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Headquarters Staff

Steve Zimmerman, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, FIBBA

Steve Zimmerman, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, FIBBA

Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer

Steve is the Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Realty Company. Steve has personally sold/leased over 1,000 restaurant, bar or club businesses, sold many commercial buildings, collaborated with over 2,000 clients, and completed over 3,000 restaurant valuations since 1996. Steve's experience includes sales, acquisitions, management and ownership of numerous properties throughout California including restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings, single family houses, an office building and a multi-use retail building. Steve is the author of Restaurant Dealmaker – An Insider’s Trade Secrets for Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club available on Amazon. Prior to starting Restaurant Realty, Steve had over 20 years of restaurant experience and was President and CEO of Zim’s Restaurants - one of the largest privately owned restaurant chains in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Andrea Curtis

Andrea Curtis

Buyer Manager

If you are going to be buying a restaurant, bar or club with Restaurant Realty then you will be communicating with Andrea. Andrea interacts with all of our buyers, screening, setting up appointments, and providing additional information when necessary. Andrea is also involved with various administrative functions of the corporate office.

Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company Andrea worked at Keller Williams Realty for many years as a realtor, loan agent and property manager listing, marketing and selling homes, condominiums and land parcels. Her past experience also includes extensive administrative, sales and sales management positions. Andrea speaks Spanish and holds a California State Real Estate License (Lic. ID #01466526)

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Gail Lafayette

Gail Lafayette

Project Manager & Listing Transaction Agent

Gail is generally the first point of contact for all prospective sellers and landlords looking to sell or lease with Restaurant Realty. She matches prospective clients with the appropriate broker or agent. Additionally, Gail works with local sellers on valuations of their business, listing them for sale and oversees each of her listings through the sales process.

Gail’s working career has revolved around managing challenging projects, tackling them head on while looking out for her client's best interests. Many of the skills learned from her days in project management of Retail Store Development and Construction has given her the opportunity to build on that momentum of overcoming challenges in the field of Business Brokerage. {READ MORE}

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Shevaun Lowry

Shevaun Lowry

Buyer Coordinator

Licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate since 2005, Shevaun has concentrated on serving clients in Northern California. Her lengthy background of representing buyers and sellers in residential properties established her reputation of integrity. Shevaun also brings years of practical experience from the hospitality industry, including high-end hotels, to the specialized market of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Shevaun continues to provide her clients with focused attention and a collaborative approach to the transaction.

Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company, Shevaun was a Realtor for Christopherson Properties, a sister company to luxury home developers. Her contribution was paramount to their start-up business of rebuilding homes compromised by the 2017 Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County. Shevaun is happily married to a wonderful man and proud mother of two marvelous daughters. {READ MORE}

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Laura Graber

Laura Graber

Internet Coordinator

Laura Graber is our NEW Restaurant Realty Internet Coordinator responsible for managing all restaurant, bar and nightclub listings on RRC's website spanning across Northern and Southern California. As well, she oversees updating 10+ listing engine websites and agent collaboration. Lastly, she oversees our weekly e-newsletters that highlight our active, price reduced, new and featured listings. Laura has held a California Broker's Licence since 2007 and has helped hundreds of homeowners meet their real estate goals in Sonoma County, where she grew up. Laura currently lives in Santa Rosa where she is raising her son and enjoys all that Sonoma County has to offer. From the beautiful beaches that line the coast, to the world class restaurants and wineries in big cities and quaint towns, to the comfortable year round climate... Northern California really does have it all.

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Jeremy Broekman

Jeremy Broekman

Creative / Marketing Director

Jeremy Broekman joined Restaurant Realty Company in October 2016. Jeremy launched our 20th anniversary campaign and relaunched our new website and listing platform, including an incredible search engine optimization effort. He’s an invaluable part of our team delivering real estate marketing, advertising, pay-per-click, social media, sales and PR services to all our agents and our brand. Jeremy leads our agent marketing to help launch successful marketing/advertising campaigns, branding campaigns, effective publicity/promotions and PR strategies. He coaches and consults individuals in the areas of business development, brand strategy and social media.

