Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jones Lang LaSalle Awarded Leasing of 119,626-SF Office Building in El Segundo, CA


LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 5, 2011 – Jones Lang LaSalle has been awarded the leasing for an 119,626-square-foot office building located at 1700 E. Walnut Ave (top left photo). in El Segundo, Calif.

 The building was acquired earlier in the year by Admiral Capital Real Estate Fund, a newly launched partnership between USAA Real Estate Company and Admiral Capital Group formed by NBA Hall of Famer, philanthropist and 1987 U.S Naval Academy graduate David Robinson (middle right photo) and Managing Partner Dan Bassichis (lower left photo).

Leading the leasing efforts for the premier property are Jones Lang LaSalle Managing Directors Steve Solomon and Chris Strickfaden and Vice President Eric Adams.

“Jones Lang LaSalle was selected for this assignment because of its senior brokerage team’s deep understanding of the South Bay office market,” said Adams.  “1700 E. Walnut is ideal for companies looking for abundant nearby amenities and a stable owner.”
1700 E. Walnut is conveniently located near Los Angeles International Airport and has immediate access to the I-405 and I-105 Freeways.

  It is walking distance El Segundo's main street retail area filled with quaint shopping and a multitude of restaurants. It is also minutes from the Pacific Ocean and the popular beach communities of Marina del Ray, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. 

1700 E Walnut is 90 percent leased and anchored by the Transportation Security Administration, which currently leases nearly one-third of the six story building. Other major tenants include market research firm iSuppli Corp and Otis Art Institute.

For further information, please visit our website,

 Contact: David Ebeling, Ebeling Communications, (p) 949.861.8351
(c) 949.278.7851,

Wilson Commercial Real Estate Completes Three Leases Totaling 227,450 SF with Hobby Lobby in California

LOS ANGELES, CA – Wilson Commercial Real Estate, one of Southern California’s leading retail brokerage firms, has completed three leases with Hobby Lobby totaling 227,450 square feet of retail space.  Each of the leases is for buildings formerly occupied by Mervyns. Currently, Hobby Lobby has 491 stores in 41 states.

In each transaction, Scott Burns (middle left photo) and Shauna Mattis (top right photo) of Wilson Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord, Inland Western MDS Portfolio, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc. with Lea Clay Park and Solomon Ets-Hokin of Studley Retail Services representing Hobby Lobby.

“Hobby Lobby is relatively new to the California market, opening its first store in Visalia in December 2010 with these three stores opening next in the state,” said Burns. 

Hobby Lobby signed a 10 year lease for 76,211 square feet of retail space at Palm Plaza Shopping Center located at 26443 Ynez Road in Temecula. 

Hobby Lobby signed a 10 year lease for 74,991 square feet of retail space at Terra Vista Town Center located at 10640 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga. 

Hobby Lobby signed a 10 year lease for 76,248 square feet of retail space at Placer Center Plaza located at 1815 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville.  Chris Campbell of CB Richard Ellis’ Sacramento partnered with Wilson Commercial on this deal.

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Contact: David Ebeling, Ebeling Communications, (p) 949.861.8351
(c) 949.278.7851,

Sperry Van Ness International Expands Presence with Nine New Franchises across the U.S.

IRVINE, CA (Oct. 5, 2011) –Sperry Van Ness International today announced the addition of nine new franchises in San Jose, Calif., New York, N.Y., Sarasota, Fla., San Diego, Calif., Portland, Ore., El Centro, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev., Boulder, Colo. and Nashville, Tenn.

The nine new franchises, all completed this year, are part of Sperry Van Ness International’s national expansion program, which started in 2001 and has grown to more than 800 advisors representing more than 150 markets today.

“These franchise sales demonstrate our commitment to the growth of Sperry Van Ness International,” said Kevin Maggiacomo (top right photo), chief executive officer and president of Sperry Van Ness International.

“Expanding the presence of Sperry Van Ness International into new markets across the United States is an important part of our organization’s mission of creating unprecedented value for our advisors and clients. We are currently on pace to exceed last year’s growth by at least 50 percent.”

The following firms are now independently owned and operated franchises of Sperry Van Ness International:

· SVN/First Guardian Group, led by Paul Getty (middle right photo) and Dinesh Gupta (middle left photo), is located at 100 Century Center Ct., Suite 503 in San Jose, Calif.

SVN/Realsite Group, led by Anthony Casalena, is located at 123 Third Ave., Suite 9C in New York, N.Y.

· SVN/Commercial Advisory Group, led by Larry Starr, is located at 1626 Ringling Blvd., Suite 500 in Sarasota, Fla.

· SVN/Promus Commercial, led by Lauri Greenblatt Hines, Scott Cook and Jim Taylor, is located at 8745 Aero Dr., Suite 308 in San Diego, Calif.

