Nine-person Team a South Florida Leader with 14M+ SF in Transaction Volume
BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 1, 2015 – Cushman & Wakefield announced today that one of the largest Capital Markets teams in Florida has joined its South Florida offices.
Led by Executive Director Scott O’Donnell and Senior Director Dominic Montazemi, the nine-person team comes to Cushman & Wakefield from CBRE. Joining O’Donnell and Montazemi in the move are Senior Director Jason Hochman, Director Miguel Alcivar, Senior Associate Greg Miller, Associate Michael Mandel, Senior Financial Analyst Steve Okon, Financial Analyst James Crowley and Brokerage Coordinator Heidi Peckhaus.
As one of the largest Capital Markets teams serving private capital investors in Florida, the group boasts more than 100 years of combined experience and a transaction volume in excess of 14 million square feet. The team specializes in asset disposition, debt restructuring and refinance and new debt financing for commercial real estate assets located throughout South Florida. The team’s impressive client list includes lenders, private equity funds, family offices, institutional owners with non-core assets and users looking to unlock value via sale-leaseback transactions.
“We are very enthused to be a part of the new Cushman & Wakefield and embrace its vision of being a top provider in South Florida and every sector of our industry,” said O’Donnell. ”Partnering with appropriate local leasing professionals, our team provides ownership with complete property solutions through asset sales and financing. We differentiate ourselves by providing private capital clients an institutional sales approach and process previously only offered to institutional clients.”
“The strength of Cushman & Wakefield’s leadership and its vision for the future were very appealing to our team,“ continued O’Donnell. ”Our core values align closely with the firm’s and we think this will be a great fit.”
“We are excited to join the venerable Cushman & Wakefield platform during this dynamic capital markets environment,” added Montazemi. “Our team’s deep relationships and wide coverage within the South Florida investment community will dovetail seamlessly with the platform’s institutional reach.”
“The presence of this team in South Florida will allow Cushman & Wakefield to better serve its Capital Markets clients from start to finish,” said Senior Managing Director and Florida Market Leader Larry Richey. “It’s incredibly rare to find a group of professionals who work so well together and are capable of providing end-to-end services at such a high level of proficiency.”
The team, which closed 72 transactions exceeding $413 million in sales in the last three years and 21 financing transactions valued at over $215 million in the two years, joins Cushman & Wakefield at a time when it is aggressively expanding in South Florida.
Earlier this month, the agency leasing team of Executive Director Deanna Lobinsky, Executive Director Travis Herring, Director Katherine Ridgway and Brokerage Coordinator Jessica Lunsford joined the firm. In early October, Director Kevin D. Landers joined Director Mark L. Pateman’s commercial brokerage team. In August, Cushman & Wakefield opened an eighth Florida office in Stuart, which houses a nine-person team of Valuation & Advisory professionals led by Managing Director Scott Powell. These hires are in addition to the impressive array of talent acquired in Cushman & Wakefield’s recent merger with DTZ.
“We will continue adding to our South Florida team in all of our service lines as we identify talented and respected individuals, teams and companies that fit with our culture and want to join a firm that is quickly becoming the market leader in the industry,” said Richey. “We’re building something special in South Florida. Given market conditions and the talent we’re assembling, the sky is the limit.”
Short bios of all nine team members can be found below:
Executive Director and Partner Scott O’Donnell, CCIM, MAI
O’Donnell is the team leader and primary client liaison. He manages all team roles and responsibilities. He spent 10 years as an appraiser before transitioning to investment sale brokerage in 1995.
O’Donnell is a former Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) as well as a National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) member. He is a graduate of Eastern University in Wayne, Penn.
Senior Director and Partner Dominic Montazemi
Montazemi and O’Donnell joined in 2003 to form the team and have executed and managed in excess of $1 billion since that time. Montazemi spearheads business development efforts, marketing and navigating complex transactions through closing.
Montazemi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Senior Director and Partner Jason Hochman
Hochman has 17 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and has participated in more than eight million square feet of acquisition, development and other financing transactions during his career. His responsibilities on the team include business development and assisting clients with procurement of permanent, bridge and construction financing as well as joint venture equity investments.
Hochman will join Cushman & Wakefield’s international Equity, Debt and Structured Finance (EDSF) platform. He will provide financing and capital solutions for all asset classes for Florida-based investors or properties.
Hochman is a NAIOP member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) member, and member of the Leadership Broward Foundation Class XXV. He earned a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with dual concentrations in Finance and Accounting.
Director and Partner Miguel Alcivar
Alcivar, who will be based out of the firm’s Miami office, spearheads market coverage, deal execution and business development in Miami-Dade County. He formerly served as a senior financial analyst on the team and has prior Latin American investment banking and fixed income experience with Citigroup in New York.
Alcivar is a licensed mortgage broker and a LEED accredited professional. He has an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and graduated with cum laude honors from Amherst College with a B.A. in Psychology.
Senior Associate Greg Miller
Miller has a broad range of skills ranging from acquisition and disposition to analysis, underwriting and marketing. He began his brokerage career in Pennsylvania where he participated in transactions valued at more than $380 million.
Miller is a NAIOP member and has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh.
Associate Michael Mandel
Mandel comes to Cushman & Wakefield with an established track record of single- and multi-tenant retail sales in Palm Beach County. He is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Senior Financial Analyst Steve Okon
Okon’s responsibilities include overseeing financial analysis, marketing and due diligence support as well as assisting with EDSF requirements and business development strategies. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a B.S. in Economics. He also earned a M.S. in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. Before his career in commercial real estate, Okon served in the highly-selective Teach for America in Miami.
Financial Analyst James Crowley
Crowley assists with underwriting, marketing collateral and due diligence. He has experience developing unique client-facing deliverables while also assisting with pitches, presentations and business development.
Crowley has a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland.
Brokerage Coordinator Heidi Peckhaus
Peckhaus is responsible for promoting the team’s online presence and provides creative direction in the marketing of its assets. She specializes in graphic and web design, market research and reports, social media and event planning. She is a certified travel consultant through Modesto Junior College in California.
For further information, contact
Scott O’Donnell, CCIM, MAI
Executive Director and Partner
954 377 0475
Dominic F. Montazemi
Senior Director and Partner
305 533 8250
Senior Director and Partner
305 533 2876
Director and Partner
305 533 2873
Senior Managing Director
Florida Market Leader
813 204 5317
David A. Meyer
407 489 7488