an idiom, more proof that Marie is using her degree.)

Tyler Fisher

Head of Sales

Noting a regrettable lack of abnormally tall gingers, we knew Tyler would be a good fit from the moment he walked in the door. Atop Tyler's extensive resume you will find the marks from his report cards in grades K-12 that read "too talkative." (Which means he must be somehow related to director of people ops, Will Friend.)  Tyler prides himself on his ability to talk a dog off a meat truck or the paint off the wall. (Give him a call if you have any pesky wallpaper that won’t come down.) He also prides himself on his ability to use worn out clichés.  Never one to be scared of picking up the phone or working through the night (he has a passionate hate for sleep), Tyler grinds night and day as Bisnow's Head of Sales, looking to grow Bisnow to the next logical step - world domination. (In a metaphorical sense… no need to dive into your emergency bunkers.)

Will Friend

CEO

Will was one of Bisnow's first employees and has had hands on experience in all of the Company’s key roles, including being made Chief Operating Officer in 2012, prior to his appointment as CEO in late 2014. Will has been instrumental in Bisnow's extraordinary growth; moving the head office to New York and building the firm to become one of Inc. 5000's fastest growing companies. Under Will’s leadership, the current management team, backed by The Wicks Group of companies, bought out the original founders in April 2016, setting the strategy for international expansion and the next chapter of Bisnow’s growth plan.

Alex Funaro

Director, Technology

The Internet is a scary place. One minute you’re enjoying an article about commercial real estate and the next thing you know, you’re knee-deep in photos of somebody’s cat. We needed a special person to navigate us through those dangerous, swampy Internet waters. That’s where Alex Funaro comes in. Sure we call him a web developer, but he’s really more of a cyber-adventurer. Alex comes to us from Lehigh University by way of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Whenever we have problems with our website or figuring out how to plug something in, Alex rides in like a conquering hero on his scooter and usually just reminds us that we need some common sense. Don’t think the Internet is his only outlet for adrenaline though, Alex also navigates the equally treacherous landscapes of stock market investment and traveling in Europe. (If you don’t think the latter is terrifying, remember this: they put mayonnaise on French fries!) Alex makes much of our business possible and also allows us to watch videos of baby ducks at work, which means he may be the most important person in the company.

Michael Guimond

Business Manager, Washington D.C.

Mike Guimond was born and raised in New York City and plans on never leaving. Jokes: upon gaining admittance to New York University, Mike decided it was time to leave the nest and spend his freshman year abroad in Florence, Italy. An amazing experience (obviously filled with lots of gnocchi and vino), he spent only one year back in the Big Apple before returning to Europe to spend his junior year abroad in Berlin, Germany. With so many of his friends joking about his foreseeable ex-pat status in the future, Mike decided to relocate to Washington, D.C. to obtain a passionate sense of what it means to be a patriot before planning his next big move.

Kyle Hagerty

Reporter, Houston

There’s no other way to say it, despite his parent’s best efforts, Kyle is a nerd. The term doesn’t bother him, he’s proud to proclaim that he can name every member of the Jedi Counsel ever - the guy even built his own computer. Kyle's father played Football at Texas A&M, all but forcing him to become an Aggie too, where he earned his degree in Economics. After graduating, Kyle moved to Houston, where we became a part-time assistant superintendent and full-time taco connoisseur. We were lucky to catch him while trawling the depths of the internet and knew we had to bring him onboard immediately. Don't be fooled, underneath his boyish good looks is an old soul who simply wants to watch Jeopardy!, sip tea and enjoy a nice quiet board game.

Jonathan Hobfoll

VP, Midwest & Canada

After passing the Illinois bar exam, in addition to the Series 7 and Series 66 Financial Regulatory exams, Jonathan came to the conclusion that he was very proficient at filling in circles with a pencil. Years of learnin’ at University of Delaware in areas like “international marketing” and “business management” transformed this small town rube into a sophisticated city mouse. At school, he embodied the superlative "handsomest student" (he has a very supportive mother) and was emboldened to move to New York to attend Brooklyn Law. Armed with this pedigree, Jonathan followed his dreams and moved to the Virgin Islands and did his best Brian Flanagan Cocktail impression. Upon return to Chicago, he began sneaking into our events under the alias 'Bolt Speedman.' We have since caught on, so we gave him a nameplate and desk in hopes that he can fill in circles with a pencil for us.

Karen Jordan

Reporter, Los Angeles

A graduate of Wellesley College with a Master's in communication from Stanford, Karen comes to us from the LABJ where she was a web editor and reporter. Karen is also a Nashville native. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and researching the lives of African-American doctors in the South in the 19th century; she's writing a book about her great-grandfather, who was one.

Liz Keevil

Director, Marketing

Sometimes in this mixed up world of commercial real estate, determination and gallons of coffee aren’t enough. Sometimes you need a hero. From out of the cold and fog of Tully, NY, that hero emerged (possibly riding a horse, we can’t remember). Liz Keevil came to us with the ferocity and candor that can only come from a sports-loving, trumpet-playing middle child. This American University alum is such a diehard Syracuse basketball fan that sometimes she comes to work dressed as an orange. Liz “Dr.” Keevil is here to elevate our marketing department to Herculean levels of achievement. (Also she bakes amazing cupcakes, so that’s a plus.) Liz is not only the hero we deserve, she’s the hero we need right now.

Brian Kinslow

VP, Sales - Southeast & Philadelphia

Brian graduated in 2009 from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he majored in Food Marketing and minored in talking to every person he crossed paths with.  From there, he went to work in the fascinating and fast-paced world of produce for four years where lettuce and apples quickly became his best friends.  He serviced some of the largest companies in the world, worked on national product launches and spearheaded social media campaigns.  After finding that fruits and vegetables were not the best conversationalists, Brian found that his gift of gab would be a perfect fit at Bisnow.

Julie Littman

Reporter, San Francisco

Julie, a California native, grew up in a small bedroom community in Ventura County that few people know exists. (For all intents and purposes, she’s from Los Angeles.) After receiving her literary journalism degree from UC Irvine, she covered community news in Ventura County. She later escaped to the San Francisco Bay Area to receive a fancy Masters of Fine Arts degree in writing with the hopes of becoming a novelist. Realizing that dream would have to wait (bills needed to be paid!), she became a business reporter covering commercial insurance for a B2B publication, where Bisnow found her. In her spare time, she is often found huddling under a blanket (it’s cold in the Bay!), binge watching Netflix shows, or reading a cozy mystery while trying to gain affection from her fickle cat Shadow. She is also keeping the dream alive by working on her novel when the mood strikes her.

Aswin Mannepalli

National Contributor

Aswin covers CRE in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously worked as a Vice President at Citigroup in New York and also worked Silicon Valley’s Fintech sector. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in economics and history. He spends his free time trying to study Japanese and horseback riding.

Mike Martinez

Business Manager, Northern California

Mike Martinez is our Northern California Guy. He is 40-ish (ahem), half Cuban and half Italian. Being self-taught in sales for the past 25 years, he has been referred to as the “Sonny Corleone” of Sales. (So don’t take the Long Beach Causeway with him.) Mike values his client relationships above all.  Mike has worked as Ad Director and Sales Consultant titles in various media companies in Southern & Northern California: The Business Press Newspaper, The San Diego Business Journal, The San Diego Reader, KZSW TV, Clear Channel Communications and The San Francisco Business Times. Mike has been mentored by Zig Ziglar, Ken Blanchard, Steven Covey, and the late Ray Shaw from the American City Business Journals. He has a 30ish (ahem), wife who is studying to be an attorney and has 3 beautiful boys and a cat named Ralphy.  Mike has been know to be a Mountain Man at times (and yes – sometimes spotted with a shaggy beard) while hiking and riding mountain bikes. He also enjoys bungee jumping, skydiving, rock climbing, kayaking, abalone diving, skateboarding, car racing....Mike is “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” Mike has a need for speed, so watch out!  Whether it’s climbing at 12,000 feet or going 185 mph, or making that perfect sell, he’s passionate about everything he does. His Motto - “Let’s Crush It!”

