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Sara Jacobi

Operations Coordinator and Community Manager @ Adams & Company

Sara currently works as the Operations Coordinator and Community Manager for Adams & Co.. Her day-to-day responsibilities span a wide spectrum of building operations and property management. As a relatively new addition to the Adams Operations department, Sara has played an integral part in the rollout of the newest building amenity, the Community Portals. Working closely with tenants, vendors and company players  she is helping bridge communication avenues to create a new sense of community and Workstyle within the buildings.

Having spent close to 3 years with Adams & Company, she has seen several shifts in day-to-day operations as well as industry trends. Before joining the “Adams Family” Sara spent a number of years working in residential real estate on the leasing side. Working in both NYC and Fort Worth-Texas she is no stranger to both Residential and Commercial Property Management.  If Sara is not onsite look for her somewhere with a microphone. She has been known to bust out into song, or a comedy set.

Victoria Benson

Project Director @ Adams & Company

Victoria has worked in various capacities at Adams & Company for five and a half years, currently serving as Project Director for the Operations, Construction and Brokerage Departments. She collaborates with staff, tenants and vendors daily to establish and execute various projects portfolio-wide.

She has a certification in Construction Project Management and has worked in commercial real estate for nine years, almost exclusively with pre-war construction. In addition to accomplishing projects large and small for the 100-year-old commercial real estate firm, she serves on the board of Fresh Squeezed Opera Company, consults on operations for the organizational development firm Sparktures, and performs classical music throughout the northeast region.

Kristen Hariton

Product Marketing Strategist @ SiteCompli

Kristen Hariton is the Product Marketing Strategist at SiteCompli, educating NYC owners and managers about real estate compliance and operations technology and information.
She joined SiteCompli in early 2013 as a member of the Client Services team, and has never looked at real estate the same way since. Kristen holds a BA from Montclair State University where she graduated summa cum laude. When she’s not talking about elevators, work orders, or saving time for property managers, she’s planning her next adventure to Walt Disney World.

Margaret Dwyer

Senior Director of People Operations @ SiteCompli

Margaret Dwyer, Senior Director of People Operations, leads human resources, recruiting, and culture initiatives at SiteCompli. Margaret joined SiteCompli in 2013 when the company only employed 16 people, and has helped to grow the team significantly over the last 5 years. Additionally, Margaret is proud of securing SiteCompli a spot on the Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City list for 4 years in a row.

Prior to SiteCompli, Margaret was a professional actor in Los Angeles, CA, where she performed in plays and musicals, most notably winning the 2011 Stage Scene LA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Mayella in To Kill A Mockingbird. Margaret graduated cum laude from Vassar College and received her HR certification from the Society of Human Resource Managers. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys seeing theater and playing strategy board games.

Stacey Kwiatkoski

Manager of Operations @ MD Squared Property Group

Stacey Kwiatkoski is a residential property management professional with extensive experience in research, compliance, and creating standard operating practices and procedures.

Before joining MD Squared Property Group in 2018, she worked at the largest residential property management firm in NYC for seven years, managing compliance for a portfolio of over 500 buildings. Navigating the City’s toughest compliance requirements, including Department of Buildings annual boiler and elevator inspections and corrections, Department of Health Cooling Tower regulations, Department of Finance Abatement Filings, and New York State Department of Conservation Petroleum Bulk Storage requirements, her tenacity and dedication makes her an asset to any team.

Stacey has been recognized by her peers and awarded top honors, including SiteCompli’s Checkmark Award for Compliance Manager of the Year in 2017, and was a recipient of the FirstService Residential Star Award in 2016 for excellent service in her industry.

Adrian Hester

Assistant Property Manager @ The Durst Organization

Adrian Hester is an Assistant Property Manager at The Durst Organization’s mixed used building EOS Nomad with approximately 400 residential units, commercial and retail tenants occupying 175,000 square feet.  Currently in residential, Adrian has dealt closely with resident administration and is totally immersed in the accounting, compliance and legal aspects regarding various types of tenancy.

Adrian is also a recent graduate and has received a certification as an HVAC mechanic and EPA 208 certification from The Refrigeration Institute.  Previously Adrian worked at The Durst Organization’s flagship property, One Bryant Park, the iconic 2.4 million square foot tower, located at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan.  During her time at One Bryant Park, Adrian compiled the successful submissions of the prestigious 2011 BOMA NY Earth and the 2011 BOMA NY New Construction awards, which won both categories.  At One Bryant Park, Adrian specialized in budget preparation, reporting and maintaining compliance with all city, state and federal agencies.

Adrian has worked in property management for 20 years. She holds an MBA in Business Management degree from Strayer University, Washington DC and a BBA in Human Resource Management from Baruch College, New York, New York.  She is also an RPA, a Class D REBNY member and holds a Certificate of Fitness from the FDNY as a Fire and Life Safety Director.

Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)


Established in 1978, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the largest municipal housing preservation and development agency in the nation.

The agency’s mission is to promote the quality and affordability of the city’s housing and the strength and diversity of its many neighborhoods. HPD strives to achieve this mission by:

  • Preserving affordable housing and protecting tenants
  • Developing new affordable housing
  • Enforcing the Housing Maintenance Code to ensure quality and safety
  • Engaging neighborhoods in planning

HPD is responsible for carrying out Housing New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiative to build or preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. HPD is leading the Mayor’s charge, in partnership with over 13 sister agencies, advocates, developers, tenants, community organizations, elected officials, and financial institutions.

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and more than 6,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, we’re one of the largest public health agencies in the world. We’re also one of the nation’s oldest public health agencies, with more than 200 years of leadership in the field.

Every day, we protect and promote the health of 8 million diverse New Yorkers. Our work is broad-ranging. You see us in the inspection grades of dining establishments, the licenses dogs wear, the low- to no-cost health clinics in your neighborhood, and the birth certificates for our littlest New Yorkers.

We’re also behind the scenes with our disease detectives, investigating suspicious clusters of illness. Our epidemiologists study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in New York City neighborhoods. These studies shape policy decisions and the City’s health agenda.

The DOHMH will be speaking about practicing compliant cooling tower maintenance.

Hannah Ellis

Senior Customer Success Manager @ SiteCompli

Pedro Suarez

@ Community Coordinator - Commercial Programs, DSNY

Community Coordinator – Commercial Programs, DSNY
Under DSNY’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, Pedro educates businesses throughout New York City on the commercial recycling and organics rules. Pedro also trains and manages a small group of City Corps Service members and summer interns who engage businesses through site-visits. In educating businesses, Pedro is not only helping entrepreneurs avoid violations, but also reduce commercial waste to landfills. Such efforts towards recycling save money and keep New York City healthy and clean.
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