Rhodes is Real Estate

Our Team

Steven Littman, President and Managing Partner
During his more than 40-year career in executive search and organizational consulting, Steven has completed thousands of search and consulting assignments in the global real estate industry. Running Rhodes as president while actively conducting high-level executive searches, he is particularly proud of the firm’s industry-leading 95%+ success ratio, which includes search completions and retentions.

The key to this achievement, he says, is “helping companies become more successful businesses and guiding professionals to build successful careers.” More than just search, it’s about having the diagnostic skills and experience to help clients develop the most effective organizational structures, teams and individuals that support the business’s approach and philosophy. “We help them figure out what they really need,” says Steven. “Our systematic process is what separates Rhodes from the others. Recruiting is simply the end result.”

Steven developed his knowledge of real estate as a founding partner of two substantial businesses, which were responsible for more than $1 billion in real estate transactions – Rockwood Real Estate, an advisory and investment firm, and Rohman Development, a developer/owner of multifamily units. He also started and led for a number of years the global real estate practice at IRC Global Executive Search Partners.

Earlier in his career, Steven gained relevant consulting experience and skills in Human Resources when he worked for two major corporations, including Federated Department Stores. He is an active member and supporter of the Urban Land Institute.
Jane Lyons, Managing Partner
During her more than 30-year career in executive search and organizational consulting, Jane has helped many of the world’s leading real estate companies recruit their most successful executives as well as entire teams. Her scope includes serving clients in banking, commercial lending, investment, and private and public owner/developers.

An important part of Jane’s work is mentoring young people who are interested in pursuing opportunities in the real estate business. This involvement includes speaking regularly about the industry to undergraduate and graduate groups at Columbia University and NYU. “I like being accessible to help young people develop their talents and structure their career paths,” she says.

In addition to nurturing talent and career opportunities for candidates, Jane also provides strategies to help her clients retain top performers. “The best run companies actively manage careers internally,” she notes, “and we are committed to helping them. We care and take very seriously our responsibility to impact lives and careers.”

Remaining active in leading industry groups is another way Jane carries out her mission. She is past president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) in New York, and she sits on the Retail Council of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit that provides leadership in responsible land use and the creation of thriving communities. Jane is also an active member of the Pension Real Estate Association and Mortgage Bankers Association. She earned a BA from the University of Maryland.
Neda Levy, Partner
Neda’s practice at Rhodes focuses on C-suite and senior-level executive search and recruiting, succession planning, organizational consulting, and strategic coaching. With a background in real estate law and administration, she brings a unique combination of transactional, leadership, and operations experience that has helped organizations grow profitably.

Before joining Rhodes, Neda closed $1.5+ billion in real estate transactions through her legal career as an attorney and subsequently General Counsel with Tahl Propp Equities. She later joined Douglaston Development as its Chief Administrative Officer overseeing the internal operations of the firm.
“I have built and played an integral part in successful cross-disciplinary real estate teams and leading organizations to profitability and growth,” says Neda. “Clients value that I provide solutions based on my deep understanding of each role and discipline within their organization and business culture. With my breadth of experience, I know how to get things done efficiently to fulfill their strategic needs, both organizationally and in placing the right professionals in the right seats.”

A firm believer in mentorship and “paying it forward,” Neda is the current Co-Chair of the Program Steering Committee for the Urban Land Institute-New York District Council and an ULI mentor. She is also a member of Women in Affordable Housing, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the New York City Bar Association.

Neda is a frequent speaker at industry events on such subjects as building strong teams, coaching, career advancement, and the state of the market, and has been in NYREJ’s annual Women In Real Estate-Professional Services and Women in Real Estate and Construction Services. Neda earned her law degree cum laude from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law after graduating from the University of Rochester with a BA in Political Science, cum laude and with High Honors.
Paul Dunlevy, Partner
With a strong background in financial operations, Paul joined Rhodes in 2018 where he quickly established a solid track-record of successfully identifying and recruiting talent for a broad range of real estate clients. His clients range from developers, owner/operators, and institutions to real estate investment managers, real estate funds, brokerages and banks across the country.

Paul’s experience covers all the major disciplines of real estate, including acquisitions, asset management, finance, and development/construction, applying his expertise to all levels of search, from associates to senior leadership. Before becoming a search professional, Paul worked in financial operations at both Dow Jones and BNY Mellon.

“I take the human aspect of this business seriously,” Paul says. “I’m in a unique position, executing on executive-level searches while concurrently providing guidance and mentorship to junior-level professionals just starting out in the industry. I take great pride in being a resource for my contacts, assisting them in any capacity, even when there is no immediate financial gain.”

In his free time, Paul volunteers as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and he enjoys participating in recreational sporting leagues. He also continues to broaden his professional knowledge and capabilities by taking real estate courses at NYU's School of Professional Studies. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Rider University.
Lisa Flicker, Partner
With more than 20 years of experience, Lisa brings a comprehensive organizational consulting approach to real estate executive search, reflecting the highly successful Rhodes path to candidate placement and retention. Helping her clients assess and refine their organizational needs, succession plans and hiring practices, Lisa works across a range of real estate sectors, including private equity, investment banking, lending, finance, owners/developers, family offices, hospitality and REITs.

“Even before clients begin the hiring process, I review and analyze the organization to figure out where the talent and skill gaps might be and what personal characteristics are needed at the company,” she says. “It’s not just a box to fill, it’s about finding the exact fit for a specific environment. I believe that’s why we’re so successful.”

In addition to her time at Rhodes, Lisa practiced at such highly regarded search firms as TMP Worldwide and Korn Ferry. Earlier, she worked at KPMG, where she learned best practices in organizational structures and strengthened her technical understanding of the hiring process. A certified accountant, Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, and a Master’s degree in Taxation from Long Island University.

Enhancing her professional experience, Lisa is an active member of the Urban Land Institute. She is also a board member of two organizations: ProjectDestined, which helps train minority youth in financial literacy, including real estate, and Columbia University’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center.

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