Patrick Breslin, former president of the retail group at GVA Williams, has joined the New York office of Grubb & Ellis as president of the firm’s east coast retail group, a new position, as of September 29.
Breslin, 47, made the switch after receiving a telephone call from a friend, Martin Cottingham, a managing director at Grubb & Ellis, inviting him to join the firm. The call came while GVA Williams was in the middle of a merger with Colliers International.
“It just snowballed from that morning on. Literally it took less than a week to put the whole thing together…it was just a nice, snug good fit,” Breslin said.
Amid difficult times in real estate, Breslin said he wanted to be part of a company that would “plow the way a little bit.” At Grubb & Ellis, “they’re pretty bullish right now, which most people in the real estate industry are not.”
Breslin, who directed GVA Williams’ global retail efforts for six years and who has leased more than 5 million square feet of retail space valued over $2 billion in the course of his 22-year career, will continue to focus on retail. But he will move from tenant representation into landlord representation, he said.
Breslin will supervise two other new Grubb & Ellis employees, Andrew Connolly and Kenneth Yip, who joined the retail group as managing director and financial analyst/associate, respectively. Connolly previously worked with Breslin at GVA.