Fritz Kemerling joined the New York office of Alvarez and Marsal Property Solutions in November of 2021 as a Senior Director. Over the past decade Mr. Kemerling has worked with an extensive array of both occupiers and owners of space which include SL Green, RFR Real Estate, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp, Life Time Fitness, Indochino, Capital One Bank and Lindt Chocolate. In 2019 Mr. Kemerling was won the prestigious REBNY “Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year” award for his work representing Life Time Fitness on their 74,000 square-foot lease at Macklowe Properties’ 1 Wall Street. Mr. Kemerling joins AMPS with 13 years of experience in the real estate industry after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The University of Michigan. Fritz previously was a principal at L3 Capital, a real estate investment firm and prior to that, he worked at The Dartmouth Company.
In addition to his successful career in tenant representation, Fritz has demonstrated his ability to merchandise and lease streetscape portfolios in markets including North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Newbury Street and Harvard Square in Boston, Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles and Fulton Market in Chicago. His extensive contacts within the tenant and advisor communities have proved invaluable in the execution of project leasing across the country.
Matthew Krell is the Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions. For nearly two decades Matthew has strategically assisted in reshaping the retail landscape across the United States. While based in Manhattan, he has advised both tenants and landlords in transactions spanning from Rodeo Drive to Madison Avenue, the River North District to Georgetown, and from North Congress to North 6th Street. While his main focus will always be retail, Matthew has completed investment sales, industrial and office deals in key markets throughout the country. Matthew’s clients know whether it’s The Pearl District or Pearl Street, he will quietly and diligently work as their trusted advisor in any and all real estate transactions.
Currently, Matthew is responsible for strategy and real estate decisions for iconic brands such as Patagonia and Kendra Scott. He also works on behalf of retailers such as Lush Cosmetics, Kitchen United and El Cap Gyms (Earth Treks, Movement Climbing + Fitness and Planet Granite). His past landlord representation experience includes assignments on behalf of Asana Real Estate Partners, Empire State Realty Trust, APF Properties, ASB Real Estate Investments, L3 Capital, The Olnick Organization, Nuveen, The Durst Organization, Winthrop Realty Trust, Morgan Stanley, and The Helmsley Organization. Prior to forming Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions, Matthew was a Senior Managing Director at Newmark and spent 9 years before that at CBRE in various roles.
Geno Kasmer is a Property Manager for Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions. Geno is responsible for portfolio level operations, management of building staff and third-party vendors, financial, budget and audit preparation. Mr. Kasmer received an M.B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University and earned attended DePaul University for his undergrad. He is a licensed real estate broker and earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Accredited Professional O+M designation. He is also a member of the Chicago Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Energy and Sustainability Committee.
Justin Garrison is a Property Manager for Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions. Justin has 13 years of commercial real estate experience managing over 2.5 million square feet. Justin brings a strong accounting background and attention to detail while overseeing the planning and execution of financial reporting and capital improvement projects for his clients. Mr. Garrison earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Catawba College. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Illinois as well as a LEED Green Associate.
Tanner Himmelman joined Alvarez and Marsal Property Solutions in 2021 and serves as an integral part of the AMPS leasing and advisory team. He is responsible for assisting with the creation of all client related materials for the team’s high profile landlord and tenant relationships. He is often referred to as the glue that holds everything together.
Prior to joining AMPS Tanner spent seven years working for Cushman & Wakefield. Mr. Himmelman graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He was a member of Alabama’s Ice Hockey team that won the University’s first Southeastern Conference Championship in hockey as well as their first National Championship tournament appearance.
Josh Lewin joined Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions in December of 2021. For nearly two decades Josh has represented top-tier fashion, luxury, and lifestyle brands in their North American real estate endeavors and selectively represented premium properties that are synergistic with the caliber of his clientele. His expert knowledge of commercial real estate, proven negotiation experience, strong relationships, communication skills, and commitment to ethical client service has enabled Josh to transact on behalf of brands that reflect the growing intersection of urban and outdoors lifestyles. Recognizing the enduring importance of physical settings in an omni-channel environment, Josh has transacted on behalf of Acne Studios, Stone Island, Alexander Wang, GANNI, KENZO, Totême, Proenza Schouler, Forty Five Ten, Mulberry, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Fjällräven, Black Diamond Equipment, Moose Knuckles, Herno, Woolrich, Aether, Rains, etc.
