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John Gallin & Son Names Partners from Outside the Family 

John Gallin & Son, a 136-year-old construction management and general contracting firm now in its fifth generation, has named three non-family members as partners. 

Andrew Cortese and Robert Kondracki, VPs of operations, and Walter K. Ziegler, VP of estimating and purchasing, have each been promoted to a level rarely conferred outside the immediate family. 

Founded in 1886 by John Gallin, the New York City-based firm has grown and flourished under the leadership of multiple generations of descendants. 

“In that time, a culture of excellence, loyalty, and professional pride drew many of the industry’s skilled practitioners to the company, with their own descendants following suit,” said Christopher Gallin, president of the company. “As a result, the notion of Gallin as a family firm has taken on a larger meaning.” 

To date two generations of Corteses have worked there, along with three generations of Kondrackis and four generations of Zieglers. 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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