A&G Realty Partners — The real estate advisory firm hired Jonathon Graub as a principal. Graub was most recently executive vice president of Charming Shoppes Inc., a plus-size clothing retail chain based in Bensalem, Pa. While there, he helped grow the franchise from roughly 1000 stores to 2,300. A&G is based in Melville, N.Y.

Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. — The Cleveland investment bank announced five new hires, including Michael Goettemoeller, Robert Flanigan, Michael Vidmar, Dan Nicholls and Casey Sears. Goettemoeller joins as vice president from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was also a vice president, advising companies in the commercial banking and technology space among other industries. Prior to that, he was an engineering manager at Texas Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: TXN). Joining the firm’s real estate group is Flanigan, as a vice president, and Vidmar, as an analyst. They were originally at Townsend Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, respectively. Nicholls, previously with CNA Financial Corp., joins the healthcare and life sciences group as an analyst. Sears joins Brown Gibbons Lang as an associate, specializing in equity capital markets and hospitality. Brown Gibbons Lang also promoted Michael Vinciguerra to partner. Vinciguerra joined the firm in 2006.

Business Valuations Ltd. — The New York tax advisory firm has opened an office in Irvine, Calif. The new shop brings the firm’s national office count to seven. The other locations include Albuquerque, N. Mex.; Boston, New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego. National managing partner Carl Sheeler (pictured right), based out of San Diego, is currently overseeing the Irvine office.

CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) — The New York financial advisory service named Todd Harrington (pictured below) to the CIT trade finance unit as a Northeast regional sales manager. Previously, Harrington was managing director and chief sales officer for CIT’s small business lending group. Before Harrington joined CIT in January 2007, he held several positions at Morgan Stanley including executive director of national sales in which he oversaw small business and middle-market focused lending products. Prior to that, Harrington held several leadership positions at Chase Manhattan Bank/Chemical Bank, where he originated and syndicated leveraged buyouts and traditional middle-market transactions.

Satori Capital — The Dallas private equity firm hired payments sector specialist Mike Beltz to be operating partner. Beltz, who has 25 years of experience with financial technology and payments processing, has held various leadership positions at companies such as First Data Corp., Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE: ADS) and ChoicePay Inc.

Saul Ewing LLP — Kevin Acklin (pictured) has joined the Pittsburgh office of the law firm as a partner. Acklin has advised on various types of transactions, including M&A and venture capital. Previously, he was a partner at Leech Tishman LLP and, before that, an associate at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP.


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