Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Castell Project, Inc. Accepting 2020 Nominations for Expanded Leadership Programs

Peggy Berg

ATLANTA, GA —Officials of Castell Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, announced that the organization is accepting nominations for its expanded 2020 Castell Leadership Programs. 

“Now celebrating our fourth year, we have expanded our educational offerings to respond to the changing needs of our participants,” said Peggy Berg, president, Castell Project, Inc.  

“We find that participant needs vary depending on where each woman is in her career arc.  With that in mind, we created ‘BUILD’ for emerging female hospitality industry leaders and ‘ELEVATE’ for established female leaders ready to refine their skillsets and prime themselves for top roles.”


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Prominent Landscape Architects Relocate from Downtown Orlando

Jennifer Jones 

ORLANDO, Fl --- NAI Realvest completed a new long-term lease agreement with a prominent landscape architecture firm who will be relocating and opening operations this spring at the Lucerne Plaza, 100 W. Lucerne Circle just south of downtown Orlando.   

 Jeff Bloom
Jeff Bloom CCIM, Vice President at NAI Realvest negotiated the transaction on behalf of the local landlord, Global Motor Inns d/b/a Lucerne Plaza.
Foster Conant & Associates, award-winning Orlando landscape architects for more than 50 years, plans to be open in their new 3,970 square foot suite at Lucerne Plaza by April 1. 

Gabriel de Jesus 

Foster Conant & Associates was represented by Gabriel de Jesus and Jennifer Jones with Foundry Commercial.

Bloom also closed on a long-term lease late last year with Philadelphia-based Open Systems Healthcare who opened this month (January) at Lucerne Plaza .  The home health service firm with a network of caregivers has nearly 20 locations in a dozen US cities.   Open Systems Healthcare was represented by Amanda McClure with CBRE.

Jeff Bloom, CCIM, Vice President NAI Realvest,

 Patrick Mahoney, President / CEO, NAI Realvest, 

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

Plaza Advisors Brokers Sale of 119,924 -SF Cortez Commons Shopping Center in Bradenton, FL

Jim Michalak 
 TAMPA, FL -- Plaza Advisors is pleased to announce the sale of the Cortez Commons Shopping Center, located in Bradenton, Florida. 

The 119,924 square foot plaza is directly across from the highest volume Walmart Supercenter in southwest Florida, from Bradenton to Naples.

 Cortez Commons features anchor tenants: Big Lots, Tuesday Morning and You Fit. The asset was 88% occupied at the time of sale.

The property tenant roster includes several medical related entities including; Davita Medical, Greenberg Dental, Hear USA, Quest Diagnostics and HMP Medical. Other notable tenants are Fantastic Sam’s, Peach’s Restaurant and Enterprise Car Rental.

 The seller was Wisconsin based MLG Capital Real Estate Investments. The Buyer was an affiliate of Clover Investment Properties, LLC a privately held real estate development and investment firm headquartered in Tampa, FL.  

Keith Nurre
Jim Michalak and Keith Nurre of Plaza Advisors represented the seller and were the sole brokers involved in the transaction.

 Plaza Advisors is a real estate brokerage firm that specializes in the disposition of retail properties throughout the Southeastern United States. Plaza Advisors’ clients include private equity investors, developers, and major institutions including fund advisors, life insurance companies, REITs, and money center banks. 


Jim Michalak
Managing Partner
Plaza Advisors
 3412 Bay To Bay Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33629
813.837.1300 Ext. 1
Fax 831.2627

Hold-Thyssen Closes Two Long-Term Flex Leases for Businesses Expanding in Edgewater Commerce Center

Edgewater Commerce Center, 6250 Edgewater Drive,
College Park area, Orlando, FL

ORLANDO, FL and WINTER PARK, FL --- Hold-Thyssen, Inc., a full-service commercial property firm based in Winter Park, recently negotiated two new leases with businesses expanding services into the Orlando market.

 Associate Troy Stevens represented Landlord Z Asset Management, a So. Florida based private equity firm in both transactions for flex space at Edgewater Commerce Center , 6250 Edgewater Drive in the College Park area.

Troy Stevens
 The new tenants are Ocala-based Centurion Exteriors of Florida a windows installation business who leased 2,400 square feet and El Paso, Texas-based HQ Builders a custom homebuilder and remodeler who leased 900 square feet. 

 Edgewater Commerce Center ’s occupancy is up to 86 percent.   Centurion Interiors and HQ Builders join existing tenants such as Hotzy Pressure Washers and Castle Window.

 Hold-Thyssen, Inc. provides commercial property brokerage, leasing and management services to institutional and private investor clients nationwide.  The 40-year old firm’s current portfolio includes more that 100 commercial properties throughout the United States .


Anthony Fisher, Vice President, Hold-Thyssen Inc., 

 Robert P. Hold, Principal, Hold-Thyssen, Inc.,

 Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc.