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  • ONE-OF-A-KIND ON OAHU: "THE GATHERING PLACE IN KAPOLEI"

    Atalanta Realty Investments (ARI)'s The Gathering Place in Kapolei, a new, 55,000 sf lifestyle center to be developed in Kapolei, Hawaii, is attracting unprecedented interest from prospective retail and restaurateur tenants. The new center, scheduled for opening in Spring 2016, will welcome shoppers with appealing, one-of-a-kind retail amenities, wares from local artisans and an innovative mix of first-to-market retailers and restaurateurs, seasonal events, greenbelts and rest areas, a pop fountain play area, and more. The Gathering Place in Kapolei's two, two-story buildings and five, one-story buildings will be centrally located near the new University of Hawaii Kapolei West Oahu campus.

    Said ARI Managing Principal Jennifer N. Taylor, who founded the real estate investment and development in 2013, "Atalanta envisions a lively environment complete with one-of-a-kind shops and amenities and an inviting design, infused with the spirit of the surrounding community, that invites shoppers to ‘stay awhile.’" The Gathering Place in Kapolei will reflect the company's signature, innovative approach to shopping center design, architecture and ambience. "We are excited to bring a new concept to the island, combining Kama’aina architecture and a Hawaiian sense of place with global sophistication," Taylor said. Added Wendell Brooks III, senior vice president and leader of Jones Lang LaSalle's Hawaii Retail Brokerage team, "Atalanta stands out as one of the most interesting and creative developers in the state. The firm saw, and is taking advantage of, a special opportunity to bring a whole new level of distinction to the West Oahu community lifestyle," he added.

  • REMARKABLE ROI FOR PALISADES CAPITAL IN PORTLAND

    Investors, take note! Woodside Palisades Partners' first, value-add office property investment in Portland, OR, is a winner, bringing in a remarkable 13.9 percent return. WPP, a venture of Joaquin de Monet of Palisades Capital Realty Advisors and several Silicon Valley investors, reports that its two Class A office buildings in Cascade Station, a mixed-use development at the gateway to Portland International Airport, are exceeding investor expectations. Palisades Capital Real Estate Advisory, a boutique investment management and advisory firm providing single source solutions for private clients in the U.S. and Latin America, specializes in finding inefficiently priced properties and then negotiating well-timed, smartly structured deals that can generate outsize returns.

    The buildings, Cascade Station I and II, totaling 127,000 square feet, are conveniently located adjacent to a key light rail airport connector and a mix of big-box and name brand retail, several restaurants and three hotels. Cascade I earned LEED® certification for sustainability at the Gold level, an attraction to tenants. "We target income-producing, quality core-plus assets with opportunities to add value in high-growth, suburban Western markets with strong yields and capital appreciation," says Palisades Capital Realty Advisors Co-Founder Joaquin de Monet. "Our successful investment strategy brings us strong yields." A former executive leader of Arden Realty/GE and GE Capital businesses, de Monet has a long track record of successful, large equity and debt transactions for major real estate investment and operating companies—more than $10 billion in real estate investments worldwide to date.
  • PMP’S NEW ASSET IS POSITIONED FOR FAST GROWTH IN BOOMING CHANDLER, AZ

    Palisades Private Capital Fund 1, a $50-million Fund created by Palisades Mexico Partners (PMP), has acquired Chandler Corporate Center, a two-story, 67,561-square-foot Class A office asset in Chandler, Arizona, for $13.9 million. Chandler is experiencing exceptional job growth in the tech sector, boosting office demand, and the transaction represents PMP’s first investment in the Arizona market.

    PMP is a joint venture of Joaquin de Monet, founder and managing principal of Palisades Capital Realty Advisors, LLC, an investment management and advisory firm, and Sergio Argüelles, president/CEO of Monterrey, Mexico-based FINSA, one of the foremost industrial real estate development firms in the Americas.

    Situated on 7.24 acres at 585 North Juniper Drive northwest of Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive, this LEED-certified building, built in 2008, provides tenants, including MediServe Information Systems, STA Travel and Garmin International, Inc., ample open and canopied, surface parking spaces.

