John Fitzgerald is the Partner/Broker/Owner of Realty Connect USA and has been a licensed Realtor since 1975. John is also one of the founders of Realty Connect USA started in 2009 which since then has grown to 15 offices with 860 Real Estate Professionals. After being the Owner/Manager at Krow Realty from 1990 to 1993, John managed several offices between 1993-2009. John ranked in the top 1/10th of 1% Nationwide Sales for ERA Realty Services, was #1 in total transactions in his first of 4 years at National Homefinders and his office at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was the top office in the country for all 8 years he was manager, leading to experience in all aspects of the Real Estate Industry. John has served as the President of Long Island Board of Realtors South Shore Chapter in 1991 and 1992. He also served as a Director for the Board in 1992. John is currently serving on the Executive Board of Directors as Vice President, Suffolk for MLS and has also served on the 2015 MLS Strategic Planning Task Force. John holds designations in CBR and GRI.
Michael Ardolino, Owner/Broker of Realty Connect USA, is a recognized expert in his field who ranks within the top 1% in the nation in terms of sale. With 34+ Years’ of experience aspects of residential and commercial real estate sales and leasing including corporate relocation, real estate marketing, residential and condominium sales and sales volume in excess of $50,000,000.00 annually.
He has appeared on News 12 Long Island televisions and frequently speaks at real estate symposiums. Ardolino was named “Residential Real Estate Agent of the Year” by Long Island Business News in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Long Island Business News recognized him as a business leader by naming him one of the recipients of the “50 Around 50” Award. He is one of the founding circle members of the nationally acclaimed “Isucceed.com”. Most recently Michael’s had feature stories written about him in “The Real Estate Executive” by Author, Speaker and National Trainer Terri Murphy, “Newsday” by the real estate reporter Joe Catalano and in “Who’s Who in Real Estate” in Long Island Business News. He participates in continuing educational programs and is regularly asked to sit on panels at real estate seminars and certificate classes.
Philip Okun has been in the commercial real estate industry since 1982. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the business including brokerage, property management, acquisition and sales, leasing, finance procurement and development. Currently he has ownership of numerous commercial properties on the east coast of the U.S., and was extensively involved in development of shopping centers in Poland. In addition to his role at Realty Connect Commercial Partners he is a founding director of Hanover Community Bank, where he serves as chairman of the loan committee. He is author of the book “Make Money on Main Street-A Commercial Real Estate Guide for Residential Sales Professionals”.
Ron Epstein has been in commercial real estate since 1984. Initially, Ron managed transactions for the sale of small businesses at startup office, focused on the sale of restaurants and other FMCG businesses. He later moved to Polimeni in one of his two affiliations with the acclaimed Long Island developer; first in their commercial brokerage division, exclusively representing property owners and national retail firms.
After operating independently for several years, Ron rejoined his colleagues as Partner and Vice President of Polimeni International, to direct their renowned development program in Poland and their expansion efforts in Romania. His responsibilities required him to define, institute and execute the full scope of the development program from the ground up; directing the development of each project from inception to exit. He led resource training; financial analysis, site selection, entitlement, project planning & design, lease negotiation, management and asset disposition. Ultimately, more than 300 leases across six projects totaling 1.3 million square feet were brought to market. The success of this enterprise is made no less notable by the fact that it encompassed multiple legal jurisdictions, currencies, time zones and languages. While twice accepting the award for Shopping Center of the Year on behalf of the company at the annual CEE Retail Awards Conference, the first projects were sold for more than $120 million, yielding high double digit IRR’s.
Later, Ron founded Baltic America Properties, where he advised offshore investors on Polish assets, including co-sponsoring a multi-billion dollar French insurance pension fund on a $200 million acquisition run at a retail portfolio. Back in the US he represents and advises national developers and retail chains in New York state, recently advising and co-sponsoring a comprehensive proposal for an $80 million mixed use project in response to an RFP published by Town of Huntington.
