At Rhodes, we have a singular mission – the success of our Clients and maximizing their return on investment in human capital. Founded in 1969, we specialize in representing firms in most major sectors and disciplines within the global real estate industry. Throughout our 50+ years of experience in executive search, organizational and strategic consulting, rhodes has consistently demonstrated expertise in building high performance teams for some of the world’s leading real estate companies. Together, our Partners have more than 100 years of real estate and executive search experience and are involved in all aspects of the search/consulting process. Our Client-centered focus and attention to return on investment, leads to industry leading assignment completion and retention rates of over 95%.
50+ Years of Experience Specializing in the Real Estate Industry
Highly Diagnostic, Organizational & Strategic Consulting Process Yields Greater R.O.I. on Human Capital
Industry Leading, Assignment Completion & Candidate Retention Rate of Over 95%
During his more than 40-year career in executive search and organizational consulting, Steven has completed thousands of search and consulting assignments in the global real estate industry. Running Rhodes as president while actively conducting high-level executive searches, he is particularly proud of the firm’s industry-leading 95%+ success ratio, which includes search completions and retentions.
The key to this achievement, he says, is “helping companies become more successful businesses and guiding professionals to build successful careers.” More than just search, it’s about having the diagnostic skills and experience to help clients develop the most effective organizational structures, teams and individuals that support the business’s approach and philosophy. “We help them figure out what they really need,” says Steven. “Our systematic process is what separates Rhodes from the others. Recruiting is simply the end result.”
Steven developed his knowledge of real estate as a founding partner of two substantial businesses, which were responsible for more than $1 billion in real estate transactions – Rockwood Real Estate, an advisory and investment firm, and Rohman Development, a developer/owner of multifamily units. He also started and led for a number of years the global real estate practice at IRC Global Executive Search Partners.
Earlier in his career, Steven gained relevant consulting experience and skills in Human Resources when he worked for two major corporations, including Federated Department Stores. He is an active member and supporter of the Urban Land Institute.
During her more than 30-year career in executive search and organizational consulting, Jane has helped many of the world’s leading real estate companies recruit their most successful executives as well as entire teams. Her scope includes serving clients in banking, commercial lending, investment, and private and public owner/developers.
An important part of Jane’s work is mentoring young people who are interested in pursuing opportunities in the real estate business. This involvement includes speaking regularly about the industry to undergraduate and graduate groups at Columbia University and NYU. “I like being accessible to help young people develop their talents and structure their career paths,” she says.
In addition to nurturing talent and career opportunities for candidates, Jane also provides strategies to help her clients retain top performers. “The best run companies actively manage careers internally,” she notes, “and we are committed to helping them. We care and take very seriously our responsibility to impact lives and careers.”
Remaining active in leading industry groups is another way Jane carries out her mission. She is past president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) in New York, and she sits on the Retail Council of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit that provides leadership in responsible land use and the creation of thriving communities. Jane is also an active member of the Pension Real Estate Association and Mortgage Bankers Association. She earned a BA from the University of Maryland.
Lisa Flicker is a Managing Partner at Rhodes Associates. With over 20 years of global real estate executive search experience, Lisa enthusiastically drives the organizational consulting and executive search process from inception to completion, including client management, creation of search strategy, and candidate development.
With an emphasis on placing women and underrepresented minorities, Lisa is focused on introducing her clients to appropriate diverse candidates as an integral part of every executive search. Lisa sits on the Board and is extremely active in both Project Destined and the STEP program. Lisa has successfully completed many search assignments for the leading investment managers, private equity funds, investment banks, owners and developers.
Earlier in her career, Lisa was a CPA with KPMG. She also worked as an executive search consultant in the real estate practices of both Korn Ferry and TMP Worldwide. She lives in Scarsdale, NY with her husband, Russ, and her two teenagers, Molly and Ben.
Steven Zimmerman is a Senior Principal at Rhodes Associates and is responsible for the origination and execution of organizational consulting and senior executive search assignments. Steve comes to Rhodes with more than ten years of experience in commercial real estate investment sales with Eastern Consolidated as well as Ten-X Commercial, where he completed more than $400M in commercial property transactions. Prior to his experience in commercial real estate, Steven founded Direct Connect Staffing, a boutique recruiting agency that catered to major banks, private equity firms and hedge fund clients. Steven graduated cum laude from Skidmore College with a BA in Psychology. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and two children.
Matthew Chen is a Senior Principal at Rhodes Associates. He is responsible for the management and execution of organizational consulting and executive search assignments from inception to completion, in all major sectors of the real estate industry, both domestically and across the globe.
Prior to joining Rhodes, Matthew served as a Vice President at HVS Executive Search specializing in hospitality real estate recruitment across North America. Working closely with owners/operators, developers, PE, and investment firms, Matthew has successfully built out executive leadership teams for numerous growth organizations. Earlier in his career, Matthew also served as a Recruitment Consultant for Hudson Global Services in Singapore recruiting for various multinational organizations across Asia Pacific.
Matthew graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and is based in NYC.
