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Negotiating Commercial Leases 2020

Speaker(s): Alan M. Di Sciullo, Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Gerald R. Uram, James Fenniman, John Busey Wood, Joseph Fabrizi, Kelly Merino, Marc Betesh, Matthew Brandt, Meyer Last, Michael A. Marra, Michael E. Meyer, Mindy Novack, Nancy Ann Connery, Paula K. Konikoff, Robert J. Bergson, Ruth A. Schoenmeyer, William J Garehime
Recorded on: Feb. 27, 2020
PLI Program #: 277754

Ruth Schoenmeyer is a Partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Chicago. Ruth has extensive experience representing landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, including leases relating to retail, office and industrial properties, and in the redevelopment of retail property in particular. She is also a frequent speaker about real estate topics nationally, and recently presented a program at the International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference entitled “From Billy Idol to Billie Eilish: Repurposing 1980s Shopping Centers,” and another program at the annual meeting of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers entitled “Hot Desks and Cool Hotels: Non-Traditional Uses of Real Estate.” She also co-authored the article “REAdy to Draft and Amend REAs? Pointers for New Developments and Redevelopments," which appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Probate & Property and was awarded Best Practical Use Article in 2019. Ruth was formerly Chair of the Leasing Group of the Real Property Trust and Estate Section of the American Bar Association and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute and a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Elizabeth J. Shampnoi is an attorney, consulting expert, independent mediator, arbitrator and trainer based in New York City with 20 years of experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Shampnoi’s focus on alternative dispute resolution began early in her career when she served as the District Vice President of the New York region of the American Arbitration Association. In that role, Ms. Shampnoi was responsible for overseeing case management; mediator and arbitrator recruitment, training and development; and working with in-counsel counsel and law firms to develop and implement dispute avoidance and dispute resolution programs, including internal employment dispute resolution plans.

Following her tenure at the American Arbitration Association, Ms. Shampnoi joined a litigation boutique where she represented a diverse range of organizations and individuals before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration forums. Ms. Shampnoi also served as settlement counsel. Her practice involved commercial litigation, securities, employment, contract, wage/hour, not-for-profit, intellectual property and real estate disputes on behalf of plaintiffs, and defendants. She also drafted and reviewed settlement, confidentiality, non-compete, non-disclosure, licensing, work-for-hire, buy/sell, employment, and domestic and international dispute resolution agreements. Ms. Shampnoi has also served as in-house counsel providing legal advice surrounding employment disputes and commercial matters with an emphasis on early, internal dispute resolution and cost-effective and strategic dispute management.

In her consulting practice, Ms. Shampnoi serves as an arbitration and mediation consulting expert working with advocates to help guide them through the dispute resolution process using strategies for successes. Her practice is focused on advising clients in the selection of experts and consultants in litigation, investigation, regulatory and valuation matters. This includes working with clients to identify emerging issues and trends, develop innovative strategic business initiatives and prepare tactical responses to market developments. Serving as a mediator, arbitrator and consulting expert and providing legal advice in a variety of areas including commercial and employment matters. This enhances her value as a neutral, keeping her up-to-date on legal developments, litigation trends and current practices, dispute prevention, negotiation mediation, and arbitration.

In her dispute resolution practice, she has successfully mediated over 500 commercial and employment disputes involving all areas of discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, contract, real estate and partnership matters. She has also served as a sole arbitrator and as part of a tribunal in similar matters. Mr. Shampnoi’s success as a neutral is rooted in the breadth of her experience, ability to build rapport and temperament. Her balanced perspective, broad experience and insight gained from serving as a business executive, advocate, in-house counsel in a wide variety of settings has been the catalyst for her success.

Ms. Shampnoi regularly conducts CLE programs, trainings and presentations each year for advocates, arbitrators, mediators, businesses and human resource departments concerning best practices in dispute avoidance and resolution.

