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Rick Rakow

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Commercial Real Estate Broker, President & Chief Executive Officer at Rakow Commercial Realty Group
Rick has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience helping people find their perfect business location.
After spending 10 years representing an owner of 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space, Rick saw a trend emerging among the more sophisticated tenants. They were bringing in their own leasing specialists to regain advantage lost to landlords and their agents, who conduct real estate transactions every day.

Seizing the opportunity, Rick opened one of this region’s first commercial real estate companies focused on the needs of tenants; he now runs the largest tenant advocacy firm in the region.While he is most familiar with properties in Westchester and Fairfield Counties and surrounding areas, Rick has handled assignments as far away as Vancouver, Canada, the states of Nevada, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New Hampshire – with a skill set that travels well. All in all, Rick has personally concluded several hundred transactions successfully over these last 30 years and his firm now assists in hundreds of transactions on behalf of tenants every year.

Rick has also represented many landlords through the years, such as: Benerofe Properties, The Beekman Estate, Amcott Associates, Buckingham Properties, WP Mall Realty, North Street Community, LLC, Cohen Brothers Realty, Stillman Management, Broadway Freeform, Marli Hartsdale, Polymer Management Associates, Reggie Pink, LLC and more, to lease or sell their properties.

Perhaps more important, in addition to his business dealings, Rick has served on the Board of Directors for over 12 years now and was the Chairman of the Board for The Food Bank for Westchester (www.foodbankforwestchester.org) from 2011 – 2015. They provide +/- 7,500,000 pounds of food annually to the more than 200,000 food challenged of Westchester County. In addition, Rick served on many committees for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and personally helped them raise well over $1,000,000. His initiatives helped them raise millions more and continue to this day. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Westchester Division for three years and chaired many special events committees. He is a past Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee for the entire Northern Metro Chapter and also served as Chairman of the Board for the Westchester Division of The American Heart Association.

He is active in helping several other charitable and Business organizations in Westchester, is a Past Vice President of The Business Council of Westchester and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Westchester County Association.

Over the years, Rick has provided successful tenant advocacy services for:

* Larger firms such as: The Better Business Bureau, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co, Hertz, illy café North America, Wittnauer International, Bay Networks, Bank of New York, IBM, Motorola, Castle Oil Corp., Ampacet Corporation, Sprague Energy, SKCG Group, Inc., Environmental Power Corp., Stonebridge Partners, U S Energy, Borg Warner, and State Farm Insurance, among others.

* Local firms such as: The Business Council of Westchester, AKRF, Gage-Babcock Associates, Micro Powders, Inc., Chriss Careers, Ltd., Community Mutual Savings Bank, Guaranteed Home Mortgage Corporation, Harvey Ginsberg & Co, CPA, Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, Deitch Media Management, Inc., Proftech Corp., Pure High Net Worth Insurance, Red Oak Transportation among others.

* Law firms such as: Kissel, Pesce, Hirsch & Wilmer LLP, Fair FitzGerald & Hershaft, P.C., Beck Liebman Petrone, PC, Steinberg & Cavaliere, LLP, Hoffman, Wachtell, Koster & Maier, LLP, Jones Hirsch Connors & Bull, LLC, Hankin, Hanig, Stall & Kaplicki LLC, Marshall, Conway & Wright, P. C., Colangelo & Goldenberg, LLP, Watkins & Cherneff, Steven Sundheim, Esq., Law Offices of Freedman & Baer, and Milde Hoffberg, PC among others.

* Medical tenants such as: The Westchester County Medical Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Dermatology Consultants of Westchester PLLC, Scarsdale Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Primary Care Cardiovascular Associates, Chester Pediatrics, Russell Kamer, MD, Partners in Safety, Craig Fern, MD, Shore Management, Healthcare Radiology and Diagnostic Systems, PLLC, Hudson Valley Pediatrics, Kevin Plancher, MD, Ira Levine, DDS, and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

 

David Richman

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Associate Broker
David Richman is a highly skilled, accomplished and knowledgeable commercial real estate broker/advisor with over 15 years of experience in negotiating commercial property sales and leases including lease renewals, renegotiations and relocations covering office, medical, retail, industrial and investment properties. David has successfully negotiated over 500 commercial property transactions having a combined value in excess of $100,000,000.