· SVN/Bluestone& Hockley, led by Cliff Hockley (lower left photo) and Julie Hockley, is located at 9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 300 in Portland, Ore.

SVN/Valley Commercial Real Estate, led by Ryan Childers, Travis Lyon and Jim Taylor, is located at 1430 Broadway in El Centro, Calif.

· SVN/Resort Management, LLC, led by Robert Hasman, is located at 4955 S. Durango Dr., Suite 222 in Las Vegas, Nev.

· SVN/Hayoun, led by Sylvain Hayoun, is located at 1871 Folsom St., in Boulder, Colo.

· SVN/The Genesis Group, led by Carnell Scruggs, is located at 718 Thompson Ln., Suite 108-185 in Nashville, Tenn.

“Aligning with top-tier brokerages in new markets continues to strengthen Sperry Van Ness International’s value proposition, opening new doors for our advisors and clients. We are currently working on six additional franchise sales that we hope to complete by the end of 2011,” added Maggiacomo.

 For more information, visit

Contact: Megan Morales, (714) 273-2472,

Emerson International to host “Homes for the Cure” Showcase of New Homes at Eagle Creek Golf Community in Orlando, FL

ORLANDO, Fla. --- Emerson International will host a “Homes for the Cure” showcase of new homes at Eagle Creek Golf community in southeast Orlando to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation.

Eric Emerson (top right photo), vice president and general manager of Emerson International, said Centerline Homes is building three new homes fronting on the Eagle Creek golf course to be showcased at the Homes for the Cure event scheduled there for next February. 

The three homes are part of the Concept Home Series sponsored by Builder Magazine, with features for the specific lifestyles of three generations: Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y, Emerson said. The homes range in size from 2,400 square feet of living space to 5,000 square feet with three, four and five bedrooms in one and two story designs.

After a private showing to the delegates of the International Builders Show, the three homes will be unveiled to the public, with all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. 

For more information, contact:
 Eric J. Emerson, Vice President and General Manager Emerson International, Inc. 407-834-9560;
Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

NAI Realvest Negoatiates New Lease for 7,800 SFof Retail Space in Tavares, FL

MAITLAND, F – NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new lease agreement for 7,800 square feet retail space at 335 Duncan Drive in Tavares.

 NAI Realvest Principals Matt Cichocki (top right photo) and Kevin O’ Connor (bottom left photo) negotiated the lease agreement representing the landlord, S & M Properties Investments, LLC of Orlando. 

 The tenant, Design Lab, Inc. based in Taylors, S.C. manufactures and sells uniforms for government, law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies.   The Tavares location – the former Master Tile building – will serve as Design Lab’s retail outlet for Lake County.

For more information, contact:

Matt Cichocki, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989,
Kevin O’Connor, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989,
Patrick Mahoney, President, 407-875-9989,
Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142,

Latino Hotel Association Increases Membership Benefits and Forms Partnership with Buzbee Law Firm


HOUSTON, TX, Oct. 5, 2011—Officials from Latino Hotel Association (LHA), the global organization dedicated to expanding Latino ownership, leadership, and commerce in the hotel industry, today announced a strategic partnership with the Buzbee Law Firm, an organization that represents plaintiffs interests in a number of fields, including a specialty group created to handle British Petroleum oil spill claims.

Under the partnership agreement, Buzbee and LHA will educate hoteliers on the Deep Water Horizon oil spill and its impact on the lodging industry.  Also, the two groups will distribute to LHA members information regarding the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the claims process and calculation of damages to hoteliers located in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The Buzbee Law Firm has an extensive track record with numerous verdicts in excess of $1 million and a $100 million verdict against British Petroleum, currently the largest verdict against the oil company,” said Angela Gonzalez-Rowe (top right photo), president and founder of LHA.

  “In the last six months, attorneys at the Buzbee Law Firm have collected for its clients more than $100 million, in addition to more than $1 billion since the firm’s inception.  Buzbee has recently collected tens of millions for hoteliers affected by the oil spill. Buzbee adds great legal expertise support to our organization and will be an invaluable resource to our members.”

“Coupled with LHA, we will offer a bilingual white paper in English and in Spanish on the British Petroleum oil spill, its impact on hoteliers in the United States and Mexico, and potential opportunities to recover lost revenue,” said Tony Buzbee (middle left photo) Managing Partner, The Buzbee Law Firm.

“One of our primary tasks will be to assist LHA members in filing claims for damages with no upfront costs to the hotelier.  Also, we will present an educational forum at the upcoming LHA International Conference in November.  We look forward to being of service to the many members of the growing Latino hotelier community.”

