Mean streets bring out best in Breslin
May 16, 2012
By: Al Barbarino

... The exposure gave the young Breslin a deep-seeded feel for the city, the people, the landscape, the buildings… and the diversity. It’s one of the reasons he knows the city just about as well as anyone else in real estate, he said.

“That’s how I first began to get an interest in real estate — because of the neighborhoods that I went to all over the city,” Breslin said. “I learned about the diversities of New York, and New York to me is a very special place. I thought that it was such a drastic difference in the neighborhoods and the type of people and immigrants that were there, and it just made me like my city more and more.” ...

... But a few years into his venture into news, Breslin’s heart and gut instinct pulled him towards real estate. ...

... In September of last year, Breslin joined Studley to give the firm’s New York retail operations a boost. Prior to that he was president of retail at Grubb & Ellis, where he said he “saw sooner than other people that the Titanic was going down.”

He brings more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience, with more than 8.5 million square feet of retail transactions under his belt.

“We’re all cohesively trying to build a Studley retail brand that will compare to the other Studley brands,” Breslin said.

Breslin joined Studley at a time of particular prosperity. Last year was the firm’s best year ever, he said, calling the feat something that’s “very well-respected in this business, and it looks like 2012 is looking the same way.”

“I’m looking forward to the good times again,” he added. ...

... But it isn’t booms or busts that keep Breslin bustling. It’s the people.

“I’ve met some of the most fascinating and dynamic people in the real estate business and I enjoy it,” he said. “I’m a people person. I like people and the real estate business gives me the opportunity to meet and go to places where I wouldn’t have been able to go so freely.”

Much like that first brokerage job his father quipped about, a commission-based platform keeps Breslin motivated, he said – relishing every client referral like it was his first.

“Once I got in the door with retailers to do business, there was never a retailer I did just one deal with,” he said. “I always got repeat business… one of my happiest moments was the very first referral I got, which came from one of my existing retailers. To me that was always a big pat on the back.” ...

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