Principal R. Kenyatta Punter, President & CEO, Mr. Punter has been a professional in the real estate industry for the last Fifteen years. His background includes real estate investment, development, and management.
Mr. Punter has negotiated commercial transactions throughout the City of New York, including a 25,000 Sqft., land lease in the Bronx, to a major laundry cleaning facility; assisted in structuring an asset management plan for the 1,300,000 Sqft., Bush Terminal industrial complex located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.; leased over 200,000 Sqft., of office and retail space in Northern Manhattan; and negotiated the purchase of a 26,000 Sqft., assemblage for development by a major not-for-profit organization The Harlem Children’s Zone at 125th Street/Madison Avenue. His firm recently completed the development of six (6) multi-family buildings totaling 61 residential units and six commercial storesin aggregate over 50,000 Sqft. of space in a tax credit syndicated development with a total construction cost of$ 12 Million dollars.
This Native New Yorker, is a board member of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB), and is the past president of its local affiliate, The Greater Harlem Real Estate Board, Inc. (GHREB). Mr. Punter is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the African-American Real Estate Professionals of New York (AAREPNY) and the International Council of Shopping Center Executives (ICSC). He frequently lecturer at the Learning Annex teaching one of there most popular seminar series “How to Find Hot Property in Harlem and the Bronx”, He also has been a guest lecturer at New York University’s Real Estate Institute for its Masters of Science in Real Estate degree program. Mr. Punter is a past board member of the Harlem Business Alliance (HBA), the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID), the MET Life Advisory Board and the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) Junior Council.
Mr. Punter attended St. John’s University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Investment and Development from New York University’s Real Estate Institute.
Principal Phillip Morrow Mr. Morrow joined the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) as President in January of 1996. SoBRO is an economic development organization established in 1972 to reverse the trend of economic deterioration in the South Bronx. For almost a quarter of a century, SoBRO has played a key role in the re-emergence of the South Bronx as economic engine of New York City. SoBRO’s industrial development, commercial revitalization and education and employment programs have bought more than $110 million in capital into the South Bronx, created and retained more than 30,000 jobs for area residents and businesses and have completed more than $20 million in reconstruction projects to upgrade local retail and commercial districts. In addition, SoBRO provides capacity-building assistance to housing and social service organizations that want to pursue economic development programs and assists community-based lending organizations to restore a meaningful range of financial services for their constituents. Under Mr. Morrow’s leadership, SoBRO’s service to the South Bronx community has expanded to include the development of new and renovated housing for low and moderate-income families. Phillip Morrow comes to SoBRO from the Harlem Community Development Corporation (formerly Harlem Urban Development Corporation) bringing with him over twenty years of experience in community revitalization and economic development. In his role as Director of Development, he launched and managed successful housing and economic development programs in Harlem ranging from the reopening of the Apollo Theater to the development of the first moderately priced condominiums in Harlem. He developed more than 5000 units of new and renovated housing. Mr. Morrow began his community development career in Hartford, Connecticut where he launched several commercial revitalization, housing renovation and job training initiative, and wrote social and economic development strategies for Inner City Hartford. He also completed more than 300 units of low-income housing and developed innovative strategies for home ownership in Hartford. Between 1979 and 1981, Mr. Morrow served as Director of Public-Private Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.He developed national models for neighborhood development and encouraged private sector investment in community development. Phillip Morrow currently serves on the board of Credit, Inc., a non-profit community development financial institution, The Boy Scouts of America, North General Hospital Home Attendant Program, The Children’s Art Carnival, Heritage Health & Housing, Inc., The National Housing Conference (NHC), The West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT), and The Diego Beekman Mutual Housing Association (MHA). Phillip Morrow joined the firm in partnership with the Seventh Avenue Cluster, LLC development project in 2001. He continues to offer his expertise as a partner with our real estate management development team. Mr. Morrow attended the University of Connecticut achieving his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He further achieved certification as a Minority Developer while attending MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Property Management Team
Zena Nikizia, executive assistant who joined the firm last year, exhibits a high degree of professionalism. Ms. Nikizia is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the City University of New York (CUNY) Hostos Community College.
Ernest Collins, Senior Superintendent has worked in the building services industry for the past fifteen years. Mr. Collins contributes a wealth of experience and dedication to his profession. Mr. Collins has continued his building services education through courses held at the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
Ali Lane, Building Porter graduated from the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. Construction Trades Academy and was recruited from its program. Mr. Lane, has maintained our facilities with a high level of dedication.