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Women in Real Estate 2018: RKF’s Bellantoni Helps Shape Manhattan Retail Corridors

One of Midtown Manhattan’s most iconic retail locations, the “glass-cube” Apple Store at the base of 767 Fifth Ave., is a Karen Bellantoni deal. The RKF vice chairman has helped revitalize and shape many of Manhattan’s most well-known retail corridors, representing both landlords and tenants.

For example, Bellantoni has arranged to bring some of the most recognized and prestigious name brands to SoHo, innovative health and wellness brands to the Flatiron District, experiential retail attractions to Times Square, and luxury shoe brands to the Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue.

Those are just some of the reasons we chose Bellantoni as one of the 2018 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others.

Having worked as a retail buyer and for a landlord, Bellantoni has a unique perspective on the retail industry. Her experience, strong analytical skills and attention to detail underline a stellar record of deals that benefit her clients.

Beyond all of her deals and accolades, Bellantoni’s most rewarding accomplishments have come from being a mentor, sharing her experience and insights with colleagues at RKF as they develop their skills. She is also a vocal advocate of women and their increasingly significant roles and influence in commercial real estate, both in New York City and nationwide.

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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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