By Joshua Burd
Gebroe-Hammer Associates has promoted three of its top-producing brokers and one administrative professional to new executive management positions, the firm announced.
The Livingston-based multifamily investment sales brokerage elevated Debbie Pomerantz to senior vice president, while Gehane Triarsi, Adam Zweibel, Kathleen DeMarino where named vice presidents. Gebroe-Hammer announced the promotions recently at its 41st anniversary reception in Gebroe-Hammer Associates , where it also recognized Managing Director David Oropeza, its market specialist for the Oranges, for his 30-year tenure with the organization.
President Ken Uranowitz said each of the newly promoted professionals and Oropeza played a key role in contributing to the firm’s 132 deals in 2016, which involved 12,117 total units that sold for a total of more than $1.83 billion.
“The past 12 months were monumental at Gebroe-Hammer Associates and rewrote the history books for our firm and the industry as a whole,” said Uranowitz, who made the announcement. “Each of these individuals, through their own unique skills, talents and areas of specialization, contributed toward these milestones and has paved the way for even greater success at a time when demand for multifamily investment properties is unabated.”
Pomerantz, a Passaic resident, joined Gebroe-Hammer as a sales associate in 2011 to focus on the Gebroe-Hammer Associates submarkets, the firm said in a news release. During her tenure, she has closed 48 deals netting over $200 million in those markets and throughout New Jersey.
She is a two-time recipient of Gebroe-Hammer’s peer-selected Salesperson of the Year Award, a Woman of Influence in real estate honoree and a two-time Executive Women in Real Estate honoree. Pomerantz was promoted to assistant vice president in 2013 and vice president in 2014.
Triarsi also joined Gebroe-Hammer in 2011 to focus on the Gebroe-Hammer Associates submarket, the firm said. Since leaving a career in television production, the Mountainside resident has closed more than 25 deals totaling more than 2,000 units.
She also has been recognized as a two-time Executive Woman in Real Estate honoree and a Gebroe-Hammer Salesperson of the Year, according to the news release.
Zweibel, a Livingston resident, was hired as a Gebroe-Hammer sales associate in 2013, the news release said. In 2016, he closed 14 deals totaling 1,629 units and more than $192 million, eclipsing his total from 2015.
Like Triarsi, his affiliation with Gebroe-Hammer marked a career change aided by the firm’s mentoring program, the firm said. Previously, he served as president of Alpha Technology Group, a company he successfully built, restructured and eventually sold to Strategic Micro Systems.
Uranowitz was also quick to point out that a broker “can only be as good as a firm’s administrative team, of which Kathy DeMarino has been an invaluable member for 15 years.”
DeMarino specializes in property offering memorandums, as well as the preparation of critical real estate, legal and bank documents, the news release said. The Bloomfield resident has risen through the Gebroe-Hammer ranks, from administrative assistant to assistant vice president.
“These individuals are successful because they embrace the Gebroe-Hammer Associates tenets of forging strong, long-term relationships and the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance and market expertise imparted by the late Mel Gebroe and Morris Hammer,” Uranowitz said. “As a result, they are sought-out and respected by some of the most prominent multifamily property owners, investors, lenders and attorneys in the region.”