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The following superstars were named as “Legends” in our Women ofInfluence 20th Anniversary special last year, but that doesn't meanthey're out of the picture. In fact, the dozen women below arestill very much a part of the commercial real estate scene. Take alook at what they've been up to…

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KARENBELLANTONI
Executive VicePresident
RKF
New YorkCity
With 30-plus years of experience in retail,retail leasing and merchandising, Bellantoni has a stellar trackrecord of completing deals in some of the top-performing Manhattansubmarkets and most major urban markets throughout the US,specializing in tenant and landlord representation. In 2013, shewas selected to work on the leasing for the South Street Seaport,and has continued her work with the Howard Hughes Corp. over thepast year to transform the retail, dining and entertainment spacein Lower Manhattan. Bellantoni's main career goal is to continuepioneering neighborhoods in New York City and transforming urbanlandscapes; currently she's focused on continuing to develop retailin SoHo, on Madison Avenue and on Fifth Avenue. She also managesmany of RKF's brokers on a daily basis and has been sought out as aconsultant for many deals outside of the ones she brokersdirectly.

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FAITH HOPECONSOLO
Chairman, RetailGroup
DouglasElliman
New York City
Aschairman of Douglas Elliman's Retail Group, Consolo is recognizedfor her successes on national platforms in virtually every facet ofthe retail landscape. The past year has been one of firsts, such asarranging the first US flagships on or near Madison Avenue forItalian menswear designer Paul Morelli, Richemont Group's PeterMillar and Brioni founder Umberto Angelioni's European label,Caruso. She introduced two international skincare brands to thecity, Oro Gold and Intimate Beauty. Known for her support of womenin the real estate industry, she is a dedicated advocate andrecently was appointed to the CREW National board of directors, andserves as communications chair/liaison for the New York chapter,NYCREW. She is also a past president of AREW. Her support throughthe Faith Hope Consolo Foundation has focused on many programsbenefiting women in the industry, as well as charities andscholarships.

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ANNEMARIEDiCOLA
Chief ExecutiveOfficer
Trepp Inc.
NewYork City
A one-time commercial real estate attorney,DiCola became CEO of the CMBS information provider in 2005. Sincethen, she has helped Trepp strengthen its foothold in the sectorand expand to new markets, such as tracking US banking. Under herleadership, Trepp has acquired multiple companies, such asForesight Analytics, InvestCap Advisors and REITCafe, and hasdeveloped a number of products aimed at capitalizing on thecompany's leading positions in CMBS and CRE finance. The newest ofthese is TreppTrade, a collaborative workflow solution. “I seeincreasing numbers of women in leadership roles, and morewomen-centric organizations targeting how to get more women theexperience and skills they need to compete for the C-suite,” DiColatells Forum . “The industry has engaged in an enhanced dialogue onthe value of mentoring men and women to be better, more ethical,more effective professionals.”

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SHARONHARPER
President &CEO
Plaza Cos.
Peoria,AZ
Harper is regarded as one of the foremost expertsin medical office, commercial office, senior living, research andbiotechnology real estate in the Southwest. Plaza, which sheco-founded in 1982, is a leading force in development, leasing andproperty management in several key market sectors. Harper is notonly dedicated to her business endeavors, but she also activelyparticipates in the community. She is extensively involved in avariety of nonprofit, economic development and political advocacygroups, and has received dozens of awards recognizing herexceptional community service. She has emerged as a leader in theregion in public-private partnerships, such as SkySong, the ASUScottsdale Innovation Center in partnership with Arizona StateUniversity and the City of Scottsdale; and BioInspire, abiotechnology incubator in partnership with the City of Peoria andBioAccel.

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JEANKANE
Chief ExecutiveOfficer
Welsh and Colliers International |Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minnetonka,MN
Being the CEO and controlling owner of one of thelargest commercial real estate firms in the Twin Cities is notsomething Kane takes lightly. She actively oversees 300-plusemployees and six major commercial real estate divisions. Herhands-on leadership guides the operations of the company'sfull–service real estate solutions. On the national stage, Kane is2014 chairman of NAIOP, the third woman in the organizatin'shistory to hold this position. She brings her leadership style atWelsh and Colliers to the NAIOP chairmanship, visiting associationchapters across North America to share her message on “The ChangingFace of Real Estate” and how important it is to broaden diversityby ethnicity, gender and age, within NAIOP and the industry as awhole. Under her leadership, NAIOP is embarking on an aggressiveand proactive strategic plan that will guide the association'sactivities during the next three years.

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DARLALONGO
ViceChairman
CBRE GroupInc.
Ontario, CA
During her35-year career with CBRE, Longo has become a nationally recognizedentrepreneurial leader, visionary, motivator and mentor, as well asone of the industry's most recognized and active investment salesprofessionals, winning a national award for top performance in thecompany every year of her career. In the past 12 months, Longo andher team have completed 207 investment transactions totalingapproximately $5.78 billion and 15 leases totaling $245.46 million.She has completed many of the most significant industrial sales inthe Western US over the past year on behalf of the most activeinstitutional investors in the country. Through the past severaltumultuous years, Longo has continued to help her institutionalinvestor clients navigate uncertainty by staying a step ahead ofthe market at all times. She is also committed to making adifference in her community and in the lives of others.