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Judy Gilberg

Judy Gilberg

Finance Director

Judy has been with Restaurant Realty Company since 1999. Judy is an experienced agent and oversees the financial functions of the company. Prior to this she worked as a Buyer Coordinator and liquor license transfer specialist for restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Judy also oversees marketing, advertising, and day to day operations of the business. Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company, Judy was the President/Owner of Bay Marketing Company, which sold millions of dollars of merchandise to large retailers throughout the west coast. Judy also previously worked with Macy’s as a Buyer and Sales Manager.
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Bruce MacDiarmid

Bruce MacDiarmid

Strategic Advisor

Bruce MacDiarmid is a highly experienced executive with multiple successful leadership roles as CEO, COO, and Board Chairman. He currently provides strategic advisory services to franchise organizations, independent operators and chain organizations in multiple segments of the restaurant industry. His interest in Real Estate developed early on when he earned a California Real Estate Salesman License while working as a General Manager for Continental Restaurant Systems in Ventura, Thousand Oaks and later San Diego. Most recently, Bruce was CEO, President and Chairman of the $170 million privately held regional family casual dining restaurant group, Shari’s Café & Pie, with over 100 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Bruce also served as President and COO for Black Angus Steakhouses, a $220 million premier regional steakhouse chain with 82 restaurants across the Western region. {READ MORE}

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Northern California Team

Patrick Totah

Patrick Totah

Listing Transaction Agent, San Francisco Bay Area

Since joining RRC in 2018, Patrick has facilitated the sale of many restaurants, bars, and multi-unit chains in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. Restaurant transactions are complex and multi-faceted, and Patrick is a master of the many elements involved in getting a deal done. Patrick understands that buyers, sellers, and landlords bring different needs and concerns to a transaction, and he is extremely adept at taking everyone’s needs into account, and coming up with solutions that make sense for all parties. Patrick’s clear and consistent communication practices enable him to navigate the inevitable challenges that arise throughout the transaction process, and successfully get deals done. Every deal is unique, and Patrick works in a way that is tailored to each client’s specific needs.

When he isn’t working, Patrick loves watching Bay Area sports, cooking and searching for the perfect burger, and hanging out with his West Highland White Terrier. Catch up with Patrick's blogging at FoodisMyReligion.com.
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Andy Mirabell

Andy Mirabell

Listing Transaction Agent, Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Andy Mirabell has over 20 years of restaurant and bar operations and ownership experience. He has managed bars and restaurants from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose to Auckland, New Zealand. Andy has been in charge and overseen six restaurant openings. He has been a part of many lease negotiations and restaurant sales. He was the Regional Operations Director of Blowfish Sushi to Die For, a San Francisco staple, for almost a decade. With this company he opened and managed locations in San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood and Auckland. His skill set and experience boasts amazing staff retention and education, while keeping locations profitable during poor and strong economies alike. In 2010 he created his own brand and restaurant concept called Skool. This inventive approach to seafood now has two locations. {READ MORE}

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Giancarlo DiTullio

Giancarlo DiTullio

Listing Transaction Agent, Greater San Francisco Bay Area & Central Valley

Giancarlo DiTullio is a high energy, motivated agent who has a passion for people and a love for the hospitality industry. Giancarlo's hands-on experience, and understanding of the sacrifice and a sense of pride around operating a restaurant prepared Giancarlo to assist his buyer and seller clients. Hospitality is about people and building relationships is important to Giancarlo.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Giancarlo spent most of his formative years being mentored by his father, Richard DiTullio, a commercial real estate agent and hospitality industry veteran. From hands on management in numerous restaurants to accompanying him on listing appointments, it's only natural that Giancarlo would follow in his footsteps.

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Keith Simpson

Keith Simpson

Listing Transaction Agent, Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Keith has 48 years of restaurant, bar and catering experience, 20 of those years as an owner/operator. After graduating from the London College of Hotel and Catering, Keith gained initial experience as a Chef in many of London’s renowned restaurants. In the ‘80’s he became the Managing Director of a large catering company taking on the responsibilities for prestigious events for the British Royal family, British Government and their dignitaries & many commercial events for a period of 10 years. Since moving to the USA in 1996 Keith has owned three successful restaurants and a catering company in Northern California. In 2013 he was chosen from stiff competition to host an 8-episode series for the Food Network channel called ‘Buy This Restaurant.’ {READ MORE}

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Nancy Wilbur

Nancy Wilbur

Listing Transaction Agent, Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Nancy has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. She worked at El Caballo, Hungry Hunter & Scott’s Seafood in Oakland, was the district manager for 5 “Muffins Muffins” units in San Francisco, and was the manager of Fat City Restaurant in Sacramento, one of the most well-known restaurants in the area. Most recently, she owned an Italian restaurant in Sacramento for several years. Nancy has owned and managed many successful businesses over the last 22 years, during which she developed an interest and passion for real estate and property management. Nancy’s diversified restaurant operations and ownership experience contributes to her ability to work with buyers and sellers. Nancy holds a California State Real Estate License.