David attributes his success to maintaining client relationships, networking and being persistent

Some of David’s Clients on the Tenant/Buyer side include:
Arch Street Communications, Concept: CARE, Ella’s Design Studio, GEICO, Global Pet Foods, Green Organic Market, Harrison Edwards, Holistic Healthcare of Westchester, Inaba Dental Office, Jeffrey Katz, DDS, Kumon Learning Center, Malik & Popiel, PC, Medical Media Services, NS Capital, LLC, NY School of Esthetics & Day Spa, Rosemary & Vine Restaurant, Rye Ridge Hot Yoga, Scarsdale Bikram Yoga, Shampan Lamport, LLC, Spencer Capital Advisors, LLC, Turken & Heath, LLP, U Break I Fix, U.S. Security Associates, Inc., Westchester BMW, Westchester Jewish Community Services, The Wine Cellar of Rye Ridge and Vinadeis America, Inc.

Some of David’s Clients on the Landlord/Seller side include:
Amcott Associates, Crossroads Management, LLC, New Rochelle Hotel Associates, LLC, Palombo Bakery, Rug & Home Gallery, Stillman Management, Ventresca Realty Corporation and 280 Dobbs Ferry Road Acquisitions, LLC.

In addition to volunteering with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, David is on the Board of Directors of Kids X-Press, is on the Advisory Board of the Lighthouse Guild, is the President of the Executive Forum Business Group, is member of the Smart Transition Business Group, and has been an active member of the Business Council of Westchester, the Westchester County Association and the Rotary Club of White Plains. David was also named one of Westchester County’s Rising Stars in 2009 by the Business Council of Westchester. David’s hobbies include playing tennis and spending time with his wife and three children.

 

Matt Benjamin

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Associate
Matt Benjamin grew up in Chappaqua and graduated from Horace Greeley High School. His strong work ethic, knowledge of the real estate market, and enthusiasm have helped him close deals throughout Westchester County, representing both tenants and landlords. Matt has placed retail franchises including Kumon Learning Center and UBreakiFix, as well as office tenants throughout the county.

Prior to commercial real estate, Matt worked in the publishing industry at Sports Illustrated and Time, Inc. He also has experience working in the fitness/health industry. Matt’s passion for an active lifestyle and fitness have led to success in the niche market for exercise-related tenants. He has found locations for Cross Fit, Krav Maga, and several personal training studios. At the Rakow Group he is often referred to as the “Fitness Guy”. While he helps all manners of retail and office tenants, he’s the go-to guy for anyone with a fitness requirement.

Matt is focused on building long-lasting relationships and helping tenants find their dream space. He has an MBA from Babson College with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Matt’s “start-up” spirit is an asset to the tenants he represents, as he understands how to launch and grow a profitable business.

“The Rakow Commercial Realty Group made my dream of opening a butcher shop in Dobbs Ferry a reality. My agent, Matt Benjamin listened closely to my needs and worked hard for months to find the perfect home for Campbell Meats. His professionalism and knowledge of the Rivertowns is second to none – and he even connected me with my first two wholesale customers!”

Matt Campbell

Campbell Meats

3 Cedar Street

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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Matt Benjamin at the Rakow group worked tirelessly to find me the perfect space for my recently opened Kumon Learning Center in Mt Kisco. Matt’s knowledge of the local market and his patience dealing with a first time business owner were key to Rakow placing me where I am today. Not only did he help me find my space but also was always available to assist with all of my needs, from recommending a contractor or a lawyer, to the best local pizza or bank!

 

-David Merwin, Kumon Learning Center in Mt. Kisco

 

Paul Moulins

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Senior Associate
One of our most seasoned agents, Paul Moulins, facilitates the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties as well as development/conversion sites. Among his most recent transactions are facilitating the sale of a 99 acre industrial site; the sale of a 25,000SF warehouse conversion to medical office; a 40,470SF warehouse lease; a 13,000SF office corporate headquarters relocation lease and a 38,000SF retail/warehouse sale.

Paul is passionate about helping people and building long-lasting relationships. He brings finely tuned experience and its natural byproduct, confidence, to every deal. In leasing, he provides creative strategies to reach the most favorable transaction. When representing a seller, his belief is that, “Most agents just put your building on the market; I create the market for your building.”