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JEANNEMYERSON
President &CEO
The Swig Co.
SanFrancisco
Myerson's 17-year tenure as president andCEO of the Swig Co. makes her one of the longest serving and mostsuccessful CEOs in the commercial real estate industry. UnderMyerson's leadership, Swig made a smooth transition from its rootsin the hospitality industry—it was the force behind the FairmontHotel brand—to become a recognized urban office investor andmanager which now controls a portfolio of more than nine millionsquare feet of office space concentrated in coastal gatewaymarkets. The company co-invests with family offices and stronginstitutional partners such as Angelo, Gordon & Co.; IvanhoeCambridge; and Callahan Capital Partners. Myerson continues tosuccessfully grow the company, focused on investments in New YorkCity, the Bay Area and the L.A. Basin. Among her current areas offocus is completing the recapitalization and completere-positioning of 1460 Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.

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DAUNPARIS
President
EasternConsolidated
New YorkCity
Co-founder of Eastern Consolidated with PeterHauspurg, Paris has been instrumental in the commercial brokerage'ssuccess, spanning three decades, by providing strategic directionfor the company as a whole, while serving as a hands-on mentor foran experienced and diverse team of brokers. Paris is among the fewwomen leading a commercial real estate brokerage company and was apioneer in the commercial end of the business when she joined it in1979, at a time when it was almost exclusively male. Prescient inrecognizing market opportunities, before the recession Parislaunched Eastern's loan sales and turnaround group, positioning thecompany at the forefront in what would prove to be a tremendoussource of additional revenue. She was instrumental in creatingEastern Consolidated's new retail leasing division in 2014, andalso launched a capital advisory division.

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SONIARANSOM
Partner
AllenMatkins
San Francisco
A landuse partner in Allen Matkins' San Francisco office, Ransomco-chairs the firm's land use practice group, and is highlyregarded for her extensive experience in this area, handlingmultiple major development projects throughout California. Mostrecently, she was the lead land use lawyer representing HillwoodDevelopment Co. in the entitlement of the 1,770-acre developmentcomprised of a golf course community with 364 high-end homes inSimi Valley. Her keen intellect, high ethical standards, trueprofessionalism and dedication to her clients are her hallmarks andhave earned her great respect and admiration from her colleaguesand community. Ransom actively provides leadership for the firm'sinitiative to recognize the achievements of women in commercialreal estate. She also spearheads Allen Matkins' involvement in theSamantha Corpus Foundation, which seeks a cure for Rett Syndrome, adebilitating neurological disorder diagnosed almost exclusively infemales.

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DARCYSTACOM
ViceChairman
CBRE GroupInc.
New York City
Crowned the“Queen of the Skyscrapers” by the Wall Street Journal in1997, Stacom has arranged both the largest residential and officetransactions in history. Ms. Stacom's diverse, prolific resumeranges from $2-million trust and estates dispositions to the$5.4-billion sale of the Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Townmultifamily complex for Metropolitan Life. She's head of CBRE'sInvestment Properties group in New York City, arranging sales,financing, joint venture, leasehold and development transactions,and in her career, she has completed more than $60 billion insales, financing, joint venture, leasehold and developmenttransactions. Stacom has been a leader in advancing the inclusionof women in commercial real estate, and is a past recipient ofCBRE's Women's Network's Endurance of Spirit Award, given to theprofessional who best exemplifies the network's mission ofpromoting an environment that values individual differences andsupports inclusiveness, both internally and externally.

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TARASTACOM
Executive ViceChairman
Cushman & WakefieldInc.
New York City
Stacom wasalready a well-established force in the leasing scene even beforeshe landed the assignment for One World Trade Center. In a 33-yearcareer, she consistently ranks among C&W's top-producingbrokers nationally and regionally. In the past year, her One WTCleasing team secured a record-setting lease Downtown with ad agencyKiDS Creative on the historic tower's 87th floor, underscoring theappeal of a headquarters with global prestige. The lease alsoillustrated Lower Manhattan's steady transformation from afinancial services-only district into a diversified marketattracting tenants in the creative, media and tech sectors. C&Wwas also selected by the Port Authority of New York & NewJersey as property manager of the common areas and key operationalfacilities for the new World Trade Center campus. Stacom is afounder of Lehigh University's Integrated Real Estate at Lehigh(ire@l) program, whose graduates have launched promising careers insuch prominent real estate firms as C&W, CBRE and SL GreenRealty. In March, the center attracted a $5-million gift from theHolliday Foundation under the leadership of Lehigh grad and SLGreen CEO Marc Holliday and his wife, Sheree. Stacom also serves asa university trustee.

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MARY ANNETIGHE
CEO, New York Tri-StateRegion
CBRE GroupInc.
New York City
From therevitalization of Times Square and the rebirth of Downtown to thewestward expansion of Midtown's CBD, Tighe has been at theforefront of the transformation of New York City's skyline duringher 29 years in the industry. She has enjoyed unbroken, long-termrelationships with a number of public and private companies andnonprofit organizations, shaping and implementing their real estatestrategies for large and small projects. Tighe has conceived,structured and negotiated virtually every form of deal ranging fromground leases to fee simple sales. For a three-year term startingin January 2010, Tighe served as chairman of the Real Estate Boardof New York, the first woman to hold this position in REBNY's114-year history. She's an eight-time winner of REBNY's IngeniousDeal of the Year awards for ingenious brokerage, arguably the mostcoveted prizes in New York real estate.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.