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Tamas Torok

Tamas Torok

Listing Transaction Agent, Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Tamas was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. Growing up in a family where home cooking and good food essentially made him chose the hospitality industry as his profession. Having arrived in the USA, he worked as a personal chef managing large catering events while attending college. After finishing his studies in restaurant and hotel management, majoring in culinary arts, Tamas moved to California. Throughout his 30-year restaurant career, he was involved in over 7 restaurants openings, as a general managing partner and managed restaurants throughout the bay area and Sacramento regions. Tamas has operated his own fine dining restaurant for 13 years achieving many awards for food and wine service. With his knowledge of the restaurant industry, Tamas has enjoyed working as a restaurant consultant for many bars and restaurants throughout the Sacramento area. Tamas holds a State of California Real Estate Agents License.

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Jim Pate, CBB

Jim Pate, CBB

Listing Transaction Agent, Northern California

I am grateful for the opportunity help restaurant owners with the next great adventure. I enjoy helping new restaurant owners get started, and help make their dream come true.

Jim Pate is a certified restaurant broker who focuses on helping buyers and sellers in Northern California. He brings to his clients a wealth of experience in the foodservice industry including firsthand knowledge of the ins and outs of the restaurant industry. Jim has over 30 years of experience as a chef at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Oregon State University. As well, he has 10 years of experience as an owner/ operator of a successful restaurant, which he sold in 2016. Lastly, Jim has 15 years of experience working as a consultative foodservice salesman for leading national companies.

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Ricardo Roberto

Ricardo Roberto

Broker Associate, Northern California

Ricardo Roberto has over 20 years experience in real estate representing buyers and sellers. Ricardo Roberto has a degree in business and started his career the high-tech industry when he came to the US from the Philippines in 1983. Then in 2000, he transitioned to real estate and mortgage. He sold residential properties and a good number of commercial properties. He also sold (and continues to sell) businesses which comprise mostly of restaurants. He is adept in current market conditions and applies both technical and trending data in assessing the price and marketability of a restaurant or any food business. His approach is streamlined, direct and results oriented.

In addition to the above credentials, Ricardo has extensive understanding of, and experience in, the food industry. He also completed a formal education and training in a reputable culinary school. He has knowledge and experience in food costing, menu creation and design, kitchen and dining room lay-out design, marketing, and many other key functions. He ran and managed a successful catering company, co-owned a restaurant and a food truck. Having these experiences are additional value during marketing, negotiation, and escrow.

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Richard DiTullio

Richard DiTullio

Broker Associate, Central Valley

Richard has 25+ years experience in brokerage, 20 years experience in the Hospitality Business, and has personally owned 2 successful pizza restaurants (Prima Pizza on the West Coast and Giorgio’s Pizzeria on the East Coast). This hands-on experience gives him a unique understanding of the sacrifices and work involved when owning your own business; thus enabling Richard to address the needs of sellers and buyers. His brokerage experience includes Business, Commercial and Residential Leasing and Property Management. He has leased over 1,000,000 square feet of retail space in malls, strip centers and free standing buildings. In addition Richard has leased over 1,000 residential units consisting of apartments, single family homes and condos. As a Property manager he routinely acted as an intermediary between landlord and tenant and brings this skill set in negotiating lease terms when a business changes hands. He also guides new business owners through the process of state and local regulatory compliance with regard to health, fire and building codes. Richard holds a California State Real Estate Brokers License.

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Ana Zhou

Ana Zhou

Listing Transaction Agent, San Francisco Bay Area

Ana Zhou was born and raised in China and speak fluent Mandarin and Cantonese. She has 10 years experience in international trading & shipping marketing. Ana also has 10 years helping business owners with tax strategies & financial services. Ana launched her own design company to help retailers build their brand identity and offered full solutions for store indoor & outdoor design. Her multicultural marketing experience has enabled Ana to work effectively with both American and Asian communities giving her a unique understanding of the sacrifices and work involved when owning your own business.

Ana has past experience selling a restaurant and other businesses. She can address the needs of sellers and buyers. Also, Ana is well connected with contractors, landlords and property management companies and has extensive experience obtaining city permits and building connections.

Ana holds a California State Real Estate License (Lic. ID #02036587).

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Bruce Osterlye

Bruce Osterlye

Listing Transaction Agent, San Francisco Bay Area

Bruce has officially retired from Restaurant Realty. He was the FIRST team member to join RRC as a Listing Transaction Agent in our company, and we are forever grateful for his impeccable professionalism and investment in our company. He will be missed terribly.

