HUNT Commercial Real Estate Appoints Robert McDonnell as Chief Operating Officer

HUNT Commercial Real Estate has announced the appointment of Robert McDonnell as Chief Operating Officer. McDonnell will be responsible for growing the commercial sales organization within New York, as well as implementing strategic initiatives that will continue to benefit the long term goals of both HUNT Commercial and HUNT Property Solutions, the latter of which began operations in March 2018.

McDonnell was originally recruited to HUNT Commercial in the early 1990s, where he learned the complexities of the business with the help of a team of seasoned and experienced brokers. McDonnell’s initial experience at HUNT helped him transition to a 20+ year career with a highly regarded commercial development firm, and his career evolution included working as a Sales/Leasing Manager, Senior Sales/Leasing Manager, Director of Business Development, Vice President of Sales, and the Senior Vice President and Broker of Record. He has been involved in all sales and marketing related activities for a vast multi-client portfolio totaling upwards of 15 million square feet. McDonnell is highly versed in all disciplines of commercial real estate including, but not limited to business development, contract negotiations, letters of intent, proposals, market analysis, past and future trends, and client management/retention.

“We are excited to welcome Bob back to HUNT Real Estate,” said Charles Hunt, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, HUNT Real Estate Corp. “To have someone of his caliber and expertise take the leadership role of our commercial brokerage puts us in prime position to continue our business growth both locally and statewide.”

“Very few people have the opportunity to return and help lead the company that launched their careers,” McDonnell commented. “I’m thrilled to be getting back to my roots and to once again call HUNT Commercial home. I’m confident that HUNT Commercial will attain new heights and the HUNT legacy will continue to grow as we expand our business and offerings.”

To date, McDonnell has been involved in over 400 transactions with a total value in excess of well over 700 million dollars and has completed transactions in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and White Plains, New York; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Erie, Pennsylvania; New Haven, Connecticut, and Southern Ontario. Some of his notable clients include Key Success LLC, Buffalo Success LLC, Ciminelli Properties, First Niagara Bank, and KeyBank.

McDonnell is a graduate of John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio and CCIM Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Full-Service Pet Salon Plans Grand Opening

A new full-service salon to pamper your pets is set to have its grand opening for the public this Friday, March 1, 2019.

Pampered Paws N’ Play, LLC, is the new occupant of the 2,000 square foot space located at 1840 Maple Road, Suite B in Amherst. The lease deal was brokered by Leah Evelyn Wrate of HUNT Commercial Real Estate Corporation in Buffalo, NY and landlord Larry Brassel of Brassel Commercial Realty, Inc. in Williamsville, NY.

The new lessee and business owner, Danielle Turner, has been in the industry for over fifteen years and continues to be an advocate for animal welfare and accomplishing her goals in the pet service industry. Per Turner, services offered by the pet salon will include grooming, an on-premises dog daycare, training facility, and home pet sitting services.

Starting at 9:00 AM on Friday, March 1st, the first 50 visitors to the pet salon will be entered into a prize drawing. There will also be opportunities to tour the facility, meet the staff, and to receive discounts on purchases.

Balanced Body Leases Retail Space at 1391 Hertel Ave.

Balanced Body has leased 1,000 sq. ft. for its retail location at 1391 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, NY.  The location was formerly St. Margaret’s Grammar School. The renovated building is now The Cornelius, a mixed use building with upscale apartments and retail space. HUNT Commercial Real Estate Agent Stephen Fitzmaurice represented Balanced Body in this transaction. Balanced Body was referred to HUNT Commercial from HUNT Real Estate Agent Melissa Colletti of HUNT Real Estate’s Buffalo Metropolitan Branch.Balanced Body has their Headquarters on Transit Road in Williamsville. They are a healthy meal prep service that offer their customers healthy pre-portioned meals and a menu of freshly made meals that rotate weekly.  Customers can either pick up preordered meals at their location or have them delivered to their home.“It will be a lifestyle brand store where people can come in and pickup meals they ordered, along with getting sandwiches and salads, kombucha and coffee,” said Balanced Body CEO Ashley Draper.

HUNT Commercial Agent Crocker Installed as Treasurer of the New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS®, Inc.

Ceremonial Swear in for Board

At the February 4, 2018 Meeting of the Board of Governors of the New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS®, Inc., Dana L. Crocker, (Hunt Commercial Real Estate, Liverpool, NY) was installed as Treasurer of the Association.

An active member of the New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NYSCAR), Crocker serves on the Board of Governors and most recently served as Secretary for the Association. He also serves on the Annual Conference Planning Committee and was awarded the 2013 REALTOR® of the Year Award. Crocker was instrumental in organizing the Syracuse Regional Chapter of NYSCAR and currently serves as President of the Chapter. A licensed Associate Broker, Dana is also a member of the Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS®, National Association of REALTORS®, New York State Association of REALTORS and the Upstate CCIM Chapter.

Congratulations to Dana!