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RIPCO Real Estate Appoints Jack Chera as Executive Managing Director for the Firm’s  Long Island and New York City Markets

 RIPCO Real Estate (RIPCO), a leading independent retail brokerage in New York City (NYC) with services including leasing, investment sales, property management and debt and structured finance, is proud to announce the hire of Jack Chera as Executive Managing Director for the firm’s Long Island and New York City markets.

Chera, who has over a decade of expertise in acquisitions and retail leasing, will be working closely with RIPCO’s team to expand the company’s presence in Long Island and across the five boroughs. He will be working out of the firm’s Long Island office.

“Jack has an impressive track record and decades of retail knowledge and experience.  He’s been a part of significant acquisitions and lease transactions during his lengthy tenure at Crown Acquisitions and we’re excited to see what he can accomplish with our platform.  I know he’ll quickly have an impact and be a valuable addition as we continue to expand throughout New York,” stated Mark Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer of RIPCO.

Prior to joining RIPCO, Chera worked at Crown Acquisitions since 2010. While at Crown Acquisitions, he spent most of his time looking for properties to acquire for the company. In 2012, the company created Crown Retail Services, which is the retail brokerage side of the company. He began working in both the acquisition and retail leasing divisions of the business. His successful track record includes completed deals with Chipotle, Bank of America, School Construction Authority, Vitamin Shoppe, Sephora, Pet Supplies Plus, Indochino, IHOP, Armed Forces Career Center, Planet Fitness, and others. Additionally, Chera helped some of his many clients purchase and sell properties throughout the five boroughs.  While at Crown, he served as the team lead that completed 30 deals with Planet Fitness.  Over the past three years, Chera has represented Planet Fitness Corporate, completing 15 deals across Long Island. 

“I look forward to joining the RIPCO team as the company has seasoned professionals who are the best in the business and will give me the opportunity to grow and gain experience,” stated Chera. “I have known Peter Ripka for a long time and am excited to join the strong business that he and Todd Cooper have built.” 

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