Alan Di Sciullo, Esq. is the retired Director of Global Real Estate for Shearman & Sterling LLP. In that capacity, he directed the firm’s worldwide real estate portfolio. He has been a Senior Vice President with a major global banking organization working on its corporate real estate merger and acquisitions activities and was of counsel with a New Jersey law firm. Mr. Di Sciullo served the largest portion of his career with Morgan Stanley as First Vice President and Senior Counsel responsible for real estate transactions and related litigation, such as the largest leases at the original World Trade Center totaling over 1.2 million sf, claims and relocations following the 1993 and 9/11 attacks on the Towers, development of the 600,000 sf Discover Card Headquarters in Riverwoods, Il., and over 200,000 sf for Dean Witter Trust’s headquarters in Harborside Plaza, Jersey City, NJ.

Mr. Di Sciullo has been active in civic and professional activities. He was a member of President Reagan’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (the Grace Committee) and was elected a fellow of the American College of Real Estates Lawyers (ACREL) in 2003. He has served as an Executive, Council and Planning member of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust & Estate (RPTE) and has been a long-serving chair of the Office Leasing Committee and various other lease-related committees. He also served as President of the New York chapter of the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE), director on that organization’s international board of directors, and president-elect of its educational affiliate, the Institute of Corporate Real Estate, and an advisory member on the New York chapter of its successor organization, CoreNet Global. He received numerous leadership and planning awards as the chair of the West Windsor Planning Board between 1993 and 1997. He was a director on the New Jersey Planning Officials board from 1996 to 2014, and he is currently an advisory directory for the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance.

Mr. Di Sciullo is a co-author of a 2500-page treatise Negotiating and Drafting Office Leases (Law Journal Seminars-Press 1995), now in its 25th year of publication. He is an adjunct Professor at NYU Schack, where he was honored in 2017 for 25 years of service to the University and has received Outstanding Teaching and Services awards. He has also received several Outstanding Faculty awards from CoreNet Global’s MCR program.

Mr. Di Sciullo graduated cum laude in Government and Economics from Georgetown University. He holds J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University. He is listed as a Super Lawyer (2008) and in Who’s Who in America and the World and in companion publications for American Lawyers, Finance and Emerging Leaders.He has been a frequent author and speaker on commercial real estate issues.

Gerald R. Uram is a partner in Davis & Gilbert’s Real Estate Practice Group. He was also chair of the Real Estate Practice Group for 38 years, after formally establishing the group in 1974. Under his leadership, the practice received prominent recognition by publications that cover the legal industry, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Law Firms.

Mr. Uram has handled headquarters leases for a number of major companies, including MasterCard International, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Saatchi & Saatchi, MONY, The Segal Company, Meredith Corporation, the Associated Press, Lehman Brothers, Boston Consulting Group, Raymond James Financial, Inc. and the National Football League, among others. Mr. Uram also represents a number of New York City landlords, including 140 Broadway, TF Cornerstone Inc., Oxford Properties Group, Westbrook Partners, Savanna Fund, American Realty Advisors and Kato International.

Mr. Uram has been recognized as a leading real estate lawyer for twelve consecutive years by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2021). Mr. Uram was also recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2013-2016). In addition, Mr. Uram has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in real estate law for 11 consecutive years (2011-2021) and was selected as a Super Lawyer by New York Metro Super Lawyers from 2006-2021 (Top 100 in 2008-2013, and 2015).

He has also acted as an expert witness in several cases, including on behalf of Avon in its litigation with its former landlord, and Bates Advertising in its litigation with its landlord regarding free rent penalties for late delivery. Both Avon and Bates Advertising were successful in the actions. Mr. Uram has lectured on commercial leasing practice before the Real Estate Board of New York and at New York Law School.


  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • St. Francis Friends of the Poor, Board of Trustees


  • New York


  • Yale University, LL.B., 1967
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1963

Kelly Ryan (Merino) is a Director with CBRE working in New York City on projects throughout the US. She has been representing building owners, occupiers and even the City of New York’s Real Estate division on a wide range of assignments for more than 10 years. Her experience spans from retail prototypes to very large commercial tenant fit outs, industrial, warehouse and specialty projects. Ms. Ryan has a unique ability to understand the clients’ goals and business and translate their real estate needs to an executable plan. Her strength lies in her ability to build teams that communicate and execute goals on time and on budget.  

Ms. Ryan has managed and directed teams on projects from coast to coast. She has spent nearly 20 years working for or on behalf of Fortune 500 firms, REITs, City and State agencies. She spent more than five years representing Bank of America in both developing and renovating properties and two of those years working hand in hand with Bank of America and Jones Lang LaSalle in a master re-design of all project management systems.    

Ms. Ryan is an excellent business partner to the all her clients. She joined CBRE in 2006 and brought with her an exceptional record of managing projects of all size and shape and seeing them through to successful execution. She has a background in business and spent many years in finance and operations before joining the world of real estate development. In addition, she brings substantial real estate experience to the team and a successful track record working with developers, contractors, architects, engineers, brokers, planning, zoning and other city agencies to meet project expectations. Her skills and attributes combined with her dedication and win-win attitude are valuable assets to the CBRE organization.

Marc Betesh is the founder and CEO of KBA Lease Services, the leading lease auditing firm, and Visual Lease, the #1 lease optimization software provider. 

After receiving his BA from Temple University and his JD from Georgetown University, Betesh practiced law in New York City where he negotiated commercial leases. As an attorney, Betesh became widely recognized as an expert on commercial lease negotiation, lease interpretation and expense reimbursement clauses. During this time, he conceived the idea of lease auditing and introduced it to the commercial real estate industry, which led him to create his two companies: KBA Lease Services in 1985 and Visual Lease in 1996. 

KBA was the pioneer of commercial lease auditing in 1985 and remains the signature firm in the industry. It has represented thousands of companies in almost every leasing market within the US, helping them to eliminate overcharges in their commercial leases. Visual Lease is the #1 lease optimization software provider that helps organizations become compliant with FASB, IFRS and GASB lease accounting standards, while simultaneously improving the financial, legal and operational performance of their leases. It incorporates numerous lessons learned through KBA’s work and is one of the top systems in its field, used by 800+ organizations to manage 500,000+ real estate, equipment and other leased assets.

In 2021, Visual Lease was named a Best Place to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ and ranked in the top 20% of the Inc. 5000 list for the second consecutive year. The organization was also included on the list of The Top 100 Software Companies of 2021 by The SoftWare Report. The company was also honored with a?Bronze Stevie® Award?in the Fastest Growing Company of the Year category in The 19th?Annual American Business Awards®?and named a?Top Workplace in New Jersey by 

Betesh was instrumental in shaping the foundation of lease accounting standards in the industry, which are still in practice today, making him a thought leader on the standards (GASB 87, ASC 842 and IFRS 16). Betesh is regarded as “top-rated faculty” at CoreNet Global Learning and often lectures on lease topics at New York University’s Real Estate Institute, American Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Practicing Law Institute, ICSC, Lorman Education Services and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He is also an active member of the New York and New Jersey Bars. He was a 2018 and 2019 Finalist for The EY Entrepreneur of the Year New Jersey Awards.  

Bill Garehime’s practice focuses on complex real estate transactional matters.  In particular, he primarily represents health care providers and negotiates leases and subleases in retail, office, hospital campus, and multi-use facilities.  In addition to traditional real estate matters, he has significant experience counseling clients on managing and administering lease portfolios to maintain regulatory compliance.

