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.

ERG Team

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.

Andrew Walsh ERG

Andrew Walsh

Partner

Prior to joining ERG, Andrew Walsh was a Partner at Gabriel Real Estate Group, specializing in acquisitions, development and sourcing equity. This gave him a keen ability to price the current market. He was also involved in the development of condominiums and hotels with an emphasis on design, structure and use. Walsh has been in commercial brokerage for the past 15 years and has gained key relationships in the New York City real estate market.

In 2015, Walsh became Director of Finance and, in 2017, he became Partner at ERG. He brings an extensive commercial appraisal and asset management background to the team.

Walsh has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and Asia. He spent over four months living in China for a work-related project right before the 2008 Olympics. He is an avid ice hockey player and plays for the Long Island Scouts. He is involved in local charities and fundraising activities. When Andrew is not brokering transactions, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, daughter and twins.

Matthew Murphy ERG

Matthew Murphy

Senior Advisor

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.

Ryan Lewis ERG

Ryan Lewis

Senior Advisor

Ryan Lewis is a Senior Advisor 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 assets 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 sides of the business. Whether is 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 communications skills help him to succeed in negotiations to achieve premium results. Ryan hopes to continue building relationships by going above and beyond for his clients.

Anthony Flaccomio ERG

Anthony Flaccomio

Associate Advisor

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

Anthony Musso ERG

Anthony Musso

Associate Advisor

Anthony Musso joined the ERG Commercial Real Estate team after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Queens College. He is currently pursuing a MBA in Finance at Baruch College.

Prior to joining ERG Commercial Real Estate, Anthony acquired 7 years of experience in both general contracting management and luxury amenity management. This management experience transitioned to the real estate field through overseeing family-owned commercial properties. It is also where Anthony found the passion for real estate.

When he is not busy working, Anthony enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle and spending time with his family.

Anthony Yacovone ERG

Anthony Yacovone

Associate Advisor

Anthony Yacovone is an Associate in the Investment Sales Division at ERG Commercial Estate. Anthony is responsible for originating and executing exclusive listings in the Queens and Greater New York area.

After graduating from Queens College with a degree in Economics and Finance, Anthony spent four years at HSBC working in the Wealth Management and Finance Division, where he developed exceptional financial planning and market analysis skills. Anthony’s skills and experience have proven to be helpful with property evaluation and market analysis, achieving premium results for clients on their investment properties.

When Anthony is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as traveling, skiing and golf.

Shirin Azizi ERG

Shirin Azizi

Associate Advisor

Shirin Azizi has over 16 years of experience in real estate in Long Island and the tristate area. Honesty, determination and dedication are philosophies that Shirin strives for in all aspects of her life. Applying these principles to her business has allowed her to bring value to her clients by creating a win-win situation for all parties at the negotiating table.

When she is not working, Shirin enjoys baking and cooking Persian cuisine for her family and friends.

Jared Friedman ERG

Jared Friedman

Associate Advisor

Jared Friedman joined ERG after completing his bachelor’s degree in Communication at the University of Buffalo. While interning in commercial real estate during his senior year, he found his calling. Going on pitches with brokers in the office sparked a true interest and led him to the start of his future.

Since joining ERG, Jared has dedicated countless hours to building his client base in the New York area. He is highly motivated and determined to be one of the top-producing brokers in the firm. He aspires and hopes to hold the CCIM designation in the future.

When he is not working, Jared enjoys traveling and golfing. Some of his favorite places that he has visited are Israel and Greece.

Thomas Valderrama ERG

Thomas Valderrama

Associate Advisor

Thomas joined ERG after graduating from Montgomery County Community College in Bluebell, Pennsylvania with a degree in computer science. Although he studied computer science, he has always had an interest in real estate. His stepfather, who is currently a property manager, sparked his interest in real estate. This interest was further developed through interactions with a close family friend, who is a pioneer in the industry.

Throughout several years of working in restaurants, he cultivated relationship-building skills. Thomas is motivated by the unlimited earning potential that the Commercial Real Estate industry has to offer. Thomas specializes in the Northern Brooklyn submarket and is knowledgeable in the full New York Metro area.

During his spare time, Thomas enjoys studying the history of The Classical period and listening to informational podcasts.

Michal Walma ERG

Michal Walma

Associate Advisor

Prior to joining ERG Commercial Real Estate, Mike attended Nassau Community College where he studied Computer Science. Initially, he planned to specialize in Information Technology until a family friend suggested a career in commercial real estate. He has since become entrenched in the industry and the vast amount of knowledge needed to succeed. Mike focuses on investment sales and financing in Nassau County and Brooklyn.

Mike is an avid extreme sports fan. Some of his favorite sports include sky diving, snowboarding and kite surfing. When he has time, he also enjoys traveling to places like Canada and the Caribbean.

Steven Feintuch ERG

Steven Feintuch

Associate Advisor

Steven Feintuch is an Associate Advisor in the Investment Sales Division of ERG. After graduating from SUNY Empire State College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Steven spent three years at BHC Construction, working in the Finance and Management Division. Steven oversaw multiple projects, budgeting and reports for the company.

This experience sparked his interest in real estate and taught him the importance of relationships and communication to achieve any given goal.

Steven is constantly working on building a stronger foundation and bigger network every day to be at the top of the field.

When he is not busy working, Steven enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle and spending time with his family and friends.

