As companies across the city were opening for business, Yosi Behar was preparing to attend what he believed to be a regular meeting with an RBC private banking manager. But as he came into the office at 1170 Sheppard Avenue West yesterday morning, he wondered why the table in the boardroom had been pushed flush against the wall. This did not look like a regular meeting.
To Yosi’s surprise he was greeted by not one but a team of private bankers from RBC Wealth Management’s Private Banking division. The proposed meeting was in fact a presentation organized by The Behar Group’s team of private bankers at RBC, in celebration of the brokerage’s twenty years in business in commercial real estate.
Sengkee Ahn, who has worked closely with the Behar family for the last five years, presented a commemorative plaque to The Behar Group Realty, Inc. to recognize the company for “20 successful years in business,” and to honour the Behar family’s forty-year partnership with the bank. Speaking on behalf of his RBC colleagues, whom Yosi affectionately calls ‘The Dream Team,’ Mr. Ahn said, “We all feel very connected to the business and to the family.”
Sengkee Ahn was accompanied by fellow ‘Dream Team’ members Leeann Signorotti, RVP of Private Banking, Hadielia Yassiri, Private Banker, Aneta Siaskiewicz, Senior Private Client Associate, and Ji Wang, Manager, Credit Structures. A card bearing congratulations and best wishes was presented to Yosi Behar. “We look forward to working together for many more years,” it said.
Ms. Signorotti added a few words with respect to the business relationship. “You value our partnership, and you approach it like a partnership. And I just want to say thank you. It really is a privilege.”
“It really has been twenty years,” said Yosi Behar, obviously pleased and very touched by the unexpected visit. “It was May 12, 1992–my birthday, in fact.” He paused briefly, then added, “To have Leeann, and all of you, here…Wow. It’s really special. I don’t know what to say. Thank you.”