Real Estate Services Inc.


Zere Professionals

Marie Zere - President & CEO



Marie Zere is the President & CEO of Zere Real Estate Services, the first female- owned commercial real estate firm on Long Island and in New York State. Zere Real Estate Services is in business for over three decades.


Marie is a trailblazing pioneer and innovator in commercial real estate. Her firm specializes in commercial real estate, the sales and leasing of office properties, industrial space, retail, an expert in land use, development projects, built-to-suit projects and a particular focus commercial solar installations with the support of Governor Cuomo who is addressing the growing demand for clean energy throughout the State and his mission to reduce the cost of solar by providing predictability and certainty to the industry and support its continued growth.


Marie is a Certified New York State Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) through New York State Empire State Development.  She is approved for all aspects of real estate development and solar installations.  Other Renewable Energy related sources such as gas facilities, wind turbines and fuel cells are also part of Zere Real Estate’s focus to the future.


National and international corporations have sought her brokerage expertise as a recognized economic development advocate for the Long Island region. Her knowledge, integrity and hands on business acumen are responsible for a multitude of transactions that have been beneficial to our local communities and have provided thousands of jobs that continually stimulate the economy of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


A partial list of her distinguished client roster includes Northrop Grumman Corp, The Home Depot, Super Stop & Shop, Walgreens, McDonald’s, RJ Reynolds, Old Castle, Cintas, Amerada Hess, Saturn, Meenan Oil, AFLAC, State Farm, Allstate, NY Life, Metropolitan Life, Empire National Bank, Hudson City Savings Bank, Teachers Federal Credit Union, MRI of America, United Cerebral Palsy, AHRC, Touro Law School, Briarcliff College, Scholastic Books, Linus Publications, Firestone, Black & Decker, Bobcat, United Van Lines, to name a few.


Marie is a the former President of Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (CIBS) and has received special recognition for her significant contributions and achievements advancing the commercial real estate industry. She is a former member of the Board of Governors of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors, past president of Long island Transportation Management, former Executive Board member of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, past board member of the Long Island Association (LIA), a standing member of the Planning Board for the Village of the Branch in Smithtown and an active member of the Board of Directors for the Long Island Business Development Corporation (LIBDC). She has received the Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Business Award by the Town of Islip, and the Long island Distinguished Leadership Award, Suffolk County Republican Women of which she is a founder, honored by the Kidney & Urology Foundation, honored by the Long Island Museums of Antiquities & Carriages at Old Stony Brook (A Smithsonian Museum), honored by the Nassau Conservancy.





Michael Paul Zere - Senior Vice President / Principal



Hands down Michael is a powerhouse. With over twenty years in the commercial real estate industry, Michael has extensive experience in both office and industrial sales and leasing. His energy, creativity and hands-on business approach in unparalleled in the industry. Thousands of deals and transactions have taken place due to his highly professional and likable demeanor.


Michael has averaged 70-100 deals a year for more than 20 years creating thousands of jobs in

Suffolk County. He has long-lasting relationships with landlords for many years, who rely on his

personal service, running customers, meeting with attorneys, picking up and delivering leases in

person or doing whatever it takes to get the job done. He is considered extremely ethical and trustworthy and has a great working relationship with all the commercial real estate brokers in the industry. Landlords and brokers alike know that if they work with Michael, they will be getting personal service that is unexcelled in the commercial real estate arena.


He is an active member on the Town of Islip Economic Development Board and a member of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (CIBS). Michael is the proud sponsor of many sports activities in his hometown including baseball, basketball and soccer. He is also an active member of his church participating in multiple activities that support the local community.


Michael is an avid hunter and golfer. He passed on his passion for golf to three of his five children are members of the Metropolitan PGA Junior Tour. In addition, all his children are involved with the Boy Scouts of America. He is married to his wife, Sandra, and resides in Ronkonkoma, within five minutes to the Zere Real Estate corporate office so that he and can service his customers and clients at a moment’s notice.



Michelle Marie Zere - Executive Vice President / Principal



As Executive Vice President of  Zere Real Estate Services she  is involved with all aspects of the company’s real estate holdings, acquisitions  and business initiatives.   A twenty-five year veteran serving the commercial real estate industry and an expert in real estate marketing and advertising, she grew up in the business and has been involved in every aspect of real estate on a regional, national and international basis. A seasoned world traveler her exceptional social skills , marketing and media background speaks for itself while delivering white glove service 24/7 closing numerous substantial transactions where she conceived, structured and negotiated every aspect of the deal.


She handles all of the social media marketing for Zere Real Estate Services.  Her specialty as an associate real estate broker is in the sales and leasing of commercial properties including office, medical, retail, industrial and land.  Working closely with landlords and property owners, her ongoing long-lasting relationships with a number of public and private companies and non-profit organizations have paved the way for  her company’s ongoing success.


