2013 Sponsors

Massey Knakal

Massey Knakal is a diversified real estate company, exclusively representing owners in the sale, retail lease and/or financing of their properties. With over 100 employees, four offices and thorough coverage of the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey, Massey Knakal Realty Services dominates the New York metropolitan area’s property transaction marketplace.For over two decades, Massey Knakal has focused exclusively on the New York metropolitan area, building strong relationships within the neighborhoods we represent and developing an extensive database of customers that includes all of the major investors, institutions, agencies and individuals that are active in real estate in the area. Our dedication to neighborhood knowledge and relationship building is a source of continuing pride and success for Massey Knakal, and through our Territory System™, our agents have partnered with owners throughout the city to close over 4,200 transactions, with an aggregate value in excess of $15 billion since 1988.

AmerescoAmeresco helps organizations meet complex energy management challenges with an integrated comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Leveraging budget neutral solutions like energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and power purchase agreements (PPAs), we eliminate the financial barriers that traditionally hamper energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Apts and Lofts

aptsandlofts.com was founded in October 2002 with the goal of approaching marketing campaigns in a completely creative way (creating trends, rather than following trends) and embracing the very best, honest and approachable Real Estate Brokers. Today, aptsandlofts.com is a mid-sized company that fosters an intimate work environment (as you may characteristically find in small local brokerage companies), while boasting a sophisticated roster of exclusive listings and strong, working relationships with influential NYC developers (as you may characteristically find in large, corporate Manhattan-based firms). Our day-to-day activities are centered on the core principles of hard work, honesty, and professionalism. We strive to be a leader in Real Estate Marketing and garner respect from industry peers, in the areas of market presence, market knowledge, community activism, and customer service.

Asset Preservation

Asset Preservation, Inc. (API), is a leading national Qualified Intermediary and has successfully completed over 150,000 tax deferred exchanges in its 23 year history. API provides unmatched security for the management of exchange funds, including the financial strength and backing of Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE: STC), its 120 year old parent company. API’s management maintains tight financial controls and multi-layered security systems necessary to provide the level of comfort and the quality of performance relied on by sophisticated investors and Corporate America and is staffed by experts in all types of exchanges, including reverse and improvement exchanges. For more information, call API 866-317-1031 or 866-394-1031, email pmichaels@apiexchange.com or visit www.apiexchange.com.

Bright Power

Bright Power provides practical energy management and solar energy solutions that save building owners energy, money and time. We focus on multifamily residential buildings, enabling them to reduce waste, improve cash flow, achieve energy law compliance and make building occupants more comfortable. Clients include building owners, management companies, developers, contractors, architects, governments and utility companies.

Navigating the changing Energy landscape, 500 million square feet, and counting…

CA Rich

CA Rich Consultants, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Charles A. Rich, President. CA Rich is an independently-owned, privately-held full-service environmental consulting firm — specializing in groundwater/hydrogeology investigation and development, assessment, appraisal, regulatory compliance, risk-based remediation, reporting, tax certiorari, compliance auditing, hazardous waste removal, long-term monitoring and database management, indoor/outdoor air quality testing; and asbestos testing. Senior staff is experienced in remediation, management and costeffective brownfield redevelopment. The firm provides the necessary design and services to turnkey remediation investigations and cleanups at numerous Federal or State-listed sites within the tri-state area; and has successfully negotiated several NYS voluntary cleanup agreements. CA Rich is called upon to provide expert testimony, as well as to provide due diligence advice relative to ASTM Phase I and Phase IIs. The firm assists in the conception, development, design, implementation, management, documentation and defense of surface and subsurface evaluations and remedial/corrective response actions.


Owners and investors of income-producing commercial properties have special financing needs. Chase understands these needs and has a strong track record of helping owners by providing a broad array of loan programs, competitive pricing, low loan fees and excellent customer service. We offer streamlined, low-cost commercial mortgages for clients who are purchasing or refinancing stabilized apartment buildings with five or more units & Office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties.

City Point

City Point is a unique mixed-use property adding retail and residential opportunities to Brooklyn’s main retail corridor – Fulton Street.  Ideally located at the intersection of Fulton Street & Flatbush Avenue, City Point is positioned as the link between the two main thoroughfares, Fulton Street being a major pedestrian street and Flatbush Avenue being the main vehicular thoroughfare.  City Point answers the shopping needs of a diverse group of buyers who have transformed Brooklyn into the new destination for education, culture, dining, and shopping.