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Leor Fidler

Associate Advisor

Leor joined ERG after working for Douglas Elliman in Manhattan. During his time there, he gained an intimate familiarity of everything from starter apartments to luxury homes, to investment and commercial developments. “In order to provide the ultimate real estate service, I assess and evaluate my clients’ wants and goals. By putting myself in their shoes, I’m able to grasp the true essence of what they are looking for and cater to their specific needs.”

Having been in sales his whole life, Leor’s background is fully invested in customer service and transactional execution. From selling cars in California to Co-Star in Washington, DC, to real estate in New York, he has proven himself over and over to be an effective client advocate. “Money never sleeps,” Leor knows, so he’s always on the lookout for your best interests and deal.

Originally from Forest Hills, Queens, Leor graduated from Baruch College as a Corporate Communication and Business major. Leor plays a lot of sports in his free time, including on numerous teams which gives him a competitive edge. When it comes to finding and selling property, he applies the same competitive spirt and tactics!

Nick Petrucelli

Nick Petrucelli

Associate Advisor

Nick Petrucelli joined ERG after graduating from Daemen college in Buffalo. During his time there, he played basketball and studied business. After interning for a commercial real estate company in Buffalo, he found the career path he wanted to take. He decided to take the competitive nature he had in athletics to the business world.

Michael Panvini

Michael Panvini

Associate Advisor

Michael Panvini joined ERG Commercial Real Estate after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from The Ohio State University. Throughout college, he spent time interning at Real Estate firms in which he worked in leasing, and property management.

When Michael is not busy, he enjoys living an active lifestyle, watching sports, and spending time with family.

Irene Uy ERG

Irene Uy

Senior Investment Associate

Irene Uy joined ERG Commercial Real Estate team after receiving her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. While completing her graduate studies in New York, she worked with government agencies where she gained experience in processing waterfront development permits and conducting financial feasibility analyses for valuating properties.

Prior to moving to New York, she completed her undergraduate degree in Management Engineering and worked for a developer in the Philippines soon after. She worked on hotel projects in central and developing cities in the Philippines, as well as assisting in the acquisition of a luxury hotel in Manila. Irene has a strong background in real estate and urban planning.

She is interested in urban development with particular focus on economic development. She is an avid traveler and likes to learn about a city’s history and its development trajectory.

Mary Guarino

Mary Guarino

Mortgage Consultant

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 tenant and landlord, in a way that kept both 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 a Mortgage Consultant. She is now responsible for placing commercial mortgages for ERG. She takes pride in her unwavering commitment to integrity while guiding her clients through the complexities of the loan process.

Mary loves spending time with her adorable son. She also enjoys going to the gym, snowboarding and hanging out with her family.

Katherine Valente ERG

Katherine Valente

Director of Human Resources

Katherine is currently the Director of Human Resources for ERG Commercial Real Estate. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Queens College, as well as a certificate in Human Resource Management. Her career in Human Resources began when she started working with a non-profit organization.

Her focus was on recruitment. During her time there, she learned how to determine best-fit positions for candidates. She hired for various positions across the agency and helped develop strong relationships with internal directors as well as outside sources, such as directors of career services for colleges.

Katherine believes that working in Human Resources gives her the ability to influence others and change lives. She loves how every day is different in the life of an HR professional. The main reason she decided to begin a career in Human Resources was her passion for working with others.

When she is not working, Katherine enjoys spending time with her chocolate lab, going to yoga and reading.

Jhigna Patel ERG

Jhigna Patel

Controller

Jhigna is currently the Controller for ERG Commercial Real Estate. She graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

After graduating, Jhigna worked at a mortgage company on Long Island where she learned about loan closings and mortgages. This piqued her interest in real estate. She then began working as a Controller for Ascend Ventures Management in Manhattan. During her time there, she specialized in GAAP accounting. In her current position, Jhigna manages the finances for various aspects of the company.

When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, discovering new restaurants and is a tequila connoisseur.

Simon Elcabas ERG

Simon Elcabas

Property Manager

Simon was born and raised in Paris, France. He moved to New York in 1976 where he worked as a hairdresser for over 20 years. He started in real estate in 1995 as a favor to his uncle in order to help the family business, JM Management.

During this time, his uncle taught him the ropes of property management. He learned how to deal with tenant and landlord issues, forming relationships and the ins and outs of legal issues and court cases associated with the business. Simon worked for SW management from 1998 to 2014, where he managed 12 different properties and projects in the Bronx. Each of these properties had an average of 50 tenants, with some buildings housing over 100 tenants.

Simon began his career with ERG in October of 2014. He manages multiple properties for ERG Property Management. His favorite parts of the job are the relationships that he is able to build with both tenants and landlords. He develops a sense of satisfaction when he is able to help them.

Simon is an avid travel enthusiast. Some of his favorite places include Cambodia and Vietnam. He also enjoys sharing a meal over a good conversation and watching sports (mainly soccer).

Jessica Guarino ERG

Jessica Guarino

Property Management Director

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

Initially, she planned to begin a career focused on Child Development. This changed after interning for ERG Commercial Real Estate in 2018.

Jessica became interested in the Property Management Division and, when a position opened up, she quickly jumped at the opportunity. Jessica enjoys overcoming challenges related to tenant grievances. She excels in relationship building and creating more efficient systems for the company.

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

Interested in Joining the ERG Team?