NEW YORK – RKF, the North America’s leading independent real estate firm specializing in retail leasing, investment sales and consulting services, has announced that three new brokerage professionals have joined the firm in its New York office.
Neal Ohm joins RKF as Managing Director. In this role, he will divide his time between New York City and Toronto and focus on landlord and tenant representation. His retail tenant clients include Barry’s Bootcamp, where he spearheaded the fitness chain’s rollout in Manhattan, including the top three performing units in the company’s international portfolio; New York Kids Club, where he handled the sourcing and negotiation for seven city sites to position the company for a capital infusion; and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, for which he secured their Times Square flagship store – the highest grossing store in the chain. Neal also represents an impressive list of landlord clients, including RFR Realty, Buckingham Properties, Paramount Group and EL JO Company.
Prior to joining RKF, he operated his own eponymous real estate firm specializing in retail leasing and investment sales, where he personally negotiated more than $200 million in lease transactions. Prior to that, he served as the Director, Retail Division at CS Commercial Group. He has also held senior positions in fashion sales, public relations and merchandising at Prada and Tuleh. Neal graduated from the University of Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and also minored in Spanish.
Raj Whadwa joins the firm as Senior Director. He has more than 17 years of real estate experience, specializing in landlord and tenant representation, and the Long Island market. His exclusive client roster includes Verizon, which he assisted in securing 25 store locations throughout New York; 2Cute, with whom he has secured over 50 locations; MetroPCS, Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Checkers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Gong Cha, Rolling Cow, and Phone Fix NYC. Notably, he brings nearly two decades of experience working directly with the world’s largest mall operators, including Westfield, Simon, Macerich and GGP.
Prior to joining RKF, Raj was the Head of Real Estate for an apparel company in Long Island and conducted business throughout the tri-state area. He graduated from DAV University in India.
Avi Cotter joins the New York office as a Senior Associate and brings more than 15 years of experience in national retail tenant expansion. In his new role, he will continue to focus primarily on tenant representation in the New York Metropolitan area and throughout the U.S.; his current clients include Peloton Cycle and The Children’s Place. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the Director of New Market Expansion for Blink Fitness and has also had senior positions with Theory/Helmut Lang, Calypso St. Barth, The Children’s Place, Ann Taylor and L’Occitane en Provence. Cotter graduated from UCLA and Washington College of Law at American University.
All of the individuals are members of International Council of Shopping Centers.
“We are delighted to welcome three diverse, talented individuals to RKF,” said Chairman & CEO Robert K. Futterman. “Each brings extensive experience and first-hand knowledge of the retail industry in their respective areas of specialization. We are confident that each of them will play a major role in driving our firm’s expansion in New York and throughout North America.”
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 Headquarters and New York Office is located at 521 Fifth Avenue, Floor 7, New York, NY 10175. T: 212.599.3700. www.rkf.com