"We are thrilled to have David here," says President AndrewHoar. Pergola "has been one of the top senior professionals in thebrokerage business for years, and we feel this offers us the chanceto draw on his experience and position in the market," Hoar adds inannouncing that the new arrival is coming in as a partner. Besidesserving as"a mentor" for fellow staffers, Hoar says Pergola will bea member of the suburban brokerage team that includes principalsAndrew Majewski, Michael Ripp and Mark Reardon, all long-time NewEngland commercial real estate veterans.

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Beyond stressing that he is "excited" to be working with thattrio, Pergola deferred questions about his role at CBRE/New Englandto Hoar, who reports that the broker will be helping on investmentsales as well. That team also sports a cadre of top talent,including William Moylan, retail broker Christopher Angelone andprincipal Gary Lemire, while the division recently hiredmultifamily expert Paul Donahue. Hearkening back to thepre-specialist era when brokers juggled all manner of assignments,Pergola has traditionally done both leasing and sales, havingpreviously been a leader in the investment sales team at what wasthen Meredith & Grew.

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According to Hoar, one of Pergola's most valuable qualities thatlets him perform across a series of disciplines is a universalunderstanding of servicing the customer. Relaying a conversationwith an official at a major Boston law firm, that religiouslyretained Pergola for its real estate needs, Hoar says, "Clientsreally admire his approach." The official's glowing reply, Hoarrecounts, reflected how Pergola's "level of service, and the way hemanages the process, makes the client feel very comfortable."

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Pergola was at Meredith & Grew from 1970 until 2006, anaccomplishment-filled period whose highlights included inductioninto the prestigious Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, andselection as commercial broker of the year by the Greater BostonReal Estate Board in 1995. The Boston College alumnus is a memberof the Commercial Brokers Association and NAIOP. His son, David J.Pergola, carries on the family tradition having worked with hisfather at Meredith & Grew and now as a broker for Cushman &Wakefield.

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As for the CBRE chapter in his career, the senior Pergola iscoming to a firm that dates back more than a century in Boston, asthe erstwhile Whittier Partners. The group's leadership structureda unique 50/50 ownership pact with CB Richard Ellis in the 1990s,making Whittier among the first local firms to create aninternational networking platform that allows its brokers toperform in the emerging global economy. That footprint will now beavailable to Pergola. "We think it's a great opportunity for us anda great opportunity for him," Hoar says of the hire.

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