Commercial Real Estate Team

We are proud of our team of dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable real estate professionals. Together, our commercial real estate team adheres to the same values and vision that has made us successful for all of these years.

Our Mission

Our goal is to provide exceptional service and synergistically enhance our client’s commercial real estate advisory needs through sales, financing, workouts and 1031 exchanges.

From advisors and associates to managers and controllers, our commercial real estate team has what’s needed to take your investment to the next level.

Meet the ERG Commercial Real Estate Team

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James Guarino

Chairman

James V. Guarino is the Chairman of ERG Commercial Real Estate and the former co-founder of Extreme Realty. He started his career in 1989 as a salesperson at John Anthony & Associates during a crashing market and saw the number of agents in his office decline. Despite the difficult period, James became the biggest producer in the office at age 23 and an expert in distressed sales, selling non-performing mortgages and REO portfolios for numerous banks, the RTC and the FDIC.

In 1993, he founded JG Capital, JVG Management and Extreme Realty. This was his first step toward fulfilling his desire to create a full-service investment firm. During this time, he made personal investments in real estate and mortgage portfolios while specializing in quiet, off-market deals. In 2009, James utilized the downturn in the market to streamline the companies. James then formed the ERG Finance Division, a mortgage brokerage and direct capital services provider, thus completing his goal of creating a full-service investment firm.

When he is not closing deals, James loves to spend time with his wife, children and animals. He also enjoys boating, snowboarding and outdoor activities. He is a member of NAR, REBNY and the Progressive Era Club. Mr. Guarino is also as an avid member of the Sands Point Golf Club and the Havana Club in Long Island, New York.

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Ryan Lewis

Managing Director

Direct: (646) 253-0956
rlewis@ergcre.com

Ryan Lewis is the Managing Director at ERG Commercial Real Estate. Ryan joined ERG in 2015 after studying business and political science at James Madison University. During his time at ERG, he has found success in all different asset classes and transactions throughout the NYC and Long Island Markets.

Through the many services ERG provides, Ryan’s knowledge and experience has allowed him to advise his clients and complete transactions on both the investment sales and finance side of the business. Whether it’s refinancing a multifamily building in Manhattan or selling a distressed mixed use asset on Long Island, his wide range of experience has allowed him to become a source his clients can lean on to help accomplish all their real estate goals. His competitive work ethic and communication skills help him succeed in negotiations to achieve premium results. Ryan hopes to continue building relationships by going above and beyond for his clients.

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Mary Guarino

Finance Director

Direct: (646) 253-0984
mguarino@ergcre.com

Mary Guarino began her real estate career when she interned at Extreme Realty. While pursing a Liberal Studies degree at St. John’s University, she transitioned into a part-time position as Assistant Property Manager. Mary was responsible for a variety of tasks, for both tenants and landlords, in a way that kept all parties satisfied. During her time in this position, she learned about all aspects of the commercial real estate industry.

After graduating, she began working as a Finance Administrator at ERG. While in this position, she excelled at building lasting relationships with loan officers and ERG’s company clients. Mary was recently promoted to Finance Director. She is now responsible for placing commercial mortgages, with both traditional and private lenders, for ERG. She takes pride in her unwavering commitment to integrity while guiding her clients through the complexities of the loan process.

Matthew Murphy ERG

Matthew Murphy

Senior Advisor

Direct: (646) 253-0962
mmurphy@ergcre.com

Matthew Murphy is a Senior Investment Sales and Finance Advisor at ERG Commercial Real Estate. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the Bronx investment sales team, executing exclusive listings, facilitating new business opportunities and placing commercial and multifamily mortgages throughout the tristate area.

Since joining ERG, Mr. Murphy has been directly responsible for over $100 million in sales in The Bronx and Westchester County. Mr. Murphy has executed deals involving numerous asset classes including: multifamily, mixed-use, retail, office and development sites within the company’s area of focus.

In addition to his extensive sales experience, Mr. Murphy is also responsible for placing commercial mortgages for the company. Since taking over some of the financing responsibilities at ERG, Mr. Murphy has added several institutions to the already large list of organizations that ERG works with. He arranges financing for the acquisition or refinancing of various property types, including multifamily, mixed-use, commercial and construction. With his personal approach and strong work ethic, Mr. Murphy is ready to help you successfully build and expand your commercial real estate portfolio.

Matt is currently engaged and is extremely excited to begin his family with his future wife on the south shore of Long Island in Massapequa.

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Anthony Flaccomio

Associate Advisor

Direct: (646) 253-0930
aflaccomio@ergcre.com

Anthony joined the ERG Commercial Real Estate team in 2017. Prior to his position at ERG, he was a financial sales and banking consultant, specializing in the formulation and enhancing of Foreign Currency Brokerage and Trading Divisions within Financial Corporations.

Prior to financial consulting, he became a successful FX Commercial Broker and Trader in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles and was promoted to Senior-level positions. He assisted in raising company revenues by an average of 20% year on year. By using all this brokerage experience, he embarked on a new path as a Real Estate Advisor with ERG.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from New Hampshire College. He earned his Certification in Commercial and Contract Management at UCLA and is in the midst of obtaining Certification in Construction Management with Columbia University.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, Paige. He is also an avid New York Jets Fan and college basketball fanatic

Ted Tierney

Associate Advisor

Direct: (646) 253-0946
ttierney@ergcre.com

Ted is an Associate Advisor at ERG Commercial Real Estate following a multi-decade career servicing his community in law enforcement. His energy, knowledge and communication skills enable him to expertly assist his clients to accomplish their acquisition, sales and financing goals.

In his spare time, Ted enjoys challenging himself by competing in Ultra-distance triathlons and Piloting airplanes.

Jung Lee

Associate

Direct: (646) 253-0989
jlee@ergcre.com

Jung is a new member of the ERG team. Prior to joining ERG, he specialized in commercial, residential and industrial real estate in his hometown Suwon, South Korea.

Outside of real estate, Jung is an established cartoonist and avid bike rider. He loves animals and rescues birds in need.

Thomas Minutillo

Associate

Direct: (646) 253-0908
tminutillo@ergcre.com

T.J. began his Commercial Real Estate career while earning a Business Management degree from Clemson University. Throughout his time at Clemson, he interned at Compass Real Estate in Boston, Exit Realty in White Plains, and CBRE’s Manhattan office. T.J.’s enthusiasm and experience make him a valuable asset to his clients and the ERG team.

In his spare time, T.J. enjoys fishing, playing golf, and watching the New York Islanders.

Bulent Acar

Associate Advisor

Direct: (646) 253-0983
bacar@ergcre.com

Bulent joined the ERG team as an Associate Advisor. Prior to joining, he was an executive in the Fashion Industry and managing partner in a Business Consulting firm. His extensive business experience and market knowledge makes him a strong team member focusing in investment sales and owner occupied retail, industrial and mixed use properties.

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Joseph Mistretta

Associate Advisor

Direct: (646) 253-0909
jmistretta@ergcre.com

Prior to starting with ERG, Joe was a decorated Mortgage Loan Originator and Senior Power Banker at Rocket Mortgage. Early on he created a proven track record of being a top producer, closing in excess of 1,000 residential mortgage loans from 2020 to 2021 alone. Care, professionalism, and expertise separates Joe from the pack, going above and beyond for every client every time. Settling for nothing less than exceptional, Joe creates not only solutions for the clients and families he advised, but genuine impactful relationships.

Frequently placed on struggling teams and helping to turn the tide, he was able to help lead them to top ranking positions within the company. A passionate collaborator, always investing time to work closely with and grow those around him. Later Joe would go on to pilot and grow experimental banking teams and in transitioned to a director role.

Outside of his professional career, Joe is an outdoors enthusiast, avid reader, lover of coffee and training German shepherds.

Yenny Melelli

Head of Operations & Recruitment

Direct: (646) 253-0950
careers@ergcre.com

Yenny is currently Head of Operations & Recruitment at ERG Commercial Real Estate. Prior to her position at ERG, she was working in the medical field as an Office Manager/Insurance biller.

After many years in the medical field she decided it was time for a change and became very intrigued in the Commercial Real Estate industry.  Yenny enjoys the day to day operations to ensure the office runs as efficiently as possible.  Finding agents with the best skills, experience, and personality to bring on board is something she is very passionate about.

When she is not working, she enjoys working out, spending time with family and loves going to the beach in the summer.

Jessica Guarino ERG

Jessica Guarino

Comptroller

Jessica is currently Comptroller for ERG. Prior to her time at ERG, Jessica worked as a Teaching Assistant for a day care center.

When Jessica is not working, she enjoys team sports and relaxing at home with her family.

Dalis Holder

Property Manager

Direct: (646) 253-0923

management@ergcre.com

Interested in Joining the ERG Team?