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 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, along with a sales agent license in the state of New Jersey.
Also joining Newmark is Amanda Jones, who brings more than 25 years of experience as a financial adviser and portfolio
manager and
12 years as an
attorney, the
news release
said. She has
experience in
working with
clients to define
their investment objectives and source opportunities that will meet those objectives, the firm added, having honed her expertise in commercial real estate by working as in-house counsel for an industrial developer.
“She gained experience in negotiating lease and sales contracts, overseeing and coordinating environmental investigations and remediation, land use issues and analyzing the value of commercial real estate for potential acquisitions,” Newmark Associates wrote.
Meantime, the firm announced that Michael Taccetta joined its sales team last fall after serving as an account executive for Simplicity Title LLC
the Newmark culture — building strong relationships with buyers, real estate attorneys, realtors and brokers (plus) excellent communication skills and alignment of strategic financial and operational objectives,” the firm wrote.
Taccetta graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in finance.
The Main Street Business Alliance
in Hackensack has tapped veteran entrepreneur and executive John T. Peters as the new head of the special improvement district.
Also known as The Sack Business Alliance, the
sold two companies, including a technology firm acquired by Rand McNally and one international tourism business acquired by Far & Wide, according to a news release. He has also helmed companies of varying sizes, with posts such as president of travel media at USA Today, where he oversaw a team of nearly 100 and led the group through explosive growth.
“John’s background in business, tourism and technology is the perfect mix of what we need,” said Edward Decker, chairman of the Main Street Business Alliance and owner of Musically Yours. “He’s put together a detailed, multiyear strategy, the likes of which this organization has never seen before, and we’re very confident in his ability to execute the plan.”
The SBA’s programs and services
are underwritten by a special assessment collected from property owners, helping fund services such as maintaining the cleanliness of Main Street, maintenance of the trees and plant beds, signage improvement
and business recruitment, the
news release said. There are 160 commercial properties and more than 375 businesses within the district, while the organization is governed by an 11-member board elected by the members of the district, along with liaisons from the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Public Library and city council.
Peters reports to the board.
“John is not only extremely talented, but he’s outgoing, approachable and understands the value of relationships and strategic partnerships,” said Eric Anderson, vice chairman of the board and CEO of Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group.
Jason Some, owner of Some’s Uniforms and secretary of the Alliance, added: “He’s basically a startup business guy, so he’s happy to jump into the weeds, roll up his
sleeves and do the work to make things happen. Plus, he’s got a lot of energy, and he’s fun to work with.”
Sheldon Gross Realty has promoted Sarah Leonelli to the role of corporate sales representative with the West Orange-based firm.
In a news release, the agency said Leonelli joined its team in 2021 and has managed a range of administrative
In her new role,
in addition
to selling
and leasing
real estate, she
will be directly
involved in its
property management business.
Leonelli recently earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in business management, from Kean University.
“I’ve worked with Sarah for several years now, and have learned she’s a special person who’s committed to doing things well,” Sheldon Gross Realty President Marcy Gross said. “Most members of our agency’s sales team are commercial real estate veterans, with proven records of success. We made the decision to elevate Sarah to a sales position because of our confidence that she’ll quickly excel in her new role.”
Leonelli’s brother, Matt Leonelli, is a Sheldon Gross Realty assistant vice president, the news release said. She is also a self-published poet who’s currently developing a novel.. RE
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  and as an equity
sales trader for
the GFI Group.
His career also
includes more
than seven years
as the owner-
operator of
Garden State
Closings LLC,
where he closed more than 2,000 real estate transactions in New Jersey and New York.
“As an entrepreneur, Michael brings to his Newmark sales role experience, qualities and skills that resonate with
tourism, technology, media and
event management. He takes over as executive director of an entity that serves as a public-private partnership between the business community and the city of Hackensack, seeking to improve the local economy and the overall business climate.
“I look forward to collaborating with the businesses, residents and city of Hackensack to continue the Alliance’s successes,” Peters said. “So much great work has already been done, and there’s so much more potential to continue to transform the district into a thriving community for all to enjoy.”
Peters has built and successfully
John T. Peters
organization said Peters comes
to the role
with decades
of experience in executive management, marketing, public relations,
Sarah Leonelli
 Michael Taccetta
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