Former Head of Retail at JLL’s Brazil Office Brings Extensive International Brokerage Experience to the Firm
MIAMI (July 6, 2016) – RKF, North America’s leading independent real estate firm specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, announced today that Alex Cesar has joined as a Senior Director in the firm’s Miami office. Cesar has more than 15 years’ experience in retail real estate and has worked with numerous leading U.S. and international brands as they have expanded to new markets.
“We are delighted to welcome Alex to RKF and our Miami office,” said Robert Futterman, Chairman & CEO of RKF. “With his extensive experience and first-hand knowledge of the business environment and culture in key Latin American countries, Alex will be a crucial driver of our expansion in South Florida and will strengthen the bridge between the Latin American and U.S. retail markets.”
Prior to joining RKF, Cesar led JLL’s retail department in Brazil, where he spearheaded tenant representation, agency leasing, market studies and capital markets activities. Cesar previously served as leasing director for BR Malls, overseeing leasing of a portfolio comprising three million square feet of space in six malls in southeastern Brazil. Cesar worked on major retail real estate transactions in the sportswear and active wear industries, including store openings tied to events such as the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Cesar has worked extensively with brands in the fashion, jewelry and cosmetics industries, as well as with notable restaurant chains such as Vapiano. Among Cesar’s most high-profile transactions were the Nike Factory Store in Recife, Brazil—the largest of the brand’s stores in Latin America—along with sports equipment retailer Oakley’s flagship store in Ipanema, and Brazilian urban fashion retailer Osklen’s flagship store in Miami.
“I was drawn to RKF because of the firm’s successful track record and leading position in the industry—both here in Miami and in the most significant urban retail markets in the U.S.,” said Cesar. “The high caliber of RKF’s executives and its portfolio, and the scope of the firm’s expertise in all areas, are so impressive. I’m excited to join the team.”
Cesar, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Brazil Florida Business Council.
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 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