Priceline’s Agoda Takes Full Floor at Empire State Building
Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) signed a deal to expand Priceline’s Agoda to a 27,000-square-foot, full-floor office lease at the Empire State Building in New York. Agoda is Priceline’s Asian online hotel-booking service that provides accommodations to travelers in more than 20 countries.
ESRT’s Thomas P. Durels says, “Our Urban Campus amenities and services, along with our full Empire State ReBuilding has created a building which serves 21st Century’s leading businesses. Agoda represents the 120th lease expansion within our portfolio since our IPO less than four years ago.”
JLL’s Deborah van der Heyden, Paul Ferraro and Matt Livingston represented the tenant. ESRT was represented in-house by Fred Posniak and Shanae Ursini, along with JLL’s Paul Glickman, Jonathan Fanuzzi, Simon Landmann, Kip Orban and Harley Dalton.
Agoda employs more than 2,500 travel professionals as part of the Priceline Group, the largest seller of rooms online.
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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