Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Leisure Investment Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap Arranges the Sale of Black Bear Golf Club in Eustis, FL

Steven Ekovich
TAMPA, FL-- The Leisure Investment Properties Group of Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced the sale of Black Bear Golf Club, located in Eustis, Florida (North of Orlando) to Black Bear Holdings, LLC. According to Steven Ekovich, National Managing Director.

 Rob Waldron, Senior Investment Advisor served as the lead agent for the transaction.

Black Bear Holdings, LLC was formed for the purpose of the acquisition which took place on September 10, 2019. The Buyer group was led by a long time Class-A PGA Professional with extensive experience in golf course operations.

Black Bear Club, LLC,  was the Seller. The Selling entity was headed by an international businessman and entrepreneur with close ties to the Eustis area.

Rob Waldron
Black Bear Golf Club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by P.B. Dye. The highlands style course is routed through rolling hills indigenous to the site.

The layout offers wide fairways and well-protected undulating greens. The par 72 layout plays to 7,018 yards from the Championship Tees with a course rating of 74.1 and a slope of 139. 

 Multiple sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all ability levels. The Club has averaged 36,500 rounds annually during the past three years.

The well-appointed 5,000 SF clubhouse offers a fully stocked golf shop, meeting room, offices and the Bear’s Den Restaurant featuring a grill room, bar and covered outdoor terrace.

The practice facility is one of the best in Central Florida featuring a double-sided driving range, 16,000 SF practice putting green and a 19th hole which is used as a practice hole and to settle wagers.


Rob Waldron
Investment Advisor - Golf Division
Leisure Investment Properties Group
Of Marcus & Millichap
(813) 387-4784

Ware Malcomb Promotes Angela Ryan to Director, Interior Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA

Angela Ryan
SAN DIEGO, CA, Sept. 18, 2019 – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced Angela Ryan has been promoted to Director, Interior Architecture & Design in the firm’s San Diego office.

 In this position, Ryan is responsible for the overall growth and management of the Interior Architecture & Design Studio and oversees all interiors projects for the San Diego office in Sorrento Valley.

Ryan brings over 13 years of interior architecture and design experience in the San Diego market to her new role. She joined Ware Malcomb’s San Diego office in 2016, and was promoted the following year to Studio Manager, Interior Architecture & Design.

Tiffany English
“Angela’s leadership, design talent and great client service have helped fuel the tremendous growth of Ware Malcomb’s interiors portfolio in the San Diego market,” said Tiffany English, Principal of Ware Malcomb’s San Diego offices.

“She is a well-rounded and flexible designer focused on high quality work and project sustainability. She is especially skilled at listening to each client’s needs to develop tailored design concepts that capture both big picture concerns and crucial details.

"We look forward to Angela’s continued leadership in the growth of our San Diego interiors studio.”


Rachel Devany
VP Public Relations,
KCOMM for Ware Malcomb

 Maria Rodgers, Public Relations Manager, 949.660.9128,

Maureen Bissonnette, Associate Principal, Marketing, 949.660.9128,

Hospitality Communications Experts Launch Long Live Lodging Online News Site

From leftJonathan Albano, Judy Maxwell and Anand & Neha Patel Introduce Online, Multimedia News Site Covering Hotel Industry

ATLANTA, GA, Sept.18, 2019—Co-Principals Jonathan Albano, founder of Lodging Leaders podcast, Judy Maxwell, a veteran news journalist, and Anand and Neha Patel, owners of, a creative studio that crafts websites and mobile applications, today announced the official launch of Long Live Lodging, an online, multimedia news site that covers the hotel industry.  

Jonathan Albano
                “During a ‘what-if’ meeting, we agreed that while there are other podcasts covering the hospitality industry, no one was providing long-form, in-depth reporting that went beyond press releases and platitudes,” Maxwell said. 

“With Jonathan’s Lodging Leaders operating as a weekly podcast with a steady stream of followers, we felt we had the foundation for something special. 

Neha Patel

“To build a more sustainable news platform and dig deeper into thought-provoking topics, we decided to morph the podcast from a one-on-one Q&A to a scripted narration that features a variety of voices, views and advice on trends and issues shaping the hospitality industry and impacting those who work, invest and do business in it,” Maxwell added.  

Anand Patel

“Anand, a frequent consultant on web and mobile platforms, and Neha, a UX/UI designer, coupled their skill and creativity to develop our multimedia platform. They are experts in building business exposure through online design, development and social media channels.”

The podcast has covered a variety of topics, including human trafficking, immigration, Airbnb, workplace gender equality and equally weighty topics. complements many of the podcast reports with multimedia content such as blogs, photos and videos.  Another feature is Humans of Lodging, which highlights unsung rock star employees, as well as those using their roles to make the world a better place.

“Since its launch in 2015, Lodging Leaders podcast has had more than 200,000 downloads from 140 countries, granting us an established audience out of the gate,” Albano said. 

 “Even though we still are in our infancy as a new endeavor, we already are seeing unprecedented growth in followers. Lodging Leaders is the longest-running weekly hospitality podcast in production.  We have no intention of giving up that position.”

Judy Maxwell
“I’ve long believed that content alone isn’t enough to build an engaged audience; it also takes thoughtful design, a robust social media presence, a data-focused approach to learn about website visitors’ behaviors and an engineering team that can quickly pivot the platform as needs evolve,” Anand Patel said. 

 “Partnering with such industry stalwarts as Jon and Judy allow Neha and me the opportunity to create a dynamic platform that will benefit from our individual talents to create a one-of-its-kind, industry news platform, the whole of which is greater than the sum of its parts.”

 For more information, please visit


Chris Daly, media
(703) 435-6293

620 Herndon Parkway, Suite 115 | Herndon, VA 20170
Main: 703-435-6293
Mobile: 703-300-8289

NAI Realvest Negotiates Sale / Leaseback of Free-standing Retail Building on 17-92 in Casselberry, FL

Paul P. Partyka
Casselberry, FL – NAI Realvest, based in Orlando , recently negotiated a $650,000 value-add sale of the free-standing retail building at 3405 S. US Hwy 17-92 in Casselberry . 

Paul P. PartykaCCIM MiCP, partner at NAI Realvest, negotiated the transaction on behalf of the buyer Winter Springs investor Kwoks, LLC who purchased the property from a subsidiary of the long-time occupant of the 4,529 square foot building, For Eyes Optical.

The sale includes a multi-year leaseback of the property that allows For Eyes Optical to continue its operation of providing eye exams and eyeglasses at the Casselberry location.   

Todd Weintraub of CBRE negotiated the agreement on behalf of For Eyes Real Estate, LLC.

Todd Weintraub
A sale-leaseback transaction is a well-known strategy that offers flexibility, raises capital and focuses a company’s resources on its core profit-making business, Partyka said. 

“Additionally, the new owner will be renovating the building to create space for an extra tenant.”


Paul P. Partyka, CCIM MICP, Partner, NAI Realvest,

Patrick Mahoney, President/CEO, NAI Realvest,

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