Located in Houston, the Buzbee Law Firm specializes in representing employees and small businesses.  Founded by  Tony Buzbee, the firm has won clients more payments, either through trial or settlement, than those clients represented by competitors.  In addition, The Buzbee Law Firm has years of developing close working relationships with some of the best law firms in most major cities in the United States. 

For more information on The Buzbee Law Firm, please visit

 Additional information is available at the Latino Hotel Association’s website,

Contact: Jerry Daly, Daly Gray Public Relations, (703) 435-6293

Marquis Residences Celebrates Miami Broker Incentive Winner Maria Antonieta Laviosa

Miami, FL – Oct. 5, 2011 – Marquis Residences (lower right photo), the crown jewel of Miami’s luxury condominium real estate market, is pleased to announce the winner of its Broker Incentive Contest launched in May of this year.

 Maria Antonieta Laviosa (top right photo), a licensed real estate broker with Concept International Realty Inc., was the first to sell two residences within two months at Marquis and was awarded an iPad 2.

“We are thrilled that Maria is the first to win our Broker Incentive Contest and are happy that her clients have chosen Marquis as their home,” said Wendy Marks Pine (middle left photo), Sales Director for Marquis.

“We look forward to continued success with our incentive program and a little healthy competition amongst the brokers, since we’ll be extending the incentive program through the end of the year.”

The Broker Incentive program will award another iPad 2 to the next two brokers to sell two residences in two months, as well as three luxury watches to our top three brokers who sell three units in three months.

 Marquis Residences consists of single-level homes, duplex townhouses and suites, all furnished with high-end stainless steel Viking appliances in European-style gourmet kitchens, including a choice of teak, Zebrano and other exotic natural wood cabinetry. All bathrooms are by Sand Studio and feature Duravit Starck water closets and double sink.

Residents have access to luxury five-star hotel services managed by Richfield Hospitality, including concierge, security, valet, housekeeping and room service. An 8,000-square-foot spa and fitness center overlooks the Biscayne Bay, while the 14th floor sky pool and private balconies offer stunning views of the city below.

There is private elevator access to many of the homes and residents can dine out at Tempo Miami’s chic Amuse Restaurant & Lounge or enjoy the full menu in the privacy of their own homes.

A product of prestigious New York-based developer, Africa-Israel USA, Marquis Residences is ideally located at the crossroads of Miami Beach and the burgeoning Downtown Miami Arts & Entertainment district.

 Marquis’ 292 luxury condos offer proximity to sophisticated hotspots and points of interest, including the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Art Museum, Miami International Airport, Port of Miami, American Airlines Arena and Museum Park, future home to the Miami Science Museum.

 The 67-story building was designed by the internationally acclaimed architects of Arquitectonica with unmatched 360-degree views of Downtown Miami, Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay. Biscayne Beacon, a 16-story lighting fixture, crowns the tower from sunset to sunrise, making Marquis Residences an enduring landmark of the Miami skyline.

Leviev Boymelgreen Marquis Developers, LLC ("LBMD") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Africa Israel Investments Ltd. (“AI”) USA Corp (“AFI USA”), the international holding and Investment Company controlled by world-renowned businessman Lev Leviev (lower left photo).

Most of AFI USA’s activity in North America in the last 10 years has centered on luxury residential real estate in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Carolina, Texas, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Miami.

 The parent company, AI, is a global powerhouse with a long history of diverse interests across multiple industry sectors, including telecommunications, commercial construction, media and energy.

Additional information about Richfield Hospitality can be found at the company’s website,

Robin Diamond
Hundred Stories PR
(305) 903 - 5444

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion in Thailand with Grand Opening of Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa

KOH SAMUI, THAILAND -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa (top centered  and bottom right photos) has officially opened to guests and visitors.

 Located on an idyllic stretch of exclusive Lamai Beach, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is a chic and intimate resort with a unique blend of stylish amenities, luxury services, an inspiring atmosphere and rich, cultural experiences that offers guests a new perspective.

 Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa goes beyond the traditional five-star hotel experience and invites guests to discover more than just a new destination – to experience a new perspective with a focus on contemporary art and cuisine.

 In conjunction with its opening, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa has unveiled a signature arrival experience for its guests featuring "The Sampan's Diary," a custom artwork created locally for Le Méridien.

 A long, multidimensional piece that leads the guest to the hotel's front entrance, The Sampan's Diary is a poem painted with Chinese characters on cobblestones that tells the story of a Chinese migrant's journey to a faraway land.

Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa was designed with Feng Shui principles in mind to be a place that preserves beauty, celebrates history and culture, enhances prosperity, and creates physical and spiritual happiness.
Three nights accommodations for up to 154 people in the resort’s 77 suites and villas, including the luxurious Ocean Front Pool Villa for the bride and groom

Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by 104 properties in 50 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005.

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