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Joseph Barna
Joseph started his commercial real estate career in 1986 after enjoying eight years as a major account team sales manager with the Xerox Corporation. After successfully completing five years as an industrial specialist with Grubb & Ellis (formerly Alder, Galvin & Rogers), Joseph co-founded CRESCO Real Estate in February of 1991.

Simon Caplan
Simon entered the real estate brokerage business in 1993 as a sales associate with CB Commercial Real Estate Group, a large international real estate firm based in Los Angeles, specializing in sales, leasing and build-to-suits of industrial properties. Simon moved to CRESCO in January 1998, as a Vice President. In February of 2001, Simon became a Principal of CRESCO, helping to create the largest and most successful industrial real estate brokerage in Northeast Ohio.

Eliot Kijewski
Eliot started in the commercial real estate industry in 2005. He has been a licensed agent since 2001. During his brief career with CRESCO Real Estate, Eliot has quickly compiled a history of deals and satisfied clients. Eliot earned the SIOR designation in December 2012.

George Pofok
Since 1996, George has been active in the industrial real estate brokerage business. In May 2003, George joined CRESCO Real Estate as a Senior Sales Associate, and was promoted to Vice-President in November, 2005 and Sr. Vice-President in October, 2010. George earned the CCIM designation in October, 2005 and the SIOR designation in August, 2009.

Paul DiVincenzo
Paul started his commercial real estate career with CRESCO Real Estate in 2011 after spending the previous two (2) years with Keller Williams Realty. His experience in commercial and residential real estate has exposed him to various segments of the real estate industry including multi-family apartment buildings, investment properties, single-family sales and condo-townhome leasing. Paul graduated from John Carroll University in 2008 with a degree in Business Management.

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Cresco Real Estate
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Cushman & Wakefield
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With a history of commercial real estate leadership that spans 90 years, Cushman & Wakefield's brokerage and services professionals are the most trusted in the industry, typically involved in the largest, most complex assignments from New York to San Diego and in major business centers everywhere in between.

A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate.

The SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS® is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association.

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NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP provides unparalleled industry networking and education, and advocates for effective legislation on behalf of our members. NAIOP advances responsible, sustainable development that creates jobs and benefits the communities in which our members work and live..

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Recent Transactions

1.) 350,000 SF leased at 2210 International Parkway

George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR represented a beverage distribution company in leasing 350,000 SF at 2210 International Parkway in Green, Ohio. The location is on the back side of the Akron-Canton Airport and within 5-7 minutes of the Shuffle Street exit on I-77. George teamed with Mike Jones of St. Onge Company on this assignment. St. Onge Company is a world recognized supply chain engineering and logistics consulting firm. Mike and his team evaluated the supply chain of the company and recommended consolidating four locations which were controlled by 3PLs into two company controlled locations. From company introduction to lease signing was less than 60 days.

George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR represented the tenant in the transaction

2.) HEAT SEAL is the newest tenant at 4922 E. 49th Street Cuyahoga Hts.

CRESCO was enlisted by Heat Seal to assist in the search for a new home and headquarters for their company which specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of packaging and processing equipment for the food processing and industrial packaging industries. The requirement was for 85,000 +/- SF of very clean industrial space inclusive of office, engineering, showroom, testing, machine shop, fabrication, assembly, warehouse and shipping that was brightly lit and inclusive of 1200A of 480V electrical power, as well as many other manufacturing amenities. We required a manufacturing area in a square configuration that would enable the reorganizing of the production line, installation of new equipment, in a similar size space, in order to gain overall efficiency and be very nearby the current facility to retain employees. We identified 4922 E 49th St. early in the search, at the time it was under contract to be purchased by a local developer. The biggest issue was the significant amount of Landlord and Tenant improvements. After many months with the assistance of company management and the Landlord we were able to overcome many obstacles and work out a long term deal that included the right space built-out to Heat Seal’s specifications with room to grow that fit into their budget.

Simon Caplan, SIOR represented Heat Seal

3.) MAGNA Seating of America secures deal at 3637 Mallard Run

Joseph V. Barna, SIOR represented Cedar Tree Properties, LLC in the leasing of 66,800 SF to Magna Seating of America, Inc., a global supplier to the automotive industry. The property is located within the French Creek Business Park. A major obstacle included completing $1,000,000+ of tenant improvements within a compressed time frame. The end result being Magna Seating of America, Inc. executing a 10 year lease and bringing 50+ new jobs to Sheffield Village.

Joseph Barna, SIOR represented the landlord in the transaction

4.) Essroc Sells Over 600 acres of land in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio

The Barna Caplan Team along with Cushman & Wakefield / Grant Street Associates in Pittsburgh and Cushman & Wakefield of San Diego were hired for the disposition of over 600 acres of former exhausted quarry land sites in rural Pennsylvania and Ohio By focusing on a team approach and assembling the appropriate skill sets within Cushman & Wakefield, we presented a comprehensive marketing plan and execution strategy to Essroc senior management. We launched a regional and national marketing campaign targeting the top aggregate companies and oil/natural gas companies in the country. After constructing the project website, we distributed detailed marketing materials and numerous phone calls were made to these companies to discuss the offering. After three (3) years of marketing, and assisting the buyers in every step of the real-estate transaction process including government financing, the Cushman & Wakefield team was able to secure one local investor, one regional aggregate company, and one national oil/natural gas entity as buyers. As a result all three sites closed at the start of 2016.

