Michelle Marie Zere, a dynamic skilled within the Lengthy Island business actual property trade, handed away on Palm Sunday, April 2. She was 56.
A power within the business actual property trade for greater than 35 years, Zere headed up enterprise growth for her family-owned brokerage agency Zere Actual Property Providers, the place she specialised in gross sales and leasing. Zere grew up within the enterprise based by her mother Marie Zere, forging long-lasting relationships with landlords and property house owners, companies and nonprofit organizations that had been instrumental in her firm’s success.
A seasoned world traveler, her household says Michelle Zere travelled to the Soviet Union at a younger age and was the one particular person to get a Soviet citizen out of the Soviet Union by marriage underneath the communist system earlier than glasnost.
Zere was an knowledgeable in actual property advertising and promoting. After graduating from the College of California at Santa Barbara, Zere returned house to New York to function nationwide promoting director for Grid Journal, working with distinguished actual property portfolio house owners and builders, such because the Rockefeller Group, Tishman Speyer, Silverstein Properties, and a number of other others. She additionally served as promoting director for Actual Property New York and labored with its sister publication Actual Property Discussion board, bringing in main shoppers that included the Wall Road Journal, Time Warner, AT&T, UPS, Deutsche Financial institution, Trump Group, Toll Brothers, and plenty of extra.
As promoting supervisor for the New York Put up, Zere developed and edited weekly pull-out sections highlighting out there residential and business properties all through New York Metropolis, the Northeast and Florida. She additionally served as operations director for the Lengthy Island Builders Institute, working straight with its membership and labored on laws for the Nationwide Affiliation of House Builders in Washington, D.C. and the New York State Builders Affiliation in Albany.
Zere was additionally captivated with politics and an enthusiastic supporter of former President Donald Trump.
In a Fb posting asserting Michelle’s passing, her brother David Zere mentioned: “She was a champion for America and a powerhouse and a pillar of our household.”
Information of Zere’s sudden demise despatched shockwaves by the Lengthy Island actual property trade.
“It’s stunning. She was such a tremendous dynamo,” mentioned Len Shapiro, a Lengthy Island business property proprietor and frequent Zere consumer. “I’ve labored with Michelle eternally and I’ve recognized Marie since 1978. We return a great distance. Michelle at all times had nice concepts, she cared a lot about folks. For those who had an issue and one thing was fallacious, she was the primary particular person that will bounce and are available to the rescue. There’s no one like her. She was simply a tremendous, great particular person.”
Household pal and fellow dealer Don Catalano mentioned: “Michelle was a vibrant a part of the Zere Dynasty, effervescent, witty and trustworthy. She was a type of folks you enormously seemed ahead to speaking with at an occasion, alongside together with her mother Marie, and brothers David and Michael. She was a hardworking businesswoman who will likely be enormously missed within the business actual property group.”
Zere is survived by her mom Marie Zere, and her brothers Michael and David.
Visitation will happen on the Department Funeral House at 190 E. Most important St. in Smithtown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 6; and from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and seven p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7. A celebration of life service on the Department Funeral House will likely be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, adopted by interment at Smithtown Cemetery at 64 North Nation Street.
The Zere household requested all who attend to put on vivid colours and hats to assist have a good time Michelle’s life. In lieu of flowers, the household request that donations could be made to: Donald J. Trump MAGA 2024 or the St. Jude Kids’s Analysis Hospital.