Our Team

Jodi Pulice

Founder and CEO
Jodi Pulice has served as Founder and CEO since 1996, when she established JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT) as a woman-owned, full-service commercial real estate services firm to address industry-wide supplier diversity initiatives. As CEO, Jodi Pulice is responsible for directing and overseeing all organizational activities, including transaction management and implementation; strategic consulting and project planning; property management; and leasing. JRT Realty Group, Inc. is certified as a Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and National Minority Business Council (NMBC). Today, JRT Realty Group is recognized as the nation’s largest certified woman-owned commercial real estate services firm and is certified by several other distinguished entities, including the New York Department of Small Business Services, State of New York, The Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey and Empire State Development (ESD).

 

Currently, Jodi Pulice is responsible for a leasing and management portfolio of more than 13 million square feet on behalf of TIAA, one of the largest institutional real estate investors in America.  Among her accomplishments are leasing and sales transactions totaling more than $3 billion, including the sale of the Seagram Building in Manhattan as well as representing the FDIC’s national field offices at 92 locations.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Minority Business Council (NMBC)

 

Professional Recognition

  • As an acknowledged leader dedicated to advancing supplier diversity initiatives and the employment of certified, women-owned businesses, JRT Realty has been recognized with some of the real estate and business industry’s most prestigious awards. Notable achievements include the Top Diversity Owned Business Award and the Minority/Woman Business of the Year award given by the National Minority Business Council, which recognized JRT’s efforts to award the most number of assignments to other M/WBE vendors.
  • Real Estate Board of New York’s Henry Hart Rice (Most Ingenious Deal of the Year) Award for Condé Nast headquarters relocation to One World Trade Center.
  • Pulice was honored as one of Smart CEO’s New York Brava Award Winners. The publication recognizes 40 female CEOs and executives in the New York area who “exemplify extraordinary entrepreneurial services along with a demonstrated passion and a strong sense for philanthropy.”
  • Named one of the Top 50 Women in Real Estate by the Association of Real Estate Women.
  • Among the 100 Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) Impacting Supplier Diversity by Women’s Enterprise USA.
  • Named one of 45 Women of Influence in commercial real estate by Real Estate Forum.
  • Named one of 20 Women of Influence in commercial real estate by Real Estate New York.
  • Honored as one of Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year.
  • Pulice was also selected to receive the Real Estate Person of the Year Award from the Greater New York Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).
  • Named one of The New York Business Journal 2017 Women of Influence.
  • Honored as one of Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence 2017.
  • Named one of Crain’s Notable Women in Real Estate 2018.
  • Honored as one of Bisnow’s Notable Women of Influence 2018.

 

Community Leadership

  • Board Member of Long Island City YMCA
  • Board Member of the UNFCU Foundation for Women
  • Board Member of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation
  • Active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Active member of The Columbus Citizens Foundation

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree, Wagner College, NY

 

jodi.pulice@jrtrealty.com

 

Greg Smith

Greg Smith serves as President of JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT) and is responsible for spearheading expansion of client services nationwide. As a Licensed Real Estate Broker, he possesses more than 30 years of experience in handling assignments on behalf of property owners and tenants and has handled exclusive agency assignments totaling more than 13 million square feet and negotiated leasing, sales and retail transactions valued at more than $2 billion. He is one of the nation's leading real estate brokers who can simultaneously orchestrate multiple transactions, involving numerous buildings, in several states while providing daily market and activity reports to clients.

 

As an acknowledged leader in commercial real estate transaction management, asset management and strategic planning, Greg Smith is extremely knowledgeable in all facets of account management, ranging from operations and lease administration to management of tenant improvements and capital renovations.

 

Currently, Greg Smith is providing strategic oversight responsibility for a portfolio that exceeds 10 million square feet on behalf of TIAA-CREF and has successfully represented the United Nations Federal Credit Union’s (UNFCU) real estate requirements exclusively for the past 15 years. Mr. Smith has been instrumental in the sale of $1 billion in assets for TIAA-CREF and UniBank, a Danish commercial lender. In addition, he provided exclusive representation to AOL in the establishment of their first headquarters location in New York and collaborated with the company on additional assignments in New York and California. Most recently, he negotiated a purchase transaction in Long Island City, Queens, on behalf of the UNFCU, which is developing a new 270,000-square-foot Class-A office tower as its New York headquarters. JRT Realty also has been named leasing and managing agent of the building.

