CBRE announced today that veteran retail executive Marta Person Villa is returning to the firm and will serve as a Senior Vice President as part of the industry leading retail practice in the Northern New Jersey office. Ms. Villa was most recently with JLL.
“It is particularly gratifying to welcome back yet another successful and seasoned professional to the CBRE team,” said Jeffrey Hipschman, Senior Managing Director of CBRE’s New Jersey operations. “Marta will be an instrumental part of our retail practice as we continue to grow and serve the constantly evolving requirements of owners and retailers, especially during these challenging times brought on by the pandemic.”
With more than 25-years of commercial real estate experience, Ms. Villa will help further expand
CBRE’s retail services throughout New Jersey. During her career, she has been responsible for many noteworthy deals including the sale of an 11-acre site in Wall Township to Mega Holdings, LLC, which was developed into a 60,000 sq. ft. grocery-anchored center on Route 35.
She has represented a number of high-profile shopping centers, street retail and free-standing retail and is an expert in the Newark market, where she has completed more than 50 retail leases. Ms. Villa has represented many prominent tenants including Trek Bikes, West Marine, Fulton Bank, Sky Zone, Carvana and Tempur-Pedic, among others. Notable clients on the landlord side include Transformco and SJP Properties.
Prior to her career in retail, Ms. Villa spent nearly 20 years in urban redevelopment and downtown
revitalization, working directly for municipalities and non-profits. As an administrator for the Borough of Red Bank, she was credited with contributing to the revitalization of the area, which was named “Hip Town” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
Ms. Villa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of New Jersey. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and served as private sector co-chair of the ICSC Alliance – NJ from 2010 to 2013. She is also a member of USA Field Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating.