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South Florida Turkish Community Mourns Businessman Known for His Leadership and Championing of the Turkish-American dream

By İsmail Mahmut Ercan - This past year has been a difficult one for many families, as budgets have been strained, parents have become part-time teachers, and the emotional exhaustion of the pandemic brought the country to its knees. Worst of all, the sheer amount of death has brought a continuous period of mourning to this country, at a magnitude of which this country has rarely felt. The South Florida Turkish community was not spared of this sentiment either, although the mourning began several months before the pandemic began. In November of 2019, the community lost one of its best as my father, İsmail Hakkı Ercan peacefully passed away, leaving behind a legacy not just known, but felt and experienced in many people’s hearts.

Moving from NYC to NJ Creates A High Demand

Julia Dağıstanlı has been selling and renting real estate since 2002. She has done hundreds of sales closings and transactions and had many awards recognition. She has been a salesperson since 2002 and a top producer year after year. Julia has been awarded the prestigious NJAR Circle of Excellence Silver Level since 2005. She was named the Re/Max Metropolitan 2008 Top Producing Agent. She has also been awarded by New Jersey Monthly Magazine the Highest in Overall Satisfaction Five Star Real Estate Award for the last 10 years. Only fewer than 1% of real estate agents in the New Jersey-area received this recognition.

She answered TURKOFAMERICA’s questions.

Umut and Batya Ready to Serve You in Boston Area

Boston – According to The Boston Globe newspaper, the median selling price for a single-family home jumped 17.6 percent, from $659,000 in October 2019 to $775,000 in October 2020. Condo prices, however, decreased 6.9 percent, from $690,000 to $642,500. While single-family homes spent an average of 37 days on the market, it was 43 days for condos. The number of active single-family listings was up 27.7 percent, while the number of condos on the market rose a whopping 51.1 percent. The number of single-family homes that sold increased 21.3 percent, while the number of condos that changed hands rose incrementally, only 0.9 percent. Batya Natan and Umut Alex Kumaş of William Raveis Real Estate have been recognized and awarded as the top-selling team, excellence in customer service, and top listing team awards over the years.

One of New York’s Leading Ladies of Real Estate in New York City

After one of the most turbulent years in recent history, Real Estate Weekly has introduced its 2021 Leading Ladies of Real Estate. Cind Çiğdem Gökay, Head of Sales of Reuveni Real Estate, was recognized as one of the 2021 Leading Ladies of Real Estate by Real Estate Weekly. Gökay's recent work at 30E31 NoMad, Dahlia UWS, Era UWS and years of unmatched experience. After generating over $30 million in new deals at 30E31 (NoMad) and Dahlia (UWS), Cindy was instrumental in the newly unveiled project, Era at 251 W 91st Street featuring 57 residences. Licensed in both New York and New Jersey, she has over a decade of real estate experience. Cindy was introduced to real estate by an industry pioneer and has been thriving ever since. She started off as an assistant, graduated to doing her own deals, and followed through with delivering a 200-plus unit luxury condominium new development project to her firm where she was intimately involved from the rendering phase to building completion. Cindy now oversees sales at Reuveni’s array of new construction projects and is intimately involved with sales planning and management of on-site sales teams.

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An Expert on Commercial Real Estate in New York and Miami

Prior to starting her career in real estate, she was at the United Nations representing World Information Transfer (WIT) in compliance with the Ukrainian Mission focusing on health and sustainable development related to the Chernobyl disaster. She later joined Kushner Companies working for their family office and that was her foray into commercial real estate. Damla spent 8 years at JLL, and joined Colliers International as a Director of Leasing.  Damla graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy. “It seemed natural after moving to New York City to work in commercial real estate- there’s so much energy in the business and it’s the backbone of the city,” she says. She is the first generation Turkish; her mother is from Izmir and her father is from Kars, and they raised her family in New Jersey.  At a young age Damla’s parents instilled entrepreneurial values; hard work, creativity and staying positive in the face of failure. “These attributes have helped me succeed in my industry,” she adds.