John Busey Wood is a member of the commercial real estate group in the New York City office of the national law firm Akerman LLP and advises public and private companies on national real estate transactions, development of mixed use and retail projects, retail centers and portfolio property master and ground leasing. For over 40 years Mr. Wood has represented owners and tenants in the design and negotiation of commercial leases covering in excess of 100 million square feet of retail, industrial, office and mixed use projects. These experiences, coupled with a unique blend of professional disciplines, resulted in his being featured on the Wall Street Journal Report and in articles on the impact of commercial leases on commerce and being referred to by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times as “the father of the modern killer lease.” His has extensive national experience in developable land, property acquisitions, and large scale retail and office developments.  He is a noted authority on ground leases and sale/leasebacks and helped lead a national team on a purchase, sale and master lease transaction involving 327 super market properties. Among noteworthy projects, Mr. Wood directed the legal team in a national portfolio acquisition with a value in excess of $2 billion and he participated in the development, leasing and financing of over 4 million square feet of regional shopping malls and retail centers nationwide. He negotiated what is considered the largest ground/space lease transaction of its kind in the history of New York City, containing more than 1.6 million square feet and including “fast-track” reconstruction, construction financing, permanent financing and options for fee acquisition. Mr. Wood is a licensed Class “A” commercial real estate broker, a Certified Public Accountant and holds B.B.A. (Accounting and Economics), M.B.A. (Accounting and Finance) and J.D. degrees. Mr. Wood frequently lectures on commercial leasing, transaction structuring and master leasing at Columbia University-ISDE Graduate Law and Economics Program and at the New York University Graduate School and Schack Real Estate Institute. He also lectures at PLI, where he is the New York and national Chairman of the Milton Friedman Leasing Lectures, and at the executive and annual meetings of the ABA and AICPA.   Mr. Wood has frequently served as a “party selected” and Federal arbitrator and is an American Arbitration Association - National Neutral - Commercial Panelist.  Mr. Wood is the senior author of the national treatise Negotiating and Drafting Office Leases, published by Law Journal Seminars-Press and supplemented 2 times per year ©1994. He is the author of the textbook, Navigating The Dangerous Shoals of a Commercial Lease, published by New York University Graduate School, ©1992-2012 and hosts the commercial leasing educational websites and which are utilized to supplement his lectures. Mr. Wood is listed in Who's Who In Law and Registry of Global Business Leaders, National Lawyers of Distinction and NY Super Lawyers 2004-2020.  Mr. Wood is AV Preeminent® peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was peer-nominated and elected an American Bar Foundation Fellow.

Joseph A. Fabrizi is a nationally recognized commercial real estate broker and consultant at CBRE, Inc.  Mr. Fabrizi joined CBRE in 2012 from Cushman & Wakefield, where he had worked since 1986.  During his long career, he has leased and sold buildings throughout New York City, the U.S. and worldwide with a total aggregate value of over $10 billion.

In his more than 31 years of experience, Mr. Fabrizi has served as a broker and consultant to some of America’s foremost corporations, financial institutions and law firms. Specializing as both a national account representative as well as a local expert of the New York City Midtown market, he is regarded as a premier real estate professional. 

In addition to his local, Manhattan-based clientele, Mr. Fabrizi also specializes in cross-border representation of worldwide companies.

Matthew has spent his entire career focusing on office and retail leasing, both in-house and in private practice, representing landlords, tenants and subtenants.  Currently Matthew is Senior Counsel at Convene, a global provider of best-in-class meeting and workplaces, premium amenities and five-star hospitality services.  At Convene, Matthew is lead counsel for all real estate and construction transactions, including, leasing, licenses, property management agreements, construction contracts and other occupancy agreements.  One of Matthew’s chief responsibilities is to work with Convene’s internal teams to implement processes to propel Convene’s international expansion.

Previously Matthew was Senior Director & Special Counsel at WeWork where he was responsible with managing a team of attorneys and real estate professionals.  At WeWork, Matthew negotiated leases and management agreements, as well as managing and training a team which was responsible for the global expansion of WeWork’s headquarters by WeWork product. 

Prior to WeWork, Matthew represented both landlords and tenants in a variety of leasing transactions in private practice with law firms Greenberg Traurig, Dinsmore and Steptoe and Johnson.  Matthew started his legal career as Assistant Real Estate Counsel at Abercrombie & Fitch, where he represented the company in a variety of leasing transactions and related matters.

Matthew lives in New York City and received his juris doctorate at The Ohio State University – Mortiz College of Law. 

Meyer Last is a real estate partner in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm in 1987 and was named partner in 1991.

