Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kerry Hawkins joins HFF as a senior director in its Boston office

Kerry Hawkins

Boston, MA -- Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P. (HFF) announced Kerry Hawkins has joined the firm as a senior director focused on office investment advisory transactions in its Boston office.
Ms. Hawkins brings more than 18 years of experience in commercial real estate and joins HFF from CBRE, where she was a first vice president.  In this role, she represented numerous landlords and tenants in the sale and leasing of office properties, with a specific focus on the repositioning and marketing of underperforming assets. 

Ms. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and is an active member of the Commercial Brokers Association (CBA); CREW Boston, where she serves on the Charity Golf Committee; and NAIOP, where she is chair of the 2018 Gala and a former bus tour chair. 

Coleman Benedict
Through the years, she has been acknowledged by the industry with the Women of FIRE Award (Banker and Tradesman), the CREW Professional Service Award, the NAIOP National Developing Leader Award, Boston SF Woman of the Year and the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.

“We are excited to have Kerry join our investment advisory platform in Boston; she is a highly regarded, motivated individual and will complement our existing team at HFF well,” said Coleman Benedict, senior managing director and co-head of HFF’s Boston office.

  “Her deep relationships with many of the largest landlords and tenants in the Boston area, coupled with her extensive knowledge of the market, will be a value add for HFF’s current and potential future clients.”  

For more information, please contact:

HFF Director, Public Relations
(617) 338-0990

Draper and Kramer Adds New Senior Vice President to Acquisitions Team

Blas Puzon

CHICAGO, IL – Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, a national full-service real estate firm, is pleased to announce Blas Puzon has joined the firm as a senior vice president on the company’s acquisitions, development and asset management team.

In this role, Puzon will draw upon his more than 20 years of commercial real estate expertise to target and expand Draper and Kramer’s property acquisition efforts in new national markets.

“Blas Puzon is a time-tested leader in the real estate investment industry who adds new depth to our acquisitions bench," said Ed Polich, chief development officer and senior vice president for Draper and Kramer. “His fundamental knowledge of the business, from deal negotiations to asset management to debt structuring, is a valuable asset for Draper and Kramer as we execute our forward-thinking growth strategy in 2018 and beyond. I am thrilled to welcome him to our team."

Ed Polich
Puzon joins Draper and Kramer from Seattle, where he held multiple roles with the Pinnacle Family of Companies. Recent positions included senior vice president of capital transactions and managing director of Olympic Investors, Pinnacle’s previously affiliated investment entity, through which he acquired approximately 10,000 multifamily units representing nearly $1 billion in transactions.

Additionally, Puzon served as an investment consultant to Hunt Investment Management, the real estate investment management company of Hunt Companies, which purchased Pinnacle in late 2014.

"As a fully integrated and highly established real estate brand, Draper and Kramer allows for unique opportunities to expand an investment portfolio and to capitalize on various growth strategies within the industry," said Puzon. "I look forward to working side by side with the executive team to broaden the firm's footprint nationwide."

Puzon, who earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2005, holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA in finance and real estate from the USC Marshall School of Business.

For more information, please contact: 

Mimi Simon,, (312) 267-451
Abe Tekippe,, (312) 267-4528

HFF announces $160M sale and financing of 1600 Market in Philadelphia’s CBD

1600 Market, Central Business District, Philadelphia, PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA –– Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the $160 million sale and financing of 1600 Market Street, a Class A, 39-story office tower totaling 825,968 square feet in Philadelphia's CBD.

Cary Abod
The HFF team represented the seller, Equity Commonwealth, and procured the buyer, an affiliate of American Real Estate Partners (“AREP”).  Additionally, HFF worked on behalf of AREP and its institutional joint venture partner to secure a three-year, floating-rate loan for the acquisition.

​1600 Market Street benefits from its “Main & Main” location in the Market Street West submarket where ever-improving leasing fundamentals generates significant leasing demand from Center City’s most discerning office and retail tenants.  American Real Estate Partners has exciting renovation plans to amenitize the property and to enhance the retail experience in the lobby. 

​The HFF investment advisory team representing the seller included senior managing director Doug Rodio and managing director Brett Segal.

The HFF debt placement team representing the borrower consisted of managing directors Ryan Ade and Cary Abod.
​HFF and Holliday GP Corp. ("HFF") are licensed Pennsylvania real estate brokers.

For more information, please contact:

HFF Director, Public Relations
(617) 338-0990