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The Bisnow 2013 SuperBroker 50 #21-30


The reverse count continues. The folks on this list, all kinds of brokers, are top players in the NY market. We'd list them alphabetically, but our readers clamor for rankings. So we've done that, based not on square feet and dollars but on buzz and impact roughly the last 12 months. That's seriously unscientific, but we hope it makes the list more provocative, debatable, and fun. Of course, everything changes quickly, so the next list may be very different.

21) Scott Gottlieb and Michael Laginestra, Vice Chairmen, CBRE.


Nutshell: Tenant reps (and occasionally landlord reps) to the stars.
Recent: Renewed Macy's 646k SF of office at 11 Penn Plaza and last year extended Viacom for 1.6M SF at 1515 Broadway (said to be Manhattan's biggest lease ever not counting sale-leasebacks), and Scott repped Universal Music Group for 243k SF at 1755 Broadway.
Place in history: Scott was the youngest CBRE'er at the time (10 years ago) ever to be named vice chairman; of course they've been REBNY and NAIOP deal of the year winners.
PS: Michael: avid golfer with a low handicap and a fast-pitch softballer who on a recent Sunday struck out 14 batters. Scott: boxing and poker aficionado.

22) Dale Schlather, Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield.


Nutshell: Tenant rep to top global firms with added sophistication: He's a former tax accountant, and teammate Michael Burlant is an attorney.
Recent: Renewed and expanded Jefferies for 458k SF at Tishman's 520 Madison, renewed Milbank's 330k at 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, and just put Capital One into 243k in 299 Park; works overseas also, eg, for high-profile tech company taking 250k SF in London.
Place in history: Long involved in bringing corporate users and brokers together; former leader of NY CoreNet and (naturally) remains golf committee chair.
PS: Got married on mountain in Austria 11 years ago and skied down with wife afterward; they return every year for their anniversary.

23) Scott Panzer, Vice Chairman, JLL (on left).


Nutshell: One-time Robert Maxwell M&A strategist who's as big a champion leasing space as racing cars.
Recent: Owner's agent for Sheldon Solow at Nine West 57th and Mack-Cali on Jersey waterfront; major HQ assignments like 400k for Interpublic and 700k for Prudential, plus others out of town.
Place in history: JLL's global MVP in 2011; repped NBCUniversal for 1.4M SF at 30 Rock, AXA Equitable for 800k, and UN for 750k.
PS: Races Mustang GTs in the GrandAm, but you can also call him Professor: He teaches corporate strategy at St John's University. Easy for him to get around so much since he also pilots a Cessna.

24) Richard Baxter, Jon Caplan, Ron Cohen, and Scott Latham, Vice Chairmen, JLL.


Nutshell: The fearsome foursome of capital markets.
Recent: Repped Lehman on $810M sale of 237 Park Ave to RXR (which required big CMBS loan assumption), SL Green on $220M sale of 333 W 34th to American Realty Capital, Sitt on 240 W 40th to AEW for $63M, Kensico on sale of 350 Madison to RFR, and Stellar and Savanna on sale of 2 Rector to Kushner and CIM; selling two pre-war apartment buildings (12 E 88th St and Brooklyn Heights' 25 Monroe Place).
Place in history: When recruited from Cushman in 2010, they'd done $20B in preceding eight years, including The Plaza, 666 Fifth, MetLife Building, and 530 Park.
PS: Between Scott, who's a Rhode Island School of Design-trained painter, and Ron, who's a former member of Israeli Air Force, they've got bases covered.

25) Robert Futterman, Founder and CEO, RKF (pictured); Laura Pomerantz, Founder and CEO, Laura Pomerantz Real Estate.


