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Diana L. Biasotti  is a seasoned agency leasing specialist with a history of successful property positioning, implementing comprehensive marketing campaigns, negotiating complex leases, supervising leasing and management personnel, creating customized analyses and reporting for each client.

Specialties
Agency leasing

Years of experience
23 years

Experience
From 2003 to 2010, Ms. Biasotti served as the lead broker/asset manager of Cushman & Wakefield's Strategic Agency Services Group for the New York Metro Region where she focused on property positioning and leasing strategy.  Her portfolio included over 10 million square feet for many of the region's most recognizable landlords including Beacon Capital Partners, The Blackstone Group, Eastgate Realty Corp., LeFrak Organization, MetLife, New York Life, SL Green Realty Corp., Stawski Partners, Vornado Realty Trust and the Trump Organization.  During her tenure, she was the recipient of the firm's "Building of the Year" award 4 times.

Prior to joining C&W, Ms. Biasotti spent more than 13 years at Tishman Speyer Properties. Her various roles encompassed building management, international commercial and residential development, corporate strategy and marketing and commercial leasing. From 1994 to 2002, her 12 million sf portfolio consisted of various properties in New York, including the Chrysler Center, Rockefeller Center, 620/1290/1301 Avenue of the Americas, 237 Park Avenue and 520 Madison Avenue as well as facilities in Virginia. As an established office brokerage professional, she showed versatility by also conducting a majority of the retail transactions in Tishman Speyer's New York portfolio.

Complementing Ms. Biasotti's extensive transaction experience is her thorough understanding of strategic planning and corporate infrastructure and communication. Throughout her tenure, she enhanced individual properties by directing many highly regarded marketing campaigns and brokerage community events. Following the reorganization of Rockefeller Center's ownership in 2002, Ms. Biasotti not only ensured the success of the leasing process, but also coordinated the management strategy to better meet the overall goals of the new ownership.

Key transactions

Westchester One, White Plains, NY:

Repositioned the asset through a $13 million capital improvement program and instituted a leasing and marketing program for the largest office tower in downtown White Plains.

  • 650,000 RSF leased; over 300,000 RSF leased in the first 6 months of 2010
  • Accounted for more than 70 percent of all 2009 class-A leasing activity in Downtown White Plains


636 Eleventh Avenue:
Repositioned the asset as a first-class office building in lieu of a planned conversion to residential.

  • Created awareness for a non-CBD market

  • 536,000 square feet leased to The Ogilvy Group

1301 Avenue of the Americas:                                                
Assembling 180,000 square feet in a fully leased 2 million square-foot-office tower in Midtown Manhattan.

  • 180,000 sf lease to Wasserstein Perella & Co., Inc.

  • Transaction involved recapture/termination of leases between eight parties,750,000 square feet of leases, subleases and option space, impacted 21 floors in the building and necessitated simultaneous global negotiations with principals in Switzerland, Germany, Japan and the U.S.

Retail

  • Thomas Pink, 520 Madison Avenue

  • Hickey Freeman, 666 Fifth Avenue

  • First Republic Bank, 1230 Avenue of the Americas

  • Johnston & Murphy, 520 Madison Avenue 

Residential

  • Clarendon Court, Arlington, Virginia

  • Pollard Gardens, Arlington, Virginia

  • 101 West End Avenue, New York, NY

Awards

  • NAIOP's Westchester County Lease of the Year Award for Reader's Digest Lease, 2010
  • Deal of the Year Award 1999-Transaction awarded the Real Estate Board of New York's Robert T. Lawrence

  • Transaction awarded the Henry Hart Rice Award, Real Estate Board of New York’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year 2009

Education
Diana holds both BA and BS degrees from Virginia Tech as well as a New York State Real Estate Salesperson’s license.

Affiliations
She is a long-standing member of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association for which she served as both Treasurer and Governor.