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CBRE Names Kerner a First Vice President in Saddle Brook

Industry Veteran Aims to Bolster Firm in Beleaguered Sector
January 31, 2018
CBRE Group Inc. appointed retail specialist Ira Kerner as a first vice president in its Saddle Brook, NJ, office.

In his new role, Kerner will serve and advise retail clients on both the tenant and landlord sides, aiming to bolster the firm’s presence within the region’s retail sector, the real estate company said Tuesday. He will work closely with Jeff Hipschman, CBRE’s senior managing director in New Jersey.

Kerner will be focusing his efforts on Northern New Jersey as well as Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York.

"At a time when many in the retail space are expressing uncertainty about the sector’s future, I am optimistic about where the marketplace is headed," Kerner said in a statement. "I see retail becoming bigger and stronger as it continues to evolve - and, specifically, as it continues to blend into other asset classes. My new role at CBRE presents me with a unique opportunity for cross-pollination across the firm’s many different teams and business lines."

Kerner, an industry veteran with more than 16 years of real estate experience, previously spent nine years as a leasing agent with the retail brokerage firm Ripco Real Estate. At Ripco, Kerner represented landlord clients and also worked with a roster of tenants that included Bob’s Discount Furniture, Tesla, Lane Bryant, TD Bank, LA Fitness and the Vitamin Shoppe.

Prior to his tenure at Ripco, Kerner worked as a retail leasing specialist for Metro Commercial Real Estate, Inc. in Fort Lee, NJ, and The Schultz Organization in Woodbridge, NJ. Kerner is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Linda Moss, Northern New Jersey Market Reporter  CoStar Group   
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