Courtney Mayo

Events Coordinator, West Coast

Courtney was born and raised in Laguna Beach, but always wanted more from what the small bubble had to offer. She went to school at Marymount in LA for marketing and communication, but that wasn't far enough. After college she moved to NYC where she worked in finance and client relations. After taking enough bites out of the Apple, she landed with both feet back in southern California where she is happy with eating oranges. (Are we following, Orange County?) When she's not planning events, she still finds herself attending them. Courtney is single and we hope she is not using our events as a personal match making opportunity, but hey -- there's a reason we're almost never boring. She sees the glass as half-full, so if yours looks a little empty, she would be happy to help you out. Cheers!

Ben Mazzara

Reporter, New York City

Coming from the Insurance Capital of the World (Connecticut, for any of you who actually have lives), New York Lead Reporter Ben Mazzara has spent his whole life studying stories across different genres, formats and styles and how they influence their audience. (The Transformers movies, for example, make you feel a combination of bored and viscerally angry.) Ben's constantly searching for the most newsworthy aspects of commercial real estate; looking for the hidden depth behind every deal, event and interview. As such a story-aficionado, Ben's a big fan of almost every media (movies, comics, video games, wrestling... that one guy at Grand Central Station's mixtape), but has a particular fondness for the dumb action movies, synths and neons of the 1980s. And before you ask, yes, he does own the jacket from Drive and Bret Hart sunglasses.

Ashley McDade

Business Manager, Boston

Hailing from the desert of Mojave to a small coastal town in Maine, it's really no wonder that Ashley grew up with a case of wanderlust and a desire to experience everything. She's lived in Texas riding horses. She's lived in Colorado skiing nearly 70 days in a season. And she's lived in Boston doing real estate while pursuing a Music Business degree at Berklee College of Music. It's no wonder someone who has so many interests ended up in the great city of New York, where the world is at her finger tips. You'd be hard-pressed to find a topic Ashley isn't interested in talking about. Especially, if it has to do with music, skiing or reaching her goal of sky diving in every state in the United States or, of course, working with Bisnow ;)

Libba McKinsey

Account Manager

Born and raised in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, Libba is comfortable translating and interpreting phrases such as "folleruparr" (straight ahead), "YEEOwwissaichi!" (it's itchy), and "yearns is farred" (you're fired). (These are all important when we do company excursions in fire ant strongholds.) As a small child Libba was a bossy little sassafras and, since then, she has worked hard to develop that into leadership skills. In high school Libba was tennis captain, a member of the YMCA leaders club, and outspoken in the classroom. A lover of languages, Libba learned Hmong as a small child under the guidance of her best friend Pachi and later became fluent in Spanish after living in Spain.  (She had to because the Spanish rudely refuse to speak Hmong.) In college Libba was the hiring manager for her university's athletic center with her primary responsibility being to stock the gym with competent, outgoing, and responsible employees, whereas her secondary duty was to help self-conscious, nervous, and socially incompetent freshmen boys become super buff, even more socially incompetent upper classmen.

Eduardo Milhem

Escape Curator

Eduardo was born in Bogota, Colombia, but early in his youth, his parents decided to take his talents to the sunny beaches of Miami where he was raised. When not on the beach, he spent his time on the soccer field - fueling his competitive spirit. He captained his high school soccer team through graduation until his leap to Babson College, where he pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. At Babson, Eduardo developed the passion for real estate which led him to Bisnow, where he hopes to continue to pursue his aspirations of one day being an active NYC developer. Today, Eduardo is still an avid athlete, scholar, world traveler, and massive foodie.

Allison Nagel

West Coast Editor

After growing up in one of Atlanta's many suburbs, Allison attended UGA's J-school. While there, she thought she might as well earn a degree in business, too. Her reporting career ranged from endless city council meetings to school board meetings to shareholder meetings -- with a lot of fun stuff in between. Journalism has taken her to report in Germany, to watch robots dance at CES, and to joining Bisnow. A love affair with California that started with a childhood summer vacation was cemented when she met her future husband during a later visit to San Francisco (OK, they "met" online, but then met for the first time while she was at a conference in S.F.). After living in Southern California for a few years, she's now found her way to the Bay Area, and seems to be happy with less sunshine. She lives with the aforementioned husband, a very active kid, a dog and two cats in a house filled with books.

