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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Appoints Caryn Mallin Director of Marketing

Caryn_Mallin H&SEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Caryn Mallin has joined the firm as director of marketing, responsible for the luxury real estate brokerage firm’s overall strategic branding and marketing activities.

A New York native and resident of Armonk, New York, Mallin brings over 10 years of real estate and marketing experience to her role. She previously held positions as director of marketing at Citi Habitats, a residential brokerage firm, and director of marketing at Royal Abstract, a title insurance agency, both based in New York City.

“This newly created role is designed to enhance and expand the marketing opportunities for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and support and guide our sales associates in developing and growing their business,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey. “Caryn will create and execute marketing strategies and implement strategic brand positioning to further differentiate the brand in a visually compelling way.”

Mallin, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, worked in several creative industries that honed her marketing and strategy skills prior to establishing herself in real estate.

“My experiences in media, entertainment and event spaces have provided me the opportunity to think outside the box when it comes to traditional real estate marketing strategies,” said Mallin. “I look forward to raising awareness for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand through various marketing and tactical strategies. Working with our salespeople and staff to embrace new platforms will help to drive leads and increase sales.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Jessica Glielmi to its Team

Jessica GlielmiEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Jessica Glielmi has joined the luxury brokerage firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

A New York native and resident of Rockland County, Glielmi previously held sales, marketing and event positions at Harley Construction Management Corp. and High Exposure Climbing, both in Northvale, New Jersey. She interned at Cumulus Media, a leader in the radio broadcasting industry in New York. Prior to that, she honed her entrepreneurial skills as owner of North of Manhattan Co., an online clothing store she founded in 2015.

“Jessica brings a strong sense of discipline, passion and genuine commitment for customer satisfaction to her real estate career,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey. “Jessica is often commended for her positive energy and her ability to connect with virtually anyone she encounters. We are delighted to welcome her to our growing team.”

Glielmi graduated from Dominican College of Blauvelt in New York with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“Pairing clients with their perfect home and creating memorable experiences is my ideal job,” said Glielmi. “I bring to the table extensive knowledge of the local market area, an eye for design and an ability to connect with customers,” she said. “I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the opportunities it affords my clients.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Raise $26,300 for Local Arts Education

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised $26,300 during a recent event to benefit the Edward Hopper House’s interdisciplinary Arts Education Program, which engages over 500 local public school students in grades K-12.

The Oct. 14 benefit, now in its second year, drew approximately 140 attendees and surpassed the previous year in monies raised by nearly 25 percent.

Guest speakers included Eric Shiner, Sotheby’s senior vice president of contemporary art and a leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, who spoke about Edward Hopper’s influence on 20th century artists; and Jason Duchin, co-executive director of Bronx-based DreamYard, a nationally recognized community arts organization that has helped over 15,000 kids by using the arts, digital tools and social justice to transform students, schools and communities. A live auction during the event was conducted by Benjamin Levy, a special guest magician and mind reader, whose accomplishments include performing at the White House.

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Guests bid on several items, including the opportunity to attend a Nov. 12 brunch reception for 10 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York to preview priceless works of art during its Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American Art sale; a tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art with Farris Wahbeh, director of research resources; tickets to a concert performance by legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden; and dinner for six at the Edward Hopper House prepared by Tappan-based Mimi’s Plate, with a curator tour of Sean Scully’s solo exhibition.

“I believe that art education builds community and instills confidence, especially in youth who may be insecure or bullied by their peers,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “Art today is not just about paintings and other mediums, but a way to help us navigate in a more creative, out-of-the-box way, from how we create our reports, write our papers, to the way we dress.  It’s been said that the MFA is the new MBA − I believe it!”

Attendees also heard from three local art students who spoke about their work and what art programs have meant in their lives. “One of the most touching moments was hearing local high school students speak about how art classes helped build confidence, friendships and self-esteem,” said Ellis. “This truly reinforces the importance of our mission. I am delighted that we raised about 25 percent more funds at our second annual fundraiser with Edward Hopper House, and I can’t wait for next year’s event, where we hope to raise even more money to benefit art education in public schools.”

