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Ariel Property Advisors Continues Expansion Across Divisions With Six New Hires

NEW YORK, NY – October 26, 2021 – Ariel Property Advisors is pleased to announce the hiring of Grace Sprite as Director, Capital Services, Nicole Santospago as Marketing Manager, Evan Hirsch as Associate, Investment Sales, John Toppa as Associate, Investment Sales, Rhea Vivek as Analyst, Capital Services and Investment Sales, and Adam Pollack as Analyst, Investment Sales and Capital Services. Ariel continues to build momentum amid the real estate market’s recovery, the firm is growing as it remains committed to industry-leading client service through rigorous market data, analytics and a collaborative, geographically strategized brokerage system.

“Our partnership’s objective is to add significant value by enhancing our advisory and transactional client experience. We are hiring to support and strengthen our growth and internal collaboration. We feel that this is the right time to double down on New York City.” said Shimon Shkury, President, Ariel Property Advisors. “Our value proposition to professional talent is unique in that we provide unparalleled support, true collaborative environment, clear career path from an associate to partner and emphasis on core values and community involvement and leadership.”

Grace Sprite has extensive experience in the real estate, investment and technology industries. She will deliver origination for loans across asset types and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with investors and lenders across the U.S. Most recently, she was Vice President of Business Development at HongKun USA, where she managed investor relations and business development for real estate equity and debt funds. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Translation from Southwest Jiaotong University and her MA in Translation and Localization Management from Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Nicole Santospago manages marketing and communications activity across media, advertising and integrated marketing strategies. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing all marketing and communications processes and execution across the firm’s three divisions and corporate operations. She is also responsible for maintaining Ariel’s philanthropic relationships, community outreach and corporate giving opportunities. Most recently, she held a senior leadership role with Fundamental Media, focusing on advertising strategy and growth for the agency’s key Asset Management and Real Estate clients. She won Rising Star in Financial Marketing through the Gramercy Institute in 2018 and earned her BS from Northeastern University.

John Toppa is responsible for executing exclusive listings and facilitating business development initiatives throughout New York City. He is involved in marketing an array of asset classes, including multifamily, mixed-use, industrial, commercial and development. Most recently, he worked at Point Pickup Technologies as a Performance Analyst within their eCommerce department. He received his BS in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

Rhea Vivek has a background in financial and operational analysis focusing on real estate and infrastructure sectors. She is responsible for assisting with the company’s debt and equity placement for a variety of property types including multifamily, commercial, mixed-use and development assets. Prior to joining Ariel Property Advisors, she was a Projects Control Analyst for AECOM, analyzing and overseeing the financial health of 250 projects across a $300 million portfolio. Ms. Vivek earned her MS in Real Estate Development from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and her B.Arch. from the Ramaiah Institute of Technology.

Adam Pollack provides sales and research support for the company’s Investment Sales and Capital Services professionals. He has ample experience with portfolio and asset analysis, particularly in New York City and the affordable housing sector. Prior to joining Ariel Property Advisors, he was an asset management portfolio analyst for the New York City Housing Development Corporation, directly managing approximately 150 affordable housing properties throughout all boroughs of New York CIty. He is currently working toward his MS in Real Estate from Fordham University and obtained a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware.

Ariel brings collaborative brokerage services and a deeply quantitative and analytical approach to all of its service sectors, from investments sales and capital services to investment research and marketing. This strategy has resulted in the firm’s rapidly growing industry presence in the New York metropolitan area and beyond.

Ariel Property Advisors

Ariel Property Advisors is a commercial real estate services and advisory company located in New York City. The company covers all major commercial asset types throughout the NY metropolitan area, while maintaining a very sharp focus on multifamily, mixed-use and development properties. Ariel’s Research Division produces a variety of market reports that are referenced throughout the industry.

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