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H. Dale Hemmerdinger,
Dale oversees the properties and service subsidiaries of ATCO, as well as its parent company, The Hemmerdinger Corporation and The Hemmerdinger Foundation. Appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer, Dale served as Chairman of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and formerly served as Commissioner of the New York City Conciliation and Appeals Board during the Koch Administration. Dale is active in many public and private organizations; these include Trustee of New York University, Chairman of its Alumni Relations Committee and Public Affairs Committee; Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation (serving as Secretary/Treasurer); President of the Realty Foundation of New York; Honorary Chair and Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission. Dale is a licensed New York State Real Estate Broker. A graduate of Riverdale Country School, Dale received his B.A., and studied for an M.A. at New York University.
Damon runs the companies' acquisitions and capital raising programs and oversees its accounting department. Damon and his team raised and invested capital as the General Partner in the last seven ACCRE deals. Damon has completed two award-winning brownfield cleanups and is in the middle of a third. Damon was the sole representative of the development community on the NYS Brownfield Advisory Panel, the State’s official policy-making body, until it disbanded. Damon is currently an advisory member of the Board of Directors of Hard Hat Hub, Inc., and is past Chair of the New York Government Relations Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Damon is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and ICSC’s Open Air Committee. Previously, Damon was the Development Director for The Shops at Atlas Park, a 400,000, 12-acre mixed-use development in Queens, NY, and the Director of Real Estate Development for the New London (CT) Development Corporation. Damon’s public sector experience includes work for the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, the Clinton White House Chief of Staff’s Office, and the U.S. DOD. Damon also served as Board Chair of AmericaSpeaks, a national non-profit deliberative democracy organization, for seven years. Damon is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Williams College, and is a member of the bar in New York and Connecticut.
Kate Hemmerdinger Goodman,
Kate oversees the Human Resources Department, the Residential Management Division, Essential Design + Build and both the Commercial and Residential Brokerage divisions. She is also responsible for spearheading many of the company’s large projects. As the asset manager for ATCO’s legacy portfolio, Kate handles the negotiation of leases, consults and oversees design implementation in the start up and renovation stages of managed properties, and related functions. Kate also plays an integral role in assessing and developing new lines of business to better serve ATCO’s clients. Previously, Kate worked for a major public relations firm and in the documentary department of CBS News, Inc.
Kate maintains a leadership role in a number of important community and charitable organizations. Kate currently sits on the boards of KiDS of NYU Langone Medical Center and Summer on The Hill. Some of her other activities have included serving as a Board Member for Children for Children, as a committee member of the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and as a co-chair of Brown University’s Manhattan Alumnae Interview Process. Kate is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and a graduate of Brown University.
Chief Investment Officer
Neil focuses on all aspects of ATCO’s acquisition and development projects, raising capital and overall corporate strategy. Neil is also responsible for the asset management of the company's investment portfolio. Prior to joining ATCO, Neil provided consulting services to the Fidelco Realty Group where he oversaw the analysis, underwriting, and closing real estate transactions across various asset classes. Earlier, Neil was an Associate Director at GE Real Estate where he sourced and underwrote large platform acquisitions. Neil graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University with degrees in Finance, Management and Economics, and completed his MBA at NYU Stern School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Real Estate. Neil is a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) charterholder.
Director of Operations
Avi joined ATCO Properties & Management as Director of Operations in 2003 and is responsible for the day to day operations of ATCO’s entire property portfolio (both in the New York Metropolitan area as well as the properties in other markets). Avi has over 20 years of experience in property management and his current responsibilities include lease administration, contract negotiation, team building/mentorship, tenant improvement/construction, formation of operating and capital budgets and project management. Prior to joining ATCO, Avi was employed by Vornado Realty Trust where he oversaw and managed all facets of a total renovation of landmarked 1.2 million sqft. commercial office building as well as implementing a new building security system and elevator modernization at a property situated above Penn Station. In addition to his work at ATCO, Avi’s affiliations include the Real Estate Board of New York, Management Division, Board of Directors, Secretary/Board of Directors, New York Energy Consumers Council, Local 32BJ Thomas Shortman School, Member of the Advisory Board, Board of Governors, Diabetes Research Institute Empire Ball, Board of Governors, The Torch Foundation, Chair, Kids for Kids Committee for St. Jude’s.
President, Essential Design + Build
Rich has worked for Essential Design + Build (“ED+B”) and has been a member of the ATCO Organization since 1999. Rich’s commercial and residential interior work spans projects both large scale and intimate from warehouse-to-office conversions, corporate interiors and elaborately designed residential homes. Rich holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Roger Williams University, and is an active fundraiser for several charities throughout the NYC community. Passionate about interior design and sustainability, Rich is a LEED Accredited Professional, a NYC Home Improvement Salesperson and a Certified Passive House Tradesperson.
