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Brokers On The Move: NKF, Helmsley Spear Hire Leasing Execs


Despite widespread economic turmoil and community upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, turnover among real estate brokers in New York is continuing apace. 

Helmsley Spear lured a Lee & Associates executive managing director to its ranks, while Newmark Knight Frank has hired a senior vice president of leasing away from RXR Realty.

Alan Weisman left Lee & Associates to join Helmsley Spear. He is taking on the position of executive managing director and is focusing on industrial, logistical and retail leasing and sales, along with commercial office leasing, the brokerage announced this week.

His most notable deals include the sale of land under the Chelsea Arts Tower to the developers Young Woo and Jack Guttman, according to his company bio. In total he’s been part of more than 7M SF of transactions in his 35-year career. 

“Helmsley Spear is proud to have Alan joining us,” Helmsley Spear President Kent Swig said in a statement. “We know he will play a valuable role on our growing team with his extensive industry experience and many notable achievements.”

Meanwhile, Sam Buckley is joining Newmark Knight Frank as executive vice president of New York Brokerage Services. Buckley was most recently at RXR Realty, where he handled leasing for several ground-up, mixed-use developments across the New York metropolitan area.

“Sam is a highly respected leader and market expert,” NKF Chief Revenue Officer and East Region Market Leader Lou Alvarado said in a release. “His appointed position fulfills an essential role in New York brokerage to foster connections between all service lines as NKF continues to scale company growth.”