SOURCE: A&G Realty Partners
MELVILLE, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2012) - Commercial real estate consulting, advisory and investment group A&G Realty Partners announced today that noted industry leaders Peter Lynch and Andrew Margolick have joined the firm as partners, bringing to A&G coast-to-coast geographic penetration as well as further deep industry experience in dealmaking, real estate dispositions, lease renegotiations and strategic planning. Both Peter Lynch and Andrew Margolick come to A&G from positions of leadership in the field -- Peter as a Principal and Senior Managing Director at DJM Realty, and Andrew as President of his own firm, ARM Consulting, and as a Vice President at Hilco Real Estate.
Peter Lynch comes with over 30 years of retail operating experience, and has been the client manager for numerous high profile companies, including Pier 1, Borders, Discovery Channel Stores, Restoration Hardware, and Pacific Sunwear. Other projects led by Peter included Design Within Reach and MANN Theatres, which was a Viacom and Warner Bros. company. Peter's retail experience and subsequent move to real estate at DJM have allowed him to be a top advisor to the "C" suite and Boards of Directors, guiding them through real estate strategies such as store openings and closings. Prior to his tenure as Principal and Senior Managing Director at DJM Realty, Peter was President, COO and CFO for numerous specialty retail, big box, outlet and department stores in both publicly traded and venture capital based companies that include Babystyle, Warner Bros. Studio Stores, Baby Guess Kids, STØR (a division of IKEA) and Emporium Capwell Department Stores. Peter has been a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization since 1994, World Presidents Organization since 2002 and Chief Executives Organization since 2004. Notes A&G co-president Andy Graiser, "We're fortunate to have Peter heading up our new L.A. office. He brings an enormous amount of retail experience, making him very valuable to retailers. He's been through it all and is an extremely good strategic partner in executing restructures and disposition projects."
Peter Lynch adds, "It's exciting to join -- or rather rejoin -- Andy and Emilio in their new company. Not only do their expanded menu of offerings, such as patient capital, make dealmaking opportunities that much stronger, but frankly, I'm electing to work with the best team in the industry."
Andrew Margolick brings 13 years of real estate experience, including 5 years in Investments and Acquisitions. Andrew has had a successful career in disposing and restructuring over 2,000 leases nationwide for both healthy and distressed companies and has saved his clients over $200 million in leasehold obligations. Prior to joining A&G, he was a Vice President at Hilco Real Estate and President of ARM Consulting. Andrew is recognized as one of the leading dealmakers in the country, and has represented such companies as A&P, Zales, WorldCom, Bally, The Pantry, Oakley, Panda Express, Mikasa, J. Jill, Select Comfort, Papyrus, and Anchor Blue. At The Margolick Financial Group, Andrew was instrumental in the acquisition of 15 million square feet of enclosed regional mall space, and raised $400 million of Investment Equity and $1.5 billion of debt.
Says A&G Co-President Emilio Amendola, "Having Andrew join us in Chicago, and having his extensive experience in the Midwest at our disposal, we'll have even more access to the detailed and vital on-the-ground information necessary to stay on top of the national real estate market. Adds Margolick, "I never thought I would make a move from my own firm -- until I saw the platform that A&G Realty Partners was planning to offer. At that point, the decision to work with Andy and Emilio was an easy one to make."
For more detailed information about A&G Realty Partners, please visit www.agrealtypartners.com.
About A&G Realty Partners:
Emilio Amendola and Andrew Graiser recently launched A&G Realty Partners. Prior to that, they had been working together for 20 years, during which time they have, both individually and as a team, established a national, industry-wide reputation for integrity, persistence, and creativity, while achieving unparalleled results.
Emilio Amendola has managed the largest retail disposition and restructuring projects in North America. He is trusted implicitly and respected by many of the country's largest retailers and the landlord community as the field's most effective dealmaker. He has assisted the full spectrum of retailers from troubled to healthy: he successfully created strategy and executed on out-of-court transactions that allowed more than 35 companies to avoid chapter 11, and he has helped more than 100 healthy retailers dispose of or restructure real estate and assisted them in acquisitions or non-core divestitures.
The 'G' in A&G, Andrew Graiser is an expert in marketing and disposing fee-owned and leasehold properties with an uncanny knack for deploying capital. With more than 25 years' experience in commercial real estate, he is the recognized industry expert in understanding market conditions and industry trends, recognizing troubled retail and industrial sectors and developing innovative solutions for them, and identifying opportunities for growth, disposition and acquisitions.