NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) has hired two of the nation's leading commercial real estate experts as part of its ongoing expansion. Brad Lindquist joined NGKF Global Corporate Services (GCS) in the Chicago office. In Phoenix, Debra Schooler joined the company as the national healthcare practice leader for Property Management Services. The hires extend NGKF's expertise in key service areas as the firm continues to enhance its capabilities across a wide range of real estate activities.
"Debra Schooler and Brad Lindquist are trailblazers in their respective fields, and each brings a profound depth of experience and operational ingenuity in areas that are in high client demand," said GCS Chairman Michael Ippolito.
GCS is the firm's integrated global platform providing seamless corporate services solutions to clients on an international level, overseeing operations for all accounts, and ensuring consistent high levels of service for clients worldwide.
"Our service platform equips Debra, Brad and our other in-house experts with a fantastic set of tools, and the collaborative nature of that platform means that our clients around the globe will benefit from the strategies they have to share," Mr. Ippolito said.
Mr. Lindquist comes to NGKF as senior managing director from Deloitte Consulting LLP's Strategy & Operations practice, where he was a senior manager. He has more than 17 years of experience advising corporations and economic development agencies on domestic and international facility and location strategy. Additional specialties include site selection, labor market evaluations, economic incentive negotiations and real estate portfolio optimization. He has provided consulting services to clients in such diverse industries as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, energy, finance, life sciences, distribution and more.
"As corporate real estate requirements continue to evolve in our globalized, 21st century economy, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is dedicated to expanding its industry-leading global capabilities," said Mr. Ippolito. "One of the ways we achieve that goal is by bringing in top talent, and Brad Lindquist is an excellent case in point."
Mr. Lindquist earned a bachelor's degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University, has had numerous articles published and is a regular presenter at economic development conferences and foreign direct investment programs. Globally, he has worked on projects in Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and throughout Western Europe, including Russia. His resume lists American Express, Bridgestone, Corning, Gap Inc, Hewlett Packard, J.Crew, Nestle, and SunPower, as former clients, to name a few.
Ms. Schooler will partner with GCS Global Healthcare Services to develop and deploy a further-enhanced national healthcare platform through integrated management services, ensuring the company is best positioned to meet the needs of clients in this rapidly growing industry sector. She also will oversee management operations for a diverse real estate portfolio in Arizona and will team with local leadership to further develop the company's investor services platform in that market.
Ms. Schooler brings 20 years of commercial real estate industry experience, with emphasis on medical/hospital assignments. She most recently served as a regional director of operations for a national publicly-traded healthcare REIT, where she prepared a 12.5-million-square-foot medical real estate portfolio spanning 27 states for transition to an in-house management platform. Previously, she was a regional asset manager responsible for a 2.5-million-square-foot medical portfolio that included a property that was awarded BOMA's Building of the Year (TOBY) award.
"We are fortunate to add to our team an experienced real estate professional who understands the nuances of healthcare real estate and who has strong relationships with major national healthcare and hospital systems," said Randy Buddemeyer, president of Management Services for NGKF.
"Owners of medical office buildings and hospitals are especially sensitive to the needs of tenant-physicians and their patients, and value business partners who understand the sense of urgency that accompanies maintenance calls, client accounting and other property services," Mr. Buddemeyer said. "At the same time, like all real estate owners, they strive for efficiencies and cost savings to improve the performance of their building or portfolios."
Earlier in her career, Ms. Schooler worked as a third-party portfolio manager for such companies as PM Realty Group, Montecito Medical Management and Transwestern/Voit. She holds an Arizona real estate license.
"NGKF is an acknowledged leader in global corporate real estate and I am excited to have access to its advanced technology platform," said Mr. Lindquist. "I am pleased to join the firm's outstanding team of professionals as part of the cutting-edge Global Corporate Services group and assisting our clients with their global strategy issues."
About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms. Together with its affiliates and London-based partner Knight Frank, NGKF employs more than 11,000 professionals, operating from more than 340 offices in established and emerging property markets on five continents.
With roots dating back to 1929, NGKF's strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial real estate. Its integrated services platform includes leasing advisory, global corporate services, investment sales and capital markets, consulting, program and project management, property and facilities management, and valuation services. A major force in the real estate marketplace, NGKF serves the local and global property requirements of tenants, landlords, investors and developers worldwide. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.
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