Institute of Real Estate Board of Directors
President of The Institute of Real Estate
Herb Agin attended Hunter College and Brooklyn Law School and joined Sutton & Towne, Inc. in 1972 as an industrial specialist. He was promoted to Director of Industrial Properties, and then to Vice President and Manager of the Long Island regional office. In 1979, Agin positioned Sutton & Towne for acquisition by Coldwell Banker, enabling the West Coast real estate franchise to establish commercial presence in the New York metropolitan area. In 1980, Agin was promoted to Resident Manager and Vice President.
In 1982, Agin formed Sutton & Edwards Inc., and as Principal and Managing Partner, established the firm in the Long Island marketplace. Sutton & Edwards achieved the honors of #1 Commercial Real Estate Brokerage on Long Island (1986) and 4th Fastest Growing Company on Long Island (1988). In 2003, CoStar Group ranked Sutton & Edwards among Long Island's Top 5 Brokerage Firms.
In 1990, Agin was elected Chief Executive Officer of Sutton & Edwards, and catalyzed service expansion. Anticipating the globalization of industry, Agin evaluated global service providers and in 1992 secured the Long Island affiliate position within The Commercial Network, now TCN Worldwide. After contributing to the growth of TCN Worldwide as Regional Vice President (1994) and as a member of the Board (1995), he served as Chairman of the Board of for five years. He is now Chairman Emeritus.
In 1991, Herb along with three other brokers, founded the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society (CIBS) to promote education and cooperation between the brokerage, business and development community. He remains today as an adviser to the Board. Additionally, Herb was a board member of the Real Estate Practitioners Institute at C. W. Post and recently helped to inaugurate and is a board member of the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University. For his active participation in the business community he has been selected by Long Island Business News for two consecutive years as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Long Islanders".
Believing that giving back to the community that fostered his career Herb has devoted time and effort to the American Heart Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Make A Wish foundation.
Edward A. Ambrosino
Town of Hempstead
Hempstead Town Councilman Edward A. Ambrosino has served on the Hempstead Town Board since March of 2003.
Councilman Ambrosino has enjoyed a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. Having served the majority caucus of the Nassau County Legislature as the first Majority Counsel, he authored the first rules of procedure and created its internal systems and committee structure; counseled the Presiding Officer, the Minority Leader and the Legislative Caucus in all legal and governmental matters; drafted all caucus legislation and negotiated and reviewed documents involved in several major transactions.
Councilman Ambrosino also served as a Commissioner for Sanitary District 6 in the Town of Hempstead.
In addition to his municipal experience, Councilman Ambrosino has significant experience in the private practice of law. He is currently Of Counsel to Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., where he is a member of the firm's Real Estate Department and Municipal and Regulatory Affairs Group. In addition, he is a founding member of Municipal Solutions Group LLC, a municipal consulting and re-engineering entity.
Councilman Ambrosino is also active in many civic and charitable organizations. He is President and Founder of Amber Rose Productions, a not- for-profit community theatre production company, and he serves as counsel or board member to several organizations including the Friends of North Valley Stream, the Central Nassau Civic Association, the Nassau County Sports Commission, the Pat Cairo Family Foundation, Perks Dance Theatre, Musicals Unlimited, the Faithful and Fearless World Trade Center Family Fund and the Nassau County Literacy Volunteers of America.
The Councilman resides in North Valley Stream with his wife, Cherie, and their three children.
President and CEO
Blumenfeld Development Corp.
NAI Long Island
Mr. Albert Centrella Principal, Executive Director at NAI Long Island has over 30 years of diverse commercial real estate experience. In 1977, Mr. Centrella started his career at The Lancsco Corporation in New York. He later joined James Lang Wooton, as Assistant Vice President responsible for landlord and tenant representation. Al Centrella then joined Spiegel Associates as Assistant Director of Leasing, where he was responsible for the leasing of over 2 million SF of office, industrial, and retail properties. In 1994, Mr. Centrella embarked on his own, forming the Schacker Management Company, which later merged with Bagnato Realty. At the turn of the century Bagnato Realty became NAI Long Island, where Mr. Centrella is Principal and Executive Director. His professional affiliations and designations include organizations such as Commercial Industrial Brokers Society (CIBS), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Board of Director March of Dimes Long Island Chapter, Member NAI Gold Club, and his most recent appointment; to Chairman of the NAI Global Northeast Retail Council.
