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Meet Our Team Staff, Agents, Brokers & Consultants

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 1000 restaurant, bar or club businesses, sold many commercial buildings and completed over 3,000 restaurant valuations since 1996. His real estate experience also 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 also the author of Restaurant Dealmaker – An Insider’s Trade Secrets for Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club available on Amazon.

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Nancy Barton

Nancy Barton

Transaction Sales Manager

Nancy supervises all the buyer activity and oversees the administrative functions of the corporate office. Nancy works with the executive team as well as our broker associates and listing transaction agents on various projects and in transaction management including overseeing the escrow process, ABC liquor license transfer activity and numerous other functions in putting the deals together.

Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company Nancy has been a real estate salesperson for Lake Tahoe Distinctive Properties and Chase International at Incline Village, Nevada and at Frank Howard Allen in San Rafael. Prior to that she was Marketing Manager at Kaiser Permanente, a Senior Business Analyst at American Express and a Sergeant, F-15 Fighter Crew Chief in the U.S. Air Force. She holds an Associate of Arts degree, a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, a Masters of Business Administration degree and a California State Real Estate License.

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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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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.

Judy attended Cornell University and holds a B.A. from University of San Francisco. Judy holds a California State Real Estate License.

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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 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 thru the sales process. Gail also works on special marketing & research projects.

Prior to joining Restaurant Realty, Gail worked as a Realtor for Bradley Real Estate in San Rafael. Her past experience also includes management of Retail Store Development and Construction. She earned certification as a Green Building Professional. Gail studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York followed by studies in Architectural Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Gail holds a California Real Estate License (Lic. ID#01943281).

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Bruce Osterlye

Bruce Osterlye

Listing Transaction Agent, San Francisco Bay Area

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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Patrick Totah

Patrick Totah

Listing Transaction Agent, San Francisco Bay Area

Patrick Totah is fanatical about good food and good restaurants, and committed to being of service to the people who work in the restaurant industry. He currently owns one restaurant in San Francisco, and used to own two, and is deeply familiar with the journey small business owners take when they buy and sell businesses. Patrick also has a decade of experience in the corporate food world, having served as a general manager for Starbucks and an Area Manager for Jamba Juice. In these roles, he managed multiple locations and oversaw the construction of several new stores. For a few years, Patrick worked in residential real estate, before eventually deciding that he wanted to focus his efforts on the restaurant industry. Ever since he was a little kid helping out at his dad’s deli in the Portola District of San Francisco, Patrick has been involved in the food business, and he plans to stay in it for the long haul. When Patrick isn’t working, he’s watching Bay Area sports, and 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. The flagship is in the Design District of San Francisco and the second is in Midtown, Sacramento. Andy has a love of real estate and is also a landlord. After being involved in many restaurant leases, ABC license transfers, and sales he knew he wanted to focus his work on restaurant sales. His compassion for restaurant owner operations allows him to appeal to the complicated and emotional decision to sell one’s business. Andy has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Loyola Marymount University, which gives him an edge in clear and effective communication with all clients. As a proud dad, husband, triathlete and hardworking guy Andy works hard for all his buyers and sellers.

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Giancarlo DiTullio

Giancarlo DiTullio

Listing Transaction Agent, Greater San Francisco Bay Area

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 45 years of restaurant, bar and catering experience, 20 of those years as an owner/operator. After graduating from the West 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 that elevated him to be responsible 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.’ Using his vast knowledge and experience in the UK and in the USA Keith has mentored and consulted for numerous restaurant owners as a Restaurant Tutor. Restauranttutor.net is Keith’s way of helping restaurant owners reach their maximum profit goals by fixing their problems and increasing value for their restaurant business before, during and after a successful sale. Keith has been selling restaurants, bars and clubs for the past 12 years and holds a California State Real Estate License.

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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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Sam Lallian

Sam Lallian

Listing Transaction Agent, Sacramento and the Surrounding Areas

Sam Lallian is excited about supporting, guiding, and strategizing with his sellers and buyers in the restaurant industry. Sam’s first job as a young teenager, was in a restaurant. Although he had other opportunities throughout his career, he continued to find his way back to his passion. Presently, working in the restaurant hospitality is where he belongs. With over 25 years of combined food service experience, he knows the intricacies of the restaurant world. Sam's owner/operation experience, include restaurant settings that range from fast food to fine dining. Sam just sold his fine dining restaurant in 2017. In the 12 years of ownership of that restaurant, Sam doubled his sales. In a restaurant saturated market, his rich professional experience only showcases his expertise in the day to day operations. Sam truly has an appreciation for how rewarding and passion filled owning a restaurant can be.

