Who We Are

Vanguard-Fine, LLC is a full service real estate company specializing in retail tenant representation and development, servicing the Northeastern United States. Based in Albany, New York, Vanguard-Fine, LLC operates as a full-service real estate firm for our national, regional and local client base. We operate two divisions, our brokerage division and our client focused development division.

Our market knowledge includes:

  • Upstate New York (including Albany, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester & Buffalo)
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Eastern Pennsylvania

Vanguard-Fine, LLC owns or third-party leases more than 4 million square feet of retail, office and industrial space. Our skilled team of real estate professionals has more than one hundred years of experience.


Some of Our Numbers

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Work With the Best!

Our decisions aren’t processed through three levels of management 2000 miles away. They’re made through our office in Albany, New York, by professionals who know how to analyze market conditions and react in a timely manner.


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Kenneth T. Brownell

Principal/Licensed Real Estate Broker

Ken is a Principal and Licensed Real Estate Broker of Vanguard-Fine, LLC and has been a Member of the company since its inception.  In addition, he is a partner in Wood Partners, an Upstate NY real estate development company.  Ken has been in the commercial real estate business for 28 years in the capacity of a broker, developer and advisor.

Ken has been continually recognized as one of the top real estate brokers in Upstate New York by Co-Star and the Albany Business Review.  His work in the real estate industry has been enhanced by his well-rounded experience in the industry, his willingness to travel, comprehension of new markets and his experience as a developer.  From this varied experience, Mr. Brownell provides a unique perspective in finding comprehensive solutions to his client’s real estate needs.  Ken has completed more than $1 billion in transactional real estate activity and another $100 million in development projects throughout his career.

Mr. Brownell’s business experience also includes a number of entrepreneurial ventures that he has owned including a printing and publishing company, a quick service restaurant and a tanning salon.  In addition, Ken is a partner in a venture capital firm, which funds growth companies.

Ken is a graduate of the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science with a concentration in Finance and accounting and a minor in Computer Science.  Ken is still connected with his Alma Mater, currently serving on the Board of Advisors for the College of St. Rose’s Heuther School of Business.

Ken has also been active within the real estate industry, serving on the Board of Directors of the Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers (CIREB), an Albany, NY based real estate association for more than 10 years, serving as its President in 2004.

Ken is an active community volunteer.  He previously served on the Town of Guilderland (NY)’s Ethic’s Committee and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Town of Guilderland (NY)’s Land Use Committee for the past 4 years and was the Chairman of the Town’s Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) for 8 years prior.  The Guilderland ZRC completed an extensive review and overhaul of the town’s planning, zoning and land use regulations, making recommendations for the town’s land use.

Ken currently resides in Guilderland, New York with his wife Melissa. Ken has three children, Nick, Jessica and Anna and three stepchildren Carter, Garrett and Ainsley.


Barry Feinman

Principal/Licensed Real Estate Broker

Barry is a Co-Principal and Licensed Real Estate Broker of Vanguard-Fine, LLC a commercial real estate firm that was established in 1994. The firm specializes in Landlord and Tenant representation, development projects, large and small, with projects from Vermont to Long Island. Since being in the real business for over 30 years, he has developed many relationships with local and national companies, lenders, and municipalities.

His work in the industry has helped him to be recognized as one of the top real estate brokers in upstate New York, with acknowledgements from Co-Star, Advance Auto Parts, and Business Journals. Barry is a complete real estate professional having brokered over $500,000,000 in business, developed over $100,000,000 in properties, and built a separate development company that undertakes 1 to 2 projects per year.

Barry is a partner in a regional self storage business that spans between New York and Massachusetts. In 1985, Barry was one of the founders of New York Self Storage Association and was past president several times and currently resides on the executive board.

Along with his business plans he is active in many charities with being past president of the Albany Jewish Community Center, sponsorships with Make-A-Wish, Diabetes, Autism, Ronald McDonald House, and Junior Achievement. These are a few of his many favorites.

Barry and his wife Leslie were given the 2015 Pillars of the Community Award in April. This award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the Jewish Community. Acting as moral pillars and dispensers of wisdom and advice; providing continued service and/or leadership; and acting generously in the spirit of Tzedakah.

Barry graduated from the University of Albany in 1984. Barry resides in Guilderland, New York with his wife Leslie. Barry has three children, Ben, Erika and Sam.


Paul Bulmer

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Paul Bulmer is an AssociateReal Estate Broker with Vanguard-Fine, LLC since 2006. He has 30 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate. He specializes in both tenant representation and Owner / Landlord Representation.

