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NKF Adds Tenant Representation Rising Stars Ryan Bohrer and Andrew Commers to its Minneapolis Office

Minneapolis, MN (11/13/2018)

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Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) is pleased to announce the further expansion of its Minneapolis office with the addition of two industry rising stars, Ryan Bohrer and Andrew Commers. Both join NKF as associate directors, working closely with Executive Managing Director Jim Damiani providing tenant representation services to select clients.

Joining from Cushman & Wakefield, Bohrer and Commers have nearly a decade of combined experience advising tenants and users on their corporate real estate strategies. They offer a broad range of experience representing tenants from fast-growing tech companies, including Inc5000 and Fast 50 firms, to publicly traded and large private companies. Over the past 12 months, Bohrer and Commers have negotiated over 400,000 square feet of space on behalf of their clients with footprints well beyond the Twin Cities, ranging from $2B a year IT consultants to Fortune 500 firms.

"I am excited to add two more rising stars to our expanding office," stated NKF Executive Managing Director Jim Damiani, co-leader of the Minneapolis office along with Senior Managing Director John McCarthy. "Personally, I am thrilled to grow my tenant representation team, adding such energetic and driven young professionals to round out our tenant advisory skill-set. I welcome their outstanding work ethic, dedication and competitive nature, and know it will generate successes for NKF Minneapolis and its clients."

Bohrer and Commers' friendship - and competitive relationship - began when they were rival high school hockey players. Today, they both give back to their community by coaching and instructing youth hockey. The pair has coached together in the Minnesota Youth Hockey Hub's Bantam Elite League and Andrew continues to coach and mentor players at St. Thomas Academy, where he attended high school. "Saint Thomas Academy had a strong impact on the person I am, so I want to give back to the school and the people involved in the community there," commented Commers.

"Jim is known for his stellar reputation, both as the best tenant rep specialist in the Twin Cities and for his ability to add unmatched value for his clients," said Bohrer. "He has a reputation for achieving the best possible deal terms for his clients, while creating dynamic workspaces -his clients are often impressively featured in the Minneapolis Business Journal's "Cool Spaces' section. We were drawn to Jim's passion about building the NKF Minneapolis office - the opportunity to take this leap and join NKF and Jim Damiani was something we couldn't pass up."

NKF has quickly emerged as a market leader in Minneapolis since Damiani and McCarthy joined the firm in 2017 to co-launch its new Minneapolis office, which was honored in its inaugural year as a "Best Place to Work" from the Minneapolis Business Journal. An integral part of the focus has been on developing and growing the office - which has increased by over 500% in just 18 months - meeting a crucial company goal of expanding service coverage in a key corporate headquarters market.

"NKF is the fastest growing commercial real estate firm in the Twin Cities with an emerging reputation for hiring the best and brightest talent in town," added Commers. "We are excited to be a part of this exclusive team. NKF's footprint and bench strength bolsters our ability to meet any goals our clients may have with locations - inside and outside the Twin Cities."

Bohrer concluded, "You will continue to see NKF's red signs around town and be reading more about NKF in the months to come."

About Newmark Knight Frank

Newmark Knight Frank ("NKF"), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. ("Newmark Group") (NASDAQ: NMRK), is one of the world's leading and most trusted commercial real estate advisory firms, offering a complete suite of services and products for both owners and occupiers. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF's 16,000 professionals operate from approximately 430 offices on six continents. NKF's investor/owner services and products include investment sales, agency leasing, property management, valuation and advisory, diligence, underwriting, government-sponsored enterprise lending, loan servicing, debt and structured finance and loan sales. Occupier services and products include tenant representation, real estate management technology systems, workplace and occupancy strategy, global corporate services consulting, project management, lease administration and facilities management. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com. Newmark Group is a publicly traded subsidiary of BGC Partners, Inc. ("BGC") (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets.

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