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24 FEBRUARY 2020
Duke Realty Corp. has promoted
Art Makris to regional senior vice president of its Northeast operations, tapping one of its longest-tenured employees to help lead its efforts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Based in Duke’s Jersey City office, the 23-year associate will be responsible for leasing and managing its existing industrial properties in the two states, along with identifying new development and construction opportunities.
What’s more, Makris will pursue and evaluate investments, focusing on land, building acquisitions and
was promoted to vice president in 2006 and named market leader of Columbus in 2014.
In 2018, he began overseeing the company’s operations in Cincinnati and Nashville.
Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects has hired Trevor Lamb as a project manager, continuing its rapid expansion amid the ongoing boom for luxury residential projects.
Lamb joins the Hoboken-based firm, which grew by 25 percent last year, after eight years with Michael Graves Architecture. During that time, he ascended rapidly from an architectural design position to the senior project manager responsible for firm-wide project management activities.
He now brings extensive experience in project management, construction administration services, marketing and business
along with
and retention
and technology
upgrade and roll out, according to
a news release. His past projects with Graves include the Statue of Unity, which is currently the world’s tallest freestanding sculpture and part of a massive infrastructure and architectural undertaking in Gujarat State, India.
Other projects included The St. Regis Nile Corniche, a 2.2 million- square-foot luxury hotel and mixed- use development in Cairo, along with the Savio Hall project at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey and multiple projects for the New York City School Construction Authority.
Lamb received a bachelor’s from Georgetown University and a master of architecture from The New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC has bolstered its team of real estate and property tax attorneys with the addition of Jason Holt, a longtime municipal official in the state.
Holt, who brings more than two decades of experience, comes to the West Orange-
based firm after
recently serving
as the business
in Atlantic City.
He joins CSG
as a member in
its real estate,
development and
land use and property taxation and valuation groups.
“Jason’s dynamic background as both a lawyer and municipal leader brings a fresh perspective to the negotiating table,” said Francis J. Giantomasi,
a member with CSG’s real estate, development and land use group. “His understanding of the legal conditions needed for successful municipal planning, and also the business drivers that make these deals mutually beneficial and sustainable, will undoubtedly add value to our client advisory teams.”
Holt’s experience spans local government, municipal corporations, turnaround strategy, litigation and fiscal management, according to
a news release. In Atlantic City,
he first served as the city solicitor, overseeing the municipality’s legal affairs, before he was picked in 2016 to help implement a state-mandated stabilization plan.
As the state-appointed business administrator, he directed the city
on its course toward revitalization through the negotiation of several hundred million dollars of tax appeals and the effective management of casino closures, fiscal volatility,
major bankruptcy matters and an unprecedented drop in its tax base, the news release said. Prior to Atlantic City, Holt served as corporation counsel in East Orange, where he oversaw the broad spectrum of the city’s legal affairs, including the introduction of major redevelopment projects, litigation of high-profile lawsuits encompassing employment practices, challenges to municipal legislation, in rem foreclosures and bankruptcy matters.
That tenure also included playing a pivotal role as adviser to the city’s police department and assisting in the enhancement of policing techniques, which reduced the city’s crime rate
to state and national record-breaking levels at the time.
Other past roles include municipal court judge for the City of Orange Township, deputy freeholder counsel to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and director of affirmative action for Essex County, the news release said. In Trenton, Holt served as deputy legislative counsel to the New Jersey Senate and Assembly through the Office of Legislative Services.
CSG expects Holt’s work to
include assisting municipalities
and developers in drafting and negotiating redevelopment plans and agreements and payment in lieu of taxes agreements, tax appeals and tax exemptions.
“I am excited about beginning this new chapter in my career with a firm as extraordinarily well-respected
and uniquely attuned to the needs
of the municipalities and businesses it serves,” Holt said. “I look forward to drawing upon my background by deepening these relationships and providing forward-thinking counsel that extends beyond the ordinary into collaborative community building.”
A graduate of Cornell University and Rutgers University School of Law, Holt is licensed to practice in New Jersey and before various federal jurisdictions, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law.
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP has tapped partners Jeffrey B. Wagenbach and Steven T. Senior as the new co-chairs of its environmental law practice.
Wagenbach and Senior, both longtime attorneys with the Morristown-based firm, have taken the reins from Dennis J. Krumholz, who founded the environmental practice in the mid-1980s and built it into one of the largest of its kind in the state.
“Riker Danzig entered the environmental arena in the early days of New Jersey environmental law, and so we have had the opportunity to be on the cutting
   Art Makris
build-to-suit and multitenant development projects, according to a news release. The promotion follows a tenure in which he was instrumental in
growing the company’s presence in Columbus, Ohio, where he developed more than 14.5 million square feet
of logistics space, primarily at Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park and Park 70 at West Jefferson.
“Art has been one of our most successful leasing and development associates, working closely with many of today’s leading businesses to find the best logistics space for their operations whether it’s a build-to- suit or occupying space in one of our existing assets,” said Steve Schnur, Duke’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “He also has been creative in finding and securing the best land positions and working with local officials on zoning and incentives.
“Art’s expertise and track record make him the perfect person to lead our efforts in the Northeast region since both New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania are areas where we want to grow our industrial portfolio.”
Makris joined Duke in 1997 and worked in the Cleveland market before transferring to Columbus in 2005, the news release said. He
Trevor Lamb
Jason Holt

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