GOLDSTEIN'S GOLDEN YEAR
It's been two years since we had a proper sit-down with RGRE?s Ryan Goldstein, who'd then just flown the Ackerman & Co coop and forged his own path. Since then, Ryan?s shop has grown to five brokers and new office space at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, the former Colonial Bank office building that he now counts among the properties in his landlord rep business. They handle more than 1M SF in space throughout metro Atlanta, and the firm aims to increase that to 2M SF by year's end. (Much cooler than our New Year's resolution.) Ryan sees an influx of new owners into the market, especially among Class-B and C properties.
|Ryan (center) flanked by Aaron Karasik, Jared Leidner, and Adam Hubschman. (It's a green organization: they conserve fabric by avoiding neckties of any sort.) Among its deals this past year: helping the FDIC sell seven properties left over from the defunct Global Commerce Bank portfolio, including a vacant retail strip center at 4717 Covington Hwy (sold to local investors); 1853 Terrell Mill Rd; and 1174 Forest Pkwy. ?I think we're going to do more leasing this year than FDIC dispositions,? Aaron tells us.|
|Aaron just returned from his honeymoon to Thailand. While visiting Chiang Mai, he and his wife dropped by a ?bar? (it was more like someone on his bicycle who'd set up a streetside pub) when he noticed two other ex-pats talking to a couple of girls. He heard one of the guys talk about their company, a ?media conglomerate? that "covers commercial real estate and puts on shows.? ?Do you guys work for Bisnow?? Aaron asked the two amazed men, who turned out to be our own Mike Ponticelli and Michael Farber. Did that encounter help give the two street cred with the two young ladies at the bar? Michael says, ?Actually, I think it did. I think they thought we started some mega company.?|