Nutshell: Remarkable reps and recruiters of retail's biggest names who've created their own famous firms. Since founding his 15 years ago, Robert's become a household name and reigning king of Manhattan retail, now also in LA, Miami, Chicago, San Fran, and Vegas, plus another rumored to be coming. Laura was already prominent with PBS Real Estate, hung out her own shingle in April, and is fast becoming a major new force.
Recent: Robert: Usually summer's slow but not this year. Doing 50/50 tenant/landlord rep, his team has been finding premium space for J. Crew, Frye Co, Charming Charlie, Pret A Manger, and John Varvatos; marketing South Street Seaport's 365k SF for Howard Hughes Corp; and signing leases with Club Monaco in SoHo, Carlo Pazolini in Meatpacking, and Reebok on UES. Laura has closed Ted Baker London on Fifth, J. Mendel on Madison, and Joe Fresh on Broadway and is helping Hollister sublease SoHo space; also active at Bal Harbour in Miami, on Oak in Chicago, and Rodeo and Abbot-Kinney in LA.
Place in history: Robert: Started at Garrick-Aug, helped lease 350k SF at Time Warner Center, and has done leasing at Grand Central, 11 Times Square, and Chelsea Market; helped bring to NY the UA Theatres, Virgin Megastore, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Old Navy; and involved in almost all Whole Foods. Laura in past jobs repped Bloomberg in 900k SF at 58th and Lex and flagships for Abercrombie, Hollister, and Armani on Fifth and DKNY and Donna Karan on Madison.
PS: Robert plays Dylan, Hendrix, and Clapton on guitar. Laura, who captained the cheerleaders at Miami Beach Senior High, loves hiking, whether in Westchester, in the hills of LA with her daughter, or on other travel.

26) Michael Cohen, Tri-State President (pictured), Bob Freedman, Tri-State Chairman, Colliers International.


Nutshell: Part of a high-octane triumverate aiming to double firm size from more than 100 brokers in three offices now. Bob's an old fashioned king-of-all-trades: capital markets, luxury retail, asset management, and leasing. Michael's a three-sport letterman: personal brokerage clients, firm strategy, and asset management. For the past year they've been supplemented by famed professional manager Joe Harbert, former COO of Cushman tri-state.
Recent: Bob's structured a 49% JV equity interest in Olympic Tower, recast a long-term lease for Cartier's flagship on Fifth, repositioned 501 Madison, and relocated the Salvation Army from Chinatown to Brooklyn. Michael and colleague Andy Roos, among owners of 28 and 40 W 23rd St, renewed and expanded AppNexus to 220k SF there. Michael also renewed Parson Brinkeroff for 200k feet at 1 Penn Plaza and is working for SS&C Technologies and others from Connecticut to Boston to Mumbai.

Place in history: Bob's the Cal Ripken of NY real estate, at same firm for nearly 40 years, having helped run Williams and successor firms that added in GVA, First Service, and (more than three years ago) Colliers; brought Colgate Palmolive to Park Ave for 600k feet; found huge space for Cigna in NJ and Philly; and has done countless deals for Thomson. Michael's a 31-year vet known for this great story: He repped AmEx, which switched to another firm but came back admitting it never should have left, whereupon he found it 250M SF in Jersey City and at 40 Wall, after which owner Donald Trump told a closing dinner many hours of great stories but let Michael pick up the check.
PS: Bob and wife Ann are major art collectors (Abstract Expressionism) who've gifted to the National Gallery, Met, and MoMA and have their own gallery on 73rd. Michael's an extraordinary single parent with three teenage kids.

27) David LaPierre, Executive Vice President, and Andrew Goldberg, Vice Chairman, CBRE.


Nutshell: The retail guys to thank for all those tourists.
Recent: Andrew (right) is CB's first retail guy to be named vice chairman; as Valentino prepped to open in 820 Madison, he signed it for its biggest store in the world (20k SF) on Fifth, plus in other key cities; repped landlord for Urban Outfitters' biggest in the world (57k SF) at 1333 Broadway and 35th while everyone else was looking 34th. David: Most recent REBNY retail Ingenious Deal of the Year winner for putting Express at 46th and Broadway; also put Belstaff on Madison and 68th and does a lot of Bank of America branches.
Place in history: Andrew is responsible for the Tourneau TimeMachine on 57th and for bringing Europe to Madison Avenue (Bulgari, MaxMara, Roberto Cavalli, Bally, Thomas Pink, Links of London); won REBNY Deal of the Year twice for Gucci at Trump Tower and sale of 1356 Broadway to Haier America (which brought in Gotham Hall) while enabling seller to keep air rights for future use. David brought Eataly to town in 2010 (and has taken it to Chicago) and put Toys R Us in Times Square in 2000.
PS: Andrew's got a five-year-old, 'nuff said. David's hands also are full with kids 11, 3, and 18 months.