Suzanne Mendelsohn has recently rejoined Rhodes Associates as a Senior Principal. Suzanne brings excellent relationship management skills along with a demonstrated ability to outperform and achieve successful conclusions to her assignments.
Suzanne has 20 years of experience successfully managing executive search and organizational consulting assignments across all sectors within CRE. Her knowledge extends across all disciplines of real estate, including both debt and equity investments, capital raising, development and redevelopment, asset/portfolio management, restructuring, workouts, and credit/risk management. Prior to rejoining Rhodes Associates, Suzanne was an Executive Search Consultant at Sousou Partners and began her career with Picard International. There she established a network of candidates to support retained search for top-tier strategy consulting firms, playing a key role for assignments ranging in level from partners to senior partners as well as team lift-outs.
Tripp Lyons is a Principal at Rhodes Associates and is responsible for business development and assisting in the management and execution of search and organizational consulting assignments. Prior to joining Rhodes, Tripp has more than eight years of CRE transactional experience in areas such as capital markets, financing, leasing, and investment sales with firms such as Iron Hound Management, Ackman-Ziff, and Eastern Consolidated. As part of his responsibilities, Tripp focused on business development and was responsible for closing approximately $250M of assignments in both debt and equity.
Tripp graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in History.
Isabella graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and minored in psychology. She was a member of the Syracuse University Division I Volleyball Team, so working on a team is not foreign to her.
To Isabella, being able to partner with some of the most talented people in the industry is a privilege. She finds nothing more fulfilling than helping take someone’s career to the next level and following the success of those she works with in the value they bring not only to clients, but the real estate industry as a whole. Since joining the industry, Isabella has enjoyed that real estate is a constantly evolving world, which gives her insight and appreciation for the drivers of change and their impacts across all markets.
Alexandra Liberto is a Principal at Rhodes Associates and specializes in the field of research. She joined Rhodes in 2018 and has since expanded her role to oversee and contribute to the research function to successfully drive the executive search process from inception to completion. Alexandra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in 2018.
Leina Braga is a global business leader who specializes in the field of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. At Rhodes, she helps client companies maximize retention by co-creating work cultures where diverse employees can be their full, authentic selves through strategic consultation, new hire mentoring, talent systems optimization, cultural competence and anti-bias training. Having passionately driven DEI work throughout her international career, Leina brings invaluable social capital and a unique multicultural perspective.
With years of marketing experience, she also oversees corporate branding strategy, creative direction, integrated marketing, digital design & development and social media marketing for Rhodes.
With an emphasis on empowering women and people of color around the globe to live fearlessly and advance their careers, Leina teaches courses on women’s leadership and heads an organization that promotes professional advancement for Brazilian women. Prior to joining Rhodes, Leina headed the International Recruitment Operation for Concordia College New York in India and Brazil. Her areas of expertise are transformational leadership, inclusion strategies, marketing, business development, and cross-cultural management. Leina holds a BBA and a master’s degree in Business Leadership.
Kate Tarbell-Littman is a Principal at Rhodes Associates, working closely with the Chief Operating Officer to lead all day-to-day operations of the company.
Prior to joining Rhodes, Kate worked at the New York investment management office of a Middle Eastern-based wealth management firm, where she also completed the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundations program.
Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management with a minor in Gender Studies from Skidmore College. While at Skidmore she was a member of their Division I Equestrian team.
John Paul “JP” Flangos is a Vice President at Rhodes Associates. JP joins Rhodes from Berenberg Capital Markets (BCM), a subsidiary of the German investment bank Berenberg. At BCM, he was a senior associate on the REITs team that covered Real Estate Investment Trusts and Real Estate tech stocks. His main responsibilities included financial modeling, conducting primary/secondary research on different asset classes, and collaborating with hedge fund and asset manager clientele. Prior to BCM, JP spent three years at Terra Holdings where his firm consulted with developers on multi-family new developments from pre-development to sell out.
JP earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2018 and was a part of the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team.
Natalie is a Vice President at Rhodes. In her role, she manages and executes real estate executive search assignments from inception to completion including candidate selection, report compilation, and sharing information to guide decision making. Natalie graduated from Quinnipiac University with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Legal Studies. She was a member and captain of Quinnipiac’s Division I Volleyball Team. She enjoys working with the Rhodes team and developing the necessary skills and insights to grow within the real estate industry.
Sarah Tarbell-Littman is an Associate Vice President, Research, overseeing Rhodes’ research systems and technology and to ensure the efficacy of the information in our databases.
Prior to joining Rhodes Sarah pursued a career in as an educator, teaching in preschool classrooms.
Sarah holds a Masters of Education in Special Education from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude from Clark University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Education.
Our Real Estate practice encompasses most major industry sectors, including:
CORPORATE REAL ESTATE
DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION
FINANCE & DEBT CAPITAL MARKETS
Rhodes’ Real Estate Practice encompasses most major disciplines including:
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
CORPORATE REAL ESTATE
DEBT CAPITAL MARKETS
FINANCE & ACCOUNTING