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ABS Partners announces merger with PBS Real Estate

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John Brod and his team from PBS Real Estate has joined ABS Partners Real Estate, ABS announced today. The announcement comes just days after PBS co-founder Laura Pomerantz announced she has left to start her own firm.

“We have watched PBS Real Estate since its inception and have enormous respect for the reputation, brand and results that they have achieved. We are delighted that John and his senior-level brokers, as well as key support people have merged with ABS Partners Real Estate to continue their legacy of best-in-class real estate solutions,” Gregg Schenker, co-managing partner and president of ABS Partners Real Estate said in a statement.

Select members of PBS Real Estate joining ABS Partners Real Estate include:

John Brod, a principal and founding partner of PBS Real Estate. Mr. Brod’s experience covers tenant and owner representation throughout New York City and other major U.S. cities. Since beginning his career at Edward S. Gordon in 1980, he has personally facilitated several billion dollars’ worth of office and retail leases. In the past 15 years alone, he has been personally responsible for leasing more than 30 million square feet of commercial (office and retail) space in several of the most innovative transactions in New York City. He has been responsible for well over one million square feet of commercial office and retail leasing agency assignments. Significant New York retail transactions closed by Brod and PBS Real Estate in 2012 included the DKNY flagship on Madison Avenue, the two (2) Joe Fresh flagships on Fifth Avenue, and the sale of the retail condo at 105 Wooster Street which has Room and Board as a tenant.

Robert Neborak, who holds a M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University and has represented both tenants and building owners in lease negotiations throughout Manhattan’s commercial districts. Since joining PBS Real Estate, he has worked on numerous assignments involving complex real estate transactions. He handles the retail and office leasing at 7 West 22nd Street, 75 Spring Street, and 30 Vesey Street, and was previously the leasing agent for 150 East 52nd Street. His tenant rep business includes technology companies, design firms, PR and advertising agencies, law firms and apparel businesses. In addition, Mr. Neborak’s responsibilities at PBS included financial modeling and analysis, strategic planning, and real estate investment analysis. Prior to joining PBS, Mr. Neborak was a Senior Financial Analyst at Newmark & Company Real Estate, Inc., where he was responsible for analyzing major leasing, sales, and acquisition transactions.

Toby Roberts, the creative director from PBS, who has developed integrated advertising campaigns encompassing print, interactive and direct mail. Toby does the conceptual development and design of custom branded pitch materials tailored to each client/prospect and has worked on high profile PBS clients such as Armani, Abercrombie & Fitch, Stuart Weitzman and Tom Ford.

Also joining ABS Partners Real Estate are Donna Papagianopoulos and Judy Donahue who have worked with Mr. Brod and his team for 27 and 15 years respectively.

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