Friday, January 4, 2019

Counselor Realty Welcomes Nick Dreher as New Director of Growth and Development

Nick Dreher
MINNEAPOLIS, MN –Counselor Realty, one of Minnesota’s most reputable Real Estate companies announced it has hired Nick Dreher as its new Director of Growth and Development as it aims to strengthen its’ profile in the Minnesota and Wisconsin real estate market.

In his new role, Dreher will be charged with re-energizing the Counselor brand both internally as a culture leader and externally as a brand ambassador.

Andy Barnes
“We are very excited to welcome Nick to the Counselor family where he will be a perfect fit,” said Andy Barnes, CEO/President of Counselor Realty of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Nick has built strong relationships with many of our agents already and they are extremely education, innovation and good old fashioned customer service, we have all the components of success”

Counselor Realty began more than 50 years ago with a handful of successful real estate agents when they made the connection between offering superior service and directing their own business. 

They created a company owned by the real estate agents themselves, so they could offer this connection to their clients. 

This concept proved so effective that the handful has grown to hundreds of owner and non-owner real estate agents in multiple offices and satellite locations throughout the Minnesota and Wisconsin real estate markets. 


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HFF announces $61.88 million equity for 845 West Madison in Chicago, IL

Rendering of planned 845 Madison Apartments,
West Loop/Fulton street submarket, Chicago, IL
CHICAGO, IL –– Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces $61.88 million in joint venture equity for the development of 845 West Madison, a 586-unit, luxury multi-housing project in Chicago’s West Loop/Fulton Street submarket.

The HFF team worked on behalf of the developer, Lendlease and The John Buck Company, to arrange the joint venture equity partnership with Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.

Daniel Kaufman
845 West Madison is slated to welcome first move-ins in the summer of 2020 and will include two 17-story towers totaling approximately 720,000 square feet of residential space and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail along Madison and Monroe Streets. 

 Located on the former H20+ Cosmetics site, the project will encompass an entire city block. 

The site is steps from many of the city’s Michelin-rated restaurants, some of the top nightlife destinations and a growing number of retail options. 

 845 West Madison is also a short walk to Chicago’s central business district with more than 46.3 million square feet of office space in the West Loop submarket. 

The HFF equity placement team representing the developer included managing director Danny Kaufman, director Christopher Knight and associate Mary Dooley.

Mary Dooley
The transit-served development will provide residents with multiple connectivity points to the entire Chicagoland area.  The project is just off Interstate 90/94 and within four blocks of two CTA “L” stations serving the green, pink and blue lines and CTA bus stops serving routes 8, 20 and 126.
Christopher Knight

Designed by GREC Architects, the podium-style project’s fa├žade will pay homage to Fulton Market’s industrial history by incorporating classic masonry details at the street level ascending to modern glass at the top of the towers. 

Units will feature top-of-the-line finishes, including stainless steel appliances, gas cooktops, quartz countertops, ceramic tile backsplashes, floor-to-ceiling windows, engineered wood floors throughout, frameless shower doors, nine-foot ceilings, in-unit washers and dryers, and balconies in select units. 

 Both towers will share a one-acre outdoor amenity deck, featuring expansive green spaces, two pools and a lounge area with grills and fireplaces.

  Additional community amenities will include a fitness center, yoga room, game room, resident lounge, coffee bar, demonstration kitchen, dog park, co-working space and a 278-stall parking garage.


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Gary Vaynerchuk and VaynerMedia Announce Newly-Added Speakers and Additional Programming for Second Annual Agent2021 Conference Jan. 17 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL

Gary Vaynerchuk

Miami, FL —— Highly successful serial entrepreneur and VaynerX Chairman Gary Vaynerchuk, along with his digital agency VaynerMedia, have announced additional speakers and programming to their impressive lineup for the second annual Agent2021, a one-day conference educating real estate, auto, insurance and mortgage agents and brokers about social media and digital marketing innovation.

John Henry
 Agent2021 will take place on Jan. 17, 2019, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium located at 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

Matt Higgins
The event will be the first in the stadium’s iconic Miami Open tennis complex, utilizing the newly constructed grandstand and state of the art plaza for keynote speeches, meals, and networking breaks.

Amy Bonitatibus
 General Admission ticket holders will kick off the conference with a welcome reception on the evening of Jan. 16 at The Diplomat Beach Resort, while VIP buyers will have access to a private Q&A-style dinner with Vaynerchuk.

Tannis McKenna
The conference on Jan. 17 will open with a fireside chat featuring Vaynerchuk and Matt Higgins, Co-Founder & CEO, RSE Ventures, and then segue into industry breakout panel discussions.

Lisa Fong
Those who purchase videographer passes in addition to their general admission or VIP tickets will have the ability to bring a videographer to shadow them throughout the day and capture their experience.

Kristin Messerli
Leading the speakers' roll is John Henry, who will be joining the event to deliver a keynote during the afternoon.

Christine Beckwith
 Henry is an American entrepreneur and investor who sold his first company by the age of 21 and has been featured as Forbes 30 Under 30 and Ebony Power 100.

Lindsay Blum
 Now, Henry is a Partner at Harlem Capital, a $25mm Early Stage VC firm and hosts the TV show HUSTLE on VICELAND.