Prior to joining Restaurant Realty, Bruce, a native of San Francisco, attended the San Francisco City College Hotel and Restaurant Program, worked in a number of Bay Area French restaurants, and has hotel and restaurant experience working in Switzerland. This was followed by twelve years at Kenwood Vineyards and Winery as Warehouse and Bottling Line Manager, Restaurant Wine Sales and Events Catering. Since 1989, Bruce has been a successful restaurant owner and operator. Bruce holds a California State Real Estate License (Lic. ID #01840610).

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Southern California Team

Keith Simpson

Keith Simpson

Listing Transaction Agent, Los Angeles

Keith has 48 years of restaurant, bar and catering experience, 20 of those years as an owner/operator. After graduating from the London College of Hotel and Catering, Keith gained initial experience as a Chef in many of London’s renowned restaurants. In the ‘80’s he became the Managing Director of a large catering company taking on the responsibilities for prestigious events for the British Royal family, British Government and their dignitaries & many commercial events for a period of 10 years. Since moving to the USA in 1996 Keith has owned three successful restaurants and a catering company in Northern California. In 2013 he was chosen from stiff competition to host an 8-episode series for the Food Network channel called ‘Buy This Restaurant.’ {READ MORE}

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Todd Pliss

Todd Pliss

Listing Transaction Agent, Los Angeles

Since relocating to Los Angeles from his native Long Island, New York, Todd has been active in the real estate business. Todd has held his California real estate license since 2004 and has been involved in the listing, marketing and selling of residential and commercial real estate, including hotels, restaurants, car washes, and many other types of businesses. Todd has many years of teaching experience teaching several different subjects to students in the K-12 level. Todd is the founder/CEO of the popular business, Rent A Grandma, which has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. Todd holds a California Real Estate Agents License (CalBRE#01720850), teaching credential and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Jacksonville University.

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Vic Kharadjian, CBB

Vic Kharadjian, CBB

Broker Associate, Los Angeles

Viken Vic Kharadjian brings a wide range of experience to RRC. Since 2006, he has listed and sold many Food and Beverage Businesses in LA. In addition to owning and managing several hospitality industry businesses. Vic has extensive experience and knowledge in Commercial Real Estate and Property Management which his clients greatly benefit from during lease negotiation with landlords. Vic is highly experienced in complex transactions. Vic also has served as Director for the Commercial Division of a large real estate firm.
Vic is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and has also received Certification in Commercial Brokerage and Business Brokerage. Vic is a member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) and International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and has earned his Certified Business Brokers (CBB) designation in 2008.

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Sean Sette

Sean Sette

Listing Transaction Agent, Los Angeles & Orange County

Born and raised amongst a household of real-estate and hospitality entrepreneurs, Sean Sette has the ideal foundation for designing, developing, selling, and buying amongst the hospitality industry. Sean's experience spans from hotels, fine dining, nightlife, membership clubs, event spaces, full service fast casual, QSR, and specifically multi unit infrastructures. Newport Beach is home to his daughter Waverly Harper and his better half Cristal Lee. His overall pride and joy is seeing his daughter and family grow. Sean specializes in finding the perfect venues for his clients. He combines his love for hopsitality as sales agent and principal of LeFleur Concepts which designs and develops elevated concepts in both real estate and luxury hospitality.

Over the course of 30 years of running successful businesses and developing properties together, Sean's parents taught him the value of commitment, collaboration, and entrepreneurial spirit. At the age of twenty-two Sean successfully designed and developed his own multi - unit elevated restaurant structure, The Chocolate Bar Group, that thrived to four locations amongst California, Nevada, and Texas selling off seven years later for a great profit.

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Hoyle Charles Kang

Hoyle Charles Kang

Listing Transaction Agent, Los Angeles

Hoyle Kang is a professionally licensed Business Sales Broker. He Has more than two decades of experience as a Business Broker. His major market area is such as Mid-Wilshire, Downtown LA, Korea Town, China Town, Japan Town, Burbank, Glendale, La Canada, La Crescenta, West LA, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. Hoyle has experience selling client businesses fast and in private.

Hoyle is well connected with international customers from China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Middle East, including getting them E-2 Visa and EB5 Visa to live in the US.

He is also an elected member of Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council in the planning & land use management committee. He was also running the Kid playground restaurant, Kid Concepts in Torrance. Along with business operations for many years, he has also known the pros and cons of restaurant owners... {READ MORE}

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Rafael Garcia

Rafael Garcia

Listing Transaction Agent, Orange County & Los Angeles

Rafael Garcia is a professionally licensed Business Sales Broker. He brings more than two decades of experience in Sales, Marketing and Management to his current role as a Business broker. His experience in the Hospitality Industry in major markets, such as Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas, allows all Buyer/Sellers the perfect consultation needed in making these important decisions.