General Counsel and Director of Leasing
As General Counsel, Paola represents ATCO and all of its entities in various matters, including leases, landlord/tenant matters, insurance, certiorari protests, human resources, and numerous other compliance matters. Paola is also Director of Leasing, and in that capacity she manages ATCO Brokerage Services commercial brokers. Prior to joining ATCO in 2005, she served as Director of Leasing for Trinity Real Estate in lower Manhattan and as a Lease Director with Footlocker, Inc. Paola earned her B.A. and J.D. from Fordham University.
Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets
Dexter joined ATCO in early 2017 and is responsible for sourcing capital for ATCO’s acquisition and recapitalization initiatives. Dexter has over 20 years of professional experience in financial services and commercial real estate. Dexter is highly experienced in debt and equity capital markets, structured finance, mergers/acquisitions and has held leadership positions with such groups as Goldman Sachs, GE Capital, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and The Milestone Group. While at GE Capital, Dexter was an Executive Director and completed over $20 billion in mergers and acquisition on behalf of GE Capital’s various business lines. At Deutsche Bank, Dexter was the Real Estate Head of their North America Private Markets Group and raised over $1 billion in capital commitments for various investment strategies and programs. Dexter is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he studied Accounting and Real Estate, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he earned an MBA in Real Estate and Finance.
Vice President of Acquisitions
Joao has over ten years of real estate experience both in Europe and in the US, spanning from acquisitions through disposition. Joao began his career as a Civil Engineer in Portugal and has since planned and managed several large and complex development, construction and asset management projects, leading several cross-functional teams and subcontractors and serving as client and government liaison in the process. At ATCO, Joao is responsible for sourcing and closing new transactions for ATCO’s national commercial real estate portfolio, focusing on value-add retail, office and mixed use properties in New York City and downtowns in other US secondary markets. Prior to joining ATCO, Joao served as Head of Acquisitions and Business Development at TRX Investments in Miami, where he led all aspects of the acquisition process for the firm, including sourcing, due diligence, financial analysis, structuring, capital markets and budgeting. Previously, Joao worked as an Acquisitions Associate at ARC Capital Partners in Los Angeles. Joao has an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and a Licenciatura (M.S. equivalent) in Civil Engineering from Instítuto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal.
President of ATCO Brokerage Services
John has over 22 years of real estate experience, all with ATCO Brokerage Services. He began his career in 1995, at the tail end of a down–market, well armed with a financial background from his time as a Credit Manager with a high-end clothing manufacturer. Owning and operating a number of retail stores, provided him with expeptional sales and marketing experience. He took the operations from projections on paper to $1,500,000.00 per year in sales. He serves as both a Landlord’s agent for properties, such as 555 Fifth Avenue, 381 Park Avenue South, 373 Park Avenue South, 40 Central Park South, 41 West 58th Street, 240 West 35th Street and 20 West 57th Street, as well as a Tenant representative for including tenants such as: Bobby Vans, IA Capital, Cookie Do and Hildene Capital Management to name a small few. With of the over 54 transactions this past year, John has with a well-rounded perspective and knowledge of the marketplace and both Tenant and Landlord expectations. JC@atco555.com
Vice President of Acquisitions
Ryan began his career in the real estate transaction advisory practice of Ernst & Young. Prior to joining ATCO, Ryan was the Senior Analyst at Wells Hill Partners, a boutique investment banking and advisory group, where he advised clients on restructuring assignments and developed transactional strategies designed to preserve tax efficiency and maximize residual value. Ryan joined ATCO in 2014 and was instrumental in each of the investments made by ATCO’s City Center Sponsor Equity Fund. Ryan is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and closing new acquisitions in the Austin, Charlotte, and Boston markets. Ryan is a graduate of Fordham University, where he studied Finance and Mathematics, and New York University, where he earned a Masters Degree in Real Estate Finance.
Vice President of Asset Management
Krystle serves as an Asset Manager responsible for overseeing assets in the firm’s investment portfolio. Krystle joined ATCO in 2017 and has close to ten years of real estate industry experience in debt originations, portfolio management, asset management and dispositions. Prior to joining ATCO, Krystle worked for Stockbridge in White Plains, New York, where she focused on asset management as well as portfolio management for two separate accounts with a combined portfolio value of $1.5 billion in office, retail, residential and industrial assets across the United States. Krystle has a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.
President, Essential New York
With more than 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial real estate, Merav has proven accomplishments in customer service, program planning, market research, strategic alliances and partnerships. She specializes in the leasing and sales of luxury Manhattan cooperatives, condominiums and townhouses. She handles all aspects of leasing, sales and marketing efforts for Essential’s 206,000 square-foot real estate portfolio, which includes marquee midtown Manhattan addresses such as 40 Central Park South and 41 West 58th Street. Prior to joining Essential New York, Merav served as the in-house leasing agent for Herald Towers at 50 West 34th Street, where she handled all aspects of leasing, negotiating and marketing for the luxury rental community. There, she initiated a broker outreach program, which resulted in a 50% increase in applications. She has also served as a leasing agent for Citi Habitats and Douglas Elliman. A member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Merav is a graduate of Queens College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. MShalhon@esentialnewyork.com