Paul’s list of clients includes: illy café, Reggie Pink Harley-Davidson, Inc.; Activant Solutions; Ad Edge, Inc.; Bow Tie, Inc.; Data Matrix Technologies; Energy Services of New York Corporation; Fantastic Sam’s Hair Salons; Gen Gen, Inc.; JPR Mechanical, Inc.; Kintronics, Inc.; Morse Business Machines, Inc.; My Sister’s Place; NorStar CGI, Inc.; NRS Logistics Inc.; Perfecto Distributors, Inc.; PW Hardwood, LLC; Spindletop, LLC; Strocchia Iron Works, Inc.; Tracie A. Sundack & Associates, LLC; U.S. Security Associates; Universal Remote, Inc.; WestCOP, Inc., New York Title, Inc. and Westhab, Inc. Paul is also a preferred vendor for Consolidated Edison

Born and raised in Canada, Paul, a US Citizen, has lived and worked in the Westchester/Fairfield area for fifteen years. Before becoming a real estate professional, he was an air ambulance pilot and commercial airline pilot. He is an avid supporter of several local charities, including Westchester Community Opportunity Program and Westhab, Inc.

 

Bruce Wenig

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Associate
Bruce has been responsible for finding buyers and tenants for over $30,000,000 dollars in sales and over 300,000 Square Feet in real properties. As a business leader, Bruce has developed loyal and trusting relationships with a client base such as Mercedes Benz, Freightliner, Nations Roofing, Bounce U, Acura, Mack-Cali, Interstate Lumber, Armonk Physical Therapy, EyeClick, Westchester Health Associates, Bedford Professional Building, Wingstop Chicken Franchise and many more. He has extensive contacts in the automotive, construction, and real estate industries.

Prior to joining RakowGroup, Bruce started his career in a family-owned HVAC business where he built associations with prominent apartment and office building owners, builders, and contractors in the NY Metro Area. Later, Bruce owned and operated Adzam Auto Sales, an automobile dealership in Bedford Hills, NY. With an established and loyal customer base developed through satisfied referrals and networking, he built his business up to $85,000,000 in annual sales.

Bruce is married and has a grown daughter and son both who live and work in NYC. He grew up in Scarsdale and has lived in the Bedford / Armonk area for almost 25 years. Bruce is an avid golfer, played baseball, basketball and tennis and has sponsored and coached youth baseball and basketball in Armonk for 10 years. Bruce supports many local charities, including Make a Wish, Friends of Karen, Pets Alive, UJA, Gilda’s Club and JCC/Rosenthal Y.

 

Peter Robinson

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Associate
Peter Robinson has served the Westchester County market as a highly respected commercial real estate representative for more than 28 years. Prior to joining the Rakow Group, he was president of WestConn Commercial Realty, Inc. Pete helps companies of all sizes analyze their space needs. His insightful guidance allows clients to determine whether it would be more beneficial to relocate or renew their existing lease.

Peter is known as a dedicated tenant ally. He strongly believes a deal does not end once the lease is signed. “Many issues may arise during a tenant’s lease that their broker can help resolve.” Peter also specializes in optimizing commercial building sales for both buyers and sellers.

A few of the companies Peter has assisted include: Complus Data Innovations, CVS, Frontier Insurance Company, JCC on The Hudson, Kaiser Permanente, Muscular Dystrophy Association, New York Group For Plastic Surgery, New York Life Insurance Company, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Rush Computer Rentals, Stewart Title Insurance Company, Sverdrup Facilities, and Think 360.

Peter and his wife, Peggy, have been active over the years in fund-raising for The Foundation For Fighting Blindness. Peter is also an active board member for the Highlands Civic Association.

 

Phil Luria

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Associate
Phil Luria has been representing both tenants and landlords in their commercial real estate negotiations for more than three decades and while his primary focus is on the Westchester and Fairfield county markets, he has also represented clients outside of the tri-state area. Most recently, Phil has brokered real estate deals which include both commercial and industrial buildings as well as land sales in the Northern Westchester county area.

Phil’s unique approach to each client and each client’s diverse needs has been the driving force in his success—he has the ability to effectively align his approach to the myriad of client needs, and continues to do so as evidenced by his formal industry recognitions —Phil has been a recipient of Broker of the Year awards from two major developers– as well as his diverse client list.

Phil has represented the tenant for the following firms: Leukemia Society of America, AFP Imaging Corporation, Magnetic Analysis Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical America, Hitachi Metals America and Bunge; and has acted on behalf of owners—including as the exclusive leasing agent—for the following: Jack Parker Corporation, Cigna , London and Leeds, and United States Tennis Association among a few.

When Phil is not working, he is active as both a committee member as well as fundraiser for the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association. Additionally, Phil is a long time member and former chairman of the Town of New Castle Board of Assessment Review and also a member of the Real Estate Finance Association.