Josh’s landlord representation experience includes significant property assignments on Madison Avenue; the Gansevoort Row assignment in the Meatpacking District; and leasing assignments throughout SoHo where his innovative brand placement has transformed lower SoHo’s value to landlords and tenants. Josh also has experience with office/showroom leasing and disposition in NYC. Prior to joining AMPS, Josh spent 17 years at Isaacs and Company Commercial Real Estate and started his professional career at BlackBook magazine. Josh graduated from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. (’97) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (’01) with a B.A. in Communication Science. He resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife Laurie, son Chase, and twin daughters Dylan and Taylor.
Cindy Gecaj is an Analyst for Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions in its New York City office. Ms. Gecaj works alongside AMPS’ senior leadership, assisting the team’s advisory group both locally and nationally. Prior to her position at AMPS, Cindy worked for several fashion brands where she was involved in retail strategy, planning, and operations. Cindy graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Real Estate, and she is a certified LEED Green Associate and an FSA Level II Candidate. Her real estate knowledge, experience in the fashion industry, and commitment to sustainability-focused practices affords Cindy a unique perspective benefiting both owners and occupiers in the real estate industry.
Daniel Bodner is a Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions. Daniel serves as an advisor for both high-growth retailers and for landlords in the leasing and repositioning of their buildings. With more than 17 years of experience, Daniel has completed transactions across the United States on behalf of retailers and office users, most recently for Bluestone Lane and Insomnia Cookies.
Prior to his position at AMPS, Dan was a partner at Retailworx, a portfolio company that incubated, invested and created retail brands in health, fitness and wellness. Before his time at Retailworx, Daniel was the Director of Leasing at Kushner Companies, overseeing the leasing efforts and transformation of former printing facilities into a five-building, 1.2-million-square-foot campus, rebranded as DUMBO Heights. Daniel was responsible for all broker and tenant outreach, term sheet and lease negotiations and deal specific financial analysis. Under his guidance over 50% of the office space at Dumbo Heights was pre-leased, including Etsy’s 225,000-square-foot headquarters (amongst the largest deals in Brooklyn, in a decade), WeWork’s first Brooklyn location (160,000 square feet). Daniel previously spent 7 years at CBRE, highlighted by the repositioning of the Empire State Building, which included an aggressive consolidation plan and several of the buildings largest transactions. Mr. Bodner received his MBA from Baruch College and B.S. from Binghamton University.
Joshua T. Kaidanow is a real estate analyst with Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions. Based in New York City, Josh works alongside Matthew Krell Daniel Bodner and Fritz Kemerling, providing tenant and landlord advisory, market analysis, and commercial real estate strategy across the country. Prior to his position at AMPS, Josh was a sales manager with Marriott International and responsible for their portfolio of 30+ brands in the Mid-Atlantic region. Josh previously worked for Compass and is a licensed real estate professional in the state of New York. Josh graduated with a B.S. from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. He went on to receive a Master of Science in Real Estate & Infrastructure from Johns Hopkins University.
Jake Gdowski is an vital part of the AMPS team as he heads up their research, data and analytics work. Mr. Gdowski oversees the creation of best in-class, proprietary products for AMPS clients. He specializes in site selection advisory and provides a wide range of services including but not limited to GIS mapping, psychographic segmentation, competitive analysis, portfolio optimization and predictive customer analysis. Mr. Gdowski has an extensive research background which utilizes his knowledge of various resources to develop better deliverables. Prior to AMPS, Jake was a Research Manager with Alvarez and Marsal’s Insight Center in Denver. He attended Colorado State University where he received his degree in Real Estate and Finance.
Michael brings more than 10 years of experience to AMPS and is a co-founder and Partner of Alvarez & Marsal Property Investments, a vertically integrated commercial real estate firm under Alvarez & Marsal, Inc.. Michael oversees the tenant sourcing and relationships for each of the A&M Family Portfolio properties while also developing and managing the firm’s growing investment management and asset management practice. His experience in real estate is focused on leasing services, asset management, and hospitality. He works closely with the team on the firm’s operation and growth and its subsidiary companies. Michael graduated from LaSalle University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Victor brings over 20 years of experience to AMPS and is a co-founder and Partner of Alvarez & Marsal Property Investments, a vertically intergraded commercial real estate firm under Alvarez & Marsal, inc. Victor is a seasoned investor with experience in a wide range of Real Estate & Venture Capital. For the Alvarez & Marsal Family Portfolio, Victor primarily oversees all Strategic Business Direction, Acquisitions & Dispositions, Capital Sourcing, and Portfolio Financial and Operational Management. Victor earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane University.