Town of Huntington
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was re-elected to a four-year term on the Huntington Town Board in 2005 and has served on the Huntington Town Board since January 1998. Cuthbertson has kept his pledge to put politics aside and part of a bi-partisanship government that has marked the most significant turnaround in local government on Long Island. Throughout his term Mark Cuthbertson has voted to reduce and stabilize taxes in Huntington, working with the other members of the Town Board to place performance over partisanship and public service over politics.
A life long resident of Huntington, after graduating from Walt Whitman High School, he went on to Villanova University (BS - Business Administration) and then to Albany Law School of Union University (JD cum laude). In addition to serving on the Town Board, Mark Cuthbertson is an attorney in private practice in Huntington, NY. The Law Offices of Mark A. Cuthbertson, located in downtown Huntington, specializing in the areas of zoning, real estate, employment, labor, and municipal law.
CEO and President, Spiegel Associates
Mr. Eidler is President and Chief Executive Officer of Spiegel Associates, one of the largest privately held owners and managers of properties in the New York area. Spiegel Associates specializes in the acquisition, leasing, management and development of retail, office, industrial and residential properties.
Mr. Eidler joined Spiegel Associates in 1988 after spending a decade with a Manhattan law firm. He leads a team of professionals and oversees and directs all acquisitions, development, financing, property management and leasing. He served as General Counsel to Spiegel Associates from 1988 through January 2000. In February 2000, Mr. Eidler became the Chief Executive Officer of Spiegel Associates. In January 2003 he became both President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Eidler served as Co-Chairman of the Association of Counsel to Real Estate Enterprise (A.C.R.E.) and served on the Advisory Board of Professional Office Building Management (1999 - 2003). He serves as a member of the New York State Bar Association Commercial Leasing Committee. He lectures for New York University (Real Estate Institute) and for Long Island University Real Estate Practitioner's Institute. He is President of the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Chicago Title Company and First American Title Company. He was a Board Member of Long Island University Real Estate Practitioner's Institute from 2001 to June 2006. He served as President of The Association For A Better Long Island, Inc. from January, 2004 until December, 2005. He currently is vice chairman of the Association For A Better Long Island, Inc. and a member of its three person executive committee. Mr. Eidler is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Eidler is also a contributing source of model lease clauses to the monthly newsletter "Commercial Lease Law Insider."
An active community member Mr. Eidler was the 2002 March of Dimes Honoree for the Long Island Chapter and was a board member of the March of Dimes.
First Development Corporation
David has been involved in real estate since graduating from Hofstra University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in 1982. David, co-founded First Development Corporation in 1983, which specializes in shopping center development and chain store brokerage.
David has developed and manages a portfolio which consists of 30 retail properties.
David is married for over 13 years, resides in Old Westbury with his wife Judy and his daughter Carley. He is the co-founder of the LIREG a charitable organization of real estate executives which combines networking with providing local charities with funding for projects such as the Ronald McDonald House, Long Island Hospice, Sunrise Day Camp, and North Shore University Hospital.
Leonard S. Gold
Associate General Counsel, Leasing
Forest City Ratner Companies
Mr. Gold is Associate General Counsel - Leasing of Forest City Ratner Companies, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:FCE), a leading national owner, operator, and developer of distinctive and diversified real estate projects in select core markets. Among the projects which Mr. Gold has worked on are Ridge Hill, an 81-acre mixed-use project in Yonkers, NY whose tenants include the Apple Store, Legoland Discovery Center, Whole Foods, Lord & Taylor, and LL Bean; the New York Times Building in Times Square; and the Barclays Center, for which Mr. Gold negotiated and drafted the License Agreement between the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets which permits the Nets to play their home games there (and required the approval of the NBA and the project’s bondholders, as well as the ESDC and the City of New York, in addition to the team and the arena).
Mr. Gold joined Forest City in 2004 after spending 16 years as General Counsel of Philips International Holding Corp., where he was primarily involved in shopping center leasing and sales on both the business and legal sides. Prior to that, Mr. Gold was General Counsel to New Plan Realty Trust, a NYSE-listed REIT and predecessor to today’s Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE: BRX). Prior to that, Mr. Gold was in private practice in Manhattan.
Mr. Gold served as Co-Chairman of the Association of Counsel to Real Estate Enterprises (A.C.R.E.). Mr. Gold also is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has served as a panelist and leader of various seminars, e.g. “Street Retail in Vertical Mixed-Use Buildings” at the CLE-accredited ICSC Law Conference, and has also spoken before the annual meeting of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).
Mr. Gold is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the NYU School of Law. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Collective Music School in Manhattan, and has served as a workplace mentor for Big Brother/Big Sisters.
Harvest Real Estate Services
Cronin, Cronin & Harris, P.C.
