Rhodes is Real Estate

Our Team

Steven Littman, President, Managing Partner
Steven Littman is the President and Managing Partner of Rhodes Associates. During his more than 30-year career in executive search and organizational consulting, Steven has led more than 1,000 search and consulting assignments, specializing in the real estate industry, globally. Steven was also a Founding Partner of two significant real estate businesses, which were responsible for more than $1B in real estate transactions – Rockwood Real Estate, an advisory and investment firm, and Rohman Realty (now Rhodie Group), a developer/owner of more than 3,000 multifamily units in the southeastern United States. Prior to founding Rhodes, Steven worked in Human Resources for two major corporations, the latter being Federated Department Stores. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Jane Lyons, Managing Partner
Jane Lyons is a Managing Partner of Rhodes Associates. During her more than 25-year career in executive search and organizational consulting, Jane has completed more than 700 search and consulting assignments, specializing in the real estate industry, globally. Jane has assisted many of the world’s leading real estate companies including banking, commercial lending, investment, and private and public owner/developers in recruiting their most successful executives. Earlier in her career, she worked in marketing and sales for the Wharton Business School and CBS, Inc. Jane previously served as the Americas Regional Leader for IRC Global Executive Search Partners in 2016 and as the Co-President for Commercial Real Estate Women New York in 2015. Jane is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Pension Real Estate Association, and Mortgage Bankers Association.
I. George (Iggy) Yulis, Partner
George (Iggy) Yulis is a Partner at Rhodes Associates. He is responsible for conducting senior level search assignments, in the Real Estate industry. Specific areas of focus include; Acquisitions, Asset Management, Capital Markets, Development, Finance, Investment Banking and Marketing. Prior to joining Rhodes, Mr. Yulis was the Managing Principal of Palantir Associates, a boutique executive search firm specializing in the hedge fund and private equity industries. Mr. Yulis has over 15 years of executive search experience. He received his BA in Philosophy from The George Washington University, in Washington D.C.
Neda Levy, Partner
As a Partner at Rhodes Associates, Neda Levy is responsible for leading the firm’s business development and strategy while also managing client relationships and executing search and organizational consulting assignments. Prior to joining Rhodes Associates, Neda was a Real Estate General Counsel with Tahl Propp Equities and Chief Administrative Officer with Douglaston Development. With both Douglaston and Tahl Propp, Neda had significant exposure to and responsibilities for various areas of Operations and Administration. She has built and managed highly effective and successful legal and business operations teams supporting companies’ growth and success. Neda has 16+ years of in-depth residential and commercial real estate industry experience and $1.5+ billion in transactional closings. She earned her JD cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law and graduated from University of Rochester with a BA cum laude in Political Science with High Honors. Neda is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women network (CREW), Women in Affordable Housing, Association of Corporate Counsel, and NYC Bar Association. She was featured in NYREJ’s annual Spotlight 2018 Women in Real Estate and Construction Services.
Paul Dunlevy, Partner
Paul Dunlevy is a Partner at Rhodes Associates. Paul has a proven track-record of identifying and recruiting talent on behalf of a broad range of real estate clients ranging from developers, owner/operators, institutions, real estate investment managers, real estate funds, brokerages and banks across the country. Paul’s experience includes most areas and disciplines within real estate including acquisitions, asset management, finance and development/construction at all levels of management, from associate to senior leadership. Prior to becoming a search professional, Paul worked in Financial Operations at both Dow Jones and BNY Mellon.

Paul volunteers as a Big Brother mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, enjoys participating in recreational sporting leagues and actively enrolls/attends real estate courses at NYU's School of Professional Studies.

Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Rider University.
Lisa Flicker, Senior Principal
Lisa Flicker is a Senior Principal at Rhodes Associates. With 20 years of global real estate executive search experience, Lisa successfully drives the search process from inception to completion, including client management, creating search strategy, and candidate development. Lisa has conducted search assignments for many of the New York City’s leading owners and developers, real estate funds, private equity firms, investment banks, and international real estate platforms, both public and private. Earlier in her career, Lisa was a CPA with KPMG. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Masters in Taxation from CW Post/Long Island University.
Michelle Zeccola, Vice President
Michelle Zeccola is a Vice President at Rhodes Associates. She is responsible for the execution of search assignments from inception to completion, as well as creating search strategy and candidate development. Prior to Rhodes, Michelle had more than seven years of financial recruiting experience, three of which had been solely dedicated to commercial real estate. Before transitioning to search, Michelle worked within the Real Estate Finance & Securitization Group at Credit Suisse. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s College.
Shelby Downs, Vice President
Shelby Downs is a Vice President at Rhodes Associates where she is responsible for the management and execution of organizational consulting and executive search assignments from inception to completion, in all major sectors of the real estate industry, on a nationwide basis. In addition, Shelby assists our firm in business development and strategy.

Prior to joining Rhodes, Shelby was the Practice Director and Head of the New York Real Estate Group for The Bachrach Group, where she was responsible for client management as well as the origination and execution of Real Estate search assignments including acquisitions, asset management, development, marketing, and capital markets.

Shelby has been involved in the real estate industry from an early age, working in various capacities in her family’s Florida-based private real estate investment and development company. After moving from Florida to New York, Shelby worked with Mogul Realty, managing leasing assignments, primarily in the retail sector.

Shelby earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Economics from the University of Miami, Herbert School of Business.

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