Her deals have ranged from a $28.5 million dollar sale in Nassau County to  a Suffolk County $4 million dollar retail site  for the healthcare industry. All of the business corridors in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties are fair game and targeted on her radar screen. She works with Fortune 50 & 500 companies, financial, medical and technology companies, as well as industrial, R&D  leasing deals to subdividing land parcels on the East End of Long Island on both North and South Forks.


Professional Marketing Background:


Grid Magazine, National Adverting Director, Created from it’s inception an award winning publication for national and international clientele of the world’s most prominent commercial real estate portfolio holders, developers and architects such as The Rockefeller Group, Tishman Speyer, Shorenstein, Silverstein Properties, Vornado, Trizec Hahn, Durst Organization, RFR Holdings.


Real Estate New York Magazine developed  from it’s inception as their Advertising Director and worked with it’s sister publication, nationally acclaimed Real Estate Forum by getting high profile clients such as The Wall Street Journal, Time Warner, AT&T, UPS, Deutsche Bank, Trump Organization, Zucker, Toll Brothers, K. Hovnanian.


New York Post’s Real Estate Section, Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp  where she  creatively developed and edited as Advertising Manager over 145 Friday weekly pull out sections highlighting available residential and commercial properties throughout Manhattan, the Five Boroughs, the entire Northeast, Florida markets  in both real estate and finance.  The Real Estate Board of New York endorsed the section.


The Long Island Builders Institute, Operations Director where she  worked with the membership and  directly with builders, developers of residential homes, subdivisions and multifamily housing.  Building legislation for National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Washington, D.C. and New York State Builders Association in Albany (NYSBA)


  • A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • Member of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society (CIBS)
  • Member of Long Island Metro Business Association (LIMBA)
  • Old Westbury Gardens Children In Bloom Committee


Resides in both Nassau & Suffolk Counties of Long Island and understands both the commercial and residential markets inside and out.



David Wayne Zere - Vice President



David has expertise that is unparalleled in zoning and land use, navigating through the local municipalities and is considered an expert resolving commercial property issues. Over the years he has sold over 800 acres of land, including dozens of subdivisions for more than 1400 homes. As a former Operations Manager for LIBI, Long Island Builders Institute, a Construction Manager for The Beechwood Organization, a Project Manager for Nelson & Pope Engineering and a Senior Expeditor for Continental Pinewood Development, David is revered for his knowledge.  David is an Associate Broker with Zere Real Estate Services and grew up in the commercial real estate industry.  No one can compete with his combination of exposure, experience, and insider knowledge.


David is an excellent speaker and is known for his affable manner and likeability. He represents properties and provides users and buyers with minute details that in the end assist in making the deal through his skills with technology, research and marketing. He is a powerhouse and a property owner is sure to benefit from his level of expertise.  David has vast experience working political campaigns and fund-raising activities for our nation’s veterans including the Wounded Warriors.


He resides on the North Shore and is married to his wife, Jennifer, for more than twenty four years and is the loving father of four highly accomplished children.





Karen Gaconnier - Vice President / Zerenergy





Zere Energy is headed up by Karen Gaconnier. Karen is a seasoned sales professional with over 20 years of marketing expertise in business and government. Her previous positions include The Department of Homeland Security media extension executive and former Director of the Long Island Maritime Museum. As 4th generation Long Islander, she is passionate about helping businesses stay in New York. Karen is a licensed Real Estate salesperson and provides consultative services for LED, Solar and Fuel Cell solutions.


Karen is a graduate of Stonybrook University. She lives in West Sayville with her husband and four children.





Patrick Caroleo - Managing Director & Associate Broker



Patrick is a consummate professional in the commercial real estate marketplace since 1985 with an integral understanding of commercial properties.  Patrick has closed numerous transactions in the office, medical, industrial and retail segments of the industry.  Due to a comprehensive background in property management, he writes a column for the New York Real Estate Journal on property management issues.


He is the sole owner of Dove Management, a full service commercial property management services company.  Dove Management manages office buildings, retail properties and medical buildings throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.


Patrick is an ordained minister and is active in his church doing charity work and helping others. He resides in Dix Hills with his wife, Mary, and five children.




Paul Caiola - Senior Managing Director



Paul Caiola, Senior Managing Director, Zere Real Estate Services is an active commercial real estate professional with a string of interesting and unique deals in the business workplace. He has an extensive background in financing for over twenty years. Paul has worked in the banking industry where he excelled in his field of lending for commercial properties and business development for corporate and small business owners. He presently specializes in industrial buildings, represents several office buildings as their exclusive agent and several parcels of vacant land that he represents for sale or lease.


A graduate of C.W. Post University in Business Administration, a former member of the U.S Coast Guard and an avid outdoor enthusiast where he enjoys hiking, biking and being a professional baseball umpire league for high school athletes.


Paul resides on the North Shore of Long Island wife Jean of over forty four years.  They have a son and two granddaughters.



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