Paul DiVincenzo, Joseph Barna SIOR, and George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR represented Essroc

5.) FLUOR Corporation leases land for pipe yard storage

George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR along with Christopher Bosley from the Cushman & Wakefield - Irvine, CA office represented Fluor Corporation in leasing three (3) lay down pipe yards totaling 73 acres and includes 22,500 SF building to support the NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline Project. The NEXUS Pipeline project is the construction of a 256 mile 36” in diameter natural gas pipeline that will run from Kensington, Ohio in Columbia County traveling northwest through Toledo and Michigan to Willow Run, MI.

George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR represented Fluor Corporation

6.) AMBASSADORS Football Club purchases 17.45 acres in Macedonia

George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR represented the Ambassadors Football Club in the acquisition of 17.45 acres of land at the end of Highland Pointe Parkway in Macedonia, Ohio. Ambassadors FC is a non-profit evangelical soccer ministry that sponsors a premier youth soccer club in the greater Cleveland area. Phase I plans will consist of a 27,300 SF building that will contain a one-third regulation size soccer field. Phase II would include construction of an indoor full-sized regulation soccer field. From LOI to closing the transaction took seventeen (17) months as Ambassadors completed their due diligence including several meetings with neighboring residents who objected to the project. They were ultimately able to satisfy the requests from the City of Macedonia and received planning commission approval in February, 2016.

George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR represented Ambassador Football Club

7.) FMI Medical Systems moves headquarters to 29001 Solon Road.

FMI Medical Systems leased 41,040 SF. The Barna Caplan Team lead by Simon Caplan, SIOR, was enlisted by FMI Medical Systems to assist in the search for a new home for their US Headquarters for the design & development of high tech CAT scan imaging systems from Akron to Chagrin Blvd. The requirement was for 32,000 +/- SF of air-conditioned space inclusive of office, engineering, computer lab, testing, assembly, machine shop, warehouse and shipping that was brightly lit and inclusive of 600 amps of 480 volt electrical power dedicated to designing and fabrication of a new generation of CAT scan / PET technology. It was difficult to identify space that came close to fitting their needs which did not require a completely new build-out. We identified 29001 Solon Road early in the search; however it was 15% larger than our requirement and needed both significant Landlord and Tenant improvements. After several months with the assistance of company management and the landlord we were able to overcome many obstacles and work out a long term transaction that included the appropriate build-out for FMI Medical Systems’ specifications with room to grow that fit into their budget.

Simon Caplan, SIOR represented the tenant

8.) Developer Purchases 44 acres along Rockside Road

Rico Pietro, SIOR and Joseph V. Barna, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield represented Fifth Third Bank in the disposition of this approximately 44 acre prime development site. The property was once approved for a high-end mixed use development which stalled due to a downturn in the economy. Fifth Third Bank then turned to Rico and Joe to reposition this offering in the market.

Joseph V. Barna and Rico Pietro represented Fifth Third Bank

9.) Biynah Industrial Partners acquire new tenant at 2479 Edison in Twinsburg

Barna Caplan Team with Joseph V. Barna, SIOR and Eliot Kijewski, SIOR as lead representing Great Lakes Industrial Port- folio AB Biynah, LLC recently leased 27,630 SF to National Enterprise Systems, Inc. (NES). The unique features of this offering included “State-of-the-Art” Call Center amenities, as well as above standard parking.

Joseph Barna, SIOR and Eliot Kijewski, SIOR represented the landlords

10.) Millennia Companies acquires historic Garfield Building at 1965 E. 6th Street in Cleveland

As the Midwest Real Estate Market stabilizes and the demand for properties within an urban city core grows, Westcore Proprieties sold a historic, Class-C office building in downtown Cleveland for $6 million to Millennia Companies, an apartment developer and property manager. The 11-story, 160,000 SF Garfield Building – a historic masonry and steel-frame building – is located at 1965 E. Sixth Street, on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East Sixth Street, in downtown Cleveland. Originally built in 1893, the building is the former home to National City / PNC Bank. Westcore Properties purchased the property in 2008. Millennia Companies has plans to develop the building into multi-family rental housing. “We purchased this property in 2008 as part of a larger portfolio,” said Don Ankeny, President and CEO of Westcore Properties. “With the real estate rebound occurring in Midwest markets following the great recession, the timing was right for us to sell this site to a developer with plans to renovate the building into a premier housing structure in the downtown area.”

Eliot Kijewski and Rico Pietro with Cushman & Wakefield / CRESCO Real Estate represented Westcore Proprieties in the transaction.

Community Corner

Kamm's Corners Development Corporation
In June, 2016, George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR stepped down after fourteen (14) years of service on the Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation Board of Directors. This included
serving the last three (3) years as Board President. “It was an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of West Park and seeing all the changes and improvements over the years is
extremely gratifying,” said Pofok.

SIOR Foundation Phonathon
Joseph V. Barna, SIOR participated in the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors Foundation
annual year end Phonathon in Dallas, Texas. The successful event raised $182,000.00.
The Foundation’s mission is to promote and support initiatives that educate, expand
and enhance the commercial real estate community via scholarships, research grants, education and related initiatives.

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