28) Richard Bernstein, Vice Chairman (pictured), and Peter Hennessy, Tri-State President, Cassidy Turley.


Nutshell: Richard's the tenant solutions guy, figuring out how to upsize or downsize or relocate. Peter's mission is growth for a new brand that emerged from Colliers ABR in 2010; he's already brought it up to 180 professional staff and 70 brokers and is especially focused on occupier services.
Recent: Richard's helping Random House extend a lease for 700k feet and sublease 300k, Coty consolidate 300k in Empire State Building, and King & Spalding dispose of 100k. Peter this year put Guggenheim into 200k SF at 330 Madison and the City of NY into 450k feet next to Barclays Center.
Place in history: As Trammell Crow NY CEO five years ago, Richard helped Malkins achieve vision of a classier ESB by snagging first big new tenant, Coty, which replaced 14 tenants on 14th floor; relocated NY Times into 800k SF HQ; and found 250M SF each for King & Spalding and Greenberg Traurig. Peter, a Cushman and Staubach alum, together with Tri-State chair Mark Boisi, has been critical in rebranding and building a new powerhouse brokerage.
PS: Pictured at their respective keyboards. Richard gets up at 4:30am five days a week to catch the train from White Plains to 420 Lex for two hours of classical piano practice; at Hofstra, he also played tennis and baseball. Peter is 51st of 68 grandchildren whose great-grandfather invented the screw-in fuse and dimmer switch; loves stream fishing to catch rainbows, cutthroats, and brownies.

29) Brian Waterman, Vice Chairman, NGKF (on left).


Nutshell: 28 years at Newmark coming up with creative solutions for everyone from Morgan Stanley to FEGS and North Shore-LIJ.
Recent: Working with Lance Korman and team, helping Equity Office redefine former NY Times Building at 229 W 43rd as new media tech hub; bringing Yahoo in for 180k SF and MongoDB for 50k; repped Morgan Stanley in getting 150k feet at 1290 Ave of Americas; Most Ingenious Deal award this year from Association for a Better Long Island for bringing Hain Celestial to Lake Success.
Place in history: Two-time winner of REBNY Most Ingenious Deal, eg, for expanding Morgan Stanley into 1.2M SF at 1 New York Plaza.
PS: Junior and college hockey player who still tries to skate once or twice a week when not watching his son's and daughter's almost non-stop hockey, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse games.

30) Steve Kohn, Equity, Debt, & Structured Finance Group President, Cushman & Wakefield (pictured); Jon Estreich, Founder, Estreich & Co.


Nutshell: Big debt and equity players for major property types.
Recent: Steve's team placed $125M in preferred equity for One Court Square acquisition in LIC and $110M for Time Equities' luxury condo restart at 50 West St and sold St. John's University's 101 Murray for $223M (largest Downtown resi site sale) and Dermot apartment portfolio for $190.5M. Jon expects to originate 122 loans and equity transactions this year for about $3.5B to $4B, like $100M for 400k SF 488 Madison, $145M for 300k SF 1375 Broadway, $190M for 693 Fifth, and $175M for 585 Fifth; just closed on 50 apartments for $250M.
Place in history: Steve structured JVs for L&L (Metropolitan Tower and 600 Third Ave) and Paramount Group (1633 Broadway and 31 W 52nd St); negotiated sale of Sonnenblick-Goldman to C&W in '07; arranged JVs with Prudential for Clarett, L&L, and Madison Capital. Jon started in 1985, has a reputation for knowing who's bought and sold every buiding around, and has become a principal as well by founding with Jeff Feil, Mort Olshan, and others the RCG Funds in 1999 which have raised over $3B in debt and provided $600M in equity.
PS: Philly-born Bucknell alum is active in ULI and on board of The Catalog for Giving of New York City that fundraises for dozen youth organizations in NYC; skis and hybrid bikes, knowing his knees can no longer take basketball. Jon grew up in NY at 86th and Madison, went to PS 6, and graduated from both the Trinity School in NY and Trinity College (that saved money on sweatshirts), and has four children, the third of which, age 23, just joined him.