Kyle Nicholes

Business Manager, LA, OC & San Diego

We're excited to introduce you to Kyle Nicholes, Bisnow's new sales rep for Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Kyle started in sales in 2007 for a marketing company in his hometown of Seattle (and, yes, he says, it does rain a lot and he does love coffee). It was there that he learned the grind of sales from cold calls to creating new leads to walking into businesses to land a meeting. Kyle loved it—the people, maintaining relationships and the sheer joy of closing a sale. He moved to California to work for Direct Response Television (DRTV) where he got a crash course in selling Flex Seal and Snuggies (he's not kidding). He handled international sales, which meant a lot of travel around the world. Kyle also wants you to know he's a big sports enthusiast (talk to him about football, basketball and baseball—he's played them all and coached youth football and basketball). Kyle says he plays golf and likes long walks to sports bars with his wife, Katie, who he mentions he started dating in the sixth grade (we mentioned he's big on building relationships, after all). He has a degree from North Seattle Community College. Oh, and did we mention he's a trained fireman as well? Welcome to Kyle. You can reach him at kyle.nicholes@bisnow.com

Dan Orlando

Custom Content Writer

A Jersey native and a ‘Cuse grad, Dan Orlando began his professional media journey as a sports/business journalist. After covering everything from the NFL to Silicon Alley, Dan joined Real Estate Weekly in 2014. There he would focus on the NYC market, despite living in the 6th (and best) borough of Hoboken, NJ. Dan’s expertise of the local CRE landscape combined with the fact that former Giants TE Jeremy Shockey follows him on Twitter, made the graduate Phi Gamma Delta brother a must-have acquisition for Bisnow’s custom content team. During his down time, Dan can probably be found watching taped New York Giants preseason games, texting Sopranos cast members questions about the show, or rocking a black Adidas shirt while making excessive amounts of pasta.

Karen Pierre

Business Manager, Dallas

Karen is native to Dallas. (She has the 10-gallon hat to prove it.) Her entire career has involved commercial real estate in one capacity or another since she received an MBA from Rollins College and an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University too many years ago to mention. (Shame on you for asking!) She's an active member of CREW Dallas (Commercial Real Estate Women). Karen’s passion (besides selling, of course) is traveling to exotic hiking destinations. Over the last decade, she's hiked to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest in Tibet, the Himalaya in Nepal and Bhutan, mountains in Oman in the Middle East, among the unique Moai statues on Easter Island, and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. (Conversely, we haven't been upstairs in our house in three days because there are too many steps.) Her reputation as a crazy cat lady is all true with four rescues in addition to the husband under her roof.

Mike Ponticelli

VP, Sales

A graduate of GW (assuming its officials still haven't uncovered the mistake), Mike has worked at many trades: Event planner, bartender, accountant, delivery boy for the Washington Post, and a US-Russian affairs analyst. He even built and managed a local laundry service that’s still around (as much of his personal laundry also appears to be). Mike follows current events, dining and beverage trends, and all other aspects of modern urban life related to food. He loves everything about Washington, although we have not yet had the heart to tell him it is not on a beach.

Lauren Popp

Advertising Campaign Specialist

Lauren Popp grew up in the vast desert of Georgia before settling into the jagged valleys of active volcanoes of Tennessee. (We’re pretty bad at topography so that might be slightly inaccurate.) At Bisnow, Lauren keeps the ship running for editorial and advertising, all while raising three kids and a chocolate labrador. (When asked who is more demanding, us or the children, she answered, “No comment.”)  We’re glad she puts up with us because she takes care of our ads from the beaches of Philadelphia, all the way to the frozen tundra of Houston.

Jaime Rome

Events Coordinator

In the fall of 2016, Bisnow couldn’t decide whether to expand it’s elite events team, or to hire a security guard. By bringing Jaime on board, both moves were accomplished. The Connecticut native is a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an expert boxer. She’s also a bit of a shopaholic and roots for the Patriots despite living in Manhattan, but no one here is brave enough to tease her about either. As a graduate of the hospitality program at UMass - Amherst, Jaime’s expertise in creating the perfect atmosphere elevates Bisnow’s already can’t-miss events.   A former leader on multiple sports fields and still a force to be reckoned with between the ropes, Jaime is pumped to be working on the coolest team in real estate.

