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CBRE’s Boston retail real estate team moves on to Newmark

Al Urbanski
Team captain Matt Curtin, flanked by Greg Covey and Ela Hazar

Five members of CBRE’s retail tenant and landlord representation team in Boston have taken up residence at a new office in town over the past six months.

Matt Curtin, who was CBRE’s urban retail team leader in Boston, joined Newmark as its executive managing director in April. During May and June, he was followed by CBRE teammates Greg Covey, who was a senior VP at the company, VP Nicole Nielsen, and senior associates Alden Bush and Ela Hazar.

“Their unrivaled track record, strong relationships, and extensive market knowledge make them go-to experts for retail tenants and landlords,” stated Newmark’s chairman of global retail Mark Masinter.

Curtin started as a broker at The Dartmouth Company in the early 2000s, acting for both landlords and tenants in urban and suburban settings.  He moved to Apple as its senior real estate manager in 2013 and handled its locations throughout the United States and Australia. He joined CBRE as a senior VP in 2017.

Covey, who as senior managing director will help Curtin guide the team at Newmark, began his retail real estate career in 2007 at RKF and held senior VP positions at JLL and WS Development before arriving at CBRE in 2020.

Nielsen, Bush, and Hazar will hold directors’ titles at Newmark.

The company reports that its urban retail group has executed more than 100 retail transactions in the Boston area and currently represent a list of more than 60 national and regional shopping, dining, and wellness brands.

“A powerhouse group, these advisors have played an instrumental role in shaping Greater Boston’s retail sector,” said Newmark chief revenue officer and East Region market leader Luis Alvarado in a press release announcing the hires. “[The group’s] reputation is synonymous with New England retail.”

Newmark serves real estate owners, occupiers, and investors on a global basis. Its more than 7,000 staffers operate from 170 offices worldwide.

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