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NKF Continues Valuation & Advisory Expansion in the Midwest

Chicago, IL (12/15/2017)

10:00 AM

Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) is pleased to announce that six new team members have joined the firm's expanding Valuation & Advisory practice. John Mackris, Bryan Younge, Gil Licudine, Robert Colantonio, Christopher Jarvis and Shawn Vetter are the newest members of NKF's Valuation & Advisory practice. Mackris, Younge, Licudine, Colantonio and Jarvis will be based in Chicago and Vetter will be domiciled in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bringing 21 years of experience to his role, John Mackris, MAI, MRICS, has joined the firm as a senior managing director and market leader for Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Prior to joining NKF, he served as an executive director with Cushman & Wakefield, also serving as a Midwest leader in the firm's retail specialty practice. Before Cushman & Wakefield, Mackris worked for Terzo & Bologna, Inc. in Michigan as a senior appraiser. Throughout his successful career he has prepared and performed valuations and market analysis on a broad range of property types including super-regional malls, lifestyle centers, single-tenant retail, industrial, office buildings, mixed-use developments and vacant land, to name a few. Mackris has carried out valuations for mortgage financing, tax appeal, investment counseling, potential sale or purchase, leasehold and rental analysis and feasibility analysis. His clients have included commercial banks, developers, corporations, individual property owners, public agencies, insurance companies and legal firms.

Bringing nearly 20 years of experience to his role, Bryan Younge, MAI, ASA, FRICS, has joined the firm as an executive managing director and national practice leader of the Hospitality, Gaming and Leisure group. Prior to joining NKF, he served as a managing director and national practice leader of the Hospitality and Leisure group with Colliers International Valuation & Advisory. Younge joined Colliers after nearly 13 years at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was the national practice leader of the Sports and Entertainment group and a senior member of the Hospitality and Gaming group. Throughout his esteemed career, he has completed appraisal, financial reporting and consulting assignments locally, regionally and globally for a wide range of property types, including resorts, hotels, stadiums, golf courses, amusement parks, office buildings, industrial facilities, shopping centers, multifamily housing and land. Younge has also provided litigation support related to bankruptcy, special servicing, condemnation, estate planning, receivership and other court-administered issues.

Gil Licudine, CPA, JD, joins NKF's Valuation & Advisory practice as a senior managing director and national leader of the firm's Property Tax Services practice. He will lead a group of property tax professionals, MAI appraisers and valuation experts who serve the property tax needs of the firm's clients across the United States. He brings over 21 years of experience assisting clients in all phases of the property tax cycle. He has managed regional and national portfolios of properties for a variety of clients including real estate investment trusts, institutional real estate investors, retailers, manufacturers and banks. In addition, Licudine has personally filed assessment appeals in Cook County, Illinois and successfully saved clients hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. Prior to joining NKF, he was a managing director with Cushman & Wakefield and Midwest regional leader of the firm's Property Tax practice. Before Cushman & Wakefield, Licudine served as a senior managing consultant / principal with Paradigm Tax Group to which he was recruited to serve as Geographic Leader of its Chicago office. Prior to Paradigm, he was a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers and a senior manager with Deloitte.

Also joining NKF's Valuation & Advisory practice is industry veteran Robert Colantonio, MAI, MRICS, who will serve as a senior vice president and industrial property valuation leader for Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Based in the firm's Chicago-O'Hare office, he will provide valuation services and lead a staff of industrial appraiser professionals who provide valuation services in the Midwest. Throughout his 25 years in the industry, Colantonio has successfully prepared and performed valuations and market analyses on a myriad of property types and has also carried out valuations for mortgage financing, use-value, tax appeal, investment counseling, real estate allocation, potential sale or purchase, leasehold and rental analysis, and feasibility analysis. Prior to joining NKF, Colantonio was a senior director with Cushman & Wakefield for over 16 years. Before Cushman & Wakefield, he worked in the industry as an independent fee appraiser in the Chicago area.

Christopher Jarvis, MAI, joins NKF's Valuation & Advisory practice as a first vice president. He brings over 20 years of experience performing valuations for all types of existing and proposed properties throughout the U.S., including office, industrial, retail and lodging facilities, with a particular focus on multifamily properties. Prior to joining NKF, Jarvis was a vice president with CBRE's Valuation & Advisory Services group in Chicago for 13 years. Before CBRE, he served as a senior commercial appraiser in the Tampa office of Deloitte & Touche. Jarvis began his professional career as a staff appraiser in the St. Louis, Missouri office of Arthur Andersen.

With 24 years of industry experience, Shawn Vetter has joined the firm as a senior vice president and will be based in the firm's St. Louis, Missouri office. A highly experienced appraiser, he has prepared and performed valuations and market analyses on a broad range of property types, with a focus on multifamily. Prior to joining NKF, he served as a senior appraiser with CBRE, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri. Before joining CBRE in 2001, Vetter worked for private firms in St. Louis and in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Chicago and the three state Midwestern market was a critical territory for us and is one of the final ‘pieces of the puzzle' of our U.S. V&A platform. This block of hires consists of three national specialty practice leaders and three seasoned regional professionals so it was obviously an impactful ‘get' for us," said John Busi, president of NKF's Valuation & Advisory group. "It's awesome to reconnect with John, Bryan, Rob and Gil whom I've watched grow into industry leaders and to have the opportunity to work with Chris and Shawn for the first time. With John leading the charge in the Midwest and Bryan and Gil building out and advancing national practice groups we are poised to create dominant practices that will take our new business to the next level."

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