Sarah Rotholz

Event Producer & Digital Manager

Sarah grew up in Westchester (also known in some circles as "The Bestchester") and attended NYU where she obtained a degree in Environmental Science, with a minor in Chemistry. After 21 years in New York and no longer wanting her life to be summed up in one sentence, she booked a one-way flight to Thailand to teach English. Life as a Kindergarten Professor was good; she learned to ride a motorbike, speak Thai and cook curries just like the locals (with enough spice to sweat your Crocs off). Upon retiring from teaching English, Sarah stuffed her life into a daypack and hit the road, exploring Asia for 6 months. She returned home exactly 2 years after the day she left with a passport full of stamps and a strong craving for chocolate and cheese. Sarah now resides in Brooklyn, where you can find her practicing yoga, riding her bike to Bisnow and shocking her friends and coworkers when exposing her (hidden) talent of playing classical guitar. As you can probably imagine, the Williamsburg community could not be prouder to call Sarah one of it's residents.

Ethan Rothstein

East Coast Editor, Washington DC

Hailing from the suburbs of New York, Ethan realized he wanted to be a journalist when he was in high school. He spent so much of his time reading about, watching, and discussing sports that it seemed like a good idea to learn how to write about it. (Just read Peter King... and do the opposite.) He went to the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism, and his four years in College Park got him on press row and in print. It even got him (briefly) stonewalled by UMD's athletic department (swim coaches can be so sensitive). He's spent the years since college going from the beaches and farms of southern Delaware to Northern Virginia, where he's written about everything from chicken manure to public urination. (They're not glamorous beats, but someone has to cover them.) He plays, writes about and watches sports nearly constantly in his free time, mostly basketball and ultimate frisbee.

Tom Russo

Copy Editor

Tom was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the son of a police officer and a teacher. (You will learn when tutored by an educator and a man with a gun!) He left home to attend college in upstate NY, where he learned that both Lake Ontario and mustaches can freeze if it gets cold enough. Upon realizing he would never be a standup comic (lots of stage fright and very little talent), he set out to become the next Edward R. Murrow. Stints at radio stations and newspapers in VA, MD and DE led to the realization that was a joke, so Tom caved to his lifelong love of reading. In his spare time, he enjoys tsundoku, randomly throwing impressive words into sentences, finding new comics on YouTube, pondering the great questions of the universe (is copy editor one word or two?), and seeking a good lawyer to sue Larry the Cable Guy for stealing the term "witless protection" in 2008 without even offering tickets to the movie, let alone royalties.

Adriano Salucci

Business Manager, Miami & Charlotte

Bienvenido a Miami. Adriano was born and raised in the county of Dade, though his roots hail from the old country of Naples, Italy. Adriano is the Bisnow resident speedwalker, professional espresso drinker and Business Manager of the FL & Charlotte markets. He also manages Dwyane Wade's fan page. (Not really, but it's an aspiration.) With a degree in International Business, Adriano is a citizen of the world having spent time living in Sevilla (Spain), Bern (Switzerland), NYC & Los Angeles... but he knows in his heart that Miami will always be where the players come to play. With experience as a salesman, project manager, marketing manager and tennis professional, he comes to Bisnow ready to CRUSH it.

Jarred Schenke

Reporter, Atlanta & Miami

Bisnow went back to find our Atlanta reporter. Waaay back. As in the 1980’s back. As far as we can tell, Jarred has not left the decade of pastel colored sport coats and crazy, wavy hair, and will regularly challenge all to 80s music trivia fights (we try not to provoke him). Outside of having the largest collection of cassette and VHS tapes in Atlanta, Jarred has been steeped in Atlanta media for more than a decade, most of the time focused on commercial real estate. You can also find Jarred spittin’ out lyrics with our Data Center and Denver newsletters.

Maurice Shalam

Events Producer

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Maurice is the epitome of a tough guy. And a wise guy. I guess you can say he's a tough-wise guy. Finding refuge on the hardwood, Maurice aka MoMo Buckets, became a die-hard Knicks fan and quasi-professional basketball player. (He actually never made another team after Middle School.) Maurice attended Babson College where he pursued a degree in entrepreneurship. It was at Babson where Maurice realized he wanted to work at an innovative company like Bisnow. Today Maurice is a devout Kristapsian where he dedicates his life to the development of Kristaps Porzingis. Sadly, no one at the office reads the literature he hands out regarding the Church of Kristaps. Since his arrival to Bisnow he has ascended to one of our most valuable assets. < He also insisted we include this last sentence.