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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

Jim Pate

Listing Transaction Agent, Northern California

Jim Pate has a wealth of experience in the foodservice industry. With over 30 years experience as a chef working at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Oregon State University. Jim has 10 years experience as an owner/ operator of a successful restaurant which he sold in 2016 and also 15 years experience as a consultive foodservice salesman working with Sysco, US Foods and Performance Foodservice. Jim has been recognized for his extraordinary commitment to excellence by helping restaurant owners solve problems and increase their profits and growth. With his wealth of business knowledge and experience, Jim is looking forward to being able to help individuals realize their dreams of owning a restaurant. As a listing agent Jim’s passion and understanding of the business as a whole will enable him to assist buyer’s and seller’s throughout the transaction process.

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Abe Skaletzky

Abe Skaletzky

Broker Associate, Los Angeles

Abe Skaletzky has been actively involved in the Los Angeles Real Estate Restaurant Business brokerage industry for over twenty years. His expertise is in restaurant site selection, and lease / sale negotiations for the food service industry in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. Abe has an impressive list of credentials that include considerable restaurant business brokerage transactions and a large and loyal following of independent restaurateurs as well as corporate clients across the nation. He has broad experience in all areas of commercial real estate leasing and business sales with a particular emphasis in the area of restaurants and food operations as well as retail locations representing both prominent national chains looking to expand into the Los Angles Metropolitan area.

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Teri Craft

Teri Craft

Listing Transaction Agent, Los Angeles

Teri was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied Communications and Business at University of Southern California. Upon graduation she joined the sales staff at Rykoff-Sexton (which is now U.S. Foods) and worked with numerous chefs while calling on restaurants, hotels, country clubs and caterers throughout Southern California. In 1997, Teri joined Chocolate Creations, a start up Chocolatier in Los Angeles, securing real estate and setting up a commercial kitchen. For 10 years, as the Director of Sales, she drove the food service, retail and corporate sales, working with accounts such as; Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, The Cheesecake Factory, Costco and the U.S. White House. Later she opened, The Chocolate Box, a chocolate retail store and manufacturing kitchen in Pasadena. For several years, she also worked at Prudential, selling residential and commercial properties in the Pasadena area working with both buyers and sellers, with sales in the multi-millions.

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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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Frank Gutierrez

Frank Gutierrez

Broker Associate, Los Angeles

As a licensed agent for 40 years Frank stands ready to provide solutions to restaurant owners regardless of the situation or problems you may face in selling your most valuable asset at the best market price. Starting as a teenager 50 years ago, Frank helped start and run the family restaurant business. As a commercial broker with Marcus & Millichap he closed dozens of transactions for shopping centers as well as apartment and office buildings. During his tenure with Berkshire Hathaway he won sales awards bringing joy to first time homebuyers as well as luxury home sellers wherein he specialized. His 40 years of experience in negotiating with buyers, banks and government agencies like the Tax Board and the ABC practically ensures you will close your escrow with more net proceeds. Marketing properties for four decades has also given Frank the knowledge that qualifies him as the expert in the sale of restaurants. He has acquired lists of thousands of buyers over his many years that gives you the power and peace of mind that your restaurant will be sold for the best market price.

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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. After seven years as a successful broker at CBRE, Jonathan became Senior Vice President and Principal with Lee & Associates. where he specialized in the sale of bank owned “REO” commercial properties throughout Southern California. After moving to San Diego in 2002, Jonathan became one of the founding Principals of Lee & Associates, San Diego where he specialized in the sale and lease of commercial property until 2013. Over the years Jonathan has completed dozens of restaurant lease transactions. Jonathan has been licensed as a California Real Estate Broker (#00705613) and General Building Contractor (#B570608) for over 20 years.

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Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

Listing Transaction Agent - Riverside, Orange and San Diego County

Craig brings a rich and diverse background to Restaurant Realty Company. Craig has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry holding several positions in everything from fast-casual in Denver and Pismo Beach to fine-dining establishments in Scottsdale and La Jolla, where he has learned firsthand the methods and the nuances that are unique to the food service industry. He later became a licensed real estate broker and was soon involved in several commercial real estate transactions. He has represented both landlords and tenants completing complex lease negotiations and teamed up on a number of multimillion-dollar investment property transactions while working with the firms Iliff-Thorn & Company/Colliers and Marcus & Millichap.

Craig is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with deep experience working with the small business owner in growth of market share and cost reduction and has served as a consultant to restaurant owners training the front-of-the-house with suggestive selling techniques to successfully boost revenues. Craig holds a B.S. in Business Applied Management from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California and a California State Real Estate License.

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James Courtney

James Courtney

Broker Associate, Riverside, Orange and San Diego County

James Courtney is an associate broker with Restaurant Realty Company (RRC) and has over 25 years of real estate, business brokerage and finance experience. Due to Mr. Courtney’s vast experience helping business owner and buyers successfully come together, he is effectively able to facilitate the process of buying or selling Restaurants, & Sports Bars with minimal distractions.

