Meet the Team

Meet the Team

EMILIO AMENDOLA

Co-President

 

EMILIO AMENDOLA / Co-President
DIRECT DIAL / 631-465-9507
MOBILE / 917-860-2192
EMAIL / emilio@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/emilioamendola/

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After long and successful careers in commercial real estate, Emilio Amendola and Andy Graiser co-founded A&G Real Estate Partners in 2012. Previously, in 1992, they founded and then later sold DJM Realty. In total, they’ve been business partners for 30 years. 

Considered a real estate industry thought leader, Emilio has a stellar reputation in both the landlord and investor communities and is known for his ability to creatively solve highly complex problems. Those efforts have led to numerous industry accolades for A&G, including prestigious awards for its role on specific projects from the likes of the Turnaround Management Association and Global M&A Network, as well as Real Estate Advisory Firm of the Year in 2019 and 2020 from Global M&A Network, and  2021 Retail Real Estate Influencer from GlobeSt.com/Real Estate Forum. 

Emilio’s key areas of expertise include real estate sales, lease renegotiations and terminations, portfolio optimization, due diligence and valuation. As the leader of A&G’s real estate sales team, he shuns cookie-cutter approaches and instead tailors the sales process to the unique attributes of each asset. Emilio also leads the firm’s due diligence team, which serves buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, as well as lenders.

With decades of experience, Emilio has worked with more than 750 clients and has generated successful outcomes for individual asset and portfolio sales, as well as lease mitigation projects, valued at more than $10 billion.

Emilio has successfully represented many of the nation’s leading names in the retail, restaurant and education sectors. Some of the clients he is most closely associated with include CVS, Ascena, Orchard Supply Hardware, Guitar Center, Paper Source, Pet Valu,  Midas, Toys ’R’ Us, ITT Educational Services, The College of New Rochelle, Sbarro, CompUSA, Sears, and Kmart. In the industrial and office sectors, he recently led the sale of the 2.0-million-square-foot greenhouse complex and manufacturing facility formerly owned by AgTech, 32 office buildings for ITT, and 5 million square feet of distribution centers for Toys ‘R’ Us.

Emilio is highly visible and involved with many key industry groups, including the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Retail Federation, The City University of New York, and the Commercial Finance Association.

His philanthropy includes the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association, and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. 

Based in New York, when not maximizing value for his clients, Emilio can be found fishing, golfing, or enjoying a fine wine with family and friends.
 

ANDY GRAISER

Co-President

ANDY GRAISER / Co-President
DIRECT DIAL / 631-465-9506
MOBILE / 516-946-8982
EMAIL / andy@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/andygraiser/

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After long and successful careers in commercial real estate, Andy Graiser and Emilio Amendola co-founded A&G Real Estate Partners in 2012. Previously, in 1992, they founded and then later sold DJM Realty. In total, they’ve been business partners for 30 years.

A go-to resource for board members and C-suite executives at healthy and distressed companies across all industries--as well as lenders, investment bankers, private equity firms, financial advisors and attorneys--Andy plays a leadership role on each project, from commencement to successful conclusion. Those efforts have led to numerous industry accolades for A&G, including prestigious awards for its role on specific projects from the likes of the Turnaround Management Association and Global M&A Network, as well as Real Estate Advisory Firm of the Year in 2019 and 2020 from Global M&A Network, and  2021 Retail Real Estate Influencer from GlobeSt.com/Real Estate Forum.

His key areas of expertise include lease renegotiations and terminations, real estate optimization and dispositions, facilitation of growth opportunities, real estate valuations, and sales.

Andy and his team have achieved occupancy cost savings approaching $8 billion on behalf of 750+ clients in every real estate sector, while selling more than $12 billion of owned real estate and  leases.

Respected by the extended real estate community, Andy is a trusted advisor to innumerable clients of all sizes in retail, restaurant, education, office, family entertainment, movie theater, supermarket, warehouse/distribution, and various other sectors. The clients he is most closely associated with include A&P Supermarkets, Apex family entertainment, Chico’s, Cinepolis Theaters, Claire’s, Dowling College, Eileen Fisher, GNC, Hanna Anderson, Mattress Firm, Palace Entertainment, Party City, RadioShack, rue21, Ruth Chris, Sequential Brands, Supervalu, Tailored Brands and Tuesday Morning.

