Founder and Managing Partner
Joseph McLaughlin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Capstone Realty Advisors. During a real estate career spanning over a decade, Joe has represented tenants on over one million square feet of transactions by compiling a tenant roster that includes tech startups, non-profits, financial services institutions, architectural firms, and prominent media companies. A number of these transactions are based on cultivating long-term relationships and generating repeat business from clients through relocations and referrals.
Mr. McLaughlin has taken the Capstone brand from its start-up phase in 2005 to one of New York’s leading tenant representation organizations. Joe’s notable transactions have included Daily Motion’s New York headquarters, Lot18’s sublease and relocation of 20,000 square feet, and office centers for America Works across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Prior to founding Capstone, Mr. McLaughlin worked for several years at the Kaufman Organization and Newmark Knight Frank as a leasing specialist. In his spare time, Joe enjoys playing guitar, driving classic cars, and spending time with his boxer Cody.
Thomas is a Capstone Realty Advisors Partner. Since joining the firm shortly after inception, he has been instrumental in business development and has proven strategies to help tenants achieve the best possible outcomes in their leasing endeavors.
Over the course of his career he has satisfied hundreds of office leasing requirements on behalf of a large variety of industries including software, advertising, finance, media, fashion, architecture, and many more. Intimate market knowledge, strong client relationships, and the ability oversee a transaction from beginning to end has afforded Thomas success in the commercial real estate industry.
Prior to Capstone, he interned at the CB Richard Ellis Hartford office, and received a BS in Political Philosophy and History from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Thomas is an avid ice hockey player and golfer.
Matthew Geery provides real estate advisory and brokerage services to both public and private sector clients. Mr. Geery prides himself in the level of service and protection he offers every client he represents.
Mr. Geery’s primary focus includes lease acquisitions and lease dispositions, lease auditing and strategic development, implementation of occupancy cost reduction strategies and advanced lease renewals for both public and private sector clients.
Prior to joining Capstone, Mr. Geery was employed with the commercial real estate firm CBRE. He attended the University of Georgia and is an accredited member of the Real Estate Board of New York.
George Lacher provides commercial real estate services to tenants throughout New York City.
As a tenant representation Associate, Mr. Lacher represents commercial tenants in strategic relocations, acquisitions, dispositions, expansions, and lease restructuring.
Mr. Lacher uses lease analysis, market research, and financial modeling to provide his clients with vital information to make calculated real estate decisions.
Mr. Lacher is a graduate of the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD and the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.
Senior Managing Director
Neil Murray brings more than 13 years of commercial real estate experience to Capstone Realty Advisors. He specializes in tenant representation, financial analysis, lease negotiation and reorganization, and backup contingency consulting.
In addition to his Senior Managing Director role with Capstone Realty Advisors, Mr. Murray also serves as Senior Advisor to the Asian American Business Development Center, and as a member of the New York Technology Council. He is President of Cardinal Hayes High School Tri State Chapter.
Mr. Murray fosters strong client relationships through competitive cost-saving analysis and individualized problem solving strategies. Leftfield Pictures, New York City’s largest television production company, exemplifies these relationships, benefiting from Mr. Murray’s representation at their current home, 460 West 34th Street. Additionally, Eagle Bulk Shipping, Abernathy Financial Services Group, APT Inc., Dreyfus Ashby, Merrit & Harris, SIMCO Engineering, LLC, Vanuatu Maritime, Metzger & Associates and Zalman & Schnurman are all notable representative clients.
Benjamin Saftler is currently an Associate with Capstone Realty Advisors who specializes in tenant representation. He was previously with another tenant representation organization, and has completed a multitude of deals involving different industries, including branding and interior design, architecture, medical, and non-profit uses. Ben continues to develop and sustain relationships in other industries as well.
A graduate of Indiana University and member of their Alumni Group, he is a volunteer and tremendous supporter of Habitat for Humanity.
Once captain of the New Rochelle, NY high school tennis team, Ben is an avid New York sports fan and enjoys playing tennis and golf.
Ryan Slattery joined the Capstone family in September after spending the summer in Brooklyn working on investment sales of industrial properties. Slattery continually stays up to date on submarket trends within Manhattan and outer boroughs. His love for real estate is surpassed only by his responsibilities as a fiduciary and drive to leverage the most advantageous outcomes for his clients.
Slattery works closely with numerous gallery owners, managers and designers both in and out of office space leasing. His insights into the needs of tech, design, artistic and architectural industries has allowed Slattery to be a useful asset for finding firms the right space for them in the city and the outer boroughs.
In 2015, Drew became the newest addition to the Capstone team. Working diligently under Joe Mclaughlin and Brian Wilson, Drew has immersed himself in Manhattan commercial real estate research and is focusing on tenant representation.
Drew’s interpersonal skills allow him to effectively communicate with his clients in order to develop an understanding of their unique requirements.
Drew graduated from High Point University where he earned a degree in business administration and a minor in Anthropology. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family.
Jacqueline Watkins is an associate at Capstone Realty Advisors. Her focus is representing tenants in relocations, subleasing, and lease renewals throughout Manhattan.
Jacqueline was a Capstone Summer Intern before completing her senior year at Cornell University, where she majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Business. She returned to Capstone upon graduating.
In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys swimming, running, and spending time with her friends and family. She also loves traveling and has been to thirteen different countries so far.
Brian Wilson has an extensive background in commercial real estate. He began his career with Cushman & Wakefield as a Real Estate Manager managing portfolios of various types of commercial buildings including biotech, R&D, office, and retail. This experience gives him the unique perspective of having worked with tenants in multiple phases of the leasing life-cycle including the acquiring of a space, as well as the administering of the lease throughout a tenant’s time in the building. He has experience working with many industries in New York City, ranging from general office to specialty uses, including Film and TV production and Educational Services.
Brian graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Economics. When not working, he enjoys outdoor activities such as fly-fishing and beach related exploits.
Growing up in a Boston suburb, Ina Donath moved to New York shortly after graduating from college to further her career.
Having spent over 30 years in the apparel industry, she understands the importance of creating an allure that captures a client, the significance of location, and the need to achieve a client’s desired results. Fortunately, her career allowed her to travel to many wonderful parts of the world.
When not working, she enjoys going to the theater when she can. She also loves music and has an incredible group of friends who share similar interests. With a passion for cooking and entertaining, her home is a gathering place for good friends, good times, and good cheer.
Christina is the newest addition to Capstone providing administrative and marketing support to the team. She attends to basic office functions and assists with the firm ‘s marketing operations. To keep well-informed about real estate, she combs The Real Deal, Crain’s New York Business, and other publications on a daily basis. Previously she worked with the residential brokerage firm Ferguson Realty in Midtown Manhattan where she provided administrative and accounting duties.
Christina graduated from the City College of New York where she received her BA in Electric Design and Multimedia and minored in publishing and editing.
Christina currently lives in St. Albans, NY with her husband, two cats and lovebird. In her spare time she enjoys painting, yoga and writing short stories.