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Rochester Business Journal Webinar Series

Cathy Barnum
Managing Director
SVN |Realty Performance Advisors
David Brooks
Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer
ESL Federal Credit Union
Carmelie Diamond
ROC City Realty, LLC
James P. Pronti
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP


Local experts discussed the residential and commercial real estate markets in Rochester and offer guidance on what to expect going forward.



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David Brooks
David has been with ESL since 2012, after nearly 30 years with other financial institutions. As the Chief Lending Officer and Director of Banking Services, his responsibilities include overseeing Retail Banking (this includes ESL’s branch network and contact center operations), Mortgage Lending, Business and Commercial Banking, and Credit Management and Administration.

An advocate for giving back, David currently serves on the advisory board of Junior Achievement of Central and Upstate New York, and the board for the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation where he sits on their loan committee. Previously, he served on the boards of Wilson Commencement Park, Greater Rochester Enterprise, and Fairport Baptist Home. David holds a B.A. in Accounting from Grove City College and a certificate from the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management.

Carmelie Diamond
ROC City Realty, LLC is a real estate firm specializing in rentals and real estate within Rochester and the surrounding areas, with over a decade of experience in Rochester’s real estate and rental market. Carmelie Diamond is a home-grown broker/owner living her dream of owning her own real estate company. Her dream, ROC City Realty, LLC is a local, female- and minority-owned firm that operates with a family-like atmosphere of employees dedicated to helping others. Born and raised here in Rochester, she is one of seven children born from Haitian immigrant parents who traveled to this country to start a new life for their family. Her father was one of few who was chosen to come to Rochester for employment at Kodak, from where he also retired. Carm has been married for 18 years, has two daughters, and resides here in the Maplewood Community. She has been a Realtor for 17 years and a broker/owner for seven years.

James P. Pronti
James P. Pronti is a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate Development and Finance Group. He concentrates his practice in real estate development, commercial leasing, commercial real estate, banking, finance, general business law and residential real estate. His specialization in the real estate and corporate area includes representing developers on a local and national basis in the acquisition, financing, development, and leasing of shopping centers, office parks, industrial and warehouse space and multi-family properties. Although the majority of his clients are developers, Mr. Pronti also represents lenders in financing transactions and tenants in commercial leasing transactions. He also has experience in joint ventures, sale/leaseback transactions, syndications, defeasances and tax deferred exchanges.