Monday, March 28, 2016

UCF to Unveil $5 Million Renovation of UCF Business Incubation Facilities in Central Florida Research Park

Carol Ann Dykes
 Orlando, Fla. --- The University of Central Florida will unveil the 14-month, $5 million renovation of its UCF Business Incubation Program’s anchor facility in the Central Florida Research Park (CFRP)Wednesday, March 30 from 3 to 6 p.m.
who:                University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP), East Orlando Chamber of Commerce and Orange County Government.

what:               Ribbon cutting with tours of new office space and labs and exhibits;  Dr. Tom O’Neal, Founder and Executive Director UCFBIP,  Orange County Economic Development Director Eric Ushkowitz and Florida High Tech Corridor Council President Randy Berridge will address the group.

when:              Wednesday, March 30 from 3 to 6 p.m.

                        Program and Ribbon Cutting 4 to 4:30 p.m.

where:             3251 and 3259 Progress Drive, Orlando, FL 32826

Tom O'Neal
why:                Opened in 1999 as the first of seven UCF Business Incubation facilities in Central Florida, the CFRP site is currently home to nearly 50 technology development companies and has graduated nearly 90 companies.

More than 300 guests are expected, including representatives of graduate companies, business and community partners, vendors, university and local government officials.

Contact:  For more information:

Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubator-CFRP 407-207-7426,

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

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644-4142 or 407-461-3781

Berger Commercial Realty Secures Two Leases Totaling 7,000 Square-Feet of Retail and Medical Space in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, FL

Joseph Byrnes
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  (March 28, 2016) - Berger Commercial Real brokers Joseph Byrnes and Michael Feuerman, Esq., CCIM recently closed two lease transactions in Broward and Palm Beach Counties totaling 7,176 square-feet of retail and medical space.

Byrnes, who serves as vice president at Berger Commercial Realty, represented Lauderdale Market Place, Inc. in leasing 4,320 square-feet of retail space to M and W Wholesale, LLC at 2930 N. State Road 7 in Lauderdale Lakes. 

The 16,860-square-foot building is located on a 1.64-acre lot on the southeast corner of State Road 7 and W. Oakland Park Boulevard. It is within minutes of Florida's Turnpike and I-95.

 Feuerman represented Taylor Orthodontic Specialist, P.A. in renewing its lease for 2,856 square-feet of medical space from Bernstein Glades, LLC at Park Plaza West, 9181 Glades Road, Boca Raton.  Feuerman is the managing director of Berger Commercial Realty's Palm Beach County office and a tenant representation specialist.

Additionally, Byrnes and Sales Associate John Forman represented Forman Industrial Land, LLC in leasing­ 21,780 square-feet of land (0.5 acres) to CA-PAR Electric, Inc. at Reese Road and the southwest corner of Florida's Turnpike and I-595 in Davie. The tenant is a subcontractor of FPL and will be using the premises for the storage of electrical equipment and supplies.

For more information about landlord/tenant representation, call Berger Commercial Realty at 954-358-0900 or 561-613-0900.

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

Lexi Robinson, ext. 255,

Marielle Sologuren, ext. 226, 

Atlanta Hospitality Alliance Presents John C. Portman, Jr. with Lifetime Achievement Award

John C. Portman Jr.
                ATLANTA, GA,  March 28, 2016—The Atlanta Hospitality Alliance (AHA) today announced that it has presented John C. Portman, Jr., with its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the overall architectural look and feel of Atlanta, particularly in the hotel sector.

 The award ceremony was held during AHA’s spring meeting at the new Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown, designed by Portman and operated by Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), an Atlanta-based, private hotel ownership and management company.

                “Atlanta would be a very different city without the vision of John C. Portman, Jr., and the hotel industry would be much more drab,” said David Marvin, president of AHA. 

David Marvin
“Having designed and built some of this city’s most iconic buildings and hotels, including the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Peachtree Center, SunTrust Plaza and Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Mr. Portman literally has helped architecturally reshape ‘southern hospitality.’  We can think of no better recipient for this inaugural honor.”

                Known for his signature mix of modernism and brutalism, highlighted by massive atriums and long, glassy elevators, Portman’s buildings can be found in 60 cities on four continents, helping redefine cityscapes in America, and skylines in China and the rest of Asia.  

In addition to his Atlanta work, Portman is responsible for such diverse projects as 151 Incheon Tower in South Korea, the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore, the Marquis Theater in Manhattan and the iconic Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

“I am honored to have been chosen by the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance for this special recognition and doubly honored that you showcased JP Atlanta and the Hotel Indigo by hosting your event there,” noted John Portman, chairman, The Portman Companies.

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

Chris Daly, media
 (703) 435-6293

Michelle Miller Named Chief Accounting Officer Of National Retail Properties, Inc.

Michelle Miller
ORLANDO, FL,  March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE: NNN), a real estate investment trust, announced today that Michelle Miller was named Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.

Ms. Miller joined NNN in 1999 and currently leads the accounting department as well as oversees financial reporting, forecasting, lease administration and information technology.

"Michelle has been a valuable part of the NNN team for many years and has led many of the initiatives that have allowed us to increase our operating leverage as we have grown significantly over the past several years," said Craig Macnab, CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Prior to joining NNN, Ms. Miller worked as a Senior Manager with KPMG and focused primarily on real estate and financial institutions. She is a CPA and received her B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University in 1991. Ms. Miller is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

National Retail Properties invests primarily in high-quality retail properties subject generally to long-term, net leases. As of December 31, 2015, the company owned 2,257 properties in 47 states with a gross leasable area of approximately 25.0 million square feet with a weighted average remaining lease term of 11.4 years.

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