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JLL Expands Bay Area Retail Presence

JLL deepened its bench of experienced retail brokerage professionals in the Bay Area with the addition of John Schaefer and Javiera Pierattini. Schaefer joins as Executive Vice President and Pierattini as an Associate. Both will be based in JLL’s San Rafael office and specialize in retail leasing and investment sales.

John Schaefer

JLL’s Jeff Badstubner says, “John is a seasoned professional and Javiera a rising star, who together will grow our retail team in the Bay Area. They bring with them tremendous insight into the retail environment throughout Northern California, and will be able to have an immediate impact supporting our clients in the market.”

Schaefer brings more than 20 years experience in the sale and leasing of retail properties and tenant representation. He has completed more than 715 lease transactions and in excess of 60 investment sales in his career, for an aggregate value of $2 billion.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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