Lana Spivak

VP, Operations

Originally born in Russia, Lana had to give up her childhood aspirations of a career in espionage (Anna Chapman eat your heart out) after her family immigrated to Chicago. It seems, however, that the harsh winter climates were nothing compared to the Siberian tundras where she grew up (which is a nice way of saying we’re all wimps). Seeking some true cold, she shipped off to study at the University of Michigan, where warm weather comes around as often as Santa Claus. Her studies — and penchant for snow — carried her further east, where she completed her master's degree at NYU. Aside from gymnastics and other stereotypical Eastern European sports (like ice fishing and writing 8,000 page novels), Lana spends plenty of quality time on her computer checking emails in the heated indoors, which makes her around-the-clock compulsiveness a great fit for the team. We hope she doesn't melt if we ever send her south of Delaware.

Ryan Starr

Reporter, Toronto

Ryan has the dubious distinction of having the same name as a sultry, raven-haired female also-ran from American Idol's inaugural season. So for a while he received awkward, misdirected e-mails from lovesick lads hoping to hook up with her. He eventually got past this (aided by the fact that female Ryan Starr's star burned out quickly) and set about making a name for himself, travelling the globe for several years before returning to Canada and moving west to British Columbia to launch his journalism career. Since coming home to Toronto in 2009, Ryan has worked as a digital editor for Daily Commercial News and a real estate correspondent for the Toronto Star, among other publications.

Amber Stocky

Business Manager, Houston

Amber grew up in little town called Hazel Green down in Bama (yes, this is a real place). At the age of 15, she put on a pair of skates and became the queen of up-selling at the local Sonic Drive-In. From that point forward, she was hooked--she was born for sales. Years later, she became a self-made thousandaire and moved to a big city where she still holds it down. H-Town, to be exact. She holds it down in H-Town. You get it--we're rhyming here. Amber has spent the past few years nerding out on electronic sales, leasing apartments, and dipping into the entertaining world of event sales. Now she lands at Bisnow ready to make a splash in the CRE industry. In her free time, you can find her quoting Will Ferrell, making travel plans with a 3-day window, and hitting the gym to justify those tacos.

Chuck Sudo

Reporter, Chicago

Half second generation Greek-American, half Virginia hill people but 100% Chicagoan, Chuck comes to Bisnow after nearly a decade at Chicagoist.com, where he was editor-in-chief for 4 ½ years. He's written for various local pubs including the Chicago Sun-Times and Time Out Chicago. Before that he studied nuclear engineering (not very well, mind you) and indulged a pirate fantasy in the Navy. (The Navy has shockingly strict policies against eye-patches and peg legs.) Chuck loves to bike (even on Chicago’s potholed streets), has impeccable taste in beer and bourbon, loves to explore the city’s seedy underbelly and recount his adventures in story (he's like Batman without the cape or the pull ups), still says "Sears Tower" and "Marshall Field's," roots for the White Sox—he lives near Sox Park—and has been known to rescue a pit bull or two. They’re the sweetest dogs ever.

Max Tawil

Events Producer, NY Tri-State

Growing up in bubble of Little Syria (See: Brooklyn), Max was always surrounded by a mixture of great mediterranean food, Arabic slang, and smooth businessmen (didn’t rub off). He took a huge leap by attending Columbia University (all of 15 miles away) and entered the real world, where he majored in American History, was the least-fratty fraternity president, and still maintains that had he been the punt returner on Columbia’s infamously awful football team, they would not have suffered a 2.5-year losing streak. He’s fluent in Hebrew, and thinks he’s fluent in Portuguese from his 6 weeks in Brasil. Prior to joining Bisnow, he traveled the Middle East & South East Asia (and survived). Ultimately, he had to return the U.S. to watch his Jets finally win a Super Bowl (it’ll happen).