 

Since joining JRT Realty in 1998, Mr. Smith has been nationally recognized as a leading producer in key commercial real estate markets throughout the United States and New York City. Currently, he spearheads leasing transactions and managing assignments for over 150 buildings nationwide and serves as a liaison between the properties and their respective asset managers. Under his direction, JRT Realty designed and standardized an innovative reporting process for individual lease transactions as a value-added service.

 

Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He is a board member of the Long Island City Partnership, YMCA – Long Island City, and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation.

 

greg.smith@jrtrealty.com

Ellen Israel

Licensed Real Estate Broker
Ellen Israel is among New York’s most accomplished commercial real estate professionals, recognized for her excellence in investment sales and leasing brokerage, especially for her ability to conceive and orchestrate complex transactions.

 

In her 30 year career, Ellen Israel has worked for some of the largest institutional and entrepreneurial real estate organizations, and has sat on every side of a negotiating table.

 

Ms. Israel launched her career in 1980 at N.Peter Burton, where she worked with and learned the business from her father, George Israel, a respected and accomplished 50-year veteran of the industry. She immediately gained the notice of the industry when she successfully sold a 1-million-sq.ft. building for the owner, Ford Motor Development (currently known as the BMW Building), to two leading New York landlords (George Kaufman and Aaron Gural) for $40 million.

 

In the years since, Ms. Israel has executed transactions totaling over 25 million square feet of sales and leasing on behalf of owners, investors and tenants.

 

Most recently, Ms. Israel served as a Transaction Manager with Cushman & Wakefield’s Client Solution team supporting Verizon in helping them accomplish their goals reducing the size of their real estate portfolio and operating expenses. She directed the all-cash sales of nearly 1 million square feet of condominium interests in Verizon-owned office buildings in Manhattan, and repositioned 500,000 square feet of third-party leases.

 

Previously, Ms. Israel was Senior Vice President of The Witkoff Group, a leading entrepreneurial investor and owner of New York property. In her 12 year tenure at this company, she managed leasing for the Daily News Building, the Woolworth Building and the Pepsi Bottling Headquarters in Westchester among other properties. She was also responsible for acquiring – and later selling at profits – noteworthy properties including 20 Exchange Place and 28 West 44th Street.

 

In addition, as a leading investment sales broker, Ms. Israel was a Managing Director at Georgia Malone & Co. and at Insignia/ESG (now CBRE) and an Investment Advisor at Riverbank Realty. As a prolific broker, she was involved with the sale of numerous properties, including 10 East 53rd Street, 866 Third Avenue and 222 Broadway.

 

Ms. Israel is involved with several real estate groups, including YMWREA, and the Real Estate Board of New York. She graduated from Ithaca College, and continues to be involved with the college.

 

ellen.israel@jrtrealty.com

Monica DeNunzio

Licensed Real Estate Broker
Monica DeNunzio is a founding member of JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT), the certified woman-owned, full-service commercial real estate services firm. She possesses more than 18 years of commercial real estate experience and is responsible for lease administration, transaction management, market analysis, budgeting and property invoicing.

 

Additionally, Ms. DeNunzio serves as the account administration client liaison for TIAA-CREF’s more than 150 buildings, exceeding 13 million square feet in asset management assignments awarded to JRT Realty by the leading financial services provider. She has served in a similar capacity on behalf of FDIC and the agency’s 91 national field offices. As the FDIC’s representative, JRT was responsible for renewing, expanding or relocating a portfolio of leased properties totaling 2.9 million square feet.

 

monica.denunzio@jrtrealty.com

Peter Brestovan

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Peter Brestovan is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at JRT Realty Group, Inc.'s (JRT), and his primary focus is helping to build the company's tenant representation platform.

 

Prior to joining JRT Realty Group, Peter Brestovan worked for Cassidy Turley and Cresa New York where he was named a “Rising Star” and to the Commercial Observer’s “30 Under 30” list for 2015.  Specializing in tenant representation, his clients have included a wide variety of tenants across multiple industries. This list includes Anchor.FM, Affinity Health Plan, Axis Capital, Comunilife, Coty, DKMS, Guidance Software, Philosophie, PopSugar, Procore, Spotify, StriVectin, The King’s College, The Trade Desk, Twitter, Under Armour and Unlockd Media.