 

Peter Rosenberg

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Associate
Rakow Commercial Realty Group Associate Broker Peter Rosenberg has a focus on the Westchester office market. Mr. Rosenberg represents property owners in leasing and sales transactions as well as buyers and tenants. Mr. Rosenberg is an attorney with extensive legal and business affairs experience that he draws on to provide his clients unparalleled service.

References/Testimonials:

Aging in America, Inc. engaged Rakow Commercial Realty Group Associate Broker Peter Rosenberg to help us find space in Westchester County for the relocation of our corporate office from The Bronx. Peter was professional, thorough, punctual and courteous in all of his dealings with us as clients. Peter knows the Westchester market place and understands specific needs of the client and what space best meets those needs.

William T. Smith, PhD, President/CEO, Aging in America, Inc.

Working with Peter Rosenberg of Rakow Commercial Realty Group was a pleasure. He listened to what we wanted, where we wanted to be and was able to find us our new office space within the timeframe we needed. Should we ever need to move, I would feel confident working with Peter again.

Aimee Nardecchia, Office Administrator, Optima Security Service, Inc.

 

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Brad Steinthal

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Associate
After over 25 years on Wall St., Brad moved to the Real Estate industry as a second career. He brings his years of experience on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the Rakow Group. Problem solving, client relationships and the understanding that the client comes first, are traits that he developed during his Wall St. tenure, which translate well to the Commercial Real Estate industry. It is his loyalty to the client that will prove he is a good choice as your Commercial Real Estate representative.

Brad’s dealings with numerous S&P companies gives him the familiarity he needs with the executive suite, to make sure your requirements are understood and lead to the right space for your needs.

After growing up in White Plains, Brad has lived in Harrison for over 20 years, with his wife, son and daughter. He is involved in various Boards in lower Westchester and combined with his time in the area, he is able to keep current with business trends and the changing needs of the local communities.

 

Michael Zingone

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Associate
Michael L. Zingone recently joined the Rakow Commercial Realty Group in January 2014. He is looking forward to providing commercial services to both tenants and landlords in representing each in their individual real estate needs and negotiations. His primary focus being the Fairfield County and the Connecticut Market as well as working along with his associates at Rakow in the Westchester County area.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies at Rutgers University. Prior to joining the Rakow Commercial Realty Group , Michael he was affiliated with an Energy Solutions Company working as a Direct Sales Energy Advisor. He was also associated in the Financial Services Industry working in a partnership as a Financial Sales Advisor. Michael has always been employed in some aspect of the service industry, starting from a very early age in life. He believes strongly in big dreams, hard work, careful attention to detail and good organizational skills are the keys to success.

He also takes his responsibilities seriously and believes in being thorough, dependable, logical, practical, realistic and going beyond the call of duty is the key to a successful outcome. Michael has a naturally built in driven desire and dedication for helping people personally by incorporating this passions throughout his professional career when working and servicing his clients and developing client relations.

Michael has learned over the years you need to ask the right questions and understand their needs if you are going to help clients address and achieve both their short-term and long-term goals. This is how he helps his clients to achieve their commercial real estate goals for running a more efficient and profitable business by negotiating the best deals for them. He also incorporates these same passions for his clients when assisting them, keeping in mind their very near future needs with the anticipation of helping them once more with their future real estate needs as well. He believes in building long lasting relationships knowing eventually it often leads to client referrals, the ultimate reward and opportunity to being able to help more people with their business objectives and goals while saving them time from trying to do these alone.

Being a native New Yorker, Michael was born and raised in his earlier years in NYC before moving to and growing up in Rockland County, he currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut and has been a longtime resident of Fairfield County for over 23 years where he has raised two sons in Weston, Connecticut.

Michael enjoys using his skills in the Culinary Arts and in Gardening. He firmly believes in helping people and giving back to the community where he did volunteered work for the organization “Puppies Behind Bars” where he helped in the socialization of puppies which were being groomed to be trained to be service dogs for Handicap and Disabled War Veterans and also for Explosive Detection for Law Enforcement.

 

Bob Bresler

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Associate
Bob’s real estate experience encompasses more than three decades spent managing an extensive, multi-million-dollar real estate portfolio. He possesses a vast knowledge of properties and principals throughout the Westchester County marketplace.

Prior to joining the RakowGroup, Bob also had a successful career in the financial services industry.

By embracing a thorough knowledge of both financial services and real estate, Bob offers you a genuine value add when representing your interests.