Top broker poaches of 2017 From Stolly to Shemesh, we recap the year in resi and commercial agent moves
From left: Tamir Shemesh, Vickey Barron, Eric Anton, David Gorelick and Robin Abrams
Unlike previous years, when major players jumped from one firm to another, big-name agents largely stuck with their firms this year.
On the residential front, Vickey Barron, who left Douglas Elliman for the Corcoran Group in June, was a key exception. Another notable shuffle between Elliman and Corcoran was Tamir Shemesh, who left Corcoran after a spat with the firm’s top management.
As for Compass, which has aggressively courted agents in recent years, the venture-backed firm poached Brian Lewis, a Halstead Property veteran, for its new Upper West Side office. But Compass snagged fewer big-name players in New York than it did in prior years as it focused on recruiting brokers in new markets across the country.
In commercial real estate, there were no shakeups along the lines of Doug Harmon and Adam Spies’ shocking move from Eastdil Secured to Cushman Wakefield. But there was still a flurry of musical chairs in several areas: investment sales, financing, and office and retail leasing.
Several of the year’s more interesting commercial broker moves were not from one brokerage to another, as they traditionally are. Some jumps were to or from investment firms. For example, Mark Jaccom joined Walter Samuels (from JRT Realty, and from Cresa before that), and Mo Beler left Innovo Property Group (for JLL) and David Gorelick left Simon Property Group (for Cushman Wakefield).
Here are the top broker jumps of 2017:
After a dispute with the Corcoran Group’s top brass, top-producing residential broker Tamir Shemesh left the firm abruptly in June. “There were a few things we were not in agreement on, so we decided to part ways,” he said at the time. A week later, Shemesh —who was No. 37 on The Real Deal’s top resi agents list in 2016 — rejoined Douglas Elliman, which he’d left in 2011 for Corcoran. At Corcoran, Shemesh represented new developments including DDG’s 21-unit condo at 325 West Broadway and Toll Brothers’ 81-unit condominium at 400 Park Avenue South. He did his biggest deal in 2013, representing the buyer of a $32.5 million pad at 15 Central Park West.
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