Willaim Kahn

MIAMI—Commercial real estate executives across the Southeast are playing musical chairs once again. Companies are seemingly in heavy recruiting mode as the competition for clients in 2014 heats up.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman wooed William J. Kahn to the firm. He will serve as director of Commercial Leasing. Kahn brings to the firm over 35 years’ experience in office and industrial leasing, sales, and development.

During his carrer, he has represented national clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in noteworthy relocation and expansion transactions in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. He also represented commercial real estate owners and investors in the leasing and management of diversified portfolios, including multifamily properties and land.

“Bill Kahn has broad experience that will add to NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s vertically integrated services and benefit clients establishing or expanding their presence in Florida,” says Jordan C. Paul, CEO of NAI. “Bill Kahn has enjoyed great success representing both landlords and tenants, and we look forward to him leveraging his experience and leadership abilities from our Boca Raton office.”

Kahn previously served as a senior vice president focused on tenant representation for Butters Realty & Management. Prior to his tenure at Butters, he served for more than 10 years as a senior vice president with Commercial Property Realty Group.

Kahn has also served as project manager at Greenfield Group, a healthcare-related real estate development company, and as vice president in charge of the Fort Lauderdale office of Equis Corporation, a global real estate company focused on business space users.

Meanwhile, Studley has added Tim Prunka to its Miami office as corporate managing director. He will support the needs of the firm’s existing and future tenant clients.

“We are delighted that Tim has joined our team,” says Studley senior vice president and co-branch manager Bob Orban. “He has a unique understanding of client needs given his extensive background representing tenants and working with landlords. His experience and ability to offer a multifaceted approach across all sectors makes him a true asset to the team.”

Prior to joining Studley, Prunka founded and presided over Prunka Realty Advisors, served as senior director at Cushman Wakefield, and executive director of Insignia ESG. He has almost 40 years of commercial real estate experience, handling negotiations from all sides of the table for publicly traded corporations, national and international banks, law firms, and other professional services firms.

“Studley’s culture of teamwork and focus on tenants is what attracted me to the firm,” Prunka says. “I am excited to be part of such a seasoned, cohesive and entrepreneurial group and look forward to serving a wide range of clients throughout the region.”

Finally, CBRE hired Bernard Haddigan as senior managing director of its Capital Markets group in Atlanta. He will work with Kevin Aussef to lead the growth of CBRE’s Private Capital Group, and will play a vital role in expanding the firm’s capabilities for serving private, non-institutional investors.  

“Bernie’s addition to our team reflects CBRE’s commitment to providing comprehensive, market-leading services to investors across the price spectrum,” says Christopher Ludeman, global president, Capital Markets, CBRE. Haddigan is an accomplished commercial real estate investment professional with more than three decades of experience providing strategic counsel to clients.

Haddigan joins CBRE following a 28-year career at Marcus & Millichap. After several successful years as a sales professional, he assumed leadership of Marcus & Millichap’s southern California office, which he guided to the number-one position within the firm.

Subsequently, he led several of the firm’s offices in the Eastern U.S., and in 1998, launched its National Retail Group. He built the Marcus & Millichap retail business into one of the largest shopping center and net-leased property brokerages in the U.S., executing transactions with an aggregate value of more than $48 billion. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and co-chairs their Open Air Committee webinar series.

“Increasingly, private capital is attracted to the strong risk-adjusted returns available from commercial property,” says Aussef, senior managing director of CBRE’s Private Capital Group. “We are optimally positioned to match this capital with opportunity, and I look forward to Bernie’s leadership in growing CBRE’s presence in this market segment.”