His knowledge of the evaluating businesses and assessing market value has allowed him to become a great resource for both buyers and sellers. His team of Escrow & Finance services along with Attorneys and Marketing staff ensures the process will be handled with care and confidence. Knowing what to look for when transferring and negotiating leases help make the selling process seamless for both buyers and sellers.

James takes time to make sure sellers understand the selling process and necessary steps taken to protect the integrity, confidentiality and marketability of Restaurants or Sports Bar owners he represents. His experience & connections with multiple lenders provide options to qualified buyers looking to purchase restaurants businesses.

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John Bagley

John Bagley

Listing Transaction Agent, San Diego County

John started in the restaurant business at age fourteen as a dishwasher and spent the next twenty-five years honing his skills in every position in the business, from busboy to server, barback to bartender, line cook to chef; culminating in owning his own successful restaurant from 1993 to 2002. John left the hospitality business for real estate in 2003. His first real estate transaction was listing and selling a breakfast café. While concentrating on residential sales and mortgage, john continued to do restaurant consulting and sales. With some successful restaurant sales under his belt, john has decided to merge his two passions and concentrate on selling restaurants, bars, and clubs with Restaurant Realty Company. He is very excited to join the team, gaining access to all the tools, training, and systems the company provides its agents and clients. He believes his experience, coupled with Restaurant Realty’s resources will allow him to provide the best experience possible as he helps others realize their dreams. John is the father of two grown children who both are involved in the hospitality business. When he is not working, you can find him at the beach indulging his passion for beach volleyball and volunteering his time with nonprofits.

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Martin Cramer, CCIM, CPM

Martin Cramer, CCIM, CPM

Broker Associate, San Diego County

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. As a commercial real estate broker, he has worked extensively with landlords in both leasing, sales and management of the commercial properties and is very knowledgeable at completing complex transactions for his clients. To date, he has been involved with managing over 5,500,000 square feet of commercial properties and has completed over 2,100,000 square feet of lease/sale transactions for high net worth individuals and institutional real estate owners.

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Tom Dellerba

Tom Dellerba

Listing Transaction Agent, San Diego County

With over 20 years in the hospitality industry, Tom Dellerba’s background spans from small, independently-owned boutique restaurants to large franchise restaurants producing over 12 million in annual revenue. Tom has held many management positions within the industry, and he prides himself on top-notch customer service. He has used his knowledge of the hospitality industry to segue into commercial real estate. “I enjoy creating long-lasting relationships with my clients, and take pride in being their trusted real estate advisor. I aim to provide smooth transactions with the utmost integrity and customer service.

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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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Lisa Salinas, CNE, MCNE

Lisa Salinas, CNE, MCNE

Listing Transaction Agent, Orange County

Lisa Salinas is no stranger to hard work and sacrifice. As a 13-year Gulf War veteran with combat experience, Lisa has a heart of service and always choose careers that give her an opportunity to live out her top values of service, discipline, hospitality and compassion. After her honorable discharge from the military she went into the medical research field where she worked on cutting edge research that advanced knowledge in early detection of heart attacks and in utero detection of fetal abnormalities. When the company she worked for closed its doors she made the switch to a more hands on and face to face service career in real estate. She obtained her real estate license and was the second top earner with Keller Williams in her first year. She quickly built a rapport with and clientele base that sustained her career as an agent in Texas for 7 years.

Lisa is the 8th and last child of Caribbean born parents who moved to America and became US citizens to provide their children with a better life. On the island of Trinidad her mother managed and cooked for a cantina that served hundreds each week, single handedly

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Thomas Barton

Thomas Barton

Internet Marketing Coordinator

Responsible for managing over 200+ restaurant, bar and nightclub listings on RRC's website spanning across Northern and Southern California. Update 10+ listing websites with current information and changes that agents dictate through email communication. Create and deliver a bi-monthly e-newsletter that highlights the company’s price reduced, featured and new listings and consistently generates a high open and click rate.

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Jeremy Broekman

Jeremy Broekman

Creative / Marketing Director

Jeremy Broekman has been with Restaurant Realty Company since 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 social media, sales and PR services to all our agents and our brand.

As an expert in marketing, branding, advertising, social media, graphic design and website development, Jeremy trains corporate, entertainment industry, real estate, and start-up C-suite and V-suite executives. Jeremy leads professional teams to launch successful marketing/advertising campaigns, {re}branding campaigns, effective publicity/promotions and PR strategies. He coaches and consults individuals and teams in the areas of business development, brand strategy and social media. Jeremy is a Spartan racer, charismatic connector and master networker. Drawing on his extensive entertainment publicity, corporate marketing and real estate publicity experience, his presentations are highly motivational and energizing, showing senior leadership teams how to collaborate cohesively, overcome obstacles and develop a shared vision/mission.

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