Seeing their explosive growth and revolution of the residential industry, Ron has joined forces with RC Commercial Partners, the commercial division of Realty Connect USA, to ramp up and repeat their success in commercial real estate.
Brandon Gerardi, a Stony Brook University Graduate, started with Realty Connect USA when it first opened in 2009 and is now the Vice President of Operations. Utilizing his 10 years of Real Estate experience, Brandon handles the day-to-day operation of the company including agent onboarding, multi-office management, and overseeing & planning company events. One of Brandon’s main priorities is assisting Realty Connect USA’s real estate agents within the company with the best possible support. Brandon also takes part in educating the agents with training classes on technology, as well as implementing new software, programs and systems to help maximize production and make the company and agents more efficient.
Samantha Bongiorno graduated from York College of Pennsylvania and came to Realty Connect USA with a background in Public Relations and Social Media. She handles the company’s social and digital media presence & event coordinating. Part of her role includes staying up to date on the latest social media & technology trends to help educate and support the agent.
Leo DiLiello has been deeply involved in real estate technology for over 20 years, with a broadly diverse expertise encompassing IT, infrastructure, management, computer operations, project management, telephony systems, budgeting, planning, networks and operational support. Leo is committed to providing top level support to Agents and Staff.
Alex Colato began his career with Realty Connect USA in 2010 while attending the accounting program at St. John’s University. In 2013, he was promoted to Vice President of Finance and has worked closely with Realty Connect USA’s senior leadership team since. Alex is responsible for monthly and annual close of company financial records and overseeing weekly payrolls, ensuring everyone gets paid their 90% Commission. He also oversees daily operations of the finance and accounting department, manages the preparation of all financial reports, prepares annual 1099’s and W2’s, and prepares company forecasts and business plans.
Vivian Kamath is a Senior Consultant with over 30 years of experience in the Real Estate and Construction industry. He has developed a deep expertise over the past 16 years within commercial and residential real estate, specifically in buyer and seller representation, investment sales, and hospitality valuations.
Mr. Kamath an integrity-driven, trusted advisor who has consistently delivered successful outcomes for his clients by building meaningful partnerships with his clients and fellow peers in the industry. He recently closed a $5.5M hotel project in Houston, representing the buyer over the life cycle of the deal, from initial market research to identifying foreign investor (client) requirements to obtaining lender financing.
Early in his career, he was Founder and CEO of a Real Estate Development & Construction firm, building and selling 550+ condominiums over his 15-year tenure. He spearheaded 15 projects and managed 300+ employees while coordinating with third- party contractors.
Mr. Kamath has a keen business acumen and passion for delivering the best results for his clients. He works in Sales within the Commercial & Residential space.
Paul was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn to Italian immigrant parents. In conjunction with being raised by immigrant parents, he was enlisted in the United States Army(90-96). From these experiences, he has realized that commitment and determination are the most important factors in getting anything done in this world, including selling a home.
As a first generation Italian-American with nothing handed to him, he was able to carve out a serious niche in the Real Estate Market on Long Island by putting close to 20 extremely successful years together. His niche is Land and New Construction, but this does not put residential or commercial Real Estate on the back burner, as he has a team behind him ready to service all his clients personally!
Whether representing a buyer or seller, he gets the best deals for his clients. His passion, however, has always been working with developers and new construction. “Seeing a project from start to finish is a rush,” says Paul. This passion led him down the “commercial” path, finding land for developers.
His enthusiasm for the business was noticed by Darryl Delfino of Darryl Davis Seminars. Paul has helped coach hundreds of agents and brokers across the country grow their business. “When you start in this business, there is no learning curve. You pretty much get thrown to the wolves and have to figure out on your own how to get on top of the pile.” Paul wants to teach people what he has learned and feels that the more he educates others, the more he will grow.
“People call me aggressive but I think of it as being focused. You have to set your sights on what your clients want and make it happen.”