 

Mr. Brestovan graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

 

peter.brestovan@jrtrealty.com

Caroline Hannigan

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Caroline Hannigan oversees brokerage operations at JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT), the largest certified M/WBE commercial real estate firm in the country.

 

Most recently, Caroline Hannigan was a Director of investment Sales in the Capital Markets division, at Cushman & Wakefield. During her time at Cushman & Wakefield, Caroline was responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of James Nelson’s team, and executing property sales, citywide.  Throughout her career, Caroline has been in the aggregate sale of over $2.4 billion in real estate sales in the New York metro area.  Previously, she was Sales Team Manager at Massey Knakal Realty Services, which was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield on December 31, 2014.

 

A graduate of St.  Lawrence University, the Westchester County native holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Minor Exercise Science and Nutrition.  Ms. Hannigan came to Cushman & Wakefield from Cassidy Turley where she specialized in retail leasing.  She worked for clients throughout Manhattan conducting market and neighborhood research, location and property selection, and negotiating contracts. Prior to Cassidy Turley, Caroline was an associate at Okada & Company where she focused on investment sales, office, and retail leasing in the Midtown and Downtown Manhattan markets.

 

Caroline grew up in Westchester County, New York where she graduated from School of the Holy Child in Rye, New York.  During her time at St. Lawrence University, she rowed for the Women’s Varsity Crew Team, participating in the NCAA National Championship.  Today, Caroline participates in Swim Across America, a cancer awareness, treatment, and research fundraiser; a swim she has been involved with since 2001.

Kimberly Brown

Kimberly Brown, located in JRT Realty Group Inc.'s (JRT) California office, is a key liaison to Cushman & Wakefield - JRT's strategic partner - domestically and internationally for the purpose of driving the firm's agency growth. Kimberly Brown facilitates and coordinates the integrated and comprehensive performance on assignments undertaken for the firm’s top institutional clients.

 

Kimberly Brown directs and oversees the firm’s nationwide account management assignments, including operations, leasing, accounting, project management, and property and facilities management, totaling more than 16 million sf.  JRT Realty Group has a strategic alliance with Cushman & Wakefield, and Ms. Brown is a key liaison to Cushman & Wakefield domestically and internationally and drives the firm’s agency growth and business development.  She also serves as the firm’s Relationship Manager of Supplier Diversity.  The firm’s largest client, TIAA-CREF’s national portfolio with JRT exceeds 10 million square feet of office, industrial, retail and multifamily properties.

 

Ms. Brown offers close to 30 years of experience in operations, leasing, accounting, project management, and property and facilities management. Her portfolio spans all sectors of commercial real estate, including office, industrial, retail and multifamily.   She utilizes her diverse skillset to oversee the national delivery of services, including strategy formation, property transitions, team performance, operations, and financial reporting.

 

Clients / Projects Represented

  • TH Real Estate (TIAA-CREF)
  • United Nations Development Corp.
  • United Nations Federal Credit Union
  • Port Authority of New York / New Jersey

 

Education, Memberships, & Awards

  • California State University Long Beach
  • Real Estate Southern California Top 40 Women of influence
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • CoreNet Global – Southern California Chapter
  • Association of African American Real Estate professionals
  • Swirls for Girls (youth mentorship)

 

kimberly.brown@jrtrealty.com

Lauren Calandriello

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Lauren Calandriello is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at at JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT), and her responsibilities include tenant representation, market research, lease review and negotiations, due diligence, site selection and transaction support. Lauren joined JRT in 2014, and has since been involved in a broad range of real estate transactions for a diverse client base.

Lauren Calandriello offers knowledge in corporate tenant and owner representation in the acquisition and disposition of office space throughout the New York metropolitan area. As such, she is currently active on the Department of Citywide Agency Services (DCAS) portfolio-wide services assignment, where she is assisting JRT team members in the provision of advisory services for more than 10 million square feet of renewals, relocations, consolidations and sale dispositions throughout Manhattan and New York City’s outer boroughs including Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Aside from her work with Department of Citywide Administrative Services; Lauren’s clients include AIG (multiple transactions in the tri-state area), Savanna at New York City’s 1825 Park Avenue; and 2417 3rd Avenue, “The Bruckner Building.” In the Bronx; The Hakimian Organization at 44-16 23rd Street in Long Island City; Kaufman Astoria Studios at 34-11 36th Street in Queens; United Federal Credit Union at 24-01 44th Road, “Court Square Place” in Long Island City; and Madison Realty Capital at 825 East 141st Street, “Union Crossing” in the Bronx.

