Savills Studley, the leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation, today announced that six professionals were promoted to new roles within the company. Evan Margolin, Jason Perla, Dan Posy and Brad Wolk were promoted to executive managing director in the firm’s New York headquarters, while Chris Marx and Gregg Najarian were elevated to branch manager of the firm’s Northern New Jersey office in Hackensack. They were all formerly senior managing directors.
The promotions come closely on the heels of Savills Studley’s significant expansion of its North American operations, highlighted by the establishment of four new offices in U.S. and the opening of the company’s first office in Canada, as well as the acquisition of several key new hires and services lines across the country.
“I am proud to recognize the accomplishments of such valued colleagues, each of whom exemplifies Savills Studley’s innovative culture, entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to exceptional client service,” said Mitchell S. Steir, Chairman & CEO of Savills Studley. “They are invaluable to the firm and embody our commitment to being the smartest and most diligent real estate advisors in the industry.”
Evan Margolin, 43, who joined the company in 2002, focuses on representing hedge funds, boutique financial services firms and technology companies. Throughout his tenure at Savills Studley he was awarded Rookie of the Year, received his first promotion in less than six months and is recognized as having the fastest ascent from associate to executive managing director in the firm’s history. Margolin earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing and management from The State University of New York at Albany.
Jason Perla, 38, who joined the company in 2004, provides lease analysis, strategic planning, lease negotiations and financial modeling in the firm’s New York Consulting Group. Prior to joining Savills Studley, Perla worked in acquisitions at Insignia Financial Group and investment banking at Lehman Brothers. He graduated from the University of Michigan receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration and holds a degree from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Also in the firm’s New York Consulting Group, Brad Wolk, 38, handles strategic planning, financial analysis and lease negotiation for many of the firm’s largest clients. Before joining Savills Studley in 2005, Wolk served as in-house counsel for a regional developer. He graduated from Tufts University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Dan Posy, 39, specializes in representing hedge funds and private equity firms. During his 13 years at Savills Studley, Posy has completed more than 100 transactions totaling nearly 3 million square feet. Prior to joining the firm, Posy worked for Insignia ESG, where he started his career. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Queens College.
Christopher Marx, 54, is a 30-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and has completed some of the largest headquarters transactions in New Jersey totaling over 9 million square feet. In addition to brokerage services and business development, Marx will oversee the firm’s New Jersey operations and will be responsible for expanding its roster of professionals. Prior to joining Savills Studley in 2004, Marx served as a Senior Vice President at USI Real Estate Brokerage Services, Inc, where he co-managed the New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania offices. A graduate of Boston College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics, Marx is a board member of the March of Dimes of NJ, CoreNet Global and a dual office/industrial member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), including past President and Board Member of the New Jersey chapter.
Gregg Najarian, 47, who has completed more than 5.5 million square feet of transactions throughout his career, will also serve as branch manager in New Jersey. In his new role, Najarian will assume additional responsibilities for the growth and development of the New Jersey office and its brokerage staff, while continuing to provide tenant representation services to his clients nationally. He joined Savills Studley in March 2004 when Strategic Alliance Partners joined forces with the company. Najarian joined Strategic in 1994 as one of the firm’s first brokers. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Bachelor of Arts in economics.
The promotions follow a surge of activity for Savills Studley. Over the previous 12 months, the firm has established several new offices in growing real estate markets across the United States, including Phoenix, Austin, Minneapolis and Baltimore. In addition, the firm has completed several high-profile acquisitions, highlighted by the purchase of Real Facilities in Toronto, a major tenant representation consulting firm in Canada; Cooper Brady Partners in Silicon Valley, the top performing firm in one of the nation’s hottest areas; Tampa-based Vertical Integration, which strengthens the firm’s occupier services and workforce strategy business; and New York-based management consulting firm KLG Advisors, a well-known firm that provides strategic location and workforce advisory services, including portfolio evaluation and realignment, to large corporations.