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty to benefit Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools and Sleepy Hollow School District.

“Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty’s generosity has allowed the Edward Hopper House to create and sustain a powerful arts education program,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, executive director of Edward Hopper House. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 500 students each year has been made possible by this fun and exciting cause auction, not to mention the pleasure of gathering 150 supportive patrons in a beautiful estate overlooking the Hudson!

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“Our teen program stole the show that evening, sharing their powerful experience at Edward Hopper House with the audience. One teen even said, “That man is paying to have a catered dinner in Edward Hopper’s House? Wow, I get to spend every day there for free!”

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes a pre-lesson in the classroom, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a post-lesson in the classroom to strengthen student understanding.

According to Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey, additional sponsorships this year are being provided by the Nyack Teachers Association and Festoon, with funds allocated to school partnerships already earmarked from Orange and Rockland. Bunin also serves Edward Hopper House as a trustee.

“This event single-handedly has enabled us to start thriving arts education partnerships in Nyack and the surrounding public schools,” said Bunin. “We are so grateful for everyone’s support as we collectively continue to meet the needs of classrooms and art teachers, integrating art to create interdisciplinary curriculum.”

The fundraiser was held at Glen Iris on the Hudson River, former home of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur S. Tompkins. The 8,200 square-foot, turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking the Hudson River in Upper Nyack is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.395 million.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House to Host Fundraiser to Benefit Local Arts Education

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty will sponsor a benefit for Edward Hopper House’s Arts Education Program for Public School on Oct. 14 at the magnificent Glen Iris on the Hudson River estate to benefit the Edward Hopper House’s interdisciplinary Arts Education Program, which engages nearly 500 local students in grades K-12.

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes a pre-lesson in the classroom, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a post-lesson in the classroom to strengthen student understanding.

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools and Sleepy Hollow School District.

Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, said he believes in the importance of art education, “for both the emotional and educational information it can provide young adults, and for its influence on the way they appreciate not only art, but anything aesthetic for the rest of their lives.

“There have been too many budget cuts in our public schools that prohibit a student experiencing art education. As the culture of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is built around the Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends, leading this event is a natural fit for us.”

Participating schools have found the program to be a great success. Kelly Quartironi, a teacher at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School in Nanuet said, “This curriculum is so accessible and relevant. Looking at murals by Romare Beardon and paintings by Edward Hopper of community has given our students an opportunity to look at their own community through the artists’ lenses, and now they use the elements of art to reflect on their own lives.”

image012According to Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development and a licensed real estate broker in New York and New Jersey, additional sponsorships this year are being provided by the Nyack Teachers Association and Festoon, with funds allocated to school partnerships already earmarked from Orange and Rockland. Bunin also serves Edward Hopper House as a trustee.

The event will feature Eric Shiner, Sotheby’s senior vice president of contemporary art and a leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, and Jason Duchin, co-executive director of DreamYard, a nationally recognized community arts organization that uses the arts, digital tools and social justice to transform students, schools and communities.

A live auction during the event will be conducted by Benjamin Levy, a special guest magician and mind reader, whose accomplishments include performing at the White House. Auction items will include admission to the Preview & Brunch at Sotheby’s Auction House for Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American Art sale; a tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art with Farris Wahbeh, director of research resources; tickets to a concert performance by legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden; and dinner for six at the Edward Hopper House prepared by Tappan-based Mimi’s Plate, with a curator tour of Sean Scully’s solo exhibition.

The fundraiser venue, Glen Iris on the Hudson River, was the home of New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur S. Tompkins. The 8,200 square-foot, turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking the Hudson River in Upper Nyack is listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.39 million.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Nancy Clucas

Nancy Clucas 9-18-2017Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Nancy Clucas, a Rockland County native and Palisades resident, has joined the firm as an associate broker.