    “Chandler Corporate Center offers our investors a stabilized, secure and growing cash flow, with the opportunity for significant rent increases as the market continues to improve,” said Argüelles. Growth in the region’s high-tech sector has boosted job growth, beginning in the last quarter of 2013. “This upturn in Chandler’s economy is increasing demand for office space and this acquisition is in the right place, at the right time,” explained de Monet, “offering an opportunity to invest in the right cycle of the market.” De Monet, the former executive of Arden Realty/GE and GE Capital businesses, has a longstanding track record of arranging and managing more than $10 billion in real estate investments worldwide.

  • NEW OWNERS LAUNCH MAJOR REBRAND OF “THE BLOCK HONOLULU”
    TWO OFFICE BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN HONOLULU

    Atalanta Realty Investments(ARI) and its investment partners have launched an exciting rebrand of a downtown Honolulu office complex comprising two buildings at a prestigious business address. Now united under a single name, THE BLOCK Honolulu, the 100,353 sf, eight-story Richards Building (formerly Ocean View Center) is located at 707 Richards St., and the 84,399, eight-story Mililani Building (formerly Haseko Center) at 820 Mililani St.

    “Our contemporary new look, name and logo are part of a larger program of capital improvements and tenant-focused outreach that will refresh the properties, the amenities and the tenant services,” said ARI Managing Principal Jennifer N. Taylor. The rebrand will include a revamping of THE BLOCK Honolulu’s lobbies and outdoor common areas, as well as upgrades to the landscaping and signage.

    Prominent in downtown Honolulu, THE BLOCK Honolulu offers superior harbor views, an outstanding parking ratio, easy ingress and a relaxed, suburban ambience in the heart of downtown. Superior tenant amenities include a unique campus setting, direct elevator access from the parking structure to tenant floors, hospitality and special programs, and management that is committed to providing the best tenant experience possible, 365 days a year.

    “THE BLOCK Honolulu is ready to welcome brokers and prospective tenants and begin negotiating mutually advantageous deals at any time,” said Sean Tadaki, Managing Partner of Commercial Assets Advisor and leasing representative for THE BLOCK Honolulu.

  • TEXAS AND MICHIGAN PROPERTIES EXPAND TITAN SENQUEST’S SENIOR HOUSING PORTFOLIO

    Titan SenQuest is expanding nationwide. With its recent acquisitions of Governor’s Ridge in Decatur and Redstone Park in Brownwood, Texas, Titan SenQuest Senior Living, the senior housing company of Los Angeles-based Titan Real Estate Investment Group, Inc. (Titan), has added 116 units in two properties to its senior living portfolio. Governor’s Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living is at 300 East Devereaux Street in Decatur, and Redstone Park Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living is located at 2410 Songbird Circle. “The growing Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and its surrounding region support both independent living and assisted living senior housing,” said Kaseff.

    The company’s newly launched program of investment and expansion in Michigan launched with the purchase of the $10.3 million, 152-unit retirement community Sentinel Pointe Community, located at 2900 Thornhills Avenue SE in Grand Rapids. “We are excited at our opportunities to expand Titan SenQuest’s portfolio as the need for senior living facilities increases nationwide,” said Kaseff. “Economically sound, diverse Western Michigan is a prime market for senior living solutions,” he added.

    Titan Senquest’s new properties are comfortable and luxurious, with lush landscaping, settings for pets, socializing, access to exercise and gardening, and include all of the gracious living amenities for active seniors as well as residents needing different levels of care. “We look forward to greatly enhancing the residents’ lifestyles at these two properties,” said Titan SenQuest President Doug Allen. “We will be encouraging residents to increase their independence through activities that will stimulate their mental and physical capacities, as well as provide opportunities to serve other seniors in our community,” he added.

  • DOING IT DIFFERENTLY…

    Palisades Capital Realty Advisors hit the ground running in 2014 with two ventures that reflect the firm’s approach to customized investment solutions and unique sources of capital, most recently with Palisades Mexico Partners, a joint venture between Principal Joaquin de Monet and Sergio Argüelles, president/CEO of Monterrey, Mexico-based FINSA, which established Palisades Mexico Private Capital Fund I. Targeting $100 million in investments, this Fund connects high net-worth individuals and family office investors from Mexico and Latin America with value-add, Class A and B office assets in growing Western U.S. suburban office markets. The Fund has already acquired four assets in Southern California and Arizona with more in the pipeline.
    Q1 of this year, Joaquin also started a new venture - Woodside Capital - with a group of Silicon Valley investors that targets value-add and core-plus quality assets, with strong yields and capital appreciation. In the second quarter, Woodside acquired two Class A office buildings, with a total of 127,000 square feet, at Cascade Station in Portland Oregon. Assets for both funds will be under the management of Palisades Capital Realty Advisors. More to come from this dynamic firm. http://www.palicaprea.com
  • NO GLASS CEILING FOR THIS INNOVATIVE INVESTMENT GROUP, MAHALO…

