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CBRE Recruits Top Office Capital Markets Team in San Francisco

Michael Taquino and Kyle Kovac Join Firm's Downtown Office as Executive Vice Presidents of Capital Markets
September 10, 2018
Michael Taquino (left) and Kyle Kovac join CBRE as executive vice presidents of capital markets in the downtown San Francisco office.

CBRE has recruited a top office capital markets brokerage team from Newmark Knight Frank to help bolster the firm's capital markets business.

Michael Taquino and Kyle Kovac spent the last six years with Newmark Knight Frank, where the pair became two of the most successful office, retail and development site brokers in San Francisco.

Since the beginning of 2017, the Taquino-Kovac team has been responsible for an approximately 40 percent market share in the sale of San Francisco office buildings in the $25 to $150 million range, including 901 Battery St., 240 Stockton St., 220 Post St., 3180 18th St. and 332 Pine St.

During this cycle, the team has also sold a number of Central SoMa office development sites including 500 Townsend St., 505 Brannan, 333 Brannan St. and the San Francisco Tennis Club. The duo would go on to be recognized as San Francisco Business Times’ 2017 Broker of the Year.

Taquino is returning to CBRE after beginning his real estate career with the firm in 2003. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Taquino formerly served as an executive managing director at NKF Capital Markets.

Kovac served as a vice president with Grubb & Ellis in San Francisco before joining NKF Capital Markets, where he served as executive managing director specializing in the disposition of office and land in San Francisco and Oakland. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Taquino and Kovac will serve as executive vice presidents of capital markets in CBRE's downtown San Francisco office, joining a Bay Area team that includes Russ Ingrum, Brad Zampa, Joe Moriarty and Scott Prosser.

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