Clucas brings over 30 years of real estate marketing and sales experience to her role. She is a 15-year board member of Camp Venture, a not-for-profit provider of family-like care and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Rockland County. She also is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“Nancy brings three decades of in-depth real estate expertise to her role,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is committed to excellence, outstanding client service and the personal conviction that the Lower Hudson Valley, rich in its history and natural beauty, is the perfect place to reside.  She has built her profession on integrity, loyalty and the keen insider knowledge of a lifelong resident.”

Clucas grew up in the Hudson riverfront village of Piermont. Her family made Rockland County its home for seven generations. The DeWint House in Tappan, once owned by family members, now is a museum. It is the oldest surviving structure in Rockland County and was George Washington’s temporary headquarters.

Prior to establishing her career in real estate, Clucas worked in business and insurance, both of which focused on clients’ needs, giving her the advantage required to provide a seamless transaction for her clients.

“I am passionate about the Hudson Valley and dedicated to clients’ individual needs to ensure their goals are being met,” said Clucas. “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and personal knowledge of the area. I look forward to serving my clients and to providing memorable customer experiences.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Susan Smolanoff

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Smolanoff, who brings to her role a background in real estate and management, previously held positions as a licensed real estate salesperson and legal assistant, both in New City, New York. A New York native and resident of Rockland County for the last 31 years, she is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“Sue provides​ ​clients expert​ ​guidance​ ​in​ ​home​ ​buying​ ​or​ ​selling with​ ​remarkable​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail, discipline and​ ​professionalism,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “The​ ​foundation​ ​and​ ​continued​ ​success​ ​of​ ​her​ ​business​ ​derives from​ ​her​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​integrity,​ ​trust​ ​and​ ​exceptional​ ​service. For Sue,​ ​these​ ​are​ ​not​ ​just​ ​words,​ ​but​ ​​deeply​ ​held convictions.”

Smolanoff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

​“Sellers​ ​can depend​ ​on​ ​Sue’s unique​ ​marketing​ ​strategy​ ​and​ ​diligent​ ​efforts​ ​to​ ​get​ ​their​ ​home sold, while buyers​ ​can​ ​depend​ ​on​ ​her​ ​to​ ​navigate​ ​even​ ​the​ ​most challenging​ ​and​ ​complex​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​purchases​ ​and sales,” Ellis said.

Smolanoff, who also spent 15 years in fitness management, said her experience prepared her for a career in real estate by honing her skills in training, sales and customer service.

“Attention to detail is key to my success in helping clients meet their goal of buying or selling their next permanent residence, second home, retirement home, or helping them to find a lot or acreage to build upon,” she said. “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty the customer service, marketing skills and discipline necessary in all phases of selling and buying real estate.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Raises Funds to Build Haitian Home

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty successfully raised over $6,000 this summer to build a hurricane-resistant house for a Haitian family through its  partnership with New Story, a nonprofit that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

One hundred percent of the funds raised by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty donors, including associates and agents who contributed donations from their home-sale closings, went toward the building of the new home.

“Every dollar raised went directly to fund the construction of a concrete, sustainable home for a family in Titanyen, Haiti,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “The homes, each built for $6,000 utilizing local labor and locally sourced construction materials, not only help families but provide jobs and economic stability for the community. We sincerely thank everyone who, through their generous donations, helped us achieve our goal to change a family’s life.”

According to New Story, the majority of Titanyen families live in unsafe, makeshift homes without access to latrines.  Many of these homes are at risk of collapsing and have no space for personal belongings, causing the families living there to be separated from their children for safety concerns. Once funded, the New Story homes are typically built within six months and have three rooms, basic sanitation, a porch and garden.

The Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty team, which also supports arts education in local schools through a partnership with the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, felt compelled to reach beyond the local community to “help Haitian families who lack basic human needs,” Ellis said.

“We applaud the Sotheby’s International Realty brand for identifying this charity,” he said. “It really struck a chord with our entire team, and we thank all of our agents, clients and friends for joining us on this journey.”