Peter Lorimer
 Additional new speakers include; Amy Bonitatibus, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Chase Home Lending; Tannis McKenna, Development Manager, Google; Lisa Fong, SMB Marketing Lead, Pinterest; Kristin Messerli, Managing Editor, Mortgage Women Magazine; Christine Beckwith, President and COO, 20/20 Vision for Success Coaching & Consulting;

Scott Harris
Peter Lorimer, CEO & Founder, PLG Estates; Jake Fehling, VP of Marketing, Movement Mortgage; Brian Manning, Senior Loan Officer, Guild Mortgage; Scott Harris, CEO, SocialSurvey; Brendan Weitz, GM NY & Head of Partnerships, Quora; Joey Giangola, Managing Editor, Agency Nation; Michael McCormick & Taylor Dobbie, Co-Founders, Insurance Soup, and more.

Brendan Weitz
 VaynerMedia has also announced additional programming during the event where attendees can take a deeper dive and engage one-on-one with experts.

Jake Fehling
VaynerMedia will host two 30-minute sessions where attendees can learn about personal branding in 2019 from Lindsay Blum, Head of VaynerTalent, and creative from Steve Babcock, Chief Creative Officer at VaynerMedia.

Steve Babcock
 To see the full line-up of Agent2021 speakers, please visit

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NAI Realvest Charles Wayne Commercial Closes Sale of Port Orange Land to AutoZone

1710 Taylor Road, Port Orange, FL

PORT ORANGE, FL – One of the last available retail sites in Port Orange – 1710 Taylor Rd. – will be the location of a new AutoZone store.

Ted Lightman
Ted Lightman of NAI Realvest Charles Wayne Commercial represented the Seller, CenterState Bank, in the transaction.

The sale price was $750,000 for the 1.61-acre site with 200 feet of frontage on the city’s most active commercial thoroughfare.

The Buyer, AutoZone LLC, was represented by Patrick Connor of Oak Realty Advisors.

“ Port Orange ’s new retail is largely clustered around the I-95 Interchange,” said Lightman. “Sites in this core trade area are where new stores need to be.” 

Patrick Connor
This portion of the Port Orange Taylor Road corridor is also where Kohl’s and Publix are located, and the Pavilion lifestyle shopping center is nearby along Williamson Blvd.


Ted Lightman, NAI Realvest | Charles Wayne Commercial;

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

NAI Realvest Completes New Leases at Beulah Commerce Center in Winter Garden, FL

Michael Heidrich
WINTER GARDEN, FL – Orlando-based NAI Realvest has completed three multi-year lease agreements at Beulah Commerce Center with retail, flex and industrial space at the northeast corner of Beulah and Stagg roads in Winter Garden.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Prevost Car (US) Inc., who recently opened a Florida service center in Building 3 with 41,600 square feet at 1300 Green Forest Court , leased another two units with a total of 5,400 square feet in Building 2 at 1301 Gillard Ave. to operate their used bus division.

  Prevost is the leading North American manufacturer of passenger coaches and conversion coaches for high-end motor homes. 

Kevin O'Connor
Clancy & Theys Construction Company based in Raleigh , N.C. leased adjacent units in Building 2 -- 1301 Gillard Ave. and 1401 Beulah Rd. -- totaling 12,820 square feet.

The tenant who was represented by Craig Castor of Cresa Orlando, is a leading U.S. commercial construction firm based in Raleigh , N.C. specializing in public and private building projects such as schools and restoration of historic buildings.

Amdrill, Inc, a local geotechnical and environmental drilling and sinkhole repair service leased 2,000 square feet in Suite 108 Building 2 at 1401 Beulah Rd.  

NAI Realvest Principal Michael Heidrich, and Principals Kevin O’Connor and Matt Cichocki negotiated the three transactions representing Landlord Beulah Commerce Center LLC. 

Matt CiChocki
Heidrich said Beulah Commerce Center with a total of 96,140 square feet in three buildings across a 12.4-acre campus, is currently 90 percent leased.

 Space rates range from $8.50/sf NNN to $13.50/sf NNN. 


Michael Heidrich, Principal, NAI Realvest, 
407-875-9989 or

Matt Cichocki and Kevin O’Connor Principals NAI Realvest, 

Robin L. Webb, CCIM, CHA, CHB, CRB, CPM, MRICS, Managing Director, NAI Realvest, 407-875-9989;

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 

NAIOP South Florida Presents Economic Outlook 2019 on Jan. 23 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Darcie Lunsford

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  (Jan. 4, 2019) – NAIOP South Florida, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, presents Economic Outlook 2019 on Wednesday, January 23 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Westin, located at 400 Corporate Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

Elvis Dumervil

Scott Brown

Moderated by NAIOP South Florida Board of Directors President Darcie Lunsford, executive vice president for Butters Realty & Management, Economic Outlook 2019 will present insights and predictions for the New Year from an esteemed panel of experts.

Mark Vitner 
 The morning begins with breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. followed by the panel discussion at 8 a.m.

Economic Outlook 2019 panelists include Raymond James Financial Chief Economist Scott Brown, Prestige Estates President and former NFL star Elvis Dumervil, Brookwood Group Senior Vice President Mark Troen and Wells Fargo Senior Economist and Managing Director Mark Vitner.

“We’re looking forward to hearing our panelists’ perspectives on the state of the market and their predictions for 2019, particularly as we see more signs of recession starting to crop up across the nation’s economic landscape,” Lunsford said.

“With the extreme fluctuations in the stock market, Trump’s implementation of tariffs, rising inflation and more, it’s critical to get the experts’ take on how these factors could potentially affect our businesses going forward, especially in our industry.”

Following the panel discussion, attendees will be able to participate in a Q&A session with panelists.

Mark Troen

Tickets for Economic Outlook 2019 are $50 for NAIOP members and $65 for non-members.

To register for the event, visit


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