Grant brings more than 10 years of experience to AMPS and is a co-founder and a Partner of Alvarez & Marsal Property Investments, a vertically integrated commercial real estate firm under Alvarez & Marsal, Inc.. Grant oversees all operations and financial aspects of A&M Family-Owned properties, manages a team of over 30, and oversees five service lines’ operations. Grant’s expertise is company & portfolio management, operational risk management, and investor/lender relations for the real estate business. He has been a part of $300+ million in acquisitions and established back-end protocols and practices across multiple companies. Grant attended the Jack Welsh School of Business at Sacred Heart University.
Kevin Halm is responsible for overseeing property management operations for Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions and is based in their Chicago office. Kevin is an industry veteran who constantly demonstrates the ability to implement successful and visionary property management strategies on behalf of his clients. Over the course of his 15 year career, Kevin has worked on assignments totaling more than five million square feet on a local, regional and national level. Prior to AMPS, Kevin spent nine years with CBRE. Mr. Halm earned a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He is an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association and on the Board of Directors. Kevin earned the Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through BOMI International and the LEED Green Associate designation through the US Green Building Council.
With more than 15 years of experience in new construction, commercial interiors, rehabilitation and residential development, Pete oversees Alvarez and Marsal Project Development and is responsible for project management, design, and construction management of capital and tenant improvements. Prior to his time at Alvarez and MWith more than 15 years of experience in new construction, commercial interiors, rehabilitation and residential development, Pete oversees Alvarez and Marsal Property Solutions and is responsible for project management, design, and construction management of capital and tenant improvements. Prior to his time at Alvarez and Marsal, Pete was a project director at Chicago-based Partners by Design, which specializes in corporate interiors. There he completed a diverse range of projects for technology firms, law firms and multi-location global corporate clients and handled base building improvements. Pete is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois and earned his bachelor’s in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Zach Kutsher is the in-house General Counsel handling all of its legal and transactional needs. Zach brings nearly 20 years of real estate experience to the team and has been responsible for over $10 billion in real estate transactions in connection with the purchase, sale, workout, financing, refinancing, and leasing of commercial, mixed-use, distressed and residential real estate properties throughout the U.S. and abroad for private equity shops, institutional lenders and investment banks. Previously, Zach practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Duval & Stachenfeld. Zach graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and cum laude from Fordham University School of Law where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Zach was admitted to the New York Bar in 2000.
Annette Perez is the Director of Accounting. Annette brings over 10 years of commercial and residential real estate experience to the team and is responsible for the day-to-day accounting as well as monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting. Annette earned her bachelor’s in computer science and a minor in business from St. John’s University in Queens, NY and a master’s degree in accounting and financial management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
J.T. Garofalo is a Senior Project Manager with the Alvarez & Marsal Property Solutions. His diverse background in commercial real estate project management, historic preservation, corporate interior design & architecture provides him with an advanced skill set to execute a diverse range in project types. He currently excels at providing a full scope of project management services for our clients from strategy and design to implementation. J.T. is known for his strong leadership skills, ability to maintain schedules and budgets, expertise in FFE procurement and his strong rapport with colleagues, clients, brokers, consultants, vendors and contractors.
Prior to joining AMPS, J.T. was a Sr. Project Manager at Tishman Speyer where he managed tenant build-outs, capital improvements and amenities for several of their properties throughout their Chicago portfolio. In addition, J.T. served many clients as a Sr. Project Manager with CBRE, overseeing client projects from start to execution on projects ranging from small expansions to massive buildouts such as that for Motorola Mobility (600,000 SF at the Merchandise Mart). He has also worked extensively as a Project Director and Studio Lead for several notable Interior Design & Architecture firms including Stantec, IA & Partners by Design. J.T. earned his Bachelor of Science in Community & Regional Planning degree from Iowa State University and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for Master of Science Studies in Historic Preservation.
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