A frequent speaker, Andy is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Commercial Real Estate Professionals and Investors Group, Real Estate & Debt Symposiums, the Turnaround Management Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Secured Financial Network.

His philanthropy includes the Runway of Dreams Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, and More Than Words.

Based in New York, Andy is an avid sports fan, trivia connoisseur and enjoys traveling with his family.

JON GRAUB

Principal

JON GRAUB / Principal
DIRECT DIAL / 484-344-5701
MOBILE / 267-228-7808
EMAIL / jon@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/jonathongraub/

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Jon, who joined A&G in 2013, leads the firm’s  New Store Growth practice for retailers.

With decades of real estate experience, Jon has developed cutting edge real estate strategies and has managed lease disposition and occupancy cost savings projects for dozens of the nation’s leading retailers.  He is widely regarded as one of the most sophisticated and respected retail real estate executives in the country in terms of strategic planning, store optimization and growth.

Prior to joining A&G, for nearly two decades Jon provided strategic leadership for Charming Shoppes’ real estate and store development teams, successfully building one of the strongest real estate teams in the country. Reporting directly to the CEO, he managed growth from 1,000 to 2,500 stores nationwide and led the team through multiple acquisitions of leading retail chains, including Modern Women, Catherine’s Stores, Casual Corner Annex, and Lane Bryant.

In that role, Jon was also responsible for the rollout of multiple store designs, leading a process that included working with outside design firms and integrating design into the total cost of building and maintaining stores.

At A&G, Jon has been closely associated with projects for such clients as RadioShack, rue21, Tilly’s, Mattress Firm, Learning Care Group, Pier 1 Imports, Bare Minerals, Tailored Brands, and Christmas Tree Shops.

Jon currently works with rue21 as leader of its outsourced real estate department, helping direct the chain’s expansion as well as optimization of the existing portfolio of leased store, warehouse and office properties.

Based in New York, Jon is an avid Eagles fan and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Jon is a Member of the Board and serves on the Finance Committee at Temple Sinai, his local synagogue.

JOE MCKESKA

Principal

JOE MCKESKA / Principal
DIRECT DIAL / 630-366-2304
MOBILE / 708-769-5039
EMAIL / jmckeska@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/joseph-mckeska-29407712/

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With decades of real estate experience, Joe’s  key areas of expertise include business strategy, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development and management. He leads A&G’s Grocery, Restaurant and Pharmacy Practice.

Over the course of his career, Joe has successfully deployed in excess of $4 billion in store capital (including $1.1 billion in new store development), has acted as a key leader in mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $21 billion,  and has managed and optimized real estate portfolios in excess of 130 million square feet. Clients of note include DSW, NPC International (dba – Pizza Hut and Wendy’s), Albertsons, Pet Supermarket, Rite Aid, and Planet Fitness franchisee PF Growth Partners.

Prior to joining A&G, Joe  was Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development for Southeastern Grocers, an $11billion  privately owned company with 800 grocery stores in the southeastern U.S. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at SuperValu, Inc., and its predecessor companies, where as Group Vice President of Real Estate he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s 90 million- square- foot retail, office, and warehouse portfolio.

Joe  received an undergraduate degree in real estate and finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA in finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is also a member of Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society and the International Council of Shopping Centers, where he is a regularly featured speaker.

Based in Oak Brook, IL, Joe is an avid golfer who enjoys spending summers on the lake with family and friends.

DOUGLAS BENNETT

Senior Managing Director, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group

DOUGLAS BENNETT / Senior Managing Director, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group
MOBILE / 585-721-3916
EMAIL / dbennett@agrep.com

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Douglas Bennett joined A&G in 2020 to lead the company’s Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group. In that capacity, he has built proprietary analytical models for evaluating and prioritizing new store growth efforts for rue21 and Christmas Tree Shops.

