Adler Realty Services (ARS), a division of Adler Group which specializes in property management, sales, leasing and brokerage services, has hired Jesus Cortes (pictured left) as Senior Director. Cortes will focus on investment sales and third-party representation of tenants, landlords, buyers and sellers with leasing, acquisition and disposition of industrial real estate in Miami-Dade County.
With over nine years of industrial real estate experience, Cortes provides his clients with the experience, professionalism and industry knowledge for the successful acquisition, disposition and leasing of industrial real estate. Cortes’ past experience includes seven years with Americas Industrial Realty as Broker Associate, having an active role in the successful leasing and disposition of industrial properties and parks totaling over 3.5 million square-feet throughout NW Miami-Dade County owned by TA Associates, Inc. Most recently Cortes was a Senior Associate with State Street Realty.
Cortes has worked with a diverse group of companies, from local growth oriented entrepreneurial firms to Fortune 500 companies. Cortes has successfully completed over $36 million in combined transactions (over 340 transactions) which include lease transactions and property sales totaling over 1.4 million square-feet.
As a seasoned commercial real estate professional and South Florida native, Cortes has an intimate knowledge of the local market and many professional business contacts. Cortes is affiliated with organizations such as Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida (CIASF), Miami Association of Realtors (MAR), Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR).
CIASF is a non-profit organization of business leaders involved in the development, design, construction, sales, and leasing of Industrial and Commercial Real Estate in South Florida. The association hosts events each month covering a wide range of topics including the Industrial Market Report in January and the Office Market Report in May, its signature events.
Joseph Drabkin and Josh L. Stein join Cortes as Directors of Commercial Real Estate. In this role, Drabkin and Stein will focus on investment sales and third-party representation of tenants, landlords, buyers and sellers with leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties in South Florida.
Drabkin brings with him over 20 years of experience in business development and commercial real estate. He began his career with Julien J. Studley where he leased, sold, assembled and syndicated well over one-million square feet of real estate transactions in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia Markets. After working with Studley for several years, he worked with DC Retail Brokerage and its Principal, Paul Raab, where he was involved in development deals on shopping centers, outlet malls, office buildings, hotels and assemblages for portfolio acquisitions. In addition, he has experience working with international clients having headed up several real estate deals in the Middle East, primarily Kuwait and India for equity funds as well as institutional and private investors.
Drabkin has also been active in the martial arts community, having opened and developed over 21 USA Karate locations in the Washington, D.C. area. Under his management these locations grossed over $7,000,000 in sales annually. Apart from his business success, Drabkin has used his skill and experience to train agents of the FBI, Secret Service and CIA in martial arts and self-defense.
Stein comes to ARS with a wealth of experience in commercial real estate, with expertise in office and industrial space, as well as, landlord, tenant and investment representation. As a former Vice President for Colliers International, Stein began his commercial real estate career in 1996 focusing his efforts on the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey areas. In order to gain exposure and expand his market experience, Stein moved to South Florida in 2000 where he continued his work with Colliers. He has received multiple awards for his outstanding work, including CoStar’s prestigious Power Broker award in 2004 and 2006. In addition, he was the recipient of Collier’s Largest Lease Transaction award in both size and dollar amount in 2007. Prior to joining Adler stein worked for Terranova Corporation, where he handled over 300,000 square feet in assets owned by Blackrock, Inc.
Adler also announced the appointment of Tina Spano as Controller. In this capacity, Spano will be responsible for overseeing AGI’s accounting department, which manages more than nine million square feet of commercial real estate space throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southwest United States.
She most recently served as Controller for Avison Young Florida, where she was responsible for the financials and monthly reporting for Brokerage and Property Management divisions. As Controller she prepared monthly forecasts, pipelines, variance analyses, and annual budgets for all the Florida offices and was responsible for the treasury functions, banking relationships, and IT. She was also involved with the underwriting, due diligence, and closing of all Florida acquisitions and mergers as they continued to grow their operations throughout the state.