A Platinum Agent of New Jersey: İskender Yeşilyurt

 When he saw the commercial of the holiday village in Bodrum Torbalı on TV, he decided to continue his career there after his education in tourism and hotel management. He went to Bodrum from Izmir and showed at the hotel door. He told the director he wanted to work there. He did not know anyone. Luckily, he was accepted and started working in the most popular holiday destination in Bodrum in 1985. He continued working there until 1988. One day an American visitor at the hotel asked him if he would like to work on a Norwegian cruise ship. That question opened the door of Iskender Yeşilyurt’s journey to the US. He got on the ship from Rhodes Island in 1990.

Muammer A Öztekin, A Master Innovator of the Retail Industry Dies at 95 in Alabama

It’s no exaggeration to say he was one of the fathers of Turkish industrialists in the United States. He was the inventor of adjustable steel shelves that feature uprights with integrated, roll-formed back-panel channels, widely used in the United States and Europe. This revolutionized the retail industry! Muammer Ahmet Öztekin (MAO) was born in Niğde, Turkey on November 10th 1925 to Ahmet Hamdi & Emine Öztekin. His youth was spent in İzmir & İstanbul at which point he came to the USA in 1949 to further his education because the rest of the worlds education systems were still recovering from the war. He first attended the University of Michigan before transferring to the University of Alabama.

Outstanding Turkish American Scientists and Scholars

Turkish-American scientists and scholars have great success and achievements in the last year. Undoubltly, the most successful and known scientists are the husband-and-wife team behind the leading vaccine to solve Covid-19. The German company BioNTech, founded by Dr. Uğur Şahin and Dr. Özlem Türeci, has teamed up with Pfizer on a vaccine that was found to be more than 90 percent effective. Beside Şahin and Türeci, several Turkish-American scientists and scholars also draw attention in the academic circles of the U.S.

Unity Bank’s Turkish Team

 

Unity Bancorp, Inc. Clinton is a 19-branch-bank headquartered in New Jersey. It operates in Bergen, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties of New Jersey as well as in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Three Turkish executives work in the bank, which has total assets of 2 billion dollars. Emre Haşmet, Evrim Çiçek and Nihal Birdir are a gateway to the Turkish-American community at the bank with nearly 200 employees.
Evrim Çiçek, who previously had career experiences at national banks such as PNC and Chase, has been working as the regional manager at the bank since February 2018. Çiçek graduated from The School of Economics, Dumlupinar University in Turkey and had a master's degree in accounting and finance at DeVry University in the US. She worked as deputy branch manager for six years in the Warren, New Jersey branch of JP Morgan Chase, one of the leading banks in America, and worked as a branch manager at PNC Bank between 2014 and 2018. Çiçek joined the Unity Bank family in January 2018 and got promoted to regional manager in May 2020. After gaining experience in big national banks, she considers Unity Bank, which is classified as a community bank, as a warm and friendly environment. "While working in big banks, you do not have much opportunity to use initiative. Here, the customer-banker relationship is more intimate" she says.

Turkish American Real Estate Professionals in the US

By Cemil Özyurt - According to TURKOFAMERICA’s research, there are over 500 real estate professionals who have been actively selling and buying homes, renting residential and commercial spaces. The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) estimates that there are about 2 million active real estate licensees in the United States. There are 106,548 real estate brokerage firms operating as well. Trulia, the real-estate listings and data portal, searched nearly 83,000 agent profiles in the U.S. in 2014 to find the most commonly spoken languages. The most popular, after English, was Spanish at 12.2%, followed by French with 2.5%, Russian, Mandarin and German. About 15% of real-estate agents report speaking a second language, according to the National Association of Realtors. Majority of Turkish-American real estate professionals work in New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, and Texas. There are approximately 250 real estate professionals work in New York, New Jersey and about 100 of them operate in Florida.

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