Breslin joins Grubb & Ellis in new retail post

New York /
Oct.October 06, 2008 03:14 PM

 
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.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys
Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio
Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out
Kirk Goodrich, president of Monadnock Development, is opposed to the bill sponsored by Bran Lander. (Getty, Monadnock Development)

Council bill favoring nonprofits for affordable housing will hurt minority-led firms: developers

Council bill favoring nonprofits for affordable housing will hurt minority-led firms: developers
Cindat Capital Management CEO Greg Peng and Hersha Hospitality Trust CEO Jay Shah with 51 Nassau Street (Google Maps)

7 Manhattan hotels head to auction block

7 Manhattan hotels head to auction block
Brooklyn sales jumped 82% in the fourth quarter

Brooklyn sales jumped 82% in the fourth quarter

Brooklyn sales jumped 82% in the fourth quarter
Porch CEO Matt Ehrlichman (iStock)

Porch snaps up four startups for over $122M

Porch snaps up four startups for over $122M
Joseph Moinian and the NBA Store at 545 Fifth Ave. (Google Maps, iStock)

NBA owes Moinian $7.5M in rent for Fifth Ave store

NBA owes Moinian $7.5M in rent for Fifth Ave store
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...