New Story, a 501c3 nonprofit based in San Francisco, has funded more than 750 homes in seven communities around the developing world since its start two years ago. Anyone can make a donation to New Story by visiting the www.newstorycharity.org.

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Building Life-Changing Communities for Families in Need

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Last month we announced our partnership with New Story, a non-profit organization that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes. To date, we have raised 89 percent of our fundraising goal! Rich Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty shares more about the need for safe housing.

 

Q: Why is this cause important to you?

A: Having a safe place to call home should a basic human right, yet there are so many people across the world that do not have the simplest needs in life—running water, a home with a door or even a home at all. New Story identifies communities in need and provides families with shelter and a safe home.

 

Q: Why partner with New Story Charity?

A: Our global affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand provides us with a unique perspective on the world. Even though the communities served by New Story are located internationally, the world is a small place and it’s our responsibility to reach beyond our local community and help those less fortunate than ourselves.

 

Q: What do donations provide?

A: New Story puts 100 percent of donations toward the creation of safe communities, building homes for $6,000 each and giving them to families in need to impact their lives for generations to come. The organization also hires local craftsmen for the construction of these homes, which further simulates the local economy.

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New Story has created 7 communities, has funded 805 homes and has helped 3,945 people in Haiti, El Salvador and Bolivia, but the need is great. Please help us reach our $6,000 fundraising goal by donating. Any amount—small or large—would make a tremendous impact on one family’s life.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Martina Cinarli

Martina Cinarli 1Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Martina Cinarli has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Cinarli, who brings to her role a background in business and finance, has lived on three continents and worked with a diverse group of clients.  She has been a Rockland County resident for the last 20 years, and is the former director of the Rockland County Board of REALTORS, now the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS.

“Martina is a strong negotiator who offers keen insights and experience to her clients,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.  “Her clients appreciate her dedication to serving their needs and wants in the home buying and selling process.”

Cinarli is a licensed New York and New Jersey real estate sales associate who earned her bachelor of science degree in finance and economics. She also is green-certified and relocation specialist certified for domestic and transcontinental relocation.

Cinarli is a member of the Suffern Chamber of Commerce, Rockland Business Women’s Network, the National Association of REALTORS®, the Hudson Gateway MLS and the New Jersey MLS.

“My love of architecture, interior design and serving people motivated me to become a licensed real estate salesperson many years ago,” she said.  “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty the stellar leadership and finance skills necessary in all phases of selling and buying real estate. We also share the same desire to unite home sellers and buyers, and are committed to providing the best customer service possible.”

 

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Seta Tunell

Seta TunellEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Seta Tunell has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Tunell previously served NBC for 20 years in various roles, most recently as coordinating producer for the award-winning program Dateline NBC. She began her career at French automobile manufacturer, Renault, working in both its New York and Paris headquarters.  She also has worked in the import and export industry with clients in both the United States and Europe, and oversaw the coordination and establishment of a multi-national start up venture in the West Indies.

“Seta brings a strong sense of priority, discipline, patience and tenacity to her real estate career,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “These qualities- which were developed over years working with top level executives and on air talent in network news- are an advantage to both buyers and sellers in the often stressful world of real estate transactions. Her background and experience as an entrepreneur and business owner, as well as her international work in sales, real estate development and building, are valuable assets to her clients.”

Tunell brings her clientele a diverse, global background. Born in Cairo to Armenian parents, her family moved to Lebanon when she was two years old and then immigrated to the United States.

“I also bring to the table an in-depth knowledge of the local market area, a keen eye for design and an ability to recognize potential and value,” she said.  “I am so proud to be affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and the opportunities it affords my clients regardless of their price point.  I am a firm believer that the luxury market is a level of service and not a particular price.”

Tunell is past vice president of the PTA Council in South Orangetown, New York. She also was a member of their Nutritional Subcommittee and served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre.  She earned the Ecobroker®, Short Sale Specialist® and Accredited Buyer’s Representative® designations from the National Association of REALTORS®.  She is fluent in English and Armenian.

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