Emigrant Mortgage

Emigrant Mortgage Company, headquartered in Elmsford, New York, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emigrant Bank, which has been serving the credit and banking needs of the New York community for more than 160 years. Emigrant Mortgage is a portfolio lender specializing in creative “niche” financing solutions for Residential and Commercial Properties. Emigrant offers financing options for traditional borrowers as well as non-US citizens/foreign nationals and borrowers with insufficient credit. As a “niche” lender, Emigrant applies common sense underwriting to close loans which do not “fit the box” of most other lenders. As a jumbo/super-jumbo lender, Emigrant regularly closes loans with loan amounts up to $10 million. Emigrant has built a strong reputation for closing condominium and cooperative loans as routinely as 1-4 family loans. Emigrant Mortgage Company website address is www.EmigrantMortgage.com


The Insurent Lease Guaranty program was created to assist landlords, renters and brokers in closing residential leases. Its role as the “institutional mommy and daddy” allows thousands of leases to quickly and easily close to the benefit of all parties that otherwise would not close without Insurent. Currently, over 225,000 apartments accept the Insurent Lease Guaranty Program enabling hundred of landlords to increase cash flow and occupancy rates, eliminate rent loss and close more leases quickly, all at no cost to the landlord.

Kramer Levin

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is a full service law firm with offices in New York, Silicon Valley and Paris. The firm has over 50 real estate, land use and environmental lawyers dedicated to development in New York City and around the country. U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers ranked the firm’s Real Estate and Land Use practices in the top tier for both national and New York practices. The Land Use Department is the largest, and one of the most sophisticated, land use practices in New York City. The Department handles all aspects of predevelopment approvals and transactions, including zoning changes, special permits, variances, landmarks proceedings, air rights transfers, tax abatements and economic development initiatives. The Department’s 16 lawyers and 2 planners have been involved in most of the major development projects in New York City over the past thirty years, and clients benefit from the depth and scope of their experience.

Founded in 1991, Meridian Capital Group, LLC is one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate finance and advisory firms. Meridian has arranged more than $120 billion of commercial real estate debt, including more than 27,500 transactions in 42 states. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Florida and California. Working with a broad array of capital providers, Meridian arranges financing for transactions ranging from $500,000 to more than $500 million for multifamily, co-op, office, retail, hotel, mixed-use, industrial, healthcare, student housing, self-storage and construction properties. www.meridiancapital.com.


The brokerage formed by the merger of The Developers Group and The Real Estate Group in 2009 is rebranding itself with a new name – the more concise and consumer-friendly MNS, which stands for ‘marketing and sales.’ MNS is growing and will open its second Manhattan office at 189 Eighth Avenue in Chelsea on June 1. The expansion will bring the three-office brokerage to a sales force of over 125 agents focusing on new developments, resale and rentals. The company’s third office is located on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. MNS currently represents over $1 billion in exclusive listings comprising over 1,000 apartment units in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The firm is reporting remarkable sales activity at the city’s two largest condominium communities – The Edge in Williamsburg and One Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights. MNS is also instituting VOW, or Virtual Office Website, which will enable customers and agents to search all of the industry’s listings provided directly by REBNY.

National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an international energy delivery companythat connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. In the United States, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). National Grid owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

Online Marketing Group

Reach rental tenants using multichannel marketing. Whether your target audience uses laptops or PDAs, reads blogs or Kindles, you must have the know how to deliver the right message at the right time. The professionals at Online Marketing Groupknow the most effective ways to reach potential tenants at work or play. We transform your sales & marketing goals into online strategies & tactics that work. Search Engine strategies, affiliate marketing, website development and online advertising campaigns. These are just a few of the areas we can help you with. In a world where change is the only constant, you need the guidance of professionals who understand how the online world affects the offline. Online Marketing Group provides a complete suite of services to help clients make the most of online opportunities – wherever they are.

Tarter Krinsky and Drogin

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP is a full-service law firm dedicated to smart counsel and strong client relationships.  We offer the diverse practice areas of a large firm, coupled with superior service and personal attention.  We are distinguished by the breadth and depth of our experience and by a level of sophistication unusual for a firm of our size. From start-up companies to established institutions, our clients are leaders and innovators in their industries, and we take pride in the trust and confidence they place in our firm.  We represent a wide variety of businesses, including professional service firms, wholesalers and distributors, manufacturing and trading companies, retailers, real estate developers and owners, e-commerce and technology companies, health care providers, insurance companies and financial institutions.  Our clients value our professionalism and responsiveness and appreciate the benefits of our efficient, cost-conscious approach to the practice of law.