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NKF Elevates Valuation & Advisory Self Storage Practice With Hiring of Chris Sonne and Jonathan Lang

New York, NY (03/12/2019)

12:00 PM

Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) is pleased to announce that Chris Sonne and Jonathan Lang are joining Valuation & Advisory (V&A). Sonne will co-lead the Self Storage practice with incumbent NKF Self Storage Practice Leader Steve Johnson, while Lang will serve as a Vice President. While their work will be national in focus, Sonne and Lang will be based in Irvine, CA.

"I'm thrilled to reconnect with Chris, following our time together at Cushman & Wakefield, and to join him with our current Self Storage practice leader, Steve Johnson," said NKF V&A President John Busi. "They both share a special bond from earlier in their careers as both are connected to appraisal pioneer, Ray Wilson, who specialized in a sector known as ‘mini warehouses' back in the early 1970's, before real estate was classified into distinguishable asset classes. In 2008, Ray sold his practice to Integra Realty Resources (IRR). Shortly thereafter, as Chris Sonne began at Cushman & Wakefield, he requested that Ray join the Self Storage practice. This created a powerful combination and Chris came to be known as the preeminent Self Storage appraiser in the industry. The other truly recognized name in that sector at the time was Steve Johnson, who was running the legacy practice that IRR acquired from Ray in 2008. In 2018, NKF acquired that Pasadena based practice led by Steve. Here we are today, full circle, co-joining these ‘larger-than-life' specialists, Chris Sonne and Steve Johnson, to lead NKF V&A's Self Storage Specialty Practice."

Steve Johnson added, "I have been following Chris for 15 years and we have always been friendly competitors. This is a chance to take the self storage valuation practice to a new level by combining our efforts."

An added benefit, according to Busi, is that NKF has an industry dominant Self Storage Capital Markets practice co-led by industry experts Aaron Swerdlin, Vice Chairman and Kenneth Cox, Executive Managing Director.

"We couldn't be more thrilled; Chris has a phenomenal reputation in the industry. We've tried a couple times since we've been at NKF to get Chris on board so it's great that it's finally happening," said Swerdlin from his Houston office.

"Industry data and industry knowledge are the two most important aspects in building relationships within this sector. Both Chris and the legacy NKF Self Storage team will benefit greatly from being under the same flag," added Cox.

Sonne has authored the Appraisal Institute's 2012 guidebook for self storage, titled "Self Storage Economics and Appraisal," and he is currently working on a Second Edition. The Appraisal Institute seminar by the same title has been taught in over 12 states, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada. Sonne has been published more than 100 times regarding the sector, authoring articles for the Appraisal Journal, Inside Self Storage, the Pwc Investor Survey, Mini Storage Messenger and others.

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