- May 20, 2016
With offices in Fort Myers and Naples, CRE Consultants is considered one of the top commercial real estate brokerages in Southwest Florida.
The Power Brokers' 2015 list certainly seems to affirm that belief.
The firm, which was formed in 1998 as an affiliate of CBRE Inc. and split from the industry giant in 2012, captured eight CoStar awards -- tied for the most of any firm in the region.
CRE Consultants, which employs about 40 and generated gross revenue of roughly $5 million last year, also was named among the region's top leasing and sales companies, according to CoStar.
The firm took five of the 10 slots for top office brokers in the Southwest Florida region, recognizing partner Enn Luthringer and founding partner Randal Mercer, along with first vice presidents Brandon Stoneburner and Dave Wallace and associate David Wallace.
Additionally, Stan Stouder was listed among the area's top industrial leasing brokers.
Mercer says the firm excelled last year, in part, because the majority of its agents have considerable tenure in the Lee County and Collier County market.
He also gives credit to the company's property management division, which often assists leasing agents in assessing tenant needs and seamlessly completing tenant move-ins.
“We're able to function at a different level from many other firms because of our property management capabilities.”
Mercer also says that because individual CRE agents often act as a team -- Mercer typically partners with Stoneburner and the two Wallaces — the four are better than as individuals.
“I like to think we get more traction than individuals going solo, we're able to get more velocity,” he says.
He says the group completed 63 transactions in 2015, including an 18,000-square-foot relocation of TrakAmerica to the Riverview Corporate Park, in Estero, from Naples. The firm also represented Hertz Equipment Rental, which is preparing to spin off from its corporate parent.
“I think our deep bench in our two offices makes all the difference in the world for us.”