Professional Team

Kenneth Zund - President

In 1961 Ken Zund began his career as a Leasing Agent at Salmon Management Company, the builder, owner and manager of numerous commercial buildings throughout New York City, including 500 Fifth Avenue, a 60 story Art Deco tower, and 11 West Forty-Second Street. Built in the early 1930’s, these two buildings encompassed over 1.5 million square feet of prime office and retail space.

Over the course of the next few years, Ken was promoted several times, and in 1977 was appointed Assistant Vice President of Leasing and Management. In 1981 Ken was named President of the firm, whereby he had consummate responsibility and decision making authority of this major real estate ownership entity, valued at that time, in excess of $200,000,000. It was during this period of time that Ken earned the status of Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the nationally accredited Institute of Real Estate Management.

In 1984, the controlling family of Salmon Management Company chose to divest itself of its' real estate holdings. Ken helped guide the break up of the ownership entity and sale of the privately held property portfolio. 500 Fifth Avenue was sold for a then astonishing $127,000,000.

Shortly thereafter, in 1985, Ken joined with his son Jeff to establish Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc., with the concept of providing small to mid sized organizations a greater level of commercial real estate expertise and service than was typically offered to that market segment. Using his years of experience in dealing with all types of tenants, from individual professionals to multinational corporations, Ken believed that he could provide a unique perspective to the lease negotiation process, taking into consideration and respecting a landlord's point of view and requirements, while at the same time vigorously representing the best interests of the tenant. The logic being that landlords had highly trained professionals representing them on a daily basis. Tenants on the other hand, may only have had to deal with their commercial real estate needs every few years, and did not have benefit of the same level of representation. Why not level the playing field?

Since the inception of Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc., Ken has been a driving force in developing lasting relationships with landlords and tenants throughout New York City, while at the same time playing an active role in the leasing or sale of nearly half a million square feet of commercial space in New York City.

Ken resides on Long Island with his wife, and enjoys spending his spare time with his grandchildren and traveling.

Ken can be reached at (212)-213-8009 EXT. 16, or ken@zundrealty.com

 
 

Jeffrey Zund - Vice President

Jeffrey Zund is currently the Vice President and COO of Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc, a specialty firm that focuses their efforts on representing tenants in commercial real estate leasing and sales transactions.

Since 1985, Jeff has represented office, retail and industrial tenants in the acquisition and/or disposition of hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space throughout New York City and Long Island. His clients range from mid sized New York based firms to large national corporations and institutions, which have included Mesirow Financial Services, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Government of Jamaica, The Aspen Institute, Ener 1, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Spears & Imes, LLP, Strategic Insight Mutual Fund Research & Consulting, Inc., Two Sigma Investments, LLC, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, Blue Tulip, Inc., Dress Barn, Inc. and National Television of Spain. Jeff maintains exclusive relationships with many of his key clients.

Over the course of his career, Jeff has been involved in such notable transactions as leasing 62,000 square feet to Two Sigma Investments at 100 Avenue of the Americas, 43,000 square feet to clubmom.com at 200 Madison Avenue, 34,000 square feet to uncommongoods.com at 303 West 10th Street and 28,000 square feet to Zoni Language Centers at 22 West 34th Street as well as the sale of 206 East 63rd Street.

In addition, Jeff has represented the ownership of properties such as 256 Fifth Avenue, 271 Madison Avenue, 23 West 16th Street, 236 West 40th Street, 20 East 46th Street, 151 West 46th Street, 155 West 46th Street, 206 East 63rd Street, 250 East 63rd Street and 355 East 72nd Street.

Jeff can be reached at (212)-689-6562 or jeff@zundrealty.com

 


Robert J. Mehlman - Senior Advisor

An established and highly regarded veteran in the New York City commercial real estate industry, Robert Mehlman acts in a Senior Advisory capacity at Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc., bringing a vast wealth of experience, knowledge and valuable input to our transactional platform. 

Currently the Principal owner of Regency Realty Advisors, Ltd., a Real Estate Management firm affiliated with Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc., Bob has held senior level executive positions at some of New York’s largest and best known real estate firms, including, Williams Real Estate (now GVA Williams) Sylvan Lawrence Company, Herbert Charles & Co, Inc. and Pearce, Urstadt Mayer & Greer, where he was President of their Leasing Division, 

Bob has supervised the leasing and represented the owners of such prominent New York City buildings as 101 Park Avenue, 489 Fifth Avenue, 663 Fifth Avenue, 240 Madison Avenue, 271 Madison Avenue and 275 Madison Avenue, giving him a unique “owner’s” perspective on commercial leasing transactions.

Furthermore, Bob has long list of clients he has worked for as a tenant representative, including The United Federation of Teachers, Charles of the Ritz, Technicolor Corp., Readers Digest, Richards and O’Neil and the Government of Quebec.

Formerly on the Board of Directors of the Brokerage Division of the Real Estate Board of New York, as well as its’ Leasing Brokers, Grand Central and Education Committees, Bob also enjoyed teaching real estate as an adjunct Professor of Real Estate at the NYU School of Continuing Education.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree from NYU and currently resides on Long Island. Bob is a member of Lincoln Center and travels extensively, recently visiting China, Africa, Alaska & Australia.   

Bob may be reached at (212)-213-8009 EXT 14, or directly at 212-447-4900

 

Dani O’Donnell - Senior Associate

After graduating from Kean University, where he was a starting wide receiver on the school’s football team, Dani joined his family’s commercial boiler installation firm, learning the business from the bottom up, ultimately attaining the position of Vice President. Realizing other career interests, Dani took a position with the Kaufman Management Company, a large owner of commercial properties in New York City.

At Kaufman, Dani learned the basics of commercial real estate from both a Landlord and Tenant perspective by showing available properties and attempting to fill vacant spaces in the firms’ properties. During this time, Dani was exposed to and dealt with  many of the issues facing both sides of the commercial real estate leasing transaction, quickly realizing that while the Landlord had a staff of experienced real estate professionals representing it’s best interests, many Tenants were either under-represented or not represented at all by a real estate professional.

With a preference towards Tenant representation services, Dani joined Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc. in 2005, where he now works closely with Vice President and Principal, Jeffrey Zund. Since joining our firm, Dani has become an integral part of our success. He has developed a significant amount of new business, involving nearly 100,000 square feet of aggregate leasing transactions to date, including a complicated, long term, multi-property lease, to a prominent Asset Management firm for more than 19,000 square feet.

Dani currently resides in New Jersey and is active in Kean University Alumni and Sports programs. He enjoys working out and recently took up Scuba Diving, but his favorite hobby (besides watching the Dallas Cowboys) is working on his classic1966 Ford Mustang, which he has meticulously restored.

You can reach Dani at (212)- 213-8009 Ext. 15. or dodonnell@zundrealty.com
 

Jimmy T. Javier - Managing Director

For more than thirty years, Jim Javier has represented a myriad of corporate and institutional clients in the acquisition and disposition of prime commercial office facilities throughout New York City. With a distinguished career encompassing hundreds of commercial real estate transactions, representing some of New York City's most prominent landlords as well as such notable tenants as Republic Nationl Bank, Paulson & Company, Bell Atlantic/NYNEX, Pirelli North America, Danskin, Thai Farmers Bank, and the Government of Thailand, Jimmy is well respected throughout the New York City commercial real estate industry.

During the course of his career and prior to joining Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc., Jim had been affiliated with such firms as Joseph P. Day, Dakota Realty, Harper Lawrence, Silk and Halpern and Promenade Real Estate. It is through his affiliations with these firms as well as his reputation as an honorable and trustworthy business partner, that Jim is able to maintain excellent working relationships with many of the largest real estate owners an managers in New York City.


Jim may be reached at (212)-684-6715 or at jjavier@zundrealty.com

 



Thomas Pfingst - Senior Director

Specializing in office space leasing and sales, Tom services the commercial real estate needs of a diverse corporate and professional clientele. Some of Tom's clients include A-List Services, LLC, Manhattan Beach Swimwear, Robert Walters Executive Search Firm, T.O.Dey Custom Shoe Corp., and Bloodmanor: America's largest haunted house attraction. In addition to his tenant representation, Tom also represents the Landlord's for 313 W. 37th St and 99 University Place in New York City where he has bought occupancy rates to near 100% in both properties.

After receiving a full scholorship to play baseball at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia, Tom played baseball in New York and Arizona . An avid New York Mets and New York Islanders fan, Tom also coaches Varsity High School Ice Hockey on Long Island, where he resides with his wife Mary, and two sons, Ryan and Tommy.

Tom can be reached at 212-213-8259 or tpfingst@zundrealty.com


 



Alex Redlus - Associate


Alex comes to Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc. by way of Miami where he spent 4 years as a residential and commerical real estate salesperson. Since arriving in New York, Alex spent a year serving as a technology infrastructure consultant specializing in government and banking installations.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Alex has decided to take those skills learned on the beaches of South Florida, and apply them to the concrete jungle of New York. At Kenneth Zund Realty Associates, Inc. Alex represents tenants in commercial leasing and sales transactions. Alex is a history buff, numismatist, and lover of Miami Heat and Syracuse Basketball. Alex can be reached at (212) 213-8009 EXT 15 or aredlus@zundrealty.com.