Mr. Last has served as lead partner for some of the biggest real estate transactions in New York City involving prominent owners and developers such as Brookfield, RXR Realty, and Tishman Speyer; financial giants such as Citigroup, Bank of America, and UBS; and leading technology companies such as Google and Facebook. His deep understanding of the real estate market qualifies him to advise his clients on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on large commercial leasing for both landlords and tenants. He has represented one of the parties in the largest leases concluded in New York City for three of the last five years.

Mr. Last's work also includes advising purchasers and sellers on acquisitions and dispositions, facilitating ground-up developments and commercial condominiums, and arranging financings and restructurings. His long-standing clients include real estate developers, managers and owners, institutional investors, financial institutions, and public and private companies, some of whom have relied on Mr. Last's advice for more than 25 years and continue to involve him in all of their high-stakes real estate deals.

Mr. Last's work in the industry has earned him recognition by Legal 500 as one of New York City's leading real estate attorneys. He was recognized as a 2017 Client Services All-Star by BTI Consulting Group, a recognition identified solely and exclusively by corporate counsel.

Michael A. Marra, is Vice President for the Construction Division and has served with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for more than nineteen years. Mr. Marra was appointed District Vice President of the AAA Philadelphia Office in September 2001.  He is currently responsible for expanding the use of AAA construction ADR services in the Mid-Atlantic and New England States.  In that role, he also interacts with the AAA’s clients who file construction and real estate cases and the neutrals who serve as arbitrators and mediators.   Mr. Marra also has national responsibility for developing the AAA’s construction caseload and works closely with construction industry associations through the AAA’s National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee (NCDRC).  In this capacity, Mr. Marra assists the corporate, legal and public sector communities in educating them on the various construction industry dispute avoidance and resolution techniques and in designing dispute resolution systems to meet their specific needs.  Mr. Marra is a frequent presenter on the subject of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Prior to his appointment as District Vice President, Mr. Marra spent fourteen years in the construction and insurance industries in both operations and sales.  Mr. Marra is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management.

Michael E. Meyer has developed a national reputation as one of the preeminent leasing attorneys in the United States.

He regularly represents many of this country’s leading financial institutions, accounting firms and law firms in connection with major lease transactions throughout the United States.

Representative of the major leases he has done for tenants recently include City National Bank headquarters lease (525,000 sq.ft. in Los Angeles, CA), Sempra headquarters lease (300,000 sq.ft. in San Diego, CA), Nestle USA headquarters lease (205,833 sq.ft. in Arlington, VA), ICM Partners headquarters lease (111,591 in Los Angeles), and Northern Trust’s headquarters lease (450,000 sq.ft. in Chicago, IL). Recently he won a $5.6 million dollar Fair Market Rental Rate arbitration award for Capitol Records.

Mike is considered one of the country’s leading authorities on renewal rights, the establishment of fair market rental rates pursuant to arbitrations, the assignment and subleasing provision, and the inter-relationships between the tenant improvement agreement and the rent commencement date. He served for ten years as a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in Los Angeles. He has served as judge pro tem in the Los Angeles Municipal Courts and served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration

Association. He developed the definition of fair market rental rate which, in one form or another, is used in numerous major lease transactions, and has been intimately involved in many arbitrations/mediations involving fair market rental rates.

In a vote by his peers, which was published by Los Angeles magazine, he was ranked in the Top 100 of all the Super Lawyers in Southern California for the past five years. In 2011, Mike was named Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mike has been named CoreNet Global’s Real Estate Professional of the Year; the Los Angeles Business Journal named him one of the 25 Most Powerful Attorneys in Los Angeles; he was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal.

The respected English legal directory, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, has repeatedly ranked Mike in California’s top tier (Band 1) for real estate law. In 2017, he was elected President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He has served on the board of directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Los Angeles Police Foundation, and LA Sports & Entertainment Commission.

