Executive Vice President
License # CA-01248264
Since joining Colliers I have been engaged by Hobby Lobby as their exclusive tenant rep in California, and to date they have opened over 40 stores averaging 55,000 square feet. I was retained by children’s clothing retailer Sprockets as 3rd party Real Estate Director, where I completed 15 deals in outlet malls across the country. I was also retained by Oakley as International Director of Real Estate focusing on Brazil, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong, and completed about 20 deals for them.
Subsequently, in 2016 I was retained as National Real Estate Director by Dixon Car Phone, the $9 billion British multinational electrical and telecommunications retailer. The project involved rolling out Sprint Stores across the US. In addition, since joining the Oakland Colliers office I have developed an urban retail leasing team focused on Oakland retail, and have had numerous Oakland listings and tenant representation assignments.
Professionally, I am very active in ICSC, and from 2004 to 2012 served on ICSC’s Northern California Program Committee. I served for eight years on Colliers Retail National Leadership Committee, and as three-year Chair led the national directive to strengthen the Colliers national retail brokerage network and drive business development. I am proud to be the only retail broker to have ever won the Colliers Chairman’s Award twice--in 2011 and 2015. In 2012, I received the Colliers Everest Award.
As a volunteer, I have served as board member for the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce ($1 million/year annual budget), and was honored as Volunteer of the Year for my work initiating the Oakland Land Use Committee, an advocacy group of commercial development professionals. I currently serve as board member for the Oakland Builders Alliance (OBA), an advocacy organization of Oakland builders and developers supporting responsible and efficient growth. I am chairman of its Land Use Committee, and in 2017 I chaired the OBA fundraiser that made a significant donation to the East Oakland Boxing Association, an organization dedicated to serving under-privileged youth with education, wellness and positive influence.
My amazing wife Setsuko and I live in Clayton with our beautiful, intelligent daughters Iris and Rose, who we adopted as infants from Kazakhstan in 2004. In my spare time, I love to cook and walk our 4 dogs. I have a deep passion for daily exercise, wine, scotch and poker (note: not necessarily in that order.) I volunteer for my children’s schools and sports teams, and support several charities that benefit children.
- 2011 National "Chairman's Award" Winner for most outstanding Colliers Retail Broker
- 2012 Colliers "Everest Award" recipeint for top 10% in production out of over 2,000 brokers.
- 2012 "Business Volunteer of the Year" Awarded at the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 107th Annual
- 2015 National "Chairman's Award" winner for most outstanding Colliers Retail Broker
B.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1992. Major: Hospitality Management/Business Administration.
Memberships & Involvements
International Council of Shopping Centers, Colliers National Steering Committee Member, Colliers Western Division Retail Practice Chair, ICSC Member/Northern California Program Committee, Oakland Retail Advisory Committee Chair, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Oakland Builders Alliance - Board Member - Land Use Committee Chair
Mervyns Departments, Shoe Pavilion, Krispy Kreme, McDonalds, Jack In The Box, Popeyes, Autozone, Supercuts, Phillips Van Huesen Company, Score!, Swoozies, Busy Body, Golden 1 Credit Union, Foot Locker, CVS Pharmacy, GNC, Dress Barn, Wells Fargo Bank, SyWest Development, Simeon Development, Property Development Associates (Safeway), Patterson Development Company, California Commercial Investments, Fairfield Residential, Kin Properties, Sandor Development
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Associate Vice President
I am passionate about Oakland, it's continuing retail renaissance and my role in working through development, sales and leasing of commercial retail properties from stand-alone buildings to towering mixed-use projects and everything in between. As a consultant to developers, I strategize in the early stages of project planning to define their needs from a retail standpoint.
While my retail brokerage covers the entire East Bay Region, I am primarily focused in Oakland and specialize in urban street retail, neighborhood planning and place-making opportunities, representing both Landlords and Tenants.
My expertise here gives me intimate knowledge of who is in the market and allows me to provide a very detailed, street-by-street perspective about the current real estate market, as well as municipality guidelines to clients, which include developers of Mixed Retail/ Office/ Residential projects, philanthropic institutions, individual property owners and retail Tenants looking to start or expand their businesses in Oakland.
Restaurants, bars and taproom uses are the majority of my clients, along with fitness, cafe and boutique retailers. With a vast network of broker, client, and City of Oakland relationships, I have a trusted advisor role that allows me privy early on to which national groups are looking to open here, as well as local & independent restaurateurs and retailers. Being able to understand their specific needs to bring their visions to life and keep Oakland unique and exciting brings great satisfaction.
In these types of transactions, obstacles will inevitably arise. My experience, tenacity, and ability to problem solve are my greatest strengths and I use them to bring both a systematic and creative mindset to move through any challenges. I surround myself with respected associates in this industry that will advocate and be a resource on my clients behalf, no matter the issue.
When not fantasizing about the latest restaurant opening or tootling around town on my bike, I spend time with my husband, two sports-loving sons and our dog, who never gets enough walks. I lend my support to worthwhile organizations that focus on the arts, children and businesses, most recently with Children's Fairyland and now with the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and The Storefronts Initiative thru Oakland Art Murmur. Additionally, I am involved with Oakland Chamber of Commerce, East Bay CREW and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Associate Vice President
My brokerage practice specializes in retail and mixed-use urban infill real estate along the I-880 corridor, with a particular focus on Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. Much of my work involves the food and beverage sector, including wineries and breweries. My landlord clients range from institutional developers to individual property owners, and similarly my tenant clients vary from corporate clients to individual proprietors.
Prior to real estate, I worked 14 years as a builder on projects that included UC Berkeley, Ghiradelli Square, and Pets Unlimited. Presently I draw on my building expertise almost daily—whether I am advising a client about prepping a property for sale, helping lay out space plans, or negotiating tenant improvements for a client.
Having practiced in Oakland and the adjacent municipalities for over 11 years, my connections run deep in both the private and public sector. I pride myself with getting clients through the approval and development phases quickly and effectively. I am always available to offer my time and advice about a potential enterprise.
Outside of work, I am active in both the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute. As a board member of the Lake Merritt/Uptown Business Improvement District, I help develop and oversee the strategic spending plan to enhance the vibrancy and appeal of the area. I am passionate about Oakland and the dynamic renaissance currently transforming the city, especially in the food and beverage scene. I run Lake Merritt a few times a week and am a huge A’s fan.
- Junction Properties
- UC Berkeley
- Equity Residential
- SRM Associates
- BRE Properties
- TMG Partners
- HP Investors
- The Martin Group
- Cypress Properties Group
- True North Properties
- oWOW—Danny Haber
- BBI Construction
- Pacific Real Estate Partners
- Junction Properties
- Rudd Properties
- HLA Ventures
- CVS Pharmacy
- UC Berkeley
- Ramen Shop
- Gastro Pig
- Octopus Literary Salon
- J.C. Winery
- Gordo Taqueria
- Bar Works—Co-working space
- Interstate Batteries
- Mira Law Group
- Burn Pilates
- Temescal Brewery
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
- Tenant Representation
- Investment Sales
- Landlord Consulting
- Mixed Use Developments