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George Yerrell
Fairfield / Westchester Golf Committee
RiverOak Strategic Partners Limited

Mr. Yerrall serves as RiverOak Investment Corps Chief Investment Officer. He is in charge of sourcing and analysis of investment opportunities and the execution of investment and asset management strategies. He started his career as an Acquisition Associate and Assistant to the Chairman at First Winthrop Corporation where he was introduced to Mr. DeNardo. Upon leaving First Winthrop, Mr. Yerrall assumed the position of President and majority owner of his familys residential real estate business in western Massachusetts. In his tenure, he tripled the size and revenue of the company before selling the business. He later became President of Pecoy Development Company, the leader in high-end custom-built homes in the greater-Springfield, MA area. Mr. Yerrall has a B.A. in economics from Amherst College and an MBA in Real Estate Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.



Sandra Fitzpatrick
Fairfield/Westchester Golf Committee
Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company

Sandra K. Fitzpatrick MCR is Sales Manager for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Companys National Commerical Services office in Trumbull, a division of Fidelity National Title Group. The office focuses on the coordination of title insurance and related real estate services for its customers on a global basis. Over the past 33 years, Sandie has worked with major corporations, developers, institutional investors, and law firms to successfully close their real estate transactions. Sandie is a member of several trade organizations including REFA CT where she served as President of both the Fairfield/Westchester chapter and the REFA CT Board of Directors.


James Lane
Fairfield/Westchester Golf Committee
Webster Bank

James Lane is a Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Division of Webster Bank. In this capacity, James is responsible for Webster's commercial real estate lending activities in Greater Fairfield County (CT). James has over 10 years' experience in the origination, negotiation, underwriting and structure of new construction, rehabilitation, permanent loans and letters of credit to a diverse real estate clientele.  Prior to joining Webster, James was Vice President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce in Middletown, CT. The Middlesex Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in CT representing over 2,300 member businesses.  In this position he was responsible for overseeing the chamber's economic development, workforce development, legislative and insurance activities. James also spent one year at Salomon Brothers as an analyst on the fixed income desk.

James currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Loan Committee for The Housing Development Fund.  James received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Hartford CT and is President of the Trinity College Touchdown Club.  He resides in Wilton, CT with his wife Jennifer and son Connor.

Steve Elbaum, Esq.
Fairfield/Westchester Golf Committee
Robinson & Cole

Steven Elbaum, a member of the Robinson & Cole's Real Estate + Development Practice Group, concentrates his practice on commercial real estate law. He represents corporations, developers, municipalities, and international lending institutions in real estate transactions, financing, leasing, and development.

Steven has 25 years of experience handling acquisitions and sales of real property and related real estate financing. He assists clients with structuring, negotiating, drafting, and closing real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and loans. He also counsels public and private clients and municipalities in economic development incentive transactions.

Steven has assisted clients with several large-scale property transfers, such as helping a large utility acquire a 520-acre nuclear power plant for $1.3 billion. He has handled complex financings, including representing clients in connection with a $200 million revolving and term-loan facility to fund a “going private” transaction.

Steven handles office and industrial build-to-suit leases throughout the country. He has represented several companies in the development and leasing of their corporate offices, including’s global headquarters, and Unilever’s North America headquarters.

Steven advises clients, including developers and municipalities, in connection with mixed use, retail, and commercial developments. He represents several municipalities in urban redevelopment projects, including the acquisition and redevelopment of a multi-parcel brownfield area that was converted into a 10,000-seat indoor arena and a professional baseball stadium, revitalizing that city's urban core. He also served on a task force that implemented one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's first brownfield programs.

Steven has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law since 2007, and has been selected to the Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers list from 2007 to 2018.

Steven served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Thomas F. Fay of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and is a former lobbyist registered with the State of Connecticut. 


Jeffery Newman
Fairfield/Westchester Golf Committee
Empire State Realty Trust

Jeffrey H. Newman, senior vice president of Empire State Realty Trust and its affiliates, directs the leasing, marketing, operations and financial management of the Greater NY Metropolitan portfolio of Class-A, multi-tenanted office properties comprised of 1.8 million square feet within five different assets.  Mr. Newman, age 57, joined Empire State Realty Trust (formerly Malkin Properties) in January of 1995, and has more than thirty-two years of commercial real estate experience. 
A cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the law school at George Washington University, Mr. Newman is a member of the New York State and Connecticut bars, and formerly served on the Executive Committee to the Real Estate Section of the Connecticut bar. He served for several years as central Fairfield County captain for the University of Pennsylvania's Secondary School Committee, and continues to serve as a participant in Penn's Alumni Interview Program for Fairfield County. He is a licensed New York State real estate broker, and has also successfully completed several courses towards a master's degree in Real Estate Development and Investment at New York University.





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