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RKF Appoints Veteran Broker John Ellis as Head of its Miami Office

03.29.18

RKF Managing Director David Abrams Expanding his Role to Include the Miami Market

NEW YORK (March 29, 2018) – RKF, the country’s leading independent real estate firm specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, announced today that John Ellis, a stalwart of the firm’s operation in South Florida, will lead its regional office in Miami as Managing Director. Ellis is widely known and admired among real estate professionals in South Florida for his work on behalf of landlords and tenants.

Ellis represents a diverse group of real estate owners, including such prominent firms as Brickman Real Estate, Imperial Companies, L3 Capital, and Rockpoint Group. Among his most prominent current leasing assignments are The Shops at Mary Brickell Village, where he recently secured Shake Shack and North Italia as tenants in this comprehensively improved, open-air lifestyle center; Civica Center, where he represented both the landlord and innovative restaurant concept Jackson Hall, drawn to this upgraded building in Miami’s Health District; Wynwood Design Center; and 530 Lincoln Road. Ellis’ current tenant clients include GNC, Vapiano Restaurants, Sloan’s Ice Cream, among others, in addition to Kroger’s Lucky’s Markets, which has been opening new locations in the Miami area.

Ellis has also worked with numerous national retailers, including Einstein Bros. Bagels, Walgreens, Citibank, Aesop Cosmetics, RED Digital Cinema, Boston Market, Spot Coffee, Longhua USA, Luxottica, Scavolini Kitchens, Bobby Berk Home, Freshii, Dress Barn, Kohler, Baker Furniture, and Ann Sacks Tile & Stone.

“John has been a growth driver since we opened our Miami office seven years ago, and we value his leadership and the way he has created exceptional opportunities for both landlords and tenants,” said Robert K. Futterman, Chairman & CEO of RKF.

“I’m thrilled to be expanding my role as leader and mentor to the team here in Miami,” said Ellis. “We’re proud of the incredible track record we’ve been responsible for over the last several years, and I look forward to our team continuing at the same incredible pace and working cooperatively on business with our colleagues in our other offices around North America.”

Over the years, Ellis has worked closely with RKF Managing Director David Abrams, who will be expanding his role outside of RKF’s New York office to include additional concentration in Miami.

Abrams has been with RKF since 2010, starting as a college intern. His rise in the company has been swift, focusing on landlord and tenant representation as well as investment sales. He has worked with such landlords as Crescent Heights, which has properties in both Miami and New York and for which he handled the remerchandising of 1140 Third Avenue—guiding the transformation of the ground floor retail space and conversion of the basement to a selling lower level.

He also represents Vanbarton Group, for which he remerchandised 45 West 45th Street, bringing in food and fitness brands that upgraded the building’s amenities for the new office tenants it is attracting. Abrams will soon launch the marketing of 12,000 square feet of retail space at Vanbarton’s 25-story mixed-use tower at 990 Sixth Avenue. He is consulting with spa chain Asanda as it expands in airport terminal properties, with urban locations to come. He received a CoStar Power Broker Award for his work in 2017.

Ellis and Abrams have worked together on a number of transactions in both Miami and New York, serving national retail brands wanting to grow in multiple markets, such as Prive Revaux, which opened its flagship store at Bryant Park and Miami’s Aventura Mall, and Caviar Russe, among others.

“I’m excited to be working with John and the great team in South Florida—an excellent fit because so many of RKF’s clients in New York have their sights on Miami as well,” said Abrams. “The addition of Miami to my work will help me and my colleagues create great opportunities for both landlords and tenants, particularly in bringing Miami tenants to the New York market.”

About RKF
The leading independent real estate firm in North America specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, RKF serves a broad spectrum of domestic and global clients in services ranging from national tenant and owner representation to advisory, consulting and dispositions. With approximately $30 billion in aggregate real estate transactions to its credit, RKF has been responsible for identifying scores of real estate opportunities throughout the United States for leading American and international chains, retailers, developers and institutional clients. RKF is headquartered in New York with offices in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Northern New Jersey, San Francisco, Tokyo and Toronto. RKF operates in Canada as RKF Group Canada Realty, a retail brokerage.

RKF’s Miami office is located at 800 Brickell Avenue, Suite 502, Miami, FL 33131. T: 305.372.6200. www.rkf.com

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