Welcome to JF Real Estate

The Team

John Funiciello

Real Estate Broker

John Funiciello began his real estate career in 1986 after graduating from the State University of New York at Cortland with a Degree in Economics and a Concentration in Business. In 1992, six years after working with others in the commercial real estate industry, John started JF Real Estate. John’s goal was to build a firm based on a great reputation and impeccable integrity.

JF Real Estate now exclusively represents approximately three million square feet of commercial real estate in the Central New York Region. In addition, JF Real Estate has represented hundreds of local, regional, and national tenants selecting locations for their businesses in Syracuse, New York as well as across the country.

John oversees the day to day operation of JF Real Estate and personally represents approximately one million square feet of office space in Central New York.

John serves on the Board of Directors at Pathfinder Bank. He is an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors at the North West Family YMCA along with previous involvement as a member of the Board of Directors at The Samaritan Center and The Children’s Consortium. John resides in Baldwinsville with his wife and four children.

    Edward L. Rogers

    Real Estate Salesperson

    Edward L. Rogers graduated from Fulton High School and from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1980 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration, majoring in both Marketing and Operation & Production Management. Mr. Rogers’ career in commercial real estate began in 1987 when he became licensed in New York State as a real estate salesperson. From 1987 through 1995 he worked for Greenwood Commercial-Investment Realtors in Syracuse, New York specializing in commercial and industrial land sales, office and industrial leasing.

    In 1995, Mr. Rogers joined JF Real Estate, Inc. as a sales and leasing agent. During his tenure, Mr. Rogers has been a consistent top producer and has developed broker/client relationships on a local level as well as nationally.

    Additionally, Mr. Rogers, representing JF Real Estate, in 1996 was selected by Communication Services For The Deaf (CSD), a national non-profit organization in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as an exclusive broker representative. His duties involve site evaluation and site selection of call center space in various cities across the United States. These centers serve the hearing impaired for the purpose of communication via phone or video.

    To date Mr. Rogers has completed deals in more than 25 U.S. states. In January of 2006, Mr. Rogers was retained by Oliva Real Estate Company as a leasing agent for their 800,000 square foot office, flex, warehouse and retail space which is owned and managed by Oliva Development Company and also for the purpose of finding new development opportunities for Oliva Companies.

      Martin D. McDermott

      Real Estate Salesperson

      Martin has been with JF Real Estate since 1997. He exclusively leases over 500,000 sq. ft. of commercial space including downtown office buildings, suburban retail plazas, and other commercial properties. Since, 1998, he has leased/sold over $125,000,000.00 in commercial real estate. Major clients include: Walmart, Aspen Dental, Kinney Drugs, Hanger Orthopedic and Prosthetic, United States General Services Administration (U.S. Attorney’s office, U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Marine Corp., US-ICE, US-Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, New York State Office of General Services (Office of the Inspector General, Public Service Commission, Justice Center, Gaming Commission, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, New York State Senate, Division of Homes and Community Renewal), St. Joseph’s Hospital, Anytime Fitness, Fair Health, Health e connections, Associates for Women’s Medicine, Onondoga ARC, Onondoga County Bar Association, Assigned Counsel Program, Liberty Resources, United Way, Syracuse Behavioral Health, March of Dimes, Fair-Housing Council of CNY, WCNY Public Television, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Dominion Tele-com, Level 3, Cingular Wireless, Global Crossing, Clear Channel Communications, Fiber Technologies, Cogent Communications, Clearwire, Time Warner Telecomm, Ear Q, Bankers Conseco, John Deere, KS&R, Man Power, Adecco, Sensis, California Closets, SUBWAY, Tim Hortons, Central New York Dialysis Center, Clothes Mentor, Fastrac, Total Nutrition, Red Wing Shoes.

      Previously, Martin was a project manager for the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York where he was responsible for directing economic development projects. He also acted as the director of the NYS Urban Council, Inc. a state-wide organization that promotes the redevelopment of downtown areas in cities and villages throughout New York State.  Prior to that, Martin worked for the City of New York as a Senior project Manager for the Division of Real Property.

      Martin is a native New Yorker and current resident of the City of Syracuse.

      Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Hobart College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

        Len M. Brown

        Real Estate Salesperson

        Len joined JF Real Estate, Inc. in 2006 after seven years with The Widewaters Group. He started his real estate career as an exclusive office leasing agent, before being promoted to Director of Office Leasing for Widewaters, where he was responsible for leasing and managing a “Class A” Office Portfolio of over 600,000 square feet.

        During that time Len completed transactions totaling over 500,000 square feet of space, working with companies such as Salomon Smith Barney, Allstate Insurance, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Verizon, American Express, Corvel Corp., AXA Financial, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Wachovia Securities, J.P. Morgan Chase, Janney Montgomery Scott, Pitney Bowes and many other Central New York professional firms and companies.

        Born and raised in Central New York, Len is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Business/Communications.

        Len is active in the community as a Board Member and Coach of the Fayetteville-Manlius Little League. Len resides in Manlius with his wife and four children.

          Matt Funiciello

          Real Estate Salesperson

          Matt Funiciello graduated from Siena College in Albany, NY in 2015 with a degree in Business Management. Matt joined his father, John, at JF Real Estate as a real estate salesperson after becoming licensed in New York State and receiving a Masters in Professional Studies in Real Estate from Georgetown University in 2018. Matt also has a dual position as a Property Manager for Partnership Properties, the managing company for many of the buildings exclusively represented by JF Real Estate. Previously, Matt worked for two years in retail management as a manager of a Target store in Latham, NY.

          Since 2018, Matt has completed transactions totaling over 8 million dollars and over 275,000 square feet, including deals with companies such as Adirondack Bank, NAVY Recruiting, Farmers Insurance, Nurse Connection Staffing, Upstate NY Eating Disorder Services, NOFA-NY, Drive Research, SDS-RX, Xavier Optical, ARISE, Prime Time Marketing, Reisman Foundation, and Eastern Shore Associates.

          Matt is very interested and personally invested in bettering the community. He is an active member of the Centerstate CEO Ambassadors Program and a board member of Adapt CNY and Center for Community Alternatives (CCA). Adapt CNY is a volunteer organization that strives to make Central Upstate NY a more vibrant place to live, work, learn, and play; and CCA is an organization that reduces the collateral consequences of incarceration, strengthens families, and builds safer communities.

            Don Gendron

            Residential Operations Manager

            Don attended Columbia College, studying Business Administration and LeMoyne College with a NYS Paralegal Certification. He has been a NYS licensed Salesperson/Broker since 1985. His career earned him a reputation as “The First Class Agent.” As Marketing Director for 3 of the top real estate companies, as well as “Manager of the Year” for RE/MAX New York, and honored to be in Harmon Homes “A” Team, the top 10% in the country, let his experience work for you. Don is also a Mortgage License Originator (NMLS # 1626156). Don has been a top producing broker for the past 13 years as a 100% Club Award Winner and Hall of Fame recipient for earning over $1 million dollars at RE/MAX. More information can be found at www.TheFirstClassAgent.com

            In 2020, Don partnered with John and Matt to open JF Real Estate’s Residential Real Estate Division. 

            Don is Past President of Bishop’s House Estates Board, Past Chairman of The Town of DeWitt Parks & Recreation Department, a Certified Trainer for Buffini & Company.

            Don resides in Sedgwick with his wife Jean.  Their daughter Abigail is finishing her clinical rotations and will graduate in May from The University of Rhode Island with a doctorate in Pharmacy. Their daughter Victoria received her EMT certification from Upstate Medical University and works as an EMT.

              Cory LaDuke

              Associate Real Estate Broker

              Cory LaDuke entered the commercial real estate industry in September of 2015.  His passion for property, entrepreneurism, and transaction management led him to enter the profession.  LaDuke focuses on ensuring that his clients’ interests are best represented when helping them navigate complex transactions. Outside of the office, Mr. LaDuke volunteers with the CenterState CEO Ambassadors Committee, the United Way of Central New York, and the Central Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.  Cory facilitates both leases and sales for his clients throughout Upstate New York and the United States.

              Mr. LaDuke has had the privilege to work with many local, regional, and national users such as Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C., G & L Davis Meat Company, Helio Health, CABVI Industries, Anchor QEA, Arcadis, Daikin Applied, Kelly Services, AT&T, Rentokil North America, Cooley Group, BAE Systems, Peraton, Monroe Plan for Medical Care, and many more.  He has also had the honor of working with many high-class landlords in the Syracuse market such as Partnership Properties, DeStefano Development, Zamir Equities, Thresh Enterprises, Paramount Realty Group, LNR, VIP Structures, and The Widewaters Group, among others.

              As a member of the JF Real Estate team, Mr. LaDuke will facilitate lease and sale transactions throughout Central New York and beyond.  He will also continue his involvement in professional organizations such as the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR) and continue working towards the prestigious designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

              In his space time, Cory enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking his golden retriever, Luke LaDuke, golfing, and traveling.  Mr. LaDuke was born and raised in Liverpool and currently resides in East Syracuse.

                Ryan Goodfellow

                Real Estate Salesperson

                Ryan joined the team in 2011 with a dual position as a Leasing/Sales Agent for JF Real Estate and as a Property Manager for Partnership Properties, Inc., the largest commercial property management company in Central New York (CNY Business Journal 2011). Partnership Properties, Inc. manages many of the buildings exclusively represented by JF Real Estate. This dual role with both companies provides a unique operational outlook for commercial leasing and sales. This allows Ryan to offer end to end services for his clients from leasing/sales to property management via one contact point.