Prior to joining Vanguard-Fine, Paul was a Director of Real Estate for Stewart’s Shops, a $1.6 billion Convenience store chain in Upstate New York & New England. Prior to Stewart’s, Paul was a Real Estate Manager for McDonald’s Corp., working in Upstate New York and Western New England. Paul has also been employed by the New York State Department of Labor as a Property Manager and the United Realty Group in Albany as a Development Specialist.

Paul is a graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam. He resides in Albany with his wife Leslie and their two children, Laura and William.

Paul serves on the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation in Troy, New York and for National Little League in Albany. Paul is a former President of the Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers (CIREB), based in Albany, New York.


Steven Lerner

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Mr. Steven Lerner is an Associate Real Estate Broker with Vanguard-Fine, LLC where he has been since early 2008. He is responsible for the development of commercial brokerage activity, focusing on retail, office, and light industrial leasing and sales.

Steve has been a recognized and respected professional in the real estate and mortgage banking industries since he joined Roberts Real Estate in 1983. He quickly moved on to multi-family and commercial property sales and held several management positions until moving on to mortgage originations at National Savings Bank followed by Commercial Business Development at Cohoes Savings.

In 2001 Steve co-founded the First Rate Funding Corporation where, as Executive Vice President, he built a staff of over 20 people, two offices, (Albany and Saratoga) and a closed loan volume of over $150,000,000. In 2005 he joined the commercial real estate financing firm of Axiom Capital, Inc. where he originated over $40,000,000 in retail, multi family, office, and light industrial financing.

Steve has served on several boards and committees with organizations such as the Center for Disability Services, the Albany Jewish Community Center, and Congregation Beth Emeth. He was appointed to the Albany Convention Center Authority by County Executive Dan McCoy in September, 2012 and was elected Treasurer in January, 2014. In addition, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias Brotherhood, Albany lodge #540.

Steve resides in Albany, New York with his wife Nancy. They have three children, daughter, Jennifer and Son in Law Jason Siegal who reside in Hartford, CT and son Matthew who resides in New York City.

Steve’s family was the notable proprietors of Lerner’s Delicatessen from the mid 60’s until the early 80’s, with locations in downtown Albany and Stuyvesant Plaza. He Graduated from Bryant College in 1975 with a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration and major concentration in Institutional Management.

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Chris Farrell

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Christopher Farrell joined Vanguard Fine, LLC in August of 2010. As a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Vanguard-Fine LLC, he represents several local and national retailers, developers, and landlords, as well as maintaining responsibility for leasing more than one million square feet of retail and office space across New York State.

Mr. Farrell also works for Siena College’s Department of Athletics as the Director of the Pep Band, where he directs student band members and leads the band at all of Siena’s Division 1 Athletic events.

Before beginning his career in real estate, Mr. Farrell was employed by Robinson Ace Hardware in Guilderland, New York as Director of Business to Business Sales. While at Ace Hardware, he was responsible for the development of the store’s commercial sales division.

Currently, Mr. Farrell is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Commercial Industrial Real Estate Brokers Inc. (CIREB), where he chairs the Marketing Committee and Golf Committee, Mr. Farrell also runs monthly marketing sessions for CIREB.

Mr. Farrell also sits on the Board of Directors for St. Catherine’s Center for Children, where he is chairman of both the Development Committee and the Human Resources/ Nominating Committee. He also chairs St. Catherine’s Leaders for Tomorrow, a committee of young professionals who share the agency’s vision and promote its mission. 

Mr. Farrell was marred to his wife Sheena Farrell in January of 2018 and now has Twin Girls. 

Mr. Farrell is a 2008 graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. A big supporter of Siena College, he is Siena’s Capital District Alumni Coordinator. He also sits on the Siena College Saints Alive Advisory Council for Siena College Athletics.


Ben Feinman

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Ben Feinman is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Vanguard-Fine, LLC. Before joining Vanguard-Fine, LLC Ben spent several years working in retail sales, specializing in cell phones and professional outside sales.

Ben also works for Spot On Storage a self-storage facility in Catskill, New York. His responsibilities include overseeing daily operations, storage auctions, and monthly projections. He is a member of New York State Self Storage Association and is currently looking for new sites to develop.

Ben graduated from UC Denver and lived in the Denver area for a few years afterwards. He learned the real estate business in Denver where he was instrumental in finding industrial land to develop office/warehouse buildings. He spent a lot of time studying the growing markets and learning what small to medium size companies require. He worked directly with the engineers and architects in the approval process.

Ben is a member of the CIREB (Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Board) and is an active member in a few non-profits fundraising divisions and various business leadership groups.