Since coming to A&G, Doug leads the research and strategic planning team in efforts that delivered over $2 billion in occupancy cost savings on projects for such clients as Ascena, Tailored Brands, Paper Source, GNC, and Francesca’s. Additionally, he has  developed state- of- the- art tracking systems that have been utilized  on over 15,000 transactions.

Previously, Doug was Vice President of Business Analytics and Strategy at Ashley Furniture Industries, where he founded and grew an analytics division that ramped up key areas of the business. Doug’s role included heading sales operations for a $2 billion wholesale distribution channel; optimizing the supply chain network; creating and rolling out a raft of analytical models and projection tools; and crisscrossing the globe to visit distribution centers, stores, domestic and international plants and suppliers, and offshore development teams.

Prior to joining Ashley in 2015, Doug was Manager of Strategic Testing and Analytics for Toys ’R’ Us. Earlier in his career, he was a researcher and analyst for Lockheed Martin Systems Integration and, later, at mall company Wilmorite Management Group.

Doug graduated Magna Cum Laude with highest distinction from the University of Rochester (N.Y.), with a degree in financial economics and mathematics. He later earned an MBA in finance and strategy from the Simon Business School in Rochester.

SUSAN CIANCANELLI

Senior Managing Director

SUSAN CIANCANELLI / Senior Managing Director
DIRECT DIAL / 631-465-9511
MOBILE / 631-626-1127
EMAIL / susan@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/susan-ciancanelli-3611b719/

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Susan joined A&G in 2012, following roles as  a Systems Analyst at Barnes & Noble and Ann Taylor.

With decades of real estate experience, Susan’s key areas of expertise include occupancy cost savings,  lease termination and sub leases, and portfolio optimization-- working across all industry sectors. A highly experienced deal-maker who is well respected by the landlord community, Susan has handled projects for A&G’s smallest to largest clients.

Clients of note include Cafe Rio, City BBQ, Cava, Francesca’s, Pet Supermarket, Party City, DSW, Claire’s, Mattress Firm, GNC, Ascena, rue21, Tuesday Morning, Paper Source, Circus Trix, Rite Aid, Guitar Center, CVS, Toys ‘R’ Us, The Vitamin Shoppe, Sears, and Kmart.

Based in New York, Susan is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, IWIRC, Women in Retail, TMA NOW, and TMA NYC.

JAMIE COTE

Senior Managing Director, Real Estate Sales

JAMIE COTÉ / Senior Managing Director, Real Estate Sales
DIRECT DIAL / 630-954-7444
MOBILE / 312-203-6321‬
EMAIL / jcote@agrep.com

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Jamie joined A&G in 2020 with nearly 20 years of real estate sales experience, compiling approximately $1 billion in transactions of various sizes nationwide. His deals have covered nearly every real estate class, utilizing various disposition strategies.

Jamie has sold multifamily, office, healthcare, industrial, hospitality, golf course, development, retail and special use properties on behalf of various clients ranging from small investors to high-profile companies. These larger entities include JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Prudential, Wells Fargo, Northern Trust, Fifth Third Bank, ING/Clarion, iStar Financial, Alcoa, Tyco, Ameren, American Greetings, and the State of Illinois, as well as Trustees,  Receivers, Debtors and Secured Creditors in numerous transactions.

Most recently, Jamie was an integral part of A&G teams involved in the sales of a 2.0-million-square-foot greenhouse complex and warehouse/manufacturing  building in Kentucky, as well as a newly constructed New York City condominium building in bankruptcy.

Prior to joining A&G, Jamie held senior level positions at national real estate firms, where he was instrumental in implementing technological changes to the processes and methods of executing successful sales.

Based in A&G’s metro Chicago office, Jamie is actively involved in the Turnaround Management Association, holding numerous positions at both a chapter and global level.

In his free time, Jamie enjoys spending time coaching his kids’ sports teams, golfing, traveling and playing bass in the Chicago cover band “South of 80.”

JOE DIMITRIO

Senior Managing Director

JOE DIMITRIO / Senior Managing Director
DIRECT DIAL / 631-465-9509
MOBILE / 516-458-2900
EMAIL / joe@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/joedimitrio/

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With more than two decades of experience, Joe’s key areas of expertise include occupancy cost reductions, lease terminations, lease restructuring,   and property and leasehold sales.  In recent years, Joe’s primary focus has been working with healthy and distressed mid-sized and small companies.

Over the course of this career, Joe has sold more than 250 owned properties, including retail, office, warehouse and distribution centers. Additionally, he has generated occupancy cost savings and terminations on over 4,500 leases, saving clients more than $1 billion of lease liability.

Clients of note include Cinepolis Theaters,  Pet Valu, Snap Kitchen, Saje Natural Wellness, Seafolly, Active Ride Shops, Bargain Hunt,  Classic Party Rental, Cos Bar,   Fairway,  Hanna Anderson, John Hardee, Joyce Leslie,  Pivot Physical Therapy, Primanti Bros., Pure Hockey, Soft Surroundings, Taylor Gourmet, Uno de 50, Kmart, Kaplan Financial Education, and Pirch.

Prior to joining A&G in 2012, Joe was a Managing Director at DJM Realty for 11 years. Before that, he was a leasing executive with a New York City developer who owned more than 200 shopping centers across the country.

Joe is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Turnaround Management Association, and an original member of the ICSC New York Next Generation Committee.

Based in New York, Joe is a two-time winner of the CoStar Power Broker Award.

TODD EYLER

Senior Managing Director

TODD EYLER / Senior Managing Director
DIRECT DIAL / 631-465-9510
MOBILE / 914-325-1602
EMAIL / todd@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/todd-eyler-66b2016/

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Todd joined A&G in 2012.

As leader of A&G’s valuation practice since 2012, Todd   has valued over 4,000 fee owned and leasehold properties for lenders, private equity firms, investors, as well as  buyers and sellers in  M&A transactions. His valuation work has been utilized to provide a true market value  comparison to M.A.I. appraisals.

Other key areas of expertise include occupancy cost reductions, lease terminations, lease restructuring for a variety of local, regional and national companies, as well as fee owned asset sales. His work has spanned all asset categories, including retail, grocery, restaurants, healthcare, entertainment, fitness, warehouse/industrial, and office.

Clients of note include Paper Source,  Mattress Firm, AgTech, Toys ’R’ Us, Tuesday Morning, Ascena, Cadence Education, Smile Doctors, Kmart, CVS, ITT, Southeastern Grocers, Francesca’s, Apex family entertainment, Career Education, and Pivot Physical Therapy.

Prior to joining A&G, Todd was a Director at DJM Realty. Before that, he was a Wall Street Investment Banking Analyst.

Based in New York, Todd is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Turnaround Management Association – New York City Chapter. Away from work, Todd enjoys spending time with his family or out on the links as a scratch golfer.

DOUG GREENSPAN

Senior Managing Director

DOUG GREENSPAN / Senior Managing Director
MOBILE / 310-770-7832
EMAIL / doug@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/douglas-greenspan-92786b13/

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Doug Greenspan has over 10 years of experience in real estate, providing consulting, investment and vacant property sales and lease advisory/mitigation services for clients across all asset classes.

Doug works with both healthy and distressed clients throughout North America and across a variety of sectors, including retail, restaurants, hospitality, healthcare, industrial and recreation - monetizing real estate assets, reducing occupancy costs and identifying new store expansion opportunities.

Doug has successfully utilized his deal-making skills, playing key roles managing and executing projects valued at over a billion dollars for such clients as GNC, Guitar Center, Christmas Tree Shops, Zoe’s Kitchen/Cava, and Tuesday Morning.

Doug earned his MBA from George Washington University with a focus on real estate.

Based in New York, Doug is a member of The Turnaround Management Association’s  NYC Committee, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

JEFF HUBBARD

Senior Managing Director, Real Estate Sales

JEFF HUBBARD / Senior Managing Director, Real Estate Sales
MOBILE / 917-881-4618
EMAIL / jhubbard@agrep.com

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A co-leader of A&G’s sales team, Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in providing accelerated sales and capital market solutions to complex real estate situations across all asset classes. He brings over 30 years’ experience in this sector, generating  over $8 billion in real estate sales across almost every real estate category.

His entire career focus has been on executing accelerated marketing programs for commercial and residential property on behalf of small to mid-size companies, Fortune 500 Corporations, REITs, financial institutions, developers, non-profit and religious organizations, investors and wealthy private owners.

A particular area of expertise has been executing commercial and residential portfolio sales, with Jeff conducting some of the largest portfolio auctions in the U.S. on behalf of major financial institutions.

In the bankruptcy and restructuring space, Jeff has represented debtors, secured creditors,  trustees, and receivers.

Jeff also leads the education practice at A&G, providing strategic real estate advisory services for educational institutions nationwide. Most recently, he has been involved in the sale of the College of New Rochelle and Dowling College in metro New York, and led the team developing a strategic real estate plan for the administration and the Board of Trustees of a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.

A member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and The Turnaround Management Association, Jeff  has  been a panelist on various webinars and seminars focused on  higher education, accelerated sales strategies, and real estate auctions.

Outside the office, Jeff enjoys playing ball and going to the beach with his three sons.

MIKE MATLAT

Senior Managing Director

MIKE MATLAT / Senior Managing Director
DIRECT DIAL / 631-465-9508
MOBILE / 516-835-6632
EMAIL / mike@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/mike-matlat-22354414/

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With decades of real estate experience, Mike’s key areas of expertise include real estate advisory,  property sales and lease mitigation. He has generated over $2 billion in sales and achieved approximately $1 billion in occupancy cost savings for clients.

Mike has sold hundreds  of  assets in virtually every real estate sector for both healthy and unhealthy companies. His transactions include office buildings, residential properties,  ware-house and distribution centers, hotels, leased and fee owned properties, along with many difficult-to- value assets such as mulch farms and greenhouses. As a ‘go-to-person’ for many receivers and trustees, Mike has managed some of the most active auctions and sealed bid sales in the country.

Clients of note over the course of his career include Merry Go Round, Office Depot, Toys “R”Us , Service Merchandise, Arthur Andersen, Pillowtex, Filene’s Basement, Modell’s Sporting Goods and Ascena.

Prior to joining A&G in 2012, Mike was a Managing Director at DJM Realty.   He has specialized in real estate disposition, lease negotiation, and bankruptcy sales since 1993.

Mike is the former President of the Turnaround Management Association’s Long Island Chapter. Additionally, he has served as an expert witness.

Based in New York, Mike enjoys watching sports, going fishing, snowboarding, listening to live music, taking care of his animals, riding his Harley, and staying in shape. As a former athlete, Mike has run as well as coached in the football, wrestling and lacrosse youth leagues in his community.

KATIE DECOSTE

Managing Director, Real Estate Sales

KATIE DECOSTE / Managing Director, Real Estate Sales
MOBILE / 773-615-1292‬
EMAIL / kdecoste@agrep.com

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Katie joined A&G in 2020. With 18 years of experience in the accelerated real estate sale industry, she has participated in transactions that generated over $2 billion in revenues for properties in nearly every asset class on a national basis.

Katie currently leads the firm’s  corporate marketing efforts and has been an integral part of  numerous business development endeavors.  In addition, she   has been involved in  many of A&G’s lease restructuring and real estate sales projects. Most recently, she was part of the teams that sold  Barclay Tower, a 23-unit condominium project in Queens, NY, and the 2.0 million AgTech agriculture complex and production facility in Paris, KY.

Prior to joining A&G, Katie was a partner and held senior business development, marketing and sales positions at industry-leading firms.

Over the course of her career, Katie executed some of the largest and most high- profile sealed bid and live auction marketing and sales campaigns, representing Fortune 500 Corporations, REITs, various financial institutions, commercial and residential developers, non-profit and religious organizations, and prominent private owners and estates. She has also represented Trustees, Debtors and Secured Creditors in numerous bankruptcy transactions. Top clients include ALCOA, American Greetings, Fortress Investments, Wells Fargo, the Brothers of the Holy Cross, Anne Beiler (founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels), and the Pritzker Family Estate.