                Ryan has a wide range of experience in commercial leasing/sales, development, and construction. He comes from a family background in the real estate/construction industries. Previously he had worked for Pemco Group, Inc. for over 5 years managing a real estate portfolio of approx. one million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties. His duties included leasing/sales, construction management, property management, and the management of legal/architectural resources.

                Ryan has worked with a wide variety of local and national clients including Crouse Radiology Associates, SUNY Upstate Medical Univ., Crouse Hospital, Veteran’s Administration Hospital, SRA International, Verizon Business, Verizon Wireless, Aspen Dental, Crowley Foods, Evans Analytical Group, Loretto Independent Living Services, Keller Williams, US Air Force, PACE CNY Care for the Elderly, among many other well respected companies.

                Ryan is a lifetime resident of the Central New York region and a 2001 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School. He graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, MA in 2005 majoring in Business Management with focuses on finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship. His personal interests include skiing, golfing, sailing, and spending time with his close family.

                Ryan is very interested and personally invested in bettering the community. He is on the Steering Committee of 40 Below, the leading young professional’s organization in the area. 40 Below focuses on retaining and attracting young talented professionals to Syracuse, providing a young networking base, and most importantly bettering the community through various committees and task forces. Ryan is on the Board of Directors of Adapt CNY, Inc., whose mission is to encourage and create a vibrant Downtown through the redevelopment of vacant properties.  He is also the Treasurer of the Center Armory Homeowners Association. Ryan has been a resident of Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse since 2007.

                  Paul Myles

                  Real Estate Salesperson

                  Paul joined JF Real Estate in 2010 after nearly 20 years as a sole proprietor in the construction industry. During his time at JF Real Estate, Paul has been able to draw on his construction knowledge while assisting clients and customers with the leasing, purchasing, and sales of their commercial properties. Paul has also assisted the in-house project management arm of JF Real Estate from time to time with regard to redevelopment of office space to meet the needs of clients. In addition to commercial leasing and sales, Paul also is in charge of the day to day leasing for 175 downtown luxury apartments.

                  Paul is a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area. He is a 1987 graduate of Fayetteville Manlius High School, and holds an Associates Degree in Engineering Science from Morrisville College as well as a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

                    Jeff Ashley

                    Residential Real Estate Salesperson

                    Jeff grew up in Fabius, New York, graduated from Fabius-Pompey High School, NY. He worked on the family farm, became a volunteer firefighter at the age of 17, obtained his EMT Certification and then also earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Onondaga Community College. He has worked as a Public Safety Officer, a University Police Dispatcher, A NYS Corrections Officer and is now a New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson.

                    Having purchased their first home in 2020, Jeff and his girlfriend learned first-hand what is important to buyers and what to expect from their agent. As a first responder Jeff knows first-hand the importance of effective communication and timely actions. In emergency services, it can be the difference between life and death, in real estate it can be the difference between successfully buying and selling.

                    As a newly licensed real estate salesperson, Jeff can assure you he will respond quickly to your calls, texts and emails. Working with JF Real Estate gives him direct access to some of the best residential and commercial brokers in our industry. The Operations Manager for the residential division is Don Gendron, known as “The First-Class Agent.” With 36 years of real estate experience as an agent, trainer, marketing director and manager, he will be Jeff’s mentor and co-lister, Don will be available when Jeff is not, so that you can feel confident that you are getting First Class Service.

                      Denise Chase

                      Executive Assistant

                      Denise graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute with an Associate Degree in Accounting/Business Management. She was hired by a large hose distribution company where she worked for 17 years starting in the Accounts Payable Department. Denise was promoted to Assistant Office Manager and finally to Administrative Assistant in the Real Estate Division of the company.

                      In 2001, Denise joined JF Real Estate as Administrative Assistant handling the daily functions of the business office for John. In addition, Denise is the Property Administrator/Bookkeeper for three JF Real Estate owned properties that currently provide office and residential space in Syracuse, NY. She is responsible for collecting rents, paying bills, and preparing monthly financial reports for those properties. Denise currently resides in Liverpool, NY with her husband and two children.

                        Rachael Petrocci

                        Administrative Assistant

                        Rachael has been with JF Real Estate since 2006. Rachael provides secretarial support to the real estate agents and assists Denise Chase, Executive Assistant.

                        Rachael’s responsibilities include telephone duties, handling all sign calls and coordinating sign installs.  She prepares and distributes marketing materials, documentation, and reports.  She also handles customer service duties to meet the needs of clients and visitors.

                        Rachael is highly organized and keeps the office running smoothly which enables the sales agents to perform efficiently.  Rachael resides in her hometown of Baldwinsville, NY with her son.