Thursday, January 4, 2018

Harbert Realty Services Orlando Office Announces New Team Member Buffy Gillette

Buffy Gillette

ORLANDO, FL, Jan. 4, 2018 -- Harbert Realty Services’ Orlando office welcomes Buffy Gillette as new Director of Office Leasing and Sales.

 Buffy will focus on business development for the Central Florida office by expanding relationships in landlord & tenant representation, investment sales and corporate services. She will bring an extensive amount of strategic knowledge and creativity to the group that will enhance the client experience.

Prior to joining Harbert Realty, Buffy worked as a managing director and director of leasing, helping grow the Orlando branch for a major commercial real estate firm. Early in her career, Buffy worked for a national homebuilder, specializing in marketing, selling, developing and managing residential communities.

Josh Smith
Buffy has been a CCIM chapter board member since 2014 and serves on the Programs Committee of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

Harbert Realty Services opened its Orlando, Florida office in June 2017. Josh Smith, Vice President and Managing Director, heads the Orlando office. 

His experience as a business owner and sales executive has provided him with the ideal resume to execute a Florida growth strategy for HRS.

“We are excited to have Buffy on board and believe she will be a valuable asset to our exponential growth here in Orlando,” said Smith.

“Central Florida has been a great market for Harbert throughout the years. The decision to re-invigorate our brokerage and development presence here makes sense and now is the right time to do it,” Smith stated. “We have a long history in this market and a strong platform to grow from. The goal is to quickly build the right team, grow our services and expand our reach into the state as a southeast operation.”

For more information on this transaction, please contact:

 Harbert Realty Services, LLC
Kim Varagona


Biometric Security Systems Provider More Than Doubles South Florida Footprint

Maridee Bell

MIRAMAR, FL (Jan. 4, 2018) – SekureID, a leading provider of next-generation biometric security hardware, software and solutions, expanded by 6,615 sq. ft. to occupy 22,220 sq. ft. of space at the Miramar Park of Commerce, South Florida’s largest locally owned and managed business park.

SekureID originally leased 9,500 sq. ft. at the Park in 2015 when the company moved its headquarters to Miramar from Hialeah. In Miramar, the company now also operates a complete biometric security software and hardware development and distribution facility.

“SekureID has been fortunate in that our company growth has been organic,” said SekureID Director of Brand Communications Victor Chauvet. “As we developed more solutions and refined our technologies to better fit the needs of our customers in access control markets around the country, increased demand dictated the need for more employees and continued expansion.”

Lauren Pace

SekureID employs 65 individuals at the Park and intends to hire additional staff with its continued growth. “We aim to promote and employ professionals within the community, which has brought us so much success,” Chauvet said.

SekureID’s space at the Miramar Park of Commerce houses offices for sales, marketing, account management and technical support as well as industrial suites for warehousing, engineering, logistics and distribution.

“Location definitely played a major role in SekureID’s decision to lease at the Park,” said Vice President Maridee Bell of Sunbeam Properties, developer of the Miramar Park of Commerce. “SekureID needed a centralized and versatile space to accommodate both the commercial and manufacturing aspects of its business. With this third expansion, the company has benefitted from our ability to adjust to changing space requirements as well as from the Park’s accessibility to major roadways.”

Miramar Park of Commerce, Miramar, FL
In the transaction, the Park was represented by Bell and Lauren Pace of Sunbeam Properties & Development.
With the objective of making biometric technology more accessible to everyday Americans, SekureID is in the process of expanding its network to include nationwide dealers and retailers of security systems.

“With lofty goals set and the right people in place, we hope to double or even triple in size by 2020. We want to become a beacon of success in South Florida’s regional business community,” Chauvet said.

For more information on this transaction, please contact:

Lexi Robinson
954-776-1999, ext. 255

HFF announces $1.467M sale of 18.34-acre development site in the Charlotte area

Sarah Godwin

Chris Norvell

CHARLOTTE, NC – Jan. 4, 2018 Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the $1.467 million sale of an 18.34-acre land parcel within The Park – Huntersville, a master-planned development in the North Charlotte-area community of Huntersville, North Carolina. 

HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller, Bank of America, N.A., as Trustee for the Bank of America Pension Plan, and Scannell Properties purchased the asset. 

Scannell plans to develop an approximately 150,000-square-foot industrial flex building on the site.  Earlier in 2017, Scannell purchased the adjacent 21.91-acre site from the seller to develop an R&D and manufacturing facility.  This is the third land parcel that HFF has sold within The Park – Huntersville during 2017, for a total of 34.34 acres.

Ryan Clutter
The Park – Huntersville is a mixed-use development with 2.6 million square feet developed, including 1.46 million square feet of office/flex space, 949,000 square feet of industrial, 125,000 square feet of retail, 560 apartment units and an estimated 6,000 daily employees in diverse industries such as healthcare, logistics and distribution, financial services, engineering and racing. 

 Notable employers within The Park – Huntersville include Novant Health, Forbo Siegling, Joe Gibbs Racing, American Tire, General Motors Financial, Kellogg and Max Daetwyler Corporation. 

 Located immediately off the Gilead Road exit of Interstate 77, the Charlotte region’s critical north-south connector, The Park – Huntersville provides access to Uptown Charlotte, the UNC-Charlotte/University City area and executive housing in the sought-after Lake Norman area.

Justin Good
The HFF investment advisory team representing the seller consisted of senior managing directors Chris Norvell and Ryan Clutter, managing director Justin Good, senior director Hunter Barron and director Sarah Godwin.

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. acting by and through Holliday GP Corp, a North Carolina licensed real estate broker.

HFF Director, Public Relations
(617) 338-0990

American Realty Advisors Adds Shelley Santulli to Portfolio Management Team

Shelley Santulli

LOS ANGELES, CA, (Jan. 4, 2018) American Realty Advisors (“ARA”), an institutional fund manager with more than $8.0 billion in assets under management, is pleased to announce that Shelley Santulli has joined the firm as Executive Vice President, Portfolio Management.

In this role, Ms. Santulli adds to the team developing and executing strategy for ARA’s value added fund and will work with senior leadership on new product development and strategic business initiatives.

Ms. Santulli brings to ARA over 26 years of experience in real estate investment management with nearly 20 years on the principal side of institutional investing. 

Most recently, she was Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Business Development at Berkshire Group where she was a member of the Berkshire Group Operating Committee, led strategic planning, product development and strategic business development initiatives and had oversight of economic and market research, corporate communications and corporate administration during her tenure.

Prior to joining Berkshire Group, Ms. Santulli held senior real estate investment positions at The Congress Group, Inc., AEW Capital Management, and Fidelity Investments. 

Her institutional real estate investment experience is deep and broad covering major domestic and international markets and a variety of property sectors, investment strategies and capital structures. 

Kirk Helgeson

Ms. Santulli holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Duke University. She is a council member of the Urban Land Institute and member of the Pension Real Estate Association.

Kirk Helgeson, ARA’s Chief Investment Officer, commented, “We are pleased to have Shelley join our team and bring her extensive experience to add to ARA’s existing portfolio management resources. Having Shelley in this leadership role will contribute significantly to the growth and success of our funds and to our ability to produce competitive returns for our clients."

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Miki Akil / Lexi Astfalk for American Realty Advisors
Brower, Miller & Cole
(949) 955-7940,