    Atalanta Realty Investments, leveraging the principals’ long-standing experience in the Hawaii market, has acquired two major office buildings in Honolulu and is in the process of closing on a development site in Kapolei that will be home to The Gathering Place in Kapolei, a 55,000 sf retail center scheduled to open in Spring of 2016. The firm is taking a distinctly different approach with this retail concept that will combine Kama’aina architecture and ambience with one-of-a-kind retail amenities, wares from local artisans and an innovative mix of first-to-market retailers and restaurateurs.

    Atalanta Realty Investments is a women- and minority owned business founded by Managing Partner Jennifer Taylor. Jennifer and her team have a long investment track record in Hawaii and a deep connection to Pacific-Island culture as well as mainland markets.

    That Jennifer Taylor is a minority and female owner of a successful commercial real estate investment firm in an industry that is overwhelmingly dominated by men is only a small part of what differentiates her and her company. The fact is that, among both genders, she holds a unique position as someone who has worked her way up through the ranks from property and asset management roles to a position as owner and investment principal, developed her network and gone on to ride the market with a sense of timing and return that few have achieved.

    The firm embraces a “triple-bottom line” investment philosophy that focuses on strong returns, socially responsible investments and sustainable programs and tends to invest in projects that other investors may have overlooked in urban and suburban locations. Looks like the “sky’s the limit” for Atalanta. www.atalantarealty.com.

  • a GlobeStreet EXCLUSIVE
    Revenue Marketing is the 'New Black'
    By Natalie Dolce | Los Angeles

    The litmus test for their own success? The ability to be able to tie an integrated marketing strategy back to revenue improvement, says Lauter.

    LOS ANGELES - Brooke Lauter and Nadene Gallagher, two Southern California marketing professionals known for creating successful branding and marketing solutions for corporate and entrepreneurial clients, have joined forces to form Lauter + Gallagher LLC with the intent of changing the model for marketing and PR services.

    Departing from the traditional focus on image building and deal promotion, Lauter + Gallagher apply a holistic approach of integrated strategies that links company leadership communication, external client development, portfolio optimization and employee engagement to grow revenue and market share.

    “We do a comprehensive SWOT analysis and then develop a strategy that touches every aspect of the company. It’s not about press releases, the occasional panel or a single asset re-position. Individually, these and other typical marketing activities may provide momentary lift, but they do little for the bottom line in the long term,” states Lauter. “An effective strategy needs to have structure, consistency and a series of integrated components that leverage each other.”

    Both Lauter and Gallagher are committed to creating time-specific engagements by training internal teams and building a firm’s own bench strength to perform in the long term. “We design the strategy and execution, but we also train and strengthen a company’s internal resources as needed,” states Gallagher.

    Their point of view reflects their experience on both sides of the aisle—as corporate clients and as successful entrepreneurs. Lauter was the SVP of Marketing and Communications for Arden and GE Capital for over 13 years after heading her own her own consulting company. Prior to that, she started her career as marketing director for Kennedy-Wilson overseeing campaigns in the US and overseas. Gallagher has been providing public relations consulting services specializing in commercial real estate for more than 20 years and has held management positions at major development and investment firms.

    Together, they agree there are tremendous opportunities in this economy for both established firms and developing companies on the move to drive and track growth in new ways. They are also seeing increasing interest from companies preparing for an IPO who want help building value and entrepreneurial firms that are newly public and need a marketing and communications infrastructure to take them to the next level.

    The litmus test for their own success, they say, is their ability to be able to tie an integrated marketing strategy back to revenue improvement. As former corporate executives, Lauter and Gallagher know the importance of providing the analytics and revenue-related methodology to every aspect of their program. “Creating a strong brand is not about logos and tag lines,” states Lauter. It’s about aligning every aspect of the business to building revenue with consistency and clarity, and there has never been a better time to do that than now.”