Laureen Harris has over twenty years of experience in the field of tax certiorari law. Ms. Harris graduated from Boston College magna cum laude and received her Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac College School of Law. She is a partner at Cronin, Cronin & Harris which specializes in Tax Certiorari proceedings. Ms. Harris concentrates on Nassau County properties. Ms. Harris is the past Chairperson of the Nassau County Condemnation Law and Tax Certiorari Committee. Ms. Harris has been a board member of the Association for a Better long Island for 15 years. She is also a member of the Long Island Real Estate Group and the Land Use Institute.
-Nassau County Bar Association, Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Committee and Judiciary Committee
-Suffolk County Bar Association, Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Committee
-New York State Bar Association, Real Property Tax Committee Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Division
-American Bar Association
-New York City Tax Review Bar -New York State Assessors Association
-International Association of Assessors
-Institute of Property Taxation
-Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association
-Association for a Better Long Island
First American Title Insurance Company of New York
Liz Joyce joined First American Title Insurance Company of New York, a "Fortune 300" Company as a Sales Representative in 1992. She is currently a Senior Vice President and top sales producer for the Long Island Region, handling many prominent commercial transactions on Long Island and in New York City. Liz is involved in the Long Island community. She is an active member of the Long Island Real Estate Group, The Association for a Better Long Island and the Long Island Builders Intitute. She is also a volunteer for the Nature Conservancy and hs co-chaired the annual fundraising gala for The March of Dimes. Liz is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra.
Liz is a graduate of Adelphi University. She and her husband Jim have four children, Jimmy, Brian, Kevin and Marissa.
Gary Lewi has an extensive background in communications, including work as a broadcast journalist and as a government press secretary on municipal and federal levels. He was Director of Communications for Hempstead Town on Long Island, the nation's largest township, and served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato during the Senator's first term.
With the firm since 1987, he has created innovative public relations and crisis communications strategies for clients involved in issues that include energy, the environment, public policy, health, land use, transportation and crisis management. He is a member of the company's executive management committee and, along with Howard Rubenstein, is considered the company's resident political analyst.
Mr. Lewi has taught at the New York Institute of Technology and has lectured on public relations at Columbia, Stony Brook and Hofstra Universities and Molloy College.
Goodman & Marks
Anchin Block and Anchin
Howard M. Stein is managing partner of the Real Estate Practice Group and concentrates on matters related to real property acquisitions, leasing, real estate finance and loan workouts. He is an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Law at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he is Chairman of the School’s Board of Governors.
In what could be the largest price paid for a land sale on Long Island, Mr. Stein recently handled the sale of the Melville “pumpkin farm” to Canon USA for its North American Headquarters, playing a major role in resolving a legal dispute that will keep the Fortune 500 Company on Long Island.
He is a board member of Hope for Youth, Inc. and the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center. Mr. Stein was the recipient of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Presidential Award at its 2000 Gala, and he was the 2007 recipient of the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from Long Island Cares, Inc.
Mr. Stein serves on the Advisory Boards of both Chicago Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company. He has lectured at the Nassau Academy of Law, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Queens County Bar Association on a variety of Real Estate related topics.
Mr. Stein is a 1975 graduate of the University of Rochester and earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1978.
Wachtler Knopf Equities
Philip Wachtler is a founder and principal of Wachtler Knopf Equities LLC, of Farmingdale, one of the largest independent office building owners / managers on Long Island. Wachtler currently represents the ownership of a portfolio of 10 office buildings totaling 579,000 square feet in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Since founding WKE in 2005, Wachtler has assumed an active and influential role in the real estate community on Long Island. In addition to IRE, He is a board member of the Long Island Real Estate Group and holds associate membership in the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society.
Prior to establishing WKE, Wachtler served as Director of Leasing and Development for the Tilles Investment Company, overseeing 2.1 million square feet of commercial space. He joined CLK/Houlihan Parnes as a Senior Vice President after the partnership purchased the Tilles portfolio in 2005. He was recognized as one of the 40 most influential business people under the age of 40 for 2002 by the Long Island Business News.
Wachtler is a graduate of Skidmore College and the Gemological Institute of America in New York. He worked as gemologist for the Walker Jewelry Co. in Manhattan before joining Sterling/Carl Marks Capital Inc., a small business investment company. He joined Tilles in 2000. Philip is also active in the Licensing of Little League Baseball products internationally with SloaneVision in New York
A former member of the Village of Sands Point Zoning Board of Appeals, Wachtler is now a resident of Upper Brookville, where he lives with his wife, Robin and their three children. He serves on the board of directors of the Tilles Center for the Arts and is an associate trustee of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.