Mindy C. Novack is an Attorney with over thirty years’ experience in Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Corporate Law.  Since April 2014, Mindy has been the Senior Vice President, Senior Real Estate Counsel at Hudson’s Bay Company the owner of Hudson’s Bay, Zellers, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.  Prior to that she was Vice President/General Counsel of Loehmann’s.  Ms. Novack was previously Associate General Counsel/Vice President at Warnaco, responsible for Licensing and Intellectual Property; General Counsel at Brooks Brothers where she had many roles, including Vice President of Real Estate, Store Planning and Construction, and Vice President of International; and Real Estate Counsel at Ann Taylor.  From 1988-1992 she was Counsel in the New York Office of Melvin Simon and Associates and was Legal Counsel at CBL and Associates in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Ms. Novack received her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1981 and her J.D. from Emory University Law School in 1984.

Ms. Connery is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and has been designated a “Super Lawyer”©.  She’s the former chair of the Committee on Real Property Law and of the Committee on Cooperative and Condominium Law at the New York City Bar Association, is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Real Property Law Section, and a former chair of the ABA Leasing Group’s Assignment and Subletting Committee.  She’s also a chapter author for “Negotiating and Drafting Commercial Leases” and for Commercial Real Estate Transactions Handbook.

Ms. Konikoff is a sole practitioner who serves as an arbitrator and provides expert testimony and consulting in real estate litigation; she holds a Bachelor of Science and law degree and the Appraisal Institute’s MAI and AI-GRS designations. She is a member of the AAA and FINRA panels of neutrals. Prior to establishing her independent real estate advisory practice in 1993, Ms. Konikoff was Director of National Real Estate Valuation Services at KPMG. She joined KPMG in 1989 after having served as President of The Hudson Group, a national real estate consulting and appraisal firm. Previously, she was an attorney at the Philadelphia law firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman, where she worked in both the real estate and corporate law practice areas.

Ms. Konikoff has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses on real estate finance, real estate markets and real estate appraisal at both NYU and Columbia University, and was an adjunct professor at New York Law School (2010-2020). She is an instructor for the Appraisal Institute as well, where she presents programs on standards of appraisal practice and professional appraisal ethical rules. In addition, she develops and presents real estate valuation seminars for continuing education credits for CPAs and attorneys. Ms. Konikoff has served as an expert witness in a variety of cases in which real estate valuation and damages issues have come into dispute including, for example, the bankruptcy of Livent, an international owner of live theater properties and has been retained by both plaintiffs and defendants in RMBS (residential mortgage-backed securities) cases where she testified regarding the compliance of thousands of real estate appraisals with appraisal standards.

Ms. Konikoff has served as a member of several Appraisal Institute committees and other professional organizations and is currently a member of the Appraisal Institute’s national Board of Directors, and a member of its Body of Knowledge Committee. She is also an active member and a committee member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is a frequent speaker and author on arbitration, appraisal standards and other real property issues and the author of “Appraisers in Arbitration,” published in 2018 by the Appraisal Institute. She was also a member (2003-2009) and twice Vice-Chair of the Appraisal Standards Board, the congressionally mandated body that promulgates the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Robert J. Bergson earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Mr. Bergson’s practice focuses on professional liability defense, business and corporate litigation matters, real estate litigation, business divorce and products liability defense. He also handles disputes concerning miscellaneous/not-for-profit insurance lines, securities litigation, intellectual property, unfair competition claims and errors and omissions matters.     

As an Area Executive Vice President of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co- New York, James is responsible as a sales team leader for client development with a group of veteran and emerging brokers. As a Senior Director of the Construction Practice, he is responsible for all aspects of Construction activities for Gallagher in the New York City office, and works closely with the North East Construction Leader in developing the practice in the metro region.

He received a BS in Economics from Wagner College and his MBA in Risk Management from the St. John’s University Peter J. Tobin Graduate School of Business. After graduate school he studied Scientific Methods of Risk Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. He currently is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. John’s University Peter J. Tobin School of Risk Management, and also participates as a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute. With over 50 years of experience he remains active in the Real Estate and Construction Industry by participating in many of the local association seminars and conferences.

He was President of the Insurance Brokers Association of the State of New York and continues to serve on its Past Presidents Committee. He also was 1st Vice President and Board Member of The Players Club and now is a Governor of The Squadron A Association. He currently serves on the NY Committee of the Regional Planning Association.