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Chicago brokerage expands into NYC with big-name hire

Bradford Allen, a full-service, national commercial real estate services firm headquartered in Chicago, has opened a New York office and industry veteran Glenn Isaacson as president of the branch.

The announcement was made by the firm’s principals and founders Jeffrey Bernstein and Laurence Elbaum, two New Yorkers who started their real estate careers as a team at Walter & Samuels in 1992 and then at the Edward S. Gordon Company and Insignia/ESG.

They launched Bradford Allen in Chicago in 2003 and have grown to three offices in Chicago with 100 professionals providing strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers and owners of commercial real estate.

“Our return to the New York City market gives us the opportunity to introduce the differentiated Bradford Allen platform to the world’s most dynamic, vital business hub,” said Bernstein. “In this era of consolidation and mega-firms, we fill a void for principal-driven service and attention, and a commitment to excellence in all we do.”

Elbaum said the opportunity dovetails with Bradford Allen’s ability to secure Glenn Isaacson as principal and president of the New York operation. “We have confidence in Glenn to build and lead this office, to create a professional and collegial environment where experienced, talented and inspired real estate service experts can work together to craft and execute transactions that serve their clients’ business goals.”

Isaacson brings 40 years of leadership and experience to his new role. He has held some of the most senior posts at New York’s top real estate services firms, culminating as vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield.

He has completed more than 20 million square feet of leasing transactions with clients including Boston Consulting Group, Northwell Health, Avenues Schools, China Merchants Bank and Seyfarth Shaw.

In addition, he is recognized for his work on behalf of respected nonprofit organizations such as Carnegie Hall Corporation, UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, American Kennel Club and the American Foundation for AIDS Research (on whose board he now sits).

As president of Bradford Allen New York, he will be responsible for managing all brokerage services and company operations in addition to leading transactions with landlords and tenants, directing new business development, and assembling a group of top professionals to strengthen the firm’s position in the regional marketplace.

He’s already tapped Tony Builder as an associate broker and Kim Woodruff-Walker as office manager and is looking for “several seasoned professionals” to build out a strong core team.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to build Bradford Allen New York and lead the office forward through exceptional client servicing and top-talent recruiting,” said Isaacson.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve learned first-hand what works and what doesn’t work in the brokerage industry. Bradford Allen’s platform and efficient process is compatible with my own approach to transacting business, with a value proposition that combines the expertise of a large brokerage alongside the nimble mobility of a privately held firm. It’s the ideal time for Bradford Allen to plant its flag in the dynamic New York City market and the commercial real estate environment in this region is ripe for our future growth.”

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