San Francisco – March 6, 2017 – CBRE Group, Inc., announced today the arrival of five new professionals and two support team members to its expanding Bay Area Retail Services Group. Joining the group are Jessica Birmingham, First Vice President, Drew Greenspan, Vice President, Meaghan Haley, Associate Broker, Annie Prupas, First Vice President, and Katie Singer, First Vice President along with Gary Palubicki, Senior GIS Specialist and Andrea Chavez, Client Services Coordinator.
This team expansion news follows the December arrival of Matt Kircher, a 27-year veteran of retail real estate, who rejoined CBRE as Managing Director and Executive Vice President to lead its Bay Area Retail Leasing business. He came to CBRE via Cushman & Wakefield (formerly Terranomics), where he led more than 30 retail professionals in six Northern California offices for the past 20 years.
Mr. Kircher and his team bring with them more than 50 client relationships and more than 50 shopping center-management contracts and excellent reputations in the local and national retail markets.
Mr. Kircher is currently directing the company’s Retail Leasing platform, professionals and offering in the Bay Area while advising Anthony Buono, Chairman of CBRE’s Global Retail Executive Committee along with Mickey Ashmore, Chairman of CBRE’s Retail Services, the Americas, on the company’s Retail strategy in the Americas.
“We are extremely excited to announce this expansion to our Bay Area Retail Services team,” said Mickey Ashmore. “We feel that this is a winning move for our growing Retail team. “Together with our now expanded Retail Leasing team, we will deliver unprecedented services that help drive business and bottom-line performance for every client in the Bay Area that we serve.”
Matt Kircher along with this new team of seven professionals plan on continuing their brokerage specialization in the representation and development of real estate strategies for a variety of national and local developers, shopping center owners and retailers along with providing strategic consulting on retail real estate assets being developed, redeveloped or in need of repositioning throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.
“The arrival of these new team members underscores CBRE’s unmatched investment in its Retail Services business,” shared Joe Wallace, Executive Managing Director for CBRE’s seven Bay Area offices. “We look forward to delivering more world-class retail outcomes to clients through this expansive talented team.
About CBRE’s New Retail Services Professionals
Jessica Birmingham joins as a First Vice President in San Francisco and has been involved in retail real estate leasing since 2003, when she joined Terranomics. Jessica has specialized in tenant representation and has assisted national and regional tenants in achieving effective roll-outs throughout the entire Bay Area retail market. Jessica’s landlord representation is focused on urban markets and mixed-use properties, with an emphasis on food/restaurant/entertainment uses. Tenant clients have included Starbucks Coffee Company, Project Juice, Salt & Straw, Flywheel, and DXL along with landlord representation including Boston Properties, Essex, Invesco, ADIA, Kilroy, New York Life, Emerald Fund, Area Property Partners, Equity Office, RNM, Hudson Pacific, and Lennar. Jessica has been consistently recognized as a Costar Power Broker.
Drew Greenspan joins as a Vice President in Palo Alto. Drew began his retail real estate career at Terranomics in 2004. Drew provides full service tenant and landlord representation for commercial and retail real estate services throughout Northern California. Tenant clients he has served include: Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap, Athleta, buybuy Baby, Harmon Face Values, Mens Warehouse/JAB, Cost Plus, Petco/Unleashed, Cycle Gear, Patxi’s Pizza, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, Wendy’s and Supercuts. Drew’s major retail projects have included representation of Regency Centers, CitiView, BROE, United Growth, Surecap-Village, Thompson Dorfman, Marin Gateway Shopping Center and Culligan Management.
Meaghan Haley joins CBRE as an Associate Broker in San Francisco. Meaghan previously worked at Terranomics over the last five years. Meaghan specializes in the representation and development of real estate strategies for a variety of national and local developers, shopping center owners and retailers. Meaghan has helped develop expansion strategies for both the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California roll out plans and procured premium locations to the following tenants in the Bay Area and Northern California: Target, Off Broadway/Rack Room Shoes, Comcast/Xfinity, F21Red, Capital One 360 and more.
Annie Prupas joins as First Vice President in San Francisco after starting her career in retail real estate at Terranomics in 2006. Over the past 11 years, Annie has had a successful track record representing tenants and landlords in the greater Bay Area. Annie represents over 10 national and regional tenants and handles over 700,000 square feet of retail space in a variety of neighborhood, community and power centers (both ground up and existing). Annie specializes in executing effective roll-outs for tenants such as Total Wine & More, The Habit Burger Grill, Starbucks, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Barry’s Bootcamp and Project Juice. During this time, she developed strong leasing expertise on properties like East Bay Bridge, Pacific Commons & The Block, Strawberry Village and Hamilton Marketplace, while working for such clients as La Salle Investment Management, Kimco, Grosvenor, Catellus and many others.
Katie Singer joins the CBRE Team as a First Vice President in Palo Alto. Katie has been involved in retail leasing since she joined Terranomics in 2004. Katie is specialized in both tenant and landlord representation; assisting national and regional tenants (such as Flywheel Sports, DXL, Off Broadway Shoes, Round Table Pizza, Sally Beauty, GNC, True Value Hardware and Jersey Mikes) in achieving effective roll-outs and strategic relocations throughout the entire Bay Area retail market. Katie also handles leasing of all types of retail properties throughout Northern California representing both private developers and national REIT’s such as Catellus, PNC, Clarion, Watt Companies, Lennar, TRC, Jay Paul, JP Morgan and others. Katie was recognized as an Emerging Leader in Retail in 2015 by Real Estate Forum magazine.
Supporting these professionals are recent arrivals Gary Palubicki and Andrea Chavez in San Francisco. With 18 years CRE experience working within Matt Kircher’s retail team at Terranomics since 1999, Gary, a Senior GIS Specialist, delivers unique mapping skills that provides CBRE Retail with a definitive competitive differentiator. Andrea provides transactional and marketing support to the team. She started in 2015 with Cushman & Wakefield as a retail Marketing Assistant.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.