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BOSTON-As a commercial real estate professional whose career is approaching four decades, David L. Pergola has been around the block a few times, and now the award-winning broker is embarking on a new journey with a partner sporting its own local legacy. Having spent nearly all of his 38 years in the field–at what is today rival Colliers Meredith & Grew–Pergola is joining CB Richard Ellis/New England in Boston, company officials have confirmed.

“We are thrilled to have David here,” says President Andrew Hoar. Pergola “has been one of the top senior professionals in the brokerage business for years, and we feel this offers us the chance to draw on his experience and position in the market,” Hoar adds in announcing that the new arrival is coming in as a partner. Besides serving as”a mentor” for fellow staffers, Hoar says Pergola will be a member of the suburban brokerage team that includes principals Andrew Majewski, Michael Ripp and Mark Reardon, all long-time New England commercial real estate veterans.

Beyond stressing that he is “excited” to be working with that trio, Pergola deferred questions about his role at CBRE/New England to Hoar, who reports that the broker will be helping on investment sales as well. That team also sports a cadre of top talent, including William Moylan, retail broker Christopher Angelone and principal Gary Lemire, while the division recently hired multifamily expert Paul Donahue. Hearkening back to the pre-specialist era when brokers juggled all manner of assignments, Pergola has traditionally done both leasing and sales, having previously been a leader in the investment sales team at what was then Meredith & Grew.

According to Hoar, one of Pergola’s most valuable qualities that lets him perform across a series of disciplines is a universal understanding of servicing the customer. Relaying a conversation with an official at a major Boston law firm, that religiously retained Pergola for its real estate needs, Hoar says, “Clients really admire his approach.” The official’s glowing reply, Hoar recounts, reflected how Pergola’s “level of service, and the way he manages the process, makes the client feel very comfortable.”

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

As for the CBRE chapter in his career, the senior Pergola is coming to a firm that dates back more than a century in Boston, as the erstwhile Whittier Partners. The group’s leadership structured a unique 50/50 ownership pact with CB Richard Ellis in the 1990s, making Whittier among the first local firms to create an international networking platform that allows its brokers to perform in the emerging global economy. That footprint will now be available to Pergola. “We think it’s a great opportunity for us and a great opportunity for him,” Hoar says of the hire.

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