"Tony has an extraordinary track record in the real estateindustry and is widely respected as one of the leading consultantsserving the talent needs of public and private companies engaged inthe real estate business," says Michael Franzino, global marketmanaging director of Korn/Ferry's global financial services market,in a release. "He brings the knowledge, proven track record andknow-how to further establish Korn/Ferry as a leading human capitalsolutions firm in the real estate industry."

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LoPinto tells GlobeSt.com that while the future of real estatemarkets still remains in flux, a brighter fate awaits thosesearching for jobs. "The transactional side [of commercial realestate] has not become invigorated," he explains. "But when thatgears up, that will fuel organizational changes." He notes that aspublic markets become active, with IPOs, etc., the organizationaleffects will follow, namely management teams, particularly thosewith experience in public markets.

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His career has spanned executive positions in finance andcapital markets, development and investments with Bankers Trust,Mobil Land Development Corp., Cushman & Wakefield, FirstChicago and the Charles E. Smith Co., where he managed thecompany's New York Stock Exchange IPO. The international company isacquiring his services in a volatile time for hiring, with nationalunemployment currently in the double digits.

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However, LoPinto sees the changing dynamics of the real estateindustry in terms of solutions, not problems. With every downturn,he explains, new positions are produced to handle the uniqueproblems that arise from every downcycle. Korn/Ferry has alreadymade the transition, adding LoPinto at the start of this year. Inhis new role with Korn/Ferry, he remains in New York City andcontinues in his roles as governor of the Urban Land Institute,member or NAREIT, Pension Real Estate Assoc., the Real EstateRoundtable and the National Multi Housing Council.

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LoPinto writes weekly for GlobeSt.com in his ExecutiveWatch blog about real estate trends and hiringpractices.

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