Her notable transactions include the Connolly and N.J. Affordable homes multi-family bankruptcy sales—two of the largest commercial portfolio sales in the Northeast; the Dowling College and College of New Rochelle campus sales; the Grand Summit condominium portfolio in Park City, UT, and the $43 million, 1000 S. Michigan development land sale in Chicago.

Based in New York, Katie is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association and IWIRC New York Chapters.

ALEXANDRA GRAISER

Managing Director

ALLIE GRAISER / Managing Director
DIRECT DIAL / 631-465-9514
MOBILE / 516-880-4622
EMAIL / alexandra@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/alexandra-graiser-a2748237/

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Alexandra joined A&G in 2018, bringing her expertise in corporate turnarounds and finance.

Since joining A&G, she has co-managed the firm’s real estate advisory work for Party City, Chico’s FAS, Destination Maternity, and Stage Stores. Other clients include Cava, Mattress Firm, Pier 1 Imports, Tuesday Morning and GNC, where she played key roles in lease renegotiations, real estate due diligence and client reporting.  Alexandra has also been active in A&G’s office lease negotiation projects.

Prior to joining A&G, Alexandra worked at FTI Consulting in Corporate Finance and Restructuring, where she worked on the Chapter 11 bankruptcies of Caesar’s Entertainment and Sports Authority.

Alexandra earned her B.A. in Economics from Emory University and is currently earning her Master’s in Real Estate Finance from NYU.

Based in New York, Alexandra is a member of the Turnaround Management Association’s Next Generation, the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and serves on the board of the Runway of Dreams Foundation.

Christian Koulichkov

Managing Director, Real Estate Sales

Christian Koulichkov / Managing Director, Real Estate Sales
MOBILE / 617-335-3940‬
FAX / 631-420-4499‬
EMAIL / ckoulichkov@agrep.com

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Christian joined A&G’s New York office in 2020. With over 20 years in real estate, he brings a diverse background as a lender, property developer/owner and broker to A&G’s sales and valuation services.

Formerly a partner in a national real estate firm that specialized in accelerated sales, Christian has sold educational, multifamily, office, industrial, development, retail, luxury residential, and special use properties in and out of bankruptcy.

As a senior member of the A&G sales due diligence and valuation team, Christina served as a negotiator on the GNC bankruptcy lease mitigation project. He also led the research and due-diligence for the A&G team hired by a Northeastern college to evaluate their real estate holdings and debt obligations for a possible sale or merger.

He is actively involved in the Turnaround Management Association and International Council of Shopping Centers.

Away from the office, the avid fly fisherman is a strong supporter of Trout Unlimited. In addition to his time on the water, he enjoys golfing, traveling and coaching soccer for his three boys.

CHRISTOPHER PAYNE

Managing Director, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group

CHRISTOPHER PAYNE / Managing Director, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group
MOBILE / 412-337-8471
EMAIL / cpayne@agrep.com

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Chris joined A&G in 2020 as part of the company’s new Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group. Working with team leader Doug Bennett, he  has developed several state-of-the-art programs which have been vital to financial reporting and strategic planning initiatives for A&G clients.

Additionally,  Chris has worked on strategic planning and new store growth for such A&G clients  as rue21 and Christmas Tree Shops, as well as lease restructuring projects for Christmas Tree Shops, Party City and Albertsons.

Prior to joining A&G, for eight years Chris served in analytical and real estate roles of increasing importance at one of the country’s leading retailers, Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods. Chris ultimately rose to Senior Manager of Real Estate, where his  responsibilities included deal-making for Dick’s, Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream stores on the East Coast, as well as making recommendations for—and executing on—the gamut of strategic real estate decisions at these brands, from site-selection, to renewals, remodels, relocations and store closures.

Chris’ earlier roles at Dick’s  included analyzing markets in the Northeast and Southeast for multiple brands and, later, heading analytics efforts for those brands nationwide.