Lauren was nominated in Commercial Observer’s 2017 30 under 30 list and a recipient of the Queens Power Women in Business Award for 2016. She also has received the NYU Real Estate Financial Analysis Professional Development Gold Standard Course Badge. Her professional affiliations include Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association (YMWREA), Cushman & Wakefield’s Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) and Cushman & Wakefield’s Future Leaders (CWFL). She is also a member of iMentor, a mentoring program that empowers first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college and achieve their ambitions.

Ms. Calandriello is a cum laude graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Psychology.

 

lauren.calandriello@jrtrealty.com

Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Taylor Smith is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and is responsible for market research, lease review and negotiations, due diligence, site selection and transaction support at JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT).

 

Taylor Smith represents retail and office properties throughout the five boroughs including the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Journal Square Transportation Center, Court Square Place, and 80 Pine Street.

 

Prior to working at JRT, Taylor Smith worked as a production assistant for the HBO series Vinyl. Vinyl was a series depicting the music scene transitioning to rock n’roll in the early 1970s. There she was responsible for organizing the day to day operations of all the moving parts on set, from communications between writers, producers, directors and actors and everything in between.

 

Before working full time, Taylor Smith interned at Cushman & Wakefield assisting the COO as well as the Directors of Management to oversee the brokerage arm of the company. She helped to organize the system the company used to keep track of its extensive client list.

 

Taylor Smith graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Italian. She is also currently a board member of the Octavia Condominium located on the east side of Manhattan.

 

taylor.smith@jrtrealty.com

Kevin Kennelly

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Kevin Kennelly is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT). Born and raised in Brooklyn, Kevin recognizes and appreciates the increase in outer borough activity, which has expanded his traditional Manhattan-based tenant representation approach since joining JRT. Kevin has a work ethic that parallels efficiency, productivity, and finesse, assuring clients their desired result during the renewal or relocation process.

 

Prior to JRT, Kevin worked at Cresa New York. Mr. Kennelly has represented tenants such as seele Inc., Choice New York Management, and numerous tech firms. Due to Kevin’s repertoire and career growth, he has had the opportunity to represent Landlords as well. Kevin is currently working with owners such as 60 Guilders and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Working with both tenants and owners has allowed Kevin to understand each party’s trepidations  during the negotiation process. To provide more depth to his work, Mr. Kennelly has made it a point to join organizations throughout NYC, most notably The Ireland Funds America, New York City Chapter.

 

Mr. Kennelly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Arizona State University

 

kevin.kennelly@jrtrealty.com

Nathan Abraham

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Nathan Abraham is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and is responsible for market research, lease review and negotiations, due diligence, site selection and transaction support at JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT).

 

Nathan is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

nathan.abraham@jrtrealty.com

Carly Cento

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Carly Cento is responsible for all marketing efforts for JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT). Carly creates and manages all marketing collateral, including: building flyers, tenant pitches, tour books, press releases, advertisements, and all other creative request. She also manages the company’s website and all social media efforts.

 

Carly is also a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and assists in market research, lease review and negotiations, due diligence, site selection and transaction support.

 

Prior joining JRT in December 2016, Carly worked at Cushman & Wakefield as a Marketing Associate. During her time at Cushman & Wakefield, she supported the regional business development goals by working with our internal clients to develop strategies and marketing tools that help win business.

 

Carly graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing.

 

carly.cento@jrtrealty.com

Christina Combs

Christina Combs serves as the executive assistant to the Founder & CEO of JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT), where she is responsible for all aspects of Jodi’s professional life.

 

She maintains the executive’s extremely busy calendar, both internal and external, and coordinates schedules to ensure smooth daily operations of the office. In her role as assistant to Ms. Pulice, she routinely interfaces with existing and potential clients, business leaders, government officials, as well as internal division heads and employees of JRT’s strategic alliance partner, Cushman & Wakefield.

 

She has a Master’s degree in Business Management from CUNY.

 

christina.combs@jrtrealty.com

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