Rafael is well connected in Los Angeles and Orange County, having run and owned several reputable businesses both domestically and internationally, he knows many potential clients in and around these business communities.

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Lisa Salinas

Lisa Salinas

Broker Associate, Los Angeles County

Lisa has 12 years real estate experience in both California and Texas. She holds a Real Estate Broker’s license for the state of California. She has also owned a restaurant business selling cuisine from her family’s home country of Trinidad & Tobago. She currently still runs the catering part of that business. Lisa has catered for television and entertainment industries such as Amazon Prime and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Her cuisine was featured in the Los Angeles Times and garnered recognition by her family’s home country of Trinidad in their largest print publication, The Trinidad Express. Lisa’s major market areas are Los Angeles, where she resides and Orange County where she has sold and leased businesses.

Lisa is a 13 year military Veteran and served several overseas assignments including combat missions in Bosnia and South East Asia. She has a daughter in the entertainment industry who has had recurring roles on Netflix and is well connected in the Los Angeles area. Lisa is a driven, focused, and service oriented individual who thrives off of helping others achieve their best desired outcome.

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Angelo Albanese

Angelo Albanese

Listing Transaction Agent, Orange County

Angelo has a diverse background as a former restaurant, bar and club owner for over 35 years including building many restaurants from scratch throughout California. He has also worked as a restaurant consultant opening several restaurants for others in addition to his years of experience in restaurant sales and leasing. Angelo’s past operating experience coupled with his years of restaurant sales experience is very helpful in assisting new and experienced restaurant owners find the right location. Angelo started in his family’s restaurant as a young boy and is familiar with all the operational functions of the business. Angelo holds a California State Agents License (CalBRE#00661895).

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Fera Hashemi

Fera Hashemi

Broker Associate, San Francisco/Bay Area

Fera Hashemi has over 19 years of restaurant operations and ownership experience. She currently owns a fine dining Steakhouse in the bay area. Her experience is both in casual and fine dining restaurants. She has opened 5 concepts from scratch taking it from construction to opening. She also has not only managed these locations but she also understands the social marketing aspect of the business first hand. Her love for hospitality shows in every aspect of her work. Her understanding of the menu and kitchen dynamics are a plus being married to a chef for over 20 years, she has adapted a great love of back of the house operations. Her understanding of hospitality and the love for restaurants makes her the best fit for both sellers and buyers, having worked in the industry she understand what is needed of both buyers & sellers. In addition to her hospitality experience, Fera also holds a California Real Estate Brokers License. {READ MORE}

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Jonathan Ferrini

Jonathan Ferrini

Broker Associate, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino

Jonathan’s grew up in a restaurant family in Pasadena getting exposure to to the restaurant business at an early age. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from UCLA he began his 30 year commercial real estate career. He started with Grubb & Ellis in San Diego where he specialized in the sale of investment property before moving on to a real estate development company in Pasadena where he was responsible for leasing the company’s retail and office properties throughout Southern California. Jonathan then joined up with CB Richard Ellis and was named “Regional Rookie of the Year” and received the “Distinguished Achievement Award” for exceptional service to clients as a high rise office leasing specialist. {READ MORE}

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Martin Cramer, CCIM, CPM

Martin Cramer, CCIM, CPM

Broker Associate, Southern California

Martin has been involved with leasing and managing restaurants throughout his 25+ year real estate career. His work in the restaurant industry preceded his real estate career when he worked in restaurants during college in the Southern California area as well. He has worked in various areas of the commercial real estate industry throughout his career, and now focuses on restaurant sales and purchases with Restaurant Realty. Martin is passionate about strategizing, supporting, and guiding his sellers and buyers so that they make the best possible decision for themselves and maximize the return on their investment.

His expertise spans leasing numerous restaurant spaces, to property and asset management of restaurant properties for landlords throughout Southern California. {READ MORE}

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Kevin Mathews

Kevin Mathews

Listing Transaction Agent, San Diego County

Kevin Mathews is a results-oriented hospitality and service professional with over 15 years of experience managing daily operations of successful high-volume restaurants, bars and large-scale hotel event operations. After bartending and barbacking, earning his place, Kevin was promoted as General Manager of a high volume Bar & Grill in Chicago at the age of 23 where he eventually oversaw a seven figure renovation and expansion. Kevin's experience includes high profile properties such as Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants where he served as Director of Food and Beverage at the largest property in the portfolio. Additionally, Kevin worked for Hyatt Hotels as Senior Food & Beverage Manager overseeing the launch of 5 unique restaurant concepts within 2 new luxury hotels. Most recently, he managed full cycle recruiting for a high end, prominent resort in Newport Beach.

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