Ainsley Vande Creek

Audience Development Analyst

Ainsley lives in the armpit of America with her family and puppy (lovingly nicknamed Devil Dog). She is a typical Jersey Girl: a beach bum who doesn't pump her own gas. And when she’s not getting a sunburn on the sand, she’s probably home instagramming about it (#basic). Ainsley is a senior at the University of Rochester in upstate New York where she’s pursuing a double major in Business/Marketing and Statistics. At school, she’s a wannabe-ballerina and the head of choreography for her dance group. Ainsley has decided to abandon her dance career (for she is too uncoordinated) and is excited to join our marketing team.

Mike Vigario

VP, Finance

Mike joins our Finance Department from CommonBond (a student-leading marketplace), where he was the Director of Finance, one of the first 10 employees, and responsible (at one point or another) for all finance team tasks. At CommonBond, Mike led the company through growth including selling loans to investors in whole and through securitizations in the capital markets. Prior to CommonBond, Mike worked as an Assistant Vice President at Barclays, working in the customized credit and trust business for high net worth individuals. He worked directly under the Chief Financial Officer and the Head of Financial Control of the firm’s Americas Wealth and Investment Management division. Mike graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairfield University with a BS in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Chris Wainwright

Director of Business Development, Escape

Who is this dude? Man, myth, or unstoppable robot-ninja? We think the latter. Standing at 77 inches short, Chris played basketball his whole life with little regard for his knee.  After tearing his ACL three times he was forced away from the game and into the loving arms of Bisnow.  Chicken finger connoisseur, workout fiend, mustache enthusiast, and dog lover, Chris takes a balanced life to a whole new level, reaching for the stars while keeping his feet steady on the ground (yeah, he's that tall). Unfortunately Chris can only type 200 words per minute while the world record is 216 words as set by Stella Pajunas in 1946- but other than that great flaw, Chris does it all.

Champaign Williams

Homepage Editor

Champaign is as bubbly as her name suggests, though being named after an alcoholic beverage does have its downfalls (thank God it wasn’t Gin & Juice... or Absinthe). She comes from Stockton, CA, known as “the valley” of NorCal, and has traveled a great deal (if two states and Mexico count) in her 26 years. Writing, singing and binging on RomComs and TV shows is what brings her pleasure. Having spent far more than the average four years at CSU Northridge to obtain her bachelor’s degree in journalism, Champaign began her career at a community Business Journal in Los Angeles. Time progressed and before long (or roughly two years later) she transitioned to Bisnow, where she gets to convince people she’s an expert in commercial real estate. Sarcasm and laughter are her constant companions, and she hopes to get into international law in the foreseeable future. Until then, bring on the multifamily and office market trends, REIT mergers and “almost never boring” commercial real estate news.

Tom Woodcock

Event Producer & Business Manager, Seattle

Tom hails from rainy, windswept England, which he left for the promise of adventure and sunshine on America's west coast. After traveling and working with NGOs all over the world, fighting wildfires and playing guitar for anyone who'd listen, he settled in NYC mid 2013. He was never able to outrun his outrageous last name.

Gabriella Yitzhaek

Events Producer

Born and raised in the city of pizza and pigeons, Gabriella is a proud New Yorker. She earned her degree in International Business and Marketing at GWU, and spent eight months studying abroad in the beautiful city of Tel Aviv. In Israel, she learned the art of shuk negotiation and the secret to the perfect falafel. After graduation, she scurried back to the Big Apple where she joined the Bisnow team as an Event Producer. Her hobbies include cooking for friends, hydrating herself with a cocktail, and watching reality TV more than she's willing to admit.

Jennifer Zuckerman

Account Manager & Event Coordinator

Jennifer grew up in Amish Country aka Lancaster, PA. After choosing electricity, she attended the University of Delaware for a fun four years, leaving with a degree in leadership and business. After college, she ended up in the Big Apple where you can often find her eating Mexican food and washing it down with some Froyo. She loves Jimmy Buffet, his tropical vibes and traveling. While channeling this passion for travel, she has been able to see many parts of the world, but her ultimate dream is to lie in field of puppies with some chips and guacamole on the side (she knows it costs extra). While still aways out, she got one step closer by recently adopting a new puppy named Daisy- the cutest little Cavachon to hit the big city. Before Bisnow she was romping around the media world at Hearst Magazines. Jennifer is excited to bring her industry knowledge and bubbly, positive attitude to Bisnow.