Robert Given

MIAMI—Commercial real estate musical chairs has been the name of the game in Miami and the Southeast over the past 30 days. Big names have moved, been promoted, and otherwise taken on new responsibilities. I’ve rounded up a few of the moves—large and small.

First off, CBRE promoted South Florida multifamily expert Robert Given to vice chairman, the highest attainable title for producers at CBRE. Formerly an executive vice president, Given and his 10-member team have provided representation to owners in the disposition of multifamily properties and development land for an excess of $12 billion in transaction value.

Also at CBRE, first vice president Nikolas Kozy joined the Private Capital Group (PCG) South Florida Retail Investment team. Kozy was formerly a member of the CBRE National Retail Investment Group for Florida between 2007 and 2012. He has worked on the sale of more than 130 retail shopping centers totaling more than $3.2 billion in consideration.

Bernard Van der Lande, a veteran of the international hospitality investment sales industry, joined the CBRE Hotels group as a senior vice president. He will focus
on helping clients meet their global capital needs in the hotels/hospitality sector. Van der Lande joins CBRE Hotels from hotel brokerage Hodges Ward Elliott where he was a senior vice president. He will be based in Atlanta.

Paul A. Waters joined Cushman & Wakefield as senior managing director and market leader of the company’s South Florida operations. Waters most recently served as an executive managing director of Industrial Services with C III Realty’s NAI Global where he led business development efforts for transaction management services in the Americas, focusing on client portfolio optimization and utilization.

Marcus & Millichap’s Tampa office hired Luke Elliott, a former senior associate at Prudential Commercial Real Estate Florida. Elliot will partner with Michael Mele, first vice president of Investments and founder of The Mele Group, to broker self-storage assets.

At Colliers International Tampa Bay Clearwater offices, Kenneth Carriero is now leading the Colliers National Seniors Housing Group. He was promoted from regional director. And Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central Florida and Southwest Florida named Ryan Kratz president and John K. Scott to senior executive managing director.    

In Panama City, FL, Counts Real Estate Group hired Stephen Counts as a senior commercial advisor to focus on investment properties, joint venture equity transactions, brokerage/leasing, and consulting services. Counts is the son of Steve Counts, the founder of the firm. Counts previously served in the Tampa office of Colliers International and then later the investment sales firm Calkain Cos.

Finally, Greystone, a multifamily and commercial mortgage loans broker, hired Scott Kavel as managing director of the firm’s seniors housing group in Atlanta. Kavel brings more than 20 years of experience to Greystone and has arranged approximately $5 billion in seniors housing finance throughout his distinguished career.