Winick Realty Group, founded in 1982 as the second-ever commercial leasing firm solely focused on retail, has announced an expansion of its commercial real estate efforts for the first time in its 35-year history.
The firm has hired David Workman, formerly Executive Managing Director of Savitt Partners, to lead a team of brokers who will handle investment sales, office leasing, 1031 exchanges, land sales and a host of other commercial real estate services on a local, national and international basis. The new investment sales and commercial division will leverage Winick’s existing retail relationships, as well as harness the incredible analytics and data efforts led by Executive Vice President Kenneth Hochhauser, in order to bring new, expanded levels of service to the Winick Realty Group brand.
“Our vision is to expand upon and establish even more resources, such as investment, acquisitions, dispositions and commercial leasing, within the array of services this iconic firm already provides,” said Workman. “For more than three decades, they have specialized in retail leasing and now, with this new department, landlords and tenants alike can also take advantage of an expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate in both the leasing and sales arenas. We are excited to add additional services for the company to offer their clients.”
Workman comes to Winick Realty Group with more than 30 years of experience, during which time he has been involved in investment sales and leasing transactions valued over $1 billion. His career has run the gamut from commercial leasing to investment sales to the sale of land and air rights. Over the course of his career, Workman executed multiple 1031 exchanges in New Jersey, Florida and New York, among others. Workman acted as buyer broker for a foreign investment group in the acquisition of two off-market downtown office buildings at 67 Broad Street (now 75 Broad Street) and 39 Broadway, totaling approximately 1.2 million square feet. He sold seven supermarkets and five CVS locations totaling approximately 400,000 square feet in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to The Rosen Organization, as well as 1,000 acres of land at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club in Roscoe, NY to one of the largest landlords in Palm Beach. Workman represented Pace University in the off-market acquisition of 100,000 square feet at 106 Fulton Street; sold more than 100,000 square feet of air rights at 310 West 52nd Street to Sant Chatwal, the developer of the Dream Hotel; and oversaw the marketing and eventual sale of 80-90 Livingston Street, a multi-use building comprised of existing retail and residential units with development rights in Brooklyn.
On the commercial leasing side, Workman has successfully completed commercial leasing efforts on behalf of Wilhelmina Models, Fiduciary Trust, First Investors, Metromedia, Masco Corporation, Met Life, Zurich Reinsurance and many others. Coincidentally, the only retail deal Workman has ever completed was with Winick Realty Group, having worked with Executive Vice President Darrell Rubens a decade ago to lease more than 23,000 square feet to Gold’s Gym at 90 John Street.
“I was incredibly impressed with Darrell and Winick Realty Group at the time and now, ten years later, joining Winick Realty Group myself, I feel that things have really come full circle,” said Workman. “It’s a sign that this partnership was meant to be.”
Workman leads a team that includes new hires Elana Tsyganko and Max Kostikov, both of whom come to Winick with more than six years of commercial leasing and sales experience, as well as salesperson Matthew Schwartz. Derek Weinberger, who has been an Investment Sales Associate at Winick Realty Group since 2015, where he focuses on properties in New York City and Long Island, will now be working with Workman as well. The team brings together years of experience in real estate investment and deal structuring and they are poised to take on any job required to give their clients the insight and expertise they need.
“I am honored to join Winick Realty Group in this effort and I am heartened to know that I have their full support,” said Workman. “I like the fact that CEO Jeff Winick and President Steven Baker, along with all of the partners here at Winick Realty Group, believe in what we are doing and they are completely behind us. One of the most attractive things about this new venture is being able to have the support of a cutting-edge, market-savvy team. Given the immediate reaction of the entire Winick organization in bringing their potential business opportunities and relationships, we expect to be very busy.”
“It is a pleasure to welcome David Workman and our entire new commercial leasing and investment sales team as they lead Winick Realty Group into its next chapter,” said Steven E. Baker, President of Winick Realty Group. “We look forward to being able to offer our clients a full range of commercial leasing and investment sales services and I am confident we have the right team in place to make this new division a great success.”
For more information on Winick Realty Group, please visit the company website www.winick.com.