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Suzanne Sunshine, S. Sunshine & Associates Founder Joyce Phillips Cushman & Wakefield Executive Vice President; Global Head of Human Resources Year joined: 2010 Works with human resources management in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Kerry Powers CBRE Senior Associate Year joined: 2008 Currently represents landlords at 510 Madison Avenue and 444 Madison Avenue.

Joanne Podell Cushman & Wakefield Executive Vice President, Retail Year joined: 2002 Received the Retail Deal of the Year for her work on the Harlem USA and Ethan Allen flagship on West End Avenue.

Jodi Pulice JRT Realty Group Inc. Founder and President Year joined: 1996 Founder and president of the largest certified minority- and woman-owned commercial real estate company.

Adelaide Polsinelli Eastern Consolidated Director Year joined: 2012 Author of “The Polsinelli Report” column in The Commercial Observer.

Monica Quaintance Cushman & Wakefield Analyst, Corporate Finance and Investment Banking Year joined: 2010 Closed roughly 2.5 million square feet of transactions since joining the firm in 2010.

Diana Revkin TPG Architecture Managing Director, Retail Year joined: 2006 Diverse client list includes Batali & Bastianich Restaurant Group, Macy’s and SL Green Realty.

Jodi Roberts Cushman & Wakefield Director, Brokerage Year joined: 2007 Received SL Green’s Deals Award for Most Significant Transaction in 2011.

Ronda Rogovin Eastern Consolidated Senior Director Year joined: 1990 Recipient of Eastern’s Broker of the Year Award.

Alicia Popper PBC USA Real Estate Senior Vice President, Leasing & Construction Year joined: 2011 Instrumental in leasing 452 Fifth Avenue.

Suzy Reingold Cushman & Wakefield Executive Managing Director, New York City Year joined: 2006 Responsible for the management of over 180 brokerages in New York.

Ramneek Rikhy CBRE Vice President Year joined: 2004 Has completed millions of square feet of transactions including Condé Nast’s headquarters at 1 World Trade Center.

Jamie Rogovin Eastern Consolidated Associate Year joined: 2011 Focuses on sales of multifamily properties on the Upper West Side and Harlem.

Melissa Roman Burch Forest City Ratner Companies Senior Vice President, Commercial and Residential Development Year joined: 2003 Had a leading role in the entitlement and development of the Atlantic Yards.

T wo yea rs ago, a f ter a rra ngin g t he pu rchase of a n of f ice condom in iu m at 125 Ma iden La ne for Pla n ned Pa rent hood, t he broker Suza n ne Su nsh ine gave back pa r t of her com m ission to fol low t he orga n ization on a m ission to Colombia. “A good broker,” said Ms. Sunshine, “needs to understand [the client’s] mission to get the best deal possible.” The founder and owner of a real estate firm specializing in representing nonprofit organizations, Ms. Sunshine has focused on a very specific group of clients since her beginnings in commercial real estate 11 years ago. “The secret of my success is that I’m very niche focused,” said Ms. Sunshine, who last month formed a strategic partnership with the real estate services firm Colliers

International. Among her clients are Anne Frank Center USA, American Ballet Theatre and, most recently, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, which is scheduled to open a newly purchased space in West Chelsea on December 14. Ms. Sunshine feels strongly about the scant representation of women in the business. “Commercial real estate is a men’s club,” she said last week. “In my 11 years in commercial real estate, I’ve seen very little improvement.” Mov in g up f rom t he m id-level to a ma na ger ia l position is a mon g t he ha rdest cha l len ges for a woma n, she asser ted. “ I had to go out on my ow n, decla r in g myself president of my ow n compa ny. It took a lot of g uts.”—Alessia P irolo

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