Earlier in his career, Chris served in analytical and financial roles for Belk, Inc., and Wachovia Capital Markets, both in Charlotte, N.C. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and later earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

BRANDON ALLICKSON

Project Analyst, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group

BRANDON ALLICKSON / Project Analyst, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group
MOBILE / 813-334-1366
EMAIL / brandon@agrep.com

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Brandon J. Allickson joined A&G in 2020 as a member of the new Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group. Since joining the firm, he’s worked on lease restructuring projects for such clients as Big Lots, GNC, Francesca’s, Paper Source, and CAVA/Zoe’s Mediterranean Kitchen; as well as  the successful lease termination project for Pet Valu. Brandon is also part of A&G’s   outsourced real estate department for rue21, where he focuses on lease renewals.

He was previously a Financial Analyst on McKinsey & Co.’s FIT team in St. Petersburg, FL where he managed the reporting environment for Latin America and automated 22 reports to free up more time for dedicated analysis.

Brandon also worked as a Business Intelligence Analyst at Ashley Global Retail (part of Ashley Furniture Industries) in Tampa. Using Salesforce, the cloud-based CRM service, he synthesized geographical customer data to create actionable metrics for 93 stores. Brandon further heightened customer visibility by merging multiple data sources and external APIs into Microsoft’s Power BI analytics engine.

Expert with programming and query languages such as Python, MDX, DAX and R, Brandon uses analytics to help retailers better understand their real estate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from High Point (N.C.) University.

ERIK POTOCEK

Project Analyst, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group

ERIK POTOCEK / Project Analyst, Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group
MOBILE / 630-352-7110
EMAIL / epotocek@agrep.com

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Erik Potocek joined A&G in 2020 as a member of the new Financial Reporting & Property Analysis Group. Since that time, he’s worked primarily on A&G’s restaurant industry clients, including a bankruptcy restructuring for NPC International (formerly the largest Pizza Hut and Wendy’s franchisee), along with other lease restructuring projects for City BBQ, TooJays (bankruptcy) and a major national casual dining chain.

On the retail side, he’s worked on lease restructuring projects for clients including Guitar Center (bankruptcy), DSW and Pet Supermarket.

He previously served as a Chicago-based Financial Analyst for Colliers International, where his role included creating cash-flow models in areas such as investment sales and landlord and tenant representation. Prior to that, he was an Investment Sales Associate in the Chicago office of Marcus & Millichap.

Erik is adept at using data analytics and sophisticated financial models to evaluate real estate properties, sites, portfolios, leases and transactions. He has experience in creating proformas for value-add and development opportunities in sectors such as office and industrial, and in uncovering value for clients through means such as lease-abstraction, refinancing, 1031 exchanges and data-driven site-selection methodologies.

Erik earned his bachelor’s degree in real estate and finance  from Marquette University in Milwaukee, during which time he interned at Marcus & Millichap, was active in NAIOP and served as president of the commercial real estate club.

TONY GRANT

Consultant

TONY GRANT / Consultant
MOBILE / 734-276-1910
EMAIL / tgrant@agrep.com
LINKEDIN / linkedin.com/in/tony-grant-8090076/

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Tony became affiliated with A&G as a consultant in early 2020, bringing more than two decades of global experience in corporate finance, capital allocation strategies, retail operations, acquisitions/dispositions, and retail and restaurant real estate. His key areas of expertise are in negotiations for dispositions, restructurings, and mitigation of leased and fee-owned real estate, both in and out of bankruptcy. He is also well versed in managing expansion for growth-minded retail and restaurant companies via retrofits, relocations and new site development.

Over his career, Tony negotiated over $180 million in lease savings, including nearly $50 million during a recent 18-month period for such A&G clients as Chico’s, Party City, Christmas Tree Shops, GNC, Guitar Center, and TooJay’s. He has also orchestrated numerous lease terminations, relocations, excess land givebacks, new store locations, and space downsizings or expansions to meet various clients’ needs. Working with Borders Group, he was responsible for the wind-down of the real estate and operations of both the Borders and Waldenbooks brands.

Prior to becoming affiliated with A&G, Tony held several executive positions in retail and manufacturing, including serving as a member of the Corporate Development team at Owens Corning in Toledo, OH, where he focused on all aspects of global acquisition, divestiture, and corporate strategy projects.

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