NEW YORK CITY—Douglas Elliman Real Estate is growing its realestate services with the addition of an expanded commercialdivision, Douglas Elliman Commercial, by joining forces withWilliamson, Picket, Gross, Inc., another commercial brokerage. Thenewly formed division will be led by Williamson, Picket, Gross,Inc. founder Jim Gross, his son and partner Peter Gross, andDouglas Elliman's Louis Puopolo. The new division will service NewYork City, South Florida and Long Island. The division also willinclude the Elliman firm's Nickolai Team, led by IreneNickolai.

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“Douglas Elliman is best known for being New York's largestresidential brokerage with a growing national presence, but we'vebeen ranked among the best brokerages in the commercial realm foryears,” says Howard M. Lorber, chairman of Douglas Elliman. “This is the right time to increase our scope with this division,as we continue to expand our full-service real estate capabilitiesin the national arena.”

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Jim Gross, formerly vice chairman of Williamson, Picket, Gross,Inc., ran WPG successfully since 1971. He has personally leasedover 40 million square feet of New York office space and has beenresponsible for mentoring some of the most successful commercialreal estate brokers in the industry. Peter Gross and Jim have beenpartners since 2010. Peter's main focus has been on brokeragerepresenting major tenants and landlords for over a decade.

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Since 2004, Louis Puopolo and his team have been among the topcommercial brokers in New York City for Douglas Elliman. Puopolobegan his real estate career in residential sales and segued intothe commercial sector. He has worked with Howard Lorber tobuild a cohesive corporate division for the company.

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The Nickolai Team specializes in international clientele andranks among the top-producing teams at Douglas Elliman.

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Douglas Elliman Commercial will specialize in tenant andlandlord representation, as well as investment sales. Theyare based out of Elliman'snewly renovated office at 205 E.42nd St. Michael Murphy and David Restainer willlead the Long Island and South Florida commercial offices,respectively. WPG's previous senior managing director Will Carrwill join this corporate division.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.