Monday, March 24, 2014

Amata Opens Sixth Downtown Chicago Shared Office Center at 150 S. Wacker Drive

150 South Wacker Drive, West Loop, Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL (March 24, 2014) - Amata Office Centers, the largest privately owned office suites provider in Chicago, has announced it is opening its sixth shared office center, located in the West Loop at 150 South Wacker Drive.

The 16,950-square-foot space comprises the entire 24th floor of the building and will feature more than 50 private office suites, seven open workstations, six large team rooms, three state-of-the art conference rooms, a spacious cafĂ© and lounge, and Amata’s signature Cognac room.

Ron Bockstahler
Amata’s 150 South Wacker Drive shared office center is scheduled to open May 1.

“It seemed natural that our next location would be in the West Loop as it has quickly become one of the hottest areas for startups, especially those launching tech firms,” said Ron Bockstahler, Amata’s CEO and co-founder.

 “We even took that into account in designing the shared office space at 150 South Wacker, as it will include an open loft concept, gigabit Ethernet connection and video games in the lounge.

“The building is also easily accessible from I-90 and I-94 as well as close to the Union and Ogilvy Metra Stations, making it a convenient location for commuters.”

 For more than a decade, Amata has been at the forefront of the shared office movement by connecting small, entrepreneurial businesses, as well as national and international companies looking to set up offices in Chicago. 

To learn more about Amata Office Centers or to inquire about their newest office location at 150 S. Wacker call 877-262-8204 or go to

 For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Abe Tekippe
Account Executive
Public Relations :: Social Media :: Internet Marketing
d. 312.267.4528  p. 312.245.0202  f. 312.245.9205

Cocke Finkelstein Inc. Acquires The Park at Vinings in Suburban Atlanta for $49.5 Million


The Park at Vinings, Smyrna, GA

Byron Cocke

 ATLANTA, GA (March 24, 2014) — Cocke Finkelstein Inc. (CFI), a full-service multifamily investment firm, has acquired The Park at Vinings, a 484-unit, garden-style apartment community in Smyrna, Ga., for $49.5 million.

CFLane, the apartment management subsidiary of CFI, will manage the community, which was 97 percent occupied when the transaction closed.

The Park at Vinings was built in 1980 and sits on more than 60 acres; it offers one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans. Amenities include a two-story, lagoon-style pool with waterfalls; six lighted tennis courts; volleyball court; pond with a gazebo and picnic seating; playground; car-care center; dog park; and wooded views.

“The Park at Vinings will be an outstanding addition to our portfolio, ” said Byron Cocke, CEO of CFI and CFLane. “This property has performed extremely well in recent years, and the metro Atlanta apartment market should have several years of additional rent growth and increasing occupancy rates on the horizon.”

 For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Stephen Ursery
The Wilbert Group
404-549-7150 (O) 404-405-2354 (C)

Crew California Announces Technology-Focused Commercial Real Estate Conference April 24-26

Dana White
SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The Commercial Real Estate Women of California (CREW California) organization has announced its newest industry conference, scheduled for April 24 - 26 in San Francisco, Calif. 

The conference, which will focus on how technology is changing the landscape of commercial real estate, will attract hundreds of commercial real estate professionals from across the state, according to Dana White, a Vice President for Bank of the West and a spokesperson for CREW California.

“Technology is a huge influencer in the way all industries are doing business,” says White. “By arming commercial real estate professionals with the right tools and information, we are helping them to understand how to leverage this momentum to better serve their clients.”

During the conference, various speakers will identify the latest trends in the technology sector, helping attendees to better understand how this sector is changing the commercial real estate industry, according to White.

“It’s important that we equip members of our industry with the tools they need to achieve longevity within the ever-changing business landscape,” White says.

Keynote speakers for the CREW California conference will include:

Nancy Lundeen
·         Eric Paulson, Executive Vice President and General Manager - Commercial Division,
·         Fred Saint, Senior Vice President, LoopNet
·         Chris Coleman, Office Team, Dropbox
·         Roy Abrams, CEO and Founder, Real Connex
·         Jilliene Helman, CEO and Co-founder,
·         Adam Hooper, President and CEO, Real Crowd, Inc.
·         Nancy Lundeen, Partner, Allen Matkins, President, CREW San Francisco
·         Judith Nitsch, Engineer, Entrepreneur, CREW Network 2014 President Founding Principal and Chairman, Nitsch Engineering, Inc.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Jenn Quader or Amanda Alenick
Brower, Miller & Cole
(949) 955-7940

Atlanta’s Top Producing Real Estate Team Adds Industry Veteran; Lisa O’Connor Joins the Intown Expert Team

Lisa O'Connor
ATLANTA, GA (March 24, 2014) – Atlanta’s Top Producing Real Estate Team, Intown Expert, Jennifer Kjellgren & Associates, has added Lisa O’Connor to its team of seasoned professional realtors.

 O’Connor brings over 19 years of real estate experience to Intown Expert and has been involved with over $800 million in real estate transactions.

 “We are thrilled to have Lisa join our team,” says Jennifer Kjellgren, founder of Intown Expert.  “She adds to our exceptional lineup of real estate professionals and her knowledge of Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods will greatly benefit our clients.”

O’Connor joins Intown Experts from one of the nation’s largest real estate sales and marketing companies and has held positions in sales and management with responsibilities ranging from sales team training to serving as a direct liaison between the developer and property owner.  No matter the position, O’Connor has consistently made her clients the priority.

Jennifer Kjellgren
 “I understand that buying or selling a home is a big decision, so my philosophy is to keep it simple, light-hearted and fun,” says O’Connor.  “I really love what I do!”

 O’Connor holds licenses in both Georgia and Florida.  A native Atlantan, O’Connor was an All-American basketball player at the University of Georgia where she played for a National Championship and her teams won three SEC Championships. 

Following college, O’Connor played professionally in Italy and Japan and later was an assistant women’s basketball coach at both Georgia and the University of Florida.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Heather Anderson