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NEW YORK CITY-The recently formed Empire State Realty Trust has hired a former leasing agent of the Empire State Building, nabbing him from Newmark Knight Grubb Frank. Ryan Kass will become SVP and director of leasing and marketing, joining Fred Posniak—who holds the same title—at the REIT.

At NKGF, Kass was senior managing director and completed over 600 transactions, totaling a value in excess of $2 billion, since joining the firm in 2002. The 10-year veteran oversaw a number of successful leasing and marketing campaigns, including that of One Grand Central Place, Carnegie Hall Tower